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Dr. Hastings’ first documented publications were a book review and a play that are filed with in Series 3 with his University of Toronto Schools material. This series encompasses his writings from the mid-1950s when he was beginning to establish himself professionally. Not all of his writings appear here but included are manuscripts both published and unpublished, some with several drafts. There is also occasional background material, covering correspondence,
some printed versions of manuscripts, reviews and commentary. Not every title is specifically referred to in the following commentary. Files are arranged by title and filed chronologically, except for the first two that consist of letters to the editor and book reviews.

Dr. Hastings’ research and writings broadly focus on issues in the Canadian public health care system – especially delivery, change and reform – along with writings about his
experiences with health care systems in other parts of the world. In 1954 he was hired as a part-time medical officer in the medical department of the Ontario Workmen’s Compensation Board and the following year produced a report on medical administration of that body in conjunction with the Department of Public Health Administration at the University of Toronto. Two analyses of claims, two surveys on the work done by chiropractors and a survey of electrical shock injuries that Dr. Hastings compiled for the Board apparently were not published. He was, however, a joint author of an article on the administrative practices of the Board in relation to the quality of medical care that was accepted by the American Journal of Public Health and published in August 1955.

Dr. Hastings’ visits to India in 1953 and to Japan in 1955 resulted in a number of addresses, both to professionals and to the wider public (see Series 8) and, with reference to Japan, an extensive report and several articles that appeared between 1956 and 1958. The drafts and covering correspondence are in this series; other correspondence and related files are in Series 3, 6 and 8.

In the summer of 1960 Dr. Hastings used a World Health Organization travel fellowship to study medical care, public health and the teaching of medical care in the United Kingdom, Scandinavia, the USSR, India, Ceylon, Singapore, Hong Kong and Japan. While the bulk of his files relating to his trip are found in Series V, his extensive report on his findings is in this series, along with a later article (1961) reflecting on his travels.

The remainder of his writings for the 1960s addresses numerous issues affecting public heath care in Canada, many of which were stressed frequently. They range from the challenges facing medicine generally, change, community health, establishing priorities, prevention, the challenges faced by nurses, and medicare. The last issue was the great debate in medical circles during the last half of the 1960s. Dr. Hastings made his support for the program clear in his writings. His 1962 report, Labour’s plan for a medical care program for Toronto (September 1962), was widely debated and praised. It described by one commentator several years later as “an excellent short review of the theory and experience of group medical practice”, the first such overall study in Canada. Between 1963 and 1965, Dr. Hastings co-authored a special study, Organized community health services, for the Royal Commission on
Health Services, that appeared in 1964 (his policy memo on public health in community health services had been presented to the Commission in January 1963). An article on medicare,
designed for American audiences, appeared in Current History in June 1963 and other articles in Canadian journals appeared after the Commission issued its report.

In July of 1967, Dr. Hastings was an invited participant to an international workshop of medical care experts in Geneva hosted by the International Labour Office. He produced the Canadian section of a monograph on the organization of medical care within the framework of social security that was formally published the following year and translated into French. Two years later he served as a consultant to the World Health Organization/Pan American Health Organization seminar on health administration for executive held in Tobago. His address on the role of the health services administrator was included in the final report, published in 1970.

Dr. Hastings’ first publication of the 1970s was an interim report on his Sault Ste. Marie study (see also Series 5); a related study is his article on pre-paid group practice in that city that appeared in 1973. This was followed the next year by two studies on the impact of social insurance on medical care, one of which was published. The files for his major study on community health centres, dubbed “The Hastings Report” and published in Canadian Welfare in 1972, are found in Series 5.

Between 1971 and 1975 Dr. Hastings headed a research project involving a survey of high level health administrators in Ontario, the results of which were published in 1976 under the title, Ontario Health Administrator Study. In the autumn of 1977 he was a consultant to the Hamilton-Wentworth District Health Council on the Chedoke hospitals and their relation to the district health system; his report was submitted in April 1978. In 1977 and 1978 the Department of Health Administration, with Dr. Hastings as principal investigator, surveyed over 4,000 practising health administrators across Canada. The survey, supported by the Department of National Health and Welfare, was published in 1981. Other articles published in the 1970s included a further analysis of the national health program (1972), a progress report on the community health program in the Faculty of Medicine (1977), and trends and issues in health services (1979).

In 1985 Dr. Hastings’ article, ‘The Canadian health care system – evolution, current status and issues’, appeared in Introduction to nursing management: A Canadian perspective. In it he summarized his thinking over many years. At the time he was also researching issues relating to primary health care at the international level. He was a consultant for the design of and Canadian study principal investigator for the WHO, Regional Office of Europe, Study on patterns of community participation in primary health care that appeared in 1986 and a consultant to the Centre for Public Health Research in Mexico City, the results of which were
published in November that year. 1986 and 1987 also saw the publication of articles on ambulatory care (Dr.Hastings had served for many years as a consultant on this issue to Mount
Sinai Hospital) and community involvement in health, and “The Ontario health system – an overview”, a chapter in Le system de santé de l/Ontario: enseignments pour le Quebec (1987).

