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University of Toronto committees and projects

This series document’s Gotlieb’s role in several University of Toronto committees and initiatives, mainly relating to computers and their increasing use in the teaching and research functions of the University. Except for two small files dealing with the FERUT project in the 1960s, the committees documented here date from about the early 1980s to 2001. This was a time that saw exponential growth in the use and access to computers, first with the proliferation of personal computers and later with the development of the Internet. Included are files on the Toronto Waterloo Cooperative on Information Technology 1981-1985, the Working Group for a Canadian Electronic Text Network 1988, and the Identity Technology Working Group (Smart Card Review Committee). There are extensive printed e-mail files containing reports, discussions and correspondence for the Information Highway Working Group. This latter group was loosely related to the University since more that half its members were Faculty. It played a consultative role to the federal government on the development of the Internet.

Also included in this series are records relating to the Task Force on Academic Computing and New Media. It includes correspondence, e-mail, reports, surveys and notes from meetings. This Task Force was the successor of the Task force that set up the Information Commons. It was mandated to focus on “exploiting the academic computing and new media to enhance teaching and research, to enhance the communication among members of the University, and to connect effectively with a wider, external academic computer” [1].


  1. Report of the Task Force on Academic Computing and New Media, Working Draft 5, Feb. 14 2000 p. 3.


Records in this series are diverse in nature and include everything from curriculum vitae, newspapers clippings, correspondence, awards, transcripts of interviews, memorabilia and biographical write-ups. All contain some biographical information about Prof. Gotlieb that outline his achievements, activities, honours and interests. Included in this series is an interview on CBC Radio, “Morningside” with Peter Gzowski in Sept 1994 (See /001S).

Reviews and evaluations

This series contains reviews of various kinds either written by Prof. Richardson as a recognized expert in religious studies or about Prof. Richardson’s literary works. They are arranged in three groupings: reviews by others of his literary works (mainly books), reviews written by Prof. Richardson on other scholars’ works and published in various periodicals, and finally, evaluations by Prof. Richardson of manuscripts submitted for publication by scholarly journals.

Other professional activities

As a recognized scholar in both religious studies and architecture, Prof. Richardson participated in both academic associations as well as non-academic organizations. During his career Prof. Richardson was a member of a number of scholarly associations relating to the study of religious studies. For example, this series documents his involvement in the Society for New Testament Studies, including his involvement in the planning of the Toronto conference in 1980, as well as chair of the seminar “NT Texts in their Cultural Environment” from 1989-1994. Records relating to his involvement as Managing Editor of Studies in Religion published by the Canadian Corporation for Studies in Religion and his involvement in the Canadian Society of Biblical Studies will be found at the Queen’s University Archives where the fonds of these organizations are preserved. Records relating to his involvement in the Society of Biblical Literature are preserved in the Society’s Archives at Drew University in New Jersey.

In the 1990s Prof. Richardson was site architect for two archaeological excavations in Israel and records relating to both these excavations will be found in this series. The first of these excavations was sponsored by the University of Rochester and the University of Tel Aviv at the Yodefat Excavations. In addition to his role as site architect, Prof. Richardson was also guest lecturer and participant during the summers of 1994, 1996. During 1996 and 1997 he acted as consultant to a film crew and architects at that site. The files documenting the Yodefat site include correspondence, notes, travel arrangements, and an article submitted to the Globe & Mail documenting the 1996 trip.

The second archaeological site was at Khirbet Cana and was sponsored by the University of Puget Sound, Seattle. Prof. Richardson participated in the summer of 1999 and 2000 in capacities of lecturer and site architect. Prof. Richardson along with his co-architects, prepared reports on their tasks including preparation of drawings of the site and some architectural fragments, mentoring students and making formal educational presentations. Files on this archaeological site contain reports, correspondence, photographs, and original drawings of the site by Prof. Richardson. In addition to these duties, he also led a tour group to the site and to Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.

In 2001 he was approached by Dr. Jonathan Reed at the University of La Verne (California) to participate as site architect for possible excavations at Alexandria Troas or at Pisidian Antioch in Turkey for the summer of 2002. One file documents the discussion on this project, but the potential donor withdrew his offer of funding for the excavations and the plans did not proceed any further.

Prof. Richardson also served non-academic organizations in various capacities. Records relating to his involvement in the Ontario Heritage Foundation (OHF) and Visual Bible International (VBI) will be found in this series. In 1994 he was appointed to the Board of the OHF where he served as Chair of the Revenue Generation Task Force, as a member of the Properties Committee, and Co-chair of the Fundraising Committee.

In 2002, he became a member of the Board of Visual Bible International, Inc. (VBI) and chair of its Advisory Committee (2002-2005). VBI, a Toronto-based company, was a publicly traded faith-based media company. The purpose of this company was to produce the Bible in full-scale film format for showing in commercial theatres. The role of the Advisory Committee was to collaborate in the creative development and film producing process relating to the appropriate choice of Books of the Bible. Garth Drabinsky was producer. One film, Gospel of John, was completed and premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2003. Records on this activity consist of correspondence, minutes of meetings, newspaper clippings, script and production files for the film Gospel of John as well as Prof. Richardson’s manuscript and slides list for a lecture given in 2002. The company went into receivership in 2005. Preliminary work was done on a second film, Gospel of Mark.

Grants and research

Throughout his career Prof. Richardson applied for and received grants for research leave and research trips. This series contains application files to SSHRC as well as other funding sources both inside and outside the University of Toronto. Not all grants applied for were successful. This series also contains files documenting Prof. Richardson’s research trips and other related scholarly activities utilizing his expertise in religious studies and architecture. These files contain correspondence, travel arrangements, contacts information, and notes. Some files, such as those for trips to Israel compliment “Study Abroad” files in Series 7. Another file documents his trip to China in 1992.

Research, works in progress, and background material

Series consists of records documenting Dr. Rakoff’s research and works in progress. The series begins with a number of files documenting Dr. Rakoff’s research on psychological issues facing the children of Holocaust survivors. These records include a list of doctors working with such patients, a bibliography of resources, articles by others, news articles, and correspondence.

Series also provides good documentation of a Family Interaction Test conducted by Vivian Rakoff, Nathan Greenberg, Esther Halpern, Roslyn Spector and Isaac Rebner, from the Jewish General Hospital in Montreal in the 1960s. Records here include research, drafts, correspondence, and the original pictures shown to experiment participants. Other records in this series include notes and articles on art, Freud, Nietzsche, genius, Otto Rank, and Erik Erikson.

Comments on Lucien Bouchard

This small series documents the controversy surrounding comments provided by Dr. Rakoff pertaining to the psychological profile of Lucien Bouchard. These comments were made in memos sent to Dr. John Godfrey, which were then made available to high level officials in the government and the media. Some made complaints against Dr. Rakoff, on the grounds that he had provided a psychiatric diagnosis of a man he’d never met. Dr. Rakoff maintained that he was merely using his expertise to comment on the public presentation of a political figure. Records include correspondence, Dr. Rakoff’s statements and responses to the controversy, and substantial media coverage.

Creative work

Series consists of records documenting Dr. Rakoff’s creative life and includes poems, scripts, and other creative writing. 4 files includes some of Dr. Rakoff’s many sketches.


Series consist of portraits of Dr. Rakoff and photos of Dr. Rakoff speaking, receiving his honorary degree, and at a birthday party.


Series consists of records relating to Dr. Rakoff’s appearances on a number of CBC radio and television productions, including those listed below.

• An Argument of Laughter (a series of 3 talks by Dr. Rakoff). CBC Ideas, November 1969
• Language Series. CBC Ideas, 1969
• Model and Metaphor. CBC Ideas, 1969
• Man at the Centre: The Evolution of Human Sexuality, 1969
• The unnatural history of love. CBC Ideas, 1969
• Man Alive (Dr. Rakoff appeared on the CBC Television show about faith and spirituality), 1970
• Evil. CBC Ideas, 1971
• Perceptions and Prejudice, CBC Ideas, 1971
• Time Being: Death, 1973
• Massey: Perennial Man and the Slowed Machine
• Beaverbrook: the life and times of Max Aitkin. CBC Television, 1977 (Dr. Rakoff was a script collaborator)

Records include show schedules, program descriptions, transcripts, correspondence and contracts with CBC, background research, and listener/viewer letters. Note, Dr. Rakoff did not necessarily appear in all these programs; some schedules may have been retained for information purposes.

Series also includes audio recordings of various productions, including Nonquasi: An African Legend (a radio play), A talk on humour taped at the Clarke Institute, Rakoff’s talks for CBC Ideas shows “Terror of Death” (1969) and “Symmetry in Nature” (1972) and a show on “Between Ourselves” about intellectual refugees in Canada (1974?). Series also includes a dubbed recording of a Lord Beaverbrook address on American radio in 1941, rebroadcast on CBC in 1973.

Writing and publishing

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Rakoff’s writing and publishing activities. Works include articles in peer reviewed journals, book chapters, opinion pieces, magazine articles, reviews, and drafts of unknown works. One file includes Dr. Rakoff’s Discussion paper for the Ontario Law Reform Commission regarding the Mental Health Act (1991). Files almost always include copies of the final product, but may also include drafts, revisions, correspondence and background material.


Series consists of limited correspondence between Dr. Rakoff and various individuals, primarily academics, psychiatrists, editors, friends, and some members of the general public. In addition, one file documents the difficulties arranging a performance of his “Non Quasi” in Montreal. One file contains 12 years of correspondence with and about Mr. Li Hsing-yeh, a Chinese man Dr. Rakoff met in a park, with whom he struck up correspondence and who sent Dr. Rakoff a number of Chinese figurines and other gifts.

Personal and biographical

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Rakoff’s personal life and career. Records include CVs, degrees and certificates, diaries from trips to Israel and Russia, records pertaining to his honorary degree from U of T including a DVD of his address, and various memorabilia. 2 files pertain to the education and early adulthood of two of his children (David and Ruth, both authors). Series also includes a copy of “A psychiatrist’s odyssey,” an article on Dr. Rakoff by Robert Fulford, published in Saturday Night in February 1984.

Trips, conferences and talks

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Rakoff’s trips, conferences and talks. Files primarily include the texts of Dr. Rakoff’s lectures. One file includes news coverage of the 1970 Couchiching conference on “Love and the Establishment.” Another file includes the full transcript of a debate sponsored by the residents in psychiatry at McGill University on whether or not “psychiatry is an agent of the establishment,” at which Dr. Rakoff made extensive comments during the question period. One file relates to a trip to China in 2004, and includes correspondence and background research on suicide rates in China.

Course notes

Course notes of Park's aunt, Mary Louise McLennan, in Educations, 1914-15, and later by her students in the London Country Council; Teachers' outlines for senior bible class which Parks taught; his course notes University of Toronto Schools (1916-1920), Upper Canada College (1921-1923); course and lab notes for University of Toronto undergraduate courses in Arts, in Medicine and post-graduate courses and internships in medicine in Toronto; course notes for post-doctoral course in medicine, London (1932-33), University of Freiburg (1933-34), and Harvard (1934-35).

McLennan, Mary Louise

Military records

Series consists of diaries, lectures, daily orders and training syllabi for his start with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps at Camps Niagara and Borden (1941-43).

Also includes personal file, circular letters, hospital routines and notices and material for a course in tropical medicine while Director of Medical Services for the Canadian Army (1943-1945).


Books picked up at the Sanderbusch Naval Hospital, Germany, 1945


Prof. Ivey spoke regularly to groups, conferences, meetings, convocations and graduation dinners at both the university level and the high school level. He spoke to administrators, alumni, and students in both university and high school, and to high school and university level teachers as well as to the general public. The subject of these talks was centred frequently on his passion for the sciences, teaching and physics. Some of these addresses, like “A soupçon of science” were later published. The files in this series contain manuscripts of addresses as well as correspondence and notes. Of particular interest are files relating to his trips to England (1963-1964) ,China (1985), and to Caracas, Venezuela, Poland and New Zealand (1991).


Records in this series relate to Cochrane’s publishing of books, articles and reviews. Included are manuscripts, correspondence, research notes, clippings, published reviews and off-prints. For his first major book, Thucydides and the Science of History (1929), there is only one file containing reviews, comments and some correspondence.

For his most renowned work, Christianity and Classical Culture (1940) there is no manuscript, although two sets of galley proofs have survived. There is some correspondence relating to the book and copies of numerous reviews, including some from important scholars such as George Grant, Arnaldo Momigliano, R.M. Henry, Shirley Jackson Case, W.H. Auden and Reinhold Neibuhr.


Records in this series document Cochrane’s role as an educator. Included are course outlines, exams annotated with Cochrane notes, assignments and reading lists.

The largest part of this series is made up of course lectures. Where identified, lectures for specific courses are arranged together. There are no complete runs of lectures but the courses represented include: 1st year Greek and Roman History, Constitutional and Political History of Rome, Interpretation of Greek History. There are a series of lectures on Roman history and another series on Roman law, religion and institutions, although no course was identified. Finally there are lectures for a course on Economics of Geography, clearly written by Cochrane, although it is uncertain when and where he would a have taught this course.

Graphic records

This series mainly contains photographs and negatives documenting the Cochrane family, especially the Cochrane children Mary Ann and Hugh David. Cochrane appears in a very few, however, there are photographs of Cochrane on a camping trip to Temagami with some other men as well as early photos of his sea voyage to England probably to attend Oxford.6


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.

Talks, essays and lectures

This series includes manuscripts, draft notes, research notes of formal talks and lectures as well as related correspondence and newspaper clippings. Of particular note are files related to his work on historian Carl Becker. Two copies of his lecture and several files of notes are preserved. As well, there are manuscripts and typescripts of four lectures on St. Augustine that Cochrane delivered at Yale University prior to his death in 1945 and were expected to be published. There is also a rough draft of a paper entitled Augustine’s City of God that may also have been part of this series.

Also filed at the end of this series is some correspondence and an annotated copy of the Yale lectures belonging to Hugh David Cochrane who had attempted to publish some of his father’s works.

Advisory Committee, Defence of Canada Regulations

During the 2nd World War, Cochrane was a member of the Defence of Canada Regulations, Advisory Committee to the Minister of Justice. The committee heard appeals from people interned under the Defence of Canada Regulations and made recommendations on the terms of release or continued imprisonment of the internee. Records include some general correspondence, background papers and notes. Most of the series are case files for individual appeals.

There are some 170 case files that minimally contain a copy of the memo sent from the committee to the Minister of Justice with decision and justification. Some files also contain police or RCMP reports, background briefings, transcripts of the hearing and other interviews, correspondence of witnesses and Cochrane’s notes.

Also included in this series are some documents and clippings about various communist and fascist groups such as the Communist Party of Canada and the German Bund of Canada. These groups were illegal in this period under the Defence of Canada Regulations and many of its members appeared before the Advisory Board. There is also an early manuscript and a typescript of the Memorandum on the Communist Party of Canada, co-authored by Cochrane and A.S. Simpson ca. 1942.

General files have been placed in B2003-0011/023, followed by files on the Memorandum. Case files, found in B2003-0011/021 and B2003-0011/022, were grouped in large brown envelopes, upon which Cochrane listed the names of the internees and recommended decision for each case. These groupings have been maintained and arranged chronologically. The front of each envelope has been preserved and filed at the beginning of each group. Case files within each group have been arranged alphabetically by surname.


