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John D. Robins fonds

  • CA ON00357 2155
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1952

Fonds consists of the following series: Records relating to teaching,1924-1952; Records relating to writing and editing, 1944-1951; and Student records, 1909-1913, [ca. 1926].

Robins, John D.

John Fletcher McLaughlin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2043
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1980

Fonds consists of personal correspondence, 1878-1933; correspondence re death, 1933-1934; correspondence re biography; diaries, 1876-1892; addresses, prayers, sermons, notes, and articles; clippings; and drafts of biography by Roberta Irwin.

McLaughlin, John Fletcher

John Hugh Michael fonds

  • CA ON00357 2040
  • Fonds
  • 1898-[194-]

Fonds consists of papers which are primarily undated: sermons, papers, journal articles, papers, commentaries, and notes and rough drafts.

Michael, John Hugh

John James Maclaren fonds

  • CA ON00357 2102
  • Fonds
  • 1884–1890

Fonds consists of correspondence of Justice John James Maclaren concerning University of Toronto federation, 1884–1890.

Maclaren, John James

John Line fonds

  • CA ON00357 2046
  • Fonds
  • 1931–1955

Fonds consists of lecture notes; addresses, 1931, 1955; and published articles.

Line, John

John Mercel Robson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2128
  • Fonds
  • 1934–1995

Fonds consists of: Correspondence, 1947–1986; Records and memorabilia relating to early education and personal life, 1934–1995; Articles and other writing, 1959–1994; Records relating to research and projects, 1943–1990; Records relating to academic life and community service, 1959–1989; and Photographs, [1951], n.d.

Robson, John Mercel

John Potts fonds

  • CA ON00357 2105
  • Fonds
  • 1906–1908

Fonds consists of copies of outgoing letters primarily relating to personal matters; includes copies of letters written by others after Rev. Potts’ death, relating to his personal affairs.

Potts, John

John Ratcliffe Grant fonds

  • CA ON00357 2145
  • Fonds
  • 1935-1983, predominantly 1940s and 1950s

Fonds consists of personal papers of John Ratcliffe Grant, 1942-1983, including his doctoral thesis on Ancient Roman History for Harvard University, 1946.

Grant, John Ratcliffe

John Templeton Program on Science and Religion (Toronto, Ont.). fonds

  • CA ON00357 2146
  • Fonds
  • 1994-1999

Fonds consists of records of the Director, Dr. Thadeus Trenn, and the Administrative Assistant, Gordon Baker, and includes correspondence, reports, memoranda, notes, evaluations, lists, program material, financial and other records relating to the year’s activities, 1994-1999, which were primarily concerned with hosting annual Advanced Summer Workshops, 1996-1999; correspondence, notes, program material and other records relating to workshops attended by Dr. Trenn in Tallahassee, Florida, 1995-1999; correspondence, reports, lists, program material, memoranda and other records relating to a regional meeting, 1996-1998; and correspondence/subject files, 1995-1999, which include correspondence with various academics and Templeton Program administrators, and files re the closure of the Toronto connection to the Program.

John Templeton Program on Science and Religion (Toronto, Ont.)

John Wilson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2130
  • Fonds
  • 1847–1861

Fonds consists of manuscript of address to the alumni, 1861, diploma from Trinity College, Dublin, 1847, undated lecture notes/sermons of John Wilson, Professor of Latin and Greek/Classical Literature/Biblical Criticism and Antiquities/Exegesis and Literature of the New Testament, at Victoria College /University, 1848–1899.

Wilson, John

Judy Caldecott Fleming fonds

  • CA ON00357 2134
  • Fonds
  • 1958–1960

Fonds consists of a file, 1958–1960, containing Victoria College Union Council freshman orientation material, financial records, agenda, correspondence, election material and social calendar.

