Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00179 - Robert S. Kenny Papers

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Robert S. Kenny Papers


  • [ca.1871]-1976 (Creation)

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97 boxes and items

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Biographical history

Robert S. Kenny was born in Lindsay, Ont. An avid book collector in many disciplines, Kenny began to collect materials on radicalism in the thirties after joining the Communist Party of Canada.

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Sold to the University of Toronto Library, 1977.

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This collection consists of manuscript and printed materials on all aspects of radicalism in Canada, as well as photographs, sound recordings and assorted ephemera. The manuscript material includes: material on the Communist Party of Canada; Tim Buck, A.E. Smith and other Canadian communists; organizations connected with radicalism and Communism in Canada, including briefs written by them to government agencies; draft articles submitted to the National Affairs Monthly; and translations and reprints, chiefly from Russian publications.

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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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