This series contains notes taken by Cochrane on secondary source readings, mainly monographs and encyclopedia as well as notes from primary documents such as the writings of early Greek and Roman philosophers and historians. While some notes are simply summaries of texts, others are annotated with Cochrane’s own subjective comments and evaluations. These notes most certainly served as source material for lectures, addresses and publications. Since there are no early drafts of his two major books, Thucydides and the Science of History (1929), and Christianity and Classical Culture (1940), the notes give some sense of how Cochrane’s theses developed and what contemporary and past works influenced his thinking.

This material is the most voluminous series and files are arranged in various ways. Firstly, there are notes grouped by subject as identified by Cochrane and arranged by author within.

Secondly there are a series of notes on Roman History arranged by subject that often relate to subjects found in lectures (see Series 2) as well as a box of miscellaneous notes that may relate to the writing of Christianity and Culture. There are also 16 small notebooks on secondary source writings that relate to the broad subjects covered at the beginning of the series, a bibliographic card index arranged by subject, as well as four files of bibliographic lists. Finally, a selection of annotated books from Cochrane’s personal library has been preserved here for the value of the notes in the margins.

Publications and manuscripts

This series documents portions of Dr. Fox's publishing career. It is comprised variously of book reviews, forwards in books, journal articles, contributions to newsletters, calendars and handbooks, reports and letters to the editor. The bulk of the series is however comprised of the first through seventh editions of his major published work, Politics: Canada. The series amply demonstrates the wide scope of Dr. Fox's interests and his ability to employ both popular as well as academic writing styles. It is not, however, a complete reflection of Dr. Fox's much more extensive publishing career.

Records are filed by publication chronologically and are grouped by type: book reviews, forwards, journal articles, press articles, newsletters, reports, letters to the editor, calendars and handbooks and miscellaneous writings.

Lecture notes

This series is comprised of lecture notes and background files on specific issues prepared by Dr. Fox for various graduate and undergraduate courses taught at the University of Toronto (1946-1981), University of Saskatchewan (1947, 1951) and Carleton College (1948-1954). The series is valuable in showing shifting trends and emphases in political theory. Course examinations illustrate areas considered of importance at the time. The curriculum vitae included in Series VIII (Biographical Materials) contain a near complete breakdown of courses taught by Dr. Fox for the period 1954-1980.

Radio and television

This series documents Dr Fox's extensive career in public broadcasting. The series is comprised of numerous radio and television scripts for various CBC programs. It illustrates the public facet of Dr. Fox's life and highlights his role as social commentator and political analyst. This aspect of his career frequently brought him into contact with major public figures. The series is also useful in providing a historical perspective on important political and social issues during the Cold War era. Commentaries by Fox included his views on current issues such as the Suez Crisis, the Hungarian Revolution and the election of John F. Kennedy.

Teaching files

This series consists mainly of undergraduate course materials, class lists, student grades, and miscellaneous administrative notes for courses taught by Fox at the University of Toronto. Earliest files relate to his position as Lecturer and Assistant Professor at Carleton College. Files related to graduate students primarily concern thesis and individual U of T student evaluations. Some term papers are included.

The series provides a snapshot of the history of political science education at the University of Toronto from the mid-1950's to the early 1980's. The series complements Series VI (Lecture Notes).

General professional correspondence

This series includes both incoming and out-going correspondence primarily of a professional nature. It includes correspondence related to research, publishing and editorial activities, speaking and broadcast appearances as well as collaborative efforts with colleagues. The series, though not extensive, spans Fox's post-graduation professional career and complements Series 2 (Publishing and Manuscripts), Series 4 (Radio and Television Scripts) and Series 5 (Professional Activities). The series is particularly valuable in illustrating Fox's interaction with political or literary notables such as Lester B. Pearson, Keith Spicer, Keith Davey, Pierre Lortie and Farley Mowat. It also highlights his contacts and input at the higher levels of governmental decision-making especially with regard to issues and policies related to national unity and bi-culturalism.


This series is comprised of various addresses, speeches and talks given by Dr Fox over a twenty year period. It illustrates his roles as scholar, public figure and educator. The addresses underline Dr Fox's academic, teaching and political interests. Recurring themes deal with the concept of leadership, the relationship of the university to society and politics and the press.

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