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Barrington Nevitt fonds

  • CA ON00349 1998.003
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1993

This fonds is divided into 11 series reflecting the filing system used by Nevitt during his career, and based on subject divisions. The series are: ‘Subject Files’, ‘Early Manuscripts’, ‘Northern Electric Company’, ‘Discoveries International Symposium’, ‘Management by PreVision’, ‘Published Articles and Papers’, ‘Captain Gulliver’s Interplanetary Travels’, ‘ABC’, ‘Correspondence’, ‘Who Was Marshall McLuhan’, and ‘Printed Materials’.

The first series ‘Subject Files’, consists of 57 files containing a variety of textual records including correspondence, notes, printed materials, clippings, manuscripts, typescripts, photographs, ephemera, and overhead transparencies, and a small amount of audio recordings in various formats. The records are grouped together in individual files based on subject matter divisions reflecting specific creative and academic projects that Nevitt worked on alone and in conjunction with McLuhan, and topics of interest to Nevitt. The series also contains a file of collected photographs and a file titled ‘Ephemera and Mixed Media’, which contains a small collection of audio records.

The second series ‘Early Manuscripts’ consists of typescripts, and drafts of various academic manuscripts and papers written by Nevitt. The records in this series were created between 1945 – 1965.

The third series ‘Northern Electric Company’ includes notes, seminar material, and clippings compiled by Nevitt during his time with the Northern Electric Company between 1961 and 1962. The series includes material from various seminars organized by the American Management Association and attended by Nevitt.

The fourth series ‘Discoveries International Symposium’ includes correspondence, notes, ephemera, and symposium and conference materials related to Nevitt’s participation in Discoveries International Symposiums held in 1977 and 1978.

The fifth series, ‘Management by PreVision’ includes notes, clippings, drafts, correspondence, and other textual records related to Nevitt’s book project ‘Management by PreVision’.

The sixth series ‘Published Articles and Papers’, includes a collection of chronologically arranged articles and manuscripts written and published by Nevitt and others between 1951-1994, and related correspondence.

The seventh series ‘Captain Gulliver’s Interplanetary Travels’, includes correspondence, clippings, notes, contracts, manuscripts, and other textual records related to Nevitt’s science fiction book project of the same name.

The eighth series ‘ABC of Prophecy’ includes clippings, notes, manuscripts, and other textual records related to Nevitt’s book project of the same name.

The ninth series ‘Correspondence’ includes a collection of chronologically arranged correspondence related to Nevitt and generated between 1966 – 1993.

The tenth series ‘Who Was Marshall McLuhan’ includes correspondence, notes, clippings, and other textual records related to the book of the same name that was co-authored by Nevitt and Maurice McLuhan.

The eleventh series ‘Printed Materials’, includes monographs, periodicals, and published journal articles generated between 1953 – 1994 by Nevitt, Marshall McLuhan and other writers working on topics of interest to Nevitt.

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following books and publications:

Telecommunication Equipment for Power Systems Developments and Application in Sweden (book, 1953)
Causality in the Electronic World (book, 1972)
Take Today: The Executive as Dropout (book, 1972)
Encyclopedia of the Future Under the Direction of the Hudson Institute (article, 1973)
Managing Change by Anticipating its Effects on People (article, 1973)
New Media (book, 1973)
Development and Underdevelopment in the Electric Age (article, 1974)
The Responsive Chord (book, 1974)
ABC of Prophecy (book, 1980)
Archivist as Comprehensivist (article, 1981)
The Communication Ecology (book, 1982)
The Future of Media (book, 1982)
Keeping Ahead of Economic Panic (book, 1985)
Captain Gulliver’s Interplanetary Travels (book, 1986)
Who Was Marshal McLuhan (book, 1993)
From MBO to MBP (article)
Management by PreVision (article)

Nevitt, Barrington

2008.013 accrual

This fonds is divided into 6 series, divided by format. These are: Textual Materials, Photographs, Audio Materials, Video Materials, Cinefilms and Artifacts.

The first series, Textual Materials, consists of documents from every phase of the production process. These include: proposals for various series, treatments, synopses, draft scripts, finished scripts, story boards, series presentations, and promotional kits. Legal and financial papers are also included.

