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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

Slater, John Greer (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John G. Slater conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with an account of his family background and continues with a discussion of his undergraduate and graduate work in the United States. Focusses in the period 1964 to 1986, and the Dept. of Philosophy, providing an account of its administrative history, relations with the Faculty of Arts and Science and the philosophers teaching in the Colleges, with particular reference to St. Michael's College. Also discusses graduate and undergraduate curricula and student-faculty relations.

Slater, John Greer

Olnick, Harvey J. (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Harvey J. Olnick, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his early education at the Juilliard School of Music and ends with a statement of his plans for the Music library. Focusses on Toronto period, 1954-1986, and discusses his appointment, musicology, the curricula, faculty, and students of the Faculty of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Other subjects considered include the architecture and construction of the Edward Johnson building, finances, and the development of the Music Library Collection.

Olnick, Harvey J.

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.

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

Wright, Peter Murrell (oral history)

Oral history interview with former Dean Peter Wright conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his family background and education through his tenure as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Focusses on the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, its Deans and curricula, 1968-1987, and the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 1970-1987.

Wright, Peter Murrell

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

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

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

Watson, Gordon Alfred Brabant (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Gordon Alfred Brabant Watson conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family history through to time of interview, focussing on the period 1945-1984. Discusses his undergraduate work on Philosophy at McGill University, his developing interest in forensic psychiatry, Trinity College, the development of the compulsory course in Religious Knowledge into a Centre for Religious Studies, the administrative history of the Centre for Criminology, student-administrator relations during his Associate Deanship of the Faculty of Arts and Science and his participation in the Ethics Committee of the Addiction Research Foundation and the Human Subjects Review Committee in 1977.

Watson, Gordon Alfred Brabant

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.

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.

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

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

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"

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

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

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

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

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

Spelt, Jacob (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Jacob Spelt conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his life in the Netherlands and the effects of World War I through to 1987. Focusses on the Dept. of Geography, its curricula, and faculty. Discusses the Faculty of Arts and Science, particularly during his tenure as Associate Dean. Subjects discussed include admission, curricula, budgeting, appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances. Also discusses the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture while Dean, 1982-1984, its faculty, curricula, and student-faculty relations.

Spelt, Jacob

Ignatieff, Alison Grant (oral history)

Oral history interview with Mrs. George Ignatieff (Alison) conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers birth and childhood in England through residence in the Provost's Lodge, Trinity College, 1916-1983. Focusses on life at Upper Canada College (as daughter of the Headmaster) ca. 1918-1935, itinerant life as wife of a member of Canada's Diplomatic and Consular service, appointment of her husband, George Ignatieff, as Provost of Trinity College and life in residence there. Also discusses athletics, student activities and faculty and administrative staff at Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto.

Ignatieff, Alison Grant

Ignatieff, George (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. George Ignatieff, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his birth, life in and escape from Russia and ends with his Chancellorship of the University of Toronto. Focusses on his association with the University of Toronto and discusses entrance requirements, A.B. Fennell, curricula, student activities, Oxford University, service with Canadian Dept. of External Affairs, Trinity College while Provost, 1972-1978, student-administrator relations, Hart House, Nicholas Ignatieff and the Office of the Chancellor.

Ignatieff, George

Kelly, Arthur Joseph (oral history)

Oral history interview with Mr. Justice Arthur Kelly, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers the association of the Kelly family with the University of Toronto from his father's arrival at St. Michael's College in 1872 through 1983. Focuses on the period ca. 1920-1970, St. Michael's College, its faculty, curricula and student activities, the financial problems faced by the College with respect to federal and provincial aid to education, the establishment and faculty of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, the Board of Governors, its relations with the Connaught Medical Research Laboratories, the Property Committee, his departure from the Board, the transition to unicameralism, the Faculty of Medicine and the creation of the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry.

Kelly, Arthur Joseph

Kelly, Father John Michael (oral history)

Oral history interview with Father John Michael Kelly, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with family background and early education. Focusses on the period 1927-1982, the University of St. Michael's College, Basilians, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto Graduate School of Theological Studies, Transitional Year Program, Division of University Extension, the Dept. of Philosophy, its faculty and curricula, the curricula in the Faculty of Arts and Science, finances, theological education and seminaries, and concludes with his view of the future for the university.

Kelly, Father John Michael

Moore, Rev. Arthur Bruce Barbour (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. Arthur B.B. Moore conducted by Valerie Schatzer. Commences with family background and focusses on the period 1950-1980, the Office of the President, Victoria University, Emmanuel College, finances, Office of the Chancellor, relations with Presidents Bissell and Smith, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, relations between the federated colleges and the University of Toronto administration, and the administrative history of the Toronto School of Theology.

Owen, Derwyn Randulph Grier (oral history)

Oral history interview with Provost Derwyn R.G. Owen conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Begins with an account of the Owen family history and their arrival in North America and ends with a discussion of his post-retirement research and writing activities. Focusses on the period, 1920-1980, and topics discussed include his education at Ridley College, Trinity College, Oxford University and Union Theological Seminary, their faculties, student activities, student-administrator relations, curricula, relations between Trinity College and the University of Toronto, finances of the College, the effects of federal and provincial aid to higher education, the transition to unicameralism, the establishment of the Toronto School of Theology, Gerald Larkin, Claude Bissell, effects of the Haist rules and service in World War II.

Paikin, Marnie Marina Suzanne (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. Marnie Paikin conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers her family and educational background through her Chairmanship of Governing Council. Focusses on the period 1972-1980 and her appointment to and service on Governing Council, its Academic Affairs Committee and Internal Affairs Committee, relationship with the University of Toronto Faculty Association, her assessment of the university in terms of its community role and major issues facing the Governing Council during her membership, notably racism and day care.

Paikin, Marnie Marina Suzanne

Pragnell, Peter Neville (oral history)

Oral history interview with Peter Neville Prangnell conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers early education through to 1987. Focusses on the period 1966-1987 and his association with the University of Toronto, the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, faculty, students, and curricula, entrance requirements, and plans for the School of Architectural Design and Technology.

Pragnell, Peter Neville

Robson, John Mercel (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John M. Robson conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers early education and family background through to 1982. Focusses on his own undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, curricula, faculty, fellow students and student activities, his years at Victoria University, the influence of the United Church of Canada, the Commission on University Government, the University-Wide Committee, Governing Council and administrative history of the Faculty of Arts and Science and changes in its curricula, the Dept. of English and the University of Toronto Press.

Robson, John Mercel

Rogers, William Selby "Bill" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor William Selby Rogers conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Focusses on his association with Trinity College, ca. 1936-1983, faculty, students, and curricula during his undergraduate years, 1936-1940, the effects of World War II on his graduate studies, his career and the University of Toronto service in Europe with UNRRA and IRD, studies at the Sorbonne, the institution of the Faculty counsellor system, the effects of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Dept. of French.

Rogers, William Selby "Bill"

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