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Joe Schlesinger fonds
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Audiovisual series

Series consists of audiovisual recordings that document Schlesinger’s work. Most are recordings of TV broadcasts of his news reports, interviews, and commentaries. Others are original recordings. Some of the materials in this series depict war scenes. User discretion is advised.

Awards and Recognition series

Series consists of materials that document awards, honorary degrees, and other forms of recognition received by Schlesinger during his life and include original certificates, citations, and ceremonial programmes. Files are maintained in chronological order.
Some certificates were removed from their frames during processing.

Clippings series

Series consists of newspaper and magazine clippings, photocopied articles, website printouts, other published items, and manuscripts. It is arranged in three sub-series: Pieces by Schlesinger, Pieces about Schlesinger, and Other Pieces. Files are maintained in chronological order. Some items may have been initially included in the volumes described in the Scrapbooks series and are now re-filed here.

Correspondence series

Series consists of items of correspondence addressed to and kept by Schlesinger, mainly regarding his professional relationships and career milestones. Items may be handwritten, typewritten, or printed from e-mail. Files are maintained in chronological order.

Digital Media series

Series consists of digital media (3½” floppy disks, CDs, CD-Rs and DVDs) containing items documenting Schlesinger’s life and work, including TV scripts, interview transcripts, typed manuscripts, photographs, and digital video recordings. Various formats, including generic file formats, Word Perfect 5.0, doc (97-2003), tif, jpg, mp3, MPEG, and pdf, are present. In addition, an item inventory is available for each floppy disc and optical disc. Please ask UBC Archives staff for more details.

Joe Schlesinger fonds

  • UBCA-ARC-1163
  • Fonds
  • 1940, 1955-2019

Fonds consists of materials in various media created or acquired by Joe Schlesinger in the course of his professional career, along with materials documenting or commemorating the Kindertransport programme, and a few items of a more personal nature. It includes textual records such as scripts for his news reports and speeches, correspondence, notebooks, scrapbooks, newspaper and magazine clippings, honorary degrees and other awards, published items, posters, and miscellaneous writings. Also included are photographs, audiovisual recordings, and digital files.
The fonds is arranged in the following series: Scripts, Speeches, Correspondence, Notebooks, Scrapbooks, Clippings (sub-series Pieces by Schlesinger, Pieces about Schlesinger, and Other Pieces), Awards and Recognition, Time Zones, Winton/Kindertransport, Miscellaneous, Photographs, Audiovisual, and Digital Media.

Schlesinger, Joe

Miscellaneous series

Series consists of materials that document Schlesinger’s professional career but which don’t fit into any other series and includes a framed poster, several other oversized posters, promotional materials from the CBC, clippings, Schlesinger’s professional membership cards, and the typescript of a speech given at his 90th birthday (author unknown). Files are maintained in chronological order.

Other Pieces series subseries

Sub-series consists of written work by other journalists collected by Schlesinger in the form of clippings and other published items. Items either mention Schlesinger in passing or were likely otherwise of interest to him.

Photographs series

Series consists of photographic prints documenting Schlesinger’s life, career, and travels. Some photographs were taken by Schlesinger, but most were taken by others and show Schlesinger either on foreign assignment or at other events.

Pieces by Schlesinger subseries

Sub-series consists of written work by Schlesinger, in the form of clippings, periodicals, website printouts, and manuscripts.
Includes a print-out copy of Schlesinger’s Globe & Mail obituary for his wife, Myra Eileen (Mike) Schlesinger.

Scrapbooks series

Series consists of three scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings documenting Schlesinger’s work with different newspapers, including the Vancouver Province, the Toronto Star, and the International Herald-Tribune. Files are maintained in chronological order. The volumes are in fragile physical condition, with many loose pages, and are to be handled with care by staff and researchers.

Scripts series

Series consists of typescripts of Joe Schlesinger’s television news reports (1966-86) and printouts of his commentaries written for the CBC News and CBC Newsworld websites. Files are maintained in chronological order. The scripts are typed on either “onion-skin” paper or script paper. Many are carbon copies, and most have written edits on them. In many cases, several versions of the same script are retained to consider Schlesinger’s last-minute amendments.

Speeches series

Series consists of typescripts of speeches made by Schlesinger at various events, including his several honorary degree ceremonies. Files are maintained in chronological order.

Time Zones series

Series consists of materials documenting the publication and promotion of Schlesinger’s memoir Time Zones: A Journalist in the World, and includes correspondence, clippings, itineraries and brochures for Schlesinger’s promotional tour in support of his book. Files are maintained in chronological order.

Winton/Kindertransport series

Series consists of materials documenting Nicholas Winton’s Kindertransport project and Schlesinger’s involvement in documenting and publicizing the Kindertransport many years later. Winton’s efforts rescued hundreds of Jewish children from European countries under occupation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and 1939 – Joe Schlesinger was one of them, and his name is on the list in File 9-7. Materials include scripts and transcripts for the documentaries Nicholas Winton: The power of good and Nicky’s Children, correspondence, copies of published articles about Winton and the Kindertransport, and related items. Files are maintained in chronological order.