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Avenus, Martin

  • Person
  • 1928-2011

Martin (aka Marty) Ahvenus, born in Toronto in 1928, was for over 30 years the proprietor of Village Books, which he first opened on Toronto’s Gerrard Street in June 1961. At the time, Gerrard St. was akin to New York’s Greenwich Village, and Ahvenus’ shop became a favoured place for young writers and poets, including Al Purdy, bp Nichol (who used the store as his mailing address), Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje, Milton Acorn, Joe Rosenblatt and Gwendolyn MacEwen, among many others. Ahvenus was an early champion of contemporary Canadian poetry, and was one of only a handful of booksellers that stocked it in a serious way, including many small press imprints.

Allin, Albert Ellis

  • Person
  • 1906-1966

Albert Ellis Allin, 1906-1966, was a physician, naturalist and writer who spent most of his working career in Fort Williams, Ontario, where he collected specimens of birds, eggs, and flowers which he sent to the Royal Ontario Museum for its collections.

Attin, Harold B.

  • Person
  • [19--]

Harold Attin was a student of modern French history.

Bagnani, Gilbert

  • Person
  • 1900-1985

Gilbert Bagnani was born in Rome in 1900, and educated in Italy and England. In 1929, after his marriage to Stewart Houston he joined the Italian School of Classical Studies in Athens, and served with the Royal Italiian Archaeological Mission in Egypt for seven years. They moved to a farm near Port Hope in 1937. In 1945 he was asked to fill temporarily a vacancy in the Department of Classics, University College where he taught for twenty years. He retired in 1965 from the University of Toronto, but he then taught at Trent University for another ten years, retiring in 1975. He died in 1985. In 1960 he gave his collection of Petronius to the newly established Department of Rare Books and Special Collections. After his death the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library received a bequest from his collection of books and manuscripts.

Bailey, Don

  • Person
  • 1942-

Novelist, poet, story writer, playwright, television and film writer born in Toronto in 1942 and spent the first years of his life in that city. He has lived in Vancouver, Peterborough County, Winnipeg and elsewhere in Canada. He became a writer while serving a prison sentence. Bailey has little formal education, having quit school when he was thirteen after completing grade 8. However he studied journalism through correspondence courses during his stay in prison and discovered that he had talent both as a writer and as a person interested in helping others.

After he was released from prison Bailey worked in corrections while trying to make his living as an author. He started an agency in Toronto called Springboard and has run halfway homes in Winnipeg and Peterborough, which attempted to keep families of inmates together.

Bailey's work has been published in numerous magazines: West Coast Review, Saturday Night, Tamarack Review, Canadian Forum, Quarry and the Toronto Star. His work has been read on CBC radio and he has written several television plays, among them Nightfall (CBC, 1980); Shared Accommodation (CBC, 1980), All Sales Final (played at the St. Lawrence Centre in Toronto).

Some of his published books are:

My Bareness Is Not Just My Body. Poetry. Fiddlehead, 1971.
If You Hum Me a Few Bars I Might Remember the Tune. Stories. Oberon, 1973.
The Shapes Around Me. Poetry. Fiddlehead, 1973.
The Sorry Papers. Stories. Oberon Press, 1979.
Making Up. Stories. Oberon. 1981.
The Final Approach. Novel. Oberon, 1983.
Swim For Your Life. Novel. Oberon, 1984.
Bring Me Your Passion. Novel. Oberon, 1987.
Homeless Hearts. Poetry. Quarry, 1989.
Sunflowers Never Sleep. Novel. Prentice-Hall, 1990.
Window Dressing, Novel. Oberon, 1994.
Going Home, Oberon, 1995.

Batten, Jack

  • Person
  • 1932-

Jack Batten is a Toronto-based writer and journalist. Born in Montreal, Batten practiced law from 1959 to 1963, before turning his full attention to writing. He is the author of over thirty books, including non-fiction on biographies, history, sports, law, as well as young adult and crime novels. As a freelance journalist, Batten has written for magazines including Maclean’s, Rolling Stone, Chatelaine, Toronto Life and Reader’s Digest. He reviewed Jazz in the Globe and Mail in the 1970s, reviewed movies on CBC radio for 25 years and since 1998 has contributed a biweekly whodunit column in the Toronto Star.

