Fonds F0169 - David Coombs fonds

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David Coombs fonds

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ON00370 F0169

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  • [ca. 1899]-2002 (Creation)

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0.21 m of textual records and photographs 0.05 m of photographs : b&w 8 audio cassettes

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Custodial history

The records of accession 2002-048 were acquired from David Coombs via John Warkentin in August 2002.

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The fonds consists of audio recordings of, and notes relating to, interviews conducted in by David Coombs with founding members of York University, particularly relating to McLaughlin College, and with K.H.M. (Michael) Creal and Harold I. Schiff regarding their roles on the Search Committee for a President of York University in 1969-1970; letters, photographs, ephemera, and a vaudeville script entitled "Inbad the Sailor" performed by Arthur Huston, Coomb's step grandfather; and correspondence between Coombs and Prof. George Tatham.

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Accessions 1978-006 (1 audio cassette) and 1978-014 (2 audio cassettes) were acquired from David Coombs in February 1978. Accession 1998-035 was donated by David Coombs in October 1998, and accession 1999-064 was donated by David Coombs in October 1999. Accession 2002-048 was acquired from David Coombs via John Warkentin in August 2002.


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Access is partially restricted. Written permission to access the audio tape of the Creal interview must be obtained from David Coombs. Written permission to access the two audio tapes of the Schiff interviews must be obtained from Harold I. Schiff. All permission requests must be directed to the University Archivist, York University. Access to accession 2002-048 to be determined.

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See the Board of Governors fonds (F0035), Search Committee for a new President of York University, and the George Tatham fonds (F0423) for related records.

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The fonds comprises the following accessions: 1978-006, 1978-014, 1998-035, 1999-064, 2002-048. Further accruals are expected.

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Accession 1978-006 was formerly known as the K.H.M. Creal fonds (F0296). Accession 1978-014 was formerly known as the Harold I. Schiff fonds (F0403).

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