A working paper for the Department of National Health and Welfare, Public involvement in health promotion and disease prevention, a comprehensive literature review and analysis, appeared in January 1988. It was co-authored with David Zakus, with whom he produced an unpublished report the next year on community involvement in decision making in health related matters. In the 1990s he continued to write articles and studies. These include his contribution on health services issues to a WHO/CINDI workshop in Toronto in 1990, and another co-authored monograph, Managed care in Canada: the Toronto Hospital’s proposed comprehensive health organization (1991). Further articles and reports on various aspects of health care in Canada appeared between 1991 and 1994.

Addresses and interviews

Dr. Hastings was much in demand as a public speaker throughout his career. In the early 1960s, for example, he often gave more than one a week and by the late 1990s he himself estimated that he had given well over 1,000 addresses. While the majority were delivered at academic and professional gatherings, he also made time to speak at community events, including graduation exercises.

This series contains lists of addresses, correspondence, notes, drafts of addresses, and, often, press coverage. The arrangement is chronological, with correspondence for which accompanying addresses have not survived being arranged in separate files. There is a substantial file of this type for 1963. Interviews are filed at the end of the addresses.

The earliest extant address is his first professional foray on the international scene, at the American Public Health Association conference in October 1954. The theme was administrative practice in relation to the quality of medical care provided under the Ontario Workmen’s Compensation Board. This address and subsequent ones follow the major themes laid out in the earlier series, especially Series 7. Those that were published are filed, for the most part, in Series 7. Some of the addresses are indicated in Appendix 2, which includes entries up to 1994.

After his retirement, Dr. Hastings’ addresses continued to focus primarily on public and community health issues. One, in 1994, was given on the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the Charles Hastings Co-operative, named after his great-uncle, Toronto’s innovative and pioneering medical officer of health. On another occasion, he spoke about the future of community health centres to the International Conference on Community Health Centres in Montreal (December 1995).

While President of the Canadian Public Health Association in 1996-1997, he travelled widely and was much in demand as a speaker. Four venues included a reception in his honour in Winnipeg, the second National Conference on Communicable Disease Control in Toronto, the World Health Organization’s Intersectional Action for Health conference in Halifax, and the annual general meeting of the Northwest Territories branch of the CPHA in Yellowknife. In 1999, after many years of long distance communication, he flew to Manitoba to address the Hamiota District Health Centre Foundation, and in November was a keynote speaker at the 50th annual conference of the Ontario Public Health Association.

In June 2000, at the annual meeting of the Association of Ontario Health Centres, Dr. Hastings reflected on a turning point in his career in his address, “The Hastings Report – then and now”. This is followed by an address delivered at the opening in October 2001 of the Institute of Population and Health, one of four Toronto-based Institutes of Health Research.

The series concludes with three interviews, one on CBC’s radio and television “Citizen’s Forum” in 1960, a ‘telepole’ on CFTO TV in 1962, and an interview with Jan Brown in February 1997.


This series documents Conacher’s role as an external assessor and reviewer. At times it is other historians he has been asked to assess for promotion or act as external reviewer of a Ph.D. candidate. At other times it is a review at the institutional level, as in the case of his role in reviewing the Dalhousie Graduate History Department (1977) and the University of Western Ontario, Graduate Department of History (1986). There are also files relating to Conacher acting as referee for articles most of which are filed in four chronological files covering his entire career (1947-1991). These files contain correspondence with publisher as well as drafts of published reviews.

University of Toronto

Throughout his career, Prof. Conacher was active on various University administrative committees. In some cases, he was a member of the committee, in other cases he corresponded with committee members or wrote memos on behalf of both the Dept. of History and/or the Faculty Association. There are files for the following committees on which he served: Plateau committee, sub-committee on staff (1955-56), Policy and Planning committee (1961), Presidential Committee on Appointments (1964-1965), Presidential Advisory Committee on Academic Appointments and Tenure also known as the Haist Committee (1968-1971), Presidential Search Committee (1971). There are also several files on the Faculty of Arts General Committee (1970-74) as well as one file relating to a proposed restructuring of the Faculty of Arts (1976)

There are also several files on University structure including records relating to the Duff Berdalh Report (1963), general memos and correspondence (1965-69),the Committee of Concerned Faculty (1971), the Dumphy Committee for Participation of Faculty in Governance (1976), the Ad Hoc Committee on Academic Freedom (1977), the Budget Advisory Committee (1978-79), the Governing Council, Academic Affairs Committee (1980), and the Decanal Promotion Committee (1981),

He made submissions to Committee on Graduate Studies (1964-65), Placement Services 1967, MacPherson Committee (1967), Robarts Library fundraising letter (1973), review of Scarborough College (1970), the PACE Committee (1971), Library Advisory Committee (1981). There is documentation on a meeting organized by Conacher with Minister of Finance Donald Macdonald relating to university and research funding and his part in proposing an Emeritus College Retirement Complex (1983-1986).

