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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

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bursar's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2001
  • Fonds
  • 1831-2017

Fonds consists of the records from the Upper Canada Academy and the period when Victoria University (formerly College) was situated in Cobourg. It includes records of the Academy Treasurer, John Beatty and of the Bursars/Treasurers, John Potts and George Cox.

Subsequent records are from the Bursars of Victoria University:
W.J. Little (1932-1951)
W.C. James (1951-1963)
F.C. Stokes (1963-1985)
Larry Kurtz, (1985-2003)
David Keeling (2004-2009)
Ray deSouza (Present)

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bursar's Office

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Administrative Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2002
  • Fonds
  • 1969-2011

Fonds includes photographs and consists of ten series: Constitution, 1970–1998; Minutes and reports, 1970–2011; Directories, 1981–1993; Financial records, 1970–1987; Correspondence of the President, 1971–1995; Records relating to member organizations, commissions and committees, 1970–2009; Records relating to orientation, 1977–2004; Records relating to elections, 1976–1998; Records relating to land and property issues, 1973–1989; and Subject files, 1969–2007.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Administrative Council

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue fonds

  • CA ON00357 2003
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1997, predominant 1950-1977

Fonds consists of corporate records (minutes, a subpoena, correspondence, constitution, petition, reports, questionnaires - 1894-1981); Articles and reviews (1895-1981); Music, scripts, programs, posters, and other ephemera (ca. 1894-1997); Audio tapes and records (1954-1963).

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Union Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2004
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1970

Fonds consists of various versions of the constitution, 1930-1968; minutes, which may include annual reports and correspondence, 1959-1970; financial accounts, 1948-1970; reports, 1962-1968; records re orientation, 1960-1969; membership lists, calendars and other records, 1958-1960; minutes of the Union Activities Committee, 1952-1955 and Wymilwood House Committee, 1955-1970.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Union Council

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2005
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1893

Fonds consists of constitution, 1857; minutes, 1857-1893; correspondence (letterbooks), 1870-1882; treasurer's books, 1857-1892; and library record book, 1885-1891.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Union Literary Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2006
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1930

Fonds consists of constitution, 1893; minutes, 1893-1911, (including rough, 1893-1900), 1896, 1911-1919, 1919-1922; correspondence, 1907, 1922; song books; and correspondence file concerning repayment of a loan made by the Board of Regents to the Union Literary Society for the purchase of Indian relics, 1903-1913.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Union Literary Society

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Parliament fonds

  • CA ON00357 2007
  • Fonds
  • 1893–1930

Fonds consists of constitution, 1924; minutes, 1924–1929; and cashbooks (including records of Union Literary Society), 1893–1930.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Parliament

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Student Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2009
  • Fonds
  • 1927–1999

Fonds consists of the following series: Constitution, 1939-1994; Minutes, 1927-1999; Records of the President, 1954-1981; Financial records, 1932-1955; Various records, 1963-1999; Records of the Association of United Church Theological Student Communities, 1975-1977; Records of the Athletic Society, 1947-1965; Records of the Clerical Collar, 1968-1971; Records of the Cousland Lectures Committee, 1961-1978; Records of the Missionary Society, 1947-1965; Records of the Theological Society, 1955-1963; and Records of the Worship Committee, 1955-1963, 1983-1997.

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Student Society

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Music Club fonds

  • CA ON00357 2010
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1977

Fonds consists of constitution, 1963-[1972?]; minutes, 1962-1972; correspondence and other records, 1931-1977; journal record of "The Pajama Game", 1962-1963; scripts, 1962, 1975; song sheets, financial record books, 1930-1963; clippings, 1934-1975; and scrapbook, 1936-1942.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Music Club

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Athletic Union fonds

  • CA ON00357 2013
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1977

Fonds consists of financial record and list of users of the Rink Committee; constitutions and minutes, 1931-1938, 1965; minutes of the Field Day Committee, 1909-1918; petition re playing field, [ca.1902]; and financial records, 1895-1916, 1951-1972.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Athletic Union

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Student Organization Records Collection

  • CA ON00357 2014
  • Fonds
  • 1887–1976

Fonds consists of the records of various student clubs and organizations including the Y.W.C.A., the Women's Athletic Association, the Cricket Club, the Varsity Christian Fellowship, Liberal Arts Club, Le Club Française, Literacy and Mutual Improvement Society, the Football Club, Bible Study Committee, the Social Caput, Orchestra, Classic Club, Chaplain's Council, Victoria Church Students Union, Contemporary Club and the Barefoot Club.

