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Series consists of manuscripts, drafts and offprints of writing by Dr. Brieger. See file listing for titles.

Work by others

Series consists of offprints, manuscripts, and other copies of works by other authors, including limited student work and exams from the 1960s.

University of Toronto. Fine Art Club

Series consists of records relating to the University of Toronto’s Fine Art Club from the 1960s and 1970s, including records documenting trips to New York, Cleveland, and Detroit, and a publication put out by the group. Also includes the constitution, minutes, correspondence and newspaper clippings of the Fine Art Society in 1981.

Bible Project

Series consists of records relating to the Bible project of Peter Brieger and Jürgen Paul. The original idea of the project was to compile a complete collection of photographs of French and English illustrated Bibles produced between the end of the eleventh century and around the year 1270, with a focus on the iconography of their illustrations. The project likely began in the late 1950s. In 1965, Dr. Brieger met Dr. Jürgen Paul, who moved to Toronto, from Germany, in 1967 to help Dr. Brieger finish the book.

Dr. Paul helped define the focus of the book, from a multi-volume corpus of all illustrations, to a study of “questions of iconography, the variety and development in the choice of subjects for illustrating the biblical books, and to concentrate on the Old Testament. It was to be demonstrated how over the period of the two centuries changes in subjects of illustration selected were influenced by changes in Christian theological exegesis of the Old Testament.” [1] The pair worked together in an office in Sydney Smith Hall during the winter and spring of 1967/68.

The pair later organized trips to several repositories to examine manuscripts. As Dr. Paul writes, “I had already realized that the material of French and English illustrated Bible manuscripts was still incomplete. Therefore, during the summer of 1968 we, together with Mrs. Brieger, spent several weeks in England checking the college libraries in Oxford and Cambridge. It turned out that in both universities large numbers of most interesting Bible manuscripts existed that were not even registered. No catalogues existed. After the stay in England we went by car through France checking the manuscript collections in Paris and provincial libraries between Avranches and Dijon. After that, we went to Italy checking the manuscripts in the Vatican library and in Laurenziana in Florence.”

When Dr. Brieger’s health began to fail, Dr. Paul continued the project, to a lesser degree, with Ann Hilty. The project was never published.

[1] From an account written by Dr. Paul. The full account can be found in the case file for B2016-0007.

Textual records

Consists of memorabilia belonging to various members of the Wrong and Blake families including Harold Wrong, Murray Wrong and Gerald Blake. There are items relating to Ridley College (1906, 1923), to the Kappa Alpha Society (1911-1916), as well as two booklets of poems: 1) Verses by Harold Wrong, and 2) By-Products 1911-1919 by Murray Wrong. As well, there are there two pieces of correspondence written by Gerald Blake from the front during World War I.


Note from Bliss: "These files consist of virtually all of my ingoing and outgoing correspondence, beginning in the summer of 1967 when we moved to Harvard to be Claude Bissell's Teaching Assistant during his tenure as Mackenzie King professor of Canadian Studies there. The normal organization is simply by date - but my filing system has never been meticulous and many letters may be out of order [users are welcome to straighten them out by date], or may have slipped into other files in the collection. Some correspondence with particular colleagues and/or friends has been filed separately for some years. Some important letters or exchanges have been given separate files. The correspondence is highly professionel - with a wide range of Canadian historians and covering everything of interest to young historians - and also personal, containing correspondence with family friends and students, political letters [I was extremely upset about the Vietnam War, and wrote to various political figures] and many others.

The files relating to my editorship of the Social History of Canada series bet ween 1971 and 1976 could have been put in Series 3, but are included in this series because so many of the letters contain material of more general interest. As well, quite a bit of Social History material found its way into the general files, so they also go together for user convenience."

Family correspondence

Note from Bliss: "These files include extensive correspondence with my mother; some correspondence with my brother, J.Q. Bliss, who died in 1969; much correspondence regarding my young brother, R.Q. Bliss; letters from members of Elizabeth Bliss's family; and the beginnings of correspondence with our children."