Fleming, Judy Caldecott

Julia Ching fonds

  • CA ON00357 2136
  • Fonds
  • 1970–2000

Fonds consists of correspondence/subject files, 1970-2000; includes incoming and outgoing correspondence, reports, programmes, newsletters, clippings and other published material relating to professional colleagues, theologian Hans Kung, the Royal Society of Canada, career at University of Toronto, publishing, conferences and other academic events, organizations, translation work, work done for legal cases, and various scholarly and religious issues.

Ching, Julia

Kathleen Cowan fonds

  • CA ON00357 2114
  • Fonds
  • 1907–1911

Fonds consists of diary kept by Kathleen Cowan during her years as a student at Victoria University and a resident at Annesley Hall, 1907-1910.

Cowan, Kathleen

Kenneth Harrington Cousland fonds

  • CA ON00357 2036
  • Fonds
  • 1909-[ca. 1987]

Fonds consists of early papers, 1909-1929; sermons, 1925-1966; prayers, [n.d.]; lecture notes [n.d.]; papers relating to choirs and music, 1947-1963; papers relating continuing education and the training of ministers, 1923-1963; papers relating to events at Emmanuel College, 1941-1965; papers relating to United Church history and archives, 1932-1965; papers relating to Cousland's book on the founding of Emmanuel College; resume; a book of hymns by R.B.Y. Scott, [ca. 1987]; and correspondence relating to students taught by Cousland, and essays examined by him.

Cousland, Kenneth Harrington

Kingsley Joblin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2171
  • Fonds
  • [199–?]–[ca. 2003]

Fonds consists of photocopy of manuscript of memoirs of Kingsley Joblin, reminiscing about his student days and teaching career at Victoria University, 1929–2003.

Joblin, Kingsley

Lester B. Pearson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2176
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1924

Fonds consists of scrapbook compiled by Pearson that contains the following material relating to his student years at Victoria University, 1913-1919: first letter from University; ephemera from events and activities, including "The Bob" and the Union Literary Society, lectures, receptions and dinner; clippings; examination results statements; and convocation programmes. The scrapbook also contains the letter appointing Pearson Lecturer in History, 1923; and clippings of letters written by Pearson during his service in World War I, and published in a newspaper.

Pearson, Lester Bowles

Lorna Fraser fonds

  • CA ON00357 2116
  • Fonds
  • 1966-1974

Fonds consists of notes; clippings; extracts of Board of Regents and Senate minutes re Medicine, 1857-1891; correspondence; articles and other research material, 1966-1974, apparently brought together for an article titled "Phoenix: Medicine at Victoria 1854-1892" published in "Vic Report" May 1974.

Fraser, Lorna D.

M.L. Knight fonds

  • CA ON00357 2123
  • Fonds
  • 1991–1996

Fonds consists of the following material from M.L. Knight: script of speech (with a brief biography) about the design and composition of the Victoria College Collage, 1996; 21 slides of the Collage (17 to accompany the script); labelled and mounted research/background material for the Collage, 1991–1992.

Knight, M.L. (Mary Louise)

Margaret Burwash fonds

  • CA ON00357 2045
  • Fonds
  • 1867–1922

Fonds consists of correspondence, primarily incoming and family (includes some correspondence to Nathanael Burwash), 1867–1922; and correspondence, minutes and reports regarding Annesley Hall, 1900–1913.

Burwash, Margaret

Margaret Eleanor Theodora Addison fonds

  • CA ON00357 2097
  • Fonds
  • 1875–1941

Fonds consists of diaries, 1900–1912, family correspondence, 1875–1931, notes, clippings, publications, biographical material, 1941, scrapbook, a portrait and a monogrammed handkerchief.

Addison, Margaret Eleanor Theodora

Margaret V. Ray fonds

  • CA ON00357 2110
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1965

Fonds consists of correspondence, reports (including photographs), notes, addresses, printed material and other records re Margaret Ray’s investigation of the Germans from Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) settlements at St. Walburg, Saskatchewan and Tupper Creek, British Columbia, on behalf of the Sub-Committee on Refugees of the University of Toronto Women's War Service Committee and her own research interest in refugees and immigration, [ca. 1940]-1952; correspondence, reports, photographs and other material re "rehabilitation" of Indians in British Columbia, particularly the Okanagan Society for Revival of Indian Arts and Crafts, [ca. 1940]-1948; typescript of play written by Margaret Ray relating to Victoria University, [n.d.]; personal records, 1942-1965, including correspondence, typescripts of plays, poems, reviews of "A Book of Canadian Humour" (edited by Ray and J.D. Robins), and material relating to the Okanagan Society.

