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Easterbrook, William Thomas James (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers family background and early education through post- retirement activities, ca. 1934-1978. Focusses on his graduate work and career at Brandon College, University of California (Berkley), Harvard University and the University of Toronto's Dept. of Political Economy, its faculty, students and curricula, the effects of the Great Depression and World War II, information theory and the move to unicameralism at the University of Toronto.

Easterbrook, William Thomas James

Dryer, Douglas Poole; Goudge, Thomas A.; Macrae, R. F.; Savan, David (oral history)

Group oral history interview of members of staff of the Philosophy Department: Professors Dryer, Goudge, Macrae & Savan; conducted by Valerie Schatzker. The interview commences with brief autobiographical sketches of the four interviewees, covering their respective appointments to the University of Toronto in the 1930s through to 1986. Subjects discussed include the administrative history of the Dept. of Philosophy, faculty members, curricula, appointments, promotions and tenure, degrees, and student demonstrations.

Dryer, Douglas Poole

Diamond, Abel Joseph "Jack" (oral history)

Oral history interview with A.J. Diamond conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his family background, life and education in South Africa and ends with a discussion of his membership on the Advisory Board to Faculty of Architecture at the University of Toronto 1987. Focusses on the period 1962-1987, discussing his graduate work at the University of Pennsylvania, the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning and Landscape Architecture, its curricula, faculty and his teaching vocation and private architectural practice.

Diamond, Abel Joseph "Jack"

Coxeter, Harold Scott MacDonald (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Harold S.M. Coxeter conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his family background, early education and choice of career and ends with a discussion of his activities in retirement. Focusses on period 1935-1986 and the Dept. of Mathematics, appointments, promotions and tenure, curricula and geometry, research and teaching.

Coxeter, Harold Scott Macdonald

Conacher, James Blennerhasset (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor James B. Conacher conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers his World War II service through to 1984. Focuses on University of Toronto years, 1946-1984, discussing the Dept. of History, the Graduate Dept. of History, faculty, curricula (with particular reference to the honours course), students, student activities, buildings occupied by the departments, appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, the University of Toronto Faculty Association, the Canadian Association of University Teachers, the Board of Governors, the Senate, developments within the university leading to the creation of Governing Counciland its operations, and relations with the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Boeschenstein, Hermann (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Humphrey N. Milnes. Covers Boeschenstein's career, ca. 1924-1970, both in the German Dept. and in the media and other occupations. Focuses on the Dept. of German, on the effects of the World War II on the University of Toronto, his war service as Director of War Prisoners Aid for the Y.M.C.A., student political activities, student-administrator relations, Presidents Cody, Smith and Bissell, and the issue of academic freedom.

Boeschenstein, Hermann

Blackburn, Robert Harold (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. Robert Harold Blackburn conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers the period 1919-1986, focussing on the years 1947-1981. Topics covered include family background, primary and secondary education, studies at the University of Alberta, library education at the University of Toronto and Columbia University, the University of Toronto Library, administration, architecture and buildings, planning, acquisitions, co-operation with other research libraries, staff and the development of automated systems, the Senate, Board of Governors, the Library Oral History Project, William Stewart Wallace, and Sigmund Samuel.

Blackburn, Robert H.

Urquhart, Frederick Albert "Fred" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers early childhood interest in natural history through post-retirement research ca. 1930-1978. Focusses on his undergraduate and graduate work in the Dept. of Biology, curricula, academic staff, the Royal Ontario Museum and its relations with University of Toronto and his ongoing research on the Monarch butterfly.

Urquhart, Frederick A.

Watson, Gordon Alfred Brabant (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Gordon Alfred Brabant Watson conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family history through to time of interview, focussing on the period 1945-1984. Discusses his undergraduate work on Philosophy at McGill University, his developing interest in forensic psychiatry, Trinity College, the development of the compulsory course in Religious Knowledge into a Centre for Religious Studies, the administrative history of the Centre for Criminology, student-administrator relations during his Associate Deanship of the Faculty of Arts and Science and his participation in the Ethics Committee of the Addiction Research Foundation and the Human Subjects Review Committee in 1977.

