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Journals and notebooks

Series consists of two diaries kept by Wilfred Watson during his writing career and includes a diary created by Watson after 1958, and a second diary kept between 1984 and 1993.

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

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.


Series contains photographs collected, maintained, and/or accumulated by Kathleen Parlow. Photographs depict Kathleen Parlow's life, musical career (including photographs of the Parlow Strong Quartet), and travels to various places including Hawaii and Asia. Also includes photographs of various individuals including but not limited to: Kathleen Parlow; Minnie Parlow; Leopold Auer; Thomas Edison; Arthur Hinton; Harold Bauer; Samuel Gilbert Colt; Willen Willeke; Johan Halvorsen; Henry Scheadieck; Erich Wolff; Ernesto Consolo; Wanda De Stein; Mischa Elman; Marie Hall; and, Jascha Heifetz.


This series consists of a single file of correspondence largely of a professional nature. Included are letters relating to the Canadian-American Committee, the Usque Group, requests to give seminars, and ideas and writings in economics. The arrangement is chronological.

Personal correspondence

This series contains personal correspondence regarding appointments, remuneration, sabbatical requests and research proposals. There is also one file relating to his appointment as Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies.

Course notes

Charles Phelps, a native of Sarnia, enrolled in electrical engineering at the University of Toronto in the fall of 1930. He graduated in the spring of 1934 with a BASc.

This series contains the course notes, laboratory notes, test and final examination questions, engineering drawings, and a draft of his BASc thesis that Charles Phelps produced while a student. The arrangement is chronological.

The engineering drawings, which are from the first three years of his degree program, are stored flat in box /005.

Province of Ontario - Statutes

Consists of 3 files:

Notes re Government Statutes, n.d.
Notes: from (1897) Revised Statute of Ontario Cap. 298 [for (1901) 1 Edw. VIII

Cap. 41 (Ont.) An Act Respecting the University of Toronto and University College, 1897-1901

Notes: from Revised Statute of Ontario Cap. 299 [see above] 1897


This series consists of biographical information about Professor Rapoport, documents on his education and honours bestowed, files on his piano recitals and on the musical activities of his sons Alexander (pianist and composer) and Anthony (violist), and personal and family correspondence.

The first files contain information about Professor Rapoport, including his curriculum vitae, ‘Biographical sketches’ (which he compiled), and articles about him. These are followed by files on his high school education and appointments to the University of Toronto (1972-1973). The honours documented include nomination for the Nobel Prize in 1991 and honorary degrees from Western Michigan University (1971), University of Toronto (1986) and Royal Military College (1995). There are also a few examples of his poems, followed by the aforementioned musical activities. The major part of the correspondence deals with the problems arising from the purchase and renovation of a house when Professor Rapoport agreed to take a position at the University of Denmark. (As a result of these problems, he accepted a position at the University of Toronto instead). There are also several small files of personal correspondence with family and friends.

This series also includes a few photographs of Prof. Rapoport as well as a radio interview on CBC’s National Arts Friday Night that discusses Rapoport’s background, career and ideas and how they relate to music. A video production done in the 1979 by the University of Louisville provides a second discussion with Rapoport on his career and ideas, this time with a emphasis on mathematical systems.


This series documents primarily Prof. Chambers employment history beginning with his application to various universities in Canada for appointment to departments of linguistics. It includes correspondence with the University of Toronto which resulted in his appointment in 1970 to the Centre of Linguistics Studies as well as his application for head of the Department of Linguistics at University of British Columbia in 1977. Also included are some of his annual activity reports required for salary determination, appointments records, and up to date curriculum vitae.


This series documents William Irving’s university education at University of Alaska where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology in 1952, Harvard University (1953-1957) and University of Wisconsin (1959-1964) where he undertook graduate studies, receiving a Ph.D. in Anthropology in 1964. Included are course notes relating to anthropology, statistics, linguistics; correspondence; copies of term papers, research proposals.


Unfortunately only a small amount of Cochrane’s correspondence survived.

