H. Gordon Skilling (1912-2001) taught political science at the University of Wisconsin and Dartmouth College before accepting a position at the University of Toronto in 1959. He remained at the University of Toronto until his retirement in 1977. He founded the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and was its director until 1974. During this time he published his books Communism, National and International (1964), The Governments of Communist East Europe (1966), and Czechoslovakia’s Interrupted Revolution (1976), as well as many other publications. His academic career, scholarship, teaching, and frequent visits to Czechoslovakia, made Skilling a pioneering expert on Central and East European history and politics.
Records documenting Skilling's expertise relating to East European studies with particular emphasis on Czechoslovakia and his role in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies. Contains addresses and speeches; manuscripts and publications including related correspondence and reviews; lecture notes; subject files, mainly of associations; sound recording, video and photographs; University of Toronto administrative files including the Centre for Russian and East European Studies, the Department of Political Economy, Committee on International Studies as well as the Centre for International Studies.