The second series, Photographs, includes a number of prints used for research and promotional purposes.

The third series, Audio Material, includes sound elements and research material.

The fourth series, Video Material, comprises raw footage, edits, masters and viewing copies of completed productions. Of particular interest is the footage shot for Hollywoodism, which includes interviews with several Hollywood directors and producers who are now dead.

The fifth series, Cinefilms, includes raw footage and elements. Some personal films on Super 8 are also included.

The sixth series, Artifacts, includes posters, clothing, props, awards and a large Canadian flag.

This fonds includes textual material relating to a number of productions, including:

Falasha: Exile of the Black Jews (Film, 1983)
AIDS in Africa (Film, 1990)
Burden on the Land (Television, 1990)
Deadly Currents (Film, 1991)
Ms. Conceptions (Film, 1995)
The Plague Fighters (Television, 1996)
Selling of Innocents (Television, 1996)
Expulsion and Memory (Television, 1996)
A Mother’s Grief (Television, 1997)
The Dancing Game (Television, 1997)\
Hollywoodism (Television, 1997)
Quest for the Lost Tribes (Television, 1999)
Scandal! Then and Now (Television, 1999)
Drag Kings (Television, 2000)
The Struma (Television, 2000)
Betrayal! (Television, 2004)
Tell It Like It Is (Television, ca. 2004)
Sex Slaves (Television, 2005)
The Naked Archaeologist (Television, 2005)
Yummy Mummy (Television, 2005)
This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to a number of productions, including:

Falasha: Exile of the Black Jews (Film, 1983)
Burden on the Land (Television, 1990)
Ms. Conceptions (Film, 1995)
The Plague Fighters (Television, 1996)
Selling of Innocents (Television, 1996)
The Dancing Game (Television, 1997)
Hollywoodism (Television, 1997)
Quest for the Lost Tribes (Television, 1999)
Scandal! Then and Now (Television, 1999)
The Struma (Television, 2000)
Betrayal! (Television, 2004)
Impact of Terror (Film, 2004)
Tell It Like It Is (Television, ca. 2004)
The Naked Archaeologist (Television, 2005)
Yummy Mummy (Television, 2005)
Sex Slaves (Television, 2005)
The Exodus Decoded (Television, 2006)
Charging the Rhino (Film, 2007)

Associated Producers Ltd.

2003.02 accrual

This fonds is divided into two series: ‘Textual Material’ and ‘Audiovisual Material’.
The first series, ‘Textual Material’, consists of nine subseries. ‘Press and Publicity’ consists primarily of published articles, profiles and reviews of the band between 1980 and 2003. ‘Correspondence’ consists of communications between members of the band and their management, and between management and record companies/promoters; this subseries contains numerous letters from celebrities, and spans the period between 1985 and 2001. ‘Legal’ consists of incorporation documents, contracts, and litigation; this subseries dates from 1984 to 2000. ‘Accounting’ consists of financial statements, royalty statements, invoices and receipts; this subseries dates from 1982 to 2000. ‘Creative’ consists of lyric sheets, poetry, string charts, scrapbooks, sheet music, and artwork; this subseries dates from 1975 to 1999. ‘Memorabilia’ consists of t-shirts, bandanas, displays, promotional postcards, and other items; this subseries dates from 1986 to 2002. ‘Posters’ consists of 67 posters advertising the band and particular concerts and recordings; this subseries dates from 1987 to 2002. ‘Photographs’ consists of photographs of the band and people associated with them; this subseries dates from 1981 to 2002. ‘Miscellaneous’ consists of 40 awards; this subseries dates from 1981 to 2002.
The second series, ‘Audiovisual Material’, consists of two subseries. ‘Audio Recordings’ consists of released and unreleased studio recordings and released and unreleased live recordings (including rough mixes, alternate takes and outtakes); this subseries dates from 1973 to 2003. ‘Video Recordings’ consists of footage of live concerts, interviews, award shows, EPKs (electronic press kids), videos, television advertisements and a documentary film about one of the band’s tours. This subseries dates from 1986 to 2003.

