Fonds P0191 - Alan Hustak fonds

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Alan Hustak fonds

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  • 1829-2005 (Creation)
    Hustak, Alan

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14 cm of textual records
27 photographs

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Alan Hustak is a Canadian journalist, author and broadcaster, born in Saskatchewan in 1944. Grown up in Regina, Saskatchewan, in Alberta and in Washington D. C., United States, he moved to Montreal, Quebec in 1967, where he lives since.

As a journalist, Alan Hustak has worked for The Gazette for about 20 years, aside writing for other Canadian newspapers like The Globe and Mail, The Metropolitan and online publications as The Canadian Encyclopedia. Alan Hustak also has worked as a CBC radio reporter and as television reporter for CTV in the 1970s and 80s. He is the author of several books on Montreal history, including Sir William Hingston : Montreal Mayor, Surgeon and Banker (2004), which was a finalist for the Mavis-Gallant prize for non-fiction in 2005. Some of his books, like Saint Patrick's of Montreal: The Biography of a Basilica and Titanic: The Canadian Story were published at Vehicule Press in Montréal.
Alan Hustak was recipient of the Queen Elizabeth Jubilee Medal for “chronicling the lives of deserving Canadians and their institutions”.

Custodial history

The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 16, 2016 and June 22, 2016.

Scope and content

The fonds is related to Alan Hustak’s work as a journalist and author.
It consists mostly of research material on the Quebec physician and Montreal mayor of Irish origin Sir William Hales Hingston, (1829-1907). The material was collected by Alan Hustak in preparation of his book Sir William Hingston : Montreal Mayor, Surgeon and Banker, published in 2004.
The research material and articles on pilot Albert Mah (1920-2005) and Canadian broadcaster Jimmy Tapp (1918-2004) give an insight in Hustak’s work as a journalist. The fonds also includes photographs of singer Norma Hutton.

The fonds includes without limitations correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, brochures, manuscripts, book chapters and personal documents. Most documents are reproductions, made in the 1990s or later.

The fonds is organized into the following series:
P0191/A. Research material on Sir William Hale Hingston
P0191/B. Hustaks journalistic work

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The documents were donated to the Concordia University Archives by Alan Hustak in 2003, 2004 and 2005.


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  • English

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    Reproduction for research or private study is permitted. Use of material in publications cannot be done without permission of the copyright holder.

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