Records include constitutions, meeting minutes, correspondence, financial records, membership lists, newsletters, etc.

Student Organization Records Collection

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2019
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1922

Fonds consists of minutes of the Students' Council, 1913-1914; minutes of the Men's Council, 1914-1916; minutes of the Women's Students Council, 1914-1920; and agreement between the Faculty of Victoria College and Men Students of the College (as represented by the Students' Council) re student government, 1914.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Council

Edward Wilson Wallace fonds

  • CA ON00357 2020
  • Fonds
  • 193? - 1941

Fonds consists of manuscripts, notes, outlines, bibliographies, research material and other records for Emmanuel College course regarding missions, 1932-1941 (Box 1); and manuscript of "The expansion of Christianity: a history of missions," [193-?] (Box 2).

Wallace, Edward Wilson

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). President's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2021
  • Fonds
  • 1897-2017

Fonds includes records from the terms of:
Nathanael Burwash (1887-1913), Richard P. Bowles (1913-1930), Edward Wilson Wallace (1930-1941), Walter Theodore Brown (1941–1949), Harold Bennett (1949-1950), A. B. B. Moore (1950-1970), John Edwin Hodgetts (1970-1973), Goldwin S. French (1973-1987), Eva Kushner (1987-1994), Roseann Runte (1994-2001), and Paul Gooch (2001-2015).

It consists of the following series:
General correspondence, 1907-2005; General subject files, 1897-1970; Records relating to the Board of Regents, 1912-2008; Records relating to the Senate, 1954-2008; Records relating to the Victoria College Council, 1928-2008; Records relating to the academic administration, 1915-2013; Records relating to the financial administration, 1905-2000; Records relating to awards, 1918-2005; Records relating to student assistance, 1916-1976; Records relating to students, 1915-2007; Records relating to alumni, 1928-2008; Records relating to functions, 1913-2010; Records relating to the University of Toronto, 1929-2011; Records relating to the United Church of Canada, 1928-2001; Records relating to gifts, 1897-1973; Records relating to the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, 1981-2006; Records relating to fund raising, 1974-2008; Records relating to Emmanuel College, 1968-2008; Records relating to Victoria College, 1975-2012; Records relating to Victoria University, 1968-2008; Records related to the Chancellor and Chancellor's Council of Victoria University; and Records relating to Senior Administrative Meetings (SAM), 2001-2007.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). President's Office

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

  • CA ON00357 2022
  • Fonds
  • 1868–1928

Fonds consists of three series: Minutes and other records, 1868–1928; Records of the Dean of Theology, 1910–1928; and Records of students, 1871–1928.

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

William Arthur Potter fonds

  • CA ON00357 2023
  • Fonds
  • [between 1912 and 1930]

Fonds consists of lecture notes.

Potter, William Arthur

Richard Davidson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2024
  • Fonds
  • 1902–1944

Fonds consists of correspondence (including records as Principal of Emmanuel College, 1932–1943; notebooks; notebooks, quotations and background material; sermons; prayers and essays; essays and essay notes; essays and addresses; orders of service, worship; Book of Praise material; Book of Common Order material; and lecture notes. Also included is a series of his son's personal letters (John Craig Davidson).

Davidson, Richard

Alfred Gandier fonds

  • CA ON00357 2026
  • Fonds
  • 1881–[ca. 1950]

Fonds consists of correspondence (including correspondence of the Principal of Emmanuel College), 1893–1932; manuscripts of addresses and articles, 1908–1932; sermons, reports and notes, 1881–1931; diaries, 1881, 1882, 1927; published sermons, articles and pamphlets, n.d., 1905; clippings; memorial booklet, 1934; notebooks on theological subjects, n.d.; and papers from Mrs. Jean Gandier including correspondence from Alfred and biographical notes about him, 1900–[ca. 1950].

