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Francis Alcot Cassidy fonds

  • CA ON00357 2119
  • Fonds
  • 1881

Fonds consists of autograph book of Francis Alcot Cassidy containing signatures and sentiments of fellow Victoria College students, 1881.

Cassidy, Francis Alcot

Alan Dignan fonds

  • CA ON00357 2113
  • Fonds
  • 1927–1931

Fonds consists of a scrapbook of Alan Dignan (Victoria Class of 1931) containing clippings, correspondence, notices, programmes and other ephemera concerning student activities at Victoria University, 1927–1931.

Dignan, Alan

James Johnston fonds

  • CA ON00357 2152
  • Fonds
  • 1859

Fonds consists of medical graduation degree from Cobourg Medical School, 1859; degree from Victoria College, 1859; medical license, 1859; medical registration certificate, 1866.

Johnston, James

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

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 A. Sawyer fonds

  • CA ON00357 2174
  • Fonds
  • 2010

Fonds consists of a manuscript titled “Memoirs of a Statistical Economist’s Random Walk Through Academic Life.”

Sawyer, John A.

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

Harold Morrey Smith fonds

  • CA ON00357 2061
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1920

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

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

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

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

Smith, Harold Morrey

Alfred Livingston Taylor fonds

  • CA ON00357 2124
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1917

Fonds consists of student diary, 1913-1916, and photocopy of letter written to a Professor from the Front in 1917.

Taylor, Alfred Livingston

Alma E. Wales fonds

  • CA ON00357 2096
  • Fonds
  • 1924–1928

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

Wales, Alma E.

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

Gary Redcliffe fonds

  • CA ON00357 2156
  • Fonds
  • 1986–2006

Fonds consists of records, 1986–2006, relating to courses taught at Emmanuel College; includes syllabi, bibliographies, guidelines for presentations/evaluations, memoranda, essays, notes, correspondence, teaching material and learning exercises.

Redcliffe, Gary Lorne

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

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Class of 1953 fonds

  • CA ON00357 2148
  • Fonds
  • 2003

Fonds consists of "Memories" from 50th class reunion in May 2003, and "Highlights of Vic 5T3 Graduates for 55th Reunion, May 31, 2008"; both are compilations of photos and biographical sketches/reminiscences of the class members.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Class of 1953

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 (Toronto, Ont.). Music Club fonds

  • CA ON00357 2010
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1977

Fonds consists of constitution, 1963-[1972?]; minutes, 1962-1972; correspondence and other records, 1931-1977; journal record of "The Pajama Game", 1962-1963; scripts, 1962, 1975; song sheets, financial record books, 1930-1963; clippings, 1934-1975; and scrapbook, 1936-1942.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Music Club

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

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

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 (Toronto, Ont.). Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2050
  • Fonds
  • 1928-2013

Fonds consists of minutes of Council, 1928-2013; and minutes and reports of various Council Committees, including the Staff Student Liaison Committee, 1966-1967; minutes of the Priorities Committee, 1990; minutes, correspondence and other records of the Committee on Recruitment, Counselling and Student Affairs, 1982-1988; minutes of the Academic Advisory Committee, 1986-2013 (incomplete); minutes of the Striking Committee, 1991-2003; and the Property Advisory Committee, 1989-2002.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Council

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Athletic Union fonds

  • CA ON00357 2013
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1977

Fonds consists of financial record and list of users of the Rink Committee; constitutions and minutes, 1931-1938, 1965; minutes of the Field Day Committee, 1909-1918; petition re playing field, [ca.1902]; and financial records, 1895-1916, 1951-1972.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Athletic Union

Augustus Edward Lang fonds

  • CA ON00357 2125
  • Fonds
  • [1926?]

Fonds consists of notes by Augustus Edward Lang regarding the publication of "The History of Victoria College" [ca. 1926].

Lang, Augustus Edward

Charles Whitney Leslie fonds

  • CA ON00357 2117
  • Fonds
  • 1952-[196-]

Fonds consists of sermons, lectures, addresses, correspondence and clippings related to Professor Charles Whitney Leslie’s theological concerns, 1952-1960s.

Leslie, Charles Whitney

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Alumni Affairs and University Advancement Department fonds

  • CA ON00357 2074
  • Fonds
  • 1904-2016, predominant 1976–2016

Fonds consists of the records of Larry Davies, the Director of the External Relations and Development Department, primarily outgoing correspondence as well as records documenting the relationship between the Department, alumni, and alumni groups such as the Alumni of Victoria College (AVC) and the Emmanuel College Alumni/ae Association. Records also document fundraising and development activities as well as the planning and hosting of events such as reunions and milestone celebrations.

Fonds contains lists of Permanent Class Executives of Victoria College, guest book and transcripts of addresses given at the Memorial Service held for Victoria University President A.B.B. Moore, promotional material, questionnaires, notes, lists, correspondence, research material, reports, financial records and annual reports.

