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Biographical

B2008-0023 consists of resumes, short biographical notes and activity reports documenting Prof. Rayside.

B2013-0015 consists of records from Prof. Rayside’s time as a university student, with most material documenting his undergraduate degree at Carleton University. This series contains correspondence, notes, drafts, submitted essays, press clippings, photographs and application forms documenting both his academic work and his extra-curricular activities including student council, the Political Science Student Union, the Senate Committee on Undergraduate Teaching and Learning and his work on the student residence constitution. Files are arranged chronologically by degree, and by activity within each degree, with academic coursework at the front and extra-curricular activities at the back. There is one file at the beginning of the series containing souvenirs unrelated to his early education.

B2017-0024 includes two short biographies on David Rayside, one of which was a contribution to MyOntario in 2017.

Ph.D. Dissertation

Prof. Rayside received his PhD from the University of Michigan in 1976. During the early to mid 1970’s, he undertook research towards the completion of his dissertation, entitled Linguistic Divisions in the Belgian Social Christian Party and the Liberal Parties of Canada and Quebec. The study examines ethnic conflict in Belgium and Canada, as reflected in divisions within major political parties. Prof. Rayside’s research included conducting interviews with and sending questionnaires to Canadian Liberal Party and Belgian Social Christian politicians. This series documents Prof. Rayside’s doctoral research and includes correspondence, completed questionnaires, sound recordings of interviews, and interview transcripts and sound recordings of thesis advisor Robert Putnam meetings with Rayside.

Conferences, Talks, Unpublished Papers

Records in this series include notes, drafts, correspondence and flyers related to conferences Professor Rayside attended and/or participated in, unpublished talks and workshops, and unpublished papers, as well as less formal writing. The conferences documented mostly pertain to equity issues faced by gay and lesbian populations. The talks and workshops relate to a variety of topics including political science, labour unions, gendered violence, philanthropy and diversity in the workplace and were delivered mostly at Canadian universities in the form of symposia, guest lectures and public lectures. The unpublished papers in this series relate mainly to equity issues in Canadian and American society. There is also one sound recording of Professor Rayside delivering the Kreeft Lecture on November 28, 2002.

Records in B2017-0024 included talks, panels, and conferences on subjects such as inclusion, religion in the public sphere and positive space. There is also a paper he gave at Spring Reunion in 2016 as well as a memorial for colleagues Stephen Clarkson and David Higgs.

Student files

Records in this series reflect Professor Rayside’s role as a supervisor of graduate students and other ongoing relationships and correspondence between himself and his students. This series contains sample student work, comments, correspondence and application documents.

Correspondence

This series consists of files and electronic documents of general professional correspondence covering a period from 1991-2002. It documents various academic and political issues in which Prof. Rayside was involved. Much of the correspondence in this fonds relates specifically to documentation in other series.

University Administration

This series documents Prof. Rayside’s varied administrative positions. Files contain original correspondence and e-mails, notes, reports, minutes of meetings, and in specific cases conference programs and posters.

Records for this series found in B1998-0029 document mainly conferences organized by Prof. Rayside in his capacity as a university administrator for both the Canadian Studies Committee (1982-1984) and the European Studies Committee of the International Studies Committee (1976-1985). These include: The Individual and the State (1979), Small Town in Modern Times,(1983), 1984 in Canada: Authority, Conformity and the Policing of Citizens” (1983) The Sharon Temple and the Children of Peace”(1984), and Between Ourselves: Women’s Experiences at the University of Toronto, (1985).

Records for this series found in B2008-0023 document his role on several other committees including the Women’s’ Study Committee, Committee to establish the Equity Studies Program, New College, Vice Provost, Students Advisory Search Committee (2002), Graduate Affairs Committee, as well as several smaller committees and advisory roles. There are also three files related to his position as Vice Principal of University College.

