Series 3 - Drafts of the manuscript

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UTA 1294-B2002-0022-3

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Drafts of the manuscript

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  • 1997-2001 (Creation)

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1.54 m of textual records

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In writing the history of the University, the principal deadline Professor Friedland had to meet was to present a completed manuscript (except for the selection of photos) to the University of Toronto Press by 31 March, 2001, a year before the designated book launch that was to coincide with the 175th anniversary of the granting of the charter to King’s College on 15 March 1827. The book evolved over a period of almost five years from his first contact with the Press on the subject in June 1997. The earliest drafts (computer generated) appeared in October and November 1998 and the complete manuscript was sent to the Press in March 2001.

Sub-series 3.1 begins with drafts of the chapters (with notes embedded) that were written by Professor Friedland between 1998 and 2001. .

Sub-series 3.2, “Text”, begins with early drafts of each chapter, along with footnotes, sometimes with as many as ten versions for each chapter. Professor Friedland revised the drafts, chapter by chapter, as they evolved following feedback from others, the acquisition of more information, and his own further rereading. By the end of December 1999 he had completed at least one draft of the first 32 chapters, bringing the narrative up to 1960.

By mid-September of 2000, Professor Friedland had completed the first draft of the last chapters, 41 and 42 (the epilogue, chapter 43, he had begun writing at the end of December 1999). He usually worked on one chapter at a time, although interesting new information sometimes drew him away to other chapters.

In March 2000, he reread the drafts of the chapters that had been completed (by then usually several versions on), incorporating revisions into new drafts that were printed in April, with another round of drafts in September and October. He again reviewed the whole manuscript in the first week of December 2000, making mostly minor revisions. This December draft was sent to the fifty or so persons asked to comment on the entire manuscript. Further changes were made and a new complete draft printed in February 2001. This February draft was given to the Press as required under the contract. A new printout of the manuscript (again with minor changes) was prepared in April – the first one in which pagination was inserted – a copy of which was submitted to the Press in June and returned as copy-edited. Page proofs were then prepared, Professor Friedland made corrections, and another revised set was produced.

Only those versions with substantive changes that illustrate the evolution of each chapter (which averaged about ten pages, without footnotes) or which document the progress of the project at a particular juncture have been retained. Thus, some, but not all, of the drafts for the various versions of the chapters completed by the autumn of 2000 are found in this series. For the first cumulative manuscript, that of December 2000, those chapters [1-3, 6, 14, 15, 16, 18, 20, 21, 25, 27-29, 31, 34 and 39] that were unchanged from the earlier (September-October) drafts were not kept. For the remaining chapters, some alterations contain only a few words here and there but most have changes ranging from a few lines of text up to half-a-page. For the January 2001 draft only the nineteen chapters with substantial revisions or numerous annotations were retained. The February 2001 manuscript, which reflects the changes incorporated after comments received from readers, has been kept in its entirety.

Sub-series 3.3 contains the copy-edited version of the manuscript and various versions of the page proofs. The clean copy of the April version of the manuscript, identical to the copy-edited manuscript except for the editor’s marks and the insertion of section dividers and the addition of the “end papers”, has not been retained. Both sets of page proofs have been retained.

Sub-series 3.4 contains a sampling of drafts of the notes. Professor Friedland, in his “Introduction” , noted that there were so many bulky versions of the notes that he included only two versions of the notes, those of summer and November 2000, along with a complete set of the various drafts of the footnotes for Part 4 (chapters 22-27) of the notes. Also included are the notes for Parts six to eight of the February 2001 version of the notes. Some of the versions of the webnotes are contained in Sub-series 3.5. A hardcopy of the webnotes at the time of publication (March 15, 2001) was produced as a separate volume.

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B2002-0022/011(06)-/021(02)

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