Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00231 - Hugh Kane Papers

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Hugh Kane Papers


  • 1955-1981 (Creation)

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7 boxes

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Biographical history

Hugh Kane was born in 1911 in Belfast, Northern Ireland, and moved to Canada when he was a child. He started work for McClleland and Stewart in 1937, and, except for his service with the Royal Canadian Air Force between 1942-46, worked there until 1969. He moved to Macmillan Company of Canada in 1969 to become president. He became vice chairman in 1972 when Maclean Hunter bought the company. He died in Stratford, Ont., in 1984.

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Gift of Lorna Kane, 1984, 1989

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The collection consists of journals, reports, notes and correspondence on publishing in Canada compiled during Kane's career at McClelland and Stewart Publishing Company and at Macmillan Company of Canada. It includes journals from his coast-to-coast business trips, correspondence with authors such as Constance Beresford-Howe, John Diefenbaker, Bruce Hutchinson, Dennis Lee, Thomas Raddall, and business associates such as Jack McClelland and John Gray. It also includes notes and correspondence on censorship.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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