Series 5 - The Crowe Affair

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The Crowe Affair

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CA UWA 11.001-5

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  • 1954 - 1962 (Creation)
    Swayze, Walter

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0.18 m of textual records

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Walter Eugene Swayze was born in Toronto, Ontario, Canada in 1922. He entered the University of Toronto in 1940 and graduated with a BAH in English in 1944. During 1944-1945, he served a tour with the Canadian Royal Navy as a telegraphist; and in 1945-1946, he taught through a Fellowship at University College in Toronto. During the summer of 1946 he was a part of the United College summer school staff, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, after which he went to Yale University for graduate studies.

He received his MA from Yale in 1948, and married Margaret Hobbs in the same year. He received his PhD in 1951. He then moved to Williamsburg, Virgina for a teaching post at the College of William and Mary until 1953. In 1953 he was appointed Professor and Head of the Department of English at United College. He retired as Professor in 1987, and was awarded an Honourary Fellowship of United College in 1988. After his retirement until his passing in 2014, he continued to speak and write among the University of Winnipeg community.

During his academic career at United College and University of Winnipeg, he was also active on several committees, the Senate, and as a thesis advisor. He was also a foundational contributor to the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Association of Canadian University Teachers of English, and many other professional organizations.

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Series was part of the donation to the University of Winnipeg Archives in 2011, prior to which they were in the custody of the Swayze family.

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Series consists of records related to the Crowe Affair, a controversial legal case at United College in which a professor, Harry Crowe, was dismissed over a letter he wrote to a colleague criticizing the College’s administration. The controversy surrounding the dismissal grew into a scandal with international attention, and the Canadian Association of University Teachers conducted an official investigation which eventually resulted in Harry Crowe being reinstated. Dr. Swayze was keenly interested in the affair, and the records reflect his professional and personal investment. They include various reports and publications from the CAUT, Dr. Swayze’s correspondence with various colleagues, reports and research materials gathered from other organizations or publishers, and records from the United College Association and Faculty Association.

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4 September 2015 - Daniel Matthes

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