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following productions:

Outskirts (Album, 1987)
Montreaux Jazz Festival (Live musical performance, 1989)
Diamond Mine (Album, 1989)
1989 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1989)
Casino (Album, 1990)
Postcards from the Edge (Film, 1990)
1991 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1991)
Lost Together (Album, 1992)
Five Days in July (Album, 1993)
Maple Leaf Gardens (Live musical performance, 1996)
Tremolo (Album, 1997)
1998 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1998)
Just Like a Vacation (Album, 1999)
1999 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1999)
2000 Juno Awards (Awards Show, 2000)
Palace of Gold (Album, 2002)
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Album, 2003)

This fonds includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

Outskirts (Album, 1987)
Montreaux Jazz Festival (Live musical performance, 1989)
Diamond Mine (Album, 1989)
1989 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1989)
Casino (Album, 1990)
Lost Together (Album, 1992)
1992 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1992)
Five Days in July (Album, 1993)
Maple Leaf Gardens (Live musical performance, 1996)
Tremolo (Album, 1997)
Just Like a Vacation (Album, 1999)
1999 Juno Awards (Awards show, 1999)
Greatest Hits Live (Album, 2000)
Palace of Gold (Album, 2002)
2003 Juno Awards (Awards show, 2003)
Beautiful: A Tribute to Gordon Lightfoot (Album, 2003)
Daze in America (Album, n.d.)

Blue Rodeo

2009.008 accrual (Liberty Street / X-Rated)

Fonds consists of material pertaining to the production of the television pilot film X-Rated and the subsequent 11-episode series Liberty Street. The show ran from 1993 – 1995, and all 11 episodes were broadcast on CBC television. The collection consists of 157 boxes of material spanning all 11 episodes of the show. The fonds is divided into 2 series: Corporate Records and Post-Production Records.

The first series, Corporate Records, consists of 36 boxes. These include correspondence/memos, fan mail, budgets, scripts, promotional materials, financial and banking records, sponsor files, production and continuity stills, character files, legal documents, insurance documents, music cue sheets, and architectural drawings.

The second series, Post-Production Records, consists of 121 boxes. These include film negative, film transfers, raw shoot tapes, raw audio tapes, audio stems, voiceovers, music, master mix audio, edits, various masters, interview tapes and promo reels. There is also a complete set of both VHS and DVD screening copies of each episode. Textual documents include sound notes/charts, editing/mix notes and credits.

The material has retained its original arrangement.

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following productions:

X-Rated (Television movie, 1993)
Liberty Street (Television, 1994 – 1995)

This fonds also includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

X-Rated (Television movie, 1993)
Liberty Street (Television, 1994 – 1995)

Epitome Pictures Inc.

2013.007 accrual (Degrassi Junior High)

Fonds consists of material pertaining to three seasons of production of the half-hour television series Degrassi Junior High. The show ran from 1987 – 1989, and all 42 episodes were broadcast on CBC television. The collection consists of 148 of material spanning all 3 seasons of the show. The fonds is divided into 2 series: Corporate Records and Post-Production Records.

The first series, Corporate Records, consists of 29 boxes. These include correspondence/memos, fan mail, budgets, scripts, promotional materials, financial and banking records, sponsor files, production and continuity stills, character files, permits, legal documents, insurance documents, and music cue sheets.

The second series, Audiovisual Records, consists of 119 boxes. These include original negative, interpositive, A&B rolls, optical soundtrack, raw shoot tapes, raw audio tapes, audio stems, voiceovers, music, master mix audio, edits, various masters, and promo reels. Textual documents include sound notes/charts, editing/mix notes and credits.

The material has retained its original arrangement.

This fonds includes textual material relating to the following productions:

Degrassi Junior High (Television, 1987-1989)

This fonds also includes audiovisual material relating to the following productions:

Degrassi Junior High (Television, 1987 – 1989)

Epitome Pictures Inc.

Clarkson Family fonds

  • CA ON00335 F2224
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1963

The fonds is largely a collection of correspondence between various members of the Clarkson family, spanning most of their lives from 1904 to about 1963. A substantial amount of the material focuses on their travels and the primary recipient is Alice Baines Clarkson. The fonds also contains family and Trinity related photographs, diaries, records from the Women’s Musical club, and other memorabilia.

