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Harold Morrey Smith fonds

  • CA ON00357 2061
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1920

Fonds contains letters sent by Harold Morrey Smith to his family from military training camps in Ottawa, England and France during the period 29 June 1916 to 22 May 1919. There are some additional items such as a procedure manual for Signal Training (1918), dispersal certificate (1919 May 24), a small encased picture of Jesus Christ, and a student essay written for a Modern History course.

The letters provide an exceptionally clear and vivid picture of both the external and internal worlds of Harold Morrey Smith during the period of his military service. The world outside him is described in great detail: living conditions and social life in the military training camps; training methods and signalling techniques; excursions to towns and cities, and the social life he found outside the camps; religious services attended as well as movies, plays and musicals taken in.

The internal world of Harold Morrey Smith is pictured in as much detail. It is a world shaped both by the moral and religious outlook of Canadian Methodism, and by a broad education in the liberal arts. The mind of a future lawyer is suggested in descriptive passages that are precise and analytical in approach. Other passages, in which the writer's emotions are more visible, express moral and aesthetic opinions. In some instances it appears that the writer seeks to reassure his parents that their distant son is not falling prey to the common vices of military life. Nevertheless, the letters do explore in a frank and insightful way some of his feelings about his routinized existence and the moral complexity of the war he is training to fight. Other subjects discussed in the letters are his attitudes toward his promotion to higher rank, his desire to see "action", his unwillingness to commit himself to a romantic relationship during this period, as well his thoughts about religion, art, writing, and other more abstract topics. Throughout, his closeness to his family and his fondness for the Victoria College community as remembered in Toronto and experienced abroad are evident.

The letters are written in an unusually lucid and vigorous style, which makes their reading generally quite effortless in spite of all the descriptive detail. It is evident that Smith had definite ideas about composition and style, and that he invested a good deal of time in keeping up his correspondence and diaries (the existence of other letters and the diaries are not presently known). Researchers interested in the subjects addressed in the letters to his family are the ultimate beneficiaries of this substantial investment.

Smith, Harold Morrey

Alma E. Wales fonds

  • CA ON00357 2096
  • Fonds
  • 1924–1928

Fonds consists of a scrapbook titled “Some of my College activities and interests,” which includes photographs, ephemera, correspondence and clippings showing activities and events from Alma E. Wales’ years as a student at Victoria University, 1924–1928.

Wales, Alma E.

Richard Davidson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2024
  • Fonds
  • 1902–1944

Fonds consists of correspondence (including records as Principal of Emmanuel College, 1932–1943; notebooks; notebooks, quotations and background material; sermons; prayers and essays; essays and essay notes; essays and addresses; orders of service, worship; Book of Praise material; Book of Common Order material; and lecture notes. Also included is a series of his son's personal letters (John Craig Davidson).

Davidson, Richard

Charles Perry Stacey fonds

  • UTA 1800
  • Fonds
  • 1885-1989

Records documenting C. P. Stacey’s personal life, education, research, teaching, and administrative activities as professor of history and with the Directorate of History, Department of National Defence. Includes: manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, addresses and lectures, publications, subject and research files, student papers, memorabilia, reports, reviews, notes, and clippings.

See accession-level descriptions for further details. The largest accession is B1990-0020 (12.37 m; 72 boxes).

Stacey, C.P.

Francis Huston Wallace fonds

  • CA ON00357 2186
  • Fonds
  • 1839-1936

Fonds consists of mostly personal papers divided into the following series: Studies (1863-1872); Ministry (1871-1926); Finances (1863-1936); Autobiography (1873-1921); Memorabilia (1883-1933); Family Correspondence (1839-1930).

Wallace, Francis Huston

Mary Mamie O'Brien fonds

  • UTA 1625
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1999

Personal records of Mary Mamie O'Brien (1926-1998), philosopher and feminist scholar, Professor Emerita in the Department of Sociology in Education at OISE. Includes files on: her education; professional correspondence; extensive drafts and manuscripts of her research, writings, and addresses; artistic works (poetry, short stories and a play); and photographs of Mary O'Brien with colleagues and friends.