Ray, Margaret V.

Mary Dorothy Drever fonds

  • CA ON00357 2129
  • Fonds
  • 1929–1933

Fonds consists of student’s handbook with daily entries describing Mary Dorothy Drever’s life as a student at Victoria University, 1929–1933.

Drever, Mary Dorothy

May Lathe fonds

  • CA ON00357 2140
  • Fonds
  • [between 1928 and 1932]

Fonds consists of three notebooks containing work in Latin prose Composition done by student May Lathe (Class of 1932).

Hambly, May Smith Lathe

Mildred Brockie fonds

  • CA ON00357 2099
  • Fonds
  • 1926–1963

Fonds consists of clippings, 1926, ephemera and photographs [1934?]–1938, 1963.

Brockie, Mildred Irene Lloyd

Ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church fonds

  • CA ON00357 2092
  • Fonds
  • 1837–1888

Fonds consists of minutes of annual meetings of the Ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1837-1856, 1860-1861 as well as minutes of the Faculty of Theology and Board of Examiners.

Ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church

Miriam Sheridan fonds

  • CA ON00357 2112
  • Fonds
  • 1916–1980

Fonds 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

Murray A. Cayley fonds

  • CA ON00357 2184
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1922

The fonds consists of a scrapbook assembled by Murray A. Cayley that focuses mainly on the activities of the various musical and dramatic clubs of which he was a member. It includes newspaper clippings, posters and announcements, and programmes for concerts and plays. The scrapbook also contains many ephemera items from his time at Vic, including programmes and invitations for the Freshman and Senior Receptions, Senior Dinners and Graduating Class Dinners as well as Admit to Lectures cards, class schedules, and Hart House membership cards.

Cayley, Murray Alexander

Nathanael Burwash fonds

  • CA ON00357 2042
  • Fonds
  • 1845-1927; predominant 1865-1915

In his capacities as a minister, teacher and administrator, Nathanael Burwash exerted tremendous influence on both the course of the Methodist Church in Canada and the development of the educational system in Ontario for over half a century. In view of this dual role, Burwash's papers are of cardinal interest to religious and educational historians; nevertheless, they also contain valuable insights into the political, social and economic conditions in Canada between 1860 and the end of the First World War. The collection held by the Archives includes a large selection of Burwash's correspondence, diaries, sermons, addresses, essays, lectures, manuscripts, and biographical material.

Burwash's correspondence has been organized chronologically and thematically. The bulk of the material has been classified as general correspondence, but, where the volume or importance of correspondence on a particular subject warranted, a separate file was created. When ever possible, Burwash's replies were placed with the letters in response to which they were written. The major portion of the correspondence relates to the administration of Victoria College: included are letters from students seeking advice, requests for academic recommendations and honourary degrees, applications for staff openings and salary increases, questions concerning curriculum and examinations and debates over the relationship between the university and the government. The close ties between Victoria and other Methodist institutions such as Albert College, Columbian Methodist College and Wesley College in Winnipeg are clearly illustrated. Information concerning the university's financial arrangements and endowments has largely been segregated, but the researcher should also scan the general correspondence and the Massey family correspondence for a more complete picture. The family correspondence provides insights into Burwash's private opinions and reflects many values of Canadian family life. Although there are occasional questions regarding spiritual matters, the problems of training young men for the ministry or mission work, there are not as many as might be expected from the nature of Burwash's involvements. The bulk of the religious correspondence deals with the issue of Higher Criticism (particularly the Workman and Jackson controversies). Because Burwash was generally perceived to be a moderate liberal in theological matters, he received solicitations for support from both conservatives and radicals within the Methodist Church.