Clarkson Family

Richard H. Steacy fonds

  • CA ON00335 F2333
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1950

Fonds consist of personal documents, notebooks, correspondence, and official documents from Richard H. Steacy’s student days at Trinity College, his time as Chaplain during the First World War, and his role in the church community following the war. Files also include newspaper clippings, poems written by Steacy and others, bibles, photographs and several artefacts from the war.

Steacy, Richard H.

Archibald Hope (A.H.) Young Collection

  • CA ON00335 F2053
  • Fonds
  • 1837-1935

The collection consists of material related to Young’s academic interest in the Anglican Church in Canada and its related people, records related to Young’s time as an administrator of Trinity College, and some material from his personal life. The fonds contains original and copied research material accumulated by Young from various sources, written by John Strachan, his family and contemporaries. Other research interests included Bishop Mountain, the Stewart family, and Trinity College. Published and unpublished manuscripts, Young’s correspondence relating to the administration of Trinity College, and personal artefacts and photographs, are included.

Contains series:

  1. John Strachan research
  2. Mountain family correspondence
  3. Drafts and published work
  4. Trinity College administration
  5. Personal records

Young, Archibald Hope

Henri Nouwen fonds

  • CA ON00389 F4
  • Fonds
  • 1910 - 1997, 1964 - 1996 predominant

Fonds consists of 15 series:

  1. Manuscripts
  2. General files
  3. Calendar files
  4. Personal records
  5. Publisher files
  6. Financial files
  7. Teaching materials
  8. Nouwen’s education records and study notes
  9. Published works
  10. Video recordings of Nouwen
  11. Sound recordings
  12. Collected materials
  13. L'Arche Daybreak administrative files
  14. Ephemera and artifacts
  15. Photographs

Nouwen, Henri J.M.

Administrative resources files

Series consists of administrative resources files which were maintained for Nouwen by Nouwen's administrative staffs from 1983 to 1997. These files contain materials collected by Nouwen in order to assist him with his roles as pastor, writer, researcher, and friend. In addition to subject-based material such as newspaper clippings and brochures, it is evident that Nouwen's administrative assistants at Daybreak used these files to hold administrative material related to liturgical events such as Christmas, Lent, and Easter, as well as other aspects of Nouwen's duties in the community. These files were likely maintained as a resource for Nouwen regarding his daily work.

The titles of the files are taken directly from the file labels created by Nouwen and his administrative assistants, unless otherwise noted. The files are arranged by subject or topic (such as Latin America, Vincent van Gogh, or Abbey of the Genesee), are in alphabetical order, and materials within the files have been maintained chronologically. Many of the materials have been placed in this series because they contain annotations, either by Nouwen or an assistant, saying "File" with the subject or name or "File - Resource files."

St. Martin de Porres Award

File consists of the St. Martin de Porres Award bestowed to Nouwen by the Southern Dominicans for his spiritual writing and his work with the disabled.

Christopher Award

File consists of the Christopher Award medallion awarded to Henri Nouwen as well as two copies of the award ceremony's program and a New York Times newspaper clipping about the award ceremony.

Ceramic chalice

Item consists of one ceramic chalice with an orange glaze paint.

Clay bird ornament

Item consists of one small clay bird. The top of the bird is painted blue.

Wooden nativity set

Item consists of one nativity set. There are fourteen pieces depicting the Wise Men, Jesus, Mary, Joseph, and some animals. These pieces are made of wood and are painted.

Ceramic ornament of St. Francis of Assisi and wolf

Item consists of a painted sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi with a wolf. He is wearing the brown garb of a Franciscan monk. He has his arms around the wolf, and the wolf is looking up at him. The bottom of the sculpture is covered in green felt and features a sticker with the letters "LBI".

Blue box

Item consists of one blue plastic case for holding papers. Nouwen used this case for his L'Arche Journal, kept from 1985 to 1986.

Two briefcases

File consists of two suitcases, one brown (E118) and one black (E119) with a combination lock, owned by Nouwen in the course of his life.