The records for this series found in B2013-0015 document Professor Rayside’s course evaluation activities, conference organizing activities, and activities he would have performed as Acting Principal and Graduate Director including dealing with a teaching assistant strike, staffing the Political Science Department, and evaluating the graduate program in Political Science. These records also document his participation in the Diversity Working Group, Teaching Load Committee, and Principal’s Search Committee, among others. There is also a large amount of material related to creating community relations newsletters for the Department of Political Science and a collection of posters documenting conferences Prof. Rayside helped organize including : The Individual and the State (1979), Small Town in Modern Times,(1983), 1984 in Canada: Authority, Conformity and the Policing of Citizens” (1983) The Sharon Temple and the Children of Peace”(1984), and Between Ourselves: Women’s Experiences at the University of Toronto, (1985).

Records in accession B2017-0024 document Professor Rayside’s on-going involvement in the Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies for the time period after he was director. Included are various committee files relating to public relations, curriculum and program development, budget and fundraising. There are several files documenting Raysides involvement in the World Pride Human Rights Conference 2014. There is also one box of records for the Department of Political Science, mainly relating to awards and scholarships.

Advocacy

Throughout his teaching career at the University of Toronto, Prof. Rayside has been an advocate on gay, lesbian and feminist issues. His university advocacy activities are numerous. Between 1985 and 1987, he served on the Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women, University of Toronto. Prof. Rayside was also a Member of the Sexual Harassment Hearing Panel, University of Toronto, 1988-1992. In this capacity, he heard the first case under the new Sexual Harassment Policy, Torfason vs. Hummel. He was a founding member and coordinator of the Committee on Homophobia from 1989-1991 and remained a member until 1994. In addition, between 1989 and 1994, Prof. Rayside was a member of the Men’s Forum. He also served on the Teach-In Committee and was responsible for organising a university-wide teach-in on sexism and violence against women in 1990. Prof. Rayside also participated on the Ad hoc crisis team to handle the case of a U. of T. residence student with AIDS, 1991-1992, and helped prepare a discussion of report on university AIDS policy. He also assisted in the organisation of the “Queer Sites: Studies in Lesbian and Gay Culture” Conference in 1993.

Records in this series document Prof. Rayside’s advocacy activities and leadership on equity issues relating to gender and sexual orientation. Types of records include: correspondence, reports, briefs, notes, meeting minutes, programmes, and conference posters.

Committees documented in B1998-0029 are: Ad Hoc Committee on the Status of Women; Ad hoc crisis team to handle the case of a U. of T. residence student with AIDS; Men’s Forum, Queer Sites Conference Organising Committee; Sexual Harassment Hearing Panel; and Teach-In Committee.

Groups or committees documented in B2008-0023 include: Committee on Homophobia, Men’s Forum, Positive Space Campaign, Lesbian and Gay Academic Society, Toronto Centre for Gay and Lesbian Studies, Working Group on Policy Issues (response to homelessness) and the Equity Committee for the Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences. Other files generally document Rayside’s involvement on issues of pay equity, diversity, human rights as well a gay and lesbian rights. There are two files that document the Bent on Change conferences in 2000 and 2002 of which Rayside was a key organizer. Finally, filed separately because of restrictions are two files documenting Rayside’s legal challenges against councillor Betty Disero over election funding.

Groups or committees documented in B2013-0015 include the Bill 7 Coalition, The Body Politic, Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives, Canadian Union of Public Employees, Community Research Initiative of Toronto, Free the Press Foundation, Committee on Homophobia, Positive Space Campaign, Right to Privacy Committee, and the Toronto Gay Community Council. There are also select files related to court cases and affidavits Prof. Rayside was involved in, or wrote, and files related to activism carried out within the University of Toronto, as well as his work related to gender issues, including the Hummel case. Files are arranged alphabetically by name of the group, organization, or person they pertain to, and in rare cases, the name of the issue they concern, if no group, organization, or person name is available. This series also contains one file of photographs and one file of artifacts.

Professional Association

Records in this series mainly document Prof. Rayside’s activities in the American Political Science Association (1989-2006) including its council, the Gay and Lesbian caucus, and to the greatest extent his activities on the committee on the Status of Lesbians and Gays in the Profession. Includes questionnaires for surveys, results, reports, and correspondence.

Records in B2008-0023 span 1982-2006 and also include one file each on the Canadian Political Science Association (1982-83) and the Canadian Association of University Teachers (1993).

The records in B2013-0015 document only his involvement in the American Political Science Association and the Canadian Political Science Association between 1999 and 2012.

