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The records in this series relate to Professor Careless’ teaching activities at the University of Toronto. Between 1945 and 1992, Professor Careless taught various undergraduate and graduate courses on historiography, early Canadian history, urban history, and metropolitanism, The records in this series predominantly consist of mark books, 1945 to 1992. Also included are some course outlines and lecture notes. This series also includes an NFB film The Inquiring Mind (1959) in which Careless discusses the changing study of history and his philosophy on the study of history.

2022-2023 concert season

Series consists of programs and recordings of events hosted by the Faculty of Music during the 2022-2023 concert season including faculty, student, and guest artists as well as ongoing concert series and faculty ensembles. All concerts were performed to live audiences in Walter Hall or MacMillan Theatre.

Personal, employment, and biographical

Series includes material related to Prof. Hassanpour’s education and employment, and additional biographical material. Records documenting Prof. Hassanpour’s education cover his studies in Iran and the U.S.A., as well as his involvement with the Confederation of Iranian Student in the U.S.A. and the Kurdish Student Organization in Europe and the U.S.A. Career and employment records include letters of application, contracts, and correspondence documenting Prof. Hassanpour’s positions and organizational membership. Files related to his employment at the University of Windsor document multiple contracts as well as covering a human rights dispute between Prof. Hassanpour and the department. Included are also syllabi, course evaluations, correspondence and course descriptions that cover Prof. Hassanpur’s teaching, particularly related to his work at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.

Professional activities

This series documents Dr. Evans’ professional involvement, often as chair or a member of the board of directors, of many of the organizations noted in his biographical sketch (and some that are not). Organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, where the bulk of the files obviously remain in the head offices, are still documented sufficiently to provide an overview of Dr. Evans involvement. A few organizations – the African Medical Research Foundation-Canada, the Commonwealth Fund, and Vartana, for example – have little documentation (the last because it is so new). Most organizations fall in between and for two, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Medical and Related Science Research District (MaRS), the files are so extensive that each rates its own series (see Series 3 and 4).

The files contain correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports and associated background material. Dr. Evans made extensive handwritten notes and many of his memoranda are scattered throughout the files, along with annotated material he was working with. The arrangement is alphabetical by the name of the organization.

Dr. Evans was frequently approached as new initiatives were started in the fields of medicine, education and related social policy. One of these was the Boreal Institute, a charity founded in 2004 that focuses on contributing to economic and social development, internationally and in Canada by serving as an enabler and capacity builder for civil society. By the end of the year he had arranged for seed funding for the Institute and had attracted a number of influential backers such as Joseph Rotman. In 1998 Dr. Evans became involved in an ongoing reassessment of the role of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a review that included, over the next three years, a series of discussions and meetings at the highest level, including Prime Minister Chrétien’s office. Another project was the Cancer Research Institute of Ontario, founded in 2003. It immediately won the support of MaRS and its chair, Dr. Evans, who also was selected chair of the Institute in 2005. The single file in this series documents the work of its Ad Hoc Advisory Group. In 1995 Dr. Evans’ served on a panel that assessed the work of the Essential National Health Research concept as carried out by the Council on Health Research for Development, based in Geneva. He was also a member of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. The principal file here relates to the Apotex/Nancy Olivieri controversy.

Dr. Evans has been closely associated with the Pew Charitable Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank which, collectively, supported a United Nations initiative, the International Health Policy Program. The files document his involvement with the program from 1994 to 1996. Another organization with close links to the Pew Charitable Foundation is the John E. Fetzer Institute, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan that, in 1995, hired Dr. Evans as a consultant to assist in planning and implementing its program. This he did, partly through chairing its advisory committee on frontier medicine, on which he kept detailed files.

The project that established Dr. Evans’ reputation at the international level was his innovative work as founding dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University and, in particular, the construction of its innovative Health Sciences Centre. Most of the records pertaining to his deanship and the Centre project are, understandably, at McMaster University, but this series contains Dr. Evans’ copy of its original program, with accompanying planning reports and some photographs. There is also an oral history interview with him on the beginning of the faculty, with accompanying photographs, and two later files on other administrative matters.

In 2004 Dr. Evans was invited by the Premier of Ontario to chair a new body, the Minister’s Commercialization Advisory Council, the inaugural meeting of which was held in January 2005 and which continued throughout the year. Following these files are two others, one each on the Ontario Cancer Research Network, which he chaired from 2003 to 2005 and on the Ontario Research Council. There are no files on the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research of which Evans became chair in 2005.

The Pew Charitable Trusts funds a wide variety of research projects, two of which are documented in this series. In 1993 the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, launched a project called “Renewing our democratic heart” and invited Dr. Evans to become a member of its board of directors. Meetings held throughout 1993 and 1994 are documented here. He also agreed to chair the advisory board for the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative which studied American population policy, consumption patterns, and stewardship in relation to the formation of policy nationally and internationally. The files run through to mid-1996 and also document the contribution of Thomas Homer-Dixon of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Evans’ formal association with the Rockefeller Foundation began in 1979 when it asked him to head its Commission on the Future of Schools of Public Health, for which he produced an international study of public health and population-based medicine, ‘Measure and management in medicine and health services’. The work on this project extended to late 1981, even though he left the Foundation after several months for the World Bank. The files contain correspondence and meetings related to his study, along with his working files. There is also one unidentified notebook of notes on meeting(s) Dr. Evans attended, with a photo of attendees at one of the Bellagio conferences (see also Series 5). He joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 1982 and served as its chair from 1987 to 1995, the first Canadian to do so, and has maintained a close association with the Foundation. The single file from the period of his chairmanship documents his Foundation funded visit to Myanmar in November 1994 as UNICEF external advisor on health research and management for child survival and development.

