- UTA 1597-4
Part of Desmond Morton fonds
Most of Professor Morton’s files relating to his time as principal of Erindale College remain with the administrative records of the College. The files in this series contain additional material relating to his activities at Erindale, and to his activities elsewhere at the University of Toronto, particularly committee work. Records relating to his teaching activities are found in Series 5.
The arrangement of the files in this series moves from the general to the specific, beginning with Dr. Morton’s appointment files (1969-1993), to wider University matters and its committees, then to issues specific to Erindale College, to the Department of History and Dr. Morton’s work with his students. Of the numerous University committees of which Dr. Morton was a member, three are documented here: the Academic Affairs Committee of the Governing Council (1981-1983), the Presidential Advisory Committee on Instructional Media, which he chaired (1980-1982), and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Institutional Strategies (1982-1983). There are references to some of his other committee work in the general correspondence file on the University (1979-1992). There are also files of his letters-to-the-editor, newspaper articles on the University of Toronto and education, and on the curriculum at Erindale College.
The bulk of this series, however, consists of correspondence with students and former students (often relating to letters of reference), and there is a file of student exam results covering Dr. Morton’s teaching career at the University (1968-1974). There are also files on graduate students, particularly whose theses he supervised. These files provide insights into the problems faced by graduate students in the researching and writing of their research papers and theses, and into the role played by Dr. Morton in guiding them and ensuring that they completed their work.
An orientation address by Dr. Morton to new faculty members, accompanied by a large number of slides, has been removed from box 008, file 05 to Box 001P, file 01.