There is very limited professional correspondence, some family correspondence from his wife and daughter and very routine correspondence relating to the University College men’s residence. There is also some correspondence and related documents sent to Mrs. Cochrane upon the death of her husband.

Most of the correspondence relates to his family’s involvement in the evacuation of children of Oxford University faculty to Canada during the 2nd World War. This was officially undertaken by the University of Toronto Women’s War Services Committee but the correspondence relates directly to the care of the children of G.N. Clark, Patience and Martin, who lived with the Cochrane family from 1940-1942. There is also some correspondence with family friends, the Bells of Oxford, who sent their children and grandchildren to Canada. Cochrane finally helped them to be placed with relatives in the United States.

Of some interest, and included in this series, is a copy of W.S. Milne’s letter to the President requesting an independent department for Ancient History, dated 1903 and attached is a copy of his lengthy justification. This item is filed at the end of the series.

Legal documents and administrative records

Series consists of original and copies of legal documents, forms, and other records pertaining to the incorporation of the New Catholic Times in 1976, materials documenting the structure of the corporation and its operating policies and procedures circa 1985, and job descriptions and terms of reference for committees within the organization after 1990. Series is arranged chronologically.

Professional correspondence

This voluminous series documents all aspects of Conacher’s career including such mattters as appointments, salary, editorial projects, research, sabbaticals, professional activities within associations and participation in University administrative units. While there are series devoted entirely to most of these activities quite a lot of correspondence related to them is found filed chronologically in this series. Researchers will also find personal correspondence with friends and at times family members in these files despite the fact that most of this latter type of correspondence was filed separately and makes up Series 2.

The early correspondence from the late 1930s relates to his studies at Queen’s and his move to Harvard. There are several files of World War II correspondence documenting his employment in the Privy Council and in the Canadian Army signal division and historical section. There is a substantial amount of correspondence specifically with C.P. Stacey. At the end of this decade correspondence reflects Conacher’s attempts to establish his career as an historian. It discusses progress on his thesis, administrative issues regarding his employment and the teaching of courses.

Correspondence during the 1950s and 1960s is the most extensive and varied. It documents editorial projects such as a translation of Francois Du Creux’s History of Canada and projects related to the Canadian Historical Review. There is correspondence relating to organizations including: Canadian Historical Association, Atlantic Treaty Association, Frontier College and many others. Correspondents with other historians include (not exclusively): Kitson Clark of the University of Pennsylvania; Gordon O. Rotney of Memorial University (Nfld); C.L. Mowat of the University of Chicago; as well as U of T colleagues Donald Creighton, Archie Thornton and John Buchanan and close friend Kenneth McNaught. Of particular note is extensive correspondence regarding the dismissal of Professor Harry Crowe in 1958 from the United College of Winnipeg. Prof. Crowe was dismissed after the contents of his private letter were read by the Principal of the College and members of the University of Toronto History Department came to his defence.

There is a gap in the chronological correspondence files from 1971-1977. During most of this time (1972-1976) he was chair of the history department so it is assumed that much of this correspondence was filed with the office correspondence. Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing in the late 1970s and early 1980s is correspondence relating to issues of university governance as well as changes in curriculum and structure of the Faculty of Arts. There is also correspondence relating to various sabbaticals – London 1977 and Australia 1983. Correspondence nearing the end of his career until the time of his death relate to reviews, requests for recommendations as well as some correspondence relating to editorial and research projects.


This series contains 24 appointment book diaries from 1894 to 1962. Most detail events attended but sometimes contain personal observations. Also includes one note book and several loose pages written in pencil in which Clara Benson discusses visits with friends, home life and school activities (1889-1891).

