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This series gives a good overview of Prof. Prentice’s career. It includes biographies, C.V.s, correspondence on appointments, newspaper clippings, honours received and photographs.


This series contains mainly professional correspondence covering most of Prof. Prentice’s career as a scholar of women’s history. Included is correspondence regarding research projects, informal reviews of scholarly works, involvement on committees and attendance at meetings and conferences. The correspondence strongly documents the exchange of information, ideas and sources among colleagues in the developing fields of women’s history, the history of education and women studies.

Correspondence is arranged by year with incoming correspondence filed separately from outgoing correspondence. After the chronological files, there are files arranged alphabetically by subject or name. These include correspondence files with many colleagues and past students throughout Canada, Australia and Japan.


This series is one file of memos mainly written by Prof. Prentice dealing with issues within the Department of History and Philosophy at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. Memos document Prentice’s views on staffing, research direction, and courses being offered.

Letters of recommendation

This series includes both requests received by Prof. Prentice for recommendations for former students and colleagues as well as her responses to these requests.

Associations and activism

Records documenting Prof. Prentice’s participation in professional associations, at scholarly conferences and on committees. Files contain mainly correspondence and memos but can also contain agenda, minutes of meetings, constitutions, and announcements. Arrangement is more or less chronological.

B1998-0017 includes files regarding the establishment of the Ontario Women’s History Network and the Canadian History of Education Association in which Prentice played a key role. There are also records documenting her participation the International Congress of Historical Sciences in Bucharest in 1979. There is also an early file documenting her contribution to an NDP Education Policy Committee

B2009-0010 contains a file that gives an outline of her activist activities that she prepared for an article she wrote for The Canadian Friend in 2008. There are also files on early political groups (Praxis and Association of Women Electors), the Canadian Historical Association and the Canadian Committee on Women’s History.


This series includes many of the talks and lectures that Prof. Prentice gave throughout her career. The talks reflect the evolution of Prof. Prentice’s research interest from her early interest in the history of education to her contributions to women’s history especially in relation to teaching and higher education. Files are arranged chronologically.


This series documents the publishing activities of Prof. Prentice in terms of book authored, edited, reviewed as well as the publications of papers in scholarly journals. Files contain correspondence, memos, notes, contracts relating to publishing much of the research documented in Series 8 Research. There are often drafts of articles or chapters submitted as well.

Some of the main publications documented in B1998-0017 include: Pioneer and Gentlewomen of British North America (1980) co-authored with Beth Light; The Neglected Majority (1977 Vol 1 and 1985 Vol 2), co-authored with Susan Mann Trofimenkoff; a collaborative textbook called Canadian Women: A Reader (1996); “Bluestockings, Feminists or Women Workers? A Preliminary Look at Women’s Early Employment at the University of Toronto in the Journal of the Canadian Historical Association (1991). This accession also contains reviews of many of Prentice’s publications as well as reviews that she published on other scholars’ works. Finally, filed at the end, is a file containing unpublished articles.

While B2010-0010 contains a second file on Canadian Women: A Reader (1996), most of the publications documented are more recent contributions to books and journals. To list a few, they are: a paper on women in physics in Challenging Professions: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Women’s Professional ( 1999) which she co-edited with Elizabeth Smyth, Sandra Acker and Paula Bourne; several contributions on women and education history to The Oxford Companion to Canadian History (2001); a paper on faculty wives in the Historical Identities: The Canadian Professoriate (2006) by Lisa Panyotidis and Paul Stortz; a chapter on Canada in A companion to Women’s Historical Writing edited by Mary Spongberg, Barbara Caine and Ann Curthoys (2005). Also included is Prof Prentice’s paper written about her own experience as a feminist historian that was included in Minds of Our Owns: Inventing Feminist Scholarship and Women’s Studies in Canada 1965-1976 (2008).


