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Fonds F 2190

D'Arcy Martin fonds

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D'Arcy Martin fonds
Dates of Creation
Dates of Accumulation


Physical Description

17.8 metres of textual records

21 audio cassettes

6998 MB of sound recordings (aiff, wav)

400 photographs

6 videocassettes : colour, sd. ; VHS

2 DVDs (ca. 4 hours)

1 videocassette : colour, sd. ; Beta

1 film reel : composite release print, colour, opt. sd. ; 16 mm

132 posters

ca. 30 T-shirts

ca. 50 buttons

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the professional and personal records of D'Arcy Martin. Fonds includes correspondence, memos, minutes, reports, posters, photographs, publications and presentations created and used by D'Arcy Martin in his role as an adult educator, trainer, labour arts supporter, social activist and an education co-coordinator for various unions. The records document Martin's activities in the numerous workshops, seminars and strategic planning sessions that he conducted on such topics as education, unions, training and worker-management relations for a variety of unions and community organizations.

Fonds also includes records that document Martin's writing projects, his consulting contracts and his involvement with various community and political organizations.

Fonds also consists of sound and video recordings of D'Arcy Martin participating in radio interviews and presenting at a variety of conferences. The subjects of these recordings include: Martin's career as a labour activist; the Canadian labour movement in the 1990s; the Communications and Electrical Workers of Canada (CWC); the Labour Council of Metropolitan Toronto; the Canadian Institute; the International Technology Association of Canada (ITAC); and the Stelco steel company.

Fonds also includes Martin's personal records, ranging in date from childhood to student years at the University of Toronto and adulthood. His educational records are from Hillfield College, Trinity College School and University of Toronto for his three university degrees. Personal records also include correspondence with friends and family, and photographs.

Lastly, the fonds consists of posters documenting Martin's direct involvement in a number of labour movements, social causes, and arts festivals in Toronto and abroad. A selection of the posters pertain directly to Better Read, a printing and publishing operation that existed in Toronto in the 1970s and printed socially relevant material to the public education work that Martin was involved with at the time.

Fonds has been arranged and described into 13 series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

D'Arcy Martin (1947- ) is a social activist, an adult educator, and an education coordinator for various unions in Ontario.

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Martin, D'Arcy, 1947-

Restrictions on Access
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from D'Arcy Martin in 2001, 2006, and 2010.
Availability of Other Formats

There are two VHS reference copy videocassettes available for viewing the video footage in this fonds.

There are electronic versions of the photographs in this series but they are not yet described in the Visual Database. Please consult the series descriptions for more information on viewing photographs.

Some of the records are in French and some are in Spanish.


Further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession numbers 41844 and 48588.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 2190-1 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to Ontario government training initiatives and union policy development
F 2190-2 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to union education and union workshops
F 2190-3 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to adult education
F 2190-4 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to labour arts activities
F 2190-5 Personal writing, freelance work and research projects of D'Arcy Martin
F 2190-6 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to community and political education work
F 2190-7 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to workshops for non-governmental organisations
F 2190-8 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to Fédération des Travailleurs et Travailleuses du Quebec
F 2190-9 D'Arcy Martin's labour relations workshop records
F 2190-10 D'Arcy Martin's campaign t-shirts and buttons
F 2190-11 Records relating to D'Arcy Martin's consulting activities
F 2190-12 D'Arcy Martin's personal records
F 2190-13 D'Arcy Martin's records relating to union strategic planning