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The records in this series relate to Professor Careless’ teaching activities at the University of Toronto. Between 1945 and 1992, Professor Careless taught various undergraduate and graduate courses on historiography, early Canadian history, urban history, and metropolitanism, The records in this series predominantly consist of mark books, 1945 to 1992. Also included are some course outlines and lecture notes. This series also includes an NFB film The Inquiring Mind (1959) in which Careless discusses the changing study of history and his philosophy on the study of history.

University of Toronto. Medical Society fonds

  • UTA 1896
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1996

Fonds consists of 2 accessions

B1995-0001: Records of the medical society including minute books from 1931 to 1948, as well as correspondence and reports. Also included are records of the medical society At Home Committee filed by its various sub-committees. Files contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, minutes and some memorabilia. There is also one minute book dated 1923-30.

B1997-0002: Minutes 1942-1947 and 1972-1990; Daffydil Programs and Posters 1972-1996; Medical Open House Programs and Posters 1987-95; Constitution and revisions 1986-1989. Orientation handbooks have been transferred to the print room - see M009.006.

University of Toronto. Medical Society

Skilling family sous-fonds

This sous-fonds documents the activities of various members of the Skilling family, principally Gordon’s father, William Watt Skilling, and brothers, Andrew Douglas and Edward Donald Skilling; his uncle, Ernest John Skilling, and his (Ernest’s) mother, Emma Louise Skilling. Included is correspondence, biographical and other notes, programmes for wedding anniversaries, obituaries, a will, photographs, a photograph album, and a box of mementos of military service during World War I.

The photo album was assembled by Ernest John Skilling and begins with a trip he made to the western United States in 1926 to a Shriner’s convention. The trip back across Canada by train includes images of ‘Hindus [in] British Columbia’, of the Royal North West Mounted Police, First Nations individuals in regalia, the Rocky Mountains, the prairies, northern Ontario and Lake Superior. The album concludes with photos taken during a tour of Kentucky, Alabama, and Tennessee by the 48th Highlanders; photos of the Canadian Expeditionary Force cemetery in France and Donald Skilling’s grave, taken on a family visit to the site in 1919; and of African men and women engaged in domestic work and hunting activities (these images are associated with the missionary work of Reverend Albert Wilkinson). Many of the photo prints in the album have detailed information written on the backs thereof.

The box of military service mementos belonged to Gordon’s brother, Private Edward Donald Skilling, #157689, 1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Canadian Expeditionary Force, who was killed on his first day in action at the front on 4 May, 1917. It contains the following items: a Queen’s Own Rifles pin (Donald spent 6 months with the QOR before the war as a bugler in its bugle band); his ‘dog tag’ (1st Battalion); a shoulder badge – ‘Canada’ [CEF]; two hat badges, one marked ‘Canada’ and the other ‘111, Canada’ [111th Battalion] (probably a souvenir); two brass buttons (tunic and cuff); a piece of soldier’s ration; a hollow candle of the type used in dugouts in the trenches; a .303 calibre bullet and a shell fragment; two medals – the British War Medal and the Victory Medal (Inter-Allied War Medal), each inscribed on the rim: ‘157689 Pte. E. D. Skilling 1-Can. Inf.’, and a silver cross presented to Donald’s parents in his memory by the Minister of Militia and Defence.

University of Toronto. Division of Finance. Infrasizers Limited

Accession consists of Province of Ontario Letters Patent Incorporating Infrasizers Limited on November 18, 1936. Letters Patent name: Herbert Edward Terrick Haultain, Gareth Edward Maybee, Norman Robert Tyndall, William Hedley James Maybee, and Agnes Eleanor Pinard. Accession also includes common share stock certificates representing shares held in trust by the Infrasizers Limited Board of Directors dated 1972-1981; A minute book for meetings of the Directors and Shareholders of Infrazisers Limited 1937-1968; and a Infrasizer Limited Report prepared by ComGroup Consultants dated October, 1980.

Infrasizers Limited

Amir Hassanpour fonds

  • UTA 1372
  • Fonds
  • 1920 - 2017

Fonds consists of records documenting the professional and personal life of Prof. Hassanpour, Kurdish-Iranian Marxist scholar and Professor at UofT’s Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations. Material reflects key areas of Prof. Hassanpour’s research, most significantly Kurdish history and culture; the history of political movements, grassroots organization, and class struggle in Iran, Iraq and Turkey; and communication theory and sociolinguistics. Material includes correspondence with colleagues and scholars internationally, documentation of research with particular focus on Prof. Hassanpour’s dissertation and his Peasant Movement Project, records relating to conference presentations, interviews, and teaching, as well as his publishing activity.

