Fonds RC0053 - Roy MacSkimming fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Roy MacSkimming fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • 1970-2006 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

2 m of textual records, graphic material and sound recordings

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Roy MacSkimming was born in 1944, grew up in Ottawa and attended the University of Toronto. From 1964 to 1968 he worked as an editor with Clarke, Irwin. In 1969 MacSkimming co-founded New Press in Toronto with James Bacque and Dave Godfrey. He later co-founded the Association of Canadian Publishers, a lobby group focused on strengthening the publishing industry. When New Press was acquired by General Publishing in 1974, MacSkimming became books editor, literary columnist and publishing reporter at The Toronto Star. In 1977 he moved to Ottawa to work with the Canada Council for the Arts, administering policies and programs for book publishing. In 1990 MacSkimming began a ten-year involvement with the Association of Canadian Publishers as policy director and government relations advisor. He is the author of several books including The Perilous Trade: Publishing Canada’s Writers.

Custodial history

Scope and content

The fonds is mainly concerned with the writing of The Perilous Trade.

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds (18-2009) was acquired from Roy MacSkimming in April 2009.


It has been arranged in five series: interviews; sound recordings of interviews; research materials; The Perilous Trade and other writings; correspondence.

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

There are no access restrictions.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Finding aids

Associated materials

Related materials


Further accruals are expected.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier


Institution identifier

Rules or conventions


Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Language of description

Script of description


Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres