Series 1 Personal
Series consist of personal material including letters between David and Sophie and their children, correspondence, material collected at McGill University and Oxford University, personal material related to the Lewis family, and legal documents. – 1925-1982. – 20 cm of textual records and 17 photographs.
F.1 David to Sophie. Feb. 1981. 1 postcard.
F.2 David to Sophie. Jun. - Sep. 1957. 11 letters, 2 telegrams sent while on a trip to Western Canada and Europe.
F.3 Sophie to David. Sep. 1957. 5 letters.
F.4 David to Sophie. Mar. - Apr. 1948. 4 letters, 1 telegram sent from Toronto, Winnipeg, and St. John.
F.5 Sophie to David. Aug. 1948. 2 letters.
F.6 David to Sophie. May - Nov. 1947. 8 letters sent while on trips to the United States and Eastern Canada.
F.7 David to Sophie. Jan. - Oct.1946. 6 letters.
F.8 Sophie to David. Aug. 1946. 2 letters.
F.9 David to Sophie. Jan. - Oct. 1945. 8 letters, 3 telegrams.
F.10 David to Sophie. Jan. - Sep. 1944. 6 letters, 4 telegrams.
F.11 Sophie to David. Jan. - Dec. 1944. 8 letters, 1 ‘Aerograph’ letter.
F.12 David and Sophie correspondence. Mar. - Dec. 1943. 6 letters and 1 telegram from David, 1 letter from Sophie.
F.13 David to Sophie. Feb. - Nov. 1942. 12 letters, 1 telegram, 1 postcard.
F.14 Sophie to David. Feb. - Nov. 1942. 9 letters.
F.15 Fragment, undated correspondence. Sophie and David. 0.1 cm.
F.16 Misc. 1933-1945. Includes an invitation ticket for a lecture by David titled, “The Life of Jews in Canada and America,” held at the Jewish Popular Library, 1933; a ribbon from the fifth national convention of the NDP; a campaign poster for David Lewis and the C.C.F., 1943; 2 letters to Doris and Oscar, Sep. 1932; a speech delivered by Sophie, possibly in York West, 1945; and a letter to a cottage landlord re: antisemitism, 1941.
F.17 David to Sophie. 1941. 30 letters, 3 telegrams, 1 postcard.
F.18 Sophie to David. 1941. 19 letters.
F.19 David to Sophie. 1940. 9 letters, 4 telegrams, 1 postcard.
F.20 Sophie to David. 1940. 15 letters.
F.21 David to Sophie. 1939. 18 letters, 1 telegram, 1 postcard.
F.22 Sophie to David. 1939. 13 letters.
F.23 David, Sophie correspondence. 1938. 5 letters from David, 1 letter from Sophie.
F.24 David to Sophie. 1937. 39 letters. Includes 1 letter written in Yiddish. Note: 4 letters were misdated as 1933 and 1936.
F.25 Sophie to David. 1937. 29 letters.
F.26 MacInnis, Grace to Sophie. 1937. 1 letter.
F.27 Stephen. 1938-1979. 0.9 cm. 11 photographs : b&w and col. ; 17 x 11.5 cm and smaller. Includes memorabilia and letters of congratulations regarding David’s son, Stephen Lewis. File includes:
Stephen’s baby book.
Pamphlet, clipping from the Globe Magazine, Hart House Debate with Senator John F. Kennedy, 1957.
Photographs: as a baby, school portrait, as Ontario NDP Leader, and with Saul Parnes.
Hill, Harold W. (Staff Advisor, Harbord Collegiate), 1955. 1 letter.
2 telegrams, 1963. 1 letter.
Lloyd, W.S. (Leader, Saskatchewan NDP), 1964. 1 letter.
Ostry, Bernard, 1970. 1 letter.
Ackerman, Jeremy. (Leader, Nova Scotia NDP), 1970.
Wedding invitation, Stephen and Michele Landsberg. 1963.
Invitation, the blessing before the Haftorah and the Torah reading of Ilana Landsberg-Lewis at her Bat Mitzvah, Mar. 20, 1978.
Pamphlet, Upper Canada College Prize Day, 1979.
