Fonds DF - David Farr fonds

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David Farr fonds

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  • 1934-2011 (Creation)
    Farr, David M. L.

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  • 34.58 m of textual records
  • 2 photographs
  • 1 book

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David Morice Leigh Farr was born in Vancouver, British Columbia on December 19, 1922. He attended the University of British Columbia in 1940 and graduated in 1944 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, First Class Honours in History and Economics. Immediately after graduation, Dr. Farr entered the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve for one year after which time he relocated to Toronto and enrolled in the Masters Program (Canadian History, 1945-1946) at the University of Toronto. In 1946 Dr. Farr married Joan R. Fisher and joined Dalhousie University (1946-1947) as a lecturer in Canadian history. One year later, he was appointed lecturer at Carleton College (changed to Carleton University in 1957). During this time, Dr. Farr worked towards a Doctorate in Modern History, at Oxford University (New College and Nuffield College, 1950-1952). In addition, during the fifties Dr. Farr was employed as a Research Officer for the Defense Research Board (Summer 1955 and 1956), and Associate Examiner (1954-1955) and Examiner- in-Chief (1957-1959) for Department of Education, Toronto. Since 1947 Dr. Farr has had a career as a scholar and academic instructor/advisor at Carleton; Lecturer (1947-1952); Assistant Professor (1952-1957); Associate Professor (1957- 1961); Professor (1961-1987); Professor Emeritus (1987); Chairman, Department of History (1952-1963); Dean of Arts (1963-1969); Chairman, Council of Arts and Science of Ontario Universities (1967-1968); Member (1974-1976) and Chairman (1977-1985), Senate Committee on Honourary Degrees; Director, Paterson Centre for International Programs (1979-1985). Other academic appointments were Visiting Lecturer, University of British Columbia (Summer 1953) and Visiting Associate Professor (1957-1958), and Visiting Associate Professor for the Commonwealth Studies Centre, Duke University (1960). Dr. Farr has received honours and awards which include the John and Annie Southcott Memorial Scholarship (1943); University Graduate Historical Society Prize (1944); Research Fellowship from the Canadian Social Science Research Council (1950-1951); Studentship (1951- 1952); Short-Term Research Grant, Canada Council (1964, 1969-1970, 1976-1977); Research Grant, Canadian Institute of International Affairs (1975-1978); Research Grant, Carleton University (1976-1977, 1985-1986); Professor Emeritus (1987) Throughout his academic career Dr. Farr has been involved in various University committees such as the Interfaith Committee, Carleton University Press Committee, and the Promotions and Search Committees, as well as many professional associations and historical interests. His participation has ranged from general member to President for such associations as the Canadian Historical Association; Ontario Historical Association; Canadian Institute of International Affairs; Canada Council; Social Science Research Council of Canada and the Social Science Federation of Canada; Canadian Political Science Association; Royal Commonwealth Society; Canadian Association of University Teachers. Dr. Farr has also had works published which include, A Church in the Glebe; St. Matthew's, Ottawa 1898-1988; a history prepared for the occasion of the 90th anniversary of St. Matthew's Church; The Imperial Federation League in Canada, 1885-1894; and Colonial office and Canada, 1867-1887.

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The records were transferred to the Archives in three accessions. The first set of records were transferred from Carleton Library who received them from Dr. Farr in July 1973. The second and third set of accruals were received from Dr. Farr in October 1998.

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Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Dr. Farr documenting his career as a member of the History Department and an administrator at Carleton College/University, and records relating to his involvement with National associations. There are fourteen series that comprise the fonds: Carleton College (1947-1956); Carleton University (1957-1996); Department of History (1947-1987); Faculty of Graduate Studies (1972-1975); School of International Affairs (1973-1986); Institute of Canadian Studies (1957-1983); National Associations (1962-1980); Carleton International (1961-1996); Carleton Library (1962-1974); Personal Files (1947- 1998); University Affiliated Committees (1947-1979); and Non-University Affiliated Committees (1957-1994), Biographical and Obituary Information (2000-2004). Material arranged by subject. His diaries span from 1934 to 2003. Diaries have been restricted by David M. Farr.

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