O'Brien, Mary

Ernest Mastromatteo fonds

  • UTA 1524
  • Fonds
  • 1915-2011

This fonds contains records related to the professional activities and personal life of Dr. Ernest Mastromatteo, occupational physician. The bulk of the material in this fonds documents his roles as a medical practitioner, researcher, and occupational health director. The series documenting the activities of the Nickel Producers’ Environmental Research Association, an association Dr. Mastromatteo was heavily involved in during the 1980s, is the largest, with smaller series documenting his career at Inco, his work with the American Conference of Governmental and Industrial Hygienists, and his many projects, case studies, organizations, associations and societies, as well as legal cases he provided testimony in. There is also a relatively large amount of material documenting his research in the form of addresses, and additional material chronicling his time as a student at both the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine and the School of Hygiene.

Records include correspondence, notebooks, publications, drafts, prints, reports, meeting minutes and memoranda.

Mastromatteo, Ernest

Innis Family fonds

  • UTA 1412
  • Fonds
  • 1874-1987

Includes records of the following sous-fonds: Innis Family, Harold A. Innis, Mary Quayle Innis, and Donald Innis. Innis Family sous-fonds includes manuscripts for publications released after H. A. Innis's death including "Empire and communications", "The idea file of Harold A. Innis" and others, paintings, photographs, memorabilia. Harold A. Innis sous-fonds includes manuscripts, speeches, addresses, education and teaching materials, correspondence, personal files, photographs, slides and artifacts. Mary Quayle Innis sous-fonds includes subject files, personal files and memorabilia, personal diaries. Donald Innis sous-fonds includes subject files, and correspondence.

Innis, Harold Adams

Henry G. Acres fonds

  • UTA 1003
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1903

Ink and watercolour drawings by Henry G. Acres as student in mechanical and electrical engineering at the Ontario School of Practical Science from 1900-1903. Each drawing is signed "H.G. Acres" and dated.

Acres, Henry G.

Elizabeth Josephine Allin fonds

  • UTA 1008
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1990

Correspondence, diaries, course notes, lecture notes, notes, manuscripts, publications, and photographs documenting the activities of Elizabeth Josephine Allin, Annie Theresa Reed and Kathleen May Crossley as students, staff and faculty in the Department of Physics, University of Toronto

Allin, Elizabeth Josephine

Gilbert Edward Jackson fonds

  • UTA 1425
  • Fonds
  • [191-?]-1958

The fonds consists of the personal papers of Gilbert Edward Jackson, a former professor of economics at the University of Toronto. Compiled from inventories of three accessions, the fonds documents Mr. Jackson’s career, participation and achievements as an economist, consultant and professor in Canada and England, during the early 1920s to late 1950s, with the greatest emphasis being on the mid 1930s to early 1950s. Arranged chronologically by function, the fond is divided into ten series. They include: Personal material, related to various activities, accomplishments and events that occurred in Mr. Jackson’s private life; Teaching activities; Manuscripts written by Mr. Jackson; the Canadian Tariff Board; the National War Labour Board; the National Selective Service Advisory Board; Other Federal Government research and reports; the Bank of England; his consulting firm, Gilbert Jackson & Associates; and Photographs.

Within the fonds, a cross over among these series exists as the research Mr. Jackson completed for himself was also utilized for assignments produced for other consulting economists and firms. For instance, the research that was completed to write submissions to the Canadian Tariff Board (Series 4) was also utilized to publish articles located in Series 3 (Manuscripts) and Series 9 (Gilbert Jackson & Associates). Related topics can also be found in Series 5 (National War Labour Board) through Series 7 (Other Federal Government research and reports, as they document the extensiveness of Mr. Jackson’s involvement and research completed for the Federal Government of Canada between the late 1920s to 1950s. Although the material within the series are for different Boards, this cross over among the series documents Mr. Jackson’s involvement and active role within the world of Canadian economics during the mid twentieth century.

