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Library Oral History Programme collection

  • UTA 5001
  • Collection
  • 1973-1990

Consists of Oral Histories created as part of the University of Toronto Library's Oral History Project, which interviewed key faculty members, administrators and students involved with university governance. See file listing for specific individuals.

Library Oral History Programme

Kirkwood, Mossie May Waddington (oral history)

Oral history interview with Mossie May Waddington Kirkwood, by Elizabeth Wilson. Covers undergraduate years through to retirement, focusing on the period ca. 1910-55. Discusses Trinity College, the education of women and role of women faculty, her philosophy of education, physical education and training for women, members of the faculty, Presidents Falconer and Cody, student housing and student activities.

Kirkwood, Mossie May Waddington

Huntsman, Archibald Gowanlock (oral history)

Oral History interview with Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman, by Elizabeth Wilson. Covers arrival at University of Toronto through post-retirement work, ca. 1902-73. Focuses on his research on fish reproduction and migration, on fishery products, and on fish preservation for the Fisheries Research Board of Canada. Discusses University Presidents Falconer, Cody, Smith and Bissell, and Faculty members in the Faculty of Medicine and the Dept. of Biology.

Huntsman, Archibald Gowanlock

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

Surerus, John Alvin (oral history)

Oral history interview with John Surerus done as part of the Library Oral History Project by Humphrey N. Milnes. Commences with an account of his primary and secondary education. Focusses on his career at Victoria College and subsequently with the Dept. of German; the effects of both World Wars on the Department and the University. Discusses his associates on the faculty and staff of the University as well as various aspects of the administrative history of the University and Appleby College.

Surerus, John Alvin

Ireton, Henry John Cunningham (oral history)

Oral history interview with Henry John Cunningham Ireton, by Charles Roger Myers. Covers family background and early education, 1912-1973. Focusses on the Dept. of Physics. Discusses prominent international physicists, the effects of both World Wars on physics research. Other subjects considered are Presidents Falconer, Cody, Smith and Bissell, senior faculty members and administrative staff, and the Board of Governors.

Ireton, Henry John Cunningham

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

Saunders, Richard Merrill (oral history)

Library oral history interview with Richard Saunders, professor of History at the University of Toronto, by Charles Roger Myers. The interview covers early childhood through post-retirement work, with focus on the period ca. 1920-1974 and his studies at the American University in Beirut, graduate work in history at Cornell University, the effects of the Depression on universities, appointment to the Dept. of History and association with the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Saunders, Richard Merrill

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

MacGillivray, Agnes Telfer (oral history)

Oral history interview by Humphrey N. Milnes. Covers her undergraduate years at the University of Toronto through retirement. Focusses on the period 1912-1960, the curricula and faculty in the Faculty of Arts, the effects of World War I on the University, her work on the University of Toronto Roll of Honour and in the Office of the Registrar, the Office of the President and the Faculty of Music.

MacGillivray, Agnes Telfer

Pounder, Irvine Rudsdale (I.R.) (oral history)

Oral history interview by Robin Harris. Commences with his decision to study at the University of Toronto in 1907. Subjects discussed include the Dept. of Mathematics, faculty, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, the Senate, and election of the Chancellor involving Henry John Cody and Charles Vincent Massey.

Pounder, I.R.

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

Moloney, Peter Joseph (oral history)

Oral history interview with Peter Moloney by Elizabeth Wilson. Covers from his arrival in Toronto through his research activities in retirement. Focusses on the period 1910-1974, he discusses undergraduate curricula in Arts, student housing, the Graduate Dept. of Chemistry, the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories, the School of Hygiene, insulin and the development of vaccines and toxins.

Moloney, Peter Joseph

Wallace, Mary Elisabeth (oral history)

Oral history interview of Mary Elisabeth Wallace by Elizabeth Wilson. Focuses on the period 1930-1974, Wallace's undergraduate professors and student activities, the School of Social Work and its relations with the Dept. of Political Economy, her career in the Dept. of Social Work and the faculty, students and curricula in the Dept. of Political Economy after World War II.

