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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Series
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Administrative and teaching files

This series begins with Professor Allemang's appointment files at the University of Toronto (1959-1960, 1965-2003) and at the University of Washington in Seattle (1964-1965), while she was a doctoral student. There is followed by a file on three theses she supervised and a list of names and addresses she compiled of the members of the Class of 1954 in Nursing at the University of Toronto. The remaining administrative files document a variety of activities in the School (later Faculty) of Nursing. The earliest are Muriel Uprichard's files on the degree course for graduate nurses (1951-1963) and staff seminars from 1952-1953. These are followed by a series of reports, including Irene Saarik's report on the School library (1956), the first Nettie Douglas Fidler Lecture (1963), the report of the Sunnybrook-University of Toronto Nursing Project (1981), and an address by Gail Donner to the Faculty of Nursing Alumni Association (1981).

The last part of the series consists of the surviving files of lecture notes prepared by Professor Allemang. They encompass three courses: 'History and philosophy of nursing', Nursing 401, 'History if ideas about nursing', and Nursing 1005, 'Trends in nursing (education and practice): late nineteenth century to mid-twentieth century'. Included withthis course is notes on a lecture delivered by Jill Conway on 7 February 1974 on the historical development of women's professions. The series ends with a lecture by Professor Allemang presented to Degree IV students in 1981.

The files contain, in addition to lecture notes, some memos, outlines and reading lists.

Photographs and negatives

Series consists mainly copy prints collected of historical photographs of the Physics department. Most were in an album and page numbers are indicated on the folders. Some originals are included.

Research files

These files were assembled by Professor Allin for the writing of her book, Physics of the University of Toronto, 1843-1980 (1981).

Course notes

These files contain the course and lab notes taken by Elizabeth Allin while she was taking post-doctoral studies at Cambridge University in 1933-1934.

Relations with outside groups

Series consists of material related to ASSU’s relationship with other student groups, including those within the University of Toronto (Students’ Administrative Council, Graduate Students’ Union, Association of Part-Time Undergraduate Students, Campus Coalition, etc.) as well as outside (Ontario Federation of Students/Fédération des étudiants L’Ontario, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance, and other universities). Records include correspondence and meeting minutes documenting ASSU’s collaboration with other student groups, as well as reports, position statements and other material issued independently by other student groups.

Advocacy and initiatives

Series consists of records documenting various issues or initiatives taken up or spearheaded by the ASSU. Especially prominent are the files pertaining to ASSU’s activity surrounding asbestos found in Sidney Smith Hall in the early 1990s and the multiple fee levy referendums conducted by ASSU since its inception in the 1970s. Also included are early renditions of the organization’s constitution, information pamphlets, and newsletters.

Course evaluations

Series consists primarily of course evaluations published by individual course unions, as well as records pertaining to their production. Also included are earlier renditions of course evaluations produced by the Students’ Administrative Council (SAC) and ASSU. Records include published course evaluation booklets, questionnaires, meeting minutes, numerical tabulations, and production and budgetary documents.

Course unions

Series consists primarily of files compiled by individual course unions containing records of their events and activities. It also includes documentation of issues that arose within course unions and with ASSU, including about executive elections and funding. Records include event posters, newsletters, correspondence, meeting minutes and reports.

Vault photographs

These images are those selected mainly for printing in Acland’s book, Medieval Structure : the Gothic Vault. University of Toronto Press, 1972. Some may not have actually made it into the final printing. They show architectural features of various structures throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East. Originally these were probably taken around the same time as European photographs described in Series 8 – possibly during the same trip since many of the places are common to both series of prints.

This series contains the following arrangement:

/004P 247 photoprints: b&w ; 8x10 or smaller
4 photoprints: colour ; 8x10 or smaller
Mainly 8x10s these prints were identified as “European Arches”. Most are identified by location and have therefore been sorted alphabetically by place name. Except for a small number, Acland was the photographer. Some are numbered and mostly likely correspond to their use in the book but the correlation is unclear since the illustrations in the book are not numbered.

/004P 31 photoprints: b&w ; 8x10
These prints were originally arranged by chapter and this arrangement has been kept. Notations made by Acland on the back often note the page number.

/005P- 197 negatives: b&w ; 8x10

/007P These are enlarged negatives likely used for printing. Each is individually foldered since adhesive from the tape used to border their edges has made them tacky. Originally, all would have been sorted by chapter but this arrangement was lost. Whatever arrangement existed was maintained and where possible folders are annotated with the page number. The original folder has also been kept since it lists all images found in that chapter. Negatives not matched to their chapters are filed in Box /007. It is possible that some of these may not have been used in the book.

/001P 57 negatives : b&w ; 4x3.5 or smaller
29 negatives : colour ; 21/4’ x 21/4”
These are mostly original negatives of vaults many of which Acland identified. Some appear to copy negatives. There is no particular arrangement although original groupings were maintained.

