Fonds F0224 - Paul Axelrod fonds

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Paul Axelrod fonds

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  • 1950-2021 (Creation)

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4.9 m of textual records
85 photographs : b&w and col. ; 25.3 x 20.3 cm or smaller
30 audio cassettes
12 audio reels
5 computer disks ; 9 x 9 cm
2 DVDs

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Paul Axelrod, professor and writer, was born in 1949 and educated at York University and the University of Toronto where he received his BA and MA in 1972 and 1973, respectively. He received a PhD in History from York University in 1980. He was a professor at York University from 1982 until his retirement in 2015, where he also served as the Dean of the Faculty of Education between 2001 and 2008. He is the author and editor of numerous books concerning the history of schooling and higher education, the political economy of education, and educational policy. Axelrod is the author of "Scholars and dollars: politics, economics, and the universities of Ontario, 1945-1980" (1982), "Making a middle class: student life in English Canada during the Thirties" (1990), "Transitions: schooling and employment in Canada" (1993) (with Paul Anisef), "The promise of schooling: education in Canada, 1800-1914" (1997)," Opportunity and uncertainty: life course experiences of the class of '73" (2000) (with Paul Anisef), "Values in conflict: The university, the marketplace, and the trials of liberal education" (2002), and editor of "Youth, university, and Canadian society: essays in the social history of higher education" (1989) and "Knowledge matters: essays in honour of Bernard J. Shapiro" (2004).

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Fonds consists of records pertaining primarily to Paul Axelrod's academic writing and career as a university professor and administrator. These records include personal and professional correspondence, draft manuscripts and articles, academic papers, course materials, audio recordings, photographs and other research materials.

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Donated by Paul Axelrod in 2001, 2002, 2008 and 2015.


Fonds has been arranged in four series: Correspondence, Academic Files, Professorial Files, and Research and Writing Files.

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Series-level descriptions with corresponding file lists are complete at this time. Individual accession file lists are available separately; see accruals note.

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See the Council of the York Student Federation fonds (F0003) for related material.


The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2001-038, 2002-036, 2008-035 and 2015-023.

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2003/05/14 Sean Smith:. (Creation)
2003/05/14 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/11/13 Ken Hernden. Updated scope and content and provenance access point.
2004/01/07 Suzanne Dubeau. Corrected biographical sketch error.
2014/07/22. Migrated to AtoM.
2016/01/19 Updated by J. Grant to include 2008-035 and 2015-023 accessions.
2020/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.

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