Wallace, Mary Elisabeth

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

Slack, Zerada (oral history)

Oral history interview by Elizabeth Wilson with Zerada Slack, Director of Athletics and Physical Education for Women as part of the Library Oral History Project. Account of her involvement with athletics and physical education and training for women at McGill University, as a high school teacher in Hamilton, with the Y.W.C.A. during World War II, and at the University of Toronto. Focusses on the period 1946-1961, the development of intercollegiate athletics for women, salaries and allowances and available facilities for women, events leading to the constrution of the Benson Building, and the expansion in curricula and student activities.

Slack, Zerada

Park, Edna Wilhelmine (oral history)

Oral history interview by Barbara Byers. Covers family connections with the Massey family and decision of the Park sisters to enter the Faculty of Household Science. Focusses on the administrative history of the Faculty of Food Sciences, its Deans, curricula, finances, salaries and allowances, and the Canadian and Ontario Dietetic Associations.

Park, Edna Wilhelmine

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.

Rouillard, Clarence Dana (oral history)

Interview with Clarence Dana Rouillard of the Department of French conducted by Robin Harris as part of the Library Oral History Project. It covers his university education through to his post-retirement activities, focussing on the University of Toronto years (1935-1972) and including: the administrative history of the Department of French; its curriculum and academic staff; Presidents Cody, Smith and Bissell; University College; his war service; the founding of Carleton University; and the activities of the Department of French in the community.

Rouillard, Clarence Dana

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

Sisam, John William Bernard (oral history)

Interview conducted by Barbara Byers as part of the Library Oral History Project. It focusses on the period 1931-1971, from his graduation through to his tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Forestry. Discusses the Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests and the Faculty's relations with the Ontario government, the provincial, national and international forestry associations, and the position of women in forestry.

Sisam, J. W. B.

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

McCorkell, Edmund Joseph (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Richard Alway. Commences with decision to accept a religious vocation through to retirement. Focusses on the period 1910-1960, training for the Basilians, the Dept. of English, the effects of World War I on the Basilians, the University of St. Michael's College, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, finances, land titles for St. Michael's property, athletics and student activities.

McCorkell, Edmund Joseph

Smith, Leonard (oral history)

Oral history interview with Leonard Smith conducted by Humphrey Milnes as part of the Library Oral History Project. Covers the period 1920-1974, focusing on anecdotes concerning senior administrative staff and faculty. Discusses convocations, the administrative history of the University and the effects of the Great Depression and World War II on the University.

Smith, Leonard

Phillips, Charles Edward (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Barbara Byers. Covers family background and education at Harbord Collegiate Institute through the establishment of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Focuses on the period from ca. 1925-1966, his teaching career at the University of Toronto Schools and the Ontario College of Education, curricula, faculty, students, finances, relations between Ontario College of Education and the Government of Ontario, and University of Toronto and the establishment of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Phillips, Charles Edward

Northway, Mary Louise (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family background through post-University of Toronto work at the Brora institute to 1968. The Dept. of Psychology, its faculty, students and curricula are discussed, as well as the faculty and courses in child development and child psychology in the Institute of Child Study. An account of relations between the Institute and the dept. of Psychology and the University administration is included, together with comments on her research in Sociometry and interest in camping.

Northway, Mary Louise

Levesconte, Helen Primrose (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family history through retirement, ca. 1914-1967. Gives an account of her first encounters with Occupational Therapy during World War I, Professors Bott and Haultain and their therapeutic use of handcraft with veterans, the Division of University Extension and the establishment of a diploma course in Occupational Therapy. The faculty, students, curricula and quarters of Rehabilitation Medicine are discussed, together with the development of the combined course in Physical and Occupational Therapy and transfer to the Faculty of Medicine.

