Jeff A. Webb
Department of History
Memorial University of Newfoundland
St. John's, NL A1C 5S7
Phone: (709) 864 2125
Director: ISER and JR Smallwood Foundation
Member: English Language Research Centre http://www.mun.ca/elrc/
Past Editor: Newfoundland and Labrador Studies
Ph.D. (1995), University of New Brunswick
M.A. (1987), Memorial University
B.A. (1985), Memorial University
History of Newfoundland and Labrador
History of Mass Media
History of Atlantic Canada
My major research interests are in the history of Newfoundland and the history of the mass media. Following an early interest in the political history I became interested in the ways that the mass media created a sense of community and identity. This led to several articles on aspects of the history of the confederation debate and a book on the social history of radio broadcasting. Recently I have been conducting research on the history of the writing of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English.
My current research projects are a study of the development of social science and humanities scholarship at Memorial University 1950-1980, and a history of MUN Extension 1959-1990.
I currently supervise graduate students in several areas, including the cultural revival of Newfoundland during the 1970s and the land settlement and resettlement programs of the 1930s to 1970s. I am interested in working with graduate students who want to work on the history of the mass media or aspects of the history of Atlantic Canada.
- The Voice of Newfoundland: A Social History of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland, 1939-1949 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2008).
- "Cullers of language: The writing of the Dictionary of Newfoundland English" Dictionaries: The Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America 33, 58-82.
- "Gate Keeping and Newfoundland Popular Culture" in Steve High (ed) Occupied St John's McGill-Queen's University Press (2010)
- "Revisiting Fence Building: Keith Matthews and the Historiography of Newfoundland" Canadian Historical Review (June 2010)
- “Repertoire and Reception: Musical Culture in St John’s Newfoundland, 1930-1945" Journal of Canadian Studies (Spring 2008) 42:2.
- “Who Speaks for the Public?: The Debate over Government or Private Broadcasting in Newfoundland, 1939-1949" Acadiensis Vol. XXXV, No.1 (Autumn 2005), 74-93.
- “VOUS - Voice of the United States: The Armed Forces Radio Service in Newfoundland” Journal of Radio Studies Vol. 11 No.1 (June 2004), 87-99.
- “Constructing Community and Consumers: Joseph R. Smallwood’s Barrelman Radio Program” Journal of the Canadian Historical Association 1997, New Series Vol. 8 (1998), 165-186.
- “Confederation, Conspiracy and Choice: A Discussion” Newfoundland Studies Vol. 14, No.2 (1998), 169-187.
- “Canada’s Moose River Mine Disaster (1936): Radio-Newspaper Competition in the Business of News” Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television Vol 16, No. 3, (October 1996), 365-376.
- “The Origins of Public Broadcasting: The Commission of Government and the Creation of the Broadcasting Corporation of Newfoundland” Acadiensis Volume XXIV, No.2 (Autumn 1994), 88-106.
- “Cultural Intervention: Helen Creighton's Folksong Broadcasts, 1938-39” Canadian Folklore canadien Vol.14 No.2 (1992), 159-170.
- “Leaving the State of Nature: A Locke Inspired Political Community in St. John's Newfoundland, 1723” Acadiensis Vol.XI, No.1 (Autumn 1991), 156-165.
- “The Responsible Government League and the Confederation Campaigns of 1948” Newfoundland Studies Vol.5 No.2 (Fall 1989), 203-220.