Fonds F414 - Doug Wilson fonds

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Doug Wilson fonds

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  • 1974-1985, predominant 1974-1985 (Creation)

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12 cm textual records

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Douglas Wilson was born in 1950 in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan. He received his Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Saskatchewan, with majors in Art and History. He taught public school in Makwa, Saskatchewan, in 1969-1970 and 1973-1974. He did post-graduate work in Educational Foundations at the University of Saskatchewan between 1974 and 1976. During this period, he worked as a sessional lecturer and supervisor of practice teaching for the College of Education. While living in Saskatoon during the early 1970s, Wilson was actively and visibly involved in the gay liberation movement. He was instrumental in the organization and administration of groups such as the Zodiac Friendship Society (later the Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon) and the Saskatchewan Gay Coalition. The latter organization fought for the human rights of homosexuals in the province, and in the later 1970s Wilson was the group's leading activist. On September 22, 1975, Dean J. Kirkpatrick of the College of Education suspended Wilson's work as a supervisor of practice teaching in public schools, on the grounds of Wilson's open admission of his homosexuality and his public involvement in the gay liberation movement. A Committee to Defend Doug Wilson was formed to fight the university's action, and Wilson placed a formal complaint with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. The Commission planned to go ahead with a formal inquiry into the case, but the process was halted when the university won an application to the Saskatchewan Court of Queen's Bench for an order to prohibit the inquiry based on the argument that, at the time, discrimination on basis of a person's sex referred to gender rather than sexual orientation. The inquiry was never held. In 1978, Wilson became the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Association on Human Rights, a position which he held until 1983. In 1983 he moved to Toronto, where he worked for the Toronto Board of Education's Race Relations office. Wilson died from AIDS in Toronto in 1992.

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The executor of the Estate of Doug Wilson, Mary Louise Adams, donated the Doug Wilson fonds to the Saskatoon office, Saskatchewan Archives, in one accession in 1993: S93-38 (7 June 1993.)

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This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by Doug Wilson while he lived in Saskatchewan. The records relate to his involvement and interest in matters of relevance to the Saskatchewan homosexual community, to the gay rights movement, and to Wilson's dismissal from the University of Saskatchewan and his subsequent human rights claim put before the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission. The fonds includes correspondence, clippings, and publications about his work in the gay rights movement, as well as his involvement in the creation and administration of homosexual organizations in the province, such as the Zodiac Friendship Society / Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon, and the Saskatchewan Gay Coalition. The fonds also includes correspondence, briefs and reports pertaining to Wilson's work with the Saskatchewan Association on Human Rights, and original and reproduced cartoons drawn by Wilson.

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These records are subject to access restrictions according to the terms of an agreement with the donor dated June 24, 1993. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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SAFA 218 (old guide GS-218) consists of a fonds level description and file level listings of textual records.

Associated materials

Related material: Related records are available in the Neil Richards fonds, F 413. This fonds includes official records of the Zodiac Friendship Society / Gay Community Centre of Saskatoon, and of the Saskatchewan Gay Coalition, associations in which Doug Wilson played a key organizational role. File VI.6. of the Richards fonds includes a videotape entitled "Gay Liberation," which includes an interview with Wilson conducted in 1978.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: S-A 810

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