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Victoria University Archives Series
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Records related to real estate

Series consists of correspondence, leases and other legal agreements, court documents, surveys, deeds, mortgage records, sketches, financial and other records, 1871-2009, relating to the administering of properties owned by Victoria and not used for academic purposes, and for maintaining Victoria's interest in property developments which affected the University. The records relate to insurance, including liability, and the planning and development, management and leasing, acquisition and sales of property, taxes, property disputes and litigation.

The architectural plans and drawings have been separated into Sub-Series 1.

The Bursar's responsibilities with regard to property were initially the insurance of buildings and their contents. However, as the
need for regular income became more urgent and evident, and as the University expanded and required more buildings, the Bursar's work likewise increased. The Bursar became responsible for the legal negotiations and accounting over purchases, sales and leases; and the supervision and funding of alterations and renovations and the construction of new buildings. Along with this the Bursar dealt with property tax as the University was only exempt from this in respect to its property used for academic purposes.

Records related to buildings and grounds

The Bursar's responsibilities with regard to property were initially the insurance of buildings and their contents. However, as the need for regular income became more urgent and evident, and as the University expanded and required more buildings, the Bursar's work likewise increased. The Bursar became responsible for the legal negotiations and accounting over purchases, sales and leases; and the supervision and funding of alterations and renovations and the construction of new buildings. Along with this, the Bursar dealt with property tax as the University was only exempt from this in respect to its property used for academic purposes.

Series consists of correspondence, studies, reports, appraisals, financial administration, agreements, plans, specifications and other records relating to the planning, expansion, renovating, maintenance, repair and construction work on campus buildings and grounds, as well as the establishment and funding of Victoria Theatre, the Isabel Bader Theatre, and the Vic Tennis Club.

The architectural drawings and plans are available in sub-series 1
The records related to the Vic Tennis Club are available in sub-series 2.

Correspondence/subject files

Series consists of the subject and correspondence files of the Registrar and the Associate Registrar and cover the main activities of the office such as providing services to students, planning and organizing events including convocations and installations, administering scholarships and awards as well as acting as secretary to the Senate. The series is broken down into the following sub-series:
Sub-series 1: Academic year files, 1913-1981
Sub-series 2: Administration and General Files
Sub-series 3: Records related to Awards, Scholarships, Bursaries and Medals
Sub-series 4: Installation and Convocation Files
Sub-series 5: Records related to Admissions, Enrolment and Graduation
Sub-series 6: Special Events
Sub-series 7: Student Programs
Sub-series 8: Records related to the Board and Senate

Minutes

Series consists of General Meeting minutes, 1935-1985, 1988, 1989, 1994-1997; and Executive minutes, 1927-1985, 1988-1990, 1994-1999. Also includes lists of executive officers and committee chairmen, 1964-1989.

General/Correspondence files

Series consists of general files containing incoming and outgoing correspondence (including correspondence with Victoria University Officers), reports and other records concerning a wide range of activities, including matters involving individual students, 1948-1990.

Records of the Friends of the Library

Series includes minutes (including Executive), 1991-2011; correspondence, catalogues, promotional material including invitations, photographs, notes, membership and other records, 1992-2009, re diverse events and activities staged and/or promoted by the Friends, including exhibits, receptions, presentations, lectures, auctions, visits, screenings, tours, festivals, discussions, readings, and appraisals - speakers have included writers, artists, scientists and historians; also includes correspondence, reports, promotional material, minutes, notes, financial and other records re the annual book sale, 1992-2006

Friends of the Library

Annual reports and other records

Series consists of annual reports (incomplete), 1898-2003; reports (including those to Victoria University bodies), questionnaires, evaluations, manuals, newsletters, statistics, occasional papers, policies and statements on acquisitions, public service, facilities and other areas of activity, 1878-2006.

Acquisition records

Series consists of acquisition records, a list of theological books donated, loans record, acknowledgment letters to donors and other records related to gifts and donations to the library.

