Fonds - Walter Stewart fonds

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Walter Stewart fonds

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  • 1948-1992 (Creation)

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8.16 m of textual records
50 photographs
9 audio cassettes

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Canadian editor, author, and journalist Walter Douglas Stewart was born in Toronto on April 19, 1931. He studied history at the University of Toronto, 1949 to 1953, but left before graduation to work for the Toronto 'Telegram' where he served as general reporter, picture editor, and financial feature writer until he joined 'Star Weekly' magazine as assistant picture editor in 1962. The following year he became Ottawa correspondent staying until 1968 when he assumed the same duties for 'Maclean's' magazine. At 'Maclean's' he moved on to become Toronto associate editor (1970-1972, 1973-1975), Washington correspondent (1975-1977), and managing editor (1977). He has worked as a feature writer for the Toronto 'Star' (1972-1973), as Ottawa correspondent and national columnist for FP News Service (1979-1980), as editor of 'Today' magazine, Toronto (1981-1982), as editor of 'Policy Options' magazine (1988-1992), and as columnist for 'The Toronto Sun' (1983-1997). As a freelancer, his work has appeared extensively in daily newspapers and magazines in Canada and the US, and on radio and television. Stewart is the author of fifteen non-fiction books, chiefly on Canadian political, historical, and economic subjects, and two detective novels. He edited a book on Canadian journalism; 'Canadian Newspapers: The Inside Story' (Hurtig, 1981), and is co-author, with Eric Kierans, of 'Wrong End of the Rainbow' (Collins, 1988). He has also ghost-written a number of books. Mr. Stewart's work has earned a number of awards including the Canadian Business Writers' Award for Investigative Journalism (1983), and the Canadian Magazines Award for Business Writing (1983). He has served as Professor and Director of the School of Journalism at King's College, Halifax (1984-1986) and as Max Bell Professor of Journalism at the University of Regina (1987-1988). Walter Stewart married Joan Marie Finley of Peterborough, Ontario, on September 24, 1955. They have a son, Craig, a daughter, Sandra, and two grandchildren.

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Fonds consists of professional papers of investigative journalist, Walter Stewart. The bulk of the material was generated by Stewart during the research, writing, and publication of his numerous books, articles, and newspaper columns, 1948-1993. Included are correspondence, outlines, contracts, extensive research materials, notes and notebooks, drafts, tearsheets, galleys, photos, publications, publicity materials and reviews. Also of note is a series of early 'Maclean's' magazine files (1953-1960) which were rescued by Stewart during one of his stints with the magazine. Much original and copied material from 'Maclean's' staff members other than Stewart is present in these files, and Stewart's own Maclean's files from a later period (1967-1982) are also contained in the fonds. Business correspondence (1967-1984), Stewart's correspondence as editor of 'Policy Options' magazine (1988-1992), and a small quantity of his personal correspondence (1982-1993) are also included.

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Original file titles and arrangement maintained; slight changes were made to clarify relationships within the records.

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Inventories are available for 89-78 and 94-85.

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Includes 15 oversized items.

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89-78 and 94-85

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