Call Number: Mss 102, Pc 104
Title: Barry Broadfoot fonds.
Extent: 2.63 m of textual records. -- 56 photographs.
Biographical sketch: Barry Samuel Broadfoot was
born in Winnipeg in 1926. He graduated from the University of Manitoba
in 1949 with a B.A. As an undergraduate he was editor of the student
newspaper The Manitoban. He had a long career in journalism.
Broadfoot worked for the Vancouver News Herald, The Edmonton
Bulletin, the United Press, and finally for The Vancouver
Sun (1955-1972). In 1972 he turned his creative energies into
publishing books on Canadian history, which were based upon his
extensive oral history interviews with ordinary Canadians across
Canada. These included the best-selling works Ten Lost Years
(living memories of those who survived the Great Depression), Next
Year Country (an overview of life on the Prairies up to 1987),
The Immigrant Years (stories of immigrants from Britain and
Europe who came to Canada after the Second World War) and several
Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University
of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Barry Broadfoot
Scope and content: The fonds consists of contracts,
manuscripts, edited versions, proofs and photographs associated
with nine of the author's books. It also consists of a manuscript
of an unpublished novel written around 1970, and a series of unpublished
essays on culture and publishing in Canada. There are rejected stories,
interviews that were too long to include in published works, and
a substantial amount of unsolicited correspondence documenting the
experiences of ordinary Canadians. Broadfoot seldom retained the
original tape recordings or the names of those he interviewed and
later quoted in his books.
Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this
Accruals: No further accruals to this fonds are
Finding aid: A printed finding aid is available
in the Archives reading room and an on-line finding aid is available
at the link below:
102, PC 104.