In Toronto, Dr. Evans was a member of the steering committee of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a coalition of civil leaders in the Toronto region. It met with officials, from the premier down, produced an action report and supported a number of initiatives to strengthen community service. It worked closely with the Toronto Region Research Alliance and other organizations such as MaRS. The files date from late 2003.

There are a few files on the University of Toronto: on the teaching of the cardiovascular programme in the Faculty of Medicine (1970), on an International Health meeting hosted by the Department of Medicine in 1998, on strategic planning for the Department of Surgery (2004), and on the Rotman School of Management (2002). Next is a single file on a board of directors meeting in June 2005 of Vartana, a charity with a mandate to develop Canada’s first financial institution dedicated to meeting the needs of voluntary sector organizations.

When Dr. Evans joined the World Bank in 1979, it was the beginning of a long relationship that often included the Rockefeller Foundation. The earliest files document his work with the Population, Health and Nutrition Department, which he founded, but most relate to his work from 1995 to 1997 with the Ad Hoc World Bank/Rockefeller Orphan Drug and Vaccine Project relating to the development, licensing and supply of AIDS vaccines to the under-developed world. The files contain detailed correspondence, notes, memoranda, minutes, and reports with government and corporate bodies.

The last files in this series document Dr. Evans’ work with the World Health Organization on two projects. The first was its Executive Board organizational study on “The role of WHO in training in public health and health programme management” (1981), followed by its Ad Hoc Review on Health Research in 1995-1996. The files contain notes, minutes, addresses, reports, and background material.

Stott Scrapbook

This series contains a scrapbook of geometric drawings that belonged to Alicia Boole Stott (1860-1940) who originally termed the word “polytope” to describe a four dimensional convex solid. Stott was the third daughter of mathematician George Boole and a colleague of Coxeter. The two met in 1930 and worked on various problems together early in Coxeter’s career. Stott died in 1940.

Minutes and related records of the Victoria College Board

Series consists of minutes (including extracts), notes and drafts, reports and other records of the Victoria College Board. Also includes minutes of the annual meetings of ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church to elect Board and Officers of the College, 1862-1866. Also consists of a book created in 1869 out of the controversy between Dr. I. B. Aylesworth and some members of the Victoria College Board regarding the amount and payment of funds raised to pull the College out of debt: the book contains correspondence, resolutions, and financial statements, 1862-1869; printed statement regarding the controversy made to the Board by Dr. Aylesworth, 1873.


The photographs in this fonds have been removed from files in the above series, as indicated, or were loosely grouped. See below for additional information by accession.

B2007-0011/001P – 004P
Approx. 750 photoprints, 400 photonegatives, and 70 slides

Approx. 2 contact prints, 91 photoprints, x photonegatives, 3 slides

B2019-0009/001P(01) – (28), /002P(01) – (14)
Approx. 300 photoprints, 64 negatives, 11 contact sheets, 22 slides
[195-] – 2009

Photographs cover personal and professional activities of both Larry Richards and Fred Urban. While a portion of the material are portraits or document family, friends, and residences, material predominantly covers the professional life of Richards: documentation of exhibits by Richards as both artist and curator (this includes works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Venice biennale, Power Plant and Cane River exhibitions); Richards’ connection to other architects, including Frank Gehry, Daniel Liebskind, Stanley Tigerman; UofT events and teaching activities; and his RAIC award.

Note: Letter included with photograph in B2019-0009/001P(02) describes an Indigenous dancer and discusses the individual in an objectifying manner.


Professor Richards has been a popular speaker at conferences, symposia, lecture series, and in more public forums such as on radio and television. Many of his addresses and presentations are listed in his curriculum vitae under ‘Invited lectures’, ‘Conferences and symposia’, and ‘Radio and television’. In this series, these categories are intermingled and the addresses are filed chronologically. Not all of the addresses are present; some are filed in other series. And others have not been located. For example, there are no addresses for 1985 and only one (1992) between 1989 and 1995.

Professor Richards’ earliest listed television appearance was on CTV’s ‘University of the Air’ series (1982), in a five-part presentation on “Understanding architecture”. It is also his only television or radio presentation documented here. The series ends with an address by Robert Fulford at University College in 1991 on the impact of The death and life of great American cities 30 years after its publication.

Manuscripts and publications

Professor Richards’ maintained an interest in nurturing a broad understanding for the art of architecture, especially as it applies to modern architecture and the influences on him, ranging from Japanese and Chinese architecture to the design of commercial advertisements and popular cultural events. This range of interests are well documented within his writings. Series 16 covers unpublished manuscripts and many, but not all, of the articles and books listed in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae.

The series includes two boxes of files of articles about Professor Richards or in which he is mentioned. These are followed by letters to the editor, book reviews, and manuscripts and publications. The principal unpublished work is ‘The latent energies of Michelangelo’s private library’ (1974).


Professor Richards has received funding for a number of research projects, most of which are documented in other series. The projects covered here include ‘The re-emergence of cylindrical space in current architectural theory and practice’ (1982-1984), ‘Modern architecture in Brazil’ (1988-1994), his book Toronto Places (1988-1991), and for ongoing work in and about Japan (2000-2001).

Conferences and symposia

The files document Professor Richards’ involvement with conferences and symposia that are not covered in other series. The principal ones are ‘The Villa’ (1986), the International Conference on Housing and Design held in Nanjing, China in 1987, the Harold Innis Centenary Celebration workshop and the Anyplace conference (both 1994), the International Conference on Courthouse Design (1998), ‘Talking design’ (2000) and ‘Span 4: symposium on branding and commodification’ held at the UofT in 2004. Included is correspondence, notes, programmes, photographs and posters.

