Fonds F 206 - Meyer Brownstone fonds

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Meyer Brownstone fonds

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F 206

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  • 1947-1982 (Creation)

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7.64 m of textual records
3 audio cassettes

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Meyer Brownstone was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 26, 1922. He received his primary and secondary education in Winnipeg. Brownstone earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture from the University of Manitoba (1944) and a Master of Science degree in Agricultural Economics from the University of Minnesota (1946). He earned a Doctorate in Public Administration and Economics from Harvard University in 1960.

After serving with the Canadian Army in the Second World War, Brownstone moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, where he held various positions in the Saskatchewan Government: research economist with the Economic Advisory and Planning Board (1947-1951); Director of Research for the Royal Commission on Agriculture and Rural Life (1952-195?); Director of the Local Government Continuing Committee (1957-1961); member of the Interdepartmental Committee to Study a Medical Care Program (1959); and Deputy Minister of the Department of Municipal Affairs (1961-1964).

In 1964, Brownstone moved to Ontario, where he worked in various positions, including Director of Research for the federal Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism (1964-1969); professor at the University of Toronto and Director of the Center for Urban and Community Studies at the University of Toronto.

Brownstone was involved with numerous charitable and educational organizations during his professional career, including the Centre for Community Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and its successor, the Canadian Centre for Community Studies in Ottawa, Ontario. He served as a member and chairman of the board for that organization.

Brownstone is the recipient of numerous awards and honors, including the Pearson Peace Medal (1986) and a honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trent University. He is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and a Chair Emeritus of Oxfam Canada.

Brownstone is currently (2009) retired and resides in Toronto.

Custodial history

Meyer Brownstone donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in five accessions between 1979 and 1989: R79-127 (May 15, 1979); R79-293 (September 24, 1979); R80-441 (June 10, 1980); R82-629 (December 24, 1982) and R89-309 (July 24, 1989).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used from 1947 to 1982 by Meyer Brownstone during his residence in Regina, Saskatchewan and Ontario. The records relate mainly to his activities as a member of the Saskatchewan Economic Advisory and Planning Board; Director of the Saskatchewan Local Government Continuing Committee; Director of Research for the Royal Commission on Agriculture and Rural Life; and Director of Research for the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism.

The fonds includes records relating to the Centre for Community Studies at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon and the Canadian Centre for Community Studies in Ottawa, Ontario. These records were created mainly by executive members W.B. Baker and John F. Kinzel.

The types of records included in the fonds are correspondence; memoranda; reports; publications; budget materials; minutes; news releases; newspaper clippings and audio cassettes.

No series have been assigned to the records in this fonds.

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These records are open for research use.

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

Finding aids

SAFA 420 (old guide GR 177) consists of a fonds description and file listings of textual records. Item descriptions of the audio cassettes are available in the Regina Main Card Catalogue.

Associated materials

Related material: 61-258-01 to 61-258-04: Photographs of Meyer Brownstone as Deputy Minister of the Saskatchewan Department of Municipal Affairs are located in the Photographic Services series in the Regina Historical Photographs collection.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: old guide GR 177 (R-414; R-437; R-458; R-1099); Audio cassettes: R-8335 to R-8337

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