Fonds MG 52 - C.A. King fonds

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C.A. King fonds

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MG 52

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  • 1938-1985, predominant 1954-1979 (Creation)

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89 cm of textual records

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Carlyle King was born on 25 November 1907 at Cooksville, Ontario; his family moved to Saskatchewan in 1912. By 1926 he had earned a BA at the University of Saskatchewan; a year later he received an MA from the University of Toronto. King spent the 1927-28 academic year studying at the University of London before returning to Toronto, where he was granted a PhD in 1931. In 1929 he joined the faculty of the U of S as Instructor in English. He was named Full Professor in 1949; and in 1950, he became head of the English Department: a position he held until 1964. In addition, King held several concurrent academic assignments: chair of the Evening Class Committee (1947-1963); chair of the Scholarships Committee (1952-1959); Director of Summer School (appointment 1959); and Dean of Summer Sessions and Correspondence Courses (1964). He was appointed Dean of Academic Services in 1967, Vice-Principal of the Saskatoon Campus in 1971 and Vice-President (Acting) in 1974. King retired in June 1975. During his academic career, King pioneered the teaching of American and Canadian Literature; studied the works of George Bernard Shaw and Joseph Conrad; and wrote on the history of the University of Saskatchewan. King also held several executive positions with the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). King died in 1988.

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This fonds contains correspondence, research notes, drafts, and manuscripts relating to King's books: "A Book of Canadian Poems;" "A Book of Essays;" "Extending the Boundaries;" "The First Fifty;" "Saskatchewan: The Making of a University;" "Saskatchewan Harvest;" and "Three Stories by Joseph Conrad." Additionally, it contains King's articles, lectures and addresses, dealing primarily with Canadian literature. There is also material related to King's other interests: the career and works of G.B. Shaw and R.A. Wilson; provincial and national library associations; and pacifism

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Related material: See also Faculty Biographies, Faculty Publications, and Alumni files.

Associated material: Saskatchewan Archives Board,

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