Professional associations

Professor Richards has been actively involved in architecture and design as an editor, curator, and educator, and has sat on numerous committees. The activities mentioned below are documented in considerable detail. They his work on the editorial boards of Trace (1979-1983), Journal of Architectural Education (1985-1987), and Canadian Architect (1999-2005), and his service with Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (1983-1987) and on the Fine Arts Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1985-1987). In 1987 the Canadian Centre for Architecture appointed him guest editor and curator for its exhibition on the building and gardens in conjunction with its official opening in 1989, and in 1995 he was appointed a member of the Venice Biennale competition, also working through the CCA. Material included in B2019-0009 also documents his application to become the director of the CCA. Files cover his appointment to the Board of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, his involvement with Networks Limited, where he was vice-president (1979-1983); the Ontario Association of Architects, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Design Exchange.


Professor Richards has, from the beginning of his career, been actively involved in exhibitions, both those to which he contributed items and those which he either curated and/or designed. Both categories are included and intermingled here. Some of the exhibitions listed in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae are not included in this series.

The files contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, sketches and formal drawings, programmes, photographs, and press coverage. The exhibitions in B2007-0011 most thoroughly documented are ‘The work of John Hejduk’, ‘O Kanada’ (1982-1983), ‘Entre espacos’, ‘Waterworks, ‘Buildings and gardens’, the Venice Biennales, and ‘E-12’.

Within B2019-0009, material includes Richards’ exhibitions on Frank Gehry (see Series 16 for Richards’ writing for the Geary exhibition at the AGO), curatorial work for the Eric Arthur Gallery, particularly for the “Foster” exhibition, and his Maple Leaf Gardens exhibit.

Advising, assessing and consulting

In addition to his work as a juror, Professor Richards was active as a consultant or advisor to a number of projects, most associated with architectural and design, but some with academic matters such as tenure and the external supervision of theses. Some of the activities listed in his curriculum vitae are filed with other series and others are not documented in this series. The arrangement is chronologically by the name of the organization or individual concerned. The files may contain any or all of the following: correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, photographs, architectural drawings and site plans.

Within accession B2007-0011, the most heavily documented of his consulting work is with the selection of an architect for the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, the Environmental Sciences Building at Trent University; as a thesis advisor (1989-1990) to Brian Christianson of Miami University whose thesis was on Canadian architecture; as a member of the 2006 program review for the School of Architecture at McGill University; and his being a consultant to and a member of the Royal Ontario Museum’s architectural advisory committee regarding ‘Renaissance ROM’ and Daniel Libeskind’s project. Two other well documented activities are his work as a member of the curatorial advisory board of Power Plant (1987-1990) and as a member of the visiting team of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (USA) to Texas State University (1992).

B2019-0009 includes documentation of Richards’ work with Kin Yeung, founder and owner of the fashion brand Blanc de Chine. After having met Yeung on a trip to Hong Kong in the early 2000s, Richards began consulting for the company to help grow its international visibility. Over the span of more than a decade, Richards worked on a range of projects including interior design for the brand’s New York retail locations (including Bleu de Chine), Yeung’s private apartments, writing and editing an unpublished biography of Yeung, and founding the Toronto studio, WORKshop. Material includes extensive correspondence, draft manuscripts, notes, journals, reflective commentaries, as well as plans and drawings for interior design projects.

Architecture, art and design juries

Professor Richards has been since the early 1980s an active participant on architecture, art and design juries. The juries adjudicated projects ranging from student competitions to architectural grants (Canada Council), urban design awards (Etobicoke, Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto), public art competitions (City of Waterloo, ice sculptures in Toronto), building projects (Coptic community master plan and cathedral, new city hall for Markham, Ontario), redevelopment projects such as Harbourfront and Pearson Airport, to architectural awards. Professor Richards was not a member of the jury for the Kitchener City Hall competition (1989) but he assembled a lot of material and also wrote about it. He was also a member of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority’s selection committee for lead architect in its Lester B. Pearson International Airport transformation project (1997).

The files contain correspondence, notes, photographs, architectural drawings, press coverage and reports. The arrangement is chronological and by the name of the project. The full name and date of each competition is listed in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae (B2007-0011/001(02)-(06).

Buildings and projects

Professor Richards’ practice as a professional architect in the United States, Italy, and Canada “has resulted in more than 50 buildings and projects, including work in urban design, architecture, interior design, furniture design, and graphics.” His use of “collage processes to represent conceptual architectural projects” and his interest in the work of Japanese architects is also documented in this series.

This series begins with multiple files on designs assembled by Professor Richards, including one on McDonald’s, and miscellaneous notes and sketches, mostly from the 1970s and the 1980s. The dated designs are arranged chronologically. The most completely documented projects, most with accompanying correspondence and notes, are for Arthur’s Restaurant, the two projects for Romero Romei, the Mill Cove residence, the Faenza competition, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre project, and the AIDS Memorial competition for Cawthra Park on Church Street in Toronto. Examples of his design work may also be found in Series 1, 7, 9 and 11.

Accession B2019-0009 includes sketches and drawings for some of the projects mentioned above, as well as assorted sketches of private homes. Material also includes artwork produced by Richards.

Employment: University of Toronto

Professor Richards was lured to the University of Toronto in 1980 by the new Dean, Blanche van Ginkel, who had earlier recruited several new young faculty members, including Alberto Perez Gomez and Daniel Libeskind. Both had left by the time Richards arrived and he soon found out why. He “walked into a rat’s nest of warring factions. The inflexible ideologues, led by Prof. Peter Pragnell, were totally closed to student and younger faculty’s interests in post-modernism.” Richards soon became disillusioned and found reward only through the new ‘Introduction to Architecture’ course he developed and taught at University College. He also coordinated the 1980-1981 fourth-year core programme and (with Michael Kirkland) the fall 1981 studio in Venice. After a year he left Toronto for the position of associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.

