Fonds F01190 - Alexander Grant Dexter fonds

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Alexander Grant Dexter fonds

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CA ON00239 F01190

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  • 1899-1961 (Creation)
    Dexter, Alexander Grant

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9.1 m of textual records

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Alexander Grant Dexter was born in St. Andrews, Manitoba on February 3, 1896. Educated at the Collegiate Institute in Hamilton, Ontario, and at Brandon College, Manitoba, he joined the staff of the "Winnipeg Free Press" in 1912, and after serving in WWI from 1915-1919, he became the Ottawa Correspondent for the "Free Press" in 1923. He was the "Free Press' correspondent in London, England, for 2 years, returning to Ottawa in 1938. For some years he was Canadian correspondent for the "Manchester Guardian" and other British and American publications. He became Associate Editor of the "Free Press" in 1944, and was Executive Editor from 1946 to 1948, becoming Editor in 1948. Awarded the Cabot Medal for journalism by Columbia University in 1946, he was author of "Canada and the Building of the Post-War World," 1946, and also numerous pamphlets. He collaborated in various studies dealing with Canadian problems. He died on December 12, 1961, in Winnipeg.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda, diaries, material by and about J.W. Dafoe, subject files, scrapbooks and miscellaneous pamphlets. The correspondence files, arranged chronologically, contain memoranda of confidential interviews on Canadian politics, trade, the economy, external affairs, defence. Often these memoranda are in the form of letters or vice versa, so the two have been filed together. The Diaries written by Grant Dexter in 1938-39 while he was in England touch on many aspects of Canadian External Affairs. Also included is a diary kept by Grant Dexter's wife Alice, outlining their life in London in 1937.

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Donated by Mrs. Grant Dexter - 1962


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  • English

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2100 SE
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Public domain

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MacKay-Dexter correspondence collection

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No further accruals are expected

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