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Minutes and other records, 1868–1928

Series consists of minutes of Belleville Division of the Board for the Examination of Candidates and Probationers for the Ministry, 1868-1869; minutes and other records re probationers of the Conference Board of Examiners, 1875-1902; minutes of District meetings, 1903-1923, 1925; minutes of Faculty of Theology,1873-1881, 1912-1928; minutes of joint meetings of Faculty of Theology with the faculty of Knox College (United Church) and later Union Theological College, 1925-1928; and reports, 1872- 1875, curricula and degree requirements, n.d., 1874, and survey, 1899 ; book containing signatures of honorary Doctors of Divinity, 1912-1927.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Theology

Records relating to financial administration

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports and other records, 1905-2000, relating to financial administration, including bequests, endowments, government grants, and pensions.

The records in accession 1989.130V consist of correspondence, minutes and reports of a primarily financial nature. Some of the files outline Victoria's financial arrangements with the Board of Colleges and Secondary Schools and its successor divisions within the United Church of Canada; others provide information about the workings of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada and its predecessors, the National Conference of Canadian Universities and the Canadian Universities Foundation and the politics of federal and provincial government grants to denominational institutions of higher education. The financial reports of the men's and women's residences are included, as are files on bequests, endowments, and the United Church's financial aid package for undergraduates who had been accepted as candidates for the ministry. The arrangements made between the University of Toronto and Victoria regarding reimbursement of Victoria faculty for supervising graduate work are detailed.

Records relating to the University of Toronto

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, statistics and other records, 1913-2011, relating to the University of Toronto. This also includes financial arrangements, fundraising, the Toronto School of Theology, programs, relations with U of T faculties and departments, and negotiations concerning the Memorandum of Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding. This series also contains nominations for University of Toronto honorary degrees by Victoria University presidents.

Records relating to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, agreements, financial statements and other records, 1981-2006, relating to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art.

Note: The Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art is situated on property owned by Victoria University, and leased to the Museum. The President served on the Board of Trustees.

Records relating to academic administration

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, notes, applications, cvs, lists and other records, 1915-2013, concerning academic administration, including individual personnel files for faculty and senior administrators, records related to faculty appointments, salaries, promotions and retirements as well as agreements with the Faculty Association, policies and procedures regarding faculty and librarians. Series also includes records related to the Library, academic departments, research grant applications, including Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grants, and the hiring of Deans of Men and Women.

The records in accession 1989.130V consist primarily of correspondence, minutes, reports, notes, and lists; as the series title suggests, they are concerned primarily with the administrative details of the academic life of the university. The files of the Principals of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges and the various departments deal with matters such as faculty appointments, promotions, leaves, retirements, and salaries. Other files provide information concerning the hiring of Deans of Women and Men, the selection of residence dons, the move of the United Church Archives to the Birge-Carnegie Building, the acquisition of the Coleridge papers and E.J. Pratt manuscripts by the library, and the creation of the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies.

Records relating to Victoria University

Series consists of meeting minutes, policies and procedures, planning documents, correspondence, reports and other records, 1968-2015, related to a range of University activities and administrative functions. Includes University acts, records related to human resources, health and safety, the management of administrative departments, the Victoria Women's Association, the Archives and institutions including the Bader Theatre, the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (CRRS) and the Records of Early English Drama (REED). Series also includes records related to buildings and properties owned by the University, to student residences, and exchanges as well as the official visits of the President to various institutions.

The series also contains congratulatory messages to Presidents upon their appointments, including messages to Professor Paul W. Gooch on his installation as President in 2001 and to Professor William Robins on his installation in 2015.

Records relating to Victoria College

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports and other records, 1975-2012, relating to Victoria College, its programs and committees, including the Vic One Program, the Academic Advisory Committee, the Property Advisory Committee and the Semiotic Institute. Series also includes records of the Victoria College Review, the search for a Principal and correspondence between the President and the Principal of Victoria College.

