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Accession Number: 04-019


Denis Smith fonds. Additions. -- 1958-2001. -- 90 cm of textual records. -- ca. 7 photographs. -- 2 cartoons.

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 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 held the Vice-President's position at Trent University from 1964 to 1967. He was Master of Champlain College from 1969 to 1971 and a professor in the Department of Political Studies to 1983 when he left to teach and become Dean of Social Sciences 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 has written five books: Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country, 1971; Gentle Patriot, 1973; Diplomacy of Fear, 1988, Rogue Tory, 1995 and Prisoners of Cabrara, 2001.

Custodial History

Fonds was in the custody of Professor Denis Smith before it was donated to Trent University Archives in 2004.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of research notes re RCMP, and Prisoners of Cabrera. Also included is a translation of the book on Pinochet.


Title based on the creator of the fonds.
The condition of the records is fair. Some of the records are musty but there is no evidence of mold.
Fonds acquired from Professor Denis Smith.
Restrictions: Boxes 3 and 4 are restricted for 10 years.
This fonds along with 89-009, 92-012, 01-002, and 02-012 is an addition to 86-001. FINDING AID

Box 1

Loose in Box:
Macpherson cartoons (2)
Photograph of Walter Gordon in the House of Commons

1. Correspondence regarding Denis Smith's paper, "The Campaign in Eglinton," which was based on the federal election of 1962
2. Final draft of Denis Smith's paper entitled "The Campaign in Eglinton," 1962
3. House of Commons correspondence regarding Smith's report on Speakership
4. Correspondence re Smith's report on Speakership
5. Final draft of "The Speakership of the Canadian House of Commons, Some Proposals: A Paper for the Special Committee on Procedure and Organization"
6. Newspaper clippings regarding the Speakership report, 1958-1965
7. Correspondence regarding Smith's political biography of Walter Gordon
8. Correspondence with the publisher of Smith's Gentle Patriot: Political Biography of Walter L. Gordon, 1970-1975
9. Correspondence between Smith and Walter Gordon, 1970-1976
10. Reviews and responses re Gentle Patriot
11. Interviews regarding Gentle Patriot
12. Notes and photographs re Gentle Patriot
13. Correspondence re quotes, photographs and cartoons used in Gentle Patriot
14. Correspondence regarding publications, 1967-1974
15. Personal correspondence, 1965-1975
16. Offers, appointments and resignations in Smith's career
17. Correspondence re Trent University, 1964-1976

Box 2

Research files on the RCMP
Material relating to The Writers' Union of Canada (TUOC)
Translation of Soto book on Pinochet (several files)
Files on The Prisons of Cabrera

Box 3

Research files on The Prisoners of Cabrera, plus one advance copy of the book

Box 4

Trent legal case (closed 10 years)

Box 5

Trent legal case (closed 10 years)