Although Professor Richards maintained contact with the University of Toronto (he withdrew his candidacy for the deanship in 1985) and actually moved from Waterloo to
Toronto in 1990, it was not until January 1997 that he returned to the Faculty, this time as
dean, an appointment that was to last 7 and a half years. “He led a division of 22 core and 48 part-time faculty, 20 staff, and 275 graduate students, which offers three degree programs: a professional Master of Architecture, a professional Master of Landscape Architecture, and a post-professional Master of Urban Design. He gained approvals for and implemented two long-range academic plans, the 2000 PLAN and the 2004 PLAN, leading to the reinvigoration of the creative life of the school. His accomplishments included facilitating the incremental renovation of the building at 230 College Street by leading Toronto architects and establishing the Faculty’s first endowed chair, The Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design, launched in 2003. He established the Faculty’s first Advancement Office and raised more than $8-million in new funding through the division’s “Design the Future” campaign. [He also]…played a key role in assisting the University with architect selection processes for major projects on its three campuses.” On the St. George campus three significant buildings by international architects were erected: the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Bimolecular Research (Alliance + Behnisch Architekten), the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building (Norman Foster) and Graduate House (Morphosis, Thom Mayne).

The earliest records in the series consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports and associated material documenting Professor Richards’ stint as assistant professor in 1980-1981; the files cover the activities mentioned above. There are also files on the 1985 search for a dean and the attempt to close the School, followed by several on Richards’ appointment as dean. Files are then arranged in descending order of hierarchy, beginning with the Governing Council, its Physical Planning and Design Advisory Committee’s campus planning initiatives (concerning, especially, Graduate House), and meetings of principals, deans, academic directors and chairs. Except for the above committees, those mentioned in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae are largely absent from this series.

The records of the School/Faculty from 1997-2007 include correspondence; Richards’ activities and his reports; budgets, the 2000 and 2004 long-range plans, and fundraising initiatives. There are files on the restructuring of courses and the renaming and repositioning of the School (using, in part, the expertise of designer Bruce Mau) and the renovations to 230 College Street (the Shore Moffatt Library and the Eric Arthur Gallery). Richards kept extensive files on trips to Japan, Hong Kong and China relating to the Faculty’s ‘Designs for Living’ cultural exchange project. The series concludes with files on the creation of the Gehry Chair; courses taught; lecture series; exhibitions; and publicity. The files on the courses taught contain course outlines, assignments, tests, examination questions, and some lectures.

Employment: University of Waterloo

Upon leaving Halifax, Professor Richards taught for a year at the University of Toronto (see Series 8) before being hired as an associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. In 1982, he was appointed dean for a six-year term. In addition to his broad administrative duties, including the hiring of five new faculty members, he coordinated a number of design courses, including the 1982 Thesis Programme and was instrumental in developing the School’s new first year programme, upper level option studios, revised technology stream, its fund raising campaign, computer laboratory, slide library, Rome facilities, exchange agreement with the Nanjing Institute of Technology (Southeast China University) and the guest lecture series. Professor Richards also served on the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors Buildings and Properties Committee as it dealt with three projects – the William G. Davis Computer Centre, the Student Centre, and an addition to Burt Matthews Hall. He sat (1983-1987) on the Senate and four of its sub-committees and on the Faculty of Environmental Studies Executive Committee (1982-87). He also served on a number of professional bodies (see Series 13), was guest critic at Carleton University and the University of Toronto and in 1987 was appointed guest editor and curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

This series documents most of the activities described in the first paragraph above. The files are arranged in descending order of hierarchy, beginning with the Board of Governors. The work of Board and School committees is covered in considerable detail, as are the courses offered in so far as their facilitation and structure is concerned (there are few extant lectures). Some of the courses, such as 493 (Options Studio), include study tours to cities such as Montreal and Los Angeles. The courses are arranged by course number and chronologically, and photographs accompany some of the files. The series ends with files on lecture series, exhibitions, and university publicity.

Employment: Nova Scotia Technical College

From 1975 to 1980, Professor Richards was an assistant professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the Nova Scotia Technical College (later the Technical University of Nova Scotia). From 1975 to 1978 he was responsible for “Introduction to Architecture”, an elective course at Dalhousie University. In 1977 he coordinated a study abroad programme in China and Japan and developed the guest lecture series. In 1978, he was appointed Campus Design Coordinator.

The activities outlined above are documented in this series. The correspondence files address his employment, his administrative duties, and related professional activities. Except for his work as Campus Design Coordinator and his teaching, few other activities are covered in detail. Most of the files are devoted to his teaching duties (though there are few lecture notes per se), including the study abroad program, and to the lecture series offered in the Faculty. There is a large collection of drawings and projects relating to his activities in Halifax. There are also several publications documenting the activities of faculty and staff and a few items about the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Early employment

This series documents Professor Richards early years in the architecture profession, beginning with his work as a designer for The Architects Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1967-1972), as a part-time instructor in Architecture at Garland Junior College in Boston (1968-1971), as assistant professor at the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (1972-1973), and his private practice in Boston, Florence (Italy) and New Haven (1971-1975). The files are grouped by employment activity in chronological order.

The series begins with files on two competitions. The first, in 1968, was an annual architectural competition sponsored by Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Richards’ unsuccessful entry was influenced by the work and style of Paul Rudolph, whose Art and Architecture building at Yale University was one of the reasons he went there for his masters degree . In 1971 Richards’ competed, again unsuccessfully, for the Rosch Travelling Scholarship with a design for a subway station.