Pamphlets and copy of Stephen’s convocation address, McMaster University, 1979.
F.28 Stephen. Jul. - Oct. 1961. 6 letters and 1 telegram from Stephen, sent from Kampala, Nairobi, and Maiduguri. Includes 1 letter to Millie and Owen.
F.29 Michael. 1957-1975. 0.3 cm. Includes material related to Michael Lewis. Includes kindergarten reports; a call sheet from a piano recital, 1957; cards and telegrams from friends; 1 postcard, 2 letters, and a birthday party invitation from Michael; and a newspaper clipping.
F.30 Nina. 1967-1979. 6 letters.
F.31 Michael, Janet, Nina. 1952-1961. 1.5 cm. 5 photographs : 11.5 x 12 cm and smaller. Includes children’s letters and cards, progress reports, class photos, and school certificates.
F.32 [Avi, Jenny]. ca. 1979-1982. Includes school reports and letters from school re: David’s grandchildren. Also includes essays by Avi Lewis written for history class and a piece of writing by Jenny Lewis.
F.1 Klein, A.M. 0.3 cm. Includes 1 letter from David to Klein, July 28, 1925; and a joke lawsuit written by Klein and sent to David, December 5, 1934.
F.2 __, Audrey. 1957. 0.1 cm. 2 letters to Sophie.
F.3 [Letters, T.C. Douglas, Lucy Woodsworth …]. 1961-1965.
Douglas, T.C. to Sophie. 1 letter.
Douglas, T.C. to Sophie and David. 1 letter.
Goldenberg, Carl and Shirley. 1 telegram.
Suzanne, Mark. 1 telegram.
Woodsworth, Lucy to David. 1 letter.
__, Vita. 1 letter.
F.4 [Notebook]. n.d. 0.2 cm. Includes collected quotations and German-English translation. [Likely from David’s time at McGill University or earlier].
F.5 [The McGilliad]. 1930-1931. Includes 4 issues of the McGill University undergraduate newspaper, (Volume 2, numbers 2 to 5).
F.6 [The Isis : clippings]. 1933-1935. 1.6 cm. Includes copies and clippings from the The Isis Oxford Student Magazine.
F.7 [Oxford letters re: Rhodes Scholarship]. 1931-1932. Includes letters of congratulations.
Currie, Sir Arthur.
Johnson, David M.
F.8 [Oxford memorabilia]. 1932-1935. 0.7 cm. 1 photograph : b&w ; 5.5 x 10 cm. Includes a photograph of Sophie Carson; dinner invitations from the President of the Oxford Union Society for Sophie; Rhodes Scholarship Trust dinner menu, and programmes for other Oxford events; clippings; a telegram; a copy of The Oxford Forward Vol. 1, No. 1 (1934), and pages from The Lincoln Imp magazine.
F.9 [Oxford letters]. 1934-1935. 0.1 cm. Includes 3 letters sent to David as President of the Oxford Union Society, and a letter from Albert Edward Wiggam.
F.10 [Oxford clippings]. 1933-1950. 0.1 cm. Also includes a telegram to Maische Lewis, 1933.
F.11 [Oxford Union Society dinners]. 1933-1935. Includes dinner menus from Oxford Union Society events, signed by the members.
F.12 [Oxford Union Society debates]. 1934-1935. Includes advertisements for debates, and a speech from a debate against Chicago held January 27, 1934.
F.13 [Speaking events]. ca. 1932-1945. Includes postcard advertisement for meeting of the League for Social Reconstruction, and an entry ticket to a lecture by David Lewis on “Jewish Life in Canada the US.” [The ticket is written in Yiddish].
Note: The ticket appears to relate to an incident described in Lewis’s memoirs when he gave a lecture in Volkovisk, Poland, in 1932 (David Lewis, The Good Fight: Political Memoirs 1909-1958 (Toronto: MacMillan of Canada, 1981), 40).
F.14 Legal documents, pre-1940. 0.5 cm. Includes, last will and testament of Zabulen Lewis, travel visa to Poland, Oxford Union Society membership, graduation certificate from McGill University, affidavit signed by Morris Lewis.
