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Abols, Gesta Janie "Gus" (oral history)

Interview with Gesta Janie "Gus" Abols, conducted by Paul A. Bator. Discusses the Arts curricula ca. 1960-1970, student government with specific reference to the Students' Administrative Council and the Canadian Union of Students, the Commission on University Government and student-administrator relationships, 1969-1971.

Arthur, Eric Ross (oral history)

Oral History Interview by Elizabeth Wilson. Discusses family background and his education in New Zealand through post-retirement work in architectural restoration and conservation. Focusses on Toronto years, 1923-1973, including his architectural education and apprenticeship, and appointment to the School of Architecture. The faculty, curricula, and students are discussed as well as Sidney Earle Smith. Other subjects covered include the effects of the depression on the architectural profession, work on the Planning Board of the City of Toronto and on the architectural design competition for Toronto's City Hall.

Arthur, Eric Ross

Ashley, Charles Allan (oral history)

Interview with Allan Ashley, professor of Political Economy, by Robin Harris. Discusses early family and educational background, World War I service and his first Canadian appointment to Queen's University. Describes the development of the Commerce and Finance Course in the Dept. of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, his relations with members of the Dept., successive presidents of the University, and residential life in Trinity College, 1934-1974, including comments on the Provosts, the role of Gerald Larkin and student acitivities.

Baird, George Philip (oral history)

Oral history interview with George Philip Baird, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his decision to become a professional architect, and focusses on the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, its curricula, faculty and administration. Also discusses his student years and position on the faculty, 1967-1987, architectural practice, research, and writing and other Schools of Architecture.

Baird, George Philip

Barnstead, Winifred Glen (oral history)

Oral history interview by Barbara Byers. Covers her education through to her retirement. Focusses on the years of her active career in librarianship 1907-1951. She discusses the evolution of library education first at the Ontario College of Education and later at the University of Toronto. Subjects discussed include faculty, curricula, degrees, accreditation, the influence of Presidents Falconer, Cody and Smith, prominent librarians in Canada, the McGill Library School, and the early history of the Canadian Library Association.

Barnstead, Winifred Glen

Beckwith, John (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John Beckwith conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with Beckwith's early education and ends with thoughts on the future of the Institute for Canadian Music. Focusses on the period 1945-1986 and covers his undergraduate studies, the curricula, faculty and students of the Toronto Conservatory and the later Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music, their administrative histories, with particular references to his term as Dean of the Faculty, relations with other divisions within the University, notably the Faculty of Arts and the Office of the President, his post-graduate musical education in Europe, economic aspects of a musician's life, musical composition in Canada and the role of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Edward Johnson Building, its library, finances, and his personal philosophy of music.

Blackburn, Robert Harold (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. Robert Harold Blackburn conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers the period 1919-1986, focussing on the years 1947-1981. Topics covered include family background, primary and secondary education, studies at the University of Alberta, library education at the University of Toronto and Columbia University, the University of Toronto Library, administration, architecture and buildings, planning, acquisitions, co-operation with other research libraries, staff and the development of automated systems, the Senate, Board of Governors, the Library Oral History Project, William Stewart Wallace, and Sigmund Samuel.

Blackburn, Robert H.

Bladen, Vincent Wheeler (oral history)

Oral history interview with Vincent Bladen by Charles Roger Myers. Covers his family backgound and education through his post-retirement career. Focusses on the period 1921-1970, and discusses methods of appointments, promotions and tenure, and the Faculty of Arts and Science, particularty while he was Dean from 1947 to 1971. Also discusses Presidents Falconer, Cody, Smith and Bissell, the Institute of Industrial Relations, the Senate, and the Dept. of Political Economy.

Bladen, Vincent Wheeler

Boeschenstein, Hermann (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Humphrey N. Milnes. Covers Boeschenstein's career, ca. 1924-1970, both in the German Dept. and in the media and other occupations. Focuses on the Dept. of German, on the effects of the World War II on the University of Toronto, his war service as Director of War Prisoners Aid for the Y.M.C.A., student political activities, student-administrator relations, Presidents Cody, Smith and Bissell, and the issue of academic freedom.

Boeschenstein, Hermann

Cadario, Paul (oral history)

Oral history interview with Paul Cadario conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers interviewee's family background through post-graduation activities. Focuses on the period 1969-1982 discussing choice of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, its curricula, faculty including Dean James Milton Ham, student activities, the Students' Administrative Council, Governing Council, Oxford University and work with the Alumni Association and the Associates of the University of Toronto.

Cadario, Paul

Careless, James Maurice Stockford (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor James Maurice Stockford Careless, conducted by Paul A. Bator. Focusses on the period of active association with University of Toronto, ca. 1935-1983. Topics discussed include the administrative history of the Dept. of History, the University curricula, student activities, Graduate Dept. of History and the School of Graduate Studies, the growth of Canadian History, the Canadian Historical Review, Harvard University, and personal research on George Brown.