Most of the files document his design work with TAC, including background material for the addition to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts (the original
correspondence and drawing are with the Institute), the new headquarters of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC, and the IBM building at East Fishkill, New York. Included is correspondence, memoranda, sketches, architectural drawings and photographs.

Richards’ work in private practice is represented primarily in Series 9: Buildings and project. The series ends with files on the teaching of a course in architecture at Garland Junior College, his employment at Ball State University, and a course he gave at Ipswich High School in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1974 with Urban, who taught there. Included is correspondence, course outlines, lecture notes, press coverage and photographs.

This series also contains several files on Fred Urban’s employment, especially at Chemsford Senior High School and Ipswich High School, and inquiries about employment. These files may be compared to others on Urban’s employment in accession B2007-0012. The series ends with several files on Frederic Urban’s employment.

Professional correspondence

This series consists of professional correspondence that Professor Richards maintained apart from that in his files in Series 3. Included are files of general correspondence (1969-2005), a file (with photos) on the proposed destruction of the Dominion Bank building in Windsor, Ontario, applications for employment (1974-1994), letters of reference (1976-2005), and correspondence with (along with related material on) architects, writers on architecture, and designers such as Stirling Cook (including setting up the Stirling Cook Scholarship Fund a Miami University), Frank Gehry, Kazuhiro Ishii, Daniel Libeskind, Brian MacKay-Lyons, and Bruce Mau. The files contain correspondence, photographs, programmes, press coverage, and associated design items.

Material in the B2019-0009 includes large groupings of assorted correspondence that were collected loosely. These represent Richards’ connections with numerous individuals and institutions related to specific projects and positions.


This series documents elements of Professor Richards’ and Frederic Urban’s education, beginning (for Larry) with elementary school in Matthews, Indiana and proceeding through his university education at Miami University (B.Arch 1967) and Yale University (M.Arch 1975). For Frederic, education at Cathedral High School, Merrimack College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and courses offered elsewhere. The surviving records for Larry’s early education are fragmentary and even the files for Yale University have some gaps. The files on Frederic’s education are complemented by those in his personal records, B2007-0012. The arrangement for each individual is by institution attended in chronological order.

The series begins with notebooks and memorabilia from Professor Richard’s public school studies [for his ‘Memories of my school days’, see Series 16], and correspondence and course material, primarily project and design notes and drawings (3 major projects), and a yearbook from his undergraduate studies at Miami University. The files on Yale include the portfolio Richards’ presented for admission, course notes, project drawings, memorabilia, and a file on the Yale University tuition postponement plan, and photographs. The drawings include conceptual project material for projects under Professor Moore and a variety of project drawings and figure drawings. Urban’s files include correspondence, programmes, memorabilia, and related publications.

Personal correspondence

The personal correspondence in this series covers the years 1959 to 2007, though there are no letters for the years 1992, 1993, and from 1997 to 2006. From 1959 to 1963, the correspondence consists of letters, postcards, and the occasional Christmas or birthday card sent to Professor Urban. Thereafter, and especially after Professors Richards and Urban met in 1967 and moved in together, the correspondence is more or less evenly divided between the two. In addition to their parents, siblings, grandparents, and various aunts and uncles, many of whom were prolific letter writers, the two men had a wide circle of friends, both gay and straight, with whom they maintained contact over the years. Some wrote only occasionally either by letter, postcard, or Christmas card, but their close friends wrote often and at length. Photographs accompanying the letters have been selectively retained and are appended to the letters themselves, except in the few cases where they are numerous.

There is a noticeable decline in the number of letters after 1979 – the number of letters fell slowly through the 1980s and by two-thirds in 1988 and 1989, with none for March to July 1990 – followed by a dramatic fall after 1990. There are only about 20 for the years 1991 and 1994-1996 and two for 2007. The initial decline has been attributed to both professors being very busy and having less time for personal correspondence, and fewer letters from their parents and other family members, partly due to aging and deaths. Some of Professor Richards’ and Urban’s most prolific gay correspondents had succumbed to AIDS or other illnesses by 1990, while letters from some of their most prolific correspondence declined in number. There are, for example, few letters after 1981 from Stirling Cook, perhaps the most consistent correspondent of their gay friends, but also fewer from their faithful letter writing straight friends, especially David and Christine Drake (after1982).

The principal family correspondents on Professor Richard’s side were his parents, Byron and Virginia, his paternal grandmother Irene Richards, his brother Roger, and his sister Pam, with the occasional letter from his material grandmother, Iva Wright. Professor Urban’s core family correspondents were his mother, his brother John, his sisters Jean Brosseau and Mary Balducci, and his aunts Ella Urban and Betty Murray. Other aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces wrote sporadically and/or dutifully sent Christmas and birthday cards.

Professor Richard’s parents and his grandmother Irene Richards enclosed press clippings on a regular basis. These covered local events and some of state and national politics, the weather (mostly notable winter storms), Byron Richards’ interest in the Cumberland County covered bridge and anything about architecture or design, especially relating to Ball State University where Professor Richards was briefly employed. The clipping relating to family and friends (especially those annotated), and to design and architecture have, for the most part, been retained and are appended to the letters (some in oversized folders, B2009-0005/002); the other clippings have not been kept. This also applies to the clippings sent to Professor Richards by his friends, especially David Drake.