Gandier, Alfred

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Director of Graduate Studies fonds

  • CA ON00357 2027
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1981

Consists of examination questions and correspondence, 1954-1959; records of the Council on Graduate Studies in Religion, 1950-1964; general correspondence, 1952-1981; inquiries, requests for calendars, 1958-1967; and subject correspondence files, 1964-1979.

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Director of Graduate Studies

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumni/ae Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2028
  • Fonds
  • 1927–2014

Fonds consists of the following series: minutes of the Union Theological Alumni Association, 1927–1933; minutes and reports, 1928–1935, 1968–1992, 1995-2014; records of the Secretary/Treasurer, 1928–1973; correspondence, 1930–1934, and Records of events, 1978-2011

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumni/ae Association

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Registrar's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2035
  • Fonds
  • 1893-2012

Fonds consists of the following series: Subject files, 1932-2003; Records relating to students, 1913-2003; Correspondence of the Registrar, 1928-1975; Records related to courses and programmes, 1893-2003; and Emmanuel College Chapel records, 1945-1960; Records related to orientation and convocations; and Records related to recruitment.

Series 4 - Records related to courses and programmes - contains records of Union Theological College, the antecedent of Emmanuel College.

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Registrar’s Office

Kenneth Harrington Cousland fonds

  • CA ON00357 2036
  • Fonds
  • 1909-[ca. 1987]

Fonds consists of early papers, 1909-1929; sermons, 1925-1966; prayers, [n.d.]; lecture notes [n.d.]; papers relating to choirs and music, 1947-1963; papers relating continuing education and the training of ministers, 1923-1963; papers relating to events at Emmanuel College, 1941-1965; papers relating to United Church history and archives, 1932-1965; papers relating to Cousland's book on the founding of Emmanuel College; resume; a book of hymns by R.B.Y. Scott, [ca. 1987]; and correspondence relating to students taught by Cousland, and essays examined by him.

Cousland, Kenneth Harrington

Samuel Sobieski Nelles fonds

  • CA ON00357 2038
  • Fonds
  • 1842-1962

During his thirty-seven years as a teacher and administrator at Victoria College, Samuel Nelles made an indelible imprint on both the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the system of higher education in Ontario. Consequently, his papers possess significant research value for religious, intellectual, and educational historians. The collection held by the Archives is a fairly representative sampling of Nelles' correspondence, essays, articles, sermons, speeches, addresses, lectures, and notes. The earliest material dates from his student days in the early 1840's, and the last records were written only days before his death in 1887.

Fonds consists of the following series: Correspondence, 1856–1962; Diaries and journals, 1846–1887; Essays and articles, 1842–1896; Sermons, 1848–1888; Speeches and addresses, 1842–1887; Lectures, 1854–1887; Notebooks of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays and notes, 1847–1887; Writing and memorabilia, 1846–1902; and Material relating to Victoria College, 1851–1884.

Nelles, Samuel Sobieski

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2039
  • Fonds
  • 1928–2011

Fonds consists of four series: Minutes, 1928–2011; Minutes of the Curriculum Committee, 1976–1989; Minutes of the Planning Advisory Committee, 1989–1990; and Self-study, 1967, 1990.

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Council

John Hugh Michael fonds

  • CA ON00357 2040
  • Fonds
  • 1898-[194-]

Fonds consists of papers which are primarily undated: sermons, papers, journal articles, papers, commentaries, and notes and rough drafts.

Michael, John Hugh

Charles Bruce Sissons fonds

  • CA ON00357 2041
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1965; 1931-1961 predominant

Fonds consists of manuscripts, notes and other material relating to Sissons' biography of Egerton Ryerson [193-], as well as articles [1931-1949], notes regarding Victoria University history [ca. 1950], and reminiscences [ca. 1961].

