Fonds F-160 - Dennis Roberts fonds

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Dennis Roberts fonds

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  • Artefacts
  • Sound recordings
  • Textual records

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  • 1967 - 1994 (Creation)
    Roberts, Dennis

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13 cm of textual records
132 sound recordings
25 buttons

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(4 June 1925 - 13 May 2008)

Biographical history

Dennis Roberts was hired in August 1966 as SFU's first full-time Information Officer. In 1972, the Information Office became the University News Service, and Roberts served as its first director. He remained in this position until 1982, when he retired from the University. In addition to his regular duties, Dennis Roberts was in charge of the SFU Pipe and Drum Band for eight years. He was also well-known at SFU as a cartoonist and produced a series of cartoons for Christmas and other events that gently poked fun at various members of the SFU community.

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Fonds consists of records relating to Roberts's career at SFU. Includes correspondence, press releases, flyers, clippings, newsletters, publications, transcripts of speeches, notes, buttons, and cartoons and other artwork. Also includes a set of sound recordings made by Roberts while he was Director of the University News Service.

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Dennis Roberts donated the fonds to the SFU Archives in 2001.


The materials were arranged by the archivist into two series, one for files and the other for audio recordings.

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There is one file relating to grievances that is restricted; the other files are open. Access to the original audio cassettes is restricted for preservation reasons. Consult the reference archivist for more information about accessing restricted material.

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Finding aids

Series descriptions, file lists, and item lists are available. The hard-copy version of the finding aid (available in the Archives reading room) includes two appendices: a history of Information Services on Campus written by Roberts (Appendix B) and Roberts' detailed comments on the individual audio recordings found in Series 2 (Appendix C).

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Associated materials

See the inventory for Media and Public Relations, F-61.


All accessions have been processed as of February 2006. No further accruals are expected.

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Fonds includes 134 audio cassettes and 4 audio tapes (reel-to-reel tapes).

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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (October 2001); updated by Lisa Beitel (February 2006); items re-numbered and descriptions slightly revised (September 2012).

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