Both Larry and Fred made long lasting friends at school and at college who proved to be their most prolific correspondents. Straight friends included David and Christine Drake, Vikky Alexander, Fred Clough, Robbie Dreicer, Eric Fiss and Nan Legate, Jim French, Richard Kibbey, Alain Langlois, Dan Leclerc , Don Matheson, Mike Opleger, Vladimeer Oustimovitch, Arlene Pitlick, Thalia Poons, Rob Price, Edward G. Roddy, Jr., Tim Rose, Jim Sink, Ross Smith, and Harriet Wright. Gay ones included David Anderson, George Ashley, Martin Brook, Paul Chaisson, Sterling Cook, Jim Dumont, Don Fritz, Welyn ‘Lynn’ Harris and Ruth Parsons, Frank Hebb, Donnie Josephson, Larry Klekota, Claude Lalonde, Walter Lichenstein and Jack Vanek, Scott MacNeill, Philip McAleer, Charles ‘Chic’ Maloney (a Boston lawyer), Don Matheson, Ed McQuarrie, Claudio Santon, Michael Stewart, Theobold Volker, and Manuel Yanez.

Professor Richards wrote that “Fred and I have both been rather open on all fronts as individuals and as a couple over the past nearly 44 years, and with very few negative repercussions,” though for a number of years his parents found it difficult to accept their relationship (for Professor Richard’s statement on the latter, see Appendix 1). This openness is reflected in their correspondence, especially with friends (both gay and straight), in which they candidly discussed their sexuality, their relationship, and a variety of issues, including political ones, affecting gays and lesbians. Their friends responded in kind. Many other ideas and issues were discussed as well, especially ones relating to their professional and aesthetic interests, but their sexuality remained a strong current throughout their correspondence.

Correspondence in the B2019-0009 accession includes letters from family members, between Larry and Fred, and from friends including Sterling Cook, Brian McKay Lyons, David and Chris Drake, Adele Freedman, and George Baird. Additionally, the material covers art purchases, pastor and advocacy letters that reflect concerns around homophobia and politics.

Personal and biographical

B2007-00011 and B2009-0005: The contents of this series consists of ‘biographical notes’, copies of Professor Richards curriculum vitae (1966-2004), articles about him; files on the family tree and the death of his father from ALS; an address book, certificates and honours; memorabilia belonging both to him and his partner, Frederic (Fred) Urban; personal correspondence (primarily with family members and friends but including files on other personal matters and American politicians, including Edward Kennedy and Bill Clinton); some of Frederic’s personal correspondence; files on the various residences that he and Frederic have shared since 1967, including their house in Natchitoches, Louisiana; postcards and greeting cards; a notebook on dreams; day planners; a diary for the first six months of 1959; and journals, correspondence and notes for trips to Europe, various destinations in the United States, and China between 1977 and 2007. The series ends with a collection of items on James Dean, who grew up on a farm a few miles from the Richards’ place and about whom Professor Richards wrote several pieces. Also included are a number of photographs.

Material from accession B2019-0009 mirrors the two previous, however also includes documentation from Richards’ childhood, awards, and personal reflections written to complement the donated archival material. The diaries, agendas and notebooks cover personal trips (professional travel and those related to specific projects are included in relevant series), personal reflections, and dream diaries. Documentation of Richards and Urban’s residences primarily cover their Natchitoches home, including information on sales, renovations, as well as broader engagement in the town and its architectural heritage.

Miriam Sheridan

Consists of papers of Victoria University Class of 1920 graduate, Miriam Sheridan (nee Marshall), relating to her membership in the Kappa Kappa Gamma Fraternity, including scrapbook containing printed material and photographs, clippings, notes, certificate and other printed material, 1919–1934; photographs, including scrapbook of life at Victoria and attendance at reunions, ca. 1916–1980, slides of reunion, 1970, portraits, and photographs of Victoria groups, 1916–ca. 1920.

Sheridan, Miriam

Records relating to functions

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, citations, addresses and other records, 1913-2022, relating to functions and events such as public lectures including the Davey Lectures and Ide Lectures, convocations and honorary degree ceremonies, centenary celebrations, honorary dinners, openings, events held at the Bader Theatre, and installations of Principals, Presidents and Chancellors.

George John Blewett

Contains a photocopied essay submitted for the Graduate Bowdoin Prize Competition at Harvard University: The Philosophy of Spinoza with especial Reference to its Historical Position. Essay was submitted under a pseudonym (Basset Trewerdale Lanke).

Blewett, George John

The Mike

This series consists of volumes of The Mike, the official student newspaper of the University of St. Michael’s College. The newspaper has been in operation since 1948 and has been published on a predominantly bi-weekly basis.

2021-2022 concert season

Series consists of programs and recordings of events hosted by the Faculty of Music during the 2021-2022 concert season including faculty, student, and guest artists as well as ongoing concert series and faculty ensembles. The University of Toronto, including the Faculty of Music, returned to in-person events with limited capacity audiences in September 2021. Concerts were cancelled, postponed, or virtual only during January 2022 as the University shifted to predominantly remote instruction due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The University returned to in-person learning (and in-person events at the Faculty of Music resumed) as of February 7, 2022. The majority of concerts during the 2021-2022 concert season were streamed online via the Faculty's various YouTube channels.

2020-2021 concert season

Series consists of programs and recordings of events hosted by the Faculty of Music during the 2020-2021 concert season including faculty, student, and guest artists as well as ongoing concert series and faculty ensembles. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, none of these events occurred in person to a live audience. Some were pre-recorded and others were live-streamed from one of the Faculty's two concert halls, Walter Hall and MacMillan Theatre.

Audio Reels, Film Reels and Documentaries

Series consists of 78 audio reels, 8 film reels and 1 videocassette made during events given by l'Arche International. These reels are arranged chronologically whenever possible. The reels mostly feature Jean Vanier at various events, although other speakers are included. The events at which these were created are unknown, which is the reason these materials have been kept separate from the other series in this Collection.

