Janes, J. Robert (Joseph Robert),
J. Robert Janes fonds.
1955-2007. 12.2 m of textual records and other material.
Joseph Robert Janes was born in Toronto in 1935,
middle son of Henry Franklin Janes, a pioneer in public relations, and
his wife Phyllis Hipwell, an artist. He graduated from the University
of Toronto in 1958 with a B.A.Sc. in Mining Engineering, his undergraduate
thesis winning the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Award
in the Petroleum and Natural Gas Division. After work as a petroleum
engineer for Mobil Oil (1958-1959) and a research engineer for the Ontario
Research Foundation (1959-1964), Janes return to the University of Toronto
to study geology under J. Tuzo Wilson and to attend teachers college.
He also taught high school mathematics, geology and geography for the
North York Board of Education (1964-1966). Janes graduated with a M.Eng.
in Geology in 1967. After further graduate studies in geology at McMaster
University, he then lectured in geology at Brock University (1968-1970),
conducting an innovative field course across Canada. Thereafter, he
completed the first year of a Ph.D. program at Queens University
in association with Brock University but, in 1970, decided instead to
become a full-time writer. His early work consisted of books and other
media presentations on the topic of geology for grade-school children,
senior high schools, universities and the general trade market. He also
wrote travel and other articles and supplied photographs for newspapers
and periodicals, often with a geological focus, and sold geological
specimens to schools under the name Rocks and Minerals of Canada. He
later turned to writing children's novels and, ultimately, mystery novels
for the adult market. He is now world-renowned as the author of the
St. Cyr-Kohler mystery series. He has received grants from the J.P.
Bickell Foundation, the Canada Council, and the Ontario Arts Council.
Janes has long been concerned with the environment and politics, especially
in the area of his home in the Niagara Peninsula. He also has an interest
in Stephen Leacock, a cousin of his paternal grandfather. J. Robert
Janes and his wife Gracia (Lind) Janes have four children.
The fonds consists of: Manuscripts and
publications; Promotional materials; Correspondence, memoranda, and
diaries; Personal and family records; Professional teaching; Photographs,
sound recordings and moving images; and other materials.
Title based on content of fonds.
The first accrual (24-2007) was acquired in April 2007; the second accrual (2012-010) in April 2012, both from J. Robert Janes.
Finding aid available in hard copy and electronically.
There are no access restrictions.
Further accruals are expected.