Although Mr. Jackson taught at the University of Toronto for roughly 15 years, only a small amount of records exist in the fonds that document his teaching career. The records that do exist in Series 2, (Teaching activities) provide a brief overview of the themes covered and issues addressed during his lectures delivered in the 1950’s. However, additional documents related to Mr. Jackson’s academic career at the University of Toronto can be found in Series 3 (Manuscripts), the correspondence in Series 8 (Bank of England), and Series 9 (Gilbert Jackson & Associates) as the records within the files highlight his relationships, activities, teaching and mentoring of graduate students who attended the University of Toronto.

This fonds will be of great interest to researchers studying the financial condition of Canada and England during the Great Depression and First and Second World Wars. An individual who sharpened the minds of the youth at the time, Gilbert Jackson’s fonds documents the ideologies that shaped the economic world of today, as “it has been said that half the leading economists in Canada today studied under him” [1]

NOTES

  1. “Gilbert Edward Jackson”. Wed. 17 Jun. 1959. Newspaper clipping in case file B2004-0026.

Jackson, Gilbert Edward

Robert Gill fonds

  • UTA 1312
  • Fonds
  • 1879-1972 (predominant 1928-1967)

Fonds consists of 3 accessions:

B1973-0012: Consists of microfilm copies (35mm) of Robert Gill's scrapbooks, including program notes, press clippings, and photographs relating to theatre productions in Canada and the United States, particularly at Hart House Theatre and Pittsburgh Playhouse. The accession is described in Series 5. (10 reels, 1929-1967)

B1977-0046: This accession consists of various materials donated by the family of Robert Stanton Gill following his death. It largely chronicles his career as theatre director of Hart House Theatre as well as his involvement in other theatre houses in the United States and Canada. The accession is comprised of four series (1-4). (11 boxes, 1879-1967)

B1995-0028: Two notebooks belonging to Robert Gill, Director of Hart House Theatre, containing notes on 1) lecture notes (1966-1967) and course outlines for a class (1971-1972) and notes on actors; 2) notes on University of British Columbia Opera (1959), Hart House Theatre Summer School (1963?, 1964), course outlines for lectures (1955-1965, 1962-1963), and other notes. This accession is described in Series 6

Gill, Robert Stanton

Alexander Brady fonds

  • UTA 1079
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1884-1985

Fonds consists of 2 accessions

B1986-0018: Personal records of Alexander Brady, consisting of addresses, correspondence and diaries; course and lecture and research notes; administrative files (Department of Political Economy) and subject files; maps, monographs, and photographs, relating primarily to the application of political theory to the evolution of the British and Commonwealth political systems. (253 boxes, ca. 1884-1985)

B1988-0008: Correspondence, notes, pamphlets, press clippings, reports, lecture notes, addresses and manuscripts documenting Alexander Brady's interest in Canadian economic, industrial and constitutional development, modern political thought, and Commonwealth relations. (14 boxes, 1911-1979)

Brady, Alexander

Bernhard Cinader fonds

  • UTA 1138
  • Fonds
  • 1944-2000

Fonds consists of 14 accessions:

B1976-0034: Correspondence, minutes, memoranda and reports relating to Dr. Cinader's activities as president (1969-1974) of the International Union of Immunological Societies.Included are files on the 1st - 4th International Congresses of Immunology. (7 boxes, 1960-1974)

B1977-0009: Correspondence, minutes, financial records, and other material relating to the 2nd International Immunological Congress at Brighton, England, July 22-26, 1974; files on the European Congress for Immunochemistry; abstracts from the 1975 European Immunology Meeting held in Amsterdam. (1 box, 1971-1975)

B1977-0024: Correspondence, minutes, questionnaires, and reports documenting Professor Cinader's activities as president of the Canadian Society for Immunology and the International Union of Immunological Societies, and with the 1st International Congress of Immunology held in Washington, DC in 1971. Series I:International Union of Immunological Societies Series II: International Congress of Immunology (1st : 1971 : Washington, DC); Series III:International Union for Immunology; Series IV:Canadian Society for Immunology. (6 boxes, 1965-1972)

B1979-0063: Correspondence with biologists and immunologists, and articles and research reports relating to Cinader's post at the Lister Institute of Preventative Medicine at the University of London; also material re his appointment to the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto. (2 boxes, 1949-1958)

B1980-0002: Correspondence, position papers, and statements relating to the science policy of the federal government (Joe Clark), 1979, and to lobbying for science policy during the 1980 Canadian general election campaign. (1 box, 1979-1980)