Other events, talks, and speakers

Series consists of 838 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during events or talks other than those designated by other series. Series also includes cassettes with talks by speakers at L'Arche events which are unidentified. These cassettes have been organized, when possible, by event or type of event, or by speaker (when only one speakers is present). There are also several cassettes of music that were likely used during retreats or events, as well as several commercial tapes of music and talks, that were collected by L'Arche Daybreak and kept for use by L'Arche members. <p>Series also includes the Tape Reference binder with a catalogue of cassettes that were kept at l'Arche Daybreak (box 56).

L'Arche Renewals

Series consists of 242 audio cassettes made during l'Arche Renewal retreats. Renewal Retreats are part of an effort to support assistants that have lived for 10 years or more at l’Arche. These are organized by the l’Arche International Council. The assistants of 10 or more years are invited to come away for 10 weeks of conferences, sharing, a retreat, and an occasion to rest, pray, share, and learn about difference cultures and practices within l’Arche around the world. These events are very spiritual, and provide a great amount of support and enlightenment for those assistants.

Assistants' Retreats and Meetings

Series consists of 169 audio cassettes and 7 videocassettes made during retreats and meetings given by and for assistants of L'Arche International. The assistants are those individuals that live and work in L'Arche communities and assist the core members. From email from Sr. Sue Mosteller, "L'Arche feels it's important to support those who live and work day in and day out in the homes with the people, so it calls them together for formation sessions, leadership training, and retreats for the spiritual journey. Because l'Arche is Ecumenical and Interfaith, the retreats are very beautiful with recognition of people's individual traditions and an attempt to find meaningful ways to pray and worship together. Often the meeting ends with a celebration of the Washing of the Feet - which symbolizes the serving and being served, the blessing and being blessed of each person in l'Arche."

Federation meetings

Series consists of 40 audio cassettes made during Federation meetings of L'Arche International. The communities of l’Arche belong to the International Federation of l’Arche. This is the umbrella for all l’Arche communities around the world. There is an International l’Arche Board of Directors and International Council of l’Arche that organize, raise funds, and continue to keep the dynamism of all l’Arche communities in the world.

Many meetings happen at the level of the Federation – like International Board Meetings, International Council Meetings, Zone Meetings, International Retreats, and once every six years there is an International Federation Meeting with representatives from each of the 130 communities around the world. Elections for the International Council and Board take place at the Federation Meeting, as well as a celebration of new communities and introduction to the culture where the meeting is held. People with disabilities usually attend this meeting, and find it rich with meaning, lots of celebrations, and interesting learnings.

In 2012, the Federation Meeting will take place in Atlanta, GA, and will host around 300 people from around the world. The last meeting, in 2006, was held in Calcutta, India.

Faith and Sharing

Series consists of 103 audio cassettes and 15 videocassettes made during Faith and Sharing events. <p>The Faith and Sharing Federation /Foi et Partage is a bilingual Catholic organization with a mandate to deepen and foster the experience of Christian community through week long retreats. The principal function of the Faith and Sharing Federation is to organize annual retreats however they are also active during the year through local communities.</p> <p>The first Faith and Sharing retreat was held in Marylake, Ontario in 1968 and was led by Jean Vanier, A retreat is usually a five or seven day excursion to a retreat centre or church that consists of time for personal prayer, a presentation based on biblical scripture by one or more animators and group meetings where people can share their experiences. Mediation, relaxation and silence are a primary focus of the retreats; music and song are also considered important and there is often a theme song chosen for a retreat. There are

Covenant Retreats

Series consists of 248 audio cassettes made during Covenant Retreats. L’Arche recognized that the word “Covenant” is close to describing the spirituality of the organization; that God wanted to ‘make a covenant’, a bond and commitment to the people of Israel. For assistants that begin to see l’Arche as a vocation, and want to make a longer term commitment and see themselves being called to be at l’Arche by God, there are retreats that support them in that spirituality. These Covenant Retreats provide a space for those that have announced, or are considering, their Covenant and provide support for those Assistants. The Covenant Retreats happen about once a year in Europe and North America where most of the l’Arche communities are, and happen less frequently in India, Central America, South America, Africa, India, etc.

Head of House and Regional Meetings

Series consists of 68 audio cassettes made during the course of Head of House meetings or Regional meetings of L'Arche International. The Head of House provides support for the Community Leader by taking direct responsibility for the home. The Leader administrates the overall community, but the Heads of Houses take on the responsibilities of the home for the Leader. The Community Leader regularly meets with Heads of Houses to hear details, issues, listen to questions, to make community announcements, and create a supportive community around any situations that may need support.

Manuscripts and publications

This series documents Professor Lang’s writings, unpublished and published, over a forty-year period. He has written two books, Financing universities in Ontario (2000) and Mergers in higher education: lessons in theory and practice (2001), which was translated into Chinese and published in Shanghai in 2008. He has contributed chapters to eleven books, and had numerous papers published in refereed journals, along with review essays, other publications, papers, and reports. The research files (some contain original documents) for and a copy of his doctoral thesis, are also present in this series. The titles, where they exist, to these research files were those used by Professor Lang.

The listing of manuscripts and publications is not complete. For a complete listing of Professor Lang’s publications, see his curriculum vitae in B2011-0003/001(01). Some of his reports not present in this series can be found in other series.

Digital files from B2018-0001 include correspondence and drafts for his book Mergers in higher education: lessons in theory and practice (2001), as well as a report for the Atkinson Foundation, A Primer on Formula Funding: A Study of Student-focused Funding in Ontario (2003).

The files contain a combination of correspondence, drafts, background and research material and notes. The arrangement is chronological by date of document or date of publication.