Prof. Hassanpour was deeply invested in the preservation of Kurdish oral, visual, and textual documentary heritage as a response to the historical state suppression of cultural-political struggle of Kurdish people. Reflected in records throughout the fonds is Prof. Hassanpour’s work in pursuing the establishment of Kurdish Studies as a discipline, his work editing journals related to Kurdistan, and his effort in exposing and circulating books on Kurdish Studies to libraries and research institutions internationally. Prof. Hassanpour also actively collected and preserved Kurdish texts, dailies, and visual materials. This material is included in Series 9 (Reference material) and through bibliographic and audio material held in other repositories at the University of Toronto Libraries (please see the related material note below).

Hassanpour, Amir

Personal, employment, and biographical

Series includes material related to Prof. Hassanpour’s education and employment, and additional biographical material. Records documenting Prof. Hassanpour’s education cover his studies in Iran and the U.S.A., as well as his involvement with the Confederation of Iranian Student in the U.S.A. and the Kurdish Student Organization in Europe and the U.S.A. Career and employment records include letters of application, contracts, and correspondence documenting Prof. Hassanpour’s positions and organizational membership. Files related to his employment at the University of Windsor document multiple contracts as well as covering a human rights dispute between Prof. Hassanpour and the department. Included are also syllabi, course evaluations, correspondence and course descriptions that cover Prof. Hassanpur’s teaching, particularly related to his work at the Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations, University of Toronto.

Professional activities

This series documents Dr. Evans’ professional involvement, often as chair or a member of the board of directors, of many of the organizations noted in his biographical sketch (and some that are not). Organizations such as the Rockefeller Foundation, where the bulk of the files obviously remain in the head offices, are still documented sufficiently to provide an overview of Dr. Evans involvement. A few organizations – the African Medical Research Foundation-Canada, the Commonwealth Fund, and Vartana, for example – have little documentation (the last because it is so new). Most organizations fall in between and for two, the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Medical and Related Science Research District (MaRS), the files are so extensive that each rates its own series (see Series 3 and 4).

The files contain correspondence, memoranda, minutes of meetings, reports and associated background material. Dr. Evans made extensive handwritten notes and many of his memoranda are scattered throughout the files, along with annotated material he was working with. The arrangement is alphabetical by the name of the organization.

Dr. Evans was frequently approached as new initiatives were started in the fields of medicine, education and related social policy. One of these was the Boreal Institute, a charity founded in 2004 that focuses on contributing to economic and social development, internationally and in Canada by serving as an enabler and capacity builder for civil society. By the end of the year he had arranged for seed funding for the Institute and had attracted a number of influential backers such as Joseph Rotman. In 1998 Dr. Evans became involved in an ongoing reassessment of the role of the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), a review that included, over the next three years, a series of discussions and meetings at the highest level, including Prime Minister Chrétien’s office. Another project was the Cancer Research Institute of Ontario, founded in 2003. It immediately won the support of MaRS and its chair, Dr. Evans, who also was selected chair of the Institute in 2005. The single file in this series documents the work of its Ad Hoc Advisory Group. In 1995 Dr. Evans’ served on a panel that assessed the work of the Essential National Health Research concept as carried out by the Council on Health Research for Development, based in Geneva. He was also a member of the Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. The principal file here relates to the Apotex/Nancy Olivieri controversy.

Dr. Evans has been closely associated with the Pew Charitable Foundation, the Rockefeller Foundation and the World Bank which, collectively, supported a United Nations initiative, the International Health Policy Program. The files document his involvement with the program from 1994 to 1996. Another organization with close links to the Pew Charitable Foundation is the John E. Fetzer Institute, Inc. of Kalamazoo, Michigan that, in 1995, hired Dr. Evans as a consultant to assist in planning and implementing its program. This he did, partly through chairing its advisory committee on frontier medicine, on which he kept detailed files.

The project that established Dr. Evans’ reputation at the international level was his innovative work as founding dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University and, in particular, the construction of its innovative Health Sciences Centre. Most of the records pertaining to his deanship and the Centre project are, understandably, at McMaster University, but this series contains Dr. Evans’ copy of its original program, with accompanying planning reports and some photographs. There is also an oral history interview with him on the beginning of the faculty, with accompanying photographs, and two later files on other administrative matters.

