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Serendipity: "Red Network in Ontario": Watson Kirkconnell's Web of Communist Organizations
I frequently find surprising items in my trips to archives - items completely unrelated to my original research aims. Here is one example from the archives at Acadia University.
Watson Kirkconnell - professor and university president - was well-known as an ardent public critic of communism, as well as a not-so-well known covert anti-communism crusader. (see my chapter on his covert actions)
The document was found folded in a box of files related to Kirkconnell. The chart provides a fascinating visual of how Kirkconnell viewed the spread of communism in Canada.
Thanks to Pat Townsend (archivist) for pointing me to the pile of Kirkconnell boxes!
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