Non-Professional activities

Correspondence, memos, reports, minutes of meetings document Prof. Conacher’s involvement in non-professional associations. Several files relate to his life as a Roman Catholic, including files on the Committee on Higher Education for Catholics (1960-61), Parish Council for Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church 1967-68 and several files relating to his long-time work in the St. Vincent de Paul Society. During the 1950s and 1960s, Prof. Conacher belonged to the Atlantic Treaty Organization. Files contain correspondence with Edgar McInnis, president of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and with Ronald Ritchie, chairman of the Canadian Atlantic Coordinating Committee Ronald Ritchie. Finally there is one file for an anti-nuclear organization called Third Track for Peace (1984) that included many from the University of Toronto community.


Copy of James Conacher's doctoral thesis from Harvard University, entitled "Canadian participation in the Sicilian campaign, 1943: the role of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division."

Swim meets, results, rankings and guides

This series consists of Thierry’s handwritten and typed results for various swim meets. The competitions covered in this series include the Summer Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, Pan American Games, Pan Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games, numerous Canadian university meets, age-group meets and provincial competitions. The series also includes files on national swim records from around the world, swimmer profiles, statistics and biographies, and world rankings – many of which have been compiled by Thierry.

Research reports

The reports in this series were written or co-authored by Professor Rapoport. All but the last are internal publications of the Mental Health Research Institute, University of Michigan, though some were prepared for the Aerospace Medical Research Laboratories of the United States Air Force. The arrangement is chronological.

University College Literary & Athletic Society

Tony Clement was President of the "UC Lit", the students' administrative council of University College from 1981-1982. This series contains minutes of meetings, general and subject arranged correspondence, constitution revisions, and other files relating to functions of the Council such as elections, orientation, and finances.

University of Toronto Alumni Association

Mr. Clement was the University College representative on the UTAA Council of Presidents from 1988 to 1990. Included in this series are two file containing correspondence, minutes of meetings, and reports.

Course materials

This series consists of files on various courses taken as an undergraduate and as a student in the Faculty of Law. Among the undergraduate files (1979-1983) are notes, term papers, exams, reading lists and course outlines for courses in history, political science, economics, English, and french. Law course materials (1983-1986) include courses in civil procedure, torts, evidence, taxation and moot court.


Includes Putnam’s early lectures on physical geography, agricultural geography, conservation, penology, Latin American geography and geomorphology (1904s). Lectures through the 1950s, 60s and 70s deal mainly with land use, conservation and natural resources. Interfiled with the lecture notes are some course outlines and class assignments. In 1938, Griffith Taylor, then head of the Geography Department asked Putnam to develop curriculum for an Honours course in Geography, which he did in collaboration with Steven Jones. Both notes from Putnam and Jones are filed at the beginning of this series.

General correspondence

General incoming and outgoing correspondence with mathematical colleagues throughout the world but mainly in Canada and the United States discussing mathematical theories, progression of research as well as talks, visits and informal meetings.

Correspondence is loosely arranged chronologically with one file devoted solely to correspondence between Hull and Dr. Edsger W. Dijkstra of the Technological University of Eindhoven (Netherlands) and one devoted to the discussion of computer arithmetic.


This series contains files relating to the teaching of a course at Trinity College - INX 199Y Science and Social Choice and includes choices of course material and assignments which were published in a handbook for the course edited by Hull. No other records relating to Hull's teaching either at Trinity or within the Department of Computer Science are known to exist.

Biographical and education

Series consists of records documenting Prof. Marrus’s personal life and education, including a copy of his CV, photocopies of personal documents, and a journal from his trips to Israel in 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990. The series also contains his PhD thesis from Berkeley (The politics of assimilation: a study of the French Jewish community at the time of the Dreyfus affair) and some records pertaining to the 1964 free speech movement at Berkeley, in which Prof. Marrus was involved as a student, including leaflets, news clippings, and a monograph.

The series also documents two of Prof. Marrus’s later educational pursuits. The first is a certificate from an Italian course at Centro Internazionale Dante Alighieri (2002). In addition, the series documents his time as a student in the Faculty of Law’s Master of Studies in Law program in 2004/05, including press coverage, transcripts, correspondence, essays, timetables, lecture notes, and his thesis.

Lastly, the series contains records relating to Prof. Marrus’s appointment into the Order of Canada, including the program, general information sent from Rideau Hall, letters of congratulations, and photographs.


Series consists of records relating to Prof. Marrus’s vast publishing record. In particular, files pertain to specific publication projects (predominantly book projects), and include contracts, reviews, and correspondence with publishers, literary agents and readers. Few files include research notes. Files are arranged chronologically by publication date, with a general file of reviews at the end.

Publications documented in these files

• The politics of assimilation: a study of the French Jewish community at the time of the Dreyfus affair (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1971).

• Vichy et les Juifs, with Robert O. Paxton, trans. Marguerite Delmotte (Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1981).

• Vichy France and the Jews, with Robert O. Paxton (New York: Basic Books, 1981).

• The unwanted: European refugees in the twentieth century (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985).

• The Holocaust in history (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1987).

• Editor, The Nazi Holocaust: historical articles on the destruction of European Jews (15 vols., Westport, Connecticut: Meckler, 1989).

• Mr. Sam: the life and times of Samuel Bronfman (Toronto: Penguin Books, 1991).

