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Victoria University Archives Subseries
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Bible course

Sub-series consists of records relating to Johnston's teaching of the Bible course at Victoria College, 1961-2008, including course outlines, assignment descriptions, lecture notes, and some student work and information.

Graduate courses

Sub-series consists of records relating to Johnston's teaching of graduate courses, 1976-2005, including course syllabi, handouts, lecture notes, and bibliographies.

General correspondence of Edward Wilson Wallace

The subject matter of the letters in this series reflects both the administrative and ceremonial duties performed by Wallace in his dual role as President and Chancellor.

It was during Wallace's tenure that the daily administration of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges became the province of their Principals (called Deans between 1944 and 1951), leaving the President responsible for "general oversight with special emphasis on finance and relations with the Church and the public." [Sissons, 307] The financial difficulties engendered by the depression are manifestly evident in the correspondence--in terms of both long-range planning and the daily running of the University. Letters deal with property, salaries, appointments, curriculum, the granting of honorary degrees, scholarships and bursaries, convocations, and other functions of both a social and academic nature, the nature of Victoria's relationship with the United Church, the University of Toronto and other educational and church-related institutions.

Like Bowles' correspondence, Wallace's letters demonstrate a strong personal commitment to the students at Victoria--letters of advice and recommendation are common. Again, the letters provide considerable insight into the spiritual, educational and philosophical views of the President. Because Wallace had spent twenty-three years in missionary and educational work in China before taking on the Presidency, the series contains a great deal of material relating to overseas missions, particularly the West China Union University. Wallace's term was plagued by his ill-health: in 1933 he developed cancer and was forced to take an extended leave; a recurrence of the disease in 1940 led to a second leave and his resignation the following year.

During both these periods, his duties were assumed by the Principal of Victoria College, Walter T. Brown. As a result, some correspondence relating to the President's Office for 1939-1940 is located with the correspondence of the Victoria College Principal, 1932-1941 (Accession No. 1987.067V).

General correspondence of Walter T. Brown

While it contains material very similar to that found in the general correspondence files of Brown's predecessors, the series is smaller in size than the previous two, reflecting the fact that the bulk of Brown's correspondence is to be found in the general and specialized subject files which form separate series. The letters discuss fund-raising and finances, as well as more academic matters such as appointments and curriculum. Under the Victoria University Act of 1944, the offices of President and Chancellor were separated for the first time since 1884, reflecting the increasingly onerous administrative duties of the President. Brown and his successors as President relinquished some of their ceremonial functions in favour of the title of Vice-Chancellor. Brown's presidency was ground-breaking in another sense as well: although trained in theology, he was the first layman to hold the position. Victoria's relationship with the United Church, nevertheless, continued to be of vital importance. Brown's term of office was a stressful one, encompassing as it did severe financial deficits requiring careful economy and aggressive fund-raising, the disruption of the Second World War, and then the strain placed upon Victoria's physical and human resources by booming enrollment in the immediate post-war years. Despite these heavy demands, Brown continued the policy of his predecessors in becoming personally acquainted with every student at Victoria and Emmanuel.

Records relate to fund raising, finances, curriculum, appointments, and the disruption of the Second World War

Records of the Planning Committee

Series includes minutes of meetings and reports of the Planning Committee as well as it's sub-committees, including the Women's Building Committee. Series also includes correspondence of the Chairman of the Committee (mainly with Fleury and Arthur Architects, Horwood & White Architects), correspondence with the Building Committee and correspondence of the Chairman of the Building Committee. Also includes records related to planning for growth of the university to accommodate growing enrollment and planning for buildings including Emmanuel College. as well as condition of housing, Wymilwood Student Union and Annesley Hall.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Planning Committee

Records of the New Academic Building Committee (Northrop Frye Hall)

Sub-series consists of meeting minutes and the correspondence of the Secretary. Also consists of contracts and other legal records, records regarding furnishings, structural, mechanical and electrical specifications as well as architectural drawings.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents New Academic Building Committee

Records relating to Minto Development

Sub-series consists of lease/purchase agreements, reports, appeals and other legal records, correspondence and other records re Minto Development, 2003–2008; and four volumes titled “The Board of Regents Sale To Minto 2 St. Thomas Street Development Inc. of 2 St. Thomas Street, Toronto (formerly 100–108 Charles Street West) and Lease To Minto St Inc. of 4-6-8 St. Thomas Street, Toronto, Closing Date May 9, 2008” by Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP.