In 2004 Dr. Evans was invited by the Premier of Ontario to chair a new body, the Minister’s Commercialization Advisory Council, the inaugural meeting of which was held in January 2005 and which continued throughout the year. Following these files are two others, one each on the Ontario Cancer Research Network, which he chaired from 2003 to 2005 and on the Ontario Research Council. There are no files on the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research of which Evans became chair in 2005.

The Pew Charitable Trusts funds a wide variety of research projects, two of which are documented in this series. In 1993 the Pew Center for Civic Journalism, launched a project called “Renewing our democratic heart” and invited Dr. Evans to become a member of its board of directors. Meetings held throughout 1993 and 1994 are documented here. He also agreed to chair the advisory board for the Pew Global Stewardship Initiative which studied American population policy, consumption patterns, and stewardship in relation to the formation of policy nationally and internationally. The files run through to mid-1996 and also document the contribution of Thomas Homer-Dixon of the University of Toronto.

Dr. Evans’ formal association with the Rockefeller Foundation began in 1979 when it asked him to head its Commission on the Future of Schools of Public Health, for which he produced an international study of public health and population-based medicine, ‘Measure and management in medicine and health services’. The work on this project extended to late 1981, even though he left the Foundation after several months for the World Bank. The files contain correspondence and meetings related to his study, along with his working files. There is also one unidentified notebook of notes on meeting(s) Dr. Evans attended, with a photo of attendees at one of the Bellagio conferences (see also Series 5). He joined the Foundation’s board of directors in 1982 and served as its chair from 1987 to 1995, the first Canadian to do so, and has maintained a close association with the Foundation. The single file from the period of his chairmanship documents his Foundation funded visit to Myanmar in November 1994 as UNICEF external advisor on health research and management for child survival and development.

In Toronto, Dr. Evans was a member of the steering committee of the Toronto City Summit Alliance, a coalition of civil leaders in the Toronto region. It met with officials, from the premier down, produced an action report and supported a number of initiatives to strengthen community service. It worked closely with the Toronto Region Research Alliance and other organizations such as MaRS. The files date from late 2003.

There are a few files on the University of Toronto: on the teaching of the cardiovascular programme in the Faculty of Medicine (1970), on an International Health meeting hosted by the Department of Medicine in 1998, on strategic planning for the Department of Surgery (2004), and on the Rotman School of Management (2002). Next is a single file on a board of directors meeting in June 2005 of Vartana, a charity with a mandate to develop Canada’s first financial institution dedicated to meeting the needs of voluntary sector organizations.

When Dr. Evans joined the World Bank in 1979, it was the beginning of a long relationship that often included the Rockefeller Foundation. The earliest files document his work with the Population, Health and Nutrition Department, which he founded, but most relate to his work from 1995 to 1997 with the Ad Hoc World Bank/Rockefeller Orphan Drug and Vaccine Project relating to the development, licensing and supply of AIDS vaccines to the under-developed world. The files contain detailed correspondence, notes, memoranda, minutes, and reports with government and corporate bodies.

The last files in this series document Dr. Evans’ work with the World Health Organization on two projects. The first was its Executive Board organizational study on “The role of WHO in training in public health and health programme management” (1981), followed by its Ad Hoc Review on Health Research in 1995-1996. The files contain notes, minutes, addresses, reports, and background material.

Stott Scrapbook

This series contains a scrapbook of geometric drawings that belonged to Alicia Boole Stott (1860-1940) who originally termed the word “polytope” to describe a four dimensional convex solid. Stott was the third daughter of mathematician George Boole and a colleague of Coxeter. The two met in 1930 and worked on various problems together early in Coxeter’s career. Stott died in 1940.

University of Toronto Scarborough. Office of the Vice President & Principal

Accession consists of administrative records of the office including priority and planning records, select correspondence, speaking notes (including several UTSC Town Halls), select meeting minutes, presentations and reports on various topics including: UTSC Executive Group, (including retreats), UTSC Governing Council, UTSC Expansion, UTSC Name Change, Transfer Agreement between Seneca and UTSC (2012), the Institute for Human Development, Buddhist Studies, Doris McCarthy Gallery Review, Hong Kong, Krembil Foundation, 2015 Pan American Games, PanAm Centre, a memorial book for Doris Leung Chung-see (2010) and a presentation and supporting materials by Bruce Kidd regarding his presentation Transitioning and his advocacy for gender and transgender inclusivity in sport (2011-2016). Accession also includes one photograph featuring R. Birgeneau and Dr. Paul Thompson and others at a groundbreaking ceremony for an unknown building (20-).

