Fonds F0605 - Robert Lewis fonds

Accession 2012-049

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Robert Lewis fonds

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  • [1922]-2009, predominant 1969-2009 (Creation)
    Lewis, Robert

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9 m of textual records
48 videocassettes and 3 mini cassettes
18 photographs : b&w and col.
18 optical discs
10 photographs : b&w negatives
1 puzzle box

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Robert Lewis, writer, editor and media strategist, grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Upon graduating with an English degree from Loyola College in 1964, Lewis worked as a reporter for The Montreal Star. Lewis soon became a reporter and bureau chief for Time Magazine, covering news in Montreal (1967-1969), Ottawa (1969-1971), Boston (1971-1972), and Toronto (1972-1975). In 1975, Lewis joined Maclean's Ottawa bureau, becoming Maclean's managing editor in 1982, and editor-in-chief from 1993 to the end of 2000. Lewis conceived notable features for the magazine, including the award-winning annual university rankings and honour roll issues, and he led Maclean's into online publishing. Lewis's work has been recognized by the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Society of Magazine Editors, and the National Magazine Awards. In 2001, Lewis joined Rogers Media Incorporated as vice president of content development. Since his retirement in 2008, Lewis has worked as a freelance editor and media consultant. Lewis is a member of York University's Board of Governors and chairs its Community Affairs Committee. Lewis is also a founding member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and acts as chair of the Board of Directors.

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Fonds consists of files from various positions Lewis held throughout his career, including correspondence, research documents and clippings covering a wide range of political issues, draft articles, and notes from his reporting days for Time Magazine and Maclean's, as well as editorial planning and management-related operational files from Maclean's. Also included are correspondence files, reports, budget files and strategic planning documents from his content development position with Rogers Media. The fonds also contains minutes and notes from York University's Board of Governors committee meetings. Personal files and speeches, including notes and drafts, are also part of the fonds, which includes 187 notebooks and planners used by Lewis for his research, note-taking, and scheduling. Press and magazine clippings that Lewis collected from various print and online publications are dispersed throughout the fonds. The fonds includes episodes of Maclean's and OMNI television, and other moving image recordings on videocassette.

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Acquired from Robert Lewis in 2011.


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Some restrictions apply. See individual series listings for specific restrictions. Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives

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Several of Lewis's books on journalism and bound volumes of Maclean's from 1984 to 2001 have been added to the Special Collections.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2011-026. Further accruals are expected.

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Some material is located off-site and requests for access must be made in advance of your visit to the archives

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2011/09/26 Rachel Lebkovich. Created.
2012/02/08 RL. Revision.
2013/02/06 jrh. Modified extent and scope and content to include accession 2012-049.
2020/01/27 KCP. Manually migrated 2011 accession to AtoM from EES. Post-migration metadata clean-up. Addition of GMD and accession numbers. Published description and generated finding aid. Added offsite storage notes. Uploaded legacy 2012-049 accession description as a PDF.

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