Fonds 1277 - H. Donald Forbes fonds

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UTA 1277


H. Donald Forbes fonds


  • 1967-2009 (Creation)

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5.21 m of textual records (41 boxes)

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Hugh Donald Forbes (Donald) was born in Regina Saskatchewan on February 23 1942. He attended high school in Winnipeg and afterward graduated from the University of Manitoba in 1963 with a B.A. in Political Science. He then attended Yale University where he graduated with an M.A. (1966) and a Ph.D. (1976).

In 1969, prior to completing his Ph.D., Prof. Forbes returned to Canada as an assistant professor in the Department of Political Economy at the University of Toronto. He rose to Associate Professor upon completing his Ph.D. in 1976 and in 1994 was appointed full professor.

His main research has been in the field of Canadian Politics, Anglo-American political thought, nationalism, ethnic conflict and multiculturalism. He has published four books: Canadian Political Thought (edited, 1985); Nationalism, Ethnocentrism, and Personality (1985); Ethnic Conflict (1997); George Grant: A Guide to His Thought (2007). He is currently working on a book on multiculturalism and is expected to publish a second edition of Canadian Political Thought. Throughout his career, he has been a member of the Canadian Political Science Association and has been a referee for several professional journals. As a teacher, he has taught varied graduate and undergraduate courses mainly relating to the study of Canadian political science and has supervised numerous graduate students.

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The Donald Forbes fonds consists of two accessions: B2007-0009 and B2010-0010.

The first accrual of Prof. Forbes personal records (B2007-0020) covers mainly the period of his career prior to 1990 while the second accrual (B2010-0010) covers his entire career and completes many of the gaps in documentation in the previous accession.

Correspondence (Series 1) is not voluminous but is rich in content. It documents Prof. Forbes’ varied roles as researcher, educator, author and mentor. All of his four books are well documented (Series 2) as well as many of his talks, addresses, papers and reviews (Series 3) that span the breadth of his career. There is fairly extensive original unpublished research on the Canadian electorate that Prof. Forbes worked on in the early 1990s (Series 4) and which also resulted in a few papers. Finally his role as an educator and mentor is documented in extensive course files and graduate student files (Series 5).

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Open, except some files in Series 1 and 5. Consult Series description for details and University Archivist for access.

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File list for Series 3 only.

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-Original finding aid by Marnee Gamble, October 2008, revised November 2010
-Added to AtoM by Karen Suurtamm, April 2016




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