University of Toronto. Department of Medicine

Accession consists of administrative records of the Department of Medicine related to the Master Teaching Program, Internal Medicine, and the Clerkship Curriculum Committee (CCC). Records include Master Teaching Program applications and copies of certificates earned by individuals (2002-2013), Master Teaching Program curricula and policy, Internal Medicine reviews of various areas of specialization, residency program related materials including resident and intern appointments (1973-1985), applications for accreditation, and Clerkship Curriculum Committee meeting minutes, agendas, and reference materials.

University of Toronto. Department of Medicine

University of Toronto Press

Accession consists of 31 books from the University of Toronto Press. Accession is a mix of books published by UTP and volumes that appear to have been in their own reference library, possibly because they owned the publishing rights to them. See UTARMS Finding Aid file list for titles.

Science for Peace 2012 accession

Administrative files of Science for Peace: records of the Board; office correspondence; membership records; reports and briefings; financial records; event files; working group reports; and records relating to the establishment of the Peace Studies program and the Chair of Peace Studies.


The photographs in this fonds have been removed from files in the above series, as indicated, or were loosely grouped. See below for additional information by accession.

B2007-0011/001P – 004P
Approx. 750 photoprints, 400 photonegatives, and 70 slides

Approx. 2 contact prints, 91 photoprints, x photonegatives, 3 slides

B2019-0009/001P(01) – (28), /002P(01) – (14)
Approx. 300 photoprints, 64 negatives, 11 contact sheets, 22 slides
[195-] – 2009

Photographs cover personal and professional activities of both Larry Richards and Fred Urban. While a portion of the material are portraits or document family, friends, and residences, material predominantly covers the professional life of Richards: documentation of exhibits by Richards as both artist and curator (this includes works by Gordon Matta-Clark, Venice biennale, Power Plant and Cane River exhibitions); Richards’ connection to other architects, including Frank Gehry, Daniel Liebskind, Stanley Tigerman; UofT events and teaching activities; and his RAIC award.

Note: Letter included with photograph in B2019-0009/001P(02) describes an Indigenous dancer and discusses the individual in an objectifying manner.


Professor Richards has been a popular speaker at conferences, symposia, lecture series, and in more public forums such as on radio and television. Many of his addresses and presentations are listed in his curriculum vitae under ‘Invited lectures’, ‘Conferences and symposia’, and ‘Radio and television’. In this series, these categories are intermingled and the addresses are filed chronologically. Not all of the addresses are present; some are filed in other series. And others have not been located. For example, there are no addresses for 1985 and only one (1992) between 1989 and 1995.

Professor Richards’ earliest listed television appearance was on CTV’s ‘University of the Air’ series (1982), in a five-part presentation on “Understanding architecture”. It is also his only television or radio presentation documented here. The series ends with an address by Robert Fulford at University College in 1991 on the impact of The death and life of great American cities 30 years after its publication.

Manuscripts and publications

Professor Richards’ maintained an interest in nurturing a broad understanding for the art of architecture, especially as it applies to modern architecture and the influences on him, ranging from Japanese and Chinese architecture to the design of commercial advertisements and popular cultural events. This range of interests are well documented within his writings. Series 16 covers unpublished manuscripts and many, but not all, of the articles and books listed in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae.

The series includes two boxes of files of articles about Professor Richards or in which he is mentioned. These are followed by letters to the editor, book reviews, and manuscripts and publications. The principal unpublished work is ‘The latent energies of Michelangelo’s private library’ (1974).


Professor Richards has received funding for a number of research projects, most of which are documented in other series. The projects covered here include ‘The re-emergence of cylindrical space in current architectural theory and practice’ (1982-1984), ‘Modern architecture in Brazil’ (1988-1994), his book Toronto Places (1988-1991), and for ongoing work in and about Japan (2000-2001).

Conferences and symposia

The files document Professor Richards’ involvement with conferences and symposia that are not covered in other series. The principal ones are ‘The Villa’ (1986), the International Conference on Housing and Design held in Nanjing, China in 1987, the Harold Innis Centenary Celebration workshop and the Anyplace conference (both 1994), the International Conference on Courthouse Design (1998), ‘Talking design’ (2000) and ‘Span 4: symposium on branding and commodification’ held at the UofT in 2004. Included is correspondence, notes, programmes, photographs and posters.