This series contains a diverse set of records documenting many of the main research projects under taken by Prof. Prentice. Many resulted in publications of books and this series therefore relates to records found in Series 7 Publishing. Projects documented include:

1) the history of teachers, especially women in teaching – research was done for a book that was being prepared with Marta Kanylewycz on teachers in Quebec, before her untimely death in 1985

2) women in physics including some oral histories in the form of written notes

3) studies on the status of women in the historical profession – prepared for a session organized for a Canadian Historical Association conference in 1990

4) research on women historians including taped interviews and correspondence on her co-edited book Creating Historical Memory

5) research undertaken as part of the Women and Professional Education Network that resulted in the co-edited book Challenging Professions.

There are also several other smaller research interests documented including research on faculty wives, women on University of Toronto campus, the feminization of maps, as well as a file on the McQueen project undertaken with Margaret Conrad of the University of New Brunswick. Also included are oral histories transcripts and tapes for interviews with Elizabeth Allin, Charity Grant, Jean Burnet, and Bertha Houston. There are also several other interviews contained only on tape including Canadian women scholars Ursala Franklin, Margaret Prang, Debby Gorban as well as several of Prof. Prentice’ graduate students, Australian educational historians and former faculty wives.

Files contain extensive correspondence and e-mail mainly among the research partners who were among the first generation of historians to focus on women’s history. The correspondence gives a solid portrayal of the collaborative nature of this research. Also included are research notes and collected essays, drafts of papers and chapters, oral history tapes and transcripts, grant applications and at times correspondence relating to publishing.


The bulk of this series is contained in accession B1998-0017 and includes lectures, notes, outlines and reading lists for courses taught by Prof. Prentice at OISE, mainly: 1421 History of Women and Education I and 3421 The History of Women and Education II; 1422 [History of the Family]?; 1411 Education and Social Change : The American Experience; 1426 Women in Education in Canada. Also included is a copy of the course description for first course on Women’s history taught by Prof. Prentice at Atkinson College in 1973-74 entitled Women, The Family and Education in Canada.

B2009-0010 contains only one file on teaching documenting a 1996 OISE/UT course, the History of Women and Higher Education in Canada, that Prof. Prentice co-taught on-line with colleague Elizabeth Smyth.

Student days

This series documents Alison Prentice’s days as a student at Smith College (B.A. 1955), while attending the Ontario College of Education ca. 1958 and during her Ph.D. studies in history at the University of Toronto.

B1999-0017 includes essays and papers written while a student at Smith College as well as field essays written as part of her Ph.D. comprehensive examinations at the University of Toronto. These are arranged chronologically.

B2009-0010 contains her correspondence home to her parents while a student at Smith College and during one year at the University of Geneva (1951-1955)

Personal and early education

This series contains Ivey’s essays, laboratory notebooks, theses (MA and Ph.D.) produced during his university education at the University of British Columbia (BA 1944; MA 1946), and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Personal correspondence, notices, newspaper clippings, resume and biographical information are also included relating mainly to his career as professor of physics and administrator at the University of Toronto.

Personal and professional correspondence – general

Personal and professional correspondence documents Ivey’s activities with various professional associations relating to physics such as the American Association of Physics teachers, Canadian Association of Physicists, his numerous speaking engagements both on the U. of T. campus, across Canada and internationally. Also included is correspondence with colleagues both at the University of Toronto and at other institutions and organizations such as the Polymer Corporation.

University of Toronto

This series contains correspondence, notes, reports, relating to Ivey’s career at the University of Toronto, beginning as assistant professor of physics in 1949 through to his appointments as Principal of New College (1963-1974), Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) in the Department of Physics, and Vice-president Institutional relations (1980-1984). Correspondence within the Physics Department (1966-1990) is filed separately from various subject files documenting other administrative activities within the University (1955-1991). Included are files on Polyanyi Fund for science and Society (1988-1991), Joint Committee of the Toronto Board of Education and the University of Toronto, Television Committee (1955-1956), Presidential Advisory Committee on undergraduate instruction in Faculty of Arts and Science (1965), among others.

