Series 1 - Commission of Enquiry into the affairs of King's College University and Upper Canada College

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UTA 1972-1

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Commission of Enquiry into the affairs of King's College University and Upper Canada College

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  • 1828-1851 (Creation)

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2.82 m of textual records

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(1805-1894)

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Series consists of volumes encompassing the work of the Commissioners of Inquiry into the Affairs of King's College University and Upper Canada College, who carried out their
duties between 1848 and 1851.

Three commissioners were originally appointed, John Wetenhall, Joseph Workman, and Robert Easton Burns. Burns succeeded Wetenhall as chairman in March of 1850 and he and Workman completed the work of the Commission. Workman was the most active, attending 191 meetings in all and conducting 313 visits. The other commissioners together attended 213 meetings and conducted 21 visits.

Of the two copies of the report that were compiled, one was eventually retained by Workman, along with the supporting documentation. These volumes were inherited by his daughter and, upon her death, were discovered in the family papers by Professor Cecil Fairfield Lavell who had married one of Dr. Workman's granddaughters. Professor Lavell, of Grinell College, Iowa, had earlier done graduate work at the University of Toronto. Professor and Mrs. Lavell presented the volumes to the University in 1922 and 1923.

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B1965-0040/001-/008

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