Inventory of the
Robert Lewis fonds

Inventory #F0605

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0605
Title:Robert Lewis fonds
Dates:[1922]-2009, predominant 1969-2009
Extent:9 m of textual records
48 videocassettes and 3 mini cassettes
18 photographs : b&w and col.
18 optical discs
10 photographs : b&w negatives
1 puzzle box
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Robert Lewis, writer, editor and media strategist, grew up in Montreal, Quebec. Upon graduating with an English degree from Loyola College in 1964, Lewis worked as a reporter for The Montreal Star. Lewis soon became a reporter and bureau chief for Time Magazine, covering news in Montreal (1967-1969), Ottawa (1969-1971), Boston (1971-1972), and Toronto (1972-1975). In 1975, Lewis joined Maclean's Ottawa bureau, becoming Maclean's managing editor in 1982, and editor-in-chief from 1993 to the end of 2000. Lewis conceived notable features for the magazine, including the award-winning annual university rankings and honour roll issues, and he led Maclean's into online publishing. Lewis's work has been recognized by the Canadian Journalism Foundation, the Society of Magazine Editors, and the National Magazine Awards. In 2001, Lewis joined Rogers Media Incorporated as vice president of content development. Since his retirement in 2008, Lewis has worked as a freelance editor and media consultant. Lewis is a member of York University's Board of Governors and chairs its Community Affairs Committee. Lewis is also a founding member of the Canadian Journalism Foundation and acts as chair of the Board of Directors.
Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of files from various positions Lewis held throughout his career, including correspondence, research documents and clippings covering a wide range of political issues, draft articles, and notes from his reporting days for Time Magazine and Maclean's, as well as editorial planning and management-related operational files from Maclean's. Also included are correspondence files, reports, budget files and strategic planning documents from his content development position with Rogers Media. The fonds also contains minutes and notes from York University's Board of Governors committee meetings. Personal files and speeches, including notes and drafts, are also part of the fonds, which includes 187 notebooks and planners used by Lewis for his research, note-taking, and scheduling. Press and magazine clippings that Lewis collected from various print and online publications are dispersed throughout the fonds. The fonds includes episodes of Maclean's and OMNI television, and other moving image recordings on videocassette.

S00546Early career and Time files
S00547Maclean's files
S00548Rogers Media files
S00549Research, reports and other files
S00550York University Board of Governors files
S00551Personal files and speeches
S00552Notebooks and planners
S00553Electronic, sound, and moving image records
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
Some restrictions apply. See individual series listings for specific restrictions.
Finding Aid: File list is available.
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2011-026. Further accruals are expected.
Related Records: Several of Lewis's books on journalism and bound volumes of Maclean's from 1984 to 2001 have been added to the Special Collections.
Immediate source of acquisition: Acquired from Robert Lewis in 2011.
Provenance Access Points:Lewis, Robert

Date of creation: 2011/09/26
Date of last revision: 2012/02/14
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