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Francess Georgina Halpenny fonds
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Francess Georgina Halpenny fonds

  • UTA 1340
  • Fonds
  • 1927-2000

Personal records of Francess Halpenny, documenting her activities as a student, with the RCAF during World War II, with amateur theatre groups, as a professor of library science, as an editor with the U of T Press and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and with numerous academic and professional groups, including the Royal Society of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the National Library. Included are some drafts of her books, articles, addresses, and reports; her honorary degrees and other awards (including photos and a video), other photos, and a (RSC) medal.

Halpenny, Francess Georgina

Halpenny 1987 accession

Consists of correspondence, lecture notes, student files, and addresses relating to teaching of library science and to publishing, especially in her capacity as editor of the University of Toronto Press.

Halpenny 2000 accession

This accession documents Francess Halpenny’s activities as a student ; with the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force during World War II ; with amateur theatre groups ; as editor of the University of Toronto Press and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography ; as dean of the University of Toronto Faculty of Library and Information Science ; and as member of numerous academic and professional groups. It also documents Dr. Halpenny’s involvement in promoting social sciences and humanities generally and Canadian Studies in particular ; the honours and awards received throughout her career.

The accession includes 12 series:
I) Education and personal activities ;
II) Theatre ;
III) Honours and Awards ;
IV) University of Toronto Press ;
V) Royal Canadian Air Force. Women’s Division ;
VI) Dictionary of Canadian Biography ;
VII) University of Toronto ;
VIII) Royal Society of Canada ;
IX) National Library of Canada ;
XI) Other professional activities ;
XI) Research and Publications ;
XII) Talks and Conferences.

Honours and Awards

The series documents the honours and awards received by Francess Halpenny during her career. It also documents the lectures and seminars she gave as Distinguished Visitor at the University of Alberta in 1989.

The series consists of 20 files including correspondence, ceremony proceedings, diplomas, convocation addresses, personal notes and press clippings. The series also contains 92 photographs of Halpenny taken during various convocation ceremonies or with dignitaries.

Research and Publications

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s research and publishing activities relating to publishing generally, Canadian libraries, Canadian theatre and Royal Society of Canada fellows, from 1969 to 1996. The series also partially documents her participation into activities of the Literary History of Canada’s editorial board from 1984 to 1990.

The series consists of 8 files including working notes, drafts (some hand written), correspondence, minutes of meetings, grant application and reviews.

Royal Canadian Air Force. Women's Division

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s activities with the Women’s Division of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a meteorological observer in Torbay (Newfoundland) in 1943 and 1944, and in Summerside (Prince Edward Island) in 1945. It also partially documents her contribution to the RCAF publication, "Wings Overseas", in 1943 and 1944.

The series consists of 4 files including registration certificates, a library card, personal notes about the life at Torbay, correspondence and copies of "Wings Overseas" and "Summerside" publications. It also includes one copy of publication "Per Ardua: A pictorial History of the RCAF, Torbay 1944" ; a photograph of Halpenny’s class at the weather course for airwomen, RCAF, Toronto, Ontario, December 1942 ; Halpenny’s badges and insignia, [1943-1945] ; and a thank you note received from Theodore L. Wiacek family, after his death in 1998.

Royal Society of Canada

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s participation into activities of the Royal Society of Canada, from 1982 to 1991. It partially documents her participation to the Royal Society of Canada centennial celebrations, in 1982 ; her involvement as a member and president of the Academy of Humanities and Social Sciences Council, also called Council Academy II, from 1982 to 1988. The series also partially document Halpenny’s involvement in promoting women’s place in scholarship by participating into activities of the Affirmative Action Committee in 1988 and 1989 ; by giving lectures and talks about women in scholarship during a tour of the Maritimes in 1990 ; by participating in the discussion “Women in scholarship : One step forward, two steps back?” at the Society’s annual meeting in Victoria (British Columbia), in 1990 ; and by participating into the conception of the booklet "Claiming the Future".

The series consists of 10 files including minutes of meetings, personal notes, drafts of reports, correspondence, press releases and press clippings. The series also includes 2 photographs of Dr. Halpenny taken during the Society’s annual meeting in Winnipeg, 1986 ; one photograph with Professor Laurent Dennis during a reception at the Faculty of Library and Information Science reception in honour of her election to the Royal Society of Canada.

Theatre

The series partially documents Francess Halpenny’s involvement as a performer in theatre productions with the Village Players company, later the New Play Society, from 1939 to 1947. It also partially documents her involvement as a performer, director and/or author with the University Alumnae Dramatic Club, later the Alumnae Theatre, from 1946 to 1993, including the first time played in Canada production of Samuel Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot" in 1958. Most of the 1940s and 1950s productions of the University Alumnae Dramatic Club were also performed during Central Ontario region and/or national edition of the Dominion Drama Festival.

The series consists of 52 files including programmes, press clippings, correspondence, drafts and annotated scripts. It also includes a souvenir book of the 1st Stratford Festival ; Halpenny’s article about the history of the University Alumnae Dramatic Club, published in the Graduate, 1968 ; a program for the tribute to Dora Mavor Moore at the St. Lawrence Centre, 30 November 1971 ; and an Exhibition catalogues for the exhibit "Dramatis Personae: An Exhibition of Amateur Theatre at the University of Toronto", presented at the University of Toronto Archives in 1986 and 1992. The series also includes photographs of play scenes ; a studio portrait of Halpenny in costume for Mistress Quickly in "Henry V" production, by J. Roy Kemp, 1941 ; a photograph of Marion Jones, Francess Halpenny, Herbert Wittaker, Ruth Norris and John Colicos when being attributed the award for the best play at the Central Ontario Drama Festival, 1951 ; a photograph of L. C. Tobias presenting the best supporting actor award to Francess Halpenny for her contribution in the play "Uncle Vanya", 1955.