B1980-0018: Records relating to the campaign for "A Science Policy for Canada" (1976-1980) and to the World Health Organization's "Expanded Programme of Research; Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction," including its task force on immunological methods for the regulation of fertility (1980-1984).The latter records document, in part, Dr. Cinader's activities as visiting professor and WHO consultant at the Institute for Research in Reproduction of the Indian Medical Research Council in Bombay. (4 boxes, 1976-1984)

B1983-0014: Records of Dr. Cinader's visit to the USSR, 1975; the 4th European Immunology Meeting in Budapest, 1978; the Workshop on the Immunogenetics of the Rabbit, Bethesda, Maryland, 1978; and the 19th Symposium on Biological Models, Brno, Czechoslovakia, 1980. (2 boxes, 1974-1980)

B1983-0026: Correspondence, minutes, notes, programs, conference proceedings, and publications documenting Dr. Cinader's involvement with World Health Organization task forces and research centres relating to immunology and with the Canadian federation of Biological Sciences. (5 boxes, [197-] - 1982

B1989-0037: Correspondence files entitled "The growth of immunology in Toronto--scientific linkages", including Dr. Cinader's contribution to Pauline Mazumdar's book on the history of immunology; also files on the 6th International Congress of Immunology held in Toronto in 1986. (2 boxes, 1967-1987)

B1990-0038: Preliminary information on the 6th International Congress of Immunology held in Toronto in 1986; further files on the "growth of immunology in Toronto--scientific linkages". (1 box, 1979-1988)

B1992-0015: Correspondence between Dr. Cinader and members of the international and university communities, documenting the activities of various institutes, conferences, and research projects relating to immunology; correspondence relating to Dr. Cinader's activities in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Toronto, including the Institute of Immunology, the Clinical Immunology Co-ordinating Committee and the World Health Organization; records relating to international conferences on immunology, including the 6th International Congress on Immunology (1986, Toronto), of which Dr. Cinader was a key organizer. (4 boxes, 1967-1992)

B1996-0017: Correspondence memoranda, notes, drafts of addresses and articles, lecture notes, grant applications and conference files documenting Dr. Bernhard Cinader's activities as an immunologist at the University of Toronto and in connection with numerous national and international immunological organizations. (26 boxes, 1949-ca. 1992)

B2001-0023: Records document the career of renown immunologist Bernhard Cinader of the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine.Series include biographical files, correspondence, reports, conference files, lectures and addresses, research data and photo albums. (6 boxes, 1970-1995)

B2002-0008: Records document the career of renown immunologist Bernhard Cinader of the Department of Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine.Series include biographical files and honours, correspondence, conference files, lectures and addresses, association files and photo albums. (2 boxes and 1 item, 1944-1997)

Cinader, Bernhard

Fr. Edward A. Synan fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1929 - 1997

This fonds contains the files of Edward Aloysius Synan, accumulated during his time as Chair of the Department of Philosophy at Seton Hall University, his time as professor of philosophy at the University of St. Michael's College and the University of Toronto, and his time as professor of mediaeval philosophy at the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. His files also include materials from his time as President of the Pontifical Institute.

Materials include:

  • papers, addresses, and sermons
  • conference notes and presentations
  • Projects
  • Correspondence
  • Class and teaching materials
  • Dreyfus materials
  • Solidarity materials

Synan, Edward A.

Sidney Earle Smith fonds

  • UTA 1788
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1961

Personal records of Sidney Earle Smith, President of the University from 1945 to 1957. Consists of two accessions, the bulk of which are in accession B1972-0001. Includes speeches, addresses, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings and files created while Minister of External Affairs, 1957-1959. Also includes photos of various events and ceremonies on campus while Smith was President.

Accession B2004-0030 consists of correspondence and attachments from Gilbert E. Jackson, head of Gilbert E. Jackson & Associates to Sidney Earle Smith relating to the work of the Canadian Council for Economic Studies.

Smith, Sidney Earle

Newton Price Harcourt Brown fonds

  • UTA 1089
  • Fonds
  • [191-]-1982

Fonds consists of 4 accessions of records. See accession-level descriptions for further detail.

