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Comments on Lucien Bouchard

This small series documents the controversy surrounding comments provided by Dr. Rakoff pertaining to the psychological profile of Lucien Bouchard. These comments were made in memos sent to Dr. John Godfrey, which were then made available to high level officials in the government and the media. Some made complaints against Dr. Rakoff, on the grounds that he had provided a psychiatric diagnosis of a man he’d never met. Dr. Rakoff maintained that he was merely using his expertise to comment on the public presentation of a political figure. Records include correspondence, Dr. Rakoff’s statements and responses to the controversy, and substantial media coverage.

Creative work

Series consists of records documenting Dr. Rakoff’s creative life and includes poems, scripts, and other creative writing. 4 files includes some of Dr. Rakoff’s many sketches.


Series consist of portraits of Dr. Rakoff and photos of Dr. Rakoff speaking, receiving his honorary degree, and at a birthday party.


Series consists of records relating to Dr. Rakoff’s appearances on a number of CBC radio and television productions, including those listed below.

• An Argument of Laughter (a series of 3 talks by Dr. Rakoff). CBC Ideas, November 1969
• Language Series. CBC Ideas, 1969
• Model and Metaphor. CBC Ideas, 1969
• Man at the Centre: The Evolution of Human Sexuality, 1969
• The unnatural history of love. CBC Ideas, 1969
• Man Alive (Dr. Rakoff appeared on the CBC Television show about faith and spirituality), 1970
• Evil. CBC Ideas, 1971
• Perceptions and Prejudice, CBC Ideas, 1971
• Time Being: Death, 1973
• Massey: Perennial Man and the Slowed Machine
• Beaverbrook: the life and times of Max Aitkin. CBC Television, 1977 (Dr. Rakoff was a script collaborator)

Records include show schedules, program descriptions, transcripts, correspondence and contracts with CBC, background research, and listener/viewer letters. Note, Dr. Rakoff did not necessarily appear in all these programs; some schedules may have been retained for information purposes.

Series also includes audio recordings of various productions, including Nonquasi: An African Legend (a radio play), A talk on humour taped at the Clarke Institute, Rakoff’s talks for CBC Ideas shows “Terror of Death” (1969) and “Symmetry in Nature” (1972) and a show on “Between Ourselves” about intellectual refugees in Canada (1974?). Series also includes a dubbed recording of a Lord Beaverbrook address on American radio in 1941, rebroadcast on CBC in 1973.

Early family life and letters

Subseries consists of records documenting Dr. Franklin’s family and early life. The first file is a scrapbook on the history of the Martius family, dating back to the 15th century. The scrapbook includes a long paper, in German, on the history of the family, as well as captioned photographs and postcards. Series also includes a diary, written in German, from 1945. The bulk of the subseries consists of correspondence sent to and from Dr. Franklin, primarily after she moved to Canada. There are many letters between Dr. Franklin and her family in Germany, as well as letters to friends and colleagues.

The subseries concludes with records documenting Dr. Franklin’s attempts to sponsor her mother’s immigration to Canada in 1949.

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