Although a number of the diaries are little more than listings of appointments and meetings, others are detailed accounts of Burwash's daily activities as a young preacher and professor and outline the nature of his spiritual concerns. The division of the remainder of the material into sermons, addresses, lectures, articles, essays, and manuscripts was often difficult and, of necessity, occasionally arbitrary. Within each category, the material was arranged chronologically. Generally, any piece containing a text (unless a title indicated otherwise) was classified as a sermon; pieces addressed to an audience (usually without a text) were labelled as addresses or lectures. The lecture notes contain examples of Burwash's work both as a student and as a teacher. Compositions which seem to have been written strictly for publication rather than for an audience were considered to be essays, articles, or manuscripts. The collection includes the complete manuscript for A Manual of Christian Theology in the Inductive Method and the manuscript and several drafts of The History of Victoria College.

Burwash's writings reflect an emphasis on the inner spiritual life of the individual and the importance of such Wesleyan traditions as Christian perfection. His work was an interesting example of a nineteenth century struggle to reconcile spiritual and scientific truths, although like most Methodists he was confident that all modes of truth were ultimately harmonious. Burwash's articulation of Wesleyan doctrine was designed to separate superficial and fundamental concepts in order to prepare a doctrinal basis for church union. The biographical and autobiographical material,initially prepared by Burwash and subsequently by his eldest son Edward,is incomplete in that it deals only with the period of Burwash's life prior to the 1890's. However, it contains interesting information on the nature of the educational system in Ontario, the lifestyle of a young preacher in both rural and urban stations, and the problems facing Victoria College immediately prior to federation.

The fonds is arranged in five series: Correspondence, 1965-1925; Diaries and journal, 1859-1914; Writing, 1860-1917; Notes and manuscripts, 1862-1923; and Records, 1863-1927.

Burwash, Nathanael

Nellie Greenwood fonds

  • CA ON00357 2120
  • Fonds
  • 1950–1959

Fonds consists of manuscript, [195–?] (and photocopy) of reminiscences of Nellie Greenwood concerning her years at Victoria College, 1880–1884.

Greenwood, Nellie

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

Richard Pinch Bowles fonds

  • CA ON00357 2060
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1947

Fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence re family, friends, Victoria University, charities and social and other activities and interests, [n.d.], 1913–1929; addresses for special Victoria University occasions, and on various subjects including theology and the relationship of students to the university, [n.d.], 1919–1928; baccalaureate addresses, 1915, 1916, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928; address by Bowles and addresses by others at his installation as President, 1913; lecture notes, [n.d.]; manuscripts of theological articles/books, 1946–1947; and a historical account of Dr. Bowles ancestors.

Bowles, Richard Pinch

Richard Seymour Kelly fonds

  • CA ON00357 2100
  • Fonds
  • 1849-1851

Fonds consists of photocopy of a certificate re R.S. Kelly's teaching performance at Victoria College from President Rev. A. McNab, 1849: photocopy of manuscript titled "A Course of lectures on astronomy", 1851 (O/S).

Kelly, Richard Seymour

Roberta Irwin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2044
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1976

Fonds consists of notes, drafts and final version of biography of John Fletcher McLaughlin, [ca. 1972]; record of McLaughlin family; correspondence re McLaughlin scholarship, 1969–1970; family correspondence, 1913–1976; and photographs.

Irwin, Roberta

Rose Hannah Barker fonds

  • CA ON00357 2115
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1951, predominant 1885-1944

Fonds consists of diaries, 1885-1944, which reveal the activities and concerns of the Victoria University Library; correspondence, 1881-1941; 15 photographs; a handwritten copy of "The Old Ontario Strand", 1910 (copied by Annie Barker); and Annie Barker's will, 1951.

Barker, Rose Hannah

Ross Malcolm Taylor fonds

  • CA ON00357 2122
  • Fonds
  • 1914

Fonds consists of bible presented to Ross Taylor by the Victoria College Y.M.C.A., 1914.

