Fonds MG 158 - D.F. Robertson fonds

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D.F. Robertson fonds

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MG 158

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  • 1942-1995 (Creation)

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1.4 m of textual records and audio visual records

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Duncan Francis Robertson was born in Allan, Saskatchewan on 15 June 1924. After completing his elementary and secondary education in nearby town of Bradwell, he joined the Canadian Army in 1942, serving in Canada, the United Kingdom and northwest Europe. He returned to Canada in 1945, earning a BA in English and History from the University of Saskatchewan. In May 1948 he rejoined the Regular Canadian Army serving from 1951-1953 in Germany with the 27 Canadian Infantry Brigade as part of the first NATO force, and from 1955-1956 in Indo-China (Viet Nam) with the International Commission for Supervision and Control. In 1957 he was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration (C.D.) prior to retiring with the rank of Captain. Later that year he began study at St. Augustine's Seminary in Scarborough, Ontario, where he remained until spring of 1961. Continuing his studies at the Cleri Seminary in Regina, serving as curate in parishes in Moose Jaw and Regina, he was ordained priest June 1962. Fr. Robertson was parish priest for the Holy Angels Parish in Pangman, Saskatchewan from 1963 until the end of 1966. During the 1966/67 school term he taught classes in religion at Notre Dame College in Wilcox and in January 1967 was appointed Chaplain of Providence Hospital, Moose Jaw. Enrolling in the School of Librarianship University of British Columbia in 1970 and earning a B.L.S. the following spring, he joined the staff of the U of S Library. Robertson moved to Kelsey Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences in 1975 as head librarian and teacher of comparative religion. Later he served as director of human resources. Duncan Robertson has authored and edited several publications including The Sword of St. Paul: A history of The Diocese of Saskatoon 1933-1983 and The Poems of Veronica James Wright Clark (1880-1981). Among the many organizations and committees he has served are the Saskatoon Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee, the Meewasin Valley Authority Planning and Development Committee and the Saskatoon Canada Remembers Committee. In December 1994, Robertson received Papal Dispensation from his duties and obligations to the priesthood. Robertson died in Saskatoon on January 11, 2014.

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Donated by Duncan Francis Robertson.

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The fonds documents the ancestry, activities and interests of D.F. Robertson. His varied careers (military officer, priest and academic librarian) give Robertson's papers an unique and varied glimpse into recent Canadian history. The military material from the 1950s, specifically his involvement with the first NATO force and the International Commission for Supervision and Control, document Canadian involvement in two post-war international endeavours from the view of an active participant.

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This fonds has been organized into the following series:
I. Personal
II. Military Service
III. Research/Writing
IV. Associations and Committees

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Researchers using I. Personal. A. Letters Home. - 1948-1970 must receive written permission from D.F. Robertson or a designated family member.

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