Sissons, Charles Bruce

Nathanael Burwash fonds

  • CA ON00357 2042
  • Fonds
  • 1845-1927; predominant 1865-1915

In his capacities as a minister, teacher and administrator, Nathanael Burwash exerted tremendous influence on both the course of the Methodist Church in Canada and the development of the educational system in Ontario for over half a century. In view of this dual role, Burwash's papers are of cardinal interest to religious and educational historians; nevertheless, they also contain valuable insights into the political, social and economic conditions in Canada between 1860 and the end of the First World War. The collection held by the Archives includes a large selection of Burwash's correspondence, diaries, sermons, addresses, essays, lectures, manuscripts, and biographical material.

Burwash's correspondence has been organized chronologically and thematically. The bulk of the material has been classified as general correspondence, but, where the volume or importance of correspondence on a particular subject warranted, a separate file was created. When ever possible, Burwash's replies were placed with the letters in response to which they were written. The major portion of the correspondence relates to the administration of Victoria College: included are letters from students seeking advice, requests for academic recommendations and honourary degrees, applications for staff openings and salary increases, questions concerning curriculum and examinations and debates over the relationship between the university and the government. The close ties between Victoria and other Methodist institutions such as Albert College, Columbian Methodist College and Wesley College in Winnipeg are clearly illustrated. Information concerning the university's financial arrangements and endowments has largely been segregated, but the researcher should also scan the general correspondence and the Massey family correspondence for a more complete picture. The family correspondence provides insights into Burwash's private opinions and reflects many values of Canadian family life. Although there are occasional questions regarding spiritual matters, the problems of training young men for the ministry or mission work, there are not as many as might be expected from the nature of Burwash's involvements. The bulk of the religious correspondence deals with the issue of Higher Criticism (particularly the Workman and Jackson controversies). Because Burwash was generally perceived to be a moderate liberal in theological matters, he received solicitations for support from both conservatives and radicals within the Methodist Church.

Although a number of the diaries are little more than listings of appointments and meetings, others are detailed accounts of Burwash's daily activities as a young preacher and professor and outline the nature of his spiritual concerns. The division of the remainder of the material into sermons, addresses, lectures, articles, essays, and manuscripts was often difficult and, of necessity, occasionally arbitrary. Within each category, the material was arranged chronologically. Generally, any piece containing a text (unless a title indicated otherwise) was classified as a sermon; pieces addressed to an audience (usually without a text) were labelled as addresses or lectures. The lecture notes contain examples of Burwash's work both as a student and as a teacher. Compositions which seem to have been written strictly for publication rather than for an audience were considered to be essays, articles, or manuscripts. The collection includes the complete manuscript for A Manual of Christian Theology in the Inductive Method and the manuscript and several drafts of The History of Victoria College.

Burwash's writings reflect an emphasis on the inner spiritual life of the individual and the importance of such Wesleyan traditions as Christian perfection. His work was an interesting example of a nineteenth century struggle to reconcile spiritual and scientific truths, although like most Methodists he was confident that all modes of truth were ultimately harmonious. Burwash's articulation of Wesleyan doctrine was designed to separate superficial and fundamental concepts in order to prepare a doctrinal basis for church union. The biographical and autobiographical material,initially prepared by Burwash and subsequently by his eldest son Edward,is incomplete in that it deals only with the period of Burwash's life prior to the 1890's. However, it contains interesting information on the nature of the educational system in Ontario, the lifestyle of a young preacher in both rural and urban stations, and the problems facing Victoria College immediately prior to federation.

The fonds is arranged in five series: Correspondence, 1965-1925; Diaries and journal, 1859-1914; Writing, 1860-1917; Notes and manuscripts, 1862-1923; and Records, 1863-1927.

Burwash, Nathanael

John Fletcher McLaughlin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2043
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1980

Fonds consists of personal correspondence, 1878-1933; correspondence re death, 1933-1934; correspondence re biography; diaries, 1876-1892; addresses, prayers, sermons, notes, and articles; clippings; and drafts of biography by Roberta Irwin.

