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Accession Number: 01-013


Dennis Dickens Sweeting fonds. -- 1999. -- 6 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Dennis Dickens Sweeting (1915-2000) was born in Calgary, Alberta. He was the second child of John Findlay Sweeting and Jessie Craven Dickens. Sweeting was a professional actor from the age of 38 and was founding director of Kawartha Summer Theatre (1964). He was producer/artistic director of Canadian Players, and president of the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists. He also organized the Actor's Equity Association of Canada and served as reeve of Lindsay and ward of Victoria County. Sweeting received his BA from Trent University in 1980, and was recipient of the Maggie Basset Award (1988), an honorary degree from Trent University (1990), and the Order of Canada (1994).

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of Jean Murray Cole before it was donated to Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of an original unpublished manuscript written by Dennis Dickens Sweeting about his life. There is reference throughout to his involvement with theatre. Also included are two letters (1999) addressed to Jean Murray Cole from Beth Clarke-Gilman (niece of Dennis Sweeting) and Dennis Sweeting. These letters concern the reading of Sweeting's manuscript.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

This fonds was donated by Jean Murray Cole.

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