Extent: 8 cm of textual records.
Administrative history: In 1972, The Deaf Canadian, national magazine, was published by The Deaf Canadian Limited, a newly formed company in Calgary, Alberta. The new owner, editor, and publisher was David Cecil Charles Burnett (1940-). His Deaf wife, Lynnette Rae Haynes (1954-), was the magazine’s manager for advertising and subscription for 11 years (1972-1983). The first issue of The Deaf Canadian was dated September-October 1972. All of the editors have been Deaf men. These included David Burnett (1972-1974, 1976-1979), and 1982-1983), Clifton Francis Carbin (1974-1976), and Roger John Carver (1979-1982).
In 1975, The Deaf Canadian was taken over by a newly formed, non-profit educational and literary organization called the Deaf Canadian Readers’ Association. Burnett was the founder and publisher of the association, which was located in Calgary, Alberta. Under this management, the style of The Deaf Canadian found in previous issues remained essentially the same, but its publishing schedule changed to quarterly, and the numbering system started over again. The first edition of the new magazine was Spring-Summer 1975. Two years later, The Deaf Canadian returned to a bi-monthly publication, and in 1979, switched to a monthly publication. The last edition of The Deaf Canadian was published in December 1983.
(Source: Deaf Heritage in Canada, 1996. p. 301)
Scope and content: The Deaf Canadian fonds contains information about various topics such as education (especially total communication versus oralism), Deaf sports, interpreter services, human rights, mental health, vocational rehabilitation, teletypewriters, American Sign Language (ASL), and conference conventions.
The fonds is comprised of five (5) files:
P005,1 The Deaf Canadian, Sep.-Oct. 1972-Jan.-Feb. 1975;
P005,2 The Deaf Canadian, Spring-Summer 1975-July-Aug. 1977;
P005,3 The Deaf Canadian, Sept.-Oct. 1977-Nov.-Dec. 1978;
P005,4 The Deaf Canadian, January-November 1979;
P005,5 The Deaf Canadian, January 1980-April 1983.
Source of title proper: Title based on the documents in the fonds.
Immediate source of acquisition: The newsletters were donated to the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf Archives by David George Mason of Edmonton, Alberta. Some newsletters, which belonged to Forrest C. Nickerson and the Cultural Canadian Cultural of the Deaf, have been added to the The Deaf Canadian fonds.
Arrangement: Records are arranged numerically.
Language: Records are in English.
General note: Some newsletter numbers are missing.
Standard Number: ISSN 0315-145X