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UTSC Photographic Services fonds

  • UTSC 001
  • Fonds
  • [ca.1960]-2010

The UTSC Photographic Services fonds covers the years of approximately 1964 and 1966 to 2008. The collection represents an invaluable visual history of the University of Toronto Scarborough campus and is made up almost entirely of photographic materials – negatives, contact sheets, slides, and prints.

Photographs in the collection from the 1970s to 1994 are attributed to David Harford and photographs from 1994 onward are attributed to Ken Jones. Photographs cover a broad range of subjects, such as the buildings and grounds of UTSC, campus events, faculty, staff, students, and much more.

Material is arranged into the following series:
• Series A: Slides
• Series B: Negatives and Contact Sheets
• Series C: Photographic Prints

Subject terms include:
Academic Resource Centre
Aerial photographs
African Studies program
Alumni and alumnae
Alumni Association
Andrews, John, 1933-
Applied Microbiology program
Architectural models and drawings
Architecture and recreation
Art History program
Arts and Administration Building
Arts and crafts movement
Arts Management program
Athletics and recreation
Award ceremonies
Baird/Sampson Associates, Architects
Ball, John L.
Band (Instrumental group)
Biodiversity, Ecology & Evolution program
Biology program
Birgeneau, Robert
Bissell, Claude Thomas, 1916-2000
Bladen Library
Bladen Wing
Bladen, Vincent Wheeler
Building damage
Business Administration program
Campbell, D. R. (Ralph)
Canadian 20th century Catalogs
Cellular and Molecular Biology program
Centre for French and Linguistics
Ceremonies and celebrations
Certificate in Business program
Chemistry program
Choir (Musical group)
City Studies
Classical Studies program
Co-Op Management program
Computer Science program
Computers and technology
Concrete construction
Conferences and symposia
Contemporary architecture
Department of Arts, Culture and Media
Department of Biological Sciences
Department of Computer and Mathematics
Department of English
Department of Historical and Cultural Studies
Department of Management
Department of Philosophy
Department of Physical & Environmental Sciences
Department of Psychology
Department of Social Sciences
Diamond and Schmitt Architects
Diaspora & Transnationalism Studies
Diefenbaker, John G., 1895-1979
Doris McCarthy Gallery
Economics program
Educational television
English program
Environmental Science program
Events - Performances
F.B. Watts Memorial Lecture
Foley, Joan
French program
Glass construction
Global Asia Studies program
Governing Council
Governing Council
Greene, Edward Brodhead, 1855-1950
Ground breaking ceremonies
Health Studies
Highland Creek Valley (Ont.)
History program
Humanities Wing
Instructional Centre
Integrative Biology program
International Development Studies
International Studies
Journalism program
Kung, Hans, 1928-
Kuwabara, Payne, McKenna, Blumberg Architects
Languages program
Laurence, Margaret, 1926-1987
Lewis, Stephen, 1937-
Library architecture
Library buildings
Lieutenant Governors--Ontario Linguistics program
Literature and film studies program
MacKay-Lyons, Brian
MacKenzie, Lewis, 1940- Management Wing
Mathematics program
McCarthy, Doris, 1910-2010
Media Studies program
Meeting Place
Mental Health Studies program
Miller-Lash House
Mirvish, Ed, 1914-2007
Montgomery Sisam Architects Moriyama & Teshima
Music & Culture program
New Media Studies program
Old Biology Building
Onley, David C.
Open house
Opening ceremonies
Paramedicine program
Pearson, Lester B., 1897-1972
Phase 2
Philosophy program
Physics and Astrophysics program Plumptre, A. F. W. (Arthur FitzWalter Wynne), 1907-1977
Pritchard, Robert
Psychology program
Public Policy
Recreation Wing
Religion program
Residential architecture
Scarborough (Ont.)
Scarborough College
Scarborough College Council
Scarborough College Student Council
Scarborough College. Gallery Science Wing
Social Sciences Building Sociology
Stantec Consulting
Statistics program
Student Centre
Student government
Student groups
Student residences
Student unions
Students and libraries
Students and teachers
Students--Athletics and recreation Students--Drama
Students--Literary collections Students--Music
Students--Political activity Students--Scholarships, fellowships, etc. Students, Graduate
Students, part time
Studio program
Sustainable architecture
Suzuki, David, 1936-
Television studio
Temporary buildings
Theatre & Performance Studies program
Thompson, R. Paul, 1947-
Toronto Transit Commission Transportation
Trudeau, Pierre Elliott, 1919-2000
University Buildings
University of Toronto at Scarborough. Gallery
University of Toronto. Scarborough Campus.
Women's and Gender Studies program UTSC Library
Vernacular architecture
Women's and Gender Studies program

University of Toronto. Scarborough Campus. Photographic Services.

