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Victoria University Archives Series
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Series consists of personal correspondence as well as official correspondence of the Principal of Emmanuel College and letters of tribute to Alfred Gandier.

Sermons, Addresses and Articles

Series consists of published and unpublished sermons, addresses and articles on a variety of topics. Includes addresses to students for opening sessions of Knox College and Emmanuel College, addresses and articles on a variety of topics such as theological education, missions, and church union, as well as addresses for specific individuals. Series also consists of reports and notes related to the curriculum at Knox College and on missionary work.


Series consists of the personal diaries of Alfred Gandier.

Records relating to art holdings and artifacts

Series consists of lists of works of art owned by Victoria, with valuations; correspondence relating to insurance coverage and claims, arrangements for the loan of paintings for exhibition; correspondence with artists concerning exhibitions and commissions; and records relating to the Picture Loan Society and Portraits Committee. Series also consists of correspondence and lists relating to donations and loans of artefacts, including the machine gun of Thain W. MacDowell and records relating to the removal of the iron-creek meteorite from the Royal Ontario Museum to the Alberta Provincial Museum. Series also contains correspondence and other records relating to the commissioning of the design of the Prince Philip Medal in 1963.

Records relating to staff and human resources

Series consists of correspondence, personnel position descriptions, salaried job positions and other records relating to salaries, insurance schemes and pensions of all the staff at the University, 1940-1990; personnel files, including pension material, 1932, 1955-2005; and salaried position descriptions, reviews and related correspondence and other records, 1989-2008.

Also contains one sub-series with records related to Health and Safety

Records related to general administration

Series consists of general administrative files of the Bursar's office, general correspondence files, 1846–1984; and files containing correspondence, reports, notes, flow charts and other records regarding administrative restructuring and business with other senior administrative officers. Also contains records of activities and functions of which the Bursar was involved, including the oversight of Book Bureau, etc.

Records related to real estate

Series consists of correspondence, leases and other legal agreements, court documents, surveys, deeds, mortgage records, sketches, financial and other records, 1871-2009, relating to the administering of properties owned by Victoria and not used for academic purposes, and for maintaining Victoria's interest in property developments which affected the University. The records relate to insurance, including liability, and the planning and development, management and leasing, acquisition and sales of property, taxes, property disputes and litigation.

The architectural plans and drawings have been separated into Sub-Series 1.

The Bursar's responsibilities with regard to property were initially the insurance of buildings and their contents. However, as the
need for regular income became more urgent and evident, and as the University expanded and required more buildings, the Bursar's work likewise increased. The Bursar became responsible for the legal negotiations and accounting over purchases, sales and leases; and the supervision and funding of alterations and renovations and the construction of new buildings. Along with this the Bursar dealt with property tax as the University was only exempt from this in respect to its property used for academic purposes.

Records of the Board of Regents

Series consists of 6 sub-series that include the records created by the Board of Regents (minutes, reports, notes) and its preceding entity, the Victoria College Board as well as the records of the Chairman of the Board and the Secretary of the Board. Also contains records received by the Board including correspondence and reports and records related to arbitration related to the move from Cobourg to Toronto.

Records of Advisory Committees on the Chancellorship

Series consists of the records of various advisory committees appointed to nominate the Chancellor and to study the role of the Chancellorship. Includes minutes, correspondence, reports, nominations and biographical information on candidates.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Committee appointed to nominate a Chancellor

Student Records

Series consists of A.B.B. Moore's student records including his examination results from Union Theological College, Montreal, 1928–1930, and lecture notes from Oxford University, 1931.

Diaries and Journals

Series consists of diaries and journals, 1924–1989, that span Moore’s life as a student, minister, President of Victoria University, Moderator of the United Church, and into retirement. The entries record student, work related and social activities, appointments, travel, and observations on various issues.


Series consists records, 1937-1992, including notes, sermons/prayers and service bulletins, essays, addresses, eulogies and related correspondence, articles, reviews and correspondence relating to “Here Where We Live”; subjects are primarily re religious and church issues.

Tributes / Memorabilia

Series consists of records, including correspondence, scrapbooks, certificates, printed material, and photographs,1927–2004, relating to various tributes and honors accorded A.B.B. Moore, primarily from Victoria University; as well as memorabilia accumulated by him, 1930–1945, relating to his wife and father.


Series consists of manuscript/typescript of memoirs originally titled "Some of My Yesterdays", [ca. 1983]-[ca. 1988], and published as "Here Where We Live" in 1988.

Records of the Campus Life Committee and preceding committees

Series consists of minutes of the Committee on Residence and Services (later the Campus Life Committee), correspondence, records related to budget matters, and reports of the Secretary.
Series also contains sub-series consists of the Records of the Burwash Hall and Men's Residence Committee, which preceded the Committee of Residence and Services, and the Wymilwood Management Committee (Student Union).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Campus Life Committee

Records of the Finance and Property Committee

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, and supporting records of the Finance and Property Committee. Series also contains one file of Minutes from the Financial Management and Planning Committee, the successor of the Finance and Property Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Finance and Property Committee

Records of the Pension Committee

Series consists of records of the Pension Committee and records of the Pension Trustees who were responsible for Victoria University's two pension plans prior to the establishment of the Committee in 1990. Records include minutes, reports, copies of benefit plans and supporting records.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Pension Committee

Records of the Nominating, Appointments and Governance Committee and preceding committees

Series consists of the records of the Nominating Committee, the Appointments Committee and records of the combined Nominating and Appointments Committee, later the Nominating, Appointments and Governance Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Nominating, Appointments and Governance Committee

Records of committees and task forces concerned with planning

Series consists of the records of various incarnations of the Planning Committee as well as the records of the Implementation Committee and it's sub-committees as well as the records of the Task Force on the Future of Victoria University. Also consists of the Report of the Planning Task Force which was used by the Implementation Committee to guide it's activities and goals. The series is divided into 3 sub-series.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Implementation Committee

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