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Toronto Telegram fonds
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1876-1971, predominant 1939-1971 (Creation)
- Toronto Telegram
Physical description area
16.0 m of textual records
ca. 1,300,000 photographs : b&w and neg. ; 30 x 25 cm or smaller
ca. 350 scrapbooks ; 55 x 43 cm or smaller
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The 'Toronto telegram' (originally the 'Evening telegram,') was launched in 1876 by John Ross Robertson. The 'Tely' strongly supported the British connection in Canada, appealing to British and Imperial sentiments even after Canadian nationalism became fashionable. The newspaper was locked in a circulation war with its afternoon rival, the 'Toronto star', for much of the twentieth century. The battle involved giveaway contests, scoops, and even hiding personalities (like swimmer Marilyn Bell) from the competition to ensure exclusive stories. Following Robertson's death, the paper was continued by a trust he had established. In 1948 the newspaper was sold to George McCullagh, owner of the Toronto Globe & mail, who invited John Bassett to act as publisher. In 1952 Bassett bought the newspaper and attempted to best the Star with new features in his newspaper, the introduction of colour photography (which meant the demise of the famous 'pink' newsprint on which the "Tely" had been printed), and other modernizations (including a news office building). Falling circulation and lack of advertising led Bassett to close the newspaper in 1971.
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The fonds documents the journalistic activities of the "Toronto Telegram" and its predecessor, the "Evening telegram". The fonds includes photographs, scrapbooks and clippings.
This finding aid is a work-in-progress and will be updated as additional series are listed and indexed.
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No restrictions on access.
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Some material digitized. See https://digital.library.yorku.ca/yul-f0433/toronto-telegram.
The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1974-001, 1974-002, 1974-003, 1987-001, 1987-002, 1987-032. Further accruals are expected.
Finding aid may contain language from the era in which it was written. This includes historical, unclear, or biased terminology which may not have been selected by people represented in the resources.
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Dates of creation, revision and deletion
2002/04/08 Jizi Chen:. Word Perfect (Creation)
2002/04/08 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/05/07 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in access restrictions, accruals.
2015 Anna St.Onge. Added copies of WIP pdf indexes of major series.
2020/10/26 KCP. Mended fonds level description. Added historical language note.