Desmond Morton fonds

Title: Desmond Morton fonds

Dates of creation: 1959-1997

Physical description: 13.88 metres of textual and other material

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: Desmond Dillon Paul Morton was born in Calgary in 1937. He served in the Canadian Army from 1954 to 1964. He earned a BA in 1959 from the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.  He earned a second BA (1961) and MA (1966) from Oxford University and a PhD from the University of London in 1968. Morton taught briefly at the University of Ottawa and the University of Western Ontario before being appointed assistant professor in history at Erindale College, University of Toronto. He is one of Canada’s leading military historians. He held a number of administrative positions at Erindale College, including associate dean (1975-1979), vice-principal, academic (1976-1979), and principal (1986-1994). Morton was director of the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada from 1994-2001. He was a professor of history at McGill University from 1997-2011. He is Professor Emeritus at both the University of Toronto (since 1999) and McGill University (since 2011). In the 1960s and 1970s he was active in the federal and provincial NDP and in the 1980s he served informally as an advisor to Brian Mulroney. Morton was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1985 and an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1996.

Scope and content: B1999-0023: Records relating primarily to Dr. Morton's research and writings as a social and military historian, to his administrative and teaching duties at Erindale college, University of Toronto, and to his political activities in the New Democratic Party.

B2000-0010: Correspondence, memoranda and reports on defence issues generally, and relating to the Department of National Defence's Special Advisory Group on Military Justice and Military Police Investigation Services that reported to Prime Minister Jean Chretien on 25 March, 1997.  Professor Morton wrote a paper, 'What to tell the Minister', as a part of this submission.

Finding Aids: Series descriptions (B2000-0010)

Access: B1999-0023: boxes 002-004 closed until the death of the donor. Box 008, file 09 closed until 1 January 2069. Box 009 restricted for 20 years from latest date of file activity.

B2000-0010: box 001, box 002, files 01-05 closed until 1 January 2017.

All other files are open.

Accession number: B1999-0023, B2000-0010