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Sermons, Addresses and Articles

Series consists of published and unpublished sermons, addresses and articles on a variety of topics. Includes addresses to students for opening sessions of Knox College and Emmanuel College, addresses and articles on a variety of topics such as theological education, missions, and church union, as well as addresses for specific individuals. Series also consists of reports and notes related to the curriculum at Knox College and on missionary work.

Diaries

Series consists of the personal diaries of Alfred Gandier.

Jean Waters Gandier Personal Papers

Series consists of the personal papers and correspondence of Jean Gandier (nee Waters), the wife of Alfred Gandier. Includes a memorial booklet and letters of condolence on the death of her husband and biographical notes on him.

Gandier, Jean N. Waters

Subject files

Series includes files related to the activities of the office of the Registrar including student admissions and registration, residences, library, internships and exchanges, etc. Also includes the Annual reports of the Registrar.

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing general and specific correspondence, 1856-1887, re a wide range of academic and University administrative subjects, and family correspondence, 1887-1962, after Nelles' death. Correspondents include Egerton Ryerson, J.J. Maclaren, J.G. Hodgins and Isaac Brock Aylesworth.

Despite the fact that Nelles was apparently an avid letter writer, his correspondence comprises only one and a half boxes of the collection. As Nelles explained in a letter to J.G. Hodgins, he made a practice of discarding most of the letters which he received, making exceptions only for those of great personal significance. As a result, the bulk of the surviving correspondence was preserved by chance or through the efforts of other people. The letters span the years 1846–1887; they are organized chronologically and, when the volume warrants, by correspondents such as J.G. Hodgins, Egerton Ryerson, J.J. Maclaren, and Samuel Rose. An attempt has been made to document the thrust of each letter in the file listings. Although the letters touch on a number of subjects, the main theme of the correspondence is undoubtedly the "university question". The letters outline the development of the federation concept and the responses it evoked from the university community. One can gain insight into the day-to-day activities and tensions of Victoria College, and the precarious financial position of the college emerges clearly. Letters from old college friends such as Daniel Martindale, R.C. Pitman, and J.G. Hodgins reveal Nelles' interests as well as his capacity for warm and lasting relationships.

The correspondence also includes several letters to Mrs. Nelles following her husband's death and the correspondence of Professors Nathanael Burwash and A.R. Bain regarding the Nelles Memorial Fund. In additon, there are several files of letters dated in the 1950's and 1960's which chronicle some of the research into the Nelles' family history carried out by a descendent, F.C. Gullen. A file of notes made by Gullen contains a sketch map of Mount Pleasant, a typescript of a family history, and assorted family trees. A photograph of Nelles' birthplace was transferred to the Nelles file in the Archives' photograph collection.

Diaries and journals

Series consists of journals and diaries, 1846-1887, containing reflections/essays on various topics, predominantly religious and spiritual; daily activities and quotations .

The box of diaries and journals covers the period between 1846 and 1887, with most of the entries being made before 1870. The early diaries tend to be more reflective, revealing Nelles' reaction to his reading material and his inner spirtual thoughts; the later journals focus more on daily activities.

Essays and articles

Series consists of predominantly religious essays and articles, 1842-1896, including those written as a student.

Many of the essays in the collection were written by Nelles during his school days, allowing the researcher to acquire some insights into the nature of a nineteenth–century education as well as an understanding of Nelles' interests and abilities as a young man. Other essays authored by Nelles may be found in manuscript copies of student newspapers located in the Victoria College Archives. Many of the articles included in the collection were printed after Nelles' death, giving some indication of the lasting impact of Nelles' work.

Sermons

Series consists of manuscripts of sermons, 1848-1887 (some undated), delivered at Victoria College and at other Ontario places.

The two and a half boxes of sermons were delivered between 1848 and 1887, although a majority of them were composed during the 1840's and 1850's. Unfortunately about half the sermons are undated. They vary in form from extremely rough notes to polished drafts and are identified in the finding aid by their given title, their text, or their main theme. Naturally enough, many of the sermons focus on education, frequently dealing with the question of the relationship between intellect and religion.

Speeches and addresses

Series consists of speeches and addresses on religion and education, 1842-1887, given at Victoria College as well as other educational institutions, predominantly in Ontario.

The speeches and addresses fill one box and run from 1842 until Nelles' death. Several of these were given by Nelles while he was still a student, and many of the later speeches were addressed to student audiences. The most common themes were, once again, the relationship between education and religion, although the importance of the Church's mission work is also stressed.

Lectures

Series consists of lectures, 1854–1887, predominantly concerning religion, but including philosophy, metaphysics and ethics.

The three boxes of lectures range in date from 1854 to 1887. Most are contained in notebooks, and they tend to be in the form of brief notes and questions rather than fully realized drafts. Usually the academic lectures are constructed around the texts which have been chosen for a particular course. Also included in this series are several lectures of a more popular or informal nature which were designed to appeal to student audiences or to the general public. Following the lectures are those notebooks which contain some combination of record types such as essays, sermons, addresses, and lectures.