Pre-university education activities

Prof. Ivey was involved in the development of high school curriculum in physics, particularly Grade XIII. Within this series will be found records relating to his role as Examiner-in-chief and examiner for Ontario for the Grade XIII provincial examination. Also documented are his activities with the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) developing four teaching films with Dr. J. Hume. The films, produced at the PSSC studio in Boston were: Frames of Reference, Universal Gravitation, Periodic Motion, and Random Events.

Public television

From 1958 to 1966, Prof. Ivey, with Dr. J. N. P. Hume prepared and presented television series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Over 100 half-hour programs were produced during this period and brought the science of physics to a generation of young people. These programs included “Focus on Physics” (1958), “Two for physics” (1959), “The ideas of physics” (1962), “The nature of physics” (1963), “The constants of physics” (1966) and a series of programs for “The Nature of Things” produced from 1960-1965.

The files in this series contain correspondence, contracts, and scripts. As well scripts for “Throwing Dice” and “Measure of Man” by Lillian Andrews are also included.


This series contains offprints of articles, and correspondence by Dr. Ivey and colleagues, such as J.N.P. Hume. Also included is a file relating to his textbook, Physics Volume 1 published in 1974.


This series consists mainly of files on the various physics courses taught by Prof. Ivey during his career at the University of Toronto. Files on each course may contain correspondence, copies of problem sets, lecture notes, tests and examinations. Some of the courses represented in this series are Engineering Physics, Engineering Science, Introduction to thermodynamics, and other undergraduate physics courses. In addition there are files on Physics 400 course taught at UBC in the summer of 1962, and a file on a Physics seminar given at McMaster University on the physics of rubber in 1953.

Research and teaching materials

This series contains notebooks on polymer research, ca 1949, an expense book relating to his participation on the Canadian High Polymer Forum ca 1950-51 and a notebook on students made at staff meetings ca 1950-51.

Biographical file

This series is one file containing a copy of his birth certificate, a C.V., a Fellowship Leave Application, a publication list, and a biography written around 1976. Documents give a good overview of his career and achievements.

Essays, talks and scripts

This series contains draft manuscripts, outlines and related correspondence of talks given by Acland such as “The Medieval House” (1974), and Architecture and “The Arrogant Towers” (1967). Also there are scripts and related correspondence for CBC programs in which Acland was involved including Explorations, Man in a Landscape and A Sense of Place. Some files include slide lists and original drawings.


This series documents two books and one article. The first publication is Building by the Sea, limited edition photographic study of Maritimes architecture with foreword by E.R. Arthur and plates by J.H. Acland published by University of Toronto Press 1962. One large file contains the outline, notes and a photocopy of an early draft. Soon after the two authors published “The Maritimes” in the Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, July 1963. A copy is found in this series. Photographs relating to these two publications can be found in Series 7.

The third publication is Medieval Structure: the Gothic Vault (1972). This work was a culmination of all his research on middle ages architecture. Included is the original publication agreement, some original drawings, and long narrow tabs with rough sketches of the illustration that were being considered for the book. These were most likely used to organize and select the illustrations. A copy of the book has been kept with the papers. For photographs related to this publication see Series 8, 9 and 12.

Box /001 (19) – (22) and /005 for illustrated markers.

Conservation work

To a limited degree, the two files making up this series document Acland’s involvement in the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. Included are some inventory forms completed by students in the 1970s, and an article about the project written by Acland and published in Ontario History, Sept. 1971. Photographs most directly related to his conservation work in the Toronto area are found in Series 10.

Resource cards

This is a series of index cards that are colour coded and grouped by country. Most cards contain architectural drawings copied from books but some are hand drawn by Acland. There are also postcards showing buildings and some notes. These were most likely used to organize his research and supplement his lecture notes found in the notebooks.