Professional associations

Professor Richards has been actively involved in architecture and design as an editor, curator, and educator, and has sat on numerous committees. The activities mentioned below are documented in considerable detail. They his work on the editorial boards of Trace (1979-1983), Journal of Architectural Education (1985-1987), and Canadian Architect (1999-2005), and his service with Canadian Council of University Schools of Architecture (1983-1987) and on the Fine Arts Committee of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (1985-1987). In 1987 the Canadian Centre for Architecture appointed him guest editor and curator for its exhibition on the building and gardens in conjunction with its official opening in 1989, and in 1995 he was appointed a member of the Venice Biennale competition, also working through the CCA. Material included in B2019-0009 also documents his application to become the director of the CCA. Files cover his appointment to the Board of the Ontario Heritage Foundation, his involvement with Networks Limited, where he was vice-president (1979-1983); the Ontario Association of Architects, the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture, and the Design Exchange.


Professor Richards has, from the beginning of his career, been actively involved in exhibitions, both those to which he contributed items and those which he either curated and/or designed. Both categories are included and intermingled here. Some of the exhibitions listed in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae are not included in this series.

The files contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, sketches and formal drawings, programmes, photographs, and press coverage. The exhibitions in B2007-0011 most thoroughly documented are ‘The work of John Hejduk’, ‘O Kanada’ (1982-1983), ‘Entre espacos’, ‘Waterworks, ‘Buildings and gardens’, the Venice Biennales, and ‘E-12’.

Within B2019-0009, material includes Richards’ exhibitions on Frank Gehry (see Series 16 for Richards’ writing for the Geary exhibition at the AGO), curatorial work for the Eric Arthur Gallery, particularly for the “Foster” exhibition, and his Maple Leaf Gardens exhibit.

Advising, assessing and consulting

In addition to his work as a juror, Professor Richards was active as a consultant or advisor to a number of projects, most associated with architectural and design, but some with academic matters such as tenure and the external supervision of theses. Some of the activities listed in his curriculum vitae are filed with other series and others are not documented in this series. The arrangement is chronologically by the name of the organization or individual concerned. The files may contain any or all of the following: correspondence, notes, memoranda, reports, photographs, architectural drawings and site plans.

Within accession B2007-0011, the most heavily documented of his consulting work is with the selection of an architect for the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery in Waterloo, the Environmental Sciences Building at Trent University; as a thesis advisor (1989-1990) to Brian Christianson of Miami University whose thesis was on Canadian architecture; as a member of the 2006 program review for the School of Architecture at McGill University; and his being a consultant to and a member of the Royal Ontario Museum’s architectural advisory committee regarding ‘Renaissance ROM’ and Daniel Libeskind’s project. Two other well documented activities are his work as a member of the curatorial advisory board of Power Plant (1987-1990) and as a member of the visiting team of the National Architectural Accrediting Board (USA) to Texas State University (1992).

B2019-0009 includes documentation of Richards’ work with Kin Yeung, founder and owner of the fashion brand Blanc de Chine. After having met Yeung on a trip to Hong Kong in the early 2000s, Richards began consulting for the company to help grow its international visibility. Over the span of more than a decade, Richards worked on a range of projects including interior design for the brand’s New York retail locations (including Bleu de Chine), Yeung’s private apartments, writing and editing an unpublished biography of Yeung, and founding the Toronto studio, WORKshop. Material includes extensive correspondence, draft manuscripts, notes, journals, reflective commentaries, as well as plans and drawings for interior design projects.

Architecture, art and design juries

Professor Richards has been since the early 1980s an active participant on architecture, art and design juries. The juries adjudicated projects ranging from student competitions to architectural grants (Canada Council), urban design awards (Etobicoke, Mississauga, Scarborough, Toronto), public art competitions (City of Waterloo, ice sculptures in Toronto), building projects (Coptic community master plan and cathedral, new city hall for Markham, Ontario), redevelopment projects such as Harbourfront and Pearson Airport, to architectural awards. Professor Richards was not a member of the jury for the Kitchener City Hall competition (1989) but he assembled a lot of material and also wrote about it. He was also a member of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority’s selection committee for lead architect in its Lester B. Pearson International Airport transformation project (1997).

