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Accession Number: 81-021


Association For Canadian Studies fonds. -- 1971-1981. -- 53 cm of textual records. -- 1 audio reel.

Biography / History

The Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) was founded in 1973 at Queen's University as a Pan-Canadian, non-profit organization which sought to promote a knowledge of Canada at the post-secondary level through teaching, research, and publications. A founding member of the International Council for Canadian Studies, the ACS is also a member of the Canadian Federation for the Humanities and the Social Science Federation of Canada. The objectives of the Association was to promote multidisciplinary and comparative perspectives, and to encourage exchanges and co-operation between the numerous programs, centres, study groups, institutes and other organizations working in the field of Canadian, Quebec, and regional studies.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Association for Canadian Studies until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of the constitution, correspondence, fund raising files, publications and reports of the Association For Canadian Studies.


Title based on the organization which created the fonds.

The fonds was donated by the Association for Canadian Studies via Professor James Page, president of the Association 1978-1982.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Addition to the fonds: 91-007.


Finding Aid

Box 1


1. ACS Constitutions - draft and working papers, nd., 1972- 74 and as amended, Aug 1972

2. Correspondence and related papers on Canadian Studies in post-secondary institutions; conference materials from "Canadian Studies in the Universities", 30 Nov 1971; course curricula from various institutions; photocopied news clippings, 1971-72

3. Sound tape recording from the conference, 30 Nov 1971; side one only 2030 revolutions at 1 7/8 ips (approx. 2 hours)

4. President's correspondence, 1972-74

5. President's correspondence, 1974-75

6. President's correspondence, 1975-77

7. President's correspondence, 1977

8. President's correspondence, 1977-78

9. President's correspondence, 1976-79

9a. Correspondence, budget, programms etc., from Conference on Canadian Studies, Queen's University, May 1973

10. Contents as per folder 9a, for Conference on Canadian Urban Experience, University of Toronto, May 1974

11. Contents as per folder 9a, for Conference on Canadian Cultures and Regions, University of Alberta, May 1975

12. Correspondence and other papers related to The Second Charlottetown Conference, May 1977; funding, publicity, programme, participants, and correspondence with Andy Robb, 1976-77

13. The Second Charlottetown Conference - correspondence with Jim Page, 1976-77

14. The Second Charlottetown Conference - Jim Page's file as conference co-ordinator, 1976-77

15. ACS Advisory Panel - correspondence etc. 1976-77 ( including Canada Council liaison)

16. ACS Advisory committee - correspondence etc. 1977

17. ACS McGill Questionnaire, re: conference feasibility, 1972-73

18. ACS Questionnaire, re: feasibility of organizing as association - raw returns and summary, nd

Box 2


1. ACS funding - related to The Second Charlottetown conference, 1976-77

2. Canada Council: related to The Second Charlottetown Conference, 1976-77; and to earlier funding requests for the ACS, 1974-76

3. Wintario Grants: related to conference funding, 1977

4. Miscellaneous: "A Proposal for an Inter-University Teacher Education Project in Canadian Studies", photocopy, English and Francais, nd

5. ACS mailing lists, nd, 1973-74

6. President's Reports, 1980 and 1981, and conference brochures, 1978 (The Canadian North: Frontier of Homeland, at the University of Manitoba); miscellaneous membership materials, 1979; conference poster, 1073-74; conference programme, 1981 (Dalhousie University - Ways of Seeing: An International Workshop on Canadian Studies)

Box 3


1. ACS Newsletters: Vol 1 #1 to Vol 3 #3 (March 1979 Sept. 1981)

2. ACS Occasional Paper #1 Sept 1980: T.H.B. Symons "To Redress the Balance"

3. ACS International Directory to Canadian Studies 1980-81

4. ACS Canadian Issues, Vol 1 #1 to Vol 3 #1 Spring 1975 - Spring 1980