Records relating to Senior Administrative Meetings

Series consists of meeting agendas, minutes, reports and other records, 2001-2007, from the Senior Administrative Meetings (SAM). This is a regular monthly meeting of the University's senior administrators to discuss and plan the tasks and priorities for each department. The President acts as the Chair. Topics include budget planning, the Provost White paper, safety and security, policies, the Double Cohort and size of the University, communications, scholarships, the Isabel Bader Theatre, hiring, residences, space planning, etc.

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1912-1949: correspondents include academic colleagues and family, and the correspondence is concerned with, among a variety of subjects, the situation at Victoria University, lectures, addresses, theological and moral questions, family matters, Brown's appointment to Yale University, and his Class of 1907 alumni events.

Addresses, articles, and other records

Series consists of manuscript, typescript and printed addresses (including Baccalaureate and funeral), articles, lectures, sermons, broadcasts, prayers and essays, [1903?]-1945: the addresses include those presented to various Victoria University groups, including convocations; and the predominant subjects of the material are the study and teaching of theology, and the church and its role in education.

Personal material

Series consists of a wedding announcement, University of Toronto Honorary Degree programme records and a book of remembrance for Charlotte Maude Brown, 1954. Also includes diplomas and awards including his PhD. from Harvard.

Subject/Correspondence files

Series consists of subject/correspondence files of the Dean of Women, 1903-1988, including general correspondence files and files concerning residences, the Tackaberry Library, role of the Dean and events at Annesley Hall, as well as notes, speeches and research related to women in education.

Minutes and other records of committees and associations

Series consists of minutes and other records concerning University bodies and outside organizations including committees, associations and councils upon which the Dean of Women participated, including the Tackaberry Library Committee, Pictures Committee, Faculty Women's Association, Dean's Council, Addison Memorial Committee, the Women's Building Committee (a sub-committee of the Board of Regents's Planning Committee), building committees, the Y.W.C.A., the University Women's Club, etc.

Director's records

Series consists of files of Directors Eva Kushner, Roseann Runte, Brian Merrilees, 1989-2001, including Advisory Board minutes and other records, Management Board minutes and other records, annual reports, financial statements, subject/correspondence files relating to various NFC activities as well as to Collected Works matters, including the appointment of staff and files relating to the applications of individual fellows/associates and visiting scholars.

Records relating to "The Legacy of Northrop Frye" Conference

The "Legacy of Northrop Frye" Conference was held at Victoria University, October 29-31, 1992. It took place in co-operation with the University of Toronto, McMaster University, Queen's University, Acadia University and the Royal Society of Canada.

Series consists of records, 1991-1993, including correspondence, applications, programme, minutes, financial and other records of the Conference Chair Alvin Lee and the NFC Director, Eva Kushner that relate to the planning and organization of the Conference; and the subsequent publication of the papers in The Legacy of Northrop Frye, 1992-1995.

General Records

Series consists of subject/correspondence files, 1993-2011. Predominantly from the Collected Works Associate Editor, Jean O'Grady, on various NFC matters, including reviews of non-Collected Works items, requests for information, fellowships, and conferences.

Records relating to The Collected Works of Northrop Frye

The Collected Works of Northrop Frye is a thirty volume series of University of Toronto Press publications that began in 1996 and continued until 2012; it published annotated versions of Northrop Frye’s books, correspondence, essays, speeches, notebooks, diaries, and interviews with Frye, edited by international Frye scholars.

Series consists of three sub-series relating to the production and editing The Collected Works of Northrop Frye: general records, 1991-2011; records of the General Editor, 1995-2011; and records of the Associate Editor, 1992-2011.

Material relating to Victoria College

Series consists of various items relating to Victoria College, 1836–1884, including account books, reports, memoranda and lists.

The final box in the collection is comprised of material relating to university matters. The financial records of Victoria are followed by a number of documents gathered in the course of Nelles' work as an administrator. In addition, there is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (mostly letters to the editor) dealing with the university question between 1857 and 1859.

Writing and memorabilia

Series consists of various writings, including extracts, notes and reflections, 1848–1886; and personal memorabilia, including Victoria College programmes and material after Nelles death, 1846–1902.

