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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Harold Gordon Skilling fonds
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Skilling 1984 accession

Lecture notes on international politics and international organization, University of Wisconsin and Dartmouth College (1941-1959); files for courses on Soviet politics at Dartmouth College and the University of Toronto; lecture notes for courses on Eastern Europe and comparative communism at the University of Toronto; lecture notes by Hazard at Columbia University (1949-1950)

Skilling 1983 accession

Records of conferences and meetings attended; drafts of and correspondence regarding articles written; correspondence relating to the writing of "Communism, National and International" and "Governments of Communist East Europe"; personal files (1961-1979) and correspondence (1974-1983); lecture notes as visiting professor, Columbia University, 1952.

Skilling 1985 accession

Addresses, radio scripts, correspondence, lecture notes; files on the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (1980-1981); files relating to the publication of "Interest Groups in Soviet Politics" (1971).

Skilling 1st 1987 accession

Correspondence, articles, reports, and related material on East European studies at the University of Toronto and elsewhere, including a study of the U.S. Helsinki Watch project prepared by the Ford Foundation.


Consists of: Ruble, Blair. ''Moscow's Avant-Garde Architecture of the 1920s: a tour", 1983.

Skilling 1988 accession

Records documenting Skilling's expertise relating to East European studies with particular emphasis on Czechoslovakia and his role in the the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. Contains addresses and speeches; manuscripts and publications including related correspondence and reviews (books included are "Czechoslovakia's Interruped Revolution", "Charter 77 and Human Rights in Czechoslovakia", and "The Czech Renaissance in the Nineteenth Century"); lecture notes; subject files, mainly of associations; sound recording, video and photographs; University of Toronto administrative files including the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, the Department of Polical Economy, Committee on International Studies as well as the Centre for International Studies.

Skilling 1st 1989 accession

Addresses, articles, correspondence, minutes of meetings and financial files documenting Gordon Skilling's activities as a specialist in East European studies, with particular emphasis on Czechoslovakia.

Card indices

These boxes contains card indicies under numerous bibliographic headings on Communism in Czechoslovakia and the history of the Czech Communist party between 1918 and 1958.

Card index box 1 (see scope and content note)

This box begins with some general entries (1918-1966) on the economic system in Czechoslovakia, the Second World War, the Czech constitution, the history of the Czech Communist party and its ideology, the transition to socialism, and a section on economic planning.

Card index box 2 (see scope and content note)

These entries (1921-1953) on the history of the Czech Communist partry are filed chronologically by the historical dates, not the dates when the references were written, from 1918 to the February crisis of 1948. These are followed by entries filed under the title "Soviet influence", beginning with general entries and then chronological ones covering the years 1925 to 1933.

Skilling 2nd 1989 accession

Card indicies, correspondence, and drafts of manuscripts relating to courses taught and books published by Gordon Skilling, Professor of Political Science, University of Toronto. Bibliography on communism in Czechoslovakia and the history of the Czech Communist Party, 1918-1958; files pertaining to Gordon Skilling's publications, "Charter 77 Documents", "Socialist Opposition in Czechoslovakia" (proposed), and "Samidzat and Independent Society in Central and Eastern Europe" (1988), including correspondence with Jan Kavan.

Card index box 3 (see scope and content note)

The indicies include entries (1935-1960) on "People's Democracy" in Czechoslovakia (1949-1958), its theory, its impact in Eastern Europe, party and non-party organizations, and on the activities of the communist parties.

Publication projects

This series documents, through correspondence, notes, financial statements, and drafts of manuscripts, three publication projects concerning opposition to communist regimes in eastern Europe, two of which were realized.

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