Fonds - Duncan Robertson fonds

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Duncan Robertson fonds

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  • 1977 - 1988, predominant 1977 - 1983 (Creation)

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.62 m textual records - 2 photographs - 64 slides - 6 audiotapes.

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Duncan F. Robertson was born in Allan, Saskatchewan in 1924, lived near Bradwell, SK and went to school there. Following wartime army service overseas he attended the University of Saskatchewan. After graduation he rejoined the army, serving Canada, Germany and Vietnam, retiring in 1957. He then studied at St. Augustine's Seminary, Toronto, obtaining a degree in Theology in 1961, followed by a year at Regina Cleri Seminary, Regina. In 1971 he graduated from the University of British Columbia School of Librarianship and in 1976 received an M.A. in history from the University of Saskatchewan. Robertson also served for some years as Head Librarian of the Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in Saskatoon. In 1977, Duncan Robertson was commissioned by the Diocese of Saskatoon to prepare a chronological history of the diocese as part of the celebrations of the fiftieth anniversary of the diocese in 1983. The Sword of St. Paul: A History of the Diocese of Saskatoon 1933-1983 was published in 1982. The Duncan Robertson fonds contains the research materials used in the preparation of the book. From 1983 to 1988, Robertson conducted research into the life and career of Fr. Alexis André, OMI and wrote an article on this topic for publication in the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. For additional information, see Duncan Robertson fonds in the archives of the University of Saskatchewan.

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Records deposited in the archives in 1985 and in 1991.

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Fonds arranged in two series: I. The Sword of St. Paul research materials and II. Alexis André, OMI research materials. I. The Sword of St. Paul research materials. - 1977-1983. - .58 m textual records. - 64 slides. - 6 audiotapes. Textual material consists of correspondence; financial records regarding the preparation of the book; research materials on the history of the diocese, the parishes, the religious orders of women and men and the Catholic organizations; notes, drafts and clippings; bibliography, final copy of manuscript, correspondence following publication. The research materials include a number photocopies made from microfilm editions of local newspapers (The Star-Phoenix and The Prairie Messenger). Included in some files are booklets and pamphlets on the history of some of the parishes and religious orders; these materials will be noted in the file list and moved to the pamphlet collection of the Anglin Collection of Canadian Catholic Church History, Shannon Library, St. Thomas More College. Photographs are color slides of parish churches in the Diocese of Saskatoon, photographed by the author 1978-1979. Audiotapes are interviews conducted by the author 1978-1981. II. Alexis André OMI research materials. - 1983-1988. - 1 file textual materials. - 1 photograph. Series consists of correspondence, photocopied information, notes and drafts and the final version of the article. Photograph is (black and white, 5" x 7") of Father Alexis André, OMI. - original photo in Provincial Archives of Alberta, Collection Oblats de Marie-Immaculée, photo # Ob. 2620.

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Associated material: Duncan Robertson fonds, University of Saskatchewan Archives

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