UTSC Archives Legacy collection

  • UTSC 002
  • Collection
  • 1949, 1956-2018

The archives contain a range of documentation relating to the foundation, history, and activities of the University of Toronto Scarborough. The materials have been arranged largely by originating department or by medium in the case of publications, photographs, clippings, architectural plans, and artifacts. There are ten series, several of which have subseries:


B.1. Principal
B.2. Vice-Principal, Research
B.3. Dean and Vice-Principal, Academic
B.4. Assistant/Associate Dean
B.5. Registrar
B.6. Superintendent
B.7. Director of Physical Education
B.8. Director of Educational Communication Systems
B.9. Scarborough College Council
B.10. Office of Advancement / Development Office
B.11. Office of Admissions and Student Recruitment
B.12. Communications & Public Affairs
B.13. Committees with Unknown Office of Origin

C.1. General Programs in Arts and Science
C.2. Extension Program
C.3. Department of Anthropology
C.4. Department of Arts, Culture & Media
C.5. Department of Biological Sciences
C.6. Department of Computer & Mathematical Sciences

C.7. Department of Critical Development Studies
C.8. Department of English
C.9. Department of French and Linguistics
C.10. Department of Historical and Cultural Studies
C.11. Department of Human Geography
C.12. Department of Management
C.13. Department of Philosophy
C.14. Department of Physical and Environmental Science
C.15. Department of Political Science
C.16. Department of Psychology
C.17. Department of Sociology
C.18. Department of Physical Education

D.1. Library
D.2. Scarborough-Erindale Technical Service
D.3. Gallery
D.4. Athletics and Recreation Services
D.5. Physical Plant Services
D.6. Student Services
D.7. Student Organizations
D.8. Alumni Services
D.9. Alumni Organizations
D.10. Faculty and Staff Services
D.11. Faculty and Staff Organizations

E.1. History of Scarborough College (various sources)
E.2. University of Toronto – St George and Mississauga campuses
E.3. Centennial College
E.4. Durham College
E.5. Scarborough Regional School of Nursing
E.6. University of the West Indies
E.7. Trent University
E.8. City of Scarborough
E.9. Clippings and Scrapbooks

F.1. Photographs
F.2. Microforms

University of Toronto. Scarborough Campus.

Imitation menus

File contains four fake Chinese food menus with racist language, on 8x11" paper, some of which were faxed. Menus have fake addresses in New York or California. Also includes one Pratt career services menu in the form of a Chinese food menu.

Articles 1988

Contains a mix of original and photocopied clippings of news articles, essays, images, and poetry from Cintaṉaiyāḷaṉ, a monthly publication by the Marxist Periyarist Communist Party in Chennai.

[Timeline of Scarborough College]

File includes placards that seem to have been used for a timeline display of UTSC history. Also includes a printed version of the Office of Advancement's timeline and a compilation timeline of the history of Scarborough College starting from 1913.

Unshelved Library, The

File contains one copy of the promotional booklet for the Scarborough College library building fundraising campaign. Includes history of the library and funding and some photographs.

Library Statistics

File contains one copy of a book of handwritten statistics library statistics for Scarborough and Erindale from Oct. 1964 to May 1967, and three UTL Annual Statistics forms from 2005-2006, and 2006-2007.

Library Staff B

File contains a total of 103 B&W and Colour photographs depicting the library and other campus faculty through portraits etc; multiple copies collected together; photographs loose and contained in envelops; multiple contact sheets; writing on the back of photographs an envelops: Professor Sandford Borins; Professor Verso captions include: "Pres. Birgenean 2001"; "Borins"; "Bouaird 2000"; "Roark Bryan 96"; "Jean Benson, Nurse Retire 1995"; "Bokstead"; "Jan./87 Prof. Rorke Bryan faculty Earth + Enviro Science"; "Oded Berman management"; "management Professor Sandford Borins"; "W. E. Bechel"; "John Ball Former Librarian"; "Robin Bryan"; "John Blanchard"; "Ian Brown"; "Janice boddy Anthro 1990"; "Sandra Bickford"; "Berman 98";
"Micheal Bunce"; "Political Science Professor Ronald Blair"; "R Bryan"; "Bennet"; "Leigh
Browne + Andrew Patenall"; "Prof. R. S. Blair Political Science"; "Prof. Vincent Bladen Retired"; "R. Boonstra Biology"; "John Basili Psychology"; "Ragnar Olaf Buchweitz"; "Biederman"; "Thomas Berger, Lawyer Human Rights Advocate"; "Brown and Lab (Ian)"; "John Ball Librarian - winner of 1992 Chancellor's Award"; "Prof. Russell Brown"; "B. Binnik 1979"; "Prof. Brummer Chemistry"; "Jack Brooke (Compt)"; "Professor Frances Burton Anthropology".

