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Accession Number: 89-009


Professor Denis Smith fonds. Additions. -- 1963-1976. -- 61 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 held a number of university positions throughout his career. He was with the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, 1956-1957; Department of Political Science, York University, 1960-1961 and was the first Registrar of that University. He held the Vice-President's position at Trent University (1964-1967). He was Master of Champlain College from 1969 to 1971 and a professor in the Department of Political Science 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 four books: "Bleeding Hearts, Bleeding Country", 1971; "Gentle Patriot", 1973; "Diplomacy of Fear", 1988 and "Rogue Tory", 1995.

Custodial History

This fonds was created by Denis Smith and in the custody of the Journal of Canadian Studies and in 1988 it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of records forwarded to the Archives via the office of the Journal of Canadian Studies in 1988 which were apparently generated by Professor Denis Smith. Most files relate to Trent University, its founding and architectural history, and areas of interest to Professor Smith such as the Committee For An Independent Canada and the Canadian Forum.


Title is based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by Denis Smith via the Journal for Canadian Studies.

Restrictions: Permission of the University Archivist.

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 92-012 is an addition to 86-001.

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

Finding Aid

Box 1


1: University of Toronto Alumni

2: Canadian Studies Program

3: Toronto City Hall

4: Other Departments

5: Canadian Political Science Assoc. 1974

6: " 1975

7: " 1976

8: Colin Wright

9: Amnesty International

10:Canadian Forum

11:Canadian Publishing

12:Committee For An Independent Canada

13:Committee on Television

14:Cultural Policy

15:Devonshire House

16:High Schools

17:Mel Hurtig

18:Information Canada

19:Department of National Revenue

20:Royal Commonwealth Society

21:Committee on University Affairs

22:University Club of Toronto

23:D. S. Rickerd

24:Peter Dale Scott

25:Sidney Smith, Postmaster General

26:H. G. Thorburn

27:P.-E. Trudeau

28:Dalton Camp

29:MME Solange Chaput-Rolland

30:Company of Young Canadians

31:Constitution of Canada

32:R.G.L. Fairweather, M.P.

33:Eugene Forsey

34:College V Committee

35:P.C. Policy Advisory Committee

36:Champlain College

37:Trent University, President

38:Trent University, General

39:Peter C. Newman

40:Trent University Radio Service

41:Safety Committee

Committee on Salaries and Promotions

42:Scholarships, Prizes, Awards

43:Committee of the Sciences

44:Secretarial and Administrative Arrangements

45:Committee on the Selection of a President

46:Senate Executive Committee

47:Special Appeals Committee

48:Striking Committee

49:Serpent Mounds

50:B. Napier Simpson

51:Small School Talent Search, Univ. of Chicago

Box 2


1: Special Lectures

2: Stratford

3: Student Activities

4: Student Discipline

5: Student Dress

6: Graduating Class, 1967

7: Graduating Class, 1968

8: Student Housing

9: Student Mental Health

10:Student Publications

11:Student Union

12:Symbols and Ceremonials: plaque re founding of Trent; press releases re opening of Lady Eaton (1969) and Chemistry Building (1969); opening of University bridge (1968); cornerstone of Lady Eaton College (1968); cornerstones on University Court.

13:Convocation, June 1967; speech introducing Bora Laskin; installation of Frost as Chancellor; other honorary degrees: Coldwell, Colville, Ed Mirvish, Chas. Ashley.

14:Master Plan Text

15:Master Plan

16:Master Plan Review

17:Site Development: Master Plan Review

18:Site Development: General

19:Site Development: College V

20:Site Development: Lady Eaton College

21:Site Development: Summary of Construction Reports

22:Site Development: Library

23:Site Development: Master Plan Book

24:Site Development: Planning of New Colleges

25:Site Development: Science Building

26:Site Development: Site Services

27:Ad Hoc Committee on Building Priorities

28:Master Planning Architect: R. Thom, South Central School, choice of Thom in 1963 as Master Planning Architect, letters from Thom outlining his philosophy, tentative building schedule, Brief to the Master Planning Architect, newspaper clipping re Thom, biographical sketch of Thom, historical sketch of his firm, Thompson, Berwick & Pratt.

29:Master Plan: Publications; brief history of Trent University to1964, sketches by architect (unfinished), graph of proposed building schedule for Trent.