Watson, Gordon Alfred Brabant

Welsh, Harry Lambert (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers Welsh's career and the history of the Dept. of Physics, its faculty and students. Focuses on his undergraduate days and decision to choose Science, the influence of Sir John McLennan, graduate student observations of Germany in the 1930s, effects of World War II on the Dept., including the radar training school and post-war expansion of the department and advances in fields of astronomy, geophysics, and computer science.

Welsh, Harry Lambert

Winnett, Frederick Victor (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Allan Irving. Covers family background and early education through to retirement as head of Dept. of Near Eastern Studies in 1967. Discusses the development of curricula in Oriental languages and Near Eastern studies and related fields, faculty members associated with these subjects and the influence of field archaeology in the development of these academic fields.

Winnett, Frederick Victor

Wright, William James Turnbull (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers the history of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering from the involvement of his father though to his own retirement in 1959. Focuses on Faculty Deans, especially C.H. Mitchell and C.R. Young, Presidents Falconer and Cody, student activities, his courses in engineering drawing and English and both World Wars and their effects on the University of Toronto.

Wright, William James Turnbull

Wright, Peter Murrell (oral history)

Oral history interview with former Dean Peter Wright conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his family background and education through his tenure as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Focusses on the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, its Deans and curricula, 1968-1987, and the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 1970-1987.

Wright, Peter Murrell

Barnstead, Winifred Glen (oral history)

Oral history interview by Barbara Byers. Covers her education through to her retirement. Focusses on the years of her active career in librarianship 1907-1951. She discusses the evolution of library education first at the Ontario College of Education and later at the University of Toronto. Subjects discussed include faculty, curricula, degrees, accreditation, the influence of Presidents Falconer, Cody and Smith, prominent librarians in Canada, the McGill Library School, and the early history of the Canadian Library Association.

Barnstead, Winifred Glen

Baird, George Philip (oral history)

Oral history interview with George Philip Baird, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his decision to become a professional architect, and focusses on the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, its curricula, faculty and administration. Also discusses his student years and position on the faculty, 1967-1987, architectural practice, research, and writing and other Schools of Architecture.

Baird, George Philip

Beckwith, John (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John Beckwith conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with Beckwith's early education and ends with thoughts on the future of the Institute for Canadian Music. Focusses on the period 1945-1986 and covers his undergraduate studies, the curricula, faculty and students of the Toronto Conservatory and the later Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music, their administrative histories, with particular references to his term as Dean of the Faculty, relations with other divisions within the University, notably the Faculty of Arts and the Office of the President, his post-graduate musical education in Europe, economic aspects of a musician's life, musical composition in Canada and the role of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Edward Johnson Building, its library, finances, and his personal philosophy of music.

Olnick, Harvey J. (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Harvey J. Olnick, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his early education at the Juilliard School of Music and ends with a statement of his plans for the Music library. Focusses on Toronto period, 1954-1986, and discusses his appointment, musicology, the curricula, faculty, and students of the Faculty of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Other subjects considered include the architecture and construction of the Edward Johnson building, finances, and the development of the Music Library Collection.

Olnick, Harvey J.

Slater, John Greer (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John G. Slater conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with an account of his family background and continues with a discussion of his undergraduate and graduate work in the United States. Focusses in the period 1964 to 1986, and the Dept. of Philosophy, providing an account of its administrative history, relations with the Faculty of Arts and Science and the philosophers teaching in the Colleges, with particular reference to St. Michael's College. Also discusses graduate and undergraduate curricula and student-faculty relations.

Slater, John Greer

Library Oral History Programme collection

  • UTA 5001
  • Collection
  • 1973-1990

Consists of Oral Histories created as part of the University of Toronto Library's Oral History Project, which interviewed key faculty members, administrators and students involved with university governance. See file listing for specific individuals.

Library Oral History Programme

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