Fonds MG 223 - R.H.D. Phillips fonds

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R.H.D. Phillips fonds

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MG 223

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  • 1940-2003 (inclusive); 1961-1980 (predominant) (Creation)
    Phillips, Robert Howard Daniel

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2.9 metres of textual records
15 photographs

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Robert Howard Daniel (“Bob”) Phillips was born in Regina on 3 December 1921. He attended school there, including taking one year of classes at Regina College. In 1941 he joined the army and served during World War II, leaving in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant, RC Artillery. He completed his BA (Hons) degree, with a double major in economics and political science, from the University of Saskatchewan. In 1948 he began a career as a journalist, working variously for the Canadian Press, the Regina Leader Post, and the United Press; in Canada and Europe. In 1960 he joined the staff of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool, becoming its first research analyst and subsequently, director of their Research Division. In 1973 he was named editor and publisher of the Western Producer, as well as general manager of Western Producer Publications. He married Tanyss Bell in 1951; they had two sons. Phillips was active in the Presbyterian Church as well as with both the University of Saskatchewan and the University of Regina. He was awarded an honorary degree from the University of Regina (1988); was given the Citizen of the Century award from the city of Saskatoon (1989); named a Fellow of the Agricultural Institute of Canada; awarded the meritorious service award, Nutana branch of the Royal Canadian Legion (2000); was a Member of the Order of Canada; and named and a life member of both the Canadian Agricultural Economics Association and of the Saskatchewan Institute of Agrologists. Following his retirement from the Western Producer in 1986, he was partner in Bell Phillips Communications Inc, a family-owned publishing company. He died in Saskatoon in 2006.

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This fonds contains materials created or collected by RHD Phillips, particularly during his tenure with the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. In particular, it contains extensive materials documenting the work of the Research Division, including specific issues relating to their internal communications, and transportation issues. Additionally there is documentation relating to the running and operations of the Western Producer, Modern Press, and Western Producer Publishing.

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Saskatchewan Wheat Pool

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Donated to the University Archives & Special Collections by Tanyss Phillips.


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A finding aid is available: file level with descriptions.

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See also the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool fonds (MG 247); and for related collections regarding publishing, the Sam Wynn fonds (MG 305); NeWest Review (MG 268) and the Paul Denham fonds (MG 254). RHD Phillips donated a complete set of Western Producer Prairie Books to the University of Saskatchewan Library’s Special Collections.

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Further accruals are expected.

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