Earle Toppings

Fonds number:
Title: Earle Toppings
Dates of Material:
1877, 1946–2022
95 cm of textual records
1 audio cassette
1 video cassette
8 compact discs
1 flexi disc
4 photographs
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 contains records related to Earle Toppings' professional career as an editor, producer, news caster and educator, as well as records related to his personal life. It includes correspondence, typescripts, radio scripts, proofs, transcripts of interviews, offprints, programs, notebooks, notes and audiovisual material.

Fonds consists of four series:

Source of supplied title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of acquisition

Acquired from Earle Toppings, 2008, 2009, 2015, 2016, 2019 and 2023.


Further accruals are expected.

Finding aids

Box/File List available.

Access points

Toppings, Earle, 1931

  • Authors and publishers
  • Publishers and publishing
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