Inventory of the
Gerald Caplan fonds

Inventory #F0218

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0218
Title:Gerald Caplan fonds
Extent:0.6 m of textual records
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Gerald Lewis Caplan, public affairs commentator and consultant, was born on 8 March 1938 and educated at the University of Toronto (B.A., 1960 ; M.A., 1961) and the University of London where he received his PhD in African Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies in 1977. In 1965-1966, he lectured at the University College of Rhodesia following which he was an Associate Professor at the Ontario Institute in Studies in Education from 1967 until 1977. From 1970-1977, he was Senior Adviser to and Campaign Manager for the New Democratic Party of Ontario under leader Stephen Lewis. He was Director of the CUSO-Nigeria Program (1977-1979), Canadian Director of CUSO (1979), Director, City of Toronto Health Advocacy Unit (1980-1982), Federal Secretary, New Democratic Party of Canada (1982-1984), National Campaign Manager, NDP General Election (1984), Co-chair, Government of Canada Task Force on Broadcasting Policy (1985-1986), Co-chair, Royal Commission on Learning, Ontario (1993-1995), Director of Research and Strategic Issues, Ontario NDP Party Caucus (1998-1999) and, most recently Visiting Scholar, Economic Commission for Africa and Research Associate, Centre for Refugee Studies, York University (2000). Over the course of his career, Caplan has been a syndicated columnist for the Toronto Star (1984-1993) and television commentator. He is the author of several monographs including 'The Elites of Barotseland, 1878-1969 : A Political History of Zambia's Western Province' (1970), 'The Dilemma of Canadian Socialism : The C.C.F. in Ontario' (1973), 'Just Causes : Notes of an Unrepentant Socialist' (1993), 'Rwanda : The Preventable Genocide' (1994) and principle author of the UNICEF State of the World Report (1996, 1997) in addition to numerous articles, book reviews and reports.
Scope and Content:

The fonds consists of records which document Caplan's career as a public affairs commentator, consultant and social activist. It has been arranged into the following series:

S00195Journals, calendars, diaries
S00196Correspondence and subject files
S00197New Democratic Party files
S00198Rwanda report files
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
Some restrictions apply. All permission requests must be directed via the University Archivist.
Finding Aid: File list available.
URL of Finding Aid:http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000218.pdf
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accession: 2001-007. Further accruals may be expected.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by Gerald Caplan in 2001.
Subject Access Points:Caplan, Gerald L., 1938-
New Democratic Party
New Democratic Party of Ontario
Provenance Access Points:Caplan, Gerald L., 1938-

Date of creation: 2003/01/17
Date of last revision: 2003/04/08
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