This series gives researchers a good overview of Prof. Hume’s career and highlights. It includes biographical sketches, C.V., clippings, awards and correspondence regarding his various appointments. Photographs of Prof. Hume and relating to his career have also been placed in this series including portraits, a photo of Prof. Hume at a 1969 IFIP meeting and early computer installations in the Computer Centre. Finally, there is one framed painting of the Sanford Fleming building that hung in his office.


Prof. Hume was a University of Toronto graduate of Math and Physics (B.A. 1945) and subsequently did both his M.A. (1946) and Ph.D. (1949) in Physics at the University of Toronto. This small series contains a notebook from his undergraduate years as well as a copy of his M.A. and Ph.D. thesis.

Professional correspondence

Professional correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically. It documents Prof. Hume’s varied activities but, noting the volume (1 box), it is clear that it is by no means complete. Early correspondence files contain job offers, discussions for contract work, invitations to talks and to attend meetings, as well as memoranda on faculty salaries. Correspondence during the 1960s, reflect his work on television and film productions and the development of the taped FORTRAN lectures for university use. There is also some correspondence on the establishment of the graduate program in Computer Science. This time period as well as the following decade is also characterized by Prof. Hume’s role as a peer reviewer and referee. Included are comments and reviews for several editorial boards, letters of recommendations for graduate students as well as recommendations given to peers for awards and appointments. Correspondence also document’s Prof. Hume’s many invitations and responses to speak or participate in seminars and meetings.

There is only a small amount of correspondence after 1980 and most of this relates to his appointment as Master of Massey College. Absent is any correspondence documenting his many administrative roles other than congratulatory notes. Correspondence with publishers have been kept with the related manuscripts in Series 3 and there is additional correspondence regarding his broadcasting endeavors in Series 5.


This series documents a number of Prof. Hume’s published works. Included are typescripts, drafts and related documentation on several papers including an early 1955 paper on the FERUT computer language TRANSCODE: A System of Automatic Coding for FERUT. There are several other papers on scheduling jobs and as well as a report on data security written with Prof. Calvin (Kelly) Gotlieb. There are also a few papers on quantum mechanics that seem to be unpublished.

Several versions of manuscripts for two of Prof. Hume’s books are found in this series:

Physics in Two Volumes: Vol. 2 Relativity Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics: Co-authored with Donald Ivey (who wrote Vol. 1) this university textbook was inspired by their many years collaborating on educational television and film. Apart from a manuscript and typescript, there is also related correspondence with publishers, marketing plans, and referee reports.

On Beyond Darwin - By Chance or by Design, first published in 1983 and republished in 2006, this unorthodox view of physics discusses physical theory and the general laws within the context of the properties of electrons, protons and neutrons. “It builds on Darwin's view of the natural world and starts by showing that there are no general laws of physics.” [1] Included are several versions dating from 1979 to 1983, correspondence and comments from various readers.

Also included in this series is correspondence, agreements and reviewer reports that document other books including High Speed Data Processing, Introduction to Computer Science, Programming with Pascal, Structured Programming, Microsoft Basics for Microsoft and several other works. Unfortunately, these do not have any manuscripts, only supporting documentation.


[1] Web site: On Beyond Darwin - By Chance or by Design, “AView of Physics that will make you think.”

Professional correspondence

This voluminous series documents all aspects of Conacher’s career including such mattters as appointments, salary, editorial projects, research, sabbaticals, professional activities within associations and participation in University administrative units. While there are series devoted entirely to most of these activities quite a lot of correspondence related to them is found filed chronologically in this series. Researchers will also find personal correspondence with friends and at times family members in these files despite the fact that most of this latter type of correspondence was filed separately and makes up Series 2.

The early correspondence from the late 1930s relates to his studies at Queen’s and his move to Harvard. There are several files of World War II correspondence documenting his employment in the Privy Council and in the Canadian Army signal division and historical section. There is a substantial amount of correspondence specifically with C.P. Stacey. At the end of this decade correspondence reflects Conacher’s attempts to establish his career as an historian. It discusses progress on his thesis, administrative issues regarding his employment and the teaching of courses.

