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Gibb, Camilla

  • Person
  • 1968-

Camilla Gibb was born in London, England, and grew up in Toronto. She has a B.A. in anthropology and Middle Eastern studies from the University of Toronto, completed her Ph.D. in social anthropology at Oxford University in 1997, and spent two years at the University of Toronto as a post-doctoral research fellow before becoming a full-time writer. She is the author of three novels: Mouthing the Words, The Petty Details of So-and-so's Life and Sweetness in the Belly, as well as numerous short stories, articles and reviews. She was the winner of the Trillium Book Award in 2006, a Scotiabank Giller Prize short list nominee in 2005, winner of the City of Toronto Book Award in 2000 and the recipient of the CBC Canadian Literary Award for short fiction in 2001. Her books have been published in 18 countries and translated into 14 languages, and she was named by the jury of the prestigious Orange Prize as one of 21 writers to watch in the new century.

Gilpin-Brown, Edward

  • Person
  • 1854-1904

Edward Gilpin-Brown was a captain with the 92nd Gordon Highlanders from February 1874 until June 1884. He served in the second Afghan War (1878-1880), the Boer War (1881) and the Egyptian War (1882).

Alexander, W. J. (William John)

  • Person
  • 1855-1944

William John Alexander was born of Scottish parents in Hamilton, Canada West, in 1855. He was educated in Hamilton and at the University of Toronto where he won a scholarship which enabled him to study English at the University of Wales College in Charlottetown for two years. He obtained a PhD in Greek And Philology at the newly constituted Johns Hopkins University in 1833, and spent a further year studying modern languages in Heidelberg. Dr. Alexander was appointed professor of English language and literature at Dalhousie University in 1884. Attracted by Alexander's reputation as a scholar and teacher, the University of Toronto hired him as Professor of English in 1889. He occupied the chair of English at University College until his retirement in 1927, enriching the lives of several generations of students by his knowledge and enthusiasm. He worked with the Department of Education in improving English text books for public schools and high schools. He edited Shorter Poems and Short Stories and Essays for use in Ontario high schools. His selection of poems is especially interesting, covering the entire range of English literature from the early ballads (one of his great loves) to the free verse of his century. He died in 1944 while visiting his daughter, Mrs. Carleton Stanley, in Halifax.

Appell, M. R. (Melvin Robert)

  • Person
  • 1943-

M.R. (Melvin Robert) Appell was born in Kitchener, Ont., in 1943. He has been writing poetry since the early 1960s. His work has appeared in The Antigonish Review, The New Quarterly, Volume 63, Alive Magazine, Mountain, Weed and The Canadian Review, among other periodicals. In 1968, he won the Dorothy Shoemaker Award, judged by Irving Layton. He currently lives in Newfoundland.

Bacque, James

  • Person
  • 1929-

James Bacque is a writer, editor and one-time publisher. Educated at Upper Canada College in Toronto and then the University of Toronto, where he studied history and philosophy, Bacque began his career as a fiction writer, publishing the novels The Lonely Ones (novel was re-titled Big Lonely when published in England and in paperback by M&S in 1978), A Man of Talent (Toronto: New Press, 1972) and The Queen Comes to Minnicog . He has also written a number of plays and teleplays. In 1989, Bacque published his first non-fiction book, the controversial Other Losses. The book thesis was that the Allied Supreme Commander Dwight Eisenhower’s policies caused the death of 790,000 German captives in internment camps through disease, starvation and cold from 1944 to 1949. He followed it up with two more World War II-related books: Just Raoul and Crimes and Mercies. He also published another work of fiction, Our Fathers' War.

Banting, Frederick Grant, Sir

  • Person
  • 1891-1941

Frederick Banting was a Canadian physician and medical researcher who was best-known as the co-discoverer of insulin. He was also an artist.

Exile Editions

  • Corporate body
  • 1976?-

Exile Editions is an independent Canadian publisher based in Toronto. It was founded in 1976 by Barry Callaghan.

Donnell, David

  • Person
  • 1939-

David Donnell is a Canadian poet and writer. He was born in 1939 in St. Mary’s, Ontario. He moved to Toronto in 1958 and became acquainted with other Toronto poets through the Bohemian Embassy. In 1961, he published his first book, Poems, and assisted John Robert Colombo in printing Margaret Atwood’s first book, Double Persephone. Other published works of Donnell include: The Blue Sky (1977), Dangerous Crossings (1980), Hemingway in Toronto (1982), Settlements (1983), which was the Governor General’s Award for Poetry, The Blue Ontario Hemingway Boat Race (1985), Water Street Days (1989), China Blues (1992), which won the City of Toronto Book Award, Dancing in the Dark (1996) and Sometimes a Great Notion (2004).

