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Department of Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology Sub-series
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University Affairs Committee

Sub-series consists of records of the University Affairs Committee. Activities documented are the investigation and reporting of grievances by faculty, students and staff. Includes frames of reference, minutes, agendas, correspondence, policy statements, reports, and grievance investigation records for specific cases such as the PSA controversy and others.

Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT)

Sub-series consists of records relating to the Vice-President, Academic's interactions with the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT). Activities and topics documented include CAUT's 1971 censure of SFU relating to the dispute in the university's Political Science, Sociology and Anthropology (PSA) Department, university governance, faculty benefits, and development of research ethics policies. Records include correspondence, reports, news releases and other CAUT printed material.

First Nations-SFU partnership files

Sub-series consists of records arising from Hari Sharma's involvement with the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society of the Shuswap Nation and the Simon Fraser University partnership program. Sub-series includes reports, agreements, notes, statements, correspondence, programs, booklets, newsletters, pamphlets, transcripts, lists, and proposals.


Sub-series consists primarily of interviews with prominent members of the SFU community, including faculty, administrators, and students. Hugh Johnston conducted interviews; however he also collected audiocassette recordings and transcripts of interviews conducted by other researchers. They include Liisa Fagerlund, Ken Nielsen, Elika Kohler, Robin Fisher and Ruth Sandwell. Johnston's research assistants, John-Henry Harter and Dionysios (Dino) Rossi, also conducted interviews. Subjects, events and activities documented include student activism, the governance and administration of SFU, the 1968 CAUT motion of censure, the PSA affair and the history of SFU. Sub-series consists of audiocassette recordings and transcriptions of the interviews.

Background material - Political Science, Sociology, and Anthropology Department

Sub-series consists primarily of photocopied material related to the trusteeship over the PSA department, the PSA Strike, and the subsequent dismissal of eight faculty members of the PSA department. Subjects, events and activities documented include the PSA Tenure Committee; the SFU Faculty Association; the Academic Freedom and Tenure Committee and statements; the CAUT Committee of Inquiry and motion of censure; the American Anthropological Association (AAA) ad hoc committee to investigate the SFU dispute; the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology Association (CSAA)'s boycott of SFU; the American Sociological Association ad hoc committee on the SFU dispute; the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA)'s position; the Association of University and Colleges of Canada (AUCC)'s Committee on Academic Freedom; the Palmer Committee decision; the Rosenbluth Committee Report; the Supreme Court of BC in Wheeldon vs. SFU; and the university administration's actions under Presidents Kenneth Strand and Pauline Jewett. Sub-series consists of reports, issues of the Peak, minutes, memoranda, abstracts, press releases, correspondence, research notes, telegrams, newsletters, newspaper articles, strike bulletins, CAUT bulletins, book excerpts, journal articles, and printed online material.