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Francess Georgina Halpenny fonds
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Francess Georgina Halpenny fonds

  • UTA 1340
  • Fonds
  • 1927-2000

Personal records of Francess Halpenny, documenting her activities as a student, with the RCAF during World War II, with amateur theatre groups, as a professor of library science, as an editor with the U of T Press and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and with numerous academic and professional groups, including the Royal Society of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the National Library. Included are some drafts of her books, articles, addresses, and reports; her honorary degrees and other awards (including photos and a video), other photos, and a (RSC) medal.

Halpenny, Francess Georgina

Talks and Conferences

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s participation as lecturer, moderator and/or attendee to talks and conferences on publishing, biography and Canadian studies, between 1972 and 1993. It also documents a talk she gave about staying active and aging at the symposium "Age-itation", in 1986.

The series consists of 20 files including correspondence, conference programs, lists of participants, working notes, drafts (some hand written) of addresses and/or papers and press clippings.

Research and Publications

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s research and publishing activities relating to publishing generally, Canadian libraries, Canadian theatre and Royal Society of Canada fellows, from 1969 to 1996. The series also partially documents her participation into activities of the Literary History of Canada’s editorial board from 1984 to 1990.

The series consists of 8 files including working notes, drafts (some hand written), correspondence, minutes of meetings, grant application and reviews.

Other Professional Activities

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s professional involvement in promoting social sciences and humanities generally and Canadian studies and research in particular. It also documents her participation into the activities of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s (SSHRCC) assessment committee on the Canadian Institute for Historical Microreproductions (CIHM), from 1981 to 1983 ; into activities of the Journal of Canadian Studies editorial board, from 1985 to 1995 ; into activities of the National Research Council of Canada’s review subcommittee on the Canadian Journals of Research, in 1985 and 1986 ; into activities of the International Council for Canadian Studies’ adjudication committee with regard to the attribution of the Canadian Studies Award, from 1986 to 1988 ; into activities of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s selection committee in relation to the attribution of the Jules and Gabrielle Léger Fellowship, from 1989 to 1992. The series also documents Halpenny’s researches in preparation of writing the report "Canadian collections in public libraries" for the account of the Book and Periodical Development Council, from 1984 to 1991 ; her developing a master’s course on the history of publishing for the Canadian Centre for Studies on Publishing at Simon Fraser University, in 1988 and 1989 ; her participation into discussions on the Royal Visit to Queen’s University, in 1991 ; her interest in University of Windsor Humanities Research Group lectures and activities, in 1992 ; and her support to candidates for prizes such as the Molson prize, the Lorne Pierce Medal, and the Royal Society of Canada’s Sir John William Dawson Medal, in 1992. The series also partially documents Halpenny’s involvement in the Canadian Children’s Literature, the Canadian Society of Children’s Author, Illustrator and Performers (CANSCAIP) and the Ontario Library Association.

The series consists of 11 files including minutes of meetings, correspondence, reports and application for awards.

National Library of Canada

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s activities as a member of the National Library of Canada’s advisory board from 1976 to 1982. It also partially documents Halpenny’s activities as a member of the Advisory board committee on bibliographical services of Canada, from 1981 to 1982 ; and her participation to the "Colloquium on Availability of Publications in Canada", Quebec City, June 17 and 18, 1987.

The series consists of 4 files including correspondence, minutes of meetings, news release, notes and correspondence.

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