The fonds is made up of six series: Series 1: Special Events and Celebrations; Series 2: Campaigns and Fundraising; Series 3: Records of the Director; Series 4: Records related to Victoria College Alumni; Series 5: Publications and Newsletters; and Series 6: Records related to Emmanuel College Alumni.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Alumni Affairs and University Advancement Department

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Fonds

  • CA ON00357 2064
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2015

Fonds consists of nine series: Annual reports, announcements of activities, programmes, projects, bulletins, 1965-2004; Committee records, 1964-2001; Correspondence/subject files, 1964-2001; Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, 1974-2015; Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, 1967-1999; Renaissance and Reformation, 1964-2000; Records relating to infrastructure, 1976-2005; Records relating to programs, 1971-2010; and Records relating to library collections, 1977-2005

Victoria University (Toronto Ont.). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

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

Gladys Bennett fonds

  • CA ON00357 2142
  • Fonds
  • 1921–1922

Fonds consists of correspondence written by Gladys Bennett to her father and other family members about her experiences as a first year student at Victoria University, 1921-1922.

Bennett, Gladys

Mildred Brockie fonds

  • CA ON00357 2099
  • Fonds
  • 1926–1963

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

Brockie, Mildred Irene Lloyd

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

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

Alida Martin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2103
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1829]–1949

Fonds consists of addresses and lectures notes by Samuel Nelles; clippings, eulogy and biographical information regarding Samuel Nelles and his family; photographs.

Martin, Alida

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

William Arthur Potter fonds

  • CA ON00357 2023
  • Fonds
  • [between 1912 and 1930]

Fonds consists of lecture notes.

Potter, William Arthur

E. Dawson Roberts fonds

  • CA ON00357 2098
  • Fonds
  • 1986

Fonds consists of typescript of reminiscences of events, activities and conditions of life in Middle House students residence, 1943–1947.

Roberts, E. Dawson

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

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

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 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.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). President's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2021
  • Fonds
  • 1897-2017

Fonds includes records from the terms of:
Nathanael Burwash (1887-1913), Richard P. Bowles (1913-1930), Edward Wilson Wallace (1930-1941), Walter Theodore Brown (1941–1949), Harold Bennett (1949-1950), A. B. B. Moore (1950-1970), John Edwin Hodgetts (1970-1973), Goldwin S. French (1973-1987), Eva Kushner (1987-1994), Roseann Runte (1994-2001), and Paul Gooch (2001-2015).

It consists of the following series:
General correspondence, 1907-2005; General subject files, 1897-1970; Records relating to the Board of Regents, 1912-2008; Records relating to the Senate, 1954-2008; Records relating to the Victoria College Council, 1928-2008; Records relating to the academic administration, 1915-2013; Records relating to the financial administration, 1905-2000; Records relating to awards, 1918-2005; Records relating to student assistance, 1916-1976; Records relating to students, 1915-2007; Records relating to alumni, 1928-2008; Records relating to functions, 1913-2010; Records relating to the University of Toronto, 1929-2011; Records relating to the United Church of Canada, 1928-2001; Records relating to gifts, 1897-1973; Records relating to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 1981-2006; Records relating to fund raising, 1974-2008; Records relating to Emmanuel College, 1968-2008; Records relating to Victoria College, 1975-2012; Records relating to Victoria University, 1968-2008; Records related to the Chancellor and Chancellor's Council of Victoria University; and Records relating to Senior Administrative Meetings (SAM), 2001-2007.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). President's Office

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate fonds

  • CA ON00357 2048
  • Fonds
  • 1855-2011

Fonds consists of five series: Minutes, 1855-2009; Records of the Scholarship Committee, 1934-1988; Records of various Committees, 1892-2001; Correspondence, reports and other records, 1860-1908, 1961, 2002-2010; and Records of the Nominating Committee, 1961-1994.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Senate

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

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2063
  • Fonds
  • 1932-2013

Fonds consists of correspondence/subject files and general files that are primarily related to faculty, other academic staff and courses. Also consists of records related to the Victoria College Council and its committees as well as U of T committees upon which the Principal sat. There are gaps in the records for the brief periods when the Principal's Office was served by the incumbent President: 1928-1932, 1941-1944, and 1966-1967. For records of the Principal's activities during these periods, consult the President's Office fonds (Fonds 2021).

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Class of 1921 fonds

  • CA ON00357 2072
  • Fonds
  • 1917–1976

Fonds consists of minutes, 1917–1921; scrapbook consisting of programs, correspondence and class lists, 1941–1971; and Class Secretary Rev. C. Heber Dickinson’s records containing correspondence, newsletters, ephemera and photographs relating to the activities, including reunions, of the Victoria College Class of 1921.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Class of 1921

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