Collection F-131 - Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology collection (Norman Swartz collector)

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Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology collection (Norman Swartz collector)

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  • 1969 - 1970 (Creation)
    Swartz, Norman

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13 cm of textual records

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Norman Swartz joined the Department of Philosophy at SFU in 1967 and retired as Professor Emeritus in 1998.

During Swartz's early years at SFU, the Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology Department was in academic and administrative turmoil, which culminated in the Department being placed under trusteeship by the University administration and eight faculty members going on strike.

Various faculty members, administrators and students produced documents to support their points of view during the PSA crisis. As he explained in his autobiographical notes, Swartz collected all of the PSA material that circulated around the University and that reached his desk from 1969 to 1970. Collection includes correspondence, memoranda, newspaper clippings and other documents related to the ongoing events in the PSA Department at this time.

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Norman Swartz donated the collection to the SFU Archives in 1994.


The material was originally kept by Swartz in two binders. The archivist removed the documents from the binders and placed them in file folders while maintaining the same order.

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A file list is available. For some autobiographical notes consult the hard copy version of the finding aid maintained in the Archives Reading Room.

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Please consult the inventories for the Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology fonds, F-20; the Swartz Collection, F 131; and the Archives PSA Collection F-150. For a view of the PSA crisis in a borader context, see the following book by Michiel Horn, Academic Freedom in Canada: A History, University of Toronto Press 1999.

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All accessions have been processed as of September 2000. No further accruals are expected.

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Finding aid prepared by Frances Fournier, Enid Britt (July 2000).

Updated by Enid Britt (June 2006).

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