One file on the CPSA Diversity Task Force (2104) was acquired in accession B2017-0024.

Letters of Recommendation and Evaluation

The records in this series from B2008-0023 document Prof. Rayside’s roles as both a mentor to students and colleagues, as well as his role as a peer reviewer. This series consists of letters of recommendation written for students applying to scholarships, graduate schools, and employment. The correspondence covers the period from 1974 to 1995 and is grouped alphabetically. A second set of files including electronic files contain mainly reviews and evaluations. They include: letters of support for grant applications, awards, tenure and promotion; reader’s reports for peer review journals such as the Canadian Journal of Political Science as well as reviews of monographs and articles for various publishers; evaluations for both teaching assistants and Ph.D. students; and comments and evaluation for proposed research projects by peers.

The records in this series from B2013-0015 contain material documenting his academic staffing and promotions recommendations, his grant reviews, letters of recommendation he has written for students, research assessments, and research reviews as well as person or publication-specific files.

Books

This series extensively documents the publishing of books researched, written and/or edited by Prof. Rayside. For each of his published monographs, there exist manuscripts of the book at various stages of writing as well as manuscripts of related talks or papers. His ongoing relationship with publishers and grant providers is documented in correspondence, progress reports and grant applications. There is also extensive research documentation in the form of notes, transcripts of interviews and original recordings of interviewees.

Papers, Articles and Reviews

The records in this series from B2008-0023 document many articles and papers published by Rayside from 1977 to 2002. The topics range from his early interest and research on federalism and small towns to his extensive research on gay rights and gender equality for which he is now so well known. Arranged chronologically, most files contain correspondence and draft typescripts and some also contain research notes and reader’s comments. There are also some interview transcripts and notes for Prof. Rayside’s article “Gay Rights and Family Values: The Passage of Bill 7 in Ontario” (1987) as well as for a series of articles written in the early 1990s on AIDS in Canada with Evert Lindquist. Most published reviews written by Rayside from 1979 to 1994 are amassed in one folder. Note that many records in this series are electronic. Also included are cassette recordings of some of his talks and public appearances.

Records from B2013-0015 document Rayside’s published peer-reviewed articles, chapters in books, encyclopedia entries, magazine and newspaper articles and reviews. Topics for these records focus mainly on gay rights and gender equity. Sub-topics include marriage, parenting and workplace safety.

Records from B2017-0024 includes assessments done by Rayside for refereed papers 2013-2017. There are also drafts for papers Employment Equity written with Gerry Hunt and The Inadequate Recognition of Sexual Diversity published in in the Journal of Canadian Studies. Records also document his contributions to two books Queering Ontario (UBC Press, 2012 ?)and After Marriage Equality: the Future of LGBT Rights (NYU Press 2015) Finally there are two files relating to his contribution to Who’s Who in Gay and Lesbian History (Sidney’s Biographies), 1999-2006.

Teaching

B2008-0023 consists almost entirely of electronic documents arranged by course number. Most folders contain, course syllabus giving outlines, bibliography, tests, assignments. There is also related correspondence and memos. Only Course Pol 103 contains original lectures. It also contains one box of textual records relating to Pol 315 which does contain original lecture notes as well as documents relating to the course’s development. Also included is one file of notes for a course Rayside took in 1977 with C.B. MacPherson - Pol. 200. Taking such a course as a new professor was preparatory to his teaching role.

B2013-0015 contains almost exclusively original lecture notes, with some syllabi and handouts, for the courses listed below.

B2017-0024 contains lecture notes as well as course outlines and syllabus for Pol 315 Sexual Diversity Politics (2010-2011) and lectures for Pol 364 Religion and Politics (2008-2012).

Courses documented include:
-Pol 100 [can’t find title]
-Pol 103 - Canada in Comparative Context
-Pol 222 - Elites & Political Leadership
-Pol 302 - Western European Politics
-Pol 311 - Canadian Political Parties
-Pol 315 - Sexual Diversity Politics
-Pol 344 - Social Movements in Europe and North America
-Pol 364 - Religion and Politics
-Pol 435 - [can’t find title]
-Pol 2100 - Canadian Politics
-Pol 2300 - Comparative Politics
-Pol 2810 - The Politics of Diversity: A Research Seminar