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Accession Number: 88-015


Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions. -- 1973-1985. -- 25.5 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Journal of Canadian Studies started off as an idea for a "Learned Journal" similar to the Queen's Quarterly but called the Trent Quarterly. As ideas were formulated by President T.H.B. Symons and others it came about that the need for a learned journal in Canadian Studies was necessary to the field of Canadian Studies. On June 1st, 1964 during the first meeting of the Committee of the Learned Journal it was decided to call the new journal "Journal of Canadian Studies". Professor S.G. Denis Smith was chair of the meeting and other members in attendence at the meeting were Dean M.G. Fry, Mr. J.D.P. Martin and Professor J.S. Pettigrew. In the press release on July 7, 1964 given by Trent University the Journal was to cover such Canadian topics as history, politics, anthropology, art, literature, theatre, economics and sociology. The Journal of Canadian Studies was first published in May 1966. It was, and still is, published quarterly in February, May, August and November by Trent University. The Journal solicits manuscripts ranging from 2 000 to 10 000 words in length, English or French, dealing with some aspect of Canadian Society or history and of general as well as specialized scholarly interest. The first editor of the Journal was Denis Smith and the associate editor was Bernard R. Blishen. A number of Trent faculty members, such as Kenneth E. Kidd, T.H.B. Symons and Ronald J. Thom, sat on the editorial and advisory boards. The Journal was "founded in the belief that the life and history of Canada, still largely unexamined, deserve[d] common study by persons of many approaches and attitudes." ("Journal of Canadian Studies" Vol. 1, page 2). The symbol used to represent the Journal of Canadian Studies is Samuel de Champlain's astrolabe which he had lost in 1613 while crossing a portage in the upper Ottawa River valley. The astrolabe now resides in the Canadian Museum of Civilization.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by and in the custody of the Journal of Canadian Studies before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of correspondence relating to administration and editing of the Journal of Canadian Studies published at Trent University, Peterborough.


Title based on creators of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Professor John Wadland.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 91-006, 92-011, 95-017 and 96-009 is an addition to 87-005.

For related records see: 89-009.

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Box 1


1: 1973

2: 1974

3: 1975

4: 1976

5: 1977

6: 1978

7: 1979

8: Jan to Mar 1980

9: Apr to June 1980

10: July to Sept 1980

11: Oct to Dec 1980

12: Jan to Mar 1981

13: Apr to June 1981

14: July to Sept 1981

15: Oct to Dec 1981

16: Jan to Mar 1982

17: Apr to June 1982

18: July to Sept 1982

19: Oct to Dec 1982

Box 2


1: Jan to Mar 1983

2: Apr to June 1983

3: July to Sept 1983

4: Oct to Dec 1983

5: Jan to Mar 1984

6: Apr to June 1984

7: July to Dec 1984. -also text of "Great Brain Robbery"

8: 1985

9: undated