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Accession Number: 95-017


Journal of Canadian Studies fonds. Additions. -- 1983-1994. -- .75 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 in 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 published, and reject letters generated by the editors of the Journal of Canadian Studies.


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 and 92-011 is an addition to 87-005.

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

Finding Aid

(Note: Boxes 1 and 2 contain original manuscripts)

Box 1


1-9: Vol.26, No.4 Winter 1991-1992

10-18: Vol.27, No.1 Spring 1992

19-28: Vol.27, No.2 Summer 1992

29-37: Vol.27, No.3 Fall 1992

38-47: Vol.27, No.4 Winter 1992-1993

48-58: Vol.28, No.1 Spring 1993

Box 2


1-8: Vol.28, No.2 Summer 1993 (Note: article by P.D. Clarke in galley format - original missing)

9-17: Vol.28, No.3 Fall 1993

18: Vol.28, No.4 Winter 1993-1994

19: Vol.29, No.1 Spring 1994 (Note: attached to article by Jean Simard are three photos of artifacts from Musee de la Civilisation; also in this folder is a published copy of Evergreen Booklet #1, "The World of Maritimes Folklore" by Edward D. Ives)

20-28: Vol.29, No.2 Summer 1994

29-37: Vol.29, No.3 Fall 1994

Box 3


1: Rejection letters, 1983 - April 1991

2: Rejection letters, May 1991 - Aug.31, 1992