Fonds F009 - Peter Desbarats fonds

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Peter Desbarats fonds

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  • [196-?] – 1976 (Creation)
    Desbarats, Peter

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30 cm of textual records
28 audio cassettes

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(July 2, 1933-February 11, 2014)

Biographical history

Born on July 2, 1933 in Montreal, QC, Peter Desbarats is an accomplished playwright, author, and journalist. From 1981 to 1997 he served as the Dean of Journalism at the University of Western Ontario, a former commissioner for the Somalia Inquiry from 1995 to 1997, and served as the Maclean-Hunter chair in Communications Ethics at Ryerson University in Toronto, ON from 2000-2001.

Desbarats has published several works including Canada Lost / Canada Found: The Search for a New Nation, Radio and Television News: the Roles of Public and Private Broadcasters, and Some Other Critical Issues, René: A Canadian in Search of a Country, René Lévesque ou le project inachevé, and The State of Quebec: A Journalist’s View of the Quiet Revolution.

Desbarats died February 11, 2014.

Custodial history

Materials were donated by Peter Desbarats.

Scope and content

Fonds contains records relating to the research and writing of Peter Desbarats’ monograph René: A Canadian in Search of a Country. Material consists of transcripts, notes, manuscript and typed drafts and corrections, and correspondence between Desbarats and René Levesque and Desbarats and Dick Brown from Canadian Magazine.

The fonds is divided into three series:
F009/A Interviews
F009/B Manuscripts
F009/C Correspondence

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Physical condition

Some textual materials are stained. The rest are in good condition.

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Materials were donated by Peter Desbarats to Concordia University Libraries in 1998.


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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 written permission of the copyright holder.

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    Box list is available.

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    No further accruals expected.

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    Certified Canadian Cultural Property.


    Materials were placed in acid free archival folders and archival boxes. Paper clips and staples have been removed.


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