F.15 Legal documents, post-1940. 0.4 cm. Includes the declaration of estate of Morris Lewis, David’s certificate of Canadian citizenship, and death certificate.
F.16 Last wills and testaments of David and Sophie Lewis. 1977. 1.5 cm.
F.17 [Organization of Former Swislotzites in Israel]. 1978. Letters to David in Yiddish, with an English translation. 0.1 cm.
F.18 [F.R. Scott]. 1981. 0.9 cm. Material related to a conference on F.R. Scott held at Simon Fraser University, Feb. 20-21, 1981. Includes David’s notes and a copy of his essay, “F.R. Scott: His Contribution to the C.C.F.”.
(See Audio-Visual Material series).
Series 2. Photographs.
Series consists of personal and professional photographs. – 1919-1980. – 287 photographs.
F.1 [Photograph album]. 1919-1928. 37 photographs : b&w ; 12.5 x 9 cm. Photos of Sophie and Carson family, taken at Ste. Rose, King Edward’s Island, and St. Helen’s Island. Note: photographs were removed from an album by the archivist.
F.2 [Sophie and David]. 1920s-1930s. 31 photographs : b&w ; 24 x 18 cm and smaller. Includes photographs from Oxford and Sophie and David’s early relationship and social life.
F.3 Svisloch. 1932. 17 photographs : b&w ; 8 x 6 cm. Photographs taken during a trip by Sophie and David to Svisloch, Poland. Includes photographs of David’s maternal grandparents, Usher Berel and Henye Lazarovitch.
F.4 Charlie. 1932-1938. 4 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm ; 8.5 x 14 cm. Charlie Lewis and his wife Katy, including their wedding photo, taken from Mount Royal Studio in 1933.
F.5 [Carson family photographs]. ca. 1933-1946. 8 photographs : b&w ; 19.5 x 25 cm and smaller. Includes photographs of Sophie’s sister Mollie, her brother Sam, and her sister-in-law Rose. Includes Rose and Sam Carson’s wedding photograph.
Note: The folder for the wedding photograph was removed for conservation purposes; the photograph was taken at Society Studio Montreal in 1933.
F.6 Sophie and David : middle years. 1939-1945. 6 photographs : b&w ; 12 x 17 cm and smaller. Includes a family portrait and baby photos.
F.7 Photos with questions. ca. 1900-1941. 14 photographs : 18 x 24 cm and smaller. Includes portraits of unidentified people in Montreal, and a group photograph of people on a ship in 1931. Note: file title based on original file, likely written by the biographer Cameron Smith.
F.8 [Assorted photographs]. ca. 1931-1973. 28 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm and smaller. Includes Nina and Daniel Libeskind’s wedding, Janet’s trip to Paris, France; and David with his grandchildren.
F.9 Family photographs. 1933-1974. 33 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 15 cm and smaller.
F.10 Sophie and David : later years. 1 photograph : b&w ; 24 x 18 cm.
F.11 [Photographs]. ca. 1933-1975. 4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 26 cm and smaller. Includes family photographs and an unidentified portrait.
F.12 Photographs. 1939-1967. 38 photographs : b&w and col. ; 12 x 16 cm. Includes family portraits, candid photographs, and a photograph of Janet Solberg’s graduation.
F.13 [Nina, Janet, Michael]. 1940-1973. 31 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm and smaller. Includes baby photos of Nina and Janet and a photo of Michael.
F.14 [Portraits]. 5 photographs : b&w ; 12 x 18 cm and smaller. Includes Nina’s formal dance, 1966; graduation portrait of David’s niece, Judy, 1954; a photograph of a child, circa 1900-1913; unidentified graduation and wedding portraits, circa 1910-1919;
F.15 David Lewis : John S. Steele Photography, Toronto. 1945. 24 photographs : 19 x 24 cm and smaller. Includes a formal portrait and unused photo sheets.
F.16 [Social and friends]. 1940-1980. 4 photographs : b&w ; 12 x 18 cm and smaller.
David addressing the Canadian Jewish Congress. May 1980.
David and Sophie attending a formal event. Undated.
J.S. Woodsworth, sent Dec. 1940
Attending Klein Symposium, University of Ottawa. 1974.