McLaughlin, John Fletcher

Margaret Burwash fonds

  • CA ON00357 2045
  • Fonds
  • 1867–1922

Fonds consists of correspondence, primarily incoming and family (includes some correspondence to Nathanael Burwash), 1867–1922; and correspondence, minutes and reports regarding Annesley Hall, 1900–1913.

Burwash, Margaret

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Registrar's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2049
  • Fonds
  • 1837-2019

Fonds consists of the records of the Registrar and Associate Registrar, primarily relating to Victoria College students and student records as well as awards, prizes and scholarships, convocations, registration procedures, baccalaureate services, receptions, counselling, etc. Fonds also consists of material related to the Registrar's work with the Senate. Records include correspondence, annual reports, as well as ephemera and photographs.

Fonds consists of three series: Correspondence/subject files, 1893–2013; Student records, 1837–2008; Photographs.

Victoria College (Toronto. Ont.). Registrar's Office

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2050
  • Fonds
  • 1928-2013

Fonds consists of minutes of Council, 1928-2013; and minutes and reports of various Council Committees, including the Staff Student Liaison Committee, 1966-1967; minutes of the Priorities Committee, 1990; minutes, correspondence and other records of the Committee on Recruitment, Counselling and Student Affairs, 1982-1988; minutes of the Academic Advisory Committee, 1986-2013 (incomplete); minutes of the Striking Committee, 1991-2003; and the Property Advisory Committee, 1989-2002.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Council

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumnae Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2051
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1971

Fonds consists of the following series: Constitution and minutes, 1905-1969; President’s records, 1955-1971; Program Convener's records, 1959-1964; General correspondence, 1901-1946; Records of committees and subject/correspondence files, 1931-1968; and Scrapbook, 1924-1937.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumnae Association

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumni Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2053
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1970, predominant 1921-1970

Fonds consists of the following series: constitutions, 1963-1964; Minutes, 1865-1970; Records concerning revival of the Alumni Association, 1921-1922; Records of the Secretary Treasurer, 1925-1963; Records concerning the Victoria Emmanuel College Building Fund, 1929-1930; Records concerning World War II students, 1939- [ca. 1946]; Records concerning class reunions, [ca. 1920]-1968; Minutes of the Library Improvement Committee, 1893; Directories of alumni, 1884-1964; Correspondence of World War I alumni, 1915-1918; and Photographs.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumni Association

Alumni of Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). fonds

  • CA ON00357 2054
  • Fonds
  • 1971–2003

Fonds consists of constitution, 1971–1977; minutes 1971–1996; Executive minutes, 1988-1989, 1992-2003; President's book, 1973–1974; General files, 1973–1975; file re reunions for the classes of 1918, 1923, 1930, 1935; Continuing Education Committee minutes, 1976; Programme Committee minutes, 1976; and photographs.

Alumni of Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.)

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Women's Literary Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2057
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1927

Fonds consists of the records of the Women's Literary Society (Ladies' Literary Society) including constitutions, minutes of meetings, financial records, and song books.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Women's Literary Society

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Committee of Management Fonds

  • CA ON00357 2058
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1951

Fonds consists of three series: Committee Records, which includes minutes of the Committee, reports of the Dean of Residences/Dean of Women to the Committee, correspondence, by-laws and constitutions, financial reports and other documents related to the management of residences. This fonds also contains the Records of the Women’s Student Union Advisory Committee / Wymilwood Committee series, as well as the Records of the Women's Council series.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Committee of Management

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Men fonds

  • CA ON00357 2059
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1990

Fonds consists of the following series: General/correspondence files, 1948-1990; Subject files, 1957-1989; Residence Council records, 1937-1990; Students correspondence, 1955-1983; Records concerning orientation, 1962-1988; Personal papers, 1953-1969, 1982-1983; and Records concerning 50th Anniversary of Burwash Hall, 1963.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Men

Richard Pinch Bowles fonds

  • CA ON00357 2060
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1947

Fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence re family, friends, Victoria University, charities and social and other activities and interests, [n.d.], 1913–1929; addresses for special Victoria University occasions, and on various subjects including theology and the relationship of students to the university, [n.d.], 1919–1928; baccalaureate addresses, 1915, 1916, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928; address by Bowles and addresses by others at his installation as President, 1913; lecture notes, [n.d.]; manuscripts of theological articles/books, 1946–1947; and a historical account of Dr. Bowles ancestors.

