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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

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.

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

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

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

Wilson, John Tuzo (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor J. Tuzo Wilson conducted by Paul A. Bator; includes log. Commences with early education through to his principalship of Erindale College. Focusses on the period 1926-1976, his undergraduate education in physics and geology at the University of Toronto. Discusses the Dept. of Physics, faculty, curricula, student activities at Trinity College, his involvement with international scientific organizations, and Erindale College.

Wilson, John Tuzo

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

LePan, Douglas Valentine (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor D.V. LePan conducted by Paul A. Bator. Commences with childhood visits to campus with his father, who was the Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds and concludes with his resignation as Principal of University College. Focuses on the period 1920-1971, and discusses University of Toronto Schools, curricula, faculty and student activities, the Dept. of English, his principalship of University College, Sir Robert Falconer, Claude T. Bissell, Vincent W. Bladen and Canadian Literature.

LePan, Douglas

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

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

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.

Rae, Robert Keith "Bob" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Robert Keith (Bob) Rae conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Begins with a brief autobiographical sketch, noting family connections with the University of Toronto. Discusses the undergraduate curricula with particular reference to the Dept. of History and its faculty, student acitivities, and demonstrations and individual students active in them, the Commission on University Government, its personnel and senior administrative personnel of the University of Toronto including Claude Thomas Bissell, Donald Frederick Forster, Robin Ross, John Robert Evans and James Milton Ham.

Rae, Bob

Williams, David Carlton "Carl" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. David Carlton Williams conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers the period from 1950 to 1982. Focusses on audio-visual education, the Division of University Extension, curricula and students. Discusses appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, the planning of Scarborough and Erindale Colleges and the Robarts Library, as well as the Culture and Technology Group, an informal group of faculty including Marshall McLuhan, and compares and contrasts the University of Western Ontario with the University of Toronto.

Williams, David Carlton "Carl"

Slemon, Gordon (oral history)

Interview of Professor Gordon Slemon of the Department of Electrical Engineering by Valerie Schatzker as part of the Library Oral History Project. Interview conducted on Nov. 25 and Dec. 6, 1988 and Feb. 17, 21 and March 2, 1989.

Slemon, Gordon

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.

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

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.

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

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

Robinson, Edward Arthur "Peter" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Edward Arthur Robinson conducted by Paul A. Bator. Commences with a brief autobiographical sketch of immigration to Canada and pre-University of Toronto career. Focusses on the administrative history of Erindale College, its architecture and construction, budgeting and finances, buildings and grounds, and curricula both at Erindale and in the Dept. of Chemistry, ca. 1962-1984. Also discussed are appointments, promotions and tenure policy at Erindale College, Principal John Tuzo Wilson, and relations with the St. George campus, and the office of the president during the incumbencies of John Robert Evans and James Milton Ham.

Robinson, Edward Arthur "Peter"

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"

Parker, Jack Horace (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Jack Horace Parker conducted by Paul A. Bator; includes summary. Covers arrival at the University of Toronto in 1931 through 1973 and his tenure as Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Focusses on his career as a graduate student and professor, the administrative history of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, its faculty, curricula and the various reorganizations which led to the separation of the Dept. of French and Italian. Discusses the School of Graduate Studies and Dean Ernest Sirluck, the Senate, Office of the President, and the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Parker, J.H. ( Jack Horace)

Nelson, William Harold "Bill" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor William Harold Nelson conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers his graduate work and arrival at the University of Toronto in 1952 through the passing of the University Act of 1971 and its implementation. Focusses on the period 1962-1972 and changing practices in appointments, promotions and tenure and curricula, particularly in the Dept. of History. The University of Toronto Faculty Association, the Commission on University Government, circumstances surrounding the passing of the 1971 Act and the operations of Governing Council are also discussed.

Nelson, William Harold "Bill"

Morgan, Brian (oral history)

Oral history interview with Brian Morgan conducted by Paul A. Bator. Discusses the life of a student politician at the University of Toronto. Focusses on Trinity College, Students' Administrative Council, student housing, the role of students in university government, the transition to unicameralism and events leading to the construction of and undergraduate access to the Robarts Library, and student-administrator relations.

Morgan, Brian

Moir, John Sargent (oral history)

Oral history interview with Douglas Tushingham and Ronald Williams conducted by John S. Moir. Interviews for John Moir's "History of Biblical Studies in Canada" (1982). The theme is biblical archaeology, with emphasis on the roles played by individuals at the University of Toronto and the Royal Ontario Museum. Douglas Tushingham was Chief Archaeologist at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM).

Moir, John Sargent

Main, Oscar Warren (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Oscar Warren Main, conducted by Paul Bator. Covers the period from his arrival at the University of Toronto in 1941 through to his retirement in 1982. Discusses the history of the Centre for Industrial Relations, the Institute of Business Administration, the Faculty of Management Studies, curricula, faculty, the role of part-time students, buildings, particularly those occupied by or proposed for the Centre, Institute and Faculty, relations with the Dept. of Political Economy, particularly regarding the Commerce and Finance program, the School of Graduate Studies, Presidents Sidney Smith, Claude Bissell and John Evans, Harold Innis, Vincent Bladen, Eric Phillips, the Senate, Board of Governors and the administration of the University of Toronto.

Main, Oscar Warren

Kruger, Arthur (oral history)

Oral history interview with Principal Arthur M. Kruger conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers early academic career, choice of discipline, post-graduate work, teaching at University of Toronto, 1959-1962, Wharton School and his return to University of Toronto 1963. Discusses his administration of Woodsworth College, 1974-1977, and his tenures as Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science, 1977-1982. Other subjects include admission standards and curricula, planning, administration and governance.

Kruger, Arthur

Jones, Llewellyn Edward (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Llewellyn E. (Ted) Jones, conducted by Paul A. Bator; includes summary. Covers Professor Jones' family bcakground and early education through his retirement. Focusses on the period 1933-1975, and the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, its history, faculty, student activities, curricula, the Ajax Division, his role as unofficial Faculty Advisor, Hart House and Know College.

Jones, Llewellyn Edward

Ireland, Frances A. (oral history)

Oral history interview with Mrs. Frances Ireland conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family background and education through to retirement, focussing on the period 1934-1979. Subjects discussed include Trinity College, Dept. of Classics, student activities, student housing, the effects of World War II on the University, the administrative history of the University and particularly the Office of the President through the incumbencies of Presidents Cody, Smith, Bissell, Evans and Ham. Tape summary available.

Ireland, Frances A.

Stuart, Ronald Stiles (oral history)

Interview recorded as part of the Library Oral History Project by Robin Harris of Ronald Stewart who was a student in chemistry during World War II, 1940-1944. Discusses life as a student with observations on the programme, faculty, facilities and extra-curricular activitities.

Stuart, Ronald Stiles

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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)

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

Wayman, Morris (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Robin Harris. Covers his years as a student in the Toronto public school system and as an undergraduate and graduate student in chemistry at the University of Toronto, 1932-1941; extra-curricular activities as founder of the Communist Club of the University of Toronto, in the University College Parliamentary Club and the Historical Club of the University of Toronto. Especially good on student politics in the 1930s.

Wayman, Morris

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"

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

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

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

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

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

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