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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Claude Bissell fonds Accession
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Bissell 1st 1984 accession

Personal records of Claude Bissell, consisting of correspondence, lecture notes, addresses, manuscripts, pamphlets, press clippings, postcards and photographs documenting his career as a professor of English, president of the University of Toronto, and a writer. His private correspondents include J. B. Bickersteth, Earle Birney, E. K. Brown, Morley Callaghan, Robertson Davies, Marshall McLuhan and Elsie May Pomeroy. «

Bissell 1989 accession

Correspondence, notes, addresses, articles, reports, press clippings, and photoprints, largely relating to Claude Bissell's activities at the University of Toronto following his resignation as president in 1971, and his literary interests. Topics covered include the student movement in the 1960s, several presidential committees, the "University of Toronto Quarterly", the McLuhan programme, the Khaki University in Canada (1945-1946), and Frederick C. Wade's documents on the history of the University of Toronto (1920-1922).

Bissell 2003 accession

Personal papers of Claude Thomas Bissell documenting his life as a student, professor in Canadian and English literature, university administrator and president of the Unversity of Toronto, and his activities after he stepped down as president. Includes personal correspondence; notes, essays and course material relating to his academic studies at the U of T and Cornell University; correspondence, memoranda and reports on university administration and structure; lecture notes; research materials, including index cards; files on professional activities; manuscripts of articles, addresses, and a photograph.

Bissell 2011 accession

Records document Claude Bissell’s personal and professional life. Unlike previous accessions, B2011-0018 contains extensive personal correspondence with family members especially while he was posted overseas during the 2nd World War as well as with his wife Christine (Series 4). There are also several series that document Bissell’s personal life rather than his professional life including his creativity through music, drama and poetry (Series 12) and his relationship with his brother Keith (Series 15). Nonetheless, most of the other records in this accession complete series of records found in earlier accessions and include many of his lectures (series 8 and 9), writings (Series 5 and 6) as well as his post-retirement diaries which completes an earlier run in B1988-0091 (Series 11). «

Bissell 2017 accession

This accession contains slides taken by Claude or Christine Bissell of many colleagues including Marshall McLuhan, Jack Sword, Robin Harris, Don Forster, Donald Ivey, as well as canadian writer Robertson Davies, poet Robert Finch, and artist Barker Fairley. There are many more images of friends and colleague, some identified, some not. Also included are some portraits including a colour transparency of Bissell's Installation photograph, photographs of official events and Bissell's 80th Birthday Party.