Inventory of the
Allan T.R. Powell fonds

Inventory #F0111

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Fonds/Collection Number:F0111
Title:Allan T.R. Powell fonds
Extent:5.52 m of textual records
55 audio cassettes
7 audio reels
4 prints
1 video cassette
Biographical Sketch/
Administrative History:
Dr. Allan T.R. Powell was born on May 15, 1938 in the United Kingdom but had lived, studied and worked in Canada since 1961. He began as a professor at the University of Toronto in 1966 where he taught urban sociology and mass communications. He was one of the first faculty members at Erindale College, University of Toronto, when teaching began in 1967 but was also active in non-academic activities including being the chairman of the collegeís Arts Community from 1967-1969. Powell was active in urban reform in Toronto from 1969. He was the founding chair of the Stop Spadina, Save Our City, Co-ordinating Committee which played a key role in mobilizing the citizens of Toronto in stopping the Spadina Expressway from being constructed. Powell ran for municipal office in 1975 and was an active member of the New Democratic Party during the 1970s. He was active in securing the rights of those who contracted Hepatitis C through blood transfusions, and was the founding president of the Hepatitis C Survivorís Society (HEPSS), a national charitable organization dedicated to supporting the needs of those with Hepatitis C. The HePSS was granted Intervener Standing at the Kreever Inquiry into the security of the Canadian blood supply. Powell was also active with the Hepatitis C Society of Canada (HeCSC), a non-profit organization which represents all persons who have acquired Hepatitis C. Powell himself was infected with Hepatitis C through a blood transfusion. Dr. Powell died July 17, 2002 in Toronto.
Scope and Content:

The fonds consists of records documenting his career as a

sociology and mass communications professor, including research

files, professorial files and writings; ephemera related to the

Stop Spadina Expressway campaign including buttons, posters and

files which reflect his work with both the Hepatitis C

Survivorís Society and the Hepatitis C Society of Canada and

their involvement with the Royal Commission of Inquiry into the

Confidentiality of Health Information in Ontario (Krever


Conservation Note: Photocopies have been made of correspondence received on thermal fax paper which was retained.
Restrictions on
Access and Use:
No restrictions on access.
Finding Aid: Series descriptions with associated file lists available.
Accruals: The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1995-021, 1998-042, 2002-045. Further accruals may be expected.
Related Records: See Stop Spadina Save Our City Coordinating Committee fonds (F0417); and the Hepatitis C Society of Canada fonds (F0212) for related records.
Immediate source of acquisition: Received from Dr. Allan T.R. Powell in 1995 and 1998.
Provenance Access Points:Powell, Allan T.R., 1938-2002

Date of creation: 2002/04/08
Date of last revision: 2003/06/18
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