Fonds F0679 - Richard O'Hagan fonds

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Richard O'Hagan fonds

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7.6 m of textual records and photographs

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Lawrence Richard "Dick" O’Hagan, journalist and communications advisor, was born 23 March 1928 in Woodstock, New Brunswick. He studied at St. Mary’s University (Halifax, Nova Scotia) and Fordham University (New York), and in 1949 joined the staff of the Toronto Telegram as a reporter. He left the Telegram in 1956 to join MacLaren Advertising Co. Ltd. as an account executive in the public relations department, and became manager of the department in 1959. In 1961, O’Hagan was appointed Special Assistant to Lester B. Pearson, Leader of the Official Opposition in Canada’s House of Commons. Following the general election of April 1963, when Pearson formed the government, O’Hagan continued in his role as Special Assistant and also served as Press Secretary to the Prime Minister. He led the Information Division of the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C. from 1966 to 1976, where he promoted cultural and academic relations with the United States. O’Hagan returned to Ottawa in 1976 as Special Advisor on Communications to Pierre Elliott Trudeau, managed the Prime Minister’s Press Office, and wrote speeches. Later that year, O’Hagan joined the Bank of Montreal as Vice-President, Public Affairs, and was appointed Senior Vice-President in 1984. Following his retirement, O’Hagan served on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) from 2002 to 2005, was the President of the public relations firm, Richard O’Hagan and Associates , and is an Honorary Governor of the Canadian Journalism Foundation.

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Fonds consists of the personal records of Richard O'Hagan documenting his career in the field of journalism, communications, and public relations. It includes personal correspondence; files related to his work as special assistant to Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson (1963-1966); files related to his work at in the Information Division at the Canadian Embassy in Washington (1966-1976); files related to his work as Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau's Special Advisor on Communications (ca. 1975-1979); articles written for the Toronto Telegram; diaries; subject files; research files; book research files and drafts; personal and family photographs; and travel and expense reports.

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Some files have suffered water damage prior to donation.

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Donated by Richard O'Hagan in 2015.


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The fonds comprises of the following accruals:
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2016/12/13 last updated.
2018/03/23 KCP. added accrual information.
2020/03/26 KCP. Added Telegram name access point.

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