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Accession Number: 86-001


Professor Denis Smith fonds. -- 1963-1981. -- 90 cm 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 held the Vice-President's position at Trent University from 1964 to 1967 (Researchers are directed to R.G. 2). He was Master of Champlain College from 1969 to 1971 and a professor in Politics/Political Science from Trent's beginnings 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: "Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country", 1971; "Gentle Patriot", 1973; "Diplomacy of Fear", 1988 and "Rogue Tory", 1995.

Custodial History

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

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of correspondence with Board of Governors of Trent University and other Trent records. It also contains research records for book a by Professor Denis Smith: Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country and records relating to his editorialship of "Canadian Forum".


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor Denis Smith.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated material located at the Public Archives of Canada and York University Archives in Toronto.

Additions to the fonds include 89-009 and 92-012.

For related records see: 80-024, 82-015 and 95-007.

Finding Aid

Box 1

Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country


/1 Forward-Chapter 1: A Human Life

/2 Chapter 2: A State of Confusion

/3 Chapter 3: The Vicious Game

/4 Chapter 4: Have These Gentlemen Ever Seen a Revolution

/5 Chapter 4: continued

/6 Chapter 5: Public Order and Civil Liberty

/7 Chapter 6: The Federalist Dagmar

/8 Chapter 7: Quebec Alternatives

/9 Chapter 8: Quebec and Canada

/10 Manuscript Mastercopy Chapter 1-7

/11 Duplicate Manuscript

/12 Manuscript publishers final copies

/13 Index

/14 Correspondence contract, cover re: publication

/15 Correspondence on the Quebec Crisis

/16 Periodical articles on the Quebec Crisis 1970 and T V interviews

/17 Same

/18 Permissions for quotes, pictures and cartoons

Also in Box 1: a copy of Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country

Box 2

Trent University


/1 Board of Governors 1963-1966

/2 Same 1967-1970

/3 Board of Governors: Chair

/4 Board of Governors: Committee and Foundations

/5 Board of Governors: Finance Committee 1965

/6 Same 1966 Jan-July

/7 Same 1966 Aug-Dec

/8 Same 1967-1968

/9 Board of Governors: Property Committee

/10 Budget Review Committee

/11 Dean of Science: Current

/12 Dyde H A

/13 Edmison J. Alex

/14 Faculty Association ATS 1979

/15 Same 1980

/16 Foundation Drafts

/17 Investments

/18 Possible Board

/19 Psychology

/20 Staff applications: psychology

/21 Staff : sociology

/22 sociology

Box 3


/1 Canadian Forum correspondence 1964-1965

/2 Same 1966

/3 Certification

/4 Committee for an Independent Canada 1974

/5 Same

/6 Same 1975

Also in Box 3: 2 films: Bedford Road Film #1; Bedford Road Film #2

Box 4


/1 Destine Canada York University June 26-29 1977

/2 The Laurentian Project. The Impact of a Major Industry on a Community ed. A. Thorn

/3 "Politics and Political Science in Canada" Conference: York University May 9 1981

/4 H C Sebate Committee on the Constitution

/5 The West & Confederation Atkinson College Feb 27-28 1981

/6 Miscellaneous