Bland, J. O. P. (John Otway Percy)

  • Person
  • 1863-1945

John Otway Percy Bland was born in Malta, second son of Major-General E.L. Bland of County Antrim, Ireland. He was educated in Switzerland, at Victoria College, Jersey, and at Trinity College, Dublin. In 1883 he joined the Chinese Imperial Maritime Customs and for some years was also private Secretary to Sir Robert Hart, resigning in 1896 to become Secretary to the Municipality for the Foreign Settlements at Shanghai. He became representative in China of the British and Chinese Corporation Ltd. in 1906, and negotiated four railway loans with the Chinese Government. In 1910 he resigned and left China. He had been Times Correspondent in Shanghai from 1897-1907 and in Peking, 1907-10. After his return to England he engaged chiefly in journalism. He published ten books under his own name, mainly on eastern affiars and current events. He is chiefly renowned for his collaboration with Sir Edmund Backhouse in China under the Empress Dowager, 1910, and Annals of the Court of Peking, 1913.

Canadian Economics Association

  • Person
  • 1967-

The Canadian Economics Association/Association canadienne d’économique (CEA) was originally part of the Canadian Political Science Association (CPSA) founded in 1913. The separate association emerged in 1967 as a result of a decision made by economists,political scientists, and sociologists to create separate societies to represent their interests.

The CEA held its founding meeting at Carleton University in June 1967, organized by a sub-committee of the CPSA. The constitution of the CEA was approved and the first slate of officers elected at that meeting. The object of the organization, as stated in its 1990 constitution, is as follows: the advancement of economic knowledge through the encouragement of study and research, the issuing of publications, and the furtherance of free and informed discussion of economic questions. The Association as such will not assume a partisan position upon any question of practical politics nor commit its members to any position thereon.

The CEA is comprised mainly of academic economists. As of early 2007 there were approximately 1400 members. The organization is governed by an elected president and an executive council that is selected by a nominating committee. In addition to the nominating committee, the organization maintains a committee for economic history, prize committees, and others established on an ad hoc basis. Since its inception, the CEA has recognized French and English as its official languages. As noted in more detail below, the CEA is involved in the publication of two journals, the Canadian Journal of Economics/ Revue canadienne d’économique and Canadian Public Policy/Analyse de politiques, as well as a semi-annual newsletter, begun in 1990, and member directory (the latter now published in the Web).

Cohen, Leonard

  • Person
  • 1934-2016

Leonard Cohen (born 21 September 1934 in Montréal, QC; died 7 November 2016 in Los Angeles, California) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, poet, novelist and painter.
Born in 1934 in Westmount, Québec to an Orthodox Jewish family, Cohen was the second child of Masha Klinitsky-Klein and Nathan Bernard Cohen. Cohen demonstrated an interest in writing, particularly poetry, from an early age. At 15, under the influence of country and western music, he began to play guitar and for a short time he took flamenco guitar lessons. He attended McGill University and graduated with a degree in English literature in 1955. During his time at McGill, Cohen took a poetry course with Louis Dudek and a prose course with Hugh MacLennan. He was also introduced to poet Irving Layton, who became his friend and mentor. During this period he began writing poetry and was part of the local literary scene. Cohen gave his earliest poetry readings in a Montreal nightclub to jazz accompaniment and also performed in a country-western trio called the Buckskin Boys.
His first collection of poetry, Let Us Compare Mythologies, was published in 1956 as a part of the McGill Poetry Series. He would briefly attend both McGill Law School (1955-1956) and Columbia University School of General Studies (1956-1957) before deciding to write full-time. Cohen moved briefly to London with a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts and then relocated to the Greek Island of Hydra in 1960, where he would live for the next seven years. It was there that he published The Spice Box of Earth in 1961, which would launch his literary career. He would later publish another collection of poetry, Flowers For Hitler in 1964 and his first two novels: The Favorite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966). To date, each book has sold more than 800,000 copies worldwide. It was not until the late 1960s that he decided to move to Nashville and pursue a musical career, where he established himself as not only a poet but also a revered singer-songwriter. He continued to publish throughout his life, including Death of a Lady’s Man (1978), Book of Mercy
(1984), Stranger Music: Selected Poems and Songs (1993), and Book of Longing (2006). In his poetry, novels and music, he constantly probed the human condition, exploring themes of love, loss, and death. As a poetic and unlikely pop star, his reliance on simple melodies were complimented by the intense imagery and depth of his lyrics. As one of the most iconic Canadian artists of the 20th century, Leonard Cohen was inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, the US Songwriters Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Folk Music Walk of Fame. He also a number of awards for both his writing and his music, including: the Glenn Gould Prize for
lifetime achievement in the arts, the Prince of Asturias Award for Literature, the Prix DenisePelletier, eight Juno Awards, a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award and numerous other

Drake, Stillman

  • Person
  • 1910-1993

Stillman Drake (1910-1993) was a Canadian historian of science, known for his work on Galileo. He became interested in the writings of A.B. Johnson in 1938 after reading his “A Treatise on Language.”