Bowles, Richard Pinch

Harold Morrey Smith fonds

  • CA ON00357 2061
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1920

Fonds contains letters sent by Harold Morrey Smith to his family from military training camps in Ottawa, England and France during the period 29 June 1916 to 22 May 1919. There are some additional items such as a procedure manual for Signal Training (1918), dispersal certificate (1919 May 24), a small encased picture of Jesus Christ, and a student essay written for a Modern History course.

The letters provide an exceptionally clear and vivid picture of both the external and internal worlds of Harold Morrey Smith during the period of his military service. The world outside him is described in great detail: living conditions and social life in the military training camps; training methods and signalling techniques; excursions to towns and cities, and the social life he found outside the camps; religious services attended as well as movies, plays and musicals taken in.

The internal world of Harold Morrey Smith is pictured in as much detail. It is a world shaped both by the moral and religious outlook of Canadian Methodism, and by a broad education in the liberal arts. The mind of a future lawyer is suggested in descriptive passages that are precise and analytical in approach. Other passages, in which the writer's emotions are more visible, express moral and aesthetic opinions. In some instances it appears that the writer seeks to reassure his parents that their distant son is not falling prey to the common vices of military life. Nevertheless, the letters do explore in a frank and insightful way some of his feelings about his routinized existence and the moral complexity of the war he is training to fight. Other subjects discussed in the letters are his attitudes toward his promotion to higher rank, his desire to see "action", his unwillingness to commit himself to a romantic relationship during this period, as well his thoughts about religion, art, writing, and other more abstract topics. Throughout, his closeness to his family and his fondness for the Victoria College community as remembered in Toronto and experienced abroad are evident.

The letters are written in an unusually lucid and vigorous style, which makes their reading generally quite effortless in spite of all the descriptive detail. It is evident that Smith had definite ideas about composition and style, and that he invested a good deal of time in keeping up his correspondence and diaries (the existence of other letters and the diaries are not presently known). Researchers interested in the subjects addressed in the letters to his family are the ultimate beneficiaries of this substantial investment.

Smith, Harold Morrey

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2062
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2016, predominant 1945-2001

Fonds consists of 12 series containing the records of the former Principals and the Principal's Office: Subject files ; Correspondence ; Records relating to the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada ; Records relating to the Emmanuel College Financial Campaign ; Records relating to teaching staff ; Records related to committees and task forces ; Records related to inter-institutional agreements and cooperation ; Records related to honorary degrees ; Records related to programs and degrees ; Records related to Lectures, Conferences and events ; Records related to bursaries, scholarships and funds ; Records related to grants and endowments

Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal’s Office

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office fonds

  • CA ON00357 2063
  • Fonds
  • 1932-2013

Fonds consists of correspondence/subject files and general files that are primarily related to faculty, other academic staff and courses. Also consists of records related to the Victoria College Council and its committees as well as U of T committees upon which the Principal sat. There are gaps in the records for the brief periods when the Principal's Office was served by the incumbent President: 1928-1932, 1941-1944, and 1966-1967. For records of the Principal's activities during these periods, consult the President's Office fonds (Fonds 2021).

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Fonds

  • CA ON00357 2064
  • Fonds
  • 1964-2018

Fonds consists of nine series: Annual reports, announcements of activities, programmes, projects, bulletins, 1965-2007; Committee records, 1964-2001; Correspondence/subject files, 1964-2001; Canadian Society for Renaissance Studies, 1974-2018; Toronto Renaissance and Reformation Colloquium, 1967-1999; Renaissance and Reformation, 1964-2000; Records relating to infrastructure, 1976-2005; Records relating to programs, 1971-2010; and Records relating to library collections, 1977-2005

Victoria University (Toronto Ont.). Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies

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