Consulting, Appraisals, Editing

Includes files related to the publication of "Canada's Illustrated History".

Note from Bliss: "This was a 16- volume illustrated history of Canada, published between 1974 and 1977 by a subsidiary of McClelland & Stewart, on which I was historical consultant. Folders 06-25 contain appraisals, correspondence, evaluations, annotated chapters, et cetera, relating to the books in the series. Some files are listed by the book's author, others by the decade covered. The most noteworthy book in the series is probably that written by Margaret Atwood on the period from 1820-1840, the book of hers that has been least noticed. Folders 9 and 10 contain my appraisals of her work and comments on her manuscript."

Evaluations and Recommendations, Students and Colleagues

Note from Bliss: "About 1972 I began making typed appraisals of essays, with carbons. Thus I had a copy for reference, which was particularly useful in commenting on second essays. My filing of these, as well as general letters of evaluation, has always been erratic and inconsistent. Often I did not keep copies of letters of evaluation - I've written thousands of them, it seems"

Family correspondence

Family correspondence, 1976-1982 and a file of documents regarding the estate of Anne L. Bliss.


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."

Personal files

Biographical and personal files, notebooks, course notes, family correspondence, diaries, files on trips, maps, and press clippings and pamphlets on birds and flowers.

Administrative files

Files relating to the University of Toronto, including histories of the departments of Mathematics, Philosophy and the Faculty of Law; Presidential and other committees; the Royal Lunch Club; the Department of Political Economy and Harold Innis.

Lecture notes

Lecture notes with supporting documentation (including pamphlets) in public administration delivered in the Department of Political Economy and the Division of University Administration, 1930-1970; lectures; files for lectures delivered outside the University of Toronto, 1930-1973.


Notes and programs regarding theses being supervised; copies of theses supervised.

Lecture notes

Consists of 2 files:
"The Impossibility of Realism." 9 p. 07.12.1931
"Philosophy of Science." 22 pp. n.d. (1933?)


Davidson Black kept a diary throughout much of his adult life. There are 28 volumes in this series. The earliest is for 1902, the year he entered medicine at the University of Toronto; it includes a tally of monthly expenses. The last diary is for 1934, the final entry being for 9 March, six days before his death. For each of the years 1922 and 1925, there are two volumes of diaries. There are no diaries present for the years 1907, 1908, 1909, 1911, and 1912. The diary Davidson kept while on active service during World War I is filed with his service records in Series 4. Most of the entries are brief as the diaries, except for 1902, are small. Some of the loose entries with the diaries are longer.

A number of items document his personal activities. The earliest is a small well-thumbed copy of 'The Book of Common Prayer', presented to him by his mother on his 9th birthday in 1893. A notebook, a journal, and permits document his early interest in ornithology. Finally, there are files of memorabilia, poems and sketches, and on honours bestowed on him later in life, along with twelve diplomas and certificates.


There are two correspondents with Davidson Black in this series: his mother, Margaret, and, especially, his wife, Adena. There are large gaps in the letters received from his mother. There are scattered letters for the years 1905, 1908, 1912 and 1920. A substantial number exist only for the years 1921 to 1927.

More of Adena’s letters to Davidson have survived. In the early years of their relationship, she numbered her letters; 95 numbered ones (along with several unnumbered ones and postcards) were written between 24 July 1912 and the end of 1913. Only one, #80, is missing here. After their marriage, the number of letters Adena wrote to Davidson fell off sharply, but not as sharply as the gaps in this series would indicate. There are only four letters for 1914, all written in January (they were together for most of the year, including their trip to Europe), and none thereafter until 1920. This means there are no letters for the period when Davidson was on active service during World War I (June 1917 to January 1919). There is only one letter present for 1920, none for 1921, and five for 1922. For the next, decade, until August 1933, there are a good number of letters, as the Blacks were often separated for weeks or months at a time.

The remainder of this series contains letters sent to and/or received from relatives and friends, including Professor J. J. R. Macleod; his file also contains one his hand-painted Christmas cards.

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