Fonds RC0009 - Alvin Lee fonds

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Alvin Lee fonds

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  • 1973-1990 (Creation)

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2.1 m of textual records
1 video cassette

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Alvin Lee was born in Woodville, Ontario. He attended the University of Toronto where he received his Bachelors of Arts, a Master of Arts in English and a Ph.D in English in 1961. Lee began a teaching career at McMaster University as Assistant Professor of English in 1960 and progressed to Associate Professor, Assistant Dean, School of Graduate Studies, Dean of Graduate Studies, Vice-President, Academic and President and Vice-Chancellor from 1980 to 1990. Alvin Lee is the author of numerous books and articles on Old English literature and is a specialist in Middle English literature. He is currently Professor Emeritus, Department of English, at McMaster University. Lee is the recipient of numerous honours and awards. He was elected a Member, Royal Commonwealth Society, England in 1962. He was appointed Honorary Professor of English, University of Science and Technology, Beijing and Honorary Professor at Peking University in 1993. Lee currently serves as the General Editor of the 30-volume Collected Works of Northrop Frye, being published by the University of Toronto Press.

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The fonds reflects the years when Lee was President of McMaster University although some of the material pre-dates his presidency.

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The fonds (36-2008) was received via Jill Axisa in July 2008.


The fonds is arranged in two series: speeches; and correspondence, reports.

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