Writing and memorabilia

Series consists of various writings, including extracts, notes and reflections, 1848–1886; and personal memorabilia, including Victoria College programmes and material after Nelles death, 1846–1902.

Box 14 holds written material which does not fall into any of the previously mentioned categories. It includes scripture studies, religious meditations, selected extracts from a variety of sources, and miscellaneous notes. The box also contains an assortment of personal documents and memorabilia, including a scrapbook on Nelles completed after his death by J.G. Hodgins.

Material relating to Victoria College

Series consists of various items relating to Victoria College, 1836–1884, including account books, reports, memoranda and lists.

The final box in the collection is comprised of material relating to university matters. The financial records of Victoria are followed by a number of documents gathered in the course of Nelles' work as an administrator. In addition, there is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (mostly letters to the editor) dealing with the university question between 1857 and 1859.

Self Study

The first Self-study was prepared in view of a visit of representatives of the Commission on Accrediting of the American Association of Theological Schools.

In 1989, the second self-study was launched in order to determine if Emmanuel College was meeting the General Institutional Standards of the Association of Theological School and to provide evaluative evidence to judge the quality of the individual degree programs and their conformity to ATS degree standards.

Series consists of both self-studies.

Correspondence

Series consists of predominantly incoming but including outgoing correspondence, 1915-1923, relating to teaching/finances/administration at Victoria University, church and educational matters, personal affairs, family (includes posthumous letters), and social issues.

Diaries and journals

Series consists of diaries and journals, 1859-1914 containing entries regarding ethical and religious thoughts, personal finances, travel, and daily activities.

Writing

Series consists of manuscripts - some in notebooks - of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays, articles, reviews and reports, 1860-1917, on various subjects, including education, religion, social issues, mission work, university federation, the founding of the University of Toronto, and ethics. Also included are addresses/lectures to Victoria College students, various graduating classes, academic conferences and religious institutions, as well as Victoria College reports.

Notes and manuscripts

Series consists of notes and manuscripts, including notes for "Inductive Theology", manuscripts for "Annual of Christian Theology" and research material and drafts for Burwash's autobiography and biography, and the history of Victoria College, published 1927.

Records

Series consists of pamphlets, programmes, invitations and other printed material, notes and notebooks, lectures, resolutions, sermons, Victoria College minutes, examinations and other records, memoranda, annotated family bible, and financial records, 1845-1927.

Minutes

Series consists of copies of official minutes, appendices and related documents, 1855-2009, and index to minutes. Appendices and related documents include reports from University departments, including the Victoria University Library Annual Report, the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Annual Report, Enrollment Reports from Emmanuel College and Victoria College Registrars and annual lists of scholarship and award recipients. Also includes reports of Senate Committees, Reports from the President, copies of policies, and relevant correspondence.

Records of various committees

Series consists of minutes, reports, correspondence and other records of various Senate Committees including:

  • The Annesley Hall Committee of Management (1912), 1892, 1906-1923;
  • The Committee on Sororities, 1915, 1924-1925;
  • The Committee on the Award of the Margaret E.T. Addison Graduate Scholarship, 1943-1954;
  • The Ad Hoc Board Space Use Committee re use of buildings, 1987;
  • The Teaching Award Committee, 1990-1995;
  • The Senate Academic Priorities Committee, 1990-2001;
  • The Religion and Life Committee/Religious Life and Work Committee, 1989-1993;
  • The Armstrong Lectures Committee, 1978-1980;
  • The Research and Publication Committee, 1981-2000
  • The Honorary Degrees Committee, 1992-1995

Series also contains correspondence, schedule, lists of invitees and other records of the Committee re Lord Willingdon's Visit, 1930 and lists of standing Committee members, 1958-1982.

Correspondence, reports, and other records

Series consists of memoranda of business meetings, 1879-1892, and lists of students, 1901-1908; addresses to Royalty, 1860-1869; report of the Senate on the draft of proposed changes in the public and high school courses of study and organization in the departmental examination system, 1904; a letter from John Diefenbaker re honorary degree, 1961 ; lists of senate members and elections from 2002, 2006 and 2010 ; and records related to Senate research funds, 2011.

Correspondence/subject files

Series consists of the subject and correspondence files of the Registrar and the Associate Registrar and cover the main activities of the office such as providing services to students, planning and organizing events including convocations and installations, administering scholarships and awards as well as acting as secretary to the Senate. The series is broken down into the following sub-series:
Sub-series 1: Academic year files, 1913-1981
Sub-series 2: Administration and General Files
Sub-series 3: Records related to Awards, Scholarships, Bursaries and Medals
Sub-series 4: Installation and Convocation Files
Sub-series 5: Records related to Admissions, Enrolment and Graduation
Sub-series 6: Special Events
Sub-series 7: Student Programs
Sub-series 8: Records related to the Board and Senate

Student records

Series consists of several subseries which include records from Cobourg: One subseries contains Registers, Directories, Marks, 1837-1946. The remaining subseries consist of student record cards. These cards often contain a photo of the student.

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