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Smallwood, J.R.
TitleSmallwood, J.R.
Scope and Content of FondsThe Joseph R. Smallwood papers represent a partial record of the political career and personal life of Newfoundland's longest serving - premier. Smallwood, one of the forces behind Newfoundland's joining confederation, was first involved in journalism and later radio as the host - of the hugely popular Barrelman radio program. He entered the political arena in June 1946 as a member of the National Convention to decide - the country's future. Smallwood had campaigned openly as a Confederate and, once elected, appointed himself the champion of this cause. - He constantly brought the issue up in the debates in the Colonial Building. Through his efforts and those of the pro-confederates he - surrounded himself with, Smallwood convinced a majority of Newfoundlanders that Confederation with Canada would bring huge benefits. His - campaign to do so thrust him into the local as well as the Canadian spotlight. When the first provincial election was called his Liberal party won a - resounding victory and Smallwood went on to serve as Premier of the Newfoundland from 1949 to 1971. He remained active in politics until - 1977 when he retired to a career of writing and publishing the Encyclopedia of Newfoundland and Labrador. - - The papers in this collection span most of Smallwood's life, starting with correspondence from the 1920s when he was a journalist in New York. - They continue through his political career and beyond. There are over one hundred files from the Department of Economic Development, dating - from the early 1950s, when Smallwood was the department's minister and Alfred Valdmanis the director. Together, they were responsible for - the new industries which sprang up in the province during that time. Also notable are the hundreds of telegrams Smallwood kept from those - who supported his strong stand in the International Wood Workers Association (I.W.A.) strike of 1959. The fact that Smallwood kept these - items among his personal papers speaks to his own intimate involvement. In 1977, Smallwood retired from politics but he remained interested in - all things relating to Newfoundland. His work on his autobiographies and the encyclopedia also reflect the close relationship between his own - personal history and that of his nati - ve land. - - Smallwood's life from the time of his involvement in Newfoundland politics has been well documented but less is known about his early years. - This collection is able to fill in some of the gaps that have persisted through the publication of his autobiographies. Researchers using these - papers will be able to catch a glimpse of Smallwood's personal side especially his love of reading and writing, his journalistic adventures, and his - relationships with friends and family members. An avid collector, Smallwood emerges from these papers as a man of intense loves and hates, - passionate about his province above all else. - -
Extent of Fonds22 meters
Author of Finding AidWhite, Linda, 1950-
Date of Finding Aid2001
PublisherMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries
Resource TypeFinding Aid
CollectionArchives and Special Collections - Finding Aids (EAD)
SponsorMemorial University of Newfoundland. Libraries. Archives and Special Collections Division
RestrictionsThere are no restrictions on access to or use of the material in this collection. Copyright regulations may apply.
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