Correspondence during the 1950s and 1960s is the most extensive and varied. It documents editorial projects such as a translation of Francois Du Creux’s History of Canada and projects related to the Canadian Historical Review. There is correspondence relating to organizations including: Canadian Historical Association, Atlantic Treaty Association, Frontier College and many others. Correspondents with other historians include (not exclusively): Kitson Clark of the University of Pennsylvania; Gordon O. Rotney of Memorial University (Nfld); C.L. Mowat of the University of Chicago; as well as U of T colleagues Donald Creighton, Archie Thornton and John Buchanan and close friend Kenneth McNaught. Of particular note is extensive correspondence regarding the dismissal of Professor Harry Crowe in 1958 from the United College of Winnipeg. Prof. Crowe was dismissed after the contents of his private letter were read by the Principal of the College and members of the University of Toronto History Department came to his defence.

There is a gap in the chronological correspondence files from 1971-1977. During most of this time (1972-1976) he was chair of the history department so it is assumed that much of this correspondence was filed with the office correspondence. Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing in the late 1970s and early 1980s is correspondence relating to issues of university governance as well as changes in curriculum and structure of the Faculty of Arts. There is also correspondence relating to various sabbaticals – London 1977 and Australia 1983. Correspondence nearing the end of his career until the time of his death relate to reviews, requests for recommendations as well as some correspondence relating to editorial and research projects.

Family correspondence

This series contains family correspondence between James Conacher and family members. Correspondence from the 1940s and early 1950s is with his parents, his brother Desmond who was a professor of English at Trinity College and wife Muriel. Much of the correspondence with his family while at Harvard and during WW II is interfiled with general correspondence found in B2005-0011 /001. Later family correspondence was exchanged while the Conachers were on research leaves and is mostly with their grown children. Arrangement is chronological.

Also included in this series is some historical correspondence and documents belonging to ancestor James Roy Conacher (1938-191-).

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation for colleagues and students document Conacher’s status as a senior historian and mentor. Conacher’s support was sought by colleagues for grant applications, fellowships, appointments and promotions. Recommendations for students were mainly for scholarships and entrance into graduate school.


This series documents Conacher’s publishing activities relating to his major works including:

The Aberdeen Coalition, 1852-1855 : A Study in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Party Politics (1968)

The Peelites and the Party System 1846-1952 (1972)

Waterloo to the Common Market, Borzoi History of England Vol 5. 1815
to the Present (1975)

Britain and the Crimea, 1855-56: Problems of War and Peace (1987)

Included are files arranged chronologically by title of publication and contain correspondence and contracts with publishers, comments, reviews, partial drafts of chapters and revisions for his first three books. There are three drafts of manuscripts for his final book “War and Peace”, - its title during the writing phase.

Talks, addresses and articles

This series contains correspondence and manuscripts relating to talks and papers many given at symposiums, conferences and meetings. There are also drafts of some published articles as well as a copy of his M.A. thesis from Queens (1939) and a draft of his Ph.D. Thesis from Harvard. Files are arranged chronologically.
His writings on British history are found in two main files containing mainly drafts, as well as a file documenting his contributions to Encyclopedia Americana. On various occasions Conacher gave tributes to many well known Canadian historians. There are typescripts for his tribute to Donald Creighton, C.P. Stacey, Arthur Lower and close friend Kenneth McNaught. Also included in this series are notes prepared for an oral history interview in the early 1980s as well as a draft copy of his unpublished memoirs. Both are interesting for their insights on the University administration and the Department of History in particular.


This series documents Conacher’s role as an external assessor and reviewer. At times it is other historians he has been asked to assess for promotion or act as external reviewer of a Ph.D. candidate. At other times it is a review at the institutional level, as in the case of his role in reviewing the Dalhousie Graduate History Department (1977) and the University of Western Ontario, Graduate Department of History (1986). There are also files relating to Conacher acting as referee for articles most of which are filed in four chronological files covering his entire career (1947-1991). These files contain correspondence with publisher as well as drafts of published reviews.

