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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Clarence B. Farrar fonds Subseries
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Photographs

Photographs in this sub-series document Farrar’s extended family in Cattaraugus and New York state from about the 1870s to the early 1900s. There is a large collection of nineteenth century Carte de Visites and Portrait Cards of his parents, T.J. Farrar and Marie Farrar, and their relatives. Some are identified while others are not. Also among these photographs are images of the various Farrar homes in Cattaraugus, views of group outings such as picnics and parties ca. 1890s, as well as general views of Cattaraugus. Also found among these older photographs are three photographs of skeletons or skulls. The photographer of these experimental type images is unknown but is most probably a member of the Farrar family or C.B. Farrar himself. These photographs are grouped and arranged according to subject as outlined above.

This sub-series also includes photographs of Dr. Farrar’s immediate family, mainly his children, Evelyn and Clarice, and his first wife, Evelyn, before 1940. There are also two photographs of Joan Farrar, his second wife. There are numerous professional portraits and extensive snapshots documenting his early life with Evelyn, his various domiciles and the girls’ childhood. Also included in this series are portraits of Farrar from his early childhood up to around the 1950s. Included are portraits by Milne Studio of Toronto, Frederick William Lyonde and Sons of Toronto, and a reproduction of a painting of Dr. Farrar by artist, Archie Barns. Formal portraits are filed by person at the beginning while snapshots are filed afterwards and are grouped by subject and roughly sorted by date.

For Cattaraugus family photographs – See Box /001P.
For family portraits and snapshots – See Box /002P.
For oversize photographs relating to either – See Box /005P (01) and /006P (01)-(05) and /007P (01).

Slides

Images in this series have survived in three different forms, although not all images exist in all forms. These include: 35 mm slides, glass lantern slides and glass plate negatives. They have been arranged by format and within this arrangement have been numbered according to the roll and slide number of the 35mm slides. Some of the original lantern slides had original numbers and these have been added to the description for reference since they give some indication of the original order.

Teaching files

At the University of Toronto, Dr. Farrar developed a reputation for being a dedicated teacher and mentor. In the book, TPH History and Memories of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital, 1925-1966, one of Dr. Farrar’s students during the 1920’s, Dr. W. Clifford Scott, wrote: “During the 18 months I was at TPH, Farrar’s lectures were given there and I skipped some of my other classes to hear him.” Records in this sub-series document Dr. Farrar’s teaching activities in the U. of T. Department of Psychiatry and include lecture and research notes.

Administrative files

Sub-series pertains to Dr. Farrar’s administrative duties as medical director of the Toronto Psychiatric Hospital and as head of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Records include: newspaper clippings, provincial resolutions, and reports. Also included is correspondence concerning the establishment of T.P.H., staff appointments, nursing and general administrative matters. In addition, this series contains small pencil sketches drawn by Dr. Frederick Banting during the opening of the new psychiatric clinic in the Hospital for Sick Children, January 1937. The sketches are of Drs. Bott, Kanner, Parsons, Primrose and Cody. These sketches can be found among the photographs in Box /003P (13).

Administrative files

Sub-series pertains to Dr. Farrar’s administrative responsibilities at the New Jersey State Hospital and includes correspondence and reports.

Teaching files

Records include Dr. Farrar’s research notes and lectures delivered to Princeton University students.

Clinical files

Sub-series consists of clinical records created by Dr. Farrar as a physician at New Jersey State Asylum such as patient files and correspondence.

Photographs

Photographs include group images of nursing and medical staff as well views of Farrar’s apartment and office in Baltimore. There are also graphic photographs of a cadaver, possibly used for teaching.

For photographs, see box /003P (05)-(08) and /005P (03) and /005P (06) and /007P (06).

Clinical files

Sub-series consists of clinical records kept by Dr. Farrar including patient files, patients’ correspondence, patients’ notebooks and clinical forms.

Administrative files

Sub-series contains administrative records created and received by Dr. Farrar while at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital. Records consist of professional correspondence with various colleagues such as Stewart Paton and Edward Brush as well as reports.

Textual records

Sub-series I consists of the textual records pertaining to Dr. Farrar’s family and personal life from 1881 to 1970. The records consists mainly of correspondence to and from Dr. Farrar’s mother, Marie Farrar, his father, Thomas Jefferson Farrar, his first wife, Evelyn Lewis Farrar, and their daughters, Evelyn and Clarice. In addition, the records also document his friends, early life and high school education in Cattaraugus, New York. Types of records include: invitations and cards; marriage certificates; passports; personal business correspondence; correspondence with Cattaraugus friends; and high school course notes. Also included are Dr. Farrar’s personal writings such as a diary, a travel diary, and short stories.

Textual records

This series documents Dr. Farrar’s work with the Canadian Federal Department of Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment. In 1916, Dr. Farrar joined the Canadian army. Initially posted to a hospital unit in Kingston, Ontario, he was transferred to Ottawa for duty in the Military Hospitals Commission. Dr. Farrar would eventually become Chief Psychiatrist in the Federal Department of Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment. In this capacity, he treated invalided soldiers suffering from psychiatric illnesses including shell shock. Though primarily based in Ottawa during the war, Dr. Farrar also worked out of the military hospital in Cobourg, Ontario, a photograph of which can be found in /003P(11). Records in this series consist of professional correspondence, reports, patient files, plans for a military hospital. There are also lantern slides depicting hospitals and asylums throughout North America in the early 1900s. It is believed that Dr. Farrar may have collected and used these images in his capacity as Chief Psychiatrist to put forth a proposal for a new military hospital.

Photographs

Snapshots document the staff at Trenton Hospital, and includes images of Farrar with his first wife, Evelyn. There are two formal photographs of staff, one of which was taken at Dr. Felty’s Farewell Dinner in 1915. Names of the individuals are identified on the back of the photo. There are also two rolled photographs showing a graduation ceremony for nurses which could possibly have been at Trenton.

See Box /003P (10) and /007P (07)-(08).

Photographs

Photographs include views of classmates at Allegheny College and Harvard University, fraternity and sorority group photos as well as one large composite of Harvard Students in which Dr. Farrar appears in the 5th row from the top, 12th from the right (/007P (02)).

For photographs, see box /003P (01)-(04), /005P (02), and /007P (02).

Johns Hopkins

Sub-series pertains Dr. Farrar’s student activities at the Faculty of Medicine of John Hopkins University , 1898-1900. Records include lecture notes, exams, a certificate and alumni notices.

Harvard

Records in this sub-series document Dr. Farrar’s student days at Harvard College, 1893-1898. Records consist of course notes, exams and a certificate. Also included are programmes, invitations and correspondence from his fellow alumni.