• The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, 1945-46: A Documentary History (Boston: Bedford Books, 1997).

• “The darkest hour” in Nicholas R.M. de Lange, ed., The illustrated history of the Jewish people (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997).

• Some measure of justice: the Holocaust era restitution campaign of the 1990s (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).


The correspondence in this series consists both of personal and professional correspondence, with the latter predominating. It covers Professor Rapoport’s career at three universities and his post-retirement years in Toronto. While the majority of the letters are written in English, there are also a considerable number in German and Russian, with scattered ones in French and Spanish.

The series begins with files titled ‘Chamber of Horrors’, a collection of oddball letters that Professor Rapoport received between 1948 and 1967. Next is professional correspondence with his long-time assistant at the University of Michigan, Claire Adler, primarily from the years after his departure from that university. The arrangement of the remaining correspondence is chronological, in five-year increments for the most part (following the system created by Professor Rapoport), and alphabetical within each increment. Where the volume of letters in any increment warrants, there is a file by name of correspondent.

The correspondence, both personal and professional, covers Professor Rapoport’s wide interests and contain an ongoing exchange of ideas. There are letters about his books, articles, reports, book reviews and talks (sometimes with accompanying drafts), and numerous letters to the editor. He was frequently asked for references and was continuously asked to comment on other people’s professional work; some of his commentary appeared in the ‘comments’ sections of professional journals. For many years he contributed to the Mathematical Review; the requests are in this series, while his commentary is found in Series 5. Correspondence relating to his editorial work at General Systems, the Journal of Conflict Resolution (editor, Russell Joyner), Behavioral Science, and ETC: A Review of General Semantics is included in this series, along with letters about his work on the editorial boards of other journals, especially the International Journal of Game Theory, and with scientific associations, some of which he helped found. One that appears frequently is the International Society for General Semantics. In later years his involvement with peace initiatives is well documented.

There is also considerable correspondence with the publishing houses, especially Academic Press, Harper Row, Dover, Kluwer, Sage, and University of Michigan Press (editor, Colin Day). The correspondence with the journals and publishing houses appears sometimes under the name of the organization but also under the names of editors and others associated with it.

Professor Rapoport had many correspondents, with some of whom he exchanged letters over forty years or more. Most are from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Europe, but there is a good representation from other countries, especially Japan. His European correspondents were primarily German, Austrian, and Russian academics and intelligentsia, a number of whom became émigrés at American universities. The principal ones are Ludwig von Bertalanffy, Andreas Diekmann, Felix Geyer, Aron Katsenelinboigen, Andrey Kokoshin, Vladimir Lefebvre, Albrecht Neubert, Nicholas Rashevsky, Boris Sadowsky, Adam Schaff, Gunther Schwartz, Georg Schwitzer-Meyer, Dieter Senglass, Pyotr Schedrovitsky, Walter Simon, and Markus Schwaninger. American correspondents include Arthur Mendel (Princeton), G.E. Norton (Michigan), Lester Thompson (Harvard) and S.I. Hayakaya. Martin Shubik at Yale remained in contact over many years. His Japanese correspondents included members of Soka Gakkai and others in the peace movement.

Before Professor Rapoport arrived in Toronto in 1970, his principal correspondent at the University of Toronto was Chandler Davis, with whom he continued to exchange letters after his arrival in Canada. In the 1980s he corresponded frequently with Thomas Homer-Dixon and, then and later with faculty members involved with the peace movement, especially Science for Peace. He also maintained close contact with other peace groups, especially the Canadian Pugwash Group and its director, Leonard V. Johnson.

Professional activities

This series documents a few of the many organizations and conferences with which Professor Rapoport has been associated. The arrangement is alphabetically by name of organization or conference. The files contain correspondence, minutes, reports, press releases, and newsletters. Some of the files are largely in German.

In the 1960s, Professor Rapoport chaired the Study Committee on Ethics and Responsibilities of Scientists of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). In 1967 this Committee conducted a survey amongst AAAS members on the importance they placed on questions pertaining to the ethics and responsibilities of their professions.

There are substantial files on the Group of 78 (1987-1994) and smaller ones on the Canadian Pugwash Group, the committee for the Evolution of the World Order Conference held in Toronto in 1999, the Federation of American Scientists, the Oxford Research Group, and Science for Peace.

Education and early career

James Guillet registered in mathematics and physics in the Bachelor of Arts program at Victoria College in the autumn of 1944. In second year he switched to honours physics and chemistry, graduating in 1948. In addition to his core honours courses, he took religious knowledge for his first two years, followed by Greek and Roman history. His interest in the latter continued after his graduation with an extra course in 1948-1949. English, French and German (reading courses in French and German his last two years) and physical training rounded out his curriculum. The only extra-curricular activity documented in this series is the Alpha Phi chapter of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity.