Beckerman, Miriam

  • Person

Miriam Beckerman is an award-winning Yiddish translator who was born in Toronto where she has lived all her life except for five years in Israel (1947-1952). She has had five books published: (1) Wartime Experiences in Lithuania by Rivka Lozansky Bogomolnaya, Vallentine Mitchell, 2000; (2) Nightmares - Memoirs of the Years of Horrors Under Nazi Rule in Europe, 1939-1945, by Konrad Charmatz, Syracuse University Press, 2003; (3) Haftling (Prisoner) No. 94771, Experiences in German Lagers (camps), 1941-1945, Concordia University, 2003; (4) The Book of Borszcow, a yizkor book, 2005; and (5) A Thousand Threads - a story told through Yiddish Letters, Remembrance Books, Washington, DC, 2005. Miriam's translations have also appeared in the Canadian Jewish News, Pakn Treger, Parchment, Lifestyles International, as well as translations into Yiddish in the Yiddish Forward. Miriam Beckerman is a graduate of York University, Toronto, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1973 and a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1995.

Brown, Russell

  • Person
  • [19–?]-

Russell Brown is professor emeritus of English at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Canadian literature. He formerly served as editor of the Lakehead University review (1972-1975), co-editor of Descant (1979-1983) and Editorial Director at McClelland and Stewart (1983-1988). He is the editor or co-editor of The Collected Poems of Al Purdy (1985); The Collected Poems of Patrick Lane (2011); An Anthology of Canadian Literature in English (2010); and The Penguin Book of English-Canadian Short Fiction (2005).

Fetherling, George

  • Person
  • 1949-

George "Douglas" Fetherling, born in 1949, is a poet, essayist and critic, and the editor or author of more than fifty books. He is former literary editor of the Toronto Star and Kingston Whig-Standard and book columnist of the Ottawa Citizen and Vancouver Sun. For his "substantial contribution to Canadian letters" he has received both a D.Litt from St. Mary's University and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. He divides his time between Toronto and British Columbia.

Bernhardt, Karl Schofield

  • Person
  • 1901-1967

Bernhardt was educated at Orillia Collegiate, the University of Toronto (B.A., 1926 and M.A., 1929) and the University of Chicago (Ph.D., 1933). He was a professor of psychology at the University of Toronto (1943-1964), and assistant director (1936-1960) and then director of the Institute of Child Study (1960-1964). After his retirement in 1964, he was named professor emeritus and director emeritus.

Beverley, Jo

  • Person
  • [19–?]-

Jo Beverley is the author of thirty-two published historical romances. She has been the recipient of numerous awards including the Golden Leaf, the Award of Excellence, the National Readers Choice, and a two Career Achievement awards from Romantic Times. She is also a five-time winner of the RITA, the top award of the Romance Writers Of America, and is a member of its Hall of Fame and Honor Roll.

Spiess, Fritz

  • Person
  • 1925 - 1998

Fritz Spiess is best known for his work as a cinematographer and television commercial director. Born into a family of photographers in Germany in 1925, Spiess received his own box camera at the age of 6. He apprenticed for his father, Karl, prior to WWII and later studied with renowned photographer Tita Binz in Heidelberg. After earning a Master’s in Photography from the Munich Photo School in 1949, Spiess ran his own studio specializing in portrait and industrial photography. He and his wife, Gunild, emigrated to Canada in 1951, and went on to have two daughters and one son.

The family settled in Toronto, and Spiess began working for Panda Photography. His photos appeared in such major publications as Life and Mayfair, but in 1956 he was given an opportunity to shoot a film about children with cerebral palsy; his work garnered positive attention, and he was offered a job as a cameraman. During his long career, Spiess worked with five production companies: S.W. Caldwell Ltd. (1954 – 1958); Robert Lawrence Productions Ltd. (1958 – 1967); TDF Film Productions Ltd. (1967 – 1976), Schulz Productions (1976 to 1987) and Rawi-Sherman Films Inc. (1987 – 1991).

Spiess recognized the need for an organization to promote and foster Canadian cinematographers and their craft, and he became a charter member and early President of the Canadian Society of Cinematographers (CSC), providing its membership with technical information and professional expertise. Over his career, Spiess was instrumental in assisting younger people in the business through his affiliations with the CSC, International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 644, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE). Spiess also taught courses and gave lectures at Ryerson Polytechnic University and Sheridan College.