F.17 McGill graduation portrait. 1931. 1 photograph : 9.5 x 14 cm.
F.18 [Family photograph]. [195-]. 1 photograph : b&w ; 24.5 x 20 cm.
Series 3: Political campaigns
Series consists of letters of support, ephemera, clippings, and promotional photographs relating to David Lewis’s political campaigns. – ca. 1945-1981. – 10 cm of textual records and 320 photographs.
F.1 David Lewis defeat York South. 1963. 0.7 cm. Includes material related to the 1963 federal election, including the Certificate of the Result of Voting from the returning officer of the Electoral District of York South; a letter to supporters; and letters of support from the following people:
Fisher, Douglas. M.P.
Grier, Terence W. (Federal Secretary of the NDP).
[Gruk], Gwyneth and George.
Nesbitt, Wally. M.P.
Nicholson, Alexander Malcolm “Sandy”. M.L.A.
Oliver, Michael (President of the NDP).
Poale Zion Organization.
Turner, John N. M.P.
F.2 [Ephemera]. 1967-1971. 0.3 cm. Includes: a delegate ribbon and button from the 1971 Convention; United Nations Courtesy pass for Sophie, and United Nations Delegation identification for David; a menu from the Annual Dinner of the Canadian Parliamentary Press Gallery; a signed menu from the 70th birthday dinner of F.R. Scott; and dinner invitations from the Secretary of State of Canada.
F.3 [Notes for memoir]. ca. 1978-1981. 1.5 cm. Includes handwritten notes, organized chronologically.
F.4 Misc. material re: book. Post-1958. 0.9 cm. Includes campaign material and clippings, collected as research for Lewis’ memoir The Good Fight. Also includes the book’s dust jacket.
F.5 [CCF-NDP publications] re: book. 1948-1969. 3 cm.
F.6 [Campaign ephemera]. 1962-1965. 1 cm.
F.7 [1973 Convention of the New Democratic Party : certificate]. 1973. 0.1 cm.
F.8 Clippings. ca. 1930-1938. 2 cm.
F.9 Clippings. ca. 1935-1946. 1.5 cm.
F.10 Clippings. 1953-1964. 0.4 cm.
F.11 Clippings. 1964-1970. 1 cm.
F.12 Clippings. ca. 1960-1969. 1.5 cm.
F.13 [Misc.] 0.2 cm. File includes:
Memorial service, J.S. Woodsworth. 1942.
Invitation, testimonial dinner for State of Israel bonds. 1962.
Invitation, annual dinner of the Israel Histadrut Campaign. 1968.
Programme, Investiture of the Order of Canada. 1977.
F.1 [Headshots]. ca. 1945-1980. 36 photographs : b&w ; 19.5 x 24 cm and smaller.
F.2 [Saskatchewan, Western Canada]. ca. 1971. 4 photo sheets ; 27 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 24 cm and smaller.
F.3 [CCF-NDP]. ca. 1960-1972. 10 photo sheets ; 18 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 24 cm and smaller.
F.4 [Campaigning]. 1957-1962. 5 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm and smaller.
F.5 [Photos returned by Maclean’s]. 1971. 11 photographs : b&w and col. ; 17 x 11 cm and smaller.
F.6 [Photos belonging to the Federal Office]. 1966-1973. 20 photographs : b&w and col. ; 18 x 24 cm and smaller. Includes photographs of NDP conventions.
F.7 The Good Fight. ca. 1930-1974. 32 photographs : b&w and col. ; 19 x 24 cm and smaller. Includes photographs and captions used for David’s memoirs, The Good Fight.
F.8 [Assorted official photographs]. 1964-1971. 1 photo sheet ; 43 photographs : b&w and col ; 19 x 24 cm.
F.9 Photographs : people and meeting, Moscow. 48 photographs : b&w ; 16 x 23 cm and smaller. Includes copy of draft program of visit to the USSR of the delegation of the NDP of Canada for the round-table conference for the Institute of US and Canadian Studies.
F.10 [1968 Federal Election]. 15 photographs : b&w ; 7.5 x 11.5 cm.