Box 14 holds written material which does not fall into any of the previously mentioned categories. It includes scripture studies, religious meditations, selected extracts from a variety of sources, and miscellaneous notes. The box also contains an assortment of personal documents and memorabilia, including a scrapbook on Nelles completed after his death by J.G. Hodgins.

Speeches and addresses

Series consists of speeches and addresses on religion and education, 1842-1887, given at Victoria College as well as other educational institutions, predominantly in Ontario.

The speeches and addresses fill one box and run from 1842 until Nelles' death. Several of these were given by Nelles while he was still a student, and many of the later speeches were addressed to student audiences. The most common themes were, once again, the relationship between education and religion, although the importance of the Church's mission work is also stressed.

Essays and articles

Series consists of predominantly religious essays and articles, 1842-1896, including those written as a student.

Many of the essays in the collection were written by Nelles during his school days, allowing the researcher to acquire some insights into the nature of a nineteenth–century education as well as an understanding of Nelles' interests and abilities as a young man. Other essays authored by Nelles may be found in manuscript copies of student newspapers located in the Victoria College Archives. Many of the articles included in the collection were printed after Nelles' death, giving some indication of the lasting impact of Nelles' work.

Diaries and journals

Series consists of journals and diaries, 1846-1887, containing reflections/essays on various topics, predominantly religious and spiritual; daily activities and quotations .

The box of diaries and journals covers the period between 1846 and 1887, with most of the entries being made before 1870. The early diaries tend to be more reflective, revealing Nelles' reaction to his reading material and his inner spirtual thoughts; the later journals focus more on daily activities.

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing general and specific correspondence, 1856-1887, re a wide range of academic and University administrative subjects, and family correspondence, 1887-1962, after Nelles' death. Correspondents include Egerton Ryerson, J.J. Maclaren, J.G. Hodgins and Isaac Brock Aylesworth.

Despite the fact that Nelles was apparently an avid letter writer, his correspondence comprises only one and a half boxes of the collection. As Nelles explained in a letter to J.G. Hodgins, he made a practice of discarding most of the letters which he received, making exceptions only for those of great personal significance. As a result, the bulk of the surviving correspondence was preserved by chance or through the efforts of other people. The letters span the years 1846–1887; they are organized chronologically and, when the volume warrants, by correspondents such as J.G. Hodgins, Egerton Ryerson, J.J. Maclaren, and Samuel Rose. An attempt has been made to document the thrust of each letter in the file listings. Although the letters touch on a number of subjects, the main theme of the correspondence is undoubtedly the "university question". The letters outline the development of the federation concept and the responses it evoked from the university community. One can gain insight into the day-to-day activities and tensions of Victoria College, and the precarious financial position of the college emerges clearly. Letters from old college friends such as Daniel Martindale, R.C. Pitman, and J.G. Hodgins reveal Nelles' interests as well as his capacity for warm and lasting relationships.

The correspondence also includes several letters to Mrs. Nelles following her husband's death and the correspondence of Professors Nathanael Burwash and A.R. Bain regarding the Nelles Memorial Fund. In additon, there are several files of letters dated in the 1950's and 1960's which chronicle some of the research into the Nelles' family history carried out by a descendent, F.C. Gullen. A file of notes made by Gullen contains a sketch map of Mount Pleasant, a typescript of a family history, and assorted family trees. A photograph of Nelles' birthplace was transferred to the Nelles file in the Archives' photograph collection.

Sermons

Series consists of manuscripts of sermons, 1848-1887 (some undated), delivered at Victoria College and at other Ontario places.

The two and a half boxes of sermons were delivered between 1848 and 1887, although a majority of them were composed during the 1840's and 1850's. Unfortunately about half the sermons are undated. They vary in form from extremely rough notes to polished drafts and are identified in the finding aid by their given title, their text, or their main theme. Naturally enough, many of the sermons focus on education, frequently dealing with the question of the relationship between intellect and religion.

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