The series begins with notebooks containing lectures, laboratory experiments and notes for his undergraduate courses. Guillet kept detailed and careful notes, recording the names of his lecturers, some of whose personal papers have not survived. In this category are Leopold Infeld and B.A. Griffiths (Applied Mathematics); Andrew Gordon and F. R. Lorriman (Chemistry); D. A.. F. Robinson, M. E. G. Waddell, and W. J. Webber (Mathematics); D. S. Ainslee, Colin Barnes and M. F. Crawford (Physics); and W. T. Brown (Religious knowledge/Greek and Roman history). Professors, whose personal papers are in the University Archives, include George F Wright (Chemistry) and Elizabeth Allin and John Satterley (Physics).

The course notes are followed by a file on Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity and another of correspondence with camera suppliers while a research chemist with Eastman Kodak in Tennessee.

In 1953 Guillet entered Cambridge University from which he received his doctorate in 1955. This series contains notebooks relating to laboratory projects carried out while studying under R. G. W. Norrish. The series ends with files on a conference Guillet gave on his research in France in 1954, a seminar at Vanderbilt University (1958), and employment at Eastman Kodak in Tennessee in 1959.

University of Toronto – Administration and teaching files

This series documents some of Professor Guillet’s activities at the University of Toronto, both as an administrator and as a lecturer. There are substantial gaps – most of his administrative files remain with the Department and his lecture and teaching material is very incomplete. The committee files
are more substantial but many committees are not represented. The arrangement is largely alphabetical.

The series begins with files on his sabbatical leave, awards, and his visiting professorship at the
University of California at San Diego. These are followed by files on the Committee for Honorary
Degrees and correspondence and memoranda from the Department of Chemistry, including the
hiring of laboratory technicians. There are only three files of course material and lecture notes,
largely from the 1980s. The remaining files relate primarily to committee work: the Inventions
Foundation Committee and the University inventions policy generally (1974-1998), the ‘Old
Scientific Instruments’ Committee (20001-2002), the Polymer and Colloid Chemistry Group (1989-
1990), Presidential Advisory Committee on Supplementary Income and Related Activities (1972-
1976), Post-doctoral Scholarly Exchange with China (1979-1983), and the Research Board’s Patents
Committee Review Task Force (1976-1978). There is a single file on Professor Guillet’s
administrative activities at Scarborough College. The last file in the series is on the University’s
Scientific Development Committee (1961-1972).

University of Toronto: Students, Post-doctoral fellows and visiting professors

Professor Guillet was highly respected and sought after by students and senior scientists alike, both in Canada and abroad. Over the years he supervised 28 PhD theses, 26 masters degrees and 50 post-doctoral fellows and research associates. Some arrived as part of exchange student programs with Dutch, German and Russian institutions. Some of the exchange programs were also for professors, especially those from the Soviet Union/Russia. Guillet’s students or post-doctoral fellows now hold academic positions in Canadian, American, British, Japanese, Polish and Singaporean universities and positions in industry in many countries. The emphasis in this series is on their activities at the University of Toronto, but there is also correspondence and associated material in files, especially at the post-doctoral level, of their earlier and subsequent academic and research work.

The series begins with a file contain student registers and lists of students (1963-1993), followed by correspondence from students wishing to study under Professor Guillet and relating to fourth-year undergraduate students and summer research assistants. There is also correspondence with students regarding their theses reports (1973-1996), applications from students in China (1983-1990), and letters of reference for students and administrative and academic colleagues (1985-2002).

The remaining files are grouped into the following categories: ‘undergraduates’, ‘exchange students’, ‘Masters students’, ‘PhD students’ and ‘post-doctoral fellows, research associates and visiting (including exchange) professors’. There is a also a final category of ‘demonstrators’, ‘research assistants’ and ‘research associates’. There are some files of general correspondence and files on individuals within each section are arranged alphabetically. Where students took both masters and doctoral degrees, the files are with the higher degree. Many of the students and fellows left their lab books with Professor Guillet. Those of only one student, Guojun Liu (now a senior professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario), as a doctoral candidate have been retained as a sampling (his masters notebooks were not kept). A few lab books relating to specific projects have also been retained; these are filed in Series 5 and 7. Files on individuals are arranged alphabetically within each section.

The undergraduate files consist mostly of the final project reports, with some notes, progress reports and covering correspondence. The earliest exchange proposals were with Russia in the late 1960s; there is a file of correspondence, primarily with notes on research projects at the University of Toronto (1969-1990), notebooks, and then files on research projects of the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology. There are individual files for the Dutch exchange students and some for the German, along with a file of covering correspondence for the latter. The masters student files may contain correspondence, research notes and progress reports. Many of the doctoral student files also contain programs for oral examinations and thesis defence, and appraisals of theses. A few also contain drafts of papers co-authored with Professor Guillet.

The correspondence in the graduate and post-doctoral files address a wide variety of issues, including those relating to of bringing students and post-doctoral fellows to the University of Toronto, research generally, and the specific problems associated with individual research projects. There are also some letters of reference. In addition to correspondence, the files on post-doctoral fellows contain research notes and reports. Some have research proposals, drafts of papers co-authored with Professor Guillet, and evaluations of the programs under which they came to the University of Toronto (for example, the special program for Chinese scholars). In addition to the usual material, the research notebook of one of Professor Guillet’s first post-doctoral fellows, Mitsura Koike from Japan (1964-1966), has been retained.

