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Harold Innis fonds Series
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Arctic Research

Series consists of records relating to H.A.Innis' interest in the Hudson's Bay Company and the Arctic, particularly diaries and correspondence with L.A.Learmonth.

Artifacts

First World War artifacts and other items belonging to Harold Innis:
-1 Khaki pouch, with drawstring and Red Cross insignia stitched on the side
-1 Army issue sewing kit, with pencil, pins, needles and buttons, label for “Maw’s” Perforated Court Plaster, and darning wool
-Mess Kit: 1 Army issue fork and spoon
-‘Dog tags’ with ‘H.A. Innis – C.F.A. – 339852’ on one side and “G.P. – Innis, H.A. – 339852 – 4th BTY.CFA – BAPT’ on the other side
-1 bundle of rawhide
-1 enamelled pin with coat of arms of Stirling Scotland
-1 pin for ‘69’ Battery
-2 Artillery cap badges
-1 Signaller’s badge
-1 large and 2 small COTC [U of T] badges
-2 C.F.A. pins
-2 ‘Canada’ pins
-1 Wounded Stripe with inscription ‘The Wounded Stripe, No. 4’
-5 large and 6 small brass tunic buttons with Royal coat of arts
-1 scabbard holder for bayonet worn in half
-1 waterproof (metal) can
-1 brown coloured pencil
-1 key
-1 large and 3 small CEF badges, each with crown superimposed on maple

  • University of Glasgow medal in box [ca. 1951]
  • 1 silver plate inscribed “To Mary Q. Innes [sic] Dean of Women 1955-1964 from University College Literary & Athletic Society”

Associations and Societies

This Series consists of files relating to Harold Innis' participation in professional associations, including correspondence, notice of meetings and annual reports. Includes some notices for the Harold Innis Foundation.

Bibliography Card File

Bibliographies of Innis' writings or of Innis' sources, arranged by Jane Ward and Mary Quayle Innis.

Biographical and Personal Records

Records in this Series reflect H.A. Innis' education at Woodstock Collegiate Institute, McMaster University, University of Chicago and his war service as a signaller. Includes diaries, notebooks, assignments, certificates and scrapbooks. Scrapbooks include press clippings up to 1945.

Biographies

Series consists of studies of Harold Innis by scholars and friends, including Innis' autobiography.

Correspondence

Series consists of letters written by Harold Innis to members of his family. Includes some incoming letters to him and some press clippings of obituaries.

Field Notes

Series consists of notes made by Harold Innis during research field trips in Canada.

Interviews

Series consists of interviews about Maritime Lumber and Pulpwood Industries.

Map

Map of the Canadian Pacific Railway with elaborate annotation by H.A. Innis. ca.1919.
Used for Harold Innis's doctoral dissertation, University of Chicago.

Notes Taken By Innis from Other Sources

This series contains some files that are only vaguely identifiable. These precede the other citations, which are arranged alphabetically by author. Some are direct citations and others are Innis' thoughts on the citation.

Photographs

Series consists of photographs, glass plates and negatives relating to H.A.Innis' education, travels and career at the Department of Political Economy.
Includes: Innis family photoprints and negatives; military photoprints of Harold Innis during World War I; graduation portraits of Innis from McMaster University; photoprints taken while Innis was on holiday on the MacKenzie River, in Churchill, Manitoba, and in Russia; group photoprint of the staff of the Dept. of Political Economy; passport photos of Harold Innis; various unidentified photoprints.

Press Clippings

Series consists of clippings from newspapers and serials relating to Harold Innis' activities and publications

Published Manuscripts

This Series consists of articles, reviews and monographs written by Harold Innis. Includes chapters of books, which also appeared as journal articles, annotated versions of chapters and articles, and several revisions of his book "Empire and Communications".

Research Notes

Series consists of notes made by Harold Innis during his visits to the British Museum and other repositories, relating to the fur trade, the fishing industry and native peoples.

Russian Trip

This Series consists of records relating to Harold Innis' participation in the 220th Anniversary Meeting of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in June 1945, Diaries, articles, letters, programmes, invitations, postcards and newspapers.

Souvenirs

Series consists of invitations, certificates, announcements, programmes, menus and postcards.

Theme Notes

Series consists of notes taken from H.A.Innis' reading of other sources, which he grouped thematically in preparation for his studies on communications.

Tributes

Series consists of letters, articles or resolutions written around the time of Harold Innis' death by friends and colleagues.

University of Toronto

This Series consists of files relating to his departmental activities at the University, and to the "Values" Discussion Group of which Innis was a member.

Unpublished Manuscripts

This Series consists of addresses, lectures and notes written by H.A.Innis that show no evidence of being published. Original manuscripts for the "Idea File" and "History of Communication", undated. [The "Idea File" was later edited by William Christian and published in 1980.]