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Accession Number: 92-011


Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions. -- 1975-1991. -- 1.5 m 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 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 as well as 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 manuscripts of articles for issues from Volume 22, No. 1, (Spring, 1987) to Volume 26, No. 3 (Fall, 1991). There is also drafts of articles and correspondence concerning film in Canada.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by the Journal of Canadian Studies.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds along with 88-015, 91-006, 95-017, 96-009 is an addition to 87-005.

For related records see: 80-024, 81-005, 87-018, 89-009 and 91-007.

Finding Aid

Box 1: Manuscripts Vol.22, No.1 Spring 1987

Vol.22, No.2 Summer 1987

Vol.22, No.3 Fall 1987

Vol.22, No.4 Winter 1987-1988

Box 2: Manuscripts of articles Vol.23, No.1&2 Spring & Summer 1988

Vol.23, No.3 Fall 1988

Vol.23, No.4 Winter 1988-1989

Box 3: Manuscripts of articles Vol.24, No.1 Spring 1989

Vol.24, No.2 Summer 1989

Vol.24, No.3 Fall 1989

Vol.24, No.4 Winter 1989-1990

Box 4: Manuscripts of articles Vol.25, No.1 Spring 1990

Vol.25, No.2 Summer 1990

Vol.25, No.3 Fall 1990

Vol.25, No.4 Winter 1990-1991

Box 5: Manuscripts of articles Vol.26, No.1 Spring 1991

Vol.26, No.2 Summer 1991

Vol.26, No.3 Fall 1991

Film in Canada - correspondence, drafts of articles, etc. 1980-1981.

Correspondence between Journal of Canadian Studies editor and Canadian Government officials re: complimentary copies of JCS issues 1975