Inventory of the
John D. Harbron family fonds -- DRAFT

Inventory #F0319

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0319
Title:John D. Harbron family fonds -- DRAFT
Dates:1848-2007, predominant 1931-2007
Extent:5.6 m of textual material
450 photographs
26 audio cassettes
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
John Davison Harbron (1924- ) is a journalist, author, a founding professor of York University's Atkinson College, and former lieutenant commander in the Royal Canadian Navy. Harbron was born and raised in Toronto. He completed his graduate studies at the University of Havana, and returned to further his studies at the University of Toronto, receiving an M.A. in history in 1948. After teaching at the Canadian Services College, Royal Roads, Victoria (1948-1951), he served in the Canadian Navy in the Korean War. Harbron worked for several business and daily newspapers including service as the Canadian editor of Business week (1956-1960), Canadian correspondent for The Miami Herald (1976-1999), editor of Executive magazine (1961-1966), associate editor of the Toronto Telegram, (1966-1971), and foreign analyst for Thomson Newspapers (1972-1990). He was a founder and first vice president of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies (1976-1990) and became a senior research associate there in 1990. Harbron is the author of several books including: Communist ships and shipping (1963), This is Trudeau (1968), Canada without Quebec (1977), C.D. Howe (1980), Spanish foreign policy since Franco (1984), The longest battle, the Royal Canadian Navy in the Atlantic: 1939-1945 (1993), Canadian yesterdays (2001), and Trafalgar and the Spanish Navy: the Spanish achievement at sea (2004). Harbron is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (London) and has received a number of honours, including the Spanish Order of Isabella the Catholic (1969), the Maria Moors Cabot Medal for Latin American Journalism (1970) from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York, the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal (1977), and an honourary D.Litt from York University for his contributions to Atkinson College as well as his academic work in Latin American studies. In 1950, Harbron married Sheila E. Harbron (1926-2005), a resident of Toronto and a descendent of the United Empire Loyalists (Joseph Ryerson) and of John Pritchard (one of the original settlers in Rupert's Land).
Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by John D. Harbron, his wife Sheila E. Harbron, and some other members of their extended family. The collection mainly consists of John D. Harbron's correspondence, newspaper articles, and his personal, professional, and academic research and writings. The files also include essays and speeches by Harbron, as well as correspondence with editors and dignitaries, both national and international. The fonds also includes a large number of articles written by John D. Harbron for Canadian and international publications. The files belonging to Sheila Harbron contain personal records as well as genealogical research files, which include records and photographs tracing the Buck, Harbron, Hardy, Lester, Matheson, and Ryerson families.

Additionally, John D. Harbron's Cuban and Latin American book and pamphlet collection has been added to Special Collections.

S00556John D. Harbron's correspondence
S00557John D. Harbron's notes and outlines for projects and other material
S00558John D. Harbron's articles, essays, and other writings
S00559John D. Harbron's research and resources about Cuba and Latin America
S00560John D. Harbron's audio cassette recordings
S00561Sheila Harbron's personal and genealogical research files
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
No restrictions on access.
Finding Aid: File list available.
URL of Finding Aid:
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1990-015, 1995-001, 1995-014, 1997-015, 2010-024. Further accruals may be expected.
Associated Material: Associated material may be found in the John D. Harbron fonds at Library and Archives Canada. For other Thomson columns, please see Naval and Latin American files.
Immediate source of acquisition: Donated by John D. Harbron between 1990-2010.
Provenance Access Points:Harbron, John D., 1924-
Harbron, Sheila E., 1926-2005

Date of creation: 2002/04/04
Date of last revision: 2015/02/18
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