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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Harold Innis fonds Series
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Unpublished Manuscripts

This Series consists of addresses, lectures and notes written by H.A.Innis that show no evidence of being published. Original manuscripts for the "Idea File" and "History of Communication", undated. [The "Idea File" was later edited by William Christian and published in 1980.]

Notes Taken By Innis from Other Sources

This series contains some files that are only vaguely identifiable. These precede the other citations, which are arranged alphabetically by author. Some are direct citations and others are Innis' thoughts on the citation.

Theme Notes

Series consists of notes taken from H.A.Innis' reading of other sources, which he grouped thematically in preparation for his studies on communications.

Research Notes

Series consists of notes made by Harold Innis during his visits to the British Museum and other repositories, relating to the fur trade, the fishing industry and native peoples.


Series consists of interviews about Maritime Lumber and Pulpwood Industries.

Field Notes

Series consists of notes made by Harold Innis during research field trips in Canada.


Series consists of letters, articles or resolutions written around the time of Harold Innis' death by friends and colleagues.

Bibliography Card File

Bibliographies of Innis' writings or of Innis' sources, arranged by Jane Ward and Mary Quayle Innis.


Series consists of invitations, certificates, announcements, programmes, menus and postcards.


Series consists of letters written by Harold Innis to members of his family. Includes some incoming letters to him and some press clippings of obituaries.

Press Clippings

Series consists of clippings from newspapers and serials relating to Harold Innis' activities and publications


Series consists of studies of Harold Innis by scholars and friends, including Innis' autobiography.

Arctic Research

Series consists of records relating to H.A.Innis' interest in the Hudson's Bay Company and the Arctic, particularly diaries and correspondence with L.A.Learmonth.

Russian Trip

This Series consists of records relating to Harold Innis' participation in the 220th Anniversary Meeting of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in June 1945, Diaries, articles, letters, programmes, invitations, postcards and newspapers.

Associations and Societies

This Series consists of files relating to Harold Innis' participation in professional associations, including correspondence, notice of meetings and annual reports. Includes some notices for the Harold Innis Foundation.

University of Toronto

This Series consists of files relating to his departmental activities at the University, and to the "Values" Discussion Group of which Innis was a member.

Published Manuscripts

This Series consists of articles, reviews and monographs written by Harold Innis. Includes chapters of books, which also appeared as journal articles, annotated versions of chapters and articles, and several revisions of his book "Empire and Communications".

Biographical and Personal Records

Records in this Series reflect H.A. Innis' education at Woodstock Collegiate Institute, McMaster University, University of Chicago and his war service as a signaller. Includes diaries, notebooks, assignments, certificates and scrapbooks. Scrapbooks include press clippings up to 1945.