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Newman, Peter Charles

Peter Charles Newman fonds. -- 1956-2011. -- 17.9 m of textual records and sound recordings.

Peter C. Newman, author, journalist, and editor, was born in Vienna, Austria on 10 May 1929. He moved to Canada in 1940 and became a citizen in 1945. He was educated at the University of Toronto. As a journalist he has worked for the Financial Post, Toronto Star and Maclean's magazine. He was editor-in-chief of the Toronto Star from 1969 to 1971 before moving on to Maclean's, transforming it into a weekly news magazine. After eleven years of running Maclean's, he decided to stay on as senior contributing editor. He has written biographies of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker, the Bronfman family, and a history of the Hudson Bay Company. He remains a chronicler of the Canadian establishment, writing a series of books about them. In 2004 he published his autobiography, Here Be Dragons.

There have been ten accruals. The first accrual is roughly arranged in the following series: Renegade in Power and The Distemper of Our Times typescripts, journalism articles, research materials, and The Canadian Establishment, Vol. 1. The second accrual consists of correspondence, research files, transcripts and manuscripts for The Bronfman Dynasty. The third accrual consists of three series: correspondence, research files, "back-up" material, transcripts and manuscripts for The Acquisitors; Canadian-American Relations: General Research Files and Quebec Nationalism. The fourth accrual consists of correspondence, research material, transcripts, manuscripts and proofs for The Establishment Man. The fifth accrual is arranged into three series: True North: Not Strong and Free, Debrett's Illustrated Guide to the Canadian Establishment and a book about Trudeau. The sixth accrual consists of drafts and proofs for Sometimes a Great Nation. The seventh accrual consists of manuscripts for Canada 1892. The eighth accrual consists of manuscripts and interviews for Izzy: The Passionate Life and Turbulent Times of Izzy Asper, Canada’s Media Mogul. The first, second, third, fourth, and ninth accruals all contain audio cassettes. The ninth accrual consists of research material, interviews, and draft writings related to Michael Ignatieff and Newman's book:When the God's Changed.

The third accrual contained several books, a list of which is available.

Researchers may also wish to consult the papers of Martin and Janet Lynch, also at McMaster University.

Title based on content of fonds.
The first accrual was acquired in February 1976; second accrual in November 1979; third accrual in December 1981; fourth accrual in December 1982; fifth accrual in December 1983; sixth accrual in 1988; seventh accrual in August 1992; the eighth accrual (20-2009) in two installments in April and August 2009; the ninth accrual (2013-007) in February 2013, all from Peter Newman. The tenth accrual (2011-046) was acquired from Neil A. Macdougall in December 2011.
Finding aid available in hard copy and electronically.
Access restrictions formerly in effect have expired.
Further accruals are expected.


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