Consulting and industrial innovation

Throughout his career, Professor Guillet acted as a consultant on research and technology to a number of companies and also appeared as an expert witness in court cases. At the same time, he founded and was actively involved with running three small Canadian high-technology companies: EcoPlastics Limited, Medipro Sciences Limited, and Solarchem Corporation. The series begins with a general file on consulting jobs, followed by files on companies to which he acted as a consultant,
then those he founded (which begin in midway through box 041); each section is arranged in alphabetical order. The files contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, research notes and reports.

Of the major companies for which Professor Guillet acted as a consultant, only IOPTEX Research Inc. is missing from this series. The most substantial files are on two companies, Albchem
Industries Ltd. and the Allied Chemical Company. Guillet’s research for the former was the development of technology related to the manufacture of hydrogen peroxide centring on a proprietary polymer for which he had submitted a patent application in the United States (see box 036). Several doctoral students, particularly David Gravett, assisted him in this project; his notebooks and the progress reports are with the files. With the Allied Chemical Company, Guillet was acting in his capacity as president of Ecoplastics and worked on two projects – the development of commercial photoresists for deep ultraviolet lithography and Allied tar sands flocculent program.
The earliest company for which Professor Guillet acted as a consultant was the Glidden Company of Canada, with which he was associated for twenty years. Other clients (the list is not exhaustive) included oil companies Esso/Imperial Oil/Exxon, British Petroleum, Mobil Oil, and Standard Oil; Amersham Pharmacia Biotech, a Swedish company interested in Guillet’s work on DNA sequencing; G-Nano LLC, which sought Guillet’s expertise in cross-linked nano-particle technology; the Institute for Chemical Science and Technology, seeking expertise in the tracing of chemical pollutants; Johnson & Johnson (surface coating of spectacle lenses); Pan-Tec Inc., a manufacturer of composite tiles; Pheromone Sciences Ltd. (mammalian pheromones); Primaxis Technology Ventures Inc., which was interested in the Polytrace technology that Guillet had developed; and Webb Ocular Prosthetics which specialized in artificial eyes. There is correspondence with Professor Guillet’s former employer, Tennessee Eastman Company, with which he maintained an association for many years after he joined the University of Toronto.

The files on the companies Professor Guillet founded underline the problems they faced in finding sufficient financial backing to develop their ideas and market their products. EcoPlastics Limited was eventually taken over by American Eco Corporation and ecolyte degradable plastics were sold worldwide by Ecolyte Atlantic Inc. of Baltimore, Maryland under licence from EcoPlastics. The files on this company contain correspondence, notes, minutes, press coverage, reports and documents relating to investments by the Ahed Investors Syndicate. By the time Medipro Sciences Limited was sold to Pharma Patch PLC in 1993, it had achieved some successes in developing the medical applications of plastic materials. Two projects are documented here: a contract to develop new delivery systems for contraceptive steroids for the World Health Organization, and the development of wound dressings for burn casualties. The single file on Solarchem contains correspondence, financial proposals and contracts about Professor Guillet’s inventions in solar chemistry.

The series ends with two other companies of which Professor Guillet was involved, Seabreeze Plastics, of which he was a director, and Syntheria Pharmaceuticals, that experimented with liquid dressings.

Manuscripts and publications

Professor Guillet’s publications span fifty years, from 1954 to 2005. His curriculum vitae lists 282 scientific papers and chapters of books, and two book published by 2002. More papers have appeared since. He first came to the attention of the public internationally in 1970 when Time Magazine announced that he had filed application for four basic patents on biodegradable plastics. His Polymers and Ecological Problems, an edited volume of papers from a symposium on the subject, appeared in 1973. His Polymer Photophysics and Photochemistry (1985) is still a standard reference. About fifty of his publications are missing from this series; the largest gap appears at the beginning of his career – papers #1 and 5-23 (1954, 1960-1967). Some papers appeared with Guillet as the sole author but most were the result of collaborative research with his students, post-doctoral fellows and others in his discipline.

Many of Professor Guillet’s papers were published in series as a part of ongoing research into specific attributes of polymers. Often two papers would appear (the first in 1955) on a particular problem, but sometimes the number of papers would be ten or more. Nineteen were published on the ‘photochemistry of ketone polymers’ between 1968 and 1985, while twenty-seven in the series ‘studies of the antenna effect in polymer molecules’, appeared between 1982 and 2002. Two other papers in this series were not published but are with the unpublished manuscripts.

The files contain any to all of the following: drafts of articles, offprints, covering correspondence, contracts and related documents, notes, reviewers’ comments, royalty statements, and photographs. The arrangement is chronological, with the published papers appearing first, followed by sixteen papers that were either not submitted or not accepted for publication. The files of unpublished manuscripts, in particular, contain covering notes by Susan Arbuckle, Professor Guillet’s secretary.