Anthropology; Ball, John L.; Birgeneau, Robert; Bladen Library; Bladen Wing; Bladen, Vincent Wheeler; Ceremonies and Celebrations; Chancellor; Chemistry Program; Computers and technology; Conferences and symposia; Computer science program; Dean; Department of Management; Department of Physical and Environmental sciences; Faculty: Laboratories; Lectures; Librarians; Library architecture; Library buildings; Meeting Place; Meetings; President; Principal; Professors; Scarborough (Ont.); Scarborough College; Scarborough College Council; Staff; Students and teachers; Students, Graduate; Studios; Studying; University Buildings; University of Toronto. Scarborough Campus; UTSC Library; Vernacular architecture; Science and technology; University Governance; Women; All Buildings; Buildings - Interiors; All Events; Events - Celebrations and Socials; Events - General; Events - Meetings; Faculty and Staff; Faculty and Staff - General; Faculty and Staff - Teaching; Faculty and Staff - Research; Grounds - Campus Views; All Portraits; Portraits - Faculty and Staff.

Staff - Retired - V.W. Bladen

File includes speeches and articles written by and about Vincent W. Bladen, after whom the original UTSC library was named. File name taken from original file title.

The Mermaid

Menu is a photocopy, possibly taken from a book. One page only, may not be complete. Restaurant opened in 1964.

[Library Presentation Slides]

File includes slides used by the library for orientation presentations, including a typed transcript narration that goes along with the slides for an AV Library Orientation from 1972.

Scarborough College publications

File includes ten publications: Scarborough College Information Bulletin 1964-1965; Varsity News (October 1965); Varsity News (November 1966); Varsity Graduate (Christmas 1966); Scarborough College Bulletin (Vol. 2, Nos. 19-24).


File includes two books: Test Pattern: Instructional Television at Scarborough College, University of Toronto by John A. Lee (1971); A History of Scarborough edited by Robert B. Bonis. The first is signed by Plumptre on the front end paper (1965).


File includes three items of jewelry: 10K gold double-link charm bracelet; 10K gold charm displaying the old UTSC logo; ring (possibly silver) displaying UTSC logo. The bracelet and charm appear to be unworn, but the ring is heavily tarnished and has many scratches and other indicators of regular wear. N.B. these items are located in the office of the Head Librarian and may be accessed by request only.

Samuel James Velupillai (S. J. V.) Chelvanayakam fonds

  • UTSC 014
  • Fonds
  • n.d., 1921, 1929-1930, 1933-1937, 1939-1940, 1944-1988

The fonds reflects Chelvanayakam’s career as a political leader of the Sri Lankan Tamil community, as well as documenting the daily operations of the Federal Party.

The fonds documents important political events in Sri Lanka from the 1950s to the 1970s and provides witness to the struggles faced by Sri Lankan Tamils.

The fonds also contains records relating to his family, background, and memorial material collected after his death by his wife, Emily Grace Chelvanayakam. The fonds is organized into three series and covers the periods of 1933-1937, 1939-1940, 1944-1988, with the bulk of the material being from the 1960s and 1970s.

Personal records include correspondence, personal items, financial and estate documentation, and other material. Professional records include office files, party records, correspondence, and documentation. Memorial material includes posters, newspaper clippings, and a book of condolences. The fonds is organized as follows:

  1. Personal material
    1.1. S. J. V. Chelvanayakam personal correspondence
    1.2. S. J. V. and Emily Grace Chelvanayakam correspondence
    1.3. Emily Grace Chelvanayakam correspondence
    1.4. Personal items
    1.5. Miscellaneous correspondence
    1.6. Miscellaneous family material
    1.7. Financial documents
  2. Professional material
    2.1. Professional files
    2.2. Professional correspondence
    2.3. Documentation
    2.4. Printed materials
    2.5. Ceylon Newspaper Limited/ The Sutantiran
    2.6. ITAK files
  3. Memorial material

Chelvanayakam, Samuel James Velupillai

Principal A.F.W. Plumptre - Correspondence [3/3]

File includes correspondence of Principal A.F.W. Plumptre. Topics include UTSC Information Systems, clippings of publications featuring UTSC, and some correspondence with Erindale College. See also: A.F.W. Plumptre collection. File also infludes one audio tape of an interview with Mrs. June Sheppard and Dr. A.W. Plumptre.

