- 1908-1996, predominant 1945-1996
The Brian McKenna fonds provides detailed background on a large number of current events, issues, and personages of the second half of the twentieth century.
It consists of materials in a variety of formats accumulated by Brian McKenna in the course of research for, and production of, The Fifth Estate films and other projects. It includes research notes and materials for his articles and books, and documents his involvement as the Max Bell Fellowship visiting professor at the University of Regina School of Journalism, as well as his involvement with the Committee for Investigative Journalism. It also provides information on McKenna Purcell Productions Inc.
The fonds contains research notes, scripts, manuscripts, galley proofs, raw and final videotapes, transcripts of interviews and court hearings, and clippings related to most of the documentaries and film projects.
The fonds is organized into the following series:
P112/A Personal records and student activities
P112/C Involvement in the journalistic community
P112/F Administration and personnel
The largest series is Documentaries P112/G It is organized alphabetically according to the name of the series (e.g., The Fifth Estate) for which each proposed or actual documentary was intended.