The files contain correspondence, notes, photographs, architectural drawings, press coverage and reports. The arrangement is chronological and by the name of the project. The full name and date of each competition is listed in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae (B2007-0011/001(02)-(06).

Buildings and projects

Professor Richards’ practice as a professional architect in the United States, Italy, and Canada “has resulted in more than 50 buildings and projects, including work in urban design, architecture, interior design, furniture design, and graphics.” His use of “collage processes to represent conceptual architectural projects” and his interest in the work of Japanese architects is also documented in this series.

This series begins with multiple files on designs assembled by Professor Richards, including one on McDonald’s, and miscellaneous notes and sketches, mostly from the 1970s and the 1980s. The dated designs are arranged chronologically. The most completely documented projects, most with accompanying correspondence and notes, are for Arthur’s Restaurant, the two projects for Romero Romei, the Mill Cove residence, the Faenza competition, the Agnes Etherington Art Centre project, and the AIDS Memorial competition for Cawthra Park on Church Street in Toronto. Examples of his design work may also be found in Series 1, 7, 9 and 11.

Accession B2019-0009 includes sketches and drawings for some of the projects mentioned above, as well as assorted sketches of private homes. Material also includes artwork produced by Richards.

Employment: University of Toronto

Professor Richards was lured to the University of Toronto in 1980 by the new Dean, Blanche van Ginkel, who had earlier recruited several new young faculty members, including Alberto Perez Gomez and Daniel Libeskind. Both had left by the time Richards arrived and he soon found out why. He “walked into a rat’s nest of warring factions. The inflexible ideologues, led by Prof. Peter Pragnell, were totally closed to student and younger faculty’s interests in post-modernism.” Richards soon became disillusioned and found reward only through the new ‘Introduction to Architecture’ course he developed and taught at University College. He also coordinated the 1980-1981 fourth-year core programme and (with Michael Kirkland) the fall 1981 studio in Venice. After a year he left Toronto for the position of associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo.

Although Professor Richards maintained contact with the University of Toronto (he withdrew his candidacy for the deanship in 1985) and actually moved from Waterloo to
Toronto in 1990, it was not until January 1997 that he returned to the Faculty, this time as
dean, an appointment that was to last 7 and a half years. “He led a division of 22 core and 48 part-time faculty, 20 staff, and 275 graduate students, which offers three degree programs: a professional Master of Architecture, a professional Master of Landscape Architecture, and a post-professional Master of Urban Design. He gained approvals for and implemented two long-range academic plans, the 2000 PLAN and the 2004 PLAN, leading to the reinvigoration of the creative life of the school. His accomplishments included facilitating the incremental renovation of the building at 230 College Street by leading Toronto architects and establishing the Faculty’s first endowed chair, The Frank Gehry International Visiting Chair in Architectural Design, launched in 2003. He established the Faculty’s first Advancement Office and raised more than $8-million in new funding through the division’s “Design the Future” campaign. [He also]…played a key role in assisting the University with architect selection processes for major projects on its three campuses.” On the St. George campus three significant buildings by international architects were erected: the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Bimolecular Research (Alliance + Behnisch Architekten), the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building (Norman Foster) and Graduate House (Morphosis, Thom Mayne).

The earliest records in the series consist of correspondence, memoranda, reports and associated material documenting Professor Richards’ stint as assistant professor in 1980-1981; the files cover the activities mentioned above. There are also files on the 1985 search for a dean and the attempt to close the School, followed by several on Richards’ appointment as dean. Files are then arranged in descending order of hierarchy, beginning with the Governing Council, its Physical Planning and Design Advisory Committee’s campus planning initiatives (concerning, especially, Graduate House), and meetings of principals, deans, academic directors and chairs. Except for the above committees, those mentioned in Professor Richards’ curriculum vitae are largely absent from this series.

The records of the School/Faculty from 1997-2007 include correspondence; Richards’ activities and his reports; budgets, the 2000 and 2004 long-range plans, and fundraising initiatives. There are files on the restructuring of courses and the renaming and repositioning of the School (using, in part, the expertise of designer Bruce Mau) and the renovations to 230 College Street (the Shore Moffatt Library and the Eric Arthur Gallery). Richards kept extensive files on trips to Japan, Hong Kong and China relating to the Faculty’s ‘Designs for Living’ cultural exchange project. The series concludes with files on the creation of the Gehry Chair; courses taught; lecture series; exhibitions; and publicity. The files on the courses taught contain course outlines, assignments, tests, examination questions, and some lectures.

