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Finding Aid - Stanley Biggs fonds (PF187)

Stanley Biggs fonds

[1935 or 1936]-2003

2 cm of textual records
63 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20.6 x 24.0 cm or smaller
3 audio cassettes

Biographical Sketch
Stanley Champion Biggs was born in Toronto, Ontario, on December 6th, 1913. He was the son of Richard Atkinson Biggs (d. 1948), a Toronto lawyer, and Gertrude Champion. He attended Rosedale Public School and later the University of Toronto Schools. In 1932, he enrolled at the University of Toronto, where he joined the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, played on the intercollegiate golf team, and was involved with the moot court. He graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in June 1936, and in September entered Osgoode Hall Law School. Biggs was called to the Bar of Ontario in June 1939, and joined his father's firm under the name of Biggs & Biggs. He married Barbara Barrett in June of 1940. Biggs joined the Osgoode Canadian Officer Training Corps in January of 1941, and graduated from the course in August of that year. In January of 1942, Biggs was commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant with the 3rd Battalion, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. He was sent overseas in March of 1943. Biggs was involved with the operations at Juno Beach during the D-Day invasion on June 6th, 1944. After being wounded in August of 1944, Biggs was sent to England where he would serve as an army lawyer for the duration of the war. Shortly after the end of the war, Biggs was one of four lawyers defending William Joyce, more popularly known as "Lord Haw-Haw", at his treason trial. Biggs resumed his legal career in Toronto following his return from overseas in December of 1945. Biggs chaired the Canadian Junior Bar Section of the Canadian Bar Association, and was very active in the Lawyers' Club of Toronto, serving as its President in 1963. Biggs was appointed a Queen's Counsel in 1955, and in 1995 was awarded the Law Society Medal. Stanley Biggs died in Toronto on June 8th, 2008.
 
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the legal career of Stanley Biggs. Records in the fonds pertain to Biggs' involvement in the Lawyers' Club of Toronto and the Junior Bar Section of the Canadian Bar Association. Records also pertain to the treason trial of William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw") in England shortly after the conclusion of the Second World War. The fonds includes correspondence and speeches, photographs, articles and other printed material, and audio cassettes.
 
Restrictions
No restrictions on access.

PF187-1 Correspondence and speeches

1946-1999
1 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of correspondence and speeches maintained by Stanley Biggs. The records relate to Biggs' involvement in the Lawyers' Club of Toronto and the Junior Bar Section of the Canadian Bar Association, as well as the treason trial of William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw").
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2009029-001 Canadian Bar Association correspondence. -- 1949-1951
2009029-002 Speech given at Canadian Junior Bar Section dinner. -- [Transcribed 200-?]
2009029-003 Lawyers' Club correspondence. -- 1963-1964
2009029-004 Speech given at Lawyers' Club outgoing President's luncheon. -- 3 June 1964
2009029-005 Speech given at London House Association annual meeting. -- 24 Feb. 1984
2009029-006 Speech given at Lawyers' Club Michener dinner. -- Sept. 1985
2009029-007 Letter to Dean Ron Daniels with attached material. -- 1946, 1999

PF187-2 Photographs

[1935 or 1936]-2003
63 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20.6 x 24.0 cm or smaller

Scope and Content
Series consists of photographs maintained by Stanley Biggs. The photographs relate to Biggs' time as a law student at the University of Toronto, William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw"), and views of Osgoode Hall. It is believed that the photographs of Osgoode Hall were taken as possible illustrations for his memoirs, "As luck would have it in war and peace: memoirs 1913 to 2007".

Reference Code / Title / Date
2009029-01P University of Toronto moot court, 1935-36. -- [1935 or 1936]
2009029-02P Photograph of University of Toronto law students and faculty. -- [1936?]
2009029-03P Photograph of William Joyce, "Lord Haw-Haw". -- [between 1939 and 1945]
2009029-04P Lord Haw-Haw takes his constitutional in the Tiergarten, Berlin. -- [between 1939 and 1945]
2009029-05P Photograph of Norman Rogers and Stanley Biggs. -- 29 Dec. 1964
2009029-06P The Lawyers Club Past Presidents Dinner: 50th anniversary January 21, 1972. -- 21 Jan. 1972
2009029-07P The Lawyers Club Past Presidents' Dinner, December 5, 1986. -- 5 Dec. 1986
2009029-08P Photographs of the Barristers' Lounge. -- [ca. 2000]
2009029-09P Photographs of the Barristers' Lounge and Convocation Hall. -- [ca. 2000]
2009029-10P Photographs of Convocation Hall and the Barristers' Lounge. -- [ca. 2000]
2009029-11P Photographs of Osgoode Hall plaque and front laneway. -- [ca. 2000]
2009029-12P Photographs of Convocation Hall. -- 2003

PF187-3 Articles and printed material

1945-1973
1 cm of textual records

Scope and Content
Series consists of articles and periodicals maintained by Stanley Biggs. The material relates to the treason trial of William Joyce ("Lord Haw-Haw") and the Joint Annual Meeting of the Canadian Bar Association and American Bar Association, held in Washington, D.C. in September of 1950. A reprint of Biggs' article on the William Joyce trial is included in the series. A score card from the St. George's Golf and Country Club is also included.
 
Reference Code / Title / Date
2009029-008 Canadian Bar Review article. -- Jan. 1945
2009029-009 The Times Law Reports. -- 16 Nov. 1945
2009029-010 Treason and the trial of William Joyce. -- 1947
2009029-011 St. George's Golf and Country Club score card. -- 26 Sept. 1947
2009029-012 The Young Lawyer. -- Aug. 1950
2009029-013 Chitty's Law Journal article. -- Nov. 1950
2009029-014 Excerpt from "Criminal Law" by J.C. Smith and Brian Hogan. -- 1973

PF187-4 Audio cassettes

1963, 1975, 1984
3 audio cassettes

Scope and Content
Series consists of audio cassettes maintained by Stanley Biggs. The audio quality of the recordings is not known.

Reference Code / Title / Date
2009029-01A Hon. J. Keiller Mackey speech to the Lawyers' Club. -- 21 Nov. 1963
2009029-02A March Special Lectures 1975: George D. Finlayson QC. -- 1975
2009029-03A Stanley Biggs speech to the Royal Canadian Military Institute. -- 24 Jan. 1984
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