Fonds MG 52 - C.A. King fonds

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C.A. King fonds

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MG 52

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  • 1938-1985 (inclusive) ; 1954-1979 (predominant) (Creation)

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89 cm of textual records

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Carlyle Albert King was born on November 25, 1907 at Cooksville, Ontario. His family moved to Saskatchewan around 1912. By 1926, King had earned a BA at the University of Saskatchewan; a year later he received an MA from the University of Toronto. King spent the 1927-28 academic year studying at the University of London before returning to Toronto, where he was granted a PhD in 1931. In 1929, he joined the faculty of the University of Saskatchewan as an Instructor in English. He was named full Professor in 1949. In 1950, he became Head of the English Department, a position he held until 1964. In addition, King held several concurrent academic assignments: chair of the Evening Class Committee (1947-1963); chair of the Scholarships Committee (1952-1959); Director of Summer School (appointment 1959); and Dean of Summer Sessions and Correspondence Courses (1964). He was appointed Dean of Academic Services in 1967, Vice-Principal of the Saskatoon Campus in 1971, and Vice-President (Acting) in 1974. During his academic career, King pioneered the teaching of American and Canadian literature, studied the works of George Bernard Shaw and Joseph Conrad, and wrote on the history of the University of Saskatchewan. King retired in June 1975. King also held several executive positions with the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) and was actively involved in a number of community organizations. King was a member of the Saskatchewan Arts Board, a member and Chairman of the Saskatoon Art Centre, and a director of the Saskatoon Music Festival Association. King was appointed to the Saskatoon Public Library Board in 1955 and was Chairman of the Board from 1958 to 1972. In addition to the Saskatoon Public Library Board, King was president of the Saskatchewan Library Association, Chairman of the Saskatchewan Library Advisory Council, and a member of the Canadian Library Trustees’ Association. King died in Regina on March 19, 1988.

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This fonds consists of correspondence, research notes, drafts, and manuscripts relating to King's books: "A Book of Canadian Poems;" "A Book of Essays;" "Extending the Boundaries;" "The First Fifty;" "Saskatchewan: The Making of a University;" "Saskatchewan Harvest;" and "Three Stories by Joseph Conrad." Additionally, it includes King's articles, lectures, and addresses dealing primarily with Canadian literature. There is also material related to King's other interests: the career and works of G.B. Shaw and R.A. Wilson, provincial and national library associations, and pacifism.

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This fonds has been arranged into five series: Books, Articles, Addresses, Miscellaneous, and Addendum.

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Use, publication, and/or reproduction of records are subject to the terms and conditions of the Copyright Act.

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Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan also has material created by Carlyle King: Dr. Carlyle King fonds (F 626, SAFA 534).

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