Disraeli Project

The Disraeli project had begun in 1972 as a large research project aimed at searching out Disraeli letters and related primary and secondary materials for publication. Conacher joined the pared down second phase of the project in 1982 recruited by Senior Editor M.G. Wiebe (Queen’s University). From 1982 to 1993, the group comprising of Wiebe, Conacher, John Matthews and Mary S. Millar published Volumes 3 and 4. Correspondence, reviews, grant applications, minutes of meetings, revision notes, drafts document the groups efforts and Prof. Conacher’s particular involvement.

Professional activities

Records in this series document Conacher’s active involvement in several professional associations including: the Canadian Historical Association, the American Historical Association, the Council of Conference on British Studies, the Champlain Society and the Canadian Catholic Historical Association. There is one file relating to his early involvement in the Canadian Association of University Teachers (1950-1957). Finally there are also files that document his time on the editorial committee of the John Stuart Mill Project (1960- 1990) and the Journal of Modern History (1971-1973). Files are arranged alphabetically by name of association. Canadian Historical Association files are boxed in B2005-0011/022.
Associated Material: Original Editorial files (1951-62) for the Champlain Society have been moved to the Champlain Society Papers (MG 50) in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

University of Toronto

Throughout his career, Prof. Conacher was active on various University administrative committees. In some cases, he was a member of the committee, in other cases he corresponded with committee members or wrote memos on behalf of both the Dept. of History and/or the Faculty Association. There are files for the following committees on which he served: Plateau committee, sub-committee on staff (1955-56), Policy and Planning committee (1961), Presidential Committee on Appointments (1964-1965), Presidential Advisory Committee on Academic Appointments and Tenure also known as the Haist Committee (1968-1971), Presidential Search Committee (1971). There are also several files on the Faculty of Arts General Committee (1970-74) as well as one file relating to a proposed restructuring of the Faculty of Arts (1976)

There are also several files on University structure including records relating to the Duff Berdalh Report (1963), general memos and correspondence (1965-69),the Committee of Concerned Faculty (1971), the Dumphy Committee for Participation of Faculty in Governance (1976), the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Freedom (1977), the Budget Advisory Committee (1978-79), the Governing Council, Academic Affairs Committee (1980), and the Decanal Promotion Committee (1981),

He made submissions to Committee on Graduate Studies (1964-65), Placement Services 1967, MacPherson Committee (1967), Robarts Library fundraising letter (1973), review of Scarborough College (1970), the PACE Committee (1971), Library Advisory Committee (1981). There is documentation on a meeting organized by Conacher with Minister of Finance Donald Macdonald relating to university and research funding and his part in proposing an Emeritus College Retirement Complex (1983-1986).

Department of History

General correspondence, business files and various committee files document Prof. Conacher’s career in the Department of History. General correspondence covers the period just prior to his hiring in 1948 to his post retirement period up to 1988. Business files are specific to his time as Chairman and relate to managing budgets, general administrative issues and more specific issues being referred to the Chair by various departmental committees.

Finally there are files relating to 40 years of committee work within the Department many dealing with curriculum and the development of the graduate program including the 1968 Graduate Appraisal Committee on re-organization of the graduate department, the Dyck Committee dealing with student staff ratio (1973-1975), the Curriculum Committee (1948- 1966) and perhaps most importantly the Appointment and Tenure Committee (1960-1974). Correspondence and related documents from this last committee are boxed in B2005-0011/026.

University of Toronto Faculty Association

This series documents Conacher’s active involvement in both the U of T Faculty Association of which he was president in 1971-72 and its predecessor the Association of Teaching Staff, for which he was V.P. in 1964-65. Files include minutes, agenda, notes, correspondence, memos and briefs. There are several files relating to University governance and specifically the measures to ensure representation of Faculty on the Board of Governors and after 1970, Governing Council. Files are arranged chronologically.

