Collections and Fonds – 102544

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  • Record Information – Brief
    Neil M. Morrison fonds [multiple media].
    Hierarchical level:
    Fonds / Collection
    MG30-E273, R2551-0-4-E.
    Type of material:
    Objects (including medals & pins), Photographs, Sound recordings, Textual material
    Found in:
    Archives / Collections and Fonds
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  • Fonds / Collection includes:
    14 lower level description(s)
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    Place of creation:
    8.12 m of textual records.
    1 medal bronze.
    1 badge.
    2 audio discs.
    9 photographs : b&w, silver gelatine prints.
    19 maps
    Language of material:
    Scope and content:
    Fonds consists of archival records documenting the life and career of Neil M. Morrison. There are eleven series in this fonds: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, 1938-1961; Atkinson College, York University, 1960-1963; a Political series pertaining to the 1968 federal election and Mitchell Sharp's 1968 Liberal leadership campaign, 1963-1971; Bilingualism in Canada, 1965-1971; Associations and Organizations, 1939-1975; Personal, 1938-1975: Correspondence, 1936-1988; Speeches, Lectures, and Writings, 1937-1988; Subject Files, 1904-1982; Personal Memorabilia (1910-1976); and Photographs (1940-1990). The Correspondence series includes correspondence of Jean Hunter Morrison.

    The fonds also contains a German World War II badge and a German World War II medal.

    In addition, the fonds contains sound recordings of the Progressive Conservative Campaign song, The Man from Nova Scotia, 1968.

    Creator / Provenance:
    Biography/Administrative history:
    Neil M. Morrison born in Moose Jaw, Sask., completed his Bachelor of Arts at University of Manitoba, and later studied at McGill University, Montreal. He pioneered the use of radio for adult education while working for the Canadian Association for Adult Education, 1939-1940. Morrison joined the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (C.B.C.) Talks Department in 1940, and worked as a program organizer, producer, script writer and broadcaster. He was the Assistant Supervisor of Farm Broadcasts at the same time. After three years he was appointed National Supervisor of Talks and Public Affairs. In late 1953, he became director of the newly-formed Bureau of Audience Research.

    Morrison left the C.B.C. in 1961 to become Dean of Atkinson College, York University. From 1963 to 1968, he was co-secretary of the Royal Commission on Bilingualism and Biculturalism. He left the Commission to act as a campaign advisor for Mitchell Sharp in the 1968 Liberal leadership race. In the same year he ran as an unsuccessful Progressive Conservative candidate in Outremont. He served with the Bilingual Districts Advisory Board from 1970 to 1976. Neil Morrison died of pneumonia in Ottawa on 27 November 2002.
    Finding aid:
    Objects: Medal inventory numbers 9272, 9273.

    Objects: Item level description available on MINISIS.

    Textual records (Paper) The finding aid is a file list. The paper version of the finding aid covers containers 1 to 42. Addendum for 2005 accrual exists in electronic form MSS1144 (90:Open)
    Additional information:
    General Note:
    Received in 1976 from Neil M. Morrison and in 2003 from Maria Neil.
    Physical condition note:
    For their protection and preservation, fragile, very small, and unique items have been placed in Mylar enclosures.
    Related material:
    For related material, see also: the Jean Hunter Morrison fonds, the National Farm Radio Forum fonds, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation fonds, and the Canadian Association for Adult Education fonds.
    Subject heading:
    Other system control no.:
    Related control no.:
    1. (1973-06-02)
    2. 1979-027 MED
    3. 1980-0008 MISA
    4. 2005-00679-3
    5. CIR3385
    6. MG30-E-273
  • Conditions of access:
    Finding aid box
    FA 1144
    MG30 E 273
    Terms of use:
    Objects: No restrictions. Copyright expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada.
    Sound recordings: Reproduction and use in any form requires the written permission of the copyright holder.

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