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Accession Number: 01-002


Denis Smith fonds. -- 1959-1995. -- 6 m of textual records.

Biography / History

S.G. Denis Smith was born in 1932 in Edmonton. In 1953 he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, Honours, from McGill University. At McGill he received the J.W. McConnell Scholarship and an I.O.D.E. post-graduate scholarship for Oxford University in England. From 1953 to 1956 Denis attended Oxford University and obtained his Master's Degree and a Bachelor of Literature. While in Oxford he received an Exhibition Scholarship and a grant from the Bryce Fund to travel and study in Poland. In 1956 he returned to Canada and by 1962 had received 3 grants and written a number of papers and reviews on political material. Denis Smith has has held a number of university positions throughout his career. He was with the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, 1956 to 1957; Department of Political Science, York University, 1960 to 1961 and was the first Registrar of that University. He was Vice-President at Trent University from 1964 to 1967 and Master of Champlain College from 1969 to 1971 and a professor of Political Studies from Trent's beginnings to 1983 when he left to teach and become Dean at the University of Western Ontario. At Trent he was Chairman of the Politics Department from 1967 to 1968. He was editor of the Journal of Canadian Studies from 1966 to 1975; editor of the Canadian Forum from 1975 to 1979 and President of the Canadian Periodical Publishers Association from 1975 to 1977. He is the author of Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country, 1971; Gentle Patriot, 1973; Diplomacy of Fear, 1988 and "Rogue Tory", 1995.

Custodial History

Fonds was created by and in the custody of Professor Denis Smith until donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of research materials relating to the biography of John Diefenbaker: Rogue Tory. Includes interviews with John Diefenbaker, Dalton Camp and photocopies of many letters and papers from the Diefenbaker Centre, the National Archives of Canada, the Public Record Office and the Kennedy Library.


Fonds was donated by Professor Denis Smith.
Restrictions: Permission of Professor Smith to use the papers is required.
Finding aids: Y
This fonds along with 92-012 and 89-009 is an accrual to 86-001.

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