Fonds 1775 - Ernest Sirluck fonds

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UTA 1775


Ernest Sirluck fonds


  • 1938-2009 (Creation)

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2.67 m of textual records (19 boxes)

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Ernest Sirluck was born in Winkler, Manitoba in 1918. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1940 from the University of Manitoba and continued on to the University of Toronto to complete his M.A. in 1941. Shortly after beginning doctoral work in English, he joined the Canadian Army and served overseas. For his distinguished service he was awarded the Member of the Order of the British Empire (Military Division), and returned to Canada as a Major.

Upon returning to the University of Toronto, he resumed his studies and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in 1948. He was a lecturer during his schooling at the UofT, and then at the University of Chicago as a Professor from 1947-1962. Ernest Sirluck’s area of expertise was in seventeenth century English Literature, especially the works of John Milton.

In 1962 he returned to the University of Toronto and served at various times as Associate Dean, Dean of Graduate Studies, and Vice-President and Graduate Dean. During this time he also continued to work on various boards and committees, as well as continued with extensive academic work. He was elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1967.

The University of Manitoba appointed him President and Vice-Chancellor in 1970, a position he held until 1976. At the end of his time in Manitoba, Sirluck returned to Toronto and, in 1996, he published First Generation: An Autobiography, detailing his life up to that point. He died on 4 September 2013 in Toronto.

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Fonds consists of two accessions:

  • B1988-0050: Correspondence; course, lecture and research notes in English Literature; files accumulated while President of the University of Manitoba.
  • B2012-0010: Personal correspondence (1961-2009); Board of Governors minutes, memos, and notes from Professor Sirluck’s position as President of the University of Manitoba; and the MRAP (Management Review and Analysis Program) task force reports for the University of Toronto Library system, 1976; and two booklets.

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