Fonds 1300 - F. E. J. Fry fonds

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UTA 1300


F. E. J. Fry fonds


  • 1925-1993 (Creation)

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9.27 m of textual and graphic records (36 boxes, 3 folders, and 4 envelopes)

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Frederick Ernest Joseph (F. E. J.) Fry, was an aquatic ecologist best known for his work in physiological ecology, which developed a new understanding of the activities of fish in relation to the physical and chemical environment.

Fry was professor of zoology at the University of Toronto from 1936 to 1974. During the Second World War, from 1941 to 1945, he also did research in aviation medicine with the Ro​yal Canadian Air Force. In 1974, he was named professor emeritus and became an associate of the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto. In 1974, the Canadian Society of Zoologists established the Fry medal in recognition of his contribution to Canadian science.​

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Fonds consists of 5 accessions:

B1988-0027: Correspondence, minutes and reports documenting fisheries research in the Departments of Biology and Zoology with Professor William Harkness for the Ontario government. (8 boxes, 1925-1978)

B1988-0086: Reports, photographs and 2 valves relating to Demand Valves, #1 Clinical Investigation Unit. (4 boxes, 1941-1944)

B1989-0028: Professor Frederick Fry with students at symposium held in his honour. (5 negatives: col, 1974)

B1994-0007: Papers of Frederick E. Fry, on staff in the Faculty of Zoology for almost 40 years starting in 1936. A specialist in the study of fish (limnology), he spent most of his career as Director of the Ontario Fisheries Research Laboratory. His papers include mainly correspondence, research notes including data logs on the "Splake", manuscripts and files from the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. (22 boxes, 1928-1993)

B2001-0027: Records assembled by Frederick E. J. Fry relating to fisheries research projects of the Departments of Biology and Zoology and the Ontario Fisheries Research Board, with additional correspondence by Henry A. Regier of the Institute for Environmental Studies. (1 box, 3 folders, and 4 envelopes; 1926-1984, predominant 1926-1953)

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  • English

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  • B1988-0027
  • B1994-0007

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  • 2024-05-24: Added to AtoM by E. Sommers




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