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Robert Allan Spencer fonds Series
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Personal and biographical

This series contains material relating to Professor Spencer’s birth, childhood and later birthdays; childhood stories, plays, and poems; reunions and other post-graduate activities at McGill University and the University of Oxford; honours receive...

Personal and biographical

This series documents a range of Ruth Spencer’s activities from her birth in 1919 until just before her death in 2000. Included are some events from her childhood, her marriage and wedding anniversary, later social activities and birthdays late in...

University of Toronto. Department of History

When Professor Flenley retired to England, he took his personal papers with him, though a few files have survived on this side of the Atlantic. Some relating to his teaching were left with Professor Spencer who took over some of his courses. This ...

Manuscripts and publications

This series documents the activities relating to the Professor Spencer’s writings, including correspondence, draft of manuscripts, offprints, and reviews, arranged in chronological order by date of publication. At the end of this series are files ...

Radio and television

This series contains the texts of Spencer’s CBC radio broadcasts from Canada and Germany, his radio documentaries and his television performances, and the related correspondence. Also included are files of correspondence and notes re television ap...

Addresses

This series contains files on addresses delivered by Professor Spencer at various educational institutions (including the University of Toronto), to the public meetings and groups, and to government and professional groups. Included is covering co...

Conferences, seminars, roundtables

This series consists of files on conferences, seminars, roundtables, and panel discussions that Robert Spencer attended, was due to attend but had to cancel, or participated in, but at which did not give formal presentations. See Series 13 for doc...

Professional associations and organizations

This series contains correspondence, invitations, programmes, and associated material relating to professional associations and organizations that Professor Spencer belonged to or was in contact with that are not included in the other series. Ther...

Education

This series covers Ruth Church’s education at Mount Royal High School; McGill University, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Library Science the same day as her future husband, Robert Spencer, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts; her subsequent ...

Manuscripts and publications

This series contains notebooks for and drafts of Professor Flenley’s unpublished work, “Anglo-German Relations”, written in 1959 and 1960 and aimed at the general reader.

Travel

This series documents Professor Spencer’s travels, both for pleasure and for academic and other professional purposes. The first of his trips documented here is to New York City in 1946; the last is to Europe in 2011.The files contain an assortmen...

Wartime service, World War II

During World War II, Ruth Church served as Base Librarian with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (Wrens) from September 1943 to October 1945. She was stationed at HMCS Shelburne (September 1943 – July 1944), HMCS Stadacona in Londonderry, N...

Education

Robert Spencer received his elementary, high school, and undergraduate education in Montreal, at Kensington School, the High School of Montreal, and McGill University respectively. The files relating to these stages of Professor Spencer’s educatio...

University of Toronto: Administration

This series contains some administrative files relating to Spencer’s tenure as a Professor of History and director of the Centre for International Studies. Included are materials on the School of Graduate Studies reviews of the Centre in 1980-81 a...

Correspondence

While to correspondence in this series covers the years 1943 to 1989, most of it centres on seven seminal years in the life of Ruth Church, beginning with her military service as a base librarian with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WREN...

Canada House

Ruth Church was employed as the head librarian at Canada House in London from September 1945 to March 1950. She was the first permanent librarian hired by the Canadian High Commission and was tasked with building up the library almost from scratch...

Atlantik-Brücke

Established in 1952 on the initiative of the Hamburg Jewish banker, Erich M. Warburg, the purpose of Atlantik-Brücke (Atlantic Bridge) was to strengthen ties between United States and the Federal Republic of Germany in the post-World War II years....

Correspondence

The letters at the beginning of this series (in accession B2013-0005) consist of Spencer’s letters home while on military training and active duty (1941-1946), beginning with letters sent from Canada (June 1941 – March 1943) and then from overseas...

Research projects

This series contains files on research leave grants, research notes and correspondence relating to three separate research projects which were never completed, but led to talks and papers written by Professor Spencer over his career. ‘Deutsche Bun...