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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services R. Brian Land fonds Series
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Education and teaching files

This series contains annotated student handbooks, programmes for football and hockey games, and an issue of the Undergrad, all from Brian Land’s undergraduate years; course notes for an MLS college universities library administration course taught largely by Margaret Cockshutt in 1955-1956; a file Land compiled while chairing the constitution revision committee of the Alumni of the Library School (1954-1959); and lecture notes for two courses he gave in the Library School, Ontario College of Education (1961-1963); and correspondence relating to his appointment as its director (1964). There is a final file relating to his Labour Gazette indexing project for the federal Department of Labour (1956-1958).

Dr. Land kept only selected lecture notes. For others, see Series IV of B1993-0026.

1962 election, Eglinton constituency

Brian Land enrolled in the School of Graduate Studies in the fall of 1960 as a political science student. The opportunity for a thesis topic arose in the spring of 1962 as a federal election loomed. He chose to conduct a study of the campaign in the Eglinton constituency in Toronto, partly because he was a resident and because he had a personal acquaintance with a number of the principals involved.

Land offered his services to Donald Fleming, the long-standing Progressive Conservative member from the Toronto riding of Eglinton, and Minister of Finance in John Diefenbaker’s government. It was the first and only time that Land worked for a Conservative candidate. His notebook records that his first meeting was on May 10
and, over the next five weeks, he immersed himself in the strategy sessions, meetings, and envelope stuffing sessions and other activities of electioneering. He attended meetings of the Liberal candidate, Mitchell Sharp, as well as those of Mr. Fleming, and collected campaign literature from all parties.

This series contains background material to the constituency, Land’s notebook, correspondence, notes, membership and voter lists, poll revisions, maps, election results by poll, addresses, campaign literature and buttons, and press coverage. The bulk of the material relates to the Fleming campaign.

The records are grouped by function.

Davenport-Dovercourt Liberal Association

Brian Land’s involvement in party politics was primarily in the Liberal party at the federal level. He was a member of the executive of the Davenport-Dovercourt Liberal Association, for which, in 1965, he carried out a study of the Davenport voting record by conducting a poll analysis for the years 1952-1963. In February of 1968 he was elected as a delegate to the forthcoming Liberal leadership convention that chose Pierre Elliott Trudeau to succeed Lester Pearson as Prime Minister.

This series contains files consisting of: the constitution, lists of executive officers, minutes, correspondence and press clippings documenting the activities of the Davenport-Dovercourt Liberal Association from 1965-1968; the questionnaire, notes, correspondence, maps and report relating to the Davenport voting record; local press coverage, poll results and capitulation sheets for Eglinton riding in 1963 when Mitchell Sharp was elected for the first time (in oversized folders); campaign literature and press clippings relating to Walter Gordon’s successful re-election in 1965; and credentials (including buttons and decals) for and press clippings about the Association’s delegates to the 1968 convention.

Talks

This series consists of one file only on talks given on the University of Toronto Library to Paul Fox’s class in political science (1a and 1b) when Prof. Land was Assistant Librarian.

Master of Arts thesis and Eglinton

The material that Brian Land gathered during the 1962 federal election formed the basis for his MA thesis that was written under the supervision of Paul Fox. The first part of this series comprises correspondence about the thesis and a copy of its second volume, “Appendices”, that contains charts, campaign literature, buttons, and maps (some oversized), and notes for the bibliography.

The second part of this series contains the files relating to the publication, in 1965, of Land’s thesis as Eglinton: the election study of a federal constituency. Included are the author’s contract, a typescript of the text, notes for and drafts of the index, and the galley and page proofs.

Walter Gordon

This series documents some of Walter Gordon’s activities from 1965 to 1969. It begins with a number of his addresses, an article and a few press clippings. These files are followed by an annotated copy of the Foreign Ownership and the Structure of Canadian Industry, the report of the Task Force on the Structure of Canadian Industry that he chaired, and press releases relating to it.

The remaining files relate to the attempt by Gordon to write his autobiography, Pursuit of an Ideal – Canadian Independence. In February, 1969, after having written a portion of the manuscript, he approached his former executive assistant for advice on its potential for publication and for commentary and assistance with the manuscript. Over the next six months Land compiled extensive notes for revisions, but the project was eventually abandoned.

The files in this portion of the series contain photocopies of the typescript produced up to April, 1969 by Gordon and which were annotated by Land; a revised typescript (May, 1969); revisions made early in June by Brian Land; an appendix (26 June); later notes for and drafts made by Land of chapters 16-21, and inserts for various chapters (June-August).

Personal files

The "personal" files deal primarily with professional matters, but at a personal rather than an official administrative level.

Ontario Library Association

This series contains predominantly files documenting Prof. Land’s involvement with the OLA as a member of its Publications Committee, and as Second Vice-president (1962) and lst Vice-president (1963), arranged chronologically. Files include correspondence, notes, minutes of meetings, and reports. Also included are two subject files relating to Ontario Conference on Education (1962) and the William L. Graff Memorial Fund (1963).

Executive Assistant, Minister of Finance

Brian Land’s appointment as executive assistant to Walter Gordon in May, 1963, occurred at a time of promise and potential peril for the new Liberal government of Lester Pearson. In power after a highly charged election, the government did not have an overall majority and was especially vulnerable to attack if one of its ministers slipped up. Walter Gordon’s first budget, presented on 13 June, caused a major row in the House of Commons because he had used advisers from outside the government and because some measures were very controversial. He was constantly under attack through the summer and the government embarked on a series of revisions and retreats. While the budget was approved in principle within two weeks, the Finance Minister was soon forced to bring in a number of changes and final approval did not take place until August. His second budget was presented in March, 1964, by which time Land’s appointment as the new Director of the School of Library Science had already been announced. Land left Ottawa at the end of May.

While this series contains correspondence, memoranda, and appointment schedules relating to Land’s activities generally as Gordon’s executive assistant, the emphasis is on the 1963 and 1964 budgets, especially the former. The records include correspondence, memoranda, discussion notes, notes, and drafts of budget speeches; notes for and drafts of Gordon’s post-budget speeches and answers to questions in the House; addresses by him, press releases from his office, weekly summaries of press reports from the office of the Prime Minister, and press clippings.

Canadian Library Association

This series contains files of general correspondence and subject correspondence files documenting Prof. Land’s role as member of the Canadian Library Association and specific activities such as Co-ordinator of the Salary and Standards Committees, member of the Council (1962-1963) and the Librarian’s Committee (1961-1962). As Co-ordinator, Salary and Standards Committees Prof. Land led a study conducted of salaries for librarians between 1959 and 1961. Later correspondence documents the relationship between the CLA and the Institute of Professional Librarians when Land was president (1962-1963).