Fonds 16-1997 - Ken Hanly Collection

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Ken Hanly Collection

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CA MCK 16-1997

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  • 1911-1927,1926-1950, predominant 1911-1927 (Creation)

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6 cm (6 audio tapes) : 6 one hour audio cassette tapes

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Ken Hanly was born on July 30th, 1932, in Clinton, Ontario. He attended the University of Saskatchewan and received a B.A. with honours in November 1959, and an M.A. in November 1960. He received a doctorate in Philosophy from Oregon University in 1969. Dr. Hanly was employed in the Philosophy Department at Brandon University from 1963 to his retirement in 1996. Dr. Hanly held and advocated progressive views on a variety of social and political questions. He was a candidate for municipal office under the banner of the New Democratic Party. Dr. Hanly had an personal and academic interest in the history of the left in Brandon and western Canada generally.

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While doing research in 1974, Ken Hanly sent three tapes and a request to William Pritchard to record an oral history of the Socialist Party of Canada. The tapes were recorded in Oct of 1974. Wiszniowski and Pirozek were interviewed by Hanly himself in the same year. Magnacca was also interviewed by Hanly. Hanly kept these materials from 1974 until 1997 when he decided to donate them to the McKee Archives.

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Fonds includes tapes of a conversation with W. A. (Bill) Pritchard in which he provides an oral history of the Socialist Party of Canada (SPC) and describes his activities as a militant within the party from 1911 to 1927. Pritchard devotes a good deal of time to describing his many experiences as editor of the Western Clarion, the party newspaper, running in various elections, and his tours of B.C. and Alberta on behalf of the party. Pritchard also discusses the ideology of the Socialist Party of Canada and the ideological splits within it that occurred in the 1920s. Fonds also includes a recording of a conversation with Brandon Communist Frank Wiszniowski dealing with Wisznoiwski's evolvement in various organizations following his arrival in Brandon in 1926. Fonds also includes a taped conversation with former Brandon Mayor Stephen Magnacca concerned with various features of political life in Brandon.

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