Fonds F0402 - John Tupper Saywell fonds

Accession 1982-014 Accession 1987-014 Accession 1991-002 Accession 1996-032 Accession 1997-035 Accession 1999-052 Accession 2000-005 Accession 2002-016 Accession 2003-048 Accession 2004-015 Accession 2005-003

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John Tupper Saywell fonds

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1.38 m of textual records
24 audio tape cassettes (ca. 30 hours)
3.24 m of photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1.4 m of graphic material

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John Tupper Saywell (1929- ), author and educator, was educated in Canada and the United States receiving the PhD from Harvard University. He taught at the University of Toronto, 1954-1962, before accepting a post as professor of history and dean of the Faculty of Arts at York University in 1963. He currently serves as University Professor, professor of environmental studies and chairman of the graduate programme in history. Saywell served as editor of the 'Canadian historical review,'(1957-1963) and as editor of the 'Canadian annual review,' (1960-1979). He is the author of several books and articles including, 'The office of the Lieutenant Governor,' (1986), 'Making the law,' (1991) and 'Just call me Mitch,' (1991).

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The fonds documents John Tupper Saywell' university career as well as his research activities in the field of the Canadian political history. The fonds consists of his professorial files, 1969-1979; sound recordings and transcripts, 1935-1961; his photograph collection; research files, [198-]; and political cartoons, [183-]-1993.

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Donated by Saywell's widow, Suzanne Firth, in 2014.


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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1982-014, 1987-014,1991-002, 1991-031, 1996-032, 1997-035, 1999-052, 2000-005, 2002-016, 2003-048, 2004-015, 2005-003, 2007-016, 2007-053, 2014-007. Further accruals are expected.

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2018/03/29 KCP. Published.
2019/02/11 KCP. Added 2014-007 file list. Updated fonds level extent and dates.
2020/03/28 KCP. Added access point(s).
2021/11/29 KCP. Uploaded legacy file inventories for 1982-014, 1987-014, 1991-002, 1996-032, 1997-035, 1999-052, 2000-005, 2002-016, 2003-048, 2004-015, 2005-003.

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