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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Ernest Mastromatteo fonds Series
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American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists

This series documents Dr. Mastromatteo’s activities within the American Conference of Governmental Industrial Hygienists, which mainly included studying and establishing threshold limit values for hazardous workplace materials.

Record types include notes, drafts, papers, correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda.

Legal case files

This series documents legal cases Dr. Mastromatteo was involved in, usually in the form of providing testimony as an expert witness. All of the cases in this series are related to workplace illnesses and injuries.

Record types include reports, medical records, correspondence, papers, transcripts, court documents and notes.

Collected health pamphlets

This series documents Mastromatteo’s collection of pamphlets on a wide variety of public health issues. The authors of the pamphlets include government agencies, private companies, and professional associations. Public health issues discussed include both occupational and non-occupational issues.

Record types are mostly pamphlets with one report. Files are arranged by subject, then by publisher, with publication-specific files at the end. All sections are alphabetical within.

Subject files

Like the chemical files, the subject files were most likely used by Dr. Mastromatteo as reference files, although it is possible these files were assembled by the scientists and occupational physicians who originally arranged the material. Each file is a collection of relevant material related to a certain subject and can include notes, drafts, papers, correspondence, reports, publications and memoranda. Subjects range from workplace hazards to social issues, to preventative efforts/initiatives in the workplace, diseases, legislation, specific work activities and ethical issues in medicine.

Chemical files

This series comprises a collection of files that were mostly likely used by Dr. Mastromatteo as reference files, although it is possible these files were assembled by the scientists and occupational physicians who originally arranged the material. Each file is a collection of relevant material related to a certain chemical and can include fact sheets, research papers, research notes and manuscripts, reports, or correspondence and memoranda.

Projects and case studies

This series documents projects Dr. Mastromatteo worked on throughout his career related to occupational health. Dr. Mastromatteo worked on some projects as an independent consultant, some as part of a professional association, and some through his professional roles, mainly his role with Inco Ltd. There is a fair amount of material on the Canadian Public Health Association Indal project, which is also documented extensively in series 5.

Record types include notes, drafts, papers, reports and correspondence.

Northwest Territories trip/FEARO

This series documents Dr. Mastromatteo’s role in the Federal Environmental Assessment Review for the Kiggavik uranium mine project. The first section of this series contains feasibility assessments, environmental assessments, and reports from both the project sponsors and the Government of Canada. The second section of this series contains the reports, publications, minutes, correspondence, and memoranda of the Federal Environmental Assessment Review team.

NiPERA (Nickel Producers’ Environmental Research Association)

This series contains records related to Dr. Mastromatteo’s participation in the Nickel Producers’ Environmental Research Association (NiPERA). His main activities documented include researching the environmental impacts of mining, processing and working with nickel via commissioning and carrying out various research projects, attending conferences and reviewing the work of other scientists.

It is unclear whether or not the records in this series belong to Dr. Mastromatteo or whether they are a portion of the organizational records of NiPERA kept in his custody.

Inco Ltd.

This series documents Dr. Mastromatteo’s career and work as Health Director at Canadian mining company Inco Ltd. Records reflect his activities doing research on workplace hazards and establishing policy and safety initiatives. This series also documents his involvement in dealing with issues within the company more broadly.

Record types include notes, drafts, correspondence, memoranda, publications and press clippings.

Professional organizations, associations and societies

This series documents Dr. Mastromatteo’s participation in organizations, associations and societies. These groups pertain mainly to medicine, occupational health and safety, and labour conditions. The largest amounts of material are from the Ontario Medical Association, the International Labor Office, the Industrial Accident Prevention Association, the Canadian Public Health Association, the Canadian Medical Association, and the Atomic Energy Control Board.

Records in this series include notes, drafts, papers, correspondence, minutes, reports and memoranda.

Addresses

This series documents Dr. Mastromatteo’s research and advocacy in the form of addresses. The addresses in this series are mostly Dr. Mastromatteo’s but there are some addresses by others, possibly sent to him for review or reference purposes. There are also some small amounts of reference material filed with his addresses.

The addresses in this series are mainly about occupational health, with some on environmental issues and human rights issues as they relate to occupational health (for example workers’ compensation). Most addresses in this series were given at meetings of professional associations with a small number of talks given at private companies.

Records in this series include notes, manuscripts, correspondence, projector slides, reports and press clippings.

Education

This series documents Dr. Mastromatteo’s time as a student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine (1942-1947), and later the School of Hygiene (1949-1950). The records pertain mainly to his education but also to more general life events and rites of passage. There is also one file of material from his time as a faculty member at the School of Hygiene, and some material from the Faculty of Medicine class of 1947 alumni. As he attended the Faculty of Medicine during World War II, the medical program was compressed from 6 to 4 years, and holidays were eliminated and replaced with army basic training. After the war ended, the program transitioned back to its normal schedule. For this reason, the class notes in B2018-0034 are somewhat irregularly dated. The Class of 1947 reunion "Then and Now" document contains a more detailed description of the medical program during and after the war.

Records in this series include a scrapbook, class notes, and a small amount of correspondence and press clippings.

Records in this series include a scrapbook, notes, learning materials, and a small amount of correspondence and press clippings.

Notebooks

This series consists of a set of notebooks Dr. Mastromatteo kept throughout his life that document his daily activities. A small number of the early notebooks contain notes taken by Dr. Mastromatteo during his medical school classes. The vast majority of the notebooks are daily activity logs documenting Dr. Mastromatteo’s travels, meetings, activities, expenditures and interactions with others.

Personal and biographical

This series consists of Dr. Mastromatteo’s biographical and personal records. They document his career, personal life, and professional and personal relationships. This series also contains many files documenting studies, projects and issues that Dr. Mastromatteo included with his personal files. Record types include curriculum vitae, correspondence, photos, cards and certificates, articles, pamphlets, reports, notes, forms, minutes and projector slides.

The material is arranged into two sections. The first section contains personal records, career records, records documenting relationships, education records, and general files. The records are arranged in that order and filed chronologically within each of those sub-sections. The second section contains files on specific work projects or issues and is arranged chronologically.