Levesconte, Helen Primrose

Laskin, Bora (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Robin Harris. Covers decision to study at the University of Toronto through retirement from the Board of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, ca. 1930-1970. Discusses legal education, the curricula, faculty and administrative history of the Faculty of Law, and disputes between the Law Society of Upper Canada and the University concerning legal education. Other subjects covered include the University of Toronto Faculty Association, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, Claude Bissell, the Laskin Committee on the School of Graduate Studies, the Senate, Governing Council and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Laskin, Bora

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

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

Rosevear, Robert A. (oral history)

Interview with Robert A. Rosevear, Professor in the Faculty of Music, by Valerie Schatzker done as part of the Library Oral History Project. Discusses his own musical education in the United States before coming to the University of Toronto at the instigation of Arnold Watter; the development of curricula in the Faculty of Music and the Toronto, later Royal, Conservatory of Music particularly under Dean Boyd Neel; the general state of music education in Ontario and student musical acitivty on campus, noting particularly the patronage of Sidney Smith.

Rosevear, Robert A.

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.

Wightman, Keith John Roy "Cator" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with a discussion of his family background and early education. Focusses on the period of 1930-1977, the administrative history of the Faculty of Medicine, its teaching staff and curriculum changes and developments, specifically in the Dept. of Therapeutics. Also discusses the Toronto General Hospital, provincial aide to higher education in medicine, the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation and Gairdner Foundation.

Wightman, Keith John Roy "Cator"

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

Wright, William James Turnbull (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers the history of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering from the involvement of his father though to his own retirement in 1959. Focuses on Faculty Deans, especially C.H. Mitchell and C.R. Young, Presidents Falconer and Cody, student activities, his courses in engineering drawing and English and both World Wars and their effects on the University of Toronto.

Wright, William James Turnbull

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

Turney, Omar (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Robert H. Blackburn. Discusses the curricula of the joint United Farmers of Ontario/Dept. of University Extension short courses given in the 1920s for young farmers, their impact on agriculture and on his own life.

Turney, Omar

Rose, Albert (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Albert Rose of the School of Social Work, conducted by Allan Irving. Covers family background and situation in the 1920s through the period as Dean of the Faculty of Social Work 1972-1976 and immediately thereafter. Discusses undergraduate work in the Dept. of Political Economy (B.A. 1939); graduate work at the University of Illinois 1939-1942; service in World War II (1939-1945), return to Toronto as Research Director of the Welfare Council of Toronto 1946-1948; arrival on staff of the School of Social Work; influence of Harry Cassidy; curricula; student-administrator relations; transition to the Faculty of Social Work 1972; research and policy development in Canadian urban housing.

Rose, Albert

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

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

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

Welsh, Harry Lambert (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers Welsh's career and the history of the Dept. of Physics, its faculty and students. Focuses on his undergraduate days and decision to choose Science, the influence of Sir John McLennan, graduate student observations of Germany in the 1930s, effects of World War II on the Dept., including the radar training school and post-war expansion of the department and advances in fields of astronomy, geophysics, and computer science.

Welsh, Harry Lambert

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

Urquhart, Frederick Albert "Fred" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers early childhood interest in natural history through post-retirement research ca. 1930-1978. Focusses on his undergraduate and graduate work in the Dept. of Biology, curricula, academic staff, the Royal Ontario Museum and its relations with University of Toronto and his ongoing research on the Monarch butterfly.

Urquhart, Frederick A.

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

Winnett, Frederick Victor (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Allan Irving. Covers family background and early education through to retirement as head of Dept. of Near Eastern Studies in 1967. Discusses the development of curricula in Oriental languages and Near Eastern studies and related fields, faculty members associated with these subjects and the influence of field archaeology in the development of these academic fields.

Winnett, Frederick Victor

Tatham, George (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Allan Irving. Covers his choice of academic field and his arrival in Canada to teach at the University of Toronto (1939-40) through to his departure in 1960. Discusses the establishment of the honors course in geography and its curricula, the administrative history of the Dept. of Geography, prominent personalities in the Dept., including Griffiths Taylor, Donald Putnam and Kenneth Hare, Harold Innis and Sidney Smith and his involvement with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association during and after World War II.

Tatham, George

Priestley, Francis Ethelbert Louis "Felp" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. covers family background, his emigration to Canada, his experiences in the Canadian educational system from student to University Professor. Focusses on curricula in English at the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia and Toronto and the history of the Dept. of English, its faculty and students. Comments on the tenure of Presidents Smith and Bissell.

Priestley, Francis Ethelbert Louis "Felp"

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

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