Fonds F2341 - Adam Chapnick Fonds

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Adam Chapnick Fonds


  • 1941-2014 (Creation)

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0.72 m of textual records
23 photographs in electronic form

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Biographical history

Adam Chapnick was born in Boston, Massachusetts on 1 August 1976, the son of Lorne and Sharon Chapnick (née Ritter). He was the first of three children. He was educated at the University of Toronto Schools, Trent University, the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (Carleton University), and the University of Toronto. He was a co-director of the University of Toronto’s Teaching Assistants’ Training Programme, 2003-2005. He was a sessional instructor at the University of Toronto between 2003 and 2006, and a sessional instructor at Ryerson University between 2007 and 2009. He has taught defence studies at the Canadian Forces College, a part of the Royal Military College of Canada, since 2006. He is the author or editor of numerous books and scholarly publications.

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Donated by Adam Chapnick in 2015.

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Scope and content

The fonds contains the material collected by Adam Chapnick during his research for his biography of John Wendell Holmes, Canada’s Voice: The Public Life of John Wendell Holmes, published by University of British Columbia Press in 2009. It includes his research in the Holmes fonds at Trinity College and Holmes’ letters to his family (Nancy Skinner Papers now incorporated into Holmes fonds), transcriptions of interviews and correspondence with various individuals, copies of some of Holmes’ writings, photographs, and correspondence relating to the publication of the book. Most of the research for his biography of John Holmes was undertaken between 2005 and early 2007.

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System of arrangement

Series 1 and 2 retain the arrangement as the papers came from Chapnick. Series 3 had no apparent order so was left as it arrived. Series 4 which originally contained photocopies of most of Holmes’ publications has been culled to retain only those not easily available elsewhere.

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Various copyright holders. It is the researcher’s responsibility to obtain permission to publish any part of the fonds.

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  • English

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John Holmes fonds (F2260)

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Dates and locations of originals are listed in the ‘Contents’ section for each file.

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Trinity College Archives

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