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Lloyd Mackenzie fonds
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1.81 m of textual records
789 photographs ; b&w and col. ; 20.8 x 28 cm and smaller.
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Lloyd William Mackenzie (7 March 1922-7 March 2007) was a Toronto resident who travelled extensively and kept personal journals from 1935 to 2005 (excluding 1942-1943). Mackenzie took particular interest in international political and social events and recorded public events in his journals, alongside accounts of his personal life, including his work life, social and cultural events he attended, and his efforts to have his writing published.
His parents William Mackenzie and Elizabeth Roulston, may have adopted Lloyd in May 1922, according to a diary entry on 1 May 1939. During his adolescence, Mackenzie wrote short stories, some of which were published in Toronto newspapers. Mackenzie was a member of the 7th Canadian Division and later the Corps of Military Staff Clerks in the Canadian Army from 1942 to 1945.
Throughout his adult life, Mackenzie worked at a number of jobs as a clerk, labourer, movie theatre usher and security guard, although he attempted to find work as an author, journalist, television and radio scriptwriter and playwright.
Mackenzie travelled extensively throughout North, South and Central America, Europe and Australia. He lived and worked in Australia from 1957-1959 and in England from 1960-1964.
Mackenzie openly acknowledged his homosexuality in the late 1940s and his diaries record his involvement in the gay community of Toronto, and his relationships and friendships with other gay men.
Mackenzie died on 7 March 2007 on his eighty-fifth birthday.
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Fonds consists of three series: diaries recorded in bound journals kept by Mackenzie during his adolescence and adult life; manuscripts of three works of non-fiction; and photo albums and passports of his family,and his life and travels overseas. Mackenzie recorded extensively on local and international political and social events. In his youth, Mackenzie was preoccupied with fascist and socialist movements in Europe. In later life, he became concerned with the influence of American foreign policy and its impact on Canadian sovereignty. His diaries also reflect his interest in films and the theatre, with entries on the deaths of his favourite actors and actresses and frequent entries on the various films and plays he attended in Toronto and abroad. He also wrote about the tours and activities of various royal families, and chronicled his own travels throughout the world in detail, including his extended stays in Australia and England. Mackenzie kept meticulous notes on his employment history and living environment. He also recorded details of his writing activities and his efforts to publish and support himself through writing. Mackenzie kept entries on his social activities in the gay community of Toronto, his relationships with other men, and later in life, his reflections on gay marriage, same-sex legal rights, the AIDS crisis, and the rights of gay couples to adopt and raise children.
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Donated by Ron Creaser in 2007.
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Some access restrictions apply. Requests should be directed to York University Archivist.
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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2007-033, 2008-012. No further accruals are expected.
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2007/08/20 St.Onge:. (Creation)
2007/08/20 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2007/08/24 A.St.Onge. Biosketch death dates and issue of adoption.
2007/08/31 Dubeau. Added URL for finding aid. St.Onge. Revised bioskech and s&c.
2008/06/09 A. St.Onge. Adding new accession 2008-012 information and extents.
2008/07/21 A. St.Onge. Revised photographic description and textual extent. Revised date range to include photographic material
2009/11/30 Michael Moir. Copy edited various fields
2014/10/05 A. St.Onge. Reviewed migrated descriptions, corrected scope notes/titles/extents on file level, adjusted subject headings, added place name access points for photograph albums.
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