Fonds IN-24; 88-15 - Arthur L. Phelps Papers

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Arthur L. Phelps Papers

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CA UWA IN-24; 88-15

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  • 1910 - 1962 (Creation)
    Phelps, Arthur L.

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3 cm of textual records and one audio cassette tape.

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Biographical history

Arthur L. Phelps (1887-1970) was a professor of English at Wesley--and later United—College, and a popular and respected radio personality. In 1921, Phelps joined--and quickly became the chair of--the English department of Wesley College. Until his departure from the College in 1945, Phelps was a popular professor, headed the English Club and was heavily involved with the College’s theatre program. He also served as a radio broadcaster for the CBC for decades and was considered one of the foremost cultural critics of the time. In particular, he focused on discussing Canada’s distinctive national culture and the rights of humanity.

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In 1984, the papers were donated to the University of Winnipeg Archives by Delza Longman.

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The papers are arranged into three series, which includes scripts from his CBC radio broadcasts, correspondence and newspaper clippings, and an audio cassette tape. The first series includes scripts from his CBC radio broadcasts from 1940 to 1962. In his broadcasts he discussed a diversity of subject matter, including his perception of Canadian culture and his generation. He discussed women’s rights and racism, the role of religion in culture, and Canadian and provincial identity among a myriad of topics. The second series includes newspaper clippings and correspondence from 1910 to 1960, which includes an article about Phelps becoming a United College fellow, and letters from the CBC to A.D. Longman about obtaining scripts of Phelps’ broadcasts. The third series contains one audio cassette, Saps Running, by Phelps.

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No notes on arrangement or archival interventions were made at time of accessioning.

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  • English

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Researchers are permitted to photocopy and publish in accordance with standard copyright procedures.

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A hard copy finding aid is available in the Archives Reading Room.

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Related records are held at the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections.

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July 18, 2012

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Bedford, A.G. The University of Winnipeg: A History of the Founding Colleges. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976.

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