Personal and university education

The series contains two groups of files: the first, relating to Prof. Richardson’s personal employment history, and the second, relating to his university education. Records relating to academic employment include Loyola College (later Concordia University) and the University of Toronto, as well as a file containing correspondence concerning employment opportunities at other institutions. The files relate mostly to his employment with the University of Toronto and include curriculum vitae, annual activity reports, salary, appointment to Scarborough College as well as his appointment as Principal of University College. Files relating to honours include his nomination by the Department of Religious Studies for the 1996 Northrop Frye Award, and the publication Text and artifact in the religions of Mediterranean Antiquity: essays in honour of Peter Richardson (Wilfrid Laurier University, 2000).

The remaining files document, in part, his undergraduate education in architecture at the University of Toronto, and in divinity at Knox College (an affiliated college at the University of Toronto), followed by graduate study at Cambridge. There is just one file relating to his undergraduate architecture degree containing an essay on “Architecture engineering education” written during the 1956-1957 academic year. This is followed by files containing essays written during his 3 years at Knox College. A file of correspondence (1958-1964) documents his application to various graduate schools following completion of his undergraduate degrees. In April, 1962 he was accepted to the graduate programme in the Faculty of Divinity at the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, England. Files relating to his doctoral studies include class notes, correspondence, papers leading to his dissertation, draft of his dissertation and a final copy entitled The Israel of God in early Christianity.

Writings and publication drafts

Series consists of W. E. Gallie’s writings, manuscripts and reports that eventually went to publication. The series consists of both typed and handwritten reports, drafts, some correspondence related to copying and publishing, and in some cases, medical photographs or images have been attached as figures. A bibliography of many of Gallie’s works is included. Some of the publications in this series are co-authored by Gallie and Dr.’s Robertson, LeMesurier, and Janes. The files in this series have been arranged in chronological order. The titles for the files in this series reflect the given title of each report, if one exists.

Correspondence and biographical material

This series consists of correspondence between Harry and several colleagues regarding awards, his appointment as the Chairman of the Department of Physics (1961-1969), correspondence and reception material from the Oder of Canada ceremony (1971-1972), correspondence and reception material from the inaugural H.L. Welsh Lectureship series (1975), several newspaper clippings (1968-1971), notes taken for Dr. Welsh’s oral interview as part of the University of Toronto Archives Oral History Programme (1978), and biographical information in the form of a eulogy (1985).

Personal and education

This series consists of records such as her curriculum vitae, her association with the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, personal documents such as register of birth, certificates and diplomas relating to her nursing education at the University of Toronto, and her association as an elder with St. Andrews Presbyterian Church, Owen Sound. Records relating to her education also include her personal scrapbook of photographs, clippings, correspondence and other documents recording her years as a student of nursing in the diploma programme at the University of Toronto. This series also contains a file relating to her Honorary Doctorate in Nursing Science from the University of Turku in Finland in 1993.

In addition to photographs in the scrapbook, portrait photographs of Prof. Jones as a graduate in nursing in 1950, as Dean (ca 1979-1988) and informal photographs of the honorary degree ceremony at University of Turku will be found in /001P.

Royal Conservatory of Music

This series contains mainly personal records of Prof. Schabas relating to his long association with the RCM. Arranged alphabetically by file title, these files contain correspondence and other communications, notes, copies of reports, etc relating to Prof. Schabas' activities as teacher, administrator and later, consultant for Special Projects (1990-1991). Included are files on the relationship between the RCM and the Faculty of Music and separation of the RCM from the University of Toronto, curriculum development, Building Committee, examinations, and personal correspondence with colleagues both at the RCM and U.of T. Related correspondence and papers may be found in Series III, Professional Correspondence.


This extensive series contains both personal and professional correspondence received by Prof Berger during his academic career. Some of Prof. Berger’s draft replies will be found in later files. The earliest letters document his doctoral education and his appointment to the Department of History at the University of Toronto. Correspondence from the 1970s through the 1990s document his flourishing career as prominent historian, author, teacher and advisor, etc. Later correspondence is dominated by requests from editors and other scholars relating to his publications, requests for review of other manuscripts, as well as his history of the Royal Society (1996)