F.11 [1972 Federal Election]. 9 photo sheets ; 20 photographs : b&w ; 17.5 x 28 cm.
F.12 NDP Conventions. 1973-1978. 6 photo sheets ; 29 photographs : b&w and col. ; 18 x 24 cm and smaller.
F.13 Inter-parliamentary Relations branch, House of Commons. 1970. 2 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 24 cm. Includes a tour of the Manned Spacecraft Center, NASA.
F.14 [International Nickel Company of Canada]. 3 photographs : b&w ; 16.5 x 11.5 cm. Includes photographs of tour of Birchtree Mine.
F.15 [In memoriam]. 1981. 13 photographs : b&w and col. : 19.5 x 24.5 cm. Includes assorted professional photographs and a one-sheet for David Lewis Trust and an advertising letter for the trust from Ed Broadbent.
F.16 Photo negatives.
Series 4: Condolence letters
Series consists of clippings and condolence letters written after David’s death and get-well letters. – 1981. – 19.4 cm of textual records.
F.1 [Memorials]. 1981. 1.3 cm. Includes text of memorials written for the David Lewis Memorial Meeting of the Canadian Ontario Federation of Labour, by Kalmen Kaplansky, Gerry Caplan, and Morden Lazarus. Also includes issues of Canadian Labour (vol. 26, no. 6), The Canadian Forum (vol. 61, no. 712), and The New Democrat (vol. 21).
F.2 Condolence letters to Sophie and Lewis Family. A-F. 1981. 0.9 cm.
Senator Baker, George R.
Barrett, David (Leader of the Opposition).
Beckel, William Edwin (President of Carleton University).
Berger, Stephen E.
Senator Bird, Florence.
Supreme Court Justice Blair, Gordon.
Blackburn, Derek. M.P.
Boyd, Eric E. (CRTC)
Briston, Pam and Scott.
Brockelbank, John E. (Speaker, Legislative Assembly of Saskatchewan).
Brodie, Bernard (Ottawa Branch, Oxford Society).
Buchwald, Harold (Chair, Canada-Israel Committee).
Cadbury, George Woodall.
Canadian Labour Congress press release, letter.
[Cammna], Margaret and Doug. 2 letters and 1 card.
Cassidy, Michael and Maureen. 2 letters.
Chapman, R.A. and J.M.
Cherniack, Saul M. 2 letters.
People’s Republic of China. Letter from Ambassador Wong Tang and press release.
The Clarke family.
C.L.C. Political Education Department (Gang of Four).
Enkin, Max E.
Fischer, [Quetl] K.
F.3 Condolence letters. G-N. 1981. 1 cm.
[Gallay], Birdie and Winifred.
Gibson, Douglas M.
Gibson, James A.
Gleave, Alfred and Mary.
Senator Goldenberg, Carl.
Gordon, J. King.
Grey, Herb. M.P.
Grimes, Lillian and Art.
Guindon, Roger (Rector, University of Ottawa).
Senator Haidasz, Stanley.
Halliday, Diana R.
Halliday, William T. (London and District Labour Council).
Harris, Sydney M.
Jennings, Ruth and Liz. 1 letter, 1 card.
Kayfetz, B.G. (National Jewish Community Relations Castle of the Canadian Jewish Congress and B’Nai Brith).
The Kempinski family.
[Knowles], Stanley. M.P.
Koschitzky, Mira (Chairman, Ontario, Canadian Jewish Congress).
Koskie, Murray J. (Saskatchewan Minister of Consumer and Community Affairs).
Krashinsky, Michael and Kathie.
Krashinsky, Dave and [Gert].
Lawson, Mrs. Chas.
Lawson, Maire Magee and Donald.
Leeson, Howard (Deputy Minister, Saskatchewan).
Lermer, Arthur and Miriam.
Levi, Norman and Gloria (Legislative Assembly, British Columbia).
MacDougall, W. Greg.
MacInnis, Grace. 2 letters.
Rev. Mackay, John.
Manly, Jim. M.P.
Mann, Walter B.
McGrath, James A. M.P.
McKenzie, Frank J.
McLeod, Beryl and Tom.
McKay, Micheline (Carleton University Students Association).
