Earle Toppings

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Title: Earle Toppings
Dates of Material:
72 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette
1 video cassette
8 compact discs
Biographical sketch

Earle Toppings was an editor at The Ryerson Press, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and CBC Radio Drama. He was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1931, and grew up near Kipling, attending a one-room country school. After high school in Kipling, Vancouver and Surrey, B.C., he attained a B.A. at the University of British Columbia, and then graduated from the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto, directed by Lorne Greene. Beyond his editing career he also worked as a newscaster, producer and program director at CBC and other radio stations, and taught in Radio and Television Arts at Ryerson University, where he produced Canada's first course for university credit by radio, broadcast by Ryerson's Open College in 1976. Before becoming an Art advisor (Toppings Art), he was producer and interviewer for Canadian Writers on Tape and Canadian Poets on Tape. A volunteer at Art Gallery of Ontario and other institutions, he and his wife Iris have a son, Marc, and reside in Toronto.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of three series: Typescripts, proofs and other records, 1946-2008; correspondence with Canadian writers, 1962-2008; and records relating to Canadian Writers on Tape, Canadian Poets on Tape, 1969-1971, 2008, and Nightfall, 1980, 2003-2004.

Source of supplied title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Earle Toppings, 2008, 2009 and 2015


No further accruals are expected

Finding aids

Box/File List available

Access points

Toppings, Earle

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