Sidney Earle Smith

Title:  Sidney Earle Smith fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1929-1961

Physical description:  5.22 metres of textual and graphic records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: 
Sidney Earle Smith was born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia on March 9, 1897.  Raised and educated in the Nova Scotia, he became a lawyer and professor of law, becoming dean of Law at Dalhousie Law School in 1929.  In 1934 he was appointed President of the University of Manitoba.  He remained in that position until his appointment as President of the Unversity of Toronto in 1945.  He remained in this position until 1957, when he resigned to run as a Conservative candidate in the riding of Hastings-Frontenac.  He was elected and helped form a minority government with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker where he held the position of Secretary of State for External Affairs in Cabinet.  His political career was cut short when he died suddenly of a stroke on March 17, 1959.  

Scope and content: 
Personal records of Sidney Earle Smith, President of the University from 1945 to 1957.  Includes speeches, addresses, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings and files created while Minister of External Affairs, 1957-1959. Also includes photos of various events and ceremonies on campus while Smith was President.  Correspondence and attachments from Gilbert E. Jackson, head of Gilbert E. Jackson & Associates to Sidney Earle Smith relating to the work of the Canadian Council for Economic Studies.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Finding aid for B1972-0001 available in Reading Room

Related records in a different fonds: Office of the President Inventory

Accruals:   Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1972-0001, B2004-0030