Place mat

Item consists of one turquoise woven place mat.

Plaster sculpture

Item consists of one glazed plaster sculpture of a hand with "Michael Barret 1991" carved on bottom. Sculpture is glazed with white paint with blue and purple swatches.

Wooden acrobat toy

Item consists of one painted wooden acrobat toy on a wooden stand given to Nouwen by Joseph and Brad for Christmas. There is a handwritten note from Joseph and Brad on the wooden stand.

Wooden sculpture

Item consists of one wooden sculpture, all carved from one block of dark wood. The bottom of the wood features the carved inscription 'The Remnant' and possibly a signature of the artist. The sculpture features a seated figure with its legs pulled to its chest, and one arm wrapped around the body. The other arm is resting on the floor, with its palm facing upward and cupped. The figure is sanded smooth with a finish, while the base is left rough.

Army socks

Item consists of one pair of olive green socks that were part of Henri Nouwen's military uniform. There is a label with 'Nouwen' sewed onto each sock.

Sailor doll

Item consists of one sailor doll with a hat with the label, "Holland-America Line". Henri Nouwen likely collected this doll while on contract as the chaplain for the Holland America Line in 1962. The doll has a soft body and a hard plastic head. The face is painted on.

Stoles

File consists of one variegated magenta wool stole with large tassels, one multi-coloured stole made from woven cotton possibly made in Central or South America, and one blended red woolen stole.

Two icons

File consists of two icons. Icons are:
E138: Possibly from the Ukraine or Russia, in a plastic silver frame. Print of a saint holding a large wooden cross and wearing purple and red robes, as well as a crown. Text next to the figure is in Russian.
E139: Print of "the Savior of Zvenigorod" affixed to wooden base. This print is likely a copy of a fresco or painting, as parts of the artwork are missing.

Glass chalices and paten

File consists of two clear glass chalices, and one clear glass paten. One of the chalices is slightly larger than the other. These chalices were used by Nouwen while he was a priest at L'Arche Daybreak. The cups were made by a glassblower in Vermont, Simon Pearce. Nouwen liked the clear glass because the wine could be seen, and many people could drink from them. He wrote, in Can You Drink the Cup, "These glass cups speak about a new way of being a priest and a new way of being human."

Wooden tabernacle

Item consists of one wooden tabernacle. The item has two doors in the front, which lock [key included]. The tabernacle would have been used to store the Eucharist.

George Hoyle Cowan fonds

  • UTA 1181
  • Fonds
  • [n.d.]

Photograph of graduating class from Toronto School of Medicine, 1870/71; also includes diplomas. Red leather unfolding case holding two pair of forceps, needle on an ivory handle, scalpel marked B on a wood handle and another needle in a brass case; labelled "Ingram and Bell Limited Toronto".

Cowan, George Hoyle

University of Toronto. Household Science Alumnae Association fonds

  • UTA 1890
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1982

Fonds consists of 2 accessions

B1980-0024: Correspondence, report, minutes of executive meetings, agreement, press clippings relating to the establishment of Alumnae Research Foundation and the phasing out of Household Science, Lillian Massey Treble will, and various publications. Alumni members at convocations and meetings; photographs of painted portraits of Lillian Massey Treble, and formal portraits of faculty, including Clara Benson and Annie Laird. Two hand weights used for exercises. Includes calendars of the victor School of Household Science, the Lillian Massey Norman Training School of Household Science and the Lillian Massey School of Household Science and Art (9 boxes 1901-1979)

B1988-0036: Photos of 80th Anniversary Celebration of the Association (1982)

University of Toronto. Household Science Alumnae Association

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.

Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Officers Training Corps. University of Toronto Contingent fonds

  • UTA 1106
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1965

Fonds consists of 4 accessions:

A1968-0003: Service records and lists (1914-1950); financial records (1915-1965); histories and reports (1914-1964); war diaries (1939-1945); minutes of committees and officers' meetings (1921-1957); order books and manuals (1915- 1948); publications (1901-1937); photographs and one painting. (16 boxes, 1901-1965)

A1998-0005: Group photograph of the C.O.T.C. (1 photograph, ca. 1914-1917)

B1981-0044: Bronze lapel pin inscribed "University of Toronto Canada Overseas Training Company" and " COTC". Pin is shaped like maple leaf. (1 item, 1914-1918)

B2004-0005: Military portrait ot the University of Toronto Contingent, Reinforcement Draft, 1st Tank Battalion taken October 19 1918.

Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Officers Training Corps. University of Toronto Contingent

John Albert Sherman fonds

  • UTA 1767
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1984

Fonds consists of 3 accessions:

B1984-0031: Material on inventions of dental equipment; the International College of Dentists and the American College of Dentists; awards, certificates, and honours; etc. Note that official records of Alpha Omega are at Canadian Jewish Congress Archives in Toronto. (10 boxes, 1917-1981)

B1985-0003: Biographical material, correspondence, diaries, photographs and other records documenting John and Etta Sherman's activities with regards to the University of Toronto, professional dentistry associations and Jewish organizations in Canada and Israel. (9 boxes, 1915-1984)

B1986-0005: Correspondence and photograph concerning the awarding of the achievement medal of the Alpha Omega Fraternity to Albert Einstein; correspondence and publication regarding Einstein's efforts on behalf of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. (1 box, 1950-1954, 1979)

Sherman, John Albert

Expansion of the ritual

The series contains primarily correspondence with Camps Two through Nine, much of it dealing with the matter of verifying candidate credentials from different jurisdictions. There is also some correspondence of a social nature related to the establishment of authorities and Camp Wardens in new jurisdictions. The system of record keeping by Camp appears to have stopped in 1954, after which correspondence pertaining to the Camps may be found in the individual correspondence files in series 5. Arrangement is by Camp number, followed by the records pertaining to discussions of expanding the Ritual to the United Kingdom, India and the United States.

Camp Ten records pertain to a proposed camp in Ottawa, which was never established. Camp Ten, when it was established, became the camp for the Université Laval in Québec City in 1956. Camp Twelve was established by Carleton University in Ottawa in 1958. The B1995-0040 accession includes one file of material, from 1978-1987, related to the expansion of the “Links” programme of the Order of the Engineer organization, based in the United States. The records for Camp Five contain an example of an early iron ring.

National Research Council

Series contains is composed of records dating from McKay’s time at the National Research Council. During the Second World War, the organization was mobilized to support the Allied war effort. As a result, most of the series’ records relate to military research and development. Canadian Army Operational Research Group (C.A.O.R.G.) reports compose approximately half the files that make up the series. These reports cover subjects ranging from blast measurements for anti-tank mine clearance to the number and distribution of Japanese paper balloons in North America. There are also two summary reports on Japanese balloon incidents.
The remainder of the textual and graphic records are made up of committee minutes, general Department of Defence documents, and a short paper on Canada’s part in the development of the radio proximity fuse, which McKay contributed to as assistant to project leader Professor Arnold Pitt.

Also included in this series are the remains of a Japanese paper balloon. Paper balloons, also known as balloon bombs, were a by-product of an atmospheric experiment by Axis scientists, which discovered a powerful air current traveling across the Pacific at about 30,000 feet [1]. Taking advantage of this knowledge, the Japanese military developed what may well have been the first intercontinental weapon in the form of explosive devices attached to paper balloons. These balloons were released in Japan and carried along the Pacific by a jet stream, ultimately finding their way to North America’s West Coast. Although the Japanese are thought to have released as many as 9,000 paper balloons, only 1,000 or so are thought to have reached North America, resulting in a total of six casualties [2].

NOTES

  1. Johnna Rizzo, “Japan’s secret WWII weapon: Balloon bombs,” National Geographic, 27 May 2013.
  2. Ibid.

Ray Fletcher Farquharson sous-fonds

These records include Ray Farquharson's birth certificate, exams, honours, awards and ephemera. It also includes itineraries from professional trips and correspondence, primarily from Dr. and Mrs. Farquharson to Dr. Helen (Nell) Farquharson. Following his death, letters of condolence, information about the memorial lecture series and other posthumous honours have been collected.

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