Spiess shot over 3,000 commercials for more than 300 advertisers, and he earned a number of national and international awards. The Canadian commercial film industry recognized his achievements with the Fritz Spiess Award in 1979, and Spiess was the only cinematographer to receive all three of the CSC’s non-competitive awards (the Fuji award, the Kodak New Century award, and the Bill Hilson award). He also won international awards at Cannes and Venice. Spiess’ artistry and generosity earned him the nickname “the dean of Canadian cinematography”.

Fritz Spiess died in Toronto in 1998.

Dunbar Family

  • Family

William Bowie Dunbar(BASc, ) and John Gardner Dunbar (BA 1913?), graduates of the University of Toronto.

Smith, Victor George

  • Person

Victor George Smith was a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering, University of Toronto, 1943-1967. Prior to this, he was a research assistant (1925-1927), a lecturer (1927-1929), an assistant professor (1929-1937), and an associate professor (1937-1943) in the Department.

Mulock Trust Fund

  • Corporate body
  • 1898-

Established in 1898 by Sir William Mulock on the failure and winding up of The Farmers' Loan and Savings Company.

Palmer Family

  • Family

"Benson Jones Palmer : Matriculated student, University College, 1868; student in the ‘School of Agriculture’ (University College), 1868-1869(?), 1869-1870 (2nd year)

Elgin Burpe Plamer : Non-matriculated student, University College, 1870-1871; matriculated student, University College, 1871-1872; student in the ‘School of Agriculture’ (University College), 1870-1872

Warren, David

  • Person

David Warren was a graduate student invited to sit on the committees relating to library services provided by University College Library and Robarts Library.

Gottlieb, Erika

  • Person
  • 1938-2007

Erika (Simon) Gottlieb was born February 26, 1938 in Budapest, Hungary.As well as being a writer, Erika Gottlieb taught at universities and colleges in Montreal and Toronto, and painted in oils and watercolours. She contributed numerous articles to literary, Hungarian and other books, journals and magazines, and was the author of three books: Lost Angels of a Ruined Paradise: Themes of Cosmic Strife in Romantic Tragedy; The Orwell Conundrum: A Cry of Despair or Faith in the Spirit of Man?; and The Orwell Conundrum: A Cry of Despair or Faith in the Spirit of Man? She died in 2007. Paul E. Gottlieb was a writer born June 29, 1936 in Budapest, Hungary. He is the author of a suspense novel, Agency, and two screenplays for Robert Lantos, In Praise of Older Women, and Agency, as well as articles, stories and reviews for various magazines.

Grover, Rachel

  • Person
  • [19–?]-

Former manuscript librarian at the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto.

Hambleton, Ronald

  • Person
  • 1917-2015

Born in Preston, Lancashire, England in 1917. His family emigrated to Canada in 1924 and he grew up in Vancouver, B.C. He was a well-known writer, interviewer, freelance writer, music critic and poet. Among his published books are Unit of Five (1944), Object & Event (1953), Every Man is an Island (1959), There Goes McGill (1962), Mazo de la Roche of Jalna (1966), The Secret of Jalna (1972), A Master Killing (1978), the Love & Death of Orpheus (1979), The Branding of America (1987) and Verse of All Sorts, Light Dark & Wry (1995). Hambleton also wrote radio scripts, documentaries and television shows for the CBC and worked as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines in Canada and the United Kingdom. Between 1972 and 1977, he wrote a weekly column for Marketing Magazine and contributed to the Toronto Star as a music reviewer for over 30 years. Hambleton died in Toronto in 2015.

Hanly Family

  • Family

Students in the School of Practical Science.

J. Bruce Hanly: special student 1888-1889; 1889-1890, 1st year (mechanical engineering); 1890-1891, 1st year (mechanical and electrical engineering); 1891-1892, 2nd year (mechanical and electrical engineering); 1892-1893, 2nd year (mechanical and electrical engineering); 1892-1894, 3rd year (mechanical and electrical engineering). Born 1866, died 22 April, 1937, Midland, Ontario.

Samuel Cyrus Hanly: 1890-1891, 1st year (mechanical and electrical engineering); 1891-1892, 2nd year (mechanical and electrical engineering); 1892-1893, 3rd year (mechanical and electrical engineering). From Wabushene, Simcoe County; died Midland, Ont., 26 January, 1962.