This series includes Coxeter’s daily diaries that he kept beginning in Cambridge in 1933. They are mainly the “5 Year” format and briefly note daily activities. There is a continuous run from 1933 to 2002. There is also a 2003 diary kept by Susan Thomas, who was living with and nursing her father. Entries are written by Susan but describe their last months together. The final entry on March 18 2003 was written by Coxeter less than 2 weeks before he died. Predating these diaries, is one notebook from 1928 in which Coxeter detailed his dreams.

Finally there is an appointment book (1953) belonging to Rien Coxeter and researchers should note that Coxeter’s 2001 diary contains the odd entry by Rien for the year 1937.


This series contains mainly galleys of pasted text for what is presumed to be Kaleidoscopes: selected writings of H.S.M. Coxeter. It also includes approximately 150-200 geometrical drawings, some original, others printed, but presumably most drawn by Coxeter for his many publications. Finally one file contains a typescript entitled “Summary of the first six chapters of Coxeter’s Projective Geometry, 1964”.

Series also contains copies of Professor Coxeter's publications on mathematical problems that have been translated into other languages. This series does not contain any manuscripts to any of the 12 books Coxeter wrote. Series 2, Professional Correspondence, contains some correspondence with publishers regarding some of his books.

Gulf of Maine case

Consists of copies of Canadian and American counter-memorials and annexes to the International Court of Justice's "Delimitation of the Maritime Boundary in the Gulf of Maine Area, with covering correspondence (Coxeter was an adviser to the Canadian government).


This series contains curriculum vitae, career related correspondence regarding job offers, tenure, promotions, pensions, sabbaticals; the awarding of grants including applications and supporting documentations; biographical profiles submitted to Who's Who in America; and requests for financial support for travel.

Conferences and speaking engagements

This series is composed of general files relating to conferences, symposiums, meetings of professional associations and lectures as well as files on specific events. The general files which are arranged chronologically contain mainly correspondence, agenda, commentaries by Prof. Lemon on papers and itineraries. They document his active participation in the field of historical and urban geography.

Files on specific meetings such as the Historical Urbanization in North America Conference (1973), the Ontario Historical Geographers Conference (1976), Urban History Conference (1982) and the Association of American Geographers Meeting (1990), contain the types of records listed above as well as notes, drafts of papers presented by Prof. Lemon and, often, correspondence relating to the planning of these meetings.

Student files

This series includes general files on students, as well as files on individual students kept by Prof. Lemon which document their progress (mainly graduate students) as well as his assessment of them. Files contain correspondence, evaluations, theses proposals and theses, essays, comprehensive oral exams, notes and some letters of reference.

Department of Geography

Records relate to the administration of the Department of Geography and includes copies of correspondence, memoranda, reports, reappraisals of curricula and programs. There are also files relating specifically to the Graduate Committee, of which Prof. Lemon was graduate secretary from 1968-1971 and again during 1979-1980.

New Democratic Party

This series consists of records relating to Prof. Lemon's activities within the New Democratic Party (NDP) including his membership on the provincial Branch Plant Task Force (1970), his work on the executive committees of the ridings of Spadina (1979) and St. Andrew's-St. Patrick's (1980s) as well as his unsuccessful run for the seat in the St. David’s riding during the 1975 provincial elections.

Files contain correspondence, reports, agenda, drafts of speeches, riding newsletters and notes.

Christian Youth Groups

As a young adult, Jim Lemon was a member of various Christian youth groups and records in this series document these early activities. The groups include the Christian World Friendship Fund, the International Christian Youth Fellowship as well as the Canadian and Ontario Youth Fellowship. He was also member of the All Canada Committee of the Ontario Young Peoples Fellowship.

Family papers

This series consists mainly of records belonging to Earl and Grace Lemon, Prof. Lemon's parents, such as correspondence with family, financial records, personal documents and papers relating to their estates. There are also a number of earlier documents relating to the Lemon, Fuller, Sharratt and Prebble families including wills and estate records, indentures, land deeds, and other legal documents. The Lemon family was from West Lorne, Ontario and early records relate to families and lands in this area.

Of particular note is extensive personal correspondence by Jim Lemon sent to his parents beginning in 1954 while he attended Yale Divinity School and dating up to 1984.

Personal financial records

This series contains one file of correspondence relating to personal financial matters (1911-1956) and a collection of personal bank books (ca 1910-1939).

University of Toronto

This series contains predominantly records documenting her academic activities at the University of Toronto. There is correspondence, reports, notes and plans documenting Benson's efforts, along with others, to have a women's athletic building built. The documentation dates from the 1920s through to the 1940s. There is also correspondence and notes relating to other aspects of physical education for women including a proposed affiliation with the Margaret Eaton School as well as a plan for an Ontario College of Physical Education for Women. Finally there is correspondence with colleagues and publication houses relating to the acquisition of off prints of articles as well as a few brochures on events she attended at the University.
Three items were added to this series from B2018-0019: a scrapbook mainly documenting Benson’s career, a Macleans issue from April 1915 describing the graduates of the School of Household Science and a 6oth Anniversary Program for the Faculty of House Hold Science, 1960.