Decade Book

The book contains detailed information on the establishment of Scarborough college and its early history as described by the first dean of Scarborough College. Also includes a message from David Onley, and a detailed history on student newspapers and student expression on campus.

David C. Onley fonds

  • UTSC 008
  • Fonds
  • 1998, 2006-2014

The fonds covers the years of 1998, 2006-2014, while predominantly covering the years of 2007-2014. The fonds documents the work and activities of David C. Onley during his tenancy as the 28th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario from September 5, 2007 to September 23, 2014.

The fonds contains six series:

  1. General files
  2. Articles and clippings
  3. Correspondence
  4. Daily records
  5. Guest books
  6. Awards and regalia

General files are comprised of reference and research files. Articles and clippings contains newspaper articles, publications and interviews that mention David C. Onley, as well as articles of interest collected for him. Correspondence includes outgoing, incoming, and internal office correspondence. Daily records comprise the bulk of the fonds and contain calendars and detailed textual and photographic documentation of Onley’s activities as Lieutenant Governor. The series also contains electronic records which are copies of the textual and photographic material within the daily calendars and daily activities files. Guest books contain bound books with signatures of visitors to the Lieutenant Governor’s events. Awards and regalia contains material and objects bestowed upon David C. Onley such as certificates and university regalia from convocation ceremonies and honorary degrees.

Onley, David C.

David S. Donovan

Contains a paper by Donovan entitled "The Governor General and Lieutenant Governors: Canada's Misunderstood Viceroys"

[Photo album: Graduation Ball and Decennial Celebration]

File includes 28 colour photos depicting students and faculty attending the Graduation Ball and Dicennial Celebration (exact date unknown). Photos feature David Onley, Margaret Birch, and Principal Plumptre. Also included are two black and white photos of architectural models of the campus.

Awards and regalia

Series contains awards conferred to David C. Onley and university regalia from honorary degrees that he received, along with convocation ceremony documentation including programs and some photographs.

Daily records

This series provides a detailed overview of David C. Onley's daily activities as Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. Activities include events hosted by the Lieutenant Governor, events in which he appeared, community visits, special visits, royal visits, convocation and honorary degree ceremonies, and annual office holiday activities. The series includes daily calendars, detailed daily agendas, and electronic daily records. The daily calendars contain schedules showing dates and times of Onley's appointments and events he attended. Daily agendas include time schedules as well as detailed documentation of Onley's appearances related to duties as Lieutenant Governor. Types of files include 'event scenarios' (instructions and reference information for Onley and staff), event programs, correspondence, speaking notes, objects and mementoes from events (albums, badges, stickers), computer printed contact sheets, photographs and snapshots, and computer disks with photographs and occasionally video. The electronic daily records contain copies of the aforementioned material, including documentation of events in which Ruth Ann Onley appeared or spoke at, and may not be accessible at this time; please contact the Archivist. Series has been kept in original order with exception of oversize material.


Series includes outgoing professional correspondence from David C. Onley, incoming correspondence to David C. Onley, a folder of correspondence of Ruth Ann Onley, a folder of internal correspondence between employees of the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario and David C. Onley, incoming thank you cards and letters, and Christmas cards. Outgoing correspondence is mostly typed, with some exceptions of copies of handwritten letters. Series has been kept in original order; however, the archivist created the Internal Correspondence file from a folder of general correspondence.

Articles and clippings

Series contains articles, clippings, magazines, and interviews that feature or mention David C. Onley as Lieutenant Governor. Also includes “Articles of Interest” material collected for David C. Onley about current events and issues.

Series has been kept in its original order, arranged chronologically.

General files

Series contains files related to associations that David C. Onley was a part of as Lieutenant General, as well as events he attended, and material sent to the office from others gaining his interest. Files include promotional material from companies, annual reports, papers and articles, magazines, speaking notes, correspondence, invitations, and business cards. Series has been kept in original order, arranged by company or association in alphabetical order. Some material is in French.

Guest books

Series contains seven guest books with signatures and messages written by guests upon visitation to the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite.

Diamond Jubilee Medal

Contains an official letter from David Johnston (28th Governor General of Canada) and certificate presented in an official bound folder.

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