Boyne, William

  • Person
  • 1814-1893

William Boyne was a numismatist, traveller and collector. He was born in 1814 in Leeds, England and died in Florence, Italy, 1893.

Harvey, Arthur

  • Person
  • 1834-1905

Arthur Harvey was a Canadian journalist. He was born in Suffolk, England, in 1834 and was educated in Holland and at Trinity college, Dublin. In 1856, he emigrated to Canada, where subsequently he became editorially connected with the Hamilton Spectator newspaper. He was secretary of the commission that was appointed to negotiate a new treaty with the United States. Harvey suggested and rendered effective the insurance legislation of the Dominion, and in 1870 assumed the management of the Provincial Insurance Company in Toronto. He died in 1905.

Goodwillie, Frederick Barber

  • Person

Originally from Georgetown, Ontario. BA (University College) 1894; became a lawyer practicing for many years (from about 1902) in Melfort, Saskatchewan and later (1939-1942) in Cayuga, Ontario. Died 18 July 1951.

Tatham, George Sidford

  • Person

Student in pharmacy; Phm.B., 1911. Practiced in New Liskeard and Midland, Ontario.

Chandler, Ronald E.

  • Person

Professor in Faculty of Music, University of Toronto.

Ashley, William James

  • Person

Professor of political science in the Dept. of Political Economy, University of Toronto.

Bowles, Oliver

  • Person

Graduate of the University of Toronto (B.A. 1907, MA 1908)


  • Person
  • 1715-1771

Claude Adrien Helvetius, born 1715 in Paris, was a French philosopher. He studied at the College Louis-le Grand, and in 1738 received the lucrative post of farmer-general, which, however, he soon exchanged for the position of chamberlain to the queen. Tiring of the idle and dissipated life of the court, he married in 1751, and retired to a small estate at Vore, in Perche, where he devoted himself chiefly to philosophical studies. He was one of the "Encyclopaedists," and held the skeptical and materialistic views common to that school of philosophy.

Hague, René

  • Person
  • 1905-1981

René Hague was a printer, author and artist. He is the author of a number of books on David Jones. Colin A. Hughes is the author of David Jones: the man who was on the field.

Hughes, Elizabeth

  • Person
  • 1907-1981

Elizabeth Hughes was born in 1907. Her father, Charles E. Hughes, was U.S. Secretary of State (1921-1925) and later Chief Justice of the United States (1930-1941). She contacted severe diabetes in 1919 at age 11, and by the winter of 1921/22, her health was deteriorating seriously. In 1922, her mother contacted F.G. Banting in Toronto and managed to have Elizabeth accepted as one of his private patients. When she came to Toronto in August of that year, she began receiving insulin from Dr. Banting immediately. She stayed in Toronto until November 1922, making excellent progress and becoming Banting's star pupil. Elizabeth's health continued to improve with continued insulin treatment. She returned to school in 1923 and graduated from Barnard College in 1929. She married William Gossett, who became a vice-president and general counsel of the Ford Motor Company as well president of the American Bar Association, and went on to be active in civil affairs in the Detroit area. She died April 21, 1981, of pneumonia at the age of seventy-three.

Norcop, Laurence

  • Person
  • 1733-1766

Laurence Norcop’s military career began with an ensign’s commission in the 32ndRegiment of Foot. While the exact date of his appointment is unknown, it probably occurred shortly before 1756 and the formal declaration of the Seven Years’ War. Norcop, who was born in 1733 to a family of landed gentry in Shropshire, no doubt arranged the purchase of his commission with the financial backing of his father. A promotion to the rank of lieutenant followed in the summer of 1756 but, despite the persistent family tradition that Norcop attained the rank of captain, he never succeeded to the command of his own company. He did manage, however, to purchase the quartermaster’s commission in 1764. For most of the decade or more that Lieutenant Norcop served in the army, his regiment was garrisoned at various places in north-eastern Scotland. But rumours of a possible deployment overseas eventually materialized in 1764, when the 32nd Regiment was ordered to the West Indies. In the late summer of 1765, several months after his arrival in St. Vincent, Norcop was stricken with what seems to have been a malarial fever that swept through his regiment. A relapse probably accounts for Norcop’s death early in 1766.

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