The fonds consists of newspaper clippings and typescripts written or collected by Sam Maltin over the course of his journalism career, with a special focus on the situation of black athletes in professional sports, including Jackie Robinson. It also includes professional correspondence (incoming), …
The fonds consists of newspaper clippings and typescripts written or collected by Sam Maltin over the course of his journalism career, with a special focus on the situation of black athletes in professional sports, including Jackie Robinson. It also includes professional correspondence (incoming), letters received from Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel (1948-1949), as well as black and white photographs and negatives from both his professional and personal life.
Photographs and negatives, found among the textual material were placed into acid-free envelopes.
Sam Maltin was a Montreal-based sports journalist and bridge columnist. Over the course of his career, which spanned approximately two decades, he worked for several newspapers including the Montreal Herald, the Montreal Gazette, the Montreal Star, the Toronto Tribune, and the Pittsburgh Courier. In addition to writing, Sam worked as a theatre actor as a member of the New Theatre Group of Montreal between 1936 and 1942.
Sam became an insurance salesman in the late-1950's, but continued to write articles into the 1960's. Other positions he held include President of the Northmount Home and School Association (ca. 1959), Chairman of the Traffic Safety Committee of the Quebec Federation of Protestant Home and School Associations (ca. 1961), Zone Two Director of the Canadian Bridge Federation (1970-1974), and editor of the Bridge Digest (1971-1973).
Throughout his life, Sam Maltin was actively involved in issues concerning the Black community of Montreal, as well as the segregation of black athletes in professional sports. Most notably, he and his wife Belle became close friends with Jackie Robinson and his wife Rachel ("Rae") during Jackie's stay in Montreal as a player in the Montreal Royals during the 1946 season.
The material was donated to the JPL by Sam Maltin's wife, Belle, around 1989.
The fonds was received "unsorted" and had been organized by JPL-A staff sometime following its arrival. As there was no discernable original order, and a large portion of related material had been artifically split among several folders, the fonds was rearranged by McGill practicum student Gina Gönczi on March 22, 2010.
Untitled and mostly undated typescripts, some with handwritten annotations. Includes "The Pen Is-", as well as typescripts about Alaska, the Laurentian Mountains, the National Physical Fitness Act, and what appears to be a transcript of a talk given by Lorne Greene.