McKenzie, Jim (BOAG Foundation Ltd.).
Michaud, Gerry (Local 199, UAW).
National Arts Centre.
National Council of Jewish Women of Canada.
New Democratic Party press release.
Nielsen, Erik. M.P.
F.4 Condolence letters. O-Z. 1981. 1 cm.
Olmer, John A.
Oostrom, John. 1 letter and card.
O’Neil, Pierre and Louise.
Orlikow, David. M.P.
De la Penotiere, Bob (Local 1520, UAW). 2 letters.
Pepper, J. Auburn (Chairman, Saskatchewan NDP Caucus).
Rabbi Plaut, W. Gunther and Elizabeth.
Price, [Ann]. 1 letter and card.
Public Archives Canada (W.I. Smith).
Reeves, Dorothy, M. 1 letter, 2 cards.
Rishikof, Jack R.
Ritchie, A. Edgar.
Romanow, Roy J. (Attorney General, Saskatchewan).
Rose, Mark W.
Rubin, Joyce, and Phil. 1 letter and card.
Saunders, Tom (President, CALEA).
Sauvé, Jeanne (Speaker of the House of Commons).
Scotton, Cliff and Joyce Nash.
Shinder, Sol B. (President, Jewish Community Council of Ottawa).
Shymko, Yuri, M.P.
Snyder, Gordon T. M.LA.
Spicer, Keith. 1 letter and t.s. obituary.
Spry, Irene M.
Stewart, A.I. (President, Public Service Alliance of Canada).
Tchorzewski, Ed. (Minister of Finance, Saskatchewan).
Thomas, Margaret and Lewis.
Tobin, Brian. M.P.
Toronto Jewish Congress.
Vincent, Alice. 1 letter and card.
Wise, John. M.P.
Waxman, Gertie and Maurice.
Yolden, Max (Commissioner of Official Languages).
Unknown. 6 letters.
F.5 Sympathy cards [1 of 6]. 2 cm.
F.6 Sympathy cards [2 of 6]. 2 cm.
F.7 Sympathy cards [3 of 6]. 2 cm.
F.1 Sympathy cards [4 of 6]. 2.5 cm.
F.2 Sympathy cards [6 of 6]. 2.5 cm.
F.3 Sympathy cards [5 of 6]. 2.5 cm.
F.4 Get well letters. 1981. 2.5 cm.
Adam, Ellen. 1 card.
Allen, Jean and Stan. 1 card.
Barrett, David. M.L.A.
Beth Shalom Synagogue, Ottawa.
Brown, Michael D.
Cadbury, George Woodall.
Canadian Labour Congress. 1 card.
Chan, Dennis. (Deputy Chairman of Association of New Democratic Youth).
Cooper, Austin M.
Croll, David A.
Crump, Buck. 1 card.
Deans, Ian. M.P.
Foot, Michael. (Leader of the UK Labour Party).
Gordon, J. King.
Gibson, Douglas M.
Kappagoda, Nihal M.
Kristiansen, Lyle. M.P.
[Marner], David, Pat, Sherri, and Barbara.
McGrath, James A. M.P. and Margaret.
Moore, Bud and Hilda. 1 card.
Murphy, Rod. M.P.
Nantel, Roger C. (Director, Chancellery of Canadian Orders and Decorations).
O’Connell, Marlene and Army. 1 card.
Patel, Ahmed. 1 card.
Reeves, Dorothy M.
Roberts, Bill. 1 card.
Romaniuk, Anita. 1 card.
Sargeant, Terry. M.P.
Schreyer, Edward Richard. Governor General of Canada.
Shewring, Helen, George, and Dean. 1 card.
Skoberg, Marg and John.
St. Claire, Marne.
Swain, Jean, Stuart, Kelly and Roxanne. 1 card and letter.
Trudeau, Pierre Elliot. Prime Minister of Canada.
Vorst, Jesse. 1 card.
Walden, Janet and David. 1 card.
Whitehouse, John R.W. (Director, ILO, Canadian branch).
Workman’s Compensation Board.
Unknown. 5 cards and 5 letters.
F.5 Donation cards. 1981. 1.7 cm.