Fonds RC0044 - Don Lake fonds

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Don Lake fonds

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  • 1974-1976 (Creation)

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75 items

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Don Lake, antiquarian bookseller, was born in Toronto on 11 July 1950. In the late 1970s he was involved in the establishment of a Toronto chapter of the Independent Socialists and in the publication of Workers' Action. In 1978 he began a bookstore called October Books. His current antiquarian business, D. & E. Lake Ltd., houses a large inventory of rare books (especially pertaining to early printed books, voyages and travels, Canadiana/Americana, and illustrated books), antique maps and prints, and modern books on art, architecture, and the decorative arts. In addition to antiquarian books, his company also sells Canadian art and has regular exhibitions of artwork in this area.

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The fonds consists of one folder of correspondence. The correspondence concerns the formation of the Toronto chapter of the Independent Socialists, highlights some of the activities of the Vancouver chapter, including an expulsion, and discusses the distribution of literature, particularly information about the plight of workers in Portugal. Relationships between British, Irish, Australian, American and Canadian chapters and their beliefs are outlined. Correspondents include Jeff Rose, Kit Lyons and Merry Philbin. Don Lake's early contact name in correspondence was David Gordon.

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The fonds was presumably purchased from Don Lake in the early 1980s.


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