Over several decades, Clara Benson took numerous rolls of 16 mm film documenting her family, her trips, as well as life in Toronto especially during World War II, the University of Toronto and various events. Her collection includes some unique footage of women’s sports at the University of Toronto, convocation ceremonies in the 1940s, and skating shows, one of which identified Barbara Ann Scott. From her trips, there is interesting footage of Egypt and Greece in the late 1920s, the New York World Fair and South America in 1939 as well as Atlantic City in the late 1940s. There are several small rolls of film documenting military parades on the streets of Toronto as well as the Royal Visit of 1939 and 1959.

University of Toronto administration

Series consists of records relating to departmental and curricular planning, primarily in the Department of Political Science, but also including the Institute for Policy Analysis, Public Policy Studies. Also includes proposals for a new course on diversity and a Centre for American Studies. Files include correspondence, reports, proposals and other records.

Electronic files in the series include departmental emails, reports, reviews of others’ work, and other records relating to teaching and research at U of T.

Course files

Series consists of records relating to various courses taught by Prof Simeon at Queens University, the University of Toronto, and Harvard University (as visiting William Lyon Mackenzie King Professor of Canadian Studies). Includes course syllabi, reading lists, lecture notes, and correspondence with the department and other faculty members.

Series also includes records relating to the development and publishing of a simulation exercise used for POL100/103, Hard Times: Tough Choices: a political decision-making simulation, by Lisa Young and Paul Kopas.

Electronic records in this series include resource material, course syllabi, lecture notes, emails, summaries of student evaluations, and other records relating to course administration, development and teaching activities.

Arrangement note: Files are arranged by university, and then alpha-numerically by course number, and then chronologically within each course. Files do not contain student information, grades, and work. One file of marks and student work (for PADM 801 at Queen’s) has been kept in series 5.


In addition to teaching, Professor Smith was also Director of Economics and Associate Chairman of the Department of Political Economy from 1975 to 1979. The records in this series mainly pertain the C.B. Macpherson Report on the Department of Political Economy and the subsequent separation of the Department of Economics from Political Economy, 1977-1979.

Professional correspondence

This series consists of professional correspondence arranged chronologically. The correspondence provides a comprehensive overview of Professor Nowlan’s activities as an economist, teacher, administrator and researcher from 1964 to 1998. Topics include: academic computing, conferences, environmental education, library automation, political correspondence, publications, research grants, sabbaticals, scholarly support, super computer, university appointments and university budgets.

Research notes

Over the course of forty years, Dr. Biringer established himself as leading researcher in electrical engineering, especially in the areas of non-linear circuits, electromet and electroheat processes. These notes appear to have been taken for his own research, for use in lectures and in relation to his numerous consulting activities. Additional notes, related directly to lectures being given or to consulting activities, appear in those series.

His earliest research is not represented in this series which contains notes, experimental data, and a few articles relating to particular research topics. The principal areas covered are arc furnaces, channel induction furnaces, heating coils, electron beams, electro-magnetic stirring, and frequency changers.

Professional organizations

Dr. Biringer belonged to many professional and scientific organizations, of which two are represented here. He reviewed conference and transactions papers for the American Institute of Electrical Engineers; the file contains lists and notes for the period 1960-1964. His research made him a natural supporter of the Canadian Iron and Steel Research Association, which was formed in 1978, from which he retained early documents on the Association’s activities.

Manuscripts and publications

During the course of his academic and scientific career, Dr. Biringer published over 130 papers. The range of his interests is well represented in this series as it contains about 95 of them. The earliest is 1951, when he was still living in Sweden; the last on file is dated 1987. In addition there are two papers from the 1940s by Swedish academics, one of whom was later a co-author.

Most of the papers in the series are in the form of offprints or photocopies, but there are a number of manuscripts. More than one version of the same paper is also sometimes present.

Graphic material

Includes images documenting machinery for induction heating at the Ajax Magnethermic Corporation and views of other plants and machinery such as Davey United of Sheffield England and Washington Steel. A series of slides document research-taking place in the University of Toronto, Electronic Engineering Department in 1966. There are a few views of Biringer at work.


Consists of 8 files

  1. Agreement between the Province of Ontario and Victoria University TSS, 1886
  2. Extracts from Senate Minutes, re Bankers' Scholarship, TSS, 1891
  3. Extracts from Senate Minutes , 1892-3, re the Fulton & MacKenzie Scholarships TSS, 1892-1893
  4. Statute No. 48, re Prince's Prize TSS
  5. Statute No. 108, re Blake Scholarship TSS
  6. Statute No. 146, 1883, re Mary Mulock Classical Scholarship TSS, 1883
  7. Statutes re: Ramsay Scholarship, Moss Scholarship, Math & Physics Scholarship TSS, 1885
  8. Statute No. 251, re Edward Blake Matriculation Scholarships

Research Files (general)

Consists of general research files used by Dr. Paul A. Bator in the writing of his Within Reach of Everyone, a history of the School of Hygiene.

Graphic material

Photographs document members of the Blake and Wrong families including Samuel H. Blake and his wife Rebecca Blake, Edward Blake and Gerald Blake, as well as cousins Murray, Hume and Harold Wrong. Most are studio portraits, some of which are unidentified. There is one album depicting life at the summer residences Point au Pic and Murray Bay.

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