Non-Professional activities

Correspondence, memos, reports, minutes of meetings document Prof. Conacher’s involvement in non-professional associations. Several files relate to his life as a Roman Catholic, including files on the Committee on Higher Education for Catholics (1960-61), Parish Council for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 1967-68 and several files relating to his long-time work in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. During the 1950s and 1960s, Prof. Conacher belonged to the Atlantic Treaty Organization. Files contain correspondence with Edgar McInnis, president of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and with Ronald Ritchie, chairman of the Canadian Atlantic Coordinating Committee Ronald Ritchie. Finally there is one file for an anti-nuclear organization called Third Track for Peace (1984) that included many from the University of Toronto community.


This series contains course lectures, outlines, reading lists for courses taught by Conacher throughout his career including: 1c European History to 1648 (1947-); 2a History of Great Britain (1947- 195-); 3c British History since 1763 and 2d British History 1485- 1763 (1950s); Britain and 1st WW (1979); History 330 and 337 (1970s , 80s); History 1430 Party Politics (198-). Also included are lectures while visiting professor at Notre Dame 1964-66.

For History 330 and 337, there are course evaluations by students for the 1982-83. Also for these later years are Conacher’s comments on student essays and notes on graduate seminars (1980-85).

Ph.D. student files

These Ph.D. files document Conacher’s on-going relationship with many of his Ph.D. students. Files contain mainly correspondence, examiners’ comments, thesis reports, as well as recommendation for grants, appointments and promotions. There is also one file of miscellaneous notes regarding graduate theses. Arrangement is alphabetical by the name of the student.


Copy of James Conacher's doctoral thesis from Harvard University, entitled "Canadian participation in the Sicilian campaign, 1943: the role of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division."

Talks and addresses

This series documents Prof. Hume’s talks and addresses on various subjects. General interest topics often discussed the growth of computers in society, changes in technology, and the development of computer languages. These were written for general public consumption at invited lectures. There are also a few talks on physics.

More technical talks and addresses focused on computer programming, computer graphics, and computer languages such as TRANSCODE, FORTRAN and Turing. These were most often delivered at professional meetings and symposiums. Prof. Hume recorded a series of lectures with accompanying slides on FORTRAN and another computer language called LISP. These were recorded as a type of tutorial on how to use the University’s computer and were designed to teach computer programming to a wide range of academic users at the University of Toronto. This series contains a copy of the tapes on reel to reel as well as some of the accompanying slides - although it is not clear exactly how they originally matched up. Of particular note are the very early views of the Computer Center and its computers that were included in the slide lecture showing the IBM 650, the IBM 7090 and the IBM 7094.

Files are arranged chronologically with undated talks placed at the end. They contain notes, copies of the talks, overhead transparencies, related event programs and correspondence. In addition, there is a card index of talks that essentially gives outlines and notes. Some of these are related to files in this series while others are unique talks. Apart from the FORTRAN lectures, there is one taped lecture of Prof. Hume giving a key note address at the New College Honours Students dinner.

Professional activities

This series has some documentation on various activities and groups that Prof. Hume was involved with including the Royal Society of Canada, Massey College, and the Department of Computer Science. There are a few files on professional association such as the Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS) and reviews done for the Association of Computing Machinery’s (ACM) journal Computing Reviews. Finally some files document contract work or agreements with private companies.


This series includes lectures, notes, course outlines, assignments for courses taught by Prof Hume, mainly through the 1970s and 1980s: CSC 108, CSC 201, CSC 280, CSC 354, CSC 2205. There is also documentation on early Physics courses he taught in the 1950s and one course for the Department of Extension on Programming Digital Computers 1957-63. They are arranged by course with Physics and Extension courses files first followed by Computer Science courses.

There are also two taped class lectures: Mikowski Diagrams or the K Calculus and Relativity and Electromagnetism.

