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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Claude Bissell fonds
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Claude Bissell fonds

  • UTA 1060
  • Fonds
  • 1920-2002

Extensive records documenting the life and career of University of Toronto President Claude Bissell. Bissell served as President from 1958 to 1971.

Fonds consists of 15 accessions - see accession-level descriptions for further details.

Bissell, Claude Thomas

Christine Bissell sous-fonds

This sous-fonds consists of three Series:

  • Personal Correspondence: includes hundreds of letters sent to Christine from her mother between 1946 to 1958. Originally from Scotland, Christine Gray married Claude Bissell in September of 1945 and immigrated to Canada soon afterward. These letters, although one sided, will give good insight into this experience and the continued relationship to family in Scotland.

  • Correspondence and Memorabilia: received after Claude Bissell’s death in June 2000 which includes letters of condolence, letters and notes written by Christine in response. This series also contains information on memorials for Claude Bissell.

  • Photographs – includes several formal portraits of Christine Bissell including two done by photographer Josef Karsh as well as a snapshot of Christine with family members.

Photographs

Series includes several formal portraits of Christine Bissell including two done by photographer Josef Karsh as well as a snapshot of Christine with family members.

Bissell 2017 accession

This accession contains slides taken by Claude or Christine Bissell of many colleagues including Marshall McLuhan, Jack Sword, Robin Harris, Don Forster, Donald Ivey, as well as canadian writer Robertson Davies, poet Robert Finch, and artist Barker Fairley. There are many more images of friends and colleague, some identified, some not. Also included are some portraits including a colour transparency of Bissell's Installation photograph, photographs of official events and Bissell's 80th Birthday Party.

Holwood House portraits

Portraits of Residence Groups taken while Bissell was Dean in Resident 1946 - 56

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