Brown, Harcourt

University of Toronto. Division of University Extension fonds

  • UTA 0083
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1979

This fonds contains 10 accessions from the Division of University Extension (formerly knows as the Department of University Extension). See accession-level descriptions for more details.

University of Toronto. Division of University Extension

University of Toronto. Devonshire House fonds

  • UTA 0268
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1997

This fonds contains 4 accessions from the University of Toronto Devonshire House. See accesion-level descriptions for details.

University of Toronto. Devonshire House

Hershell Ezrin fonds

  • UTA 1232
  • Fonds
  • 1947- 2017

Fonds consists of material related to the professional life of Hershell Ezrin, in particular his career in provincial and federal government. Records document his transition between roles as Canadian Consul, Executive Director of the Canadian Unity Information Office, and later, Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier, David Peterson. Extensive correspondence and press clippings reflect professional moves as well as the large network of individuals surrounding Ezrin in his positions in both the public and corporate sectors. The fonds also consists of addresses given by Ezrin following his time at Queen’s Park, personal and family correspondence and photographs, as well as images and publicity material related to the negotiations and patriation of the Constitution Act. Additionally, the fonds consists of Mr. Ezrin’s collection of editorial cartoons and bibliographic material. See series descriptions for additional details.

Ezrin, Hershell

George S.N. Luckyj fonds

  • UTA 1493
  • Fonds
  • 1869-2001, predominant 1900-2001

Consists of records documenting the life and career of George S. N. Luckyj as a professor in and chair of the Department of Slavic Studies at the University of Toronto and as a scholar of Ukrainian literature.

See accession-level descriptions for further details.

Luckyj, George S.N.

University of Toronto Schools (UTS) fonds

  • UTA 0280
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1939

This fonds contains 3 small accessions from the University of Toronto Schools. See accession-level description for details.

University of Toronto Schools

University of Toronto Libraries. Reference Department fonds

  • UTA 0282
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1975

This fonds contains 8 accessions from the Reference Department (officially Robarts Reference & Research Services). See accession-level descriptions for details.

University of Toronto Libraries

University of Toronto. Athletic Association fonds

  • UTA 1858
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1971

This fonds from the University of Toronto's Athletic Association contains 2 accessions. See accession-level descriptions for details.

University of Toronto. Athletic Association

Conference on the Future of the Canadian Confederation fonds

  • UTA 0287
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1979

This accession contains 4 accessions from the Conference on the Future of the Canadian Confederation. See accession-level descriptions for details.

Conference on the Future of the Canadian Confederation

Francis Norman Hughes fonds

  • UTA 1400
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1993

Fonds consists of two accessions of records documenting the career of Francis Norman Hughes as Professor and Dean of the Ontario College of Pharmacists and the Faculty of Pharmacy.

B1987-0010: Lecture, thesis, and course notes relating to the Ontario College of Pharmacists, the Faculty of Pharmacy, Ontario College of Pharmacy University Extension Course, notes and minutes on the President's Committee on Household Science, addresses, articles, minutes of the Canadian Medical Association Committee on Pharmacy, World Health Organization lists and pamphlets, minutes, correspondence, reviews and publications relating to the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals. (8 boxes, 1928-1980)

B1994-0028: Correspondence, addresses, a report authored by Hughes regarding pharmaceutical education in Newfoundland and copies of a column he wrote regarding student life at the Ontario College of Pharmacist in "Drug Merchandising" (1928). Also includes several scrap books containing correspondence, awards, photographs, press clippings, programs and other memorabilia documenting Dr. Hughes' achievements. (4 boxes, 1929-1993)

Hughes, Francis Norman

Edna W. Park fonds

  • UTA 1640
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1978

Personal records of Edna W. Park, graduate and Professor in the Faculty of Household Science. Includes personal correspondence, diplomas, certificates and photoprints relating to early education and family; lecture notes and teaching materials relating to Household science at the University of Toronto, copies of papers by other authors from conferences attended; reports and other materials relating to the U. of T. review of the Faculty of Food Sciences (1971-1973). Also includes records on the Household Science Alumnae Association and other materials such as scrapbook documenting the history of household science studies in general and at the University of Toronto. Additional material includes correspondence and other papers of Annie L. Laird. Some material of Ruth Park, sister of Edna Park.