Broadcasting and film

Prof. Hume and Prof. Donald Ivey of the Department of Physics were pioneers in educational television, having developed their first 12 part program “Focus on Physics” in 1958. This was co-sponsored by CBC and the University of Toronto. The success of this series was followed up the next year by “Two for Physics”. Both series eventually aired on the National Educational Television (N.E.T.) in the United States. Other programs that followed include:

1960 – 15 short programs on Physics for children produced by CBC in cooperation with N.E.T. for joint use in Canada and United States

1962 – “The Ideas of Physics” – 4 programmes
1963 – “The Nature of Physics” – 5 programmes
1966 – “The Constant of Physics” – 4 programmes
All of these were for in-school broadcasts to Canadian high schools produced by CBC with the National Advisory Council on School Broadcasts

1960-1965 – 18 programmes for “The Nature of Things”, produced by CBC.
The program “The Nature of Things” is still today a staple of Canadian educational television. Hume and Ivey helped lay the foundation for such a successful broadcast run.

By 1960, their success in educational television spilled over into film where they were commissioned by the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) in the United States to do four films: “Frames of Reference”, “Periodic Motion”, “Universal Gravitation” and “Random Events”. All of these were created for distribution in high schools. In 1962, “Frames of Reference” won Edison Foundation award for the best science film and “Random Events” received a silver medal from the Scientific Institute in Rome.

This series contains a fairly complete set of scripts for all the titles noted above. Moreover, there is a 16 mm release print for each of the four films and one sound recording of one program from “The Constant of Physics” series. There are also still images from “Frame of Reference” and a file on the Edison Award.

For a good overview, researchers should begin by consulting reports written by Hume and Ivey for most of the television series. They detail the development of each theme. In addition, there is correspondence and contracts with CBC, correspondence with Educational Services Incorporated and the PSSC as well as program guides, clippings, published reviews, correspondence from viewers, and one 1962 audience response report for a “Nature of Things” programme.

Art and Letters Club

Since the 1960s, Prof. Hume has been an active member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, serving as its President from 1976-1978. This series documents his participation especially in the Annual Spring Review which he often helped to write, direct and produce.

General documents on the Arts and Letters Club include some correspondence, memorabilia and one file on applications for membership. Most records however relate to the Annual Spring Review. Included are notes detailing concepts and organizational matters, scripts, music scores, programs and correspondence.

Many shows are well documented beginnings in 1965 to 1992, with only a few gaps. Also included in this series is an audio recording of Prof. Hume playing the piano and singing various pieces he composed for Spring Reviews.

Doctoral thesis, University of Michigan

In the mid-1960s, Milton Israel undertook graduate work in history at the University of Michigan. This series contains research notes, drafts of footnotes, and copies of archival documents compiled while preparing his thesis “The Anglo-Indian in defense of authority, 1905-1910”. Also included is Prof. Israel’s personal bound copy of his thesis presented to his parents.

University of Toronto

This series documents some of Prof. Israel’s activities as teacher and administrator at the University of Toronto. It includes correspondence regarding his tenure as a University of Toronto professor, especially during the period when he was vice provost (1974-1979), Director of the Graduate Centre for South Asian Studies (1981-1991), and Chairman of the Robert F. Harney Memorial Trust. Also included are files relating to the Sikh studies program, initiated after the Conference on Sikh History and Religion in the Twentieth Century (1987) organized by the Centre for South Asian Studies. According to Prof. Israel “the program became quite controversial and attracted attacks from orthodox Sikh critics both in Canada and outside”. The material on the Sikh community also includes his 1990 report prepared for the 5 Ks Interministerial Committee Government of Ontario entitled “Sikhs and their religious symbols: an Ontario perspective”.

Professional activities

This series documents Prof. Israel’s external activities relating to the South Asian community in Ontario. It includes correspondence from his role as Chair of the Board of Directors of the Multicultural History Society of Toronto. Also included are documents relating to the application of South Asian Television for a CRTC license (1996), ideas for a film on modern commonwealth and notes on his study of Urdu.

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