Fonds RC0146 - Paul Becker

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Paul Becker

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  • 1951-1975 (Creation)

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3.4 m of textual records and graphic material

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Paul Becker was active in many student organizations. In 1960 he was President of the Student United Nations Association in Canada and served as National Federation of Canadian University Students (NFCUS) Chairman at the University of Western Ontario. For the academic year 1961-1962, he was the Vice-President for International Affairs of NFCUS. His predecessor in the job was Jacques Gérin, whose files he inherited. Gérin's files form a separate fonds. Becker's portfolio brought him in contact with the Coordinating Secretariat of the International Unions of Students (COSEC) in The Netherlands. In 1962 Becker served as the NFCUS representative on the World University Service of Canada (WUSC) and then became Vice-Chairman of WUSC. Working for WUSC, he organized an appeal for funds for the National Union of Israeli Students. He served as secretary of the Canadian Committee for the World Assembly of Youth (WAY) and of the Advisory Committee to the Department of the Secretary of State, Canadian Citizenship Branch. He was active as a conference organizer. In 1963 he was the conference secretary for the Conference on Student Mental Health; in 1964 he organized the Canadian Student Journalists conference. He was also on the Board of Directors for Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth. He was on the National Executive Council for the International Year of Cooperation (ICY) in Canada in 1965. He was also a member of the Preparatory Youth Committee and Youth Advisory Committee for EXPO 1967 in Montreal. Becker remained in correspondence with NFCUS after it was re-organized as the Canadian Union of Students in 1964.

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The first accrual was acquired in May 1995; the second accrual in October 1999; the third accrual in September 2004, the fourth accrual in July 2005, the fifth accrual in August 2013, all from Paul Becker of Becktor Holdings Ltd.


There have been five accruals. The first accrual (32-1995) arrived in disarray with only a few files extant. The few remaining original files have been noted in the finding aid. The fonds has been arranged into three series: correspondence; conferences; circular letters, agendas, minutes, reports, invitations, programmes. The second accrual (07-2000) also arrived in disarray. It has been arranged into two series: correspondence and circular letters, agendas, minutes, newsletters. The second series mainly concerns Jeunesse Canada Monde/Canada World Youth. The third accrual (46-2004) arrived in disarray with some files extant. The series has been arranged into the following series: organizations and conferences; correspondence; printed materials. The fourth accrual (17-2005) is an album containing photographs of the tenth International Student Conference, Quebec City, August 1962 and the eleventh International Student Conference, Christchurch, New Zealand, June 1964. The majority of the fifth accrual relates to Mr. Becker’s time on the Board of Canada World Youth.

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Researchers should also consult the NFCUS material.


No further accruals are expected.

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