Photographs of European trip

These photographs were taken by Acland during a trip to Europe in 1964 and document the architecture and landscape of various cities. These images would have been used for research and to illustrate several published works including a series of articles entitled “Building and Land:…” in Canadian Architect starting in 1968. Interior photographs of cathedrals and churches would have also formed the basis for his research on vaults, some of which were reproduced in his 1972 book Medieval Structure : The Gothic Vault.

Countries documented in this series include: Central European countries such as Czechoslovakia, Poland, Hungary; England; France; Greece; the Islamic Middle East such as Turkey, Iran and Egypt; Italy, Portugal, Spain and Yugoslavia. There are also photographs of Nigeria taken by a photographer Grant Wanzel. These are included here because they were originally filed with the European photographs.

Maritime photographs

These photographs of maritime architecture in Canada, include external and internal views of government buildings, historical sites, streetscapes, industrial buildings, churches and old homes. These were most likely taken around 1962 and were used for several publications including Building by the Sea and The Maritimes. Cities most widely represented in this series include Quebec City, St John N.B, St. Andrews N.B., Dorchester N.B., Fredericton N.B., Charlottetown P.E.I, Halifax N.S., Lunenburg N.S., St. Johns Nfld., Petty Harbour Nfld..

This series consists of b&w proofs and larger b&w and colour prints. Proofs are arranged by their original number order and are identified by town and building. Larger prints have been grouped by their geographic location of province and town.

Resource cards

This is a series of index cards that are colour coded and grouped by country. Most cards contain architectural drawings copied from books but some are hand drawn by Acland. There are also postcards showing buildings and some notes. These were most likely used to organize his research and supplement his lecture notes found in the notebooks.

Course materials and notebooks

This series contains one file of course materials such as outlines, reading lists, lecture schedules for courses Acland taught at various institutions. Courses for the University of Toronto School of Architecture include 2.23 The European Tradition of Framed Building, 2.24 Mediterranean Tradition, 2.26 The House, 2.27 Residential Patterns 222 and 322 History of Architecture.

Acland’s notebooks, which he most certainly used for lectures, document the subject matter of the courses and the way in which Acland organized his lectures. There are eight in total, illustrated with his original sketches.

Conservation work

To a limited degree, the two files making up this series document Acland’s involvement in the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. Included are some inventory forms completed by students in the 1970s, and an article about the project written by Acland and published in Ontario History, Sept. 1971. Photographs most directly related to his conservation work in the Toronto area are found in Series 10.


This series documents two books and one article. The first publication is Building by the Sea, limited edition photographic study of Maritimes architecture with foreword by E.R. Arthur and plates by J.H. Acland published by University of Toronto Press 1962. One large file contains the outline, notes and a photocopy of an early draft. Soon after the two authors published “The Maritimes” in the Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, July 1963. A copy is found in this series. Photographs relating to these two publications can be found in Series 7.

The third publication is Medieval Structure: the Gothic Vault (1972). This work was a culmination of all his research on middle ages architecture. Included is the original publication agreement, some original drawings, and long narrow tabs with rough sketches of the illustration that were being considered for the book. These were most likely used to organize and select the illustrations. A copy of the book has been kept with the papers. For photographs related to this publication see Series 8, 9 and 12.

Box /001 (19) – (22) and /005 for illustrated markers.

Essays, talks and scripts

This series contains draft manuscripts, outlines and related correspondence of talks given by Acland such as “The Medieval House” (1974), and Architecture and “The Arrogant Towers” (1967). Also there are scripts and related correspondence for CBC programs in which Acland was involved including Explorations, Man in a Landscape and A Sense of Place. Some files include slide lists and original drawings.


These are mainly 35 mm strip negatives mostly likely relating to the photos in series above although a relationship is not easily established. There are two sets:

515 negatives: colour
Most are European photographs but the number system does not match those found in Series 8 (Europe 1964 photos). Most were probably taken for vault research and have been cut and resorted according to location and architectural characteristics. There are also photographs of proposed plans for Toronto City Hall and other buildings in the Toronto area.

Approx. 1500-2000 negatives: b&w
These are rolls of black and white negatives. Approximately half are photos and drawn figures for the Gothic Vault. Others are images of various buildings and architectural drawings and models. Unlike most of the images in other series, these are completely unidentified and may have served as a preservation set.


This series includes slides most likely used to illustrate lectures, publications and possibly CBC programs in which he was involved. Most slides are undated but or identified as to their site location. There is also one box of slides of architectural student projects.

Biographical file

This series is one file containing a copy of his birth certificate, a C.V., a Fellowship Leave Application, a publication list, and a biography written around 1976. Documents give a good overview of his career and achievements.

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