Taylor, Ross Malcolm

Samuel Sobieski Nelles fonds

  • CA ON00357 2038
  • Fonds
  • 1842-1962

During his thirty-seven years as a teacher and administrator at Victoria College, Samuel Nelles made an indelible imprint on both the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the system of higher education in Ontario. Consequently, his papers possess significant research value for religious, intellectual, and educational historians. The collection held by the Archives is a fairly representative sampling of Nelles' correspondence, essays, articles, sermons, speeches, addresses, lectures, and notes. The earliest material dates from his student days in the early 1840's, and the last records were written only days before his death in 1887.

Fonds consists of the following series: Correspondence, 1856–1962; Diaries and journals, 1846–1887; Essays and articles, 1842–1896; Sermons, 1848–1888; Speeches and addresses, 1842–1887; Lectures, 1854–1887; Notebooks of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays and notes, 1847–1887; Writing and memorabilia, 1846–1902; and Material relating to Victoria College, 1851–1884.

Nelles, Samuel Sobieski

Sparling Family fonds

  • CA ON00357 2168
  • Fonds
  • 1929–[1933?]

Fonds consists of a diary describing life as a student at Victoria University, 1929–[1933?]. The diary is noted as belonging to Florence Sparling, however, it may have been written by several people [handwriting varies greatly]

Sparling

Thain Wendell MacDowell fonds

  • CA ON00357 2101
  • Fonds
  • 1917

Fonds consists of photcopies of military dispatches sent by MacDowell to report on his activities on the battlefront of Europe.

MacDowell, Thain Wendell

The Strand fonds

  • CA ON00357 2182
  • Fonds
  • 1983-1997

Fonds includes various records, 1983-1997, including constitution, correspondence and photographs used in publications.

The Strand

Upper Canada Academy fonds

  • CA ON00357 2084
  • Fonds
  • 1831-1849

Fonds consists of records related to the founding of Upper Canada Academy, which later became Victoria College. Records includes the Royal Charter, constitutions, financial records, register of students and notebooks of Reverend John Beatty and Matthew Richey. Also included are one series of minutes: Minutes of the Upper Canada Academy Building Committee, 1831-1836; Minutes of the Upper Canada Academy and Victoria College Managing Committee, 1836-1843; and minutes of the Victoria College Financial Committee, 1843-1849.

Upper Canada Academy

Victoria Chapter of the University of Toronto Faculty Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2149
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1999, predominant 1970-1987

Fonds consists of minutes, correspondence files, memoranda of agreement, and correspondence/subject files relating to pensions, salaries, tenure, retirement, benefits and other issues.

Victoria Chapter of the University of Toronto Faculty Association

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board fonds

  • CA ON00357 2086
  • Fonds
  • 1841-1889

Fonds 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. Fonds also consists of records of committees of the Victoria College Board, including the Building Committee.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2005
  • Fonds
  • 1857–1893

Fonds consists of constitution, 1857; minutes, 1857–1893; correspondence (letterbooks), 1870–1882; treasurer's books, 1857–1892; and library record book, 1885–1891.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies fonds

  • CA ON00357 2089
  • Fonds
  • 1846–1852

Fonds consists of constitutions, by-laws and minutes of the following societies: Calliopean Association, 1846; Fraternitas, 1847–1849; Polyhymnia, 1849–1850; and Philo–Rhetorician, 1850–1852.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Philalethic Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2088
  • Fonds
  • [1839?]–1842

Fonds consists of minutes of the Upper Canada Academy Philalethic Society, [1939?]–1841 (1988.084V), and photocopy of manuscript of student periodical “The Philomath”, 1842 (1987.249V).

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Philalethic Society

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). President's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2090
  • Fonds
  • 1849

Fonds consists of a notebook from 1849 possibly belonging to Egerton Ryerson with notes about approaches for the University of Victoria College and about the value of his books left in Cobourg. Fonds also contains memoranda of daily appointments and reminders of President S.S. Nelles, 1875-1880 and finally, a record of theological students, marks (incomplete), 1875-1877.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). President's Office

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