Careless, J.M.S (James Maurice Stockford)

Claringbold, David Small (oral history)

Oral history interview with David Small Claringbold conducted by Paul Bator. Covers his career at the University of Toronto from mailboy through to his secretaryship of Governing Council in 1972. Discusses Hart House, role of Wardens John Burgon Bickersteth, Nicholas Ignatieff and Joseph McCulley, purchase of Caledon Farm, the Ajax Division, functions of the Board of Governors, its Committees, the transition to unicameralism and the operations of Governing Council.

Claringbold, David Small

Conacher, James Blennerhasset (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor James B. Conacher conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers his World War II service through to 1984. Focuses on University of Toronto years, 1946-1984, discussing the Dept. of History, the Graduate Dept. of History, faculty, curricula (with particular reference to the honours course), students, student activities, buildings occupied by the departments, appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Board of Governors, the Senate, developments within the university leading to the creation of Governing Counciland its operations, and relations with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Coxeter, Harold Scott MacDonald (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Harold S.M. Coxeter conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his family background, early education and choice of career and ends with a discussion of his activities in retirement. Focusses on period 1935-1986 and the Dept. of Mathematics, appointments, promotions and tenure, curricula and geometry, research and teaching.

Coxeter, Harold Scott Macdonald

Dewar, Frederick P. (oral history)

Oral history interview by Valerie Schatzker covers Dewar's family background and early education through to his predictions of the future of medicine. Focussing on the period 1930-1976, it discusses the Faculty of Medicine, student activities, staff and curriculum; the Toronto General Hospital; World War II service; the development of orthopedic surgery; post-graduate medical education and scoliosis.

Dewar, Frederick P.

Diamond, Abel Joseph "Jack" (oral history)

Oral history interview with A.J. Diamond conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his family background, life and education in South Africa and ends with a discussion of his membership on the Advisory Board to Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto 1987. Focusses on the period 1962-1987, discussing his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture, its curricula, faculty and his teaching vocation and private architectural practice.

Diamond, Abel Joseph "Jack"

Dobson, William Arthur Charles Harvey (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor W.A.C. Dobson, formerly Professor of Chinese and Head of the Department of East Asiatic Studies at the University of Toronto, conducted by Paul A. Bator. Discusses arrival in Canada in 1952 to establish a Dept. of East Asian Studies at University of Toronto, its development, faculty, and students. Comments on relations with Presidents Smith and Bissell, Deans of Arts, especially Vincent Bladen, Massey College, the Dept. of External Affairs and development of curricula in Asian Studies.

Dobson, William Arthur Charles Harvey

Dryer, Douglas Poole; Goudge, Thomas A.; Macrae, R. F.; Savan, David (oral history)

Group oral history interview of members of staff of the Philosophy Department: Professors Dryer, Goudge, Macrae & Savan; conducted by Valerie Schatzker. The interview commences with brief autobiographical sketches of the four interviewees, covering their respective appointments to the University of Toronto in the 1930s through to 1986. Subjects discussed include the administrative history of the Dept. of Philosophy, faculty members, curricula, appointments, promotions and tenure, degrees, and student demonstrations.

Dryer, Douglas Poole

Dupre, Joseph Stefan (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Joseph Stefan Dupre conducted by Paul A. Bator. Focusses on the Dept. of Political Economy (1963-1984), its faculty, students and curricula, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, the Centre for Urban and Community Studies and Dean Ernest Sirluck. Topics covered include appointments, promotions and tenure, the Senate, transition to unicameralism, federal and provincial aid to higher education and university and colleges finance.

Dupre, Joseph Stefan

Easterbrook, William Thomas James (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers family background and early education through post- retirement activities, ca. 1934-1978. Focusses on his graduate work and career at Brandon College, University of California (Berkley), Harvard University and the University of Toronto's Dept. of Political Economy, its faculty, students and curricula, the effects of the Great Depression and World War II, information theory and the move to unicameralism at the University of Toronto.

Easterbrook, William Thomas James

Ellis, Roy Gilmore (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Barbara Byers. Commences with an account of his early childhood. Focusses on the Faculty of Dentistry, its administrative history, curricula, and faculty, the education of dental auxiliary personnel, dental clinics, advances in dental care and preventative dentristry. Also discusses the Senate, relations with Presidents Smith and Bissell and the Canadian Dental Association.

Ellis, Roy Gilmore

Emory, Florence Helen Maud (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Barbara Byers. Covers family background through retirement, focussing on her career in public health nursing prior to appointment to the University of Toronto, the development of nursing education at University of Toronto from its beginnings as the Department of Public Health Nursing in the School of Hygiene through to the achievement of faculty status 1920-1972, faculty, curricula, teaching hospitals, degrees, registration of nurses, the roles played by Presidents Falconer, Cody and Smith, and other nursing educators, notably Edith Kathleen Russell, Nettie Douglas Fidler and M. Jean Wilson.

