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Hugh Johnston fonds
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1958 - 2004 (Creation)
- Johnston, Hugh
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2.38 m of textual records
72 sound recordings
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Name of creator
Hugh Johnston is professor emeritus of history at Simon Fraser University, where he taught for 37 years. His book Radical Campus: Making Simon Fraser University was published to coincide with the university's 40th anniversary (2005). He joined SFU as a faculty member in 1968 and witnessed firsthand SFU's tumultuous beginnings. At various times in his career, Johnston led the History Department as chair.
Johnston grew up in south-western Ontario. He received a B.A. from the University of Toronto and attended the Ontario College of Education. Johnston went on to receive an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario and his PhD. from King's College at the University of London.
His teaching and research interests have centered on British and South Asian migration and settlement, eighteenth century exploration of the Pacific Northwest, the history of British Columbia, and higher education in Canada. Johnston is well known as an expert in Sikhism, Sikhs in Canada, and India-China relations. From 1992 to 2001 he also served on the board of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, a bi-national organization promoting scholarly exchange, and in 1995–1996 he was resident director of the institute's office in Delhi. In 2001 he was the institute's president.
During his career, Johnston wrote numerous scholarly articles and books. In 1995, with Tara Singh Bains he co-wrote The Four Quarters of the Night: The Life Journey of an Emmigrant Sikh. Other books include The Voyage of the Komagata Maru: The Sikh Challenge to Canada's Colour Bar; British Immigration Policy, 1815-1830: "Shovelling out Paupers"; and the History of Perth County to 1967 (co-authored with W. Stafford Johnston).
Scope and content
Fonds consists of research material gathered by Johnston for his book Radical Campus: Making Simon Fraser University. Subjects, events and activities documented include the socio-political context of post-secondary education in the 1960s; the establishment of SFU; and the rise of student activism. The fonds consists primarily of photocopied material from fonds and newspapers; interview transcriptions and audiocassettes; and notes and drafts.
Immediate source of acquisition
The records were donated to the Simon Fraser University Archives by Hugh Johnston in 2006.
The archivist arranged most of the materials based upon a classification provided by Hugh Johnston. Variations are noted in the series and sub-series descriptions.
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Restrictions on access
Some files may contain personal or confidential information. Access to these files may be restricted as stipulated by Archives policy or the donor. Files marked "pending review" must be reviewed by an archivist prior to release, and as a result of the review access restrictions may apply. Please see the file lists and consult the archivist for more details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Series, sub-series, and sub-sub-series descriptions and file lists are available. An item list has been produced for the audiocassettes in sub-series 7. Hugh Johnston created indices of the material he compiled and they are included in Appendix B (hard copy version of the finding aid only, available in the Archives Reading Room). He also created two other indices in a yellow notebook; one for photocopied issues of The Peak and the other for photocopied fonds material. The notebook can be found in F-223-1-2-3.
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Further accruals are expected.
41 sound recordings are contained on 69 audio cassettes.
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Finding aid prepared by Erin Isaacs and Frances Fournier (July 2006); items re-numbered in accordance with new item-level control system (November 2012). Accrual added by Kelly Stewart, June 2014.