Fonds RC0077 - Robert Fulford fonds

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Robert Fulford fonds

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  • 1951-2015 (Creation)

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10.28 m of textual records
42 audio cassettes
10 video cassettes
1 audio reel
1 audio disc
3 photographs : b&w.

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Robert Fulford, journalist, editor, and author, was born in Ottawa on 13 February 1932 and educated at Malvern Collegiate. His first job was as a sports reporter with the Globe and Mail. He soon turned to literature and the arts which have remained his forte. Fulford edited various magazines for Maclean-Hunter in 1953-1955, returned to the Globe in 1956-1957, and was editor of Maclean's Magazine from 1962 to 1964. From 1958 to 1962 and again from 1964 to 1968 he was a literary columnist for the Toronto Daily Star. He became editor of Saturday Night magazine in 1968 and stayed there until his resignation in 1987. While there he reviewed movies under the pseudonym of “Marshall Delaney”. He then became columnist and contributing editor to the Financial Times until 1992 when he joined the Globe and Mail as weekly arts columnist.

He has been a contributing editor of both Toronto Life and Canadian Art. Fulford began writing a column for the National Post in 2000. He has published several books. In addition to his writing, he has been active as a radio personality and has hosted an interview program, "Realities" on TV Ontario. He served as chair of the Maclean-Hunter program in communications ethics, Ryerson University, 1989-1993. He also sits on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Civil Liberties Association. He has won numerous awards and been awarded several honorary degrees. Fulford published his memoir Best Seat in the House in 1988.

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The fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts; correspondence; Saturday Night material; speeches and talks; administrative, personal and research files/documents; photographs and artwork; and other material. See 'system of arrangement' for more detail.

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First accrual was acquired in 1989; second and third accruals were acquired in 1992, one in the spring and the other in October; the fourth accrual (31-2004) in 2004; fifth accrual in 2017, all from Robert Fulford.


There have been five accruals. The first accrual has been arranged into the following series: Manuscripts; Correspondence; about Robert Fulford; Saturday Night material. The second accrual has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence; Manuscripts; Scrapbooks; Toronto Star columns; Saturday Night material; Speeches and Talks; Occasional Articles; Writings about Fulford; Committee Meetings. The third accrual has been arranged into the following series: Correspondence, Writings, and Speeches; Administrative: Banff Programme and Ontario Law Reform Commission files; Personal: Invitations and Cuttings about Fulford; Research Files; Materials Received: Brochures and Video and Audio Cassettes. The fourth accrual has been arranged into five series: correspondence; manuscripts, typescripts, computer prints and proofs; financial, legal, personal documents, photographs, artwork, appointment books, awards and honours; moving images and sound recordings; printed materials. Books received with this accrual have been listed separately. The fifth accrual has been arranged in four series: Clippings of Fulford's writing; Clippings about Fulford and ephemera; Speeches; and Correspondence.

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Fifth Accrual, G. Dunks, 2018.

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