Emory, Florence Helen Maud

Etkin, Bernard (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Bernard Etkin conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers high school education though his term as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, ca. 1936-1979. Topics discussed include student orientation and initiation into the Faculty, curricula in the Faculty with particular references to the Engineering and Physics courses, his work in Canadian aeronautic industries, the effects of World War II, Ajax Division, the Association of Teaching Staff, Haist rules, Senate and Board of Governors, the Commission on University Government, student activities, the development of unicameralism and administration of the Governing Council.

Etkin, Bernard

Evans, John Robert (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. John R. Evans, former President of the University, 1972-1978, and Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Office, Allelix Corp., conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with a discussion of Dr. Evans' early education at the University of Toronto Schools and proceeds to a comparison between Governing Council and the bicameral system of university governance. Focussing on the period ca. 1946-1980, he discusses medical education with particular reference to the curricula of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, its faculty and teaching hospitals, the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, Oxford University and China, his administration as President, the effect of the Haist rules, university finances and government aid to higher education.

Evans, John Robert

Falle, George Gray (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family background and education through to retirement. Primary focus is his association with the University of Toronto (1954-1980) and covers the Dept. of English and the Graduate Dept. of English, curricula, students and faculty, Trinity College, the role of the Provosts, the Senate, appointments, promotions and tenure, and the Memorandum of Agreement between the Federated Colleges and the University of Toronto. Other subjects discussed include his undergraduate and graduate studies at McGill University, the possibility of a career in music, his service in World War II doctoral work at Wisconsin and teaching at th University of New Hampshire.

Falle, George Gray

Forster, Donald Frederick (oral history)

Oral history interview with Donald F. Forster, President, University of Guelph (former U. of T. professor of Political Economy, Vice President, and President-elect at time of his death, 1983) conducted by Paul Bator. Covers Forster's arrival at the University of Toronto as a student through his departure to the University of Guelph, ca. 1952-75. Focusses on the Dept. of Political Economy, faculty, students, curricula, student housing, student activities and demonstrations, the Office of the President, Office of the Vice-President and Provost, the transition to unicameralism, and the Canadian Annual Review.

Forster, Donald Frederick

Forward, Dorothy Florence (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers family background through retirement, ca. 1920-1978. Discusses the Dept.of Botany, faculty, students and curricula, student activities at Victoria University in the 1920s, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, the effects of World War II on the university and particularly on botanical research, and women in science.

Forward, Dorothy Florence

Friedland, Martin Lawrence (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Martin Lawrence Friedland, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers the arrival of the Friedland family in Canada ca. 1920 through Professor Friedland's current teaching and research activities in 1986. Focusses on Friedland's involvement with aspects of the University of Toronto, 1951-1986, and includes comment on curricula, particularly with respect to the Faculty of Arts, the course in Commerce and Finance in the Dept. of Political Economy, the School, and Faculty of Law, and Osgoode Hall Law School, student activities, Hart House, Caput, University of Toronto Press, with emphasis on the Manuscript Committee, faculty members including Cecil Augustus "Caesar" Wright and Bora Laskin, the University-Wide Committee, and the move toward unicameralism. Also discusses graduate education in law at Cambridge University, his participation in various federal and Ontario Royal Commissions, the Law Reform Commission, the University Settlement, his books and legal research.

Friedland, Martin Lawrence

Fritz, Madeleine Alberta (oral history)

Oral history interview with Madeleine Alberta Fritz, by Elizabeth Wilson. Covers family background and early education though post-retirement research, ca. 1920-1974. Subjects discussed include undergraduate work at McGill University, the Dept. of Geology, the Royal Ontario Museum, Presidents Falconer, Cody, and Smith, women geologists, and her own research on polyzon (bryozon).

Fritz, Madeleine Alberta

Frye, Herman Northrop (oral history)

Oral history interview with Chancellor H Northrop Frye conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Begins with his family background and early education continuing through to his perception of educational trends in the 1980s. Focusses on the period 1930-1980, and comments on the curricula, faculty and student activities in Victoria University. The Dept. of English at Victoria University and at University College, the Graduate Dept. of English, Emmanuel College and the federated colleges are also discussed, in addition to the Student Christian Movement, Merton College, Oxford University and fascism and education.

Frye, Herman Northrop

Gow, James (oral history)

Oral history interview with Mr. James Gow conducted by Paul A. Bator. Commences with Gow's high school education through retirement. Focusses on the period 1947-1982, Gow's time on staff and he comments on the Deans and academic faculty of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, student activities, student housing, and student-administrator relations, the work of the Office of the Assistant Dean and Secretary, the Ajax Division and the effects of computers.