Park, Edna Wilhelmine

Beth Follett/Pedlar Press Papers

  • CA OTUTF MS COLL 00747
  • Manuscript Collection
  • 1960-2013

This accession contains manuscripts, drafts, proofs, correspondence, reviews and other material related to Pedlar Press and the life and work of Beth Follett.

Follett, Beth

Robert Allan Spencer fonds

  • UTA 1797
  • Fonds
  • 1919-2012

This fonds documents the administrative and teaching duties of Robert Spencer, as a Professor Emeritus of History and a specialist in European history, especially German history in the 19th and 20th centuries. They also document his education and his participation in World War II; his extensive international research, publications and speaking engagements; as well as his involvement with professional associations and organizations such as the University of Toronto Contingent, Canadian Officers Training Corps (COTC), the International Studies Programme and the Graduate Centre for International Studies, Altantik-Brücke, and the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). Included is personal correspondence, correspondence with international organizations, government departments, embassies and consulates; lecture notes; manuscripts and addresses.

Also present are two sous-fonds. The first is the personal papers of his wife, Ruth Margaret Church Spencer, who served with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRENS) during World War II as a base librarian and afterwards as the first professional librarian at Canada House in London. The second consists of files compiled by Ralph Flenley, a specialist in German history and sometime chair of the Department of History: examination questions, student mark books, and drafts of an unpublished manuscript on Anglo-German relations.

Spencer, Robert Allan

Madawaska Club fonds

  • UTA 1514
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1983

Consists of records documenting the founding and early activities of the Madawaska Club of Go Home Bay, Ontario. See finding aid and/or accession-level description for further details.

Madawaska Club

Peter H. Brieger fonds

  • UTA 1061
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1987

Fonds consists of records documenting the life and work of Dr. Peter H. Brieger, including his early career in Germany and his later research on medieval manuscripts and the Bible. Records include correspondence, notebooks, lectures, articles, research notes and manuscripts. One series also documents the activities of the Fine Art Club at the University of Toronto. Photographs consists of those taken of illuminated manuscripts, for research purposes.

Brieger, Peter

Peter W. Nesselroth fonds

  • UTA 1608
  • Fonds
  • 1958-2015; predominant 1980-2010

Personal records of Professor Peter W. Nesselroth, documenting his career as a professor of French literature for the Centre of Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and his published academic work on subjects covering French literature, Isidore Ducasse, Surrealism, literary theory, semiotics and psychoanalytics. The emphasis is on his academic writing from the 1970s through to the 2010s, with Isidore Ducasse (Lautréamont) and Jacques Derrida figuring prominently as subjects. Academic honours and teaching material for graduate courses at the University of Toronto and professional correspondence are also included.

Included are Professor Nesselroth’s MA and PhD theses, correspondence, course readings lists and syllabi, drafts and off-prints of academic articles, drafts of addresses, conference programs and photographs.

Nesselroth, Peter W.

Clark/Moogk Family fonds

  • UTA 1150
  • Fonds
  • 1925-1978

Personal records of Ernest George Moogk; his wife, Virginia Marguerite Clark Moogk; and his daughter, Marguerite Emma Moogk Hunt.
See accession-level descriptions for further information.

Moogk, Ernest George

Toronto School of Medicine fonds

  • UTA 1832
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1902

Fonds consists of:

  • Bound minute book of the Corporation of the Toronto School of Medicine, 1877-1902
  • 2 photoprints of Second and Third-Year Students of the Toronto School of Medicine,1870-1871

Toronto School of Medicine

Omond McKillop Solandt fonds

  • UTA 1791
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1994

When Dr. Solandt started donating his personal records to the University of Toronto Archives in 1988, beginning with his certificates and diplomas, the richness, diversity, and volume of the material still to come was only hinted at. Over the next five years further donations were made, punctuated by telephone conversations about the need for still more boxes and folders and archival methods of arrangement and description. Dr. Solandt was very interested in our professional approach to managing his records and was determined (as always, I was to discover) to do things in the proper manner. Twenty years after his death his widow, Vaire, donated the last of his personal records; they had been partially arranged by Dr. Solandt and stored above the garage at the Wolfe Den.

