Fonds 63 - Earle Toppings fonds

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CA ON00399 63


Earle Toppings fonds


  • 1946-2016 (Creation)

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72 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette
1 video cassette
8 compact discs

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Biographical history

Earle Toppings was an editor at The Ryerson Press, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and CBC Radio Drama. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1931, and grew up near Kipling. After attending high school in Kipling, Vancouver and Surrey, B.C., he attained a B.A. at the University of British Columbia, and then graduated from the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto. Beyond his editing career he also worked as a newscaster, producer and program director at CBC and other radio stations, and taught in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, where he produced Canada's first course for university credit by radio, broadcast by Ryerson's Open College in 1976. Before becoming an Art advisor (Toppings Art), he was producer and interviewer for Canadian Writers on Tape and Canadian Poets on Tape. A volunteer at the Art Gallery of Ontario and other institutions, he and his wife Iris reside in Toronto.

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Acquired from Earle Toppings, 2008, 2009, 2015 and 2016.

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Fonds is comprised of the following series: Series 1: Typescripts, proofs and other records, 1946-2010; Series 2: Correspondence with Canadian Writers, 1962-2016, predominant 1965-1971; Series 3: Records relating to "Canadian Writers on Tape", "Canadian Poets on Tape" and "Nightfall", 1969-2008, predominant 1969-1971.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Literary Titans Revisited: The Earle Toppings Interviews with CanLit Poets and Writers of the Sixties (PR9189.6 .T66 2017), edited by Anne Urbancic, is available in the Victoria University Library.

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