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David M. Nowlan fonds
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David M. Nowlan fonds

  • UTA 1620
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1998

This accession consists of the professional records of David M. Nowlan and documents his career as an economist, professor and administrator at the University of Toronto. Most of this accession pertains to Professor Nowlan’s various administrative, teaching and research activities, 1963-1998. Types of records include: professional correspondence, minutes, committee reports, consultants reports, research notes, and manuscripts. No personal or family records are contained herein.

The accession is arranged in the following five series:

Series 1: Professional Correspondence
Series 2: University of Toronto Administration
Series 3: Consulting
Series 4: Publications
Series 5: Addresses and Conferences

Series 1 consists of professional correspondence broadly documenting David Nowlan’s administrative, teaching, and publishing activities. Series 2 contains records pertaining to his various University of Toronto administrative positions such as Director of the Tanzanian Project, 1968-1973, and Vice President of Research, 1981-1988. Series 3 documents Professor Nowlan’s external consulting activities, notably his work on the 1979 Commonwealth Mission to Uganda and the 1995 Central Area Transportation Study. Series 4 contains records dealing with Professor Nowlan’s various publications. Series 5 documents presentations given and conferences attended by Dr. Nowlan.

Nowlan, David M.

Addresses and conferences

This series consists of records relating to various academic and professional conferences attended and addresses given by Professor Nowlan. The series includes correspondence, research notes, speeches and pamphlets.

The following conferences are represented in this series: “Remarks to the National Conference on Canadian Goals”, Progressive Conservative Association of Canada, 1964; Notes for a Presentation to Marshall McLuhan’s Centre for Culture and Technology, 1965; “Land Conversion and Land Policy in the Central City”, Canadian Economics Association Annual Meeting, 1976; “The Use of Dynamic Game Theory in Understanding Adaptive Responses”, the Environmental Adaptation Research Group’s Seminar on Modeling and Learning Adaptation in Natural and Human Systems, March 1995; OECD Economic Survey Roundtable, 1996; “Compactness and Commuting”, TRED Conference on Transportation and Land Use, Lincoln Institute, Cambridge Mass. 1996; and the Jane Jacobs Seminar, SPRAWL, 1997


Professor Nowlan has written widely on the subjects of developing economies, economic theory, transportation economics, urban economics, and land use. This series contains correspondence, research, manuscripts related to Dr. Nowlan’s publications.


Throughout his academic and administrative career, Professor Nowlan has also served as an economic, transportation, and land use consultant to various public organizations. In 1979, Dr. Nowlan was a member of the Commonwealth Economic Mission to Uganda to help rehabilitate the Ugandan economy. Further, in 1984, he served as Vice-Chairman of the UNCTAD “Group of Experts to Study the Ways and Means of Improving Transit-Transport Infrastructure and Services for Landlocked Countries Developing Countries”. In addition, Dr. Nowlan has also consulted the Ontario and Canadian governments regarding the price of serviced lands, 1977; the Ontario government regarding the Cadillac Fairview Buildings evaluation, 1983; and the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto concerning the Central Area Transportation Study, 1995

The records in this series document Professor Nowlan’s activities as a consultant external the University of Toronto. The records include correspondence, research notes, journals, briefs and reports relating to various consulting projects.

University of Toronto administration

In addition to teaching, Dr. Nowlan held several administrative positions at the University of Toronto. Between 1968 and 1974, he was Director of the University of Toronto – CIDA – Tanzanian Project. The purpose of the Tazanian Project was to provide economic advice to the Tanzanian government and to conduct research on the economies of developing African countries. Later, between 1978 and 1981, Dr. Nowlan served as Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies and, between 1981 and 1983, as Registrar. In 1981, he was appointed Vice-President of Research. In this capacity, Dr. Nowlan was responsible for the development of over all strategies concerning university funding and research. He remained in this position until 1988. Finally, in 1994-1995, Dr. Nowlan served as Provostial Advisor on Environmental Education and assisted in the development of the Environmental Studies Programme.

The records in this series document Professor Nowlan’s administrative positions at the University of Toronto. Types of records include professional correspondence, memoranda, personal notebooks, briefs and reports.

Professional correspondence

This series consists of professional correspondence arranged chronologically. The correspondence provides a comprehensive overview of Professor Nowlan’s activities as an economist, teacher, administrator and researcher from 1964 to 1998. Topics include: academic computing, conferences, environmental education, library automation, political correspondence, publications, research grants, sabbaticals, scholarly support, super computer, university appointments and university budgets.