Dr. Solandt’s running commentary on his past life, as the boxes piled up for transfer to the Archives, proved of considerable assistance. I faced a huge volume of records documenting wide-ranging, complex, and often inter-related events, which he had divided into categories roughly equivalent to his numerous activities. These were to form the basis of most of the forty-six series in this inventory. In addition, beginning several years before, he had undertaken to do what few individuals have ever had the time or the inclination to attempt – an overview of each principal activity. There are more than twenty of these, totalling several hundred pages. Each demonstrates the clarity of thought and an understanding of the essentials of any problem facing him that characterized his work and enabled him often to juggle several divergent projects at once. They proved invaluable as I sought to make sense of the mountain of material in front of me, and should be equally useful to researchers.

The records, dating from 1915 to 1994, encompass most of the media one might expect to find in an archives, the bulk being textual records, graphic material (primarily photographs and slides), maps and plans, and publications. The material pertaining to his personal life consists primarily of biographical files (including press coverage), correspondence and diaries, files on his travels and, especially, on his canoe trips as part of the “Voyageurs” group.

Most of the records, not surprisingly, document his extraordinarily active and productive professional life, from the beginning of World War II to the end of the 1980s. The earlier portions of his career, especially his years with the Defence Research Board, Canadian National Railways, de Havilland, and the Electric Reduction Company are not well represented here as the records are largely found elsewhere. The volume of records begin to pick up in the mid-1960s and the greatest strength is to be found in those generated from the early 1970s on, when Dr. Solandt’s activities became complex indeed, with directorships in many companies, many consultancies, trusteeships and advisory committees. Three activities which seemed to please him most were ...the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories [1976-1982]..consultancies for international agricultural and medical research [1975-1988]...and Senior Consultant to the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto, enabling him to retain a close association with the University.

This finding aid for this fonds is arranged by series, with the accessions clearly designated. In the series that are grouped by activity, the arrangement, once career changes are identified, is largely chronological. The principal concentration of activity in any project is the determining factor in the order. Organizations that predominate in one series may be represented in another, particularly those dealing with international agricultural and medical research, such as the umbrella Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research. Most accessions have more than one series.

Dr. Solandt’s abiding interest in scientific research and development is a recurring theme throughout and was instrumental, for instance, to his agreeing to chair the newly established Science Council of Canada (1966) and in joining the IMASCO/CDC Research Foundation (1978). Similarly, it was his acknowledged excellence as a manager that, in later years, brought him into contact with the international research agencies that needed professional advice on internal structural problems. On another level, the canoe trips he began at the age of 41 nurtured an interest in wilderness conservation and, subsequently, involvement with the Quetico Foundation and the Wilderness Research Foundation. One factor linking all these activities was Dr. Solandt’s inter-disciplinary approach to ideas and problem solving; it is a recurring theme in his correspondence and in his introductions to the series.

Solandt, O. M.

Hart House Theatre fonds

  • UTA 0121
  • Fonds
  • 1894 -1974

This fonds contains 4 accessions from the Hart House Theatre. See accession-level descriptions for more details.

Hart House Theatre

University of Toronto. Faculty of Medicine fonds

  • UTA 0105
  • Fonds
  • 1880-2016

This fonds consists of 57 accessions from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. Many of the accessions are from the Office of the Dean, while others are from other administrative units and programs. See accession-level descriptions for more details.

University of Toronto. Faculty of Medicine

George Lambert fonds

  • CA OTUFM 08
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1971

Fonds includes memorabilia , photographs, correspondence, lecture notes, brochures and programs.

Lambert, George James

Vida Coatsworth fonds

  • CA OTUFM 23
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1964, predominant 1920-1924

Fonds consists of a collection of signed portraits, mainly dated 1920-1924: Eva Clare, Herbert A. Fricker, Ernest Hutcheson, Isidor Philipp, Augustus S. Vogt, Paul Wells, Ernest F. White.

Coatsworth, Vida

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