Granville-Barker, Harley

  • Person
  • 1877-1946

Harley Granville Barker was born in Kensington, London, in 1877. His career included prominent success in five branches of theatrical life: as an actor, director, producer-manager, critic and playwright. In his twenties, he became established as a leader of the movement to reform British theatre, to make it less about spectacle and escapism and transform it into the cradle of a New Drama that explored social issues and featured naturalistic staging and realistic psychology. He can be viewed as one of the artists who invented the idea of the modern theatre director. He died in 1946.

University of Toronto. Political Science Club

  • Corporate body

Founded 188- or 189-; in existence in 1897 but founded some years earlier: see "College Topics", 1897-11-16, p. 2; "Torontonensis", I (1898), 151. The first recorded suggestion for such a society was made in the "Varsity" in 1884 [4, 25 (1884-04-19), 300].

Birdsall, Richard

  • Person
  • 1799-1852

Richard Birdsall born 1799, died 21 January, 1852. Surveyor of grounds of King's College and other properties; politician. Henry Boys, born 8 November, 1775. Died 23 April, 1868. Bursar, University of King's College, 1839-1851.

Boyle, David

  • Person

Boyle was a prominent archaeologist and ethnologist and was author of "Notes on the Life of Dr. Joseph Workman" (1894).

Campbell, Mary A

  • Person

Miss Campbell was a participant in the curriculum studies sessions at the Ontario College of Education in the early 1960s, along with Professor Robin S. Harris. At the time of this donation, she had retired from teaching at Parkdale Collegiate.

Horne, Alan J.

  • Person
  • 1931-

Alan J. Horne is a collector of British illustrated books, a librarian and a writer.

Hogg, Frank Scott

  • Person
  • 1904-1951

Professor of astronomy at the University of Toronto, Director of Dunlap Observatory.

Born in Preston Ontario and a graduate of the University of Toronto in 1926, Frank Scott Hogg was the first to be awarded a Ph.D. in astronomy from Harvard College. It was during his graduate studies that he met Helen Sawyer whom he married in 1930. After travelling to Europe and the Western United States on a Parker Travelling Fellowship visiting observatories, Dr. Hogg was offered a position at the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory in Victoria B.C., then under the direction of J.S. Plaskett. He and his wife Helen both undertook research at the D.O.A. until 1934 when they moved to the newly opened David Dunlap Observatory, where Frank Hogg became a lecturer.

Through the years, he rose through the ranks to become a professor of astronomy and finally head of the department and Director of the David Dunlap Observatory in 1946. His main interest lay in the radial velocity program of which he spent much of the time observing, measuring and computing data. During the war, he taught Air Navigation and is credited for inventing a two-star sextant intended to simplify navigation. Under his direction the D.D.O. undertook and completed many observing programs and a Ph.D. program was initiated. Unfortunately, Dr. Hogg did not live to see the first Ph.D. student graduate. He died of a heart ailment on New Years Day 1951, at the age of forty-six.

Peters, Vera

  • Person
  • 1911-1993

Medical researcher and a pioneer in the treatment of Hodgkin's disease and breast cancer.

Bates, Gordon Anderson

  • Person
  • 1885-1975

Student in the Faculty of Medicine. Born in Burlington, Ontario, 1885; died at Toronto, 7 November, 1975, aged 89. Gordon Bates was on the Executive of the University Student Parliament, 1905- 06, and was a representative of U of T Medical Society. He was a founder of the Health League of Canada.

University of Toronto. Women's War Service Committee

  • Corporate body
  • 1939-1946

The first steps to organize "a central organization as a working depot of the Faculty wives of the University" in assisting the war effort were taken immediately after the outbreak of hostilities in September, 1939 and reported on in a meeting of the executive of the Faculty Wives Association on 13 September. The first meeting of the University of Toronto Central Committee on Women's Service was held on 13 November. Several committees, including a Workroom Committee and a refugees sub-committee were immediately established. The setting up of the Committee for British Overseas Children, the purpose of which was to provide homes for evacuated children of faculty members from British universities, had to wait until approval from Ottawa in the summer of 1940. By the time the WWSC disbanded in May, 1946, 384,739 articles of clothing, etc. had been distributed. and about 150 children had been assisted by the BOC. Of the 14 who remained in Canada, 8 were students at the University of Toronto. These children necessitated the continuance of the BOC in a reduced format until 1949.

Starr, Frederic Newton Gisborne

  • Person
  • 1867–1934

Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr was a graduate of the Victoria University Faculty of Medicine (Class of 1889) and a member of the Board of Regents, 1915 to 1934.

Muckle Family

  • Family

Charles Park Muckle and his daughter, Alice May Muckle, were students of the University of Toronto.

Bickersteth, John Burgon

  • Person
  • 1888-1979

John Burgon Bickersteth was appointed Warden of Hart House in 1921 and continued in this position until his retirement in 1947. He retired to Canterbury, England, where he was born in 1888. He died February 1, 1979.

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