Professional activities (other)

This series documents professional activities other than those described in the two previous series. Included is material on consulting and special projects, boards of governors of educational institutions that Professor Lang sat on, and his association with a number of other educational agencies and groups in Canada and elsewhere. Of the last, the most documentation is on the Ontario Council on University Affairs, the Premier’s Council for Economic Renewal, and the Sweden/Ontario Bilateral Exchange Seminar for Senior Academic Administrators (1982-1983). The arrangement in this section is by name of organization or event.

The files may contain any combination of correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, notes, and reports.

Files from B2018-0001 include further records documenting Lang’s active involvement with the Board of Trustees of the Toronto School of Theology (2008 - ; Chair, Institutional Evaluations Committee, 2014-2017) and the Board of Governors of Saint Augustine’s Seminary. His work as Chair of the Strategic Asset Study Committee (2011-2014) for the Archdiocese of Toronto is also documented.

Professional activities: Ontario. Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities

Professor Lang’s first major collaboration with the then Ministry of Colleges and Universities began in 1991 when he was a member of the Minister’s Task Force on University Accountability. Later he was involved in several joint projects with the Ministry and its successors [the Ministry of Education and Training (from 1995) and from 2000, the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities] and the Council of Ontario Universities; in particular, their Steering Committee on Ontario Graduate Survey (1997-), their Joint Steering Committee on OSAP (1998-2001), and their Key Performance Indicators project (2000-2005). In 2006 he became a member of the Ministry’s Joint Working Group on Student Access Guarantee. From 2008 to 2011 he was the Ministry’s Working Group and Steering Committee on Transfer. Not all of these activities are documented in this series.

In 2006-2007 the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities undertook two inter-related research projects “aimed generally at learning about the characteristics of ‘first-generation’ students.” The first, “College Choice”, focused on the factors that influenced students in seeking post-secondary education and their choices of institutions to attend. The second, dubbed Project STAR (Student Achievement and Retention), “sought to determine the factors that influence the academic performance and retention of students in the first year of university.” It was sponsored by the Canada Millenium Scholarship Foundation and Statistics

Files in B2018-0001 document Professor Lang's role as Special Advisor to the Deputy Minister, in particular his involvement with the negotiations between the Government of Ontario and Ontario universities regarding the second Strategic Mandate Agreement (SMA2), and Ontario colleges regarding the Colleges Applied Research and Development Fund [CARDF].

Also included are files regarding the creation of a francophone university in Ontario; the Joint Working Group on Student Access Guarantee, regarding the modernization of the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP); and the Steering Committee on Transfer Credits.

Professional activities: Council of Ontario Universities

The Council of Ontario Universities (COU) was formed on December 3, 1962 as the “Committee of Presidents of Provincially Assisted Universities and Colleges of Ontario,” with its current name being adopted in 1971. The mandate of the COU is to “build awareness of the university sector’s contributions to the social, economic and cultural well-being of the province and the country, as well as the issues that impact the sector’s ability to maximize these contributions.” It works with Ontario’s publicly assisted universities and one associate member institution, the Royal Military College of Canada. This series documents the activities of a number of its committees and task forces, which are detailed below, approximately in order of activity.

Professor Lang was a member of the COU’s Committee on Enrolment Statistics and Projections from 1976 to 1990. In 1982-1983 he sat on its Special Committee on BILD Administrative Procedures and from 1987 to 1991 was a member of its Research Advisory Group. In 1991 he was invited to be part of a small task force to present proposals to the government for an income contingent repayment plan for Ontario students. Throughout much of the 1990s, he was involved with the COU’s Committee on University Accountability and the Performance Indicators for the Public Postsecondary System in Ontario project, better known as the Performance Indicators Project, the purpose of which was to assess the overall Ontario postsecondary sector.

He was also a member of four task forces: Audit Guidelines (1998-2000), Secondary School Issues (1998-2005), Student Financial Assistance (2006-), and Quality Assurance (2008-2010).
The Task Force on Secondary School Issues was established to assess the evaluation of students in the new secondary school program of studies and to make recommendations regarding the monitoring of grading practices and standards.

The COU’s Quality and Productivity Task Force work was to outline “all the quality and productivity initiatives” undertaken to “showcase results for the government’s increased investment in universities.” Its report, presented in March 2006, was followed by the COU Task Force on Quality Measurements, chaired by David Naylor of the University of Toronto. It was charged with addressing the “broad issues related to quality measurement, developing the long-term strategies for COU’s work with the government and the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO).” [1]

Files in B2018-0001 include correspondence with U of T and COU colleagues, as well as further records related to his role on the COU’s Committee on University Accountability. Also included are further records about the COU's Task Force on Quality Assurance (2008-2010), including its subsequent transition and implementation phase.

The files in this series contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, minutes of meetings, drafts of reports, and assorted background reports and other documentation.


  1. Task Force on Quality Measurement terms of reference, March 2006, in B2011-0003/043(03).

University of Toronto Blues men's baseball team

This series documents Professor Lang’s years of service to the University of Toronto Blues Men’s Baseball team which he coached from 1994 to 2011. The files contain information on team lists, coaches, financing and fundraising, equipment, rosters and players, and statistical records. There is also some press coverage. There is documentation of tournaments in Columbus, Ohio (1998) and Durham College in Oshawa (1999). Photographs and digital images document the team from 1999-2007, including many images and graphics used to boost the website for the team Also included is an Ontario University Athletics medal for 2001.

Digital files in B2018-0001 include email correspondence with players, university officials, and sponsors; rosters and team photographs; and files related to the construction of a new baseball diamond on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, which opened in 2006. In 2011, it was renamed the “Dan Lang field” in honour of his many years of service to the Varsity Blues baseball program.

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