Fonds RG-102.7 - Carl Klinck fonds

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Carl Klinck fonds

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  • 1914 - 1957 (Creation)
    Klinck, Carl F.

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18 cm of textual records
3 photographs : b&w

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Carl Frederick Klinck (March 24, 1908-October 22, 1990) was a Canadian literary historian, author, professor and university administrator. He held positions at Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) and the University of Western Ontario.

Born in Elmira, Ontario, Klinck attended Waterloo College (now Wilfrid Laurier University) in Waterloo, Ontario. After receiving a BA in 1927, he continued his studies at Columbia University where he earned an MA in 1929, and a PhD in 1942.

Klinck’s career began at Waterloo College in 1928 when he accepted a position as Instructor in the English department. Within four years he was named a full professor. In addition to his teaching duties he served as librarian, head of the English Department, and Dean of the College from 1942 to 1947. Klinck introduced the Canadian Officers’ Training Corps (COTC) program to Waterloo College in 1940. In 1947 Klinck accepted a faculty positon at the University of Western Ontario, where he remained until his retirement in 1973.

In 1973, Klinck was made an Officer of the Order of Canada, and was awarded the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal in 1978. After his death, Professor Sandra Djwa encapsulated Klinck’s influential ideas by editing his memoirs: Giving Canada a Literary History: A Memoir of Carl F. Klinck (1991).

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The fonds contains records created and accumulated by Carl Klinck during his years at Waterloo College. Includes correspondence, minutes, publications, newspaper clippings, a scrapbook, and other material.

Series 1 documents the COTC program at Waterloo College, and includes the Honor Roll.

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  • Shelf: Room 1-124 Shelf 1-4-4