Subject/Correspondence files of the librarian

Series consists of subject/correspondence files of the Librarian on subjects such as exhibitions, publishing and publications, building renovations, bequests, outreach, collections, archives, acquisitions, automation, professional associations, the Toronto School of Theology and Funds, 1877-2008. Also contains material relating to the coat of arms of Victoria University, 1922-1968.

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence of the Librarian relating to loans (including those to clergy), acquisitions, ordering publications, exhibitions, archives, staff, CRRS, security, funding, outreach, Physical Plant, and other subjects.

Correspondence

Series consists of various correspondence, 1836-1935, including an autographed letter from John A. Macdonald to Dr. Potts, correspondence on the McKenzie Rebellion, and various unidentified letters.

Collections management

Series consists of records relating to library and art/object collections at Victoria University, and information on personnel files, 1844-1943.

Committees

Series consists of records relating to committees, 1890–1904, inluding the Board of Regents, committee on the Jubilee, and the Executive Committee meeting

University administration

Series consists of records relating to the general administration of the university, 1836-1923, including correspondence, reports, and the original draft of the Charter of Upper Canada Academy.

Legislation

Series consists predominantly of acts, petitions and other documents relating to legislation pertaining to Victoria University, 1841-1981. The series also contains some correspondence and a list of acts relating to Victoria.

The 'University Question' and federation

Series consists of records and published material relating to the 'University Question' debate, 1847-1863, and debates around university federation, 1884-1927. Includes pamphlets, news clippings, correspondence and published material.

General historical material

Series consists of records, 1829-1941, including addresses, correspondence and published material, of a general nature, relating to the history of Victoria College/University.

Records of Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace

Series consists of diaries, journals, composition books, correspondence, manuscripts, and publication regarding Paul A.W. Wallace's career as a writer and teacher, as well as a lot of documentation about his life as a soldier in World War I, and about Go Home Bay and the Madawaska Club, a cottage community associated with the University of Toronto. Also included are school work and manuscripts of "magazines" written and illustrated by Paul and his friends as children.

Wallace, Paul Anthony Wilson

Student records

Series consists of several subseries which include records from Cobourg: One subseries contains Registers, Directories, Marks, 1837-1946. The remaining subseries consist of student record cards. These cards often contain a photo of the student.

Lectures

Series consists of lectures, 1854–1887, predominantly concerning religion, but including philosophy, metaphysics and ethics.

The three boxes of lectures range in date from 1854 to 1887. Most are contained in notebooks, and they tend to be in the form of brief notes and questions rather than fully realized drafts. Usually the academic lectures are constructed around the texts which have been chosen for a particular course. Also included in this series are several lectures of a more popular or informal nature which were designed to appeal to student audiences or to the general public. Following the lectures are those notebooks which contain some combination of record types such as essays, sermons, addresses, and lectures.

Correspondence

Series consists of predominantly incoming but including outgoing correspondence, 1915-1923, relating to teaching/finances/administration at Victoria University, church and educational matters, personal affairs, family (includes posthumous letters), and social issues.

Writing

Series consists of manuscripts - some in notebooks - of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays, articles, reviews and reports, 1860-1917, on various subjects, including education, religion, social issues, mission work, university federation, the founding of the University of Toronto, and ethics. Also included are addresses/lectures to Victoria College students, various graduating classes, academic conferences and religious institutions, as well as Victoria College reports.

Records of Edward Wilson Wallace, Jr.

Series consists of an account of a bicycle tour of England, Scotland and Ireland and reminiscences of his father, Edward Wilson Wallace entitled "Round the World with Edward" in regards to a trip from China with Edward Jr.

Wallace, Edward Wilson, Jr.

Diaries and journals

Series consists of diaries and journals, 1859-1914 containing entries regarding ethical and religious thoughts, personal finances, travel, and daily activities.

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