Gow, James

Graham, Theodore Corbett George (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor T.C. Graham conducted by Paul Bator. Covers Graham's undergraduate studies in mechanical engineering through his retirement from the Directorship of the Institute of Business Administration. Focuses on the period 1950-1960, the faculty, students, curricula and degrees of the Institute, the Senate and the selection of Oscar Warren Main as his successor.

Graham, Theodore Corbett George

Grube, George Maximilian Antony (oral history)

Oral history interview by Robin Harris. Commences with a brief summary of pre-University of Toronto days through to his last campaign for public office. Focusses on the period ca. 1928-1950s, the effects of the Great Depression on the University of Toronto and particularly on Trinity College. Other subjects discussed include salaries and allowances in the Dept. of Classics, curricula, faculty and students, relations with the School of Graduate Studies, the Provosts of Trinity College, the Senate and political participation of faculty.

Grube, Georges Maximilien Antoine

Hanly, Charles Mervyn Taylor (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Charles M. T. Hanly, conducted by Paul Bator; includes summary. Covers family background and early education through to a discussion of the operations of Governing Council. Focusses on the period 1950-1980 and the Dept. of Philosophy, faculty, students, and curricula, Fulton Henry Anderson, student activities, Oxford University, salaries and allowances, student demonstrations in the 1960s, Rochedale College, the Transitional Year Program, the transition to unicameralism, the University of Toronto Faculty Association and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations.

Hanly, Charles Mervyn Taylor

Harding, Charles Malim (oral history)

Oral history interview with Charles Malim Harding conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers Harding's family background and education through his retirement as first Chairman of Governing Council. Focusses on the years 1967-1976, covering his service on the Board of Governors, transition to Governing Council with comments on the Commission on University Government, the University-Wide Committee, the role of the provincial government, President John Robert Evans, and McMaster University.

Harding, Charles Malim

Harris, William Bowles (oral history)

Oral history interview with William Bowles Harris conducted by Paul Bator; includes summary. Covers his arrival at the University of Toronto as an undergraduate through his selection as first Vice-Chairman of Governing Council, 1946-1972. Topics discussed include faculty, curricula, Hart House and student activities, the Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity, Board of Governors, the Senate, the Commission on University Government, the University-Wide Committee, the sale of the Connaught Medical Research Fund, the Presidential Search Committe for a replacement for Claude Bissell. Other subjects include John Evans, Claude Bissell, Malim Harding, and Trent University.

Harris, William Bowles

Heard, John Frederick (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his university education through Directorship of the David Dunlap Observatory, ca. 1925-1975. Comments on his studies at the University of Western Ontario, McGill, London, and the Greenwich Observatory. Discusses the history of the David Dunlap Observatory, Clarence Augustus Chant, and the Dept. of Astronomy, with reference to its faculty, students and relations with the Observatory. Includes comments on appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, and the effect of Sputnik I on research grants.

Heard, John Frederick

Helleiner, Karl Ferdinand Maria (oral history)

Oral history interview with Karl Helleiner conducted by Robert H. Blackburn. Discusses early childhood background, academic and archival career in Austria, Anschluss and family departure from Austria prior to World War II, the role of the Society for the Protection of Science and Learning, transit to and arrival in Toronto, assistance of W.S. Wallace, Dept. of Political Economy with reference to Vincent Bladen and H.A. Innis, and comparison between education in Austria and Toronto.

Helleiner, Karl Ferdinand Maria

Hermant, Sydney Morris (oral history)

Oral history interview by Robin Harris. Covers entrance to the University through his election as Vice Chairman, Governing Council, ca. 1929-1975. Focuses on student activities, Hart House, the Dept.of Political Economy, W.P.M. Kennedy and the curricula in law, the efects of the Great Depression on the University, Presidents Falconer through Evans, the Students' Administrative Council, National Federation of Canadian University Students (NFCUS), the Senate, the Board of Governors, Governing Council, and the events surrounding the election of the Chancellor in 1947.

Hermant, Sydney Morris

Hogg, Helen Battles Sawyer (oral history)

Oral history interview by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family background and early education through post-retirement appointments, 1935-1976. Discusses the David Dunlap Observatory, its faculty and astronomical observations, the faculty, students and curricula of the Dept. of Astronomy. Other subjects covered include women in science and her own research on variable stars in globular clusters.

Hogg, Helen Battles Sawyer

Hughes, Francis Norman (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Discusses family history, apprenticeship in pharmacy in the 1920s, history of Ontario College of Pharmacy and its relation with the University of Toronto. Particular subjects discussed include curricula changes and developments in undergraduate, graduate and technicians programs, evolution of the profession and the development of specializations, influence of World War II on the profession, rleations with professional associations and development of pharmaceutical research, and post-war expansion in education with particular reference to the University of Toronto and the profession.

Hughes, Francis Norman

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