Correspondents include, among others, prominent academics such as Prof. Ray MacLean, Dept. of History, St. Francis Xavier University (b 1927 d. 2004), Prof. Ramsay Cook, George (now Sir George) S. Bain, a former classmate at the University of Manitoba and member of Board of Bombardier Aerospace, as well as former students such as Doug Owram (professor, University of Alberta 1976-2006), and colleagues at Canadian and foreign universities. Subjects include personal information about family, friends and colleagues, academic correspondence with students and other academics about research progress, requests for letters of reference and support, comments on recent publications, and other academic activities. Two files at the end of this series contain letters to single correspondents: M. Brook Taylor (1986-2006) former student and faculty member in Department of History, Mount St.Vincent University and Sam Waller, amateur historian and founder of the Sam Waller Museum in The Pas, Manitoba.

Diaries and personal papers

This series contains five diaries kept by William Dale from his student days (1868) through several years as professor of classics at the University of Toronto (1892). In his article on William Dale, Robert Wilhelm states “In the pages of these journals, all of which deserve publication, we obtain an amazingly intimate picture of his feelings and thoughts on life, religion, politics, his studies, the books he has read and his views on education [1].

This series also includes a file of two pieces of correspondence - a letter of December 11, 1888 from A. M. Bascom, a “friend of father’s in Uxbridge re father’s faith and B’s advice to him to get married” [2] and an invitation to Prof. and Mrs Dale to attend convocation conferring an honorary degree on the Duke of Cornwall, Oct. 11, 1901 (B2002-0017/001(07). For the bulk of correspondence by Dale to his wife Frederika Rykman Dale see Sous-fonds 2, Series 1. Another file contains a Farm Book of expenses (1897-1906) maintained by Dale while farming his property near St. Marys, Ontario (B2002-0017/001(08).

The final item is the testimonial presented to Dale by Classical Association of University College on 20 Feb 1895, following his dismissal by the University. It is signed by members of the Association.


[1] Robert McKay Wilhelm, “William Dale – Delicta Maiorum: An Ancient Roman on the battlefield at the University of Toronto”. P. 21 B2002-0017/008

[2] Ms notation by Frances Dale on front of envelope


Frances Dale’s diaries begin in 1926 when she enrolled in her first year at University College at the University of Toronto. The diaries for her University of Toronto years record not only daily events during the academic year, but also names of friends, social events like dances, names and addresses. Later volumes of her diaries document her education at Ontario College of Education and her first teaching positions and summers spent teaching physical education at summer camps. Diaries of her trips to Europe in 1934 and 1936 are also contained in this series.

Personal life and family

This series documents Dr. Farrar’s family and personal life from the 1870s to the 1970s. The records in this series have been divided into 2 sub-series and are described below.


Note from Bliss: "These files consist of all my incoming and most of my outgoing correspondence for the last 22 years of my career at the University of Toronto. Most of it is filed in rough chronological order, though sometimes there are indexes. I am not consistent about back-to-front or front-to-back filing. Some of my correspondence is filed according to specific subjects. Particularly specialized correspondence, such as student reference letters, is in other series. My filing systems were always fairly ad hoc, and especially in the 1980s everything tended to be thrown into the general correspondence files, as it came in, everything lumped together, including much family material that should be in the files in series 2. Major changes in my system occurred late in 1986 when I first began using a computer for my correspondence, and again in 1995 when I moved to 88 College and had the help of a secretary, Andrea Clark. Generally these files contain material of every kind relating to a busy family, writing, and professional life."


Most of the correspondence in this fond can be found in B2007-0020. It is arranged chronologically and touches upon a wide range of Prof. Forbes professional activities and therefore relates to all other series in this fonds. There is correspondence relating to his research especially on nationalism and ethnicity. In particular, there is correspondence relating to his thesis in the late 1960s and early 1970s files, as well as correspondence with publishers regarding submission of several written works. There is some correspondence that documents his participation at conferences and invitations to talks and seminars. Prof Forbes acted as a peer reviewer for various journals such as the Canadian Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Canadian Studies, Canadian Public Administration as well as for Canada Council Grants. Correspondence and comments relating to his role as referee are found throughout these files.