Records relating to gifts

Sub-series consists primarily of correspondence relating to gifts made to Victoria University, predominantly to the library, 1979– 1985, 1992, 2002. Also consists of a presentation regarding The Wood Family's benefactions to Victoria College, 1995.

Special Events

Sub-series consists of records related to the Registrar's involvement in the hosting, planning and attendance of special events including awards dinners, receptions, and celebrations. Includes speeches given by the Registrar at these events, as well as correspondence, reports, etc.

Correspondence files of Principal Brown

Correspondents include: College faculty; Victoria and University of Toronto administrative staff; students; parents and ministers of students; alumni; staff of other academic institutions in Canada and the U.S.A.; United Church ministers and denominational officials; church members seeking advice or recommendations; magazine and journal editors; personal friends and family of Brown.

Subjects of the correspondence include: faculty hiring, promotion and salaries; student marks, appeals, discipline, financial support, and recommendations for graduate schools, scholarships, and jobs; searches for academic appointments; fundraising; requests for articles; requests for speaking and preaching; work on United Church boards and committees, especially relating to a report on "Christianizing the Social Order" and church publications. Many documents reflect Brown's personal philosophy of higher education.

General records

Sub-series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, contact lists, and working records relating to obtaining permission to publish Frye material in the various volumes, 1994-2009; records re financial arrangements/funding, 1993-2011; articles, correspondence and other records relating to publicity, 1991-2009, and reviews from newspapers and literary/academic journals, 1996-2010.

Records of the General Editor

Subseries consists of correspondence/subject files of the General Editor Alvin Lee, 1995-2011, containing incoming/outgoing correspondence and accompanying material with Associate Editor Jean O'Grady, and with individual Collected Works editors, editorial assistants and others regarding primarily the creation and publication of the various volumes; may also include personnel material, and records relating to conferences and other non-Collected Works Frye matters

Records of the Associate Editor

Sub-series consists of records of Associate Editor, Jean O'Grady, 1992-2011, including incoming/outgoing correspondence, notes, lists, reports, schedules and other records relating to Collected Works matters such as personnel, editing, annotation, style, the Frye estate, research, planning/progress of work, and Frye material not included for publication; incoming/outgoing correspondence, reports, revisions, and editorial notes relating to individual volumes; and incoming/outgoing correspondence/subject files with/about editors, research/editorial assistants and others (includes John Robson correspondence.)

Records of Francis Huston Wallace

Sub-series consists of correspondence re an appointment to Faculty, 1912; outgoing general correspondence arranged chronologically then alphabetically, 1913-1918; correspondence from Leipzig, 1903-1927; memoranda of rules, decisions and other matters, 1901-1919; sermon and address delivered at Victoria, 1920; agenda for incoming Dean August 1920; historical sketch of Faculty, [1920?]; list of books in personal library, prayers, and essay; and statement from students on his retirement, 1920

Wallace, Francis Huston

Files on teaching staff (general categories)

Sub-series consists of files labelled with a variety of general categories. Some of the older files (1944-1957) are organized alphabetically by the initial letter of staff surnames. The newer files (1957-1969) have their contents organized chronologically by date of item. The remaining staff files (1945-1959) are subtitled "Miscellaneous", "Retired or Resigned", and "Sessional". Many files in the sub-series contain confidential information on hiring, salaries and promotion. Other subjects include teaching assignments, sessional appointments, requests for academic leave, and support for study abroad.

Records of the Budget Committee

Series consists of annual budgets for operating and capital expenditures of Victoria University. Early budgets were prepared by the Finance Committee. Series also consists of the minutes, copies of budget and reports, and related records of the Budget Committee (sub-committee and standing committee).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Budget Committee

Records of the Task Force on the Charles Street Lands

Sub-series consists of minutes of the Task Force as well as memoranda regarding the development projects, correspondence, statements and briefs, reports re development strategy, and other records. Also includes minutes of the Property Sub-Committee (of the Steering Committee) discussing the development of the lands (prior to the establishment of the Task Force).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Task Force Committee

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