Correspondence and attached documents also document courses in the Department of Political Economy and later the Department of Political Science. They often discuss curriculum changes and delivery, as well as the structure of specific courses. There is some correspondence specific to the Department of Political Economy review committee, of which Forbes was an active member. His role as a teacher and mentor is well documented in letters of recommendation for students and colleagues for grants and scholarships, as well as correspondence offering research and career advice.

Accession B2010-0010 includes a small amount of correspondence arranged by subject. These include files on Forbes’ role as a peer reviewer for U of T Press and e-mail relating to his visit to the J.F. Kennedy-Institut in Germany. There are also two restricted files relating to an academic review of the Psychoanalytic Thought Programme.


This series gives researchers a good overview of Prof. Hume’s career and highlights. It includes biographical sketches, C.V., clippings, awards and correspondence regarding his various appointments. Photographs of Prof. Hume and relating to his career have also been placed in this series including portraits, a photo of Prof. Hume at a 1969 IFIP meeting and early computer installations in the Computer Centre. Finally, there is one framed painting of the Sanford Fleming building that hung in his office.

Personal and biographical

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s personal and academic life in Germany and Canada. See subseries descriptions for more detailed information.

Education and employment

This series consists of N.J. Turnbull’s records relating to his education at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Forestry. Included are class notes, assignments, and laboratory reports. Three Field Books, co-produced with other students, are also included. The series also consists of Field Notes corresponding to specific regions, primarily Kapuskasing. N.J. Turnbull worked here as summer employment while still enrolled at the Faculty of Forestry. There are two Field Notes that span long periods of time (1939-1982 and 1988-2007 respectively) which appear to be miscellaneous notes. There are two Daily Journals which are comprised primarily of notes on the weather and geographical information. Additionally there are some other materials corresponding to N.J. Turnbull’s employment, including a booklet on insects which is accompanied by a letter addressed to N.J. Turnbull from the author of the booklet, a notebook regarding the S.F. Woodlands Strike, and two maps of the Ontario Timber Limits of the Spruce Falls Power & Paper Co.


Series consists of draft manuscripts and typescripts of more than 150 books and articles, forewords and introductions, sermons, and talks by Henri Nouwen. The date range of the materials is from 1956 to 1996. The series contains drafts of 49 of his articles and drafts of 41 books (Nouwen published over 300 articles and 39 books in his lifetime). In addition to handwritten drafts or typescripts some files may also include loose notes (usually background reading notes), galley and print proofs, administrative papers, correspondence regarding the materials, and photographs and artwork used in the process of publication.

The materials in the Series reflect Nouwen’s general writing process: for the most part he hand-wrote his works on foolscap or in hard-back journals, often he created reading notes pertaining to the subject he was writing on, drafts were typed by an administrative assistant and then circulated to friends and other readers for comment. He saved all of the drafts, often incorporating the notes made by himself and other readers, in order to create one final work.

Common themes present in the drafts include: spirituality, love, God, psychology, theology, relationships, prayer, ministry, and Christian life. Nouwen often reflected on his own spiritual journey and experiences in his works in journal form. This writing was often deeply personal and it is for this reason that some of the manuscripts and drafts are restricted from use, including Man at the Watershed, A Spiritual Journey, Taken, Blessed, Broken, Given (parts of which were published in Life of the Beloved), The Inner Voice of Love, Adam, and Sabbatical Journey.

With exception of the sermons, most material has been published. Eight transcripts have been identified as unpublished, including a book on Anton T. Boisen based on Nouwen’s doctoral thesis, a draft of a work about Nouwen’s friend Richard Alan White, and notes for a book Nouwen began in 1991 regarding the trapeze and the spiritual life as well as some of the restricted material listed above. See file descriptions for more information on each work.

The series has been arranged into two sub-series:

    1. Books and articles
    1. Talks and sermons

Each of these sub-series has sub-sub-series, files, and items. They have been arranged chronologically.

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