Employment: University of Waterloo

Upon leaving Halifax, Professor Richards taught for a year at the University of Toronto (see Series 8) before being hired as an associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Waterloo. In 1982, he was appointed dean for a six-year term. In addition to his broad administrative duties, including the hiring of five new faculty members, he coordinated a number of design courses, including the 1982 Thesis Programme and was instrumental in developing the School’s new first year programme, upper level option studios, revised technology stream, its fund raising campaign, computer laboratory, slide library, Rome facilities, exchange agreement with the Nanjing Institute of Technology (Southeast China University) and the guest lecture series. Professor Richards also served on the University of Waterloo’s Board of Governors Buildings and Properties Committee as it dealt with three projects – the William G. Davis Computer Centre, the Student Centre, and an addition to Burt Matthews Hall. He sat (1983-1987) on the Senate and four of its sub-committees and on the Faculty of Environmental Studies Executive Committee (1982-87). He also served on a number of professional bodies (see Series 13), was guest critic at Carleton University and the University of Toronto and in 1987 was appointed guest editor and curator at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montreal.

This series documents most of the activities described in the first paragraph above. The files are arranged in descending order of hierarchy, beginning with the Board of Governors. The work of Board and School committees is covered in considerable detail, as are the courses offered in so far as their facilitation and structure is concerned (there are few extant lectures). Some of the courses, such as 493 (Options Studio), include study tours to cities such as Montreal and Los Angeles. The courses are arranged by course number and chronologically, and photographs accompany some of the files. The series ends with files on lecture series, exhibitions, and university publicity.

Employment: Nova Scotia Technical College

From 1975 to 1980, Professor Richards was an assistant professor in the Faculty of Architecture at the Nova Scotia Technical College (later the Technical University of Nova Scotia). From 1975 to 1978 he was responsible for “Introduction to Architecture”, an elective course at Dalhousie University. In 1977 he coordinated a study abroad programme in China and Japan and developed the guest lecture series. In 1978, he was appointed Campus Design Coordinator.

The activities outlined above are documented in this series. The correspondence files address his employment, his administrative duties, and related professional activities. Except for his work as Campus Design Coordinator and his teaching, few other activities are covered in detail. Most of the files are devoted to his teaching duties (though there are few lecture notes per se), including the study abroad program, and to the lecture series offered in the Faculty. There is a large collection of drawings and projects relating to his activities in Halifax. There are also several publications documenting the activities of faculty and staff and a few items about the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Early employment

This series documents Professor Richards early years in the architecture profession, beginning with his work as a designer for The Architects Collaborative, Inc. (TAC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts (1967-1972), as a part-time instructor in Architecture at Garland Junior College in Boston (1968-1971), as assistant professor at the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana (1972-1973), and his private practice in Boston, Florence (Italy) and New Haven (1971-1975). The files are grouped by employment activity in chronological order.

The series begins with files on two competitions. The first, in 1968, was an annual architectural competition sponsored by Pittsburgh Plate Glass. Richards’ unsuccessful entry was influenced by the work and style of Paul Rudolph, whose Art and Architecture building at Yale University was one of the reasons he went there for his masters degree . In 1971 Richards’ competed, again unsuccessfully, for the Rosch Travelling Scholarship with a design for a subway station.

Most of the files document his design work with TAC, including background material for the addition to the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Massachusetts (the original
correspondence and drawing are with the Institute), the new headquarters of the American Institute of Architects in Washington, DC, and the IBM building at East Fishkill, New York. Included is correspondence, memoranda, sketches, architectural drawings and photographs.

Richards’ work in private practice is represented primarily in Series 9: Buildings and project. The series ends with files on the teaching of a course in architecture at Garland Junior College, his employment at Ball State University, and a course he gave at Ipswich High School in Ipswich, Massachusetts in 1974 with Urban, who taught there. Included is correspondence, course outlines, lecture notes, press coverage and photographs.

This series also contains several files on Fred Urban’s employment, especially at Chemsford Senior High School and Ipswich High School, and inquiries about employment. These files may be compared to others on Urban’s employment in accession B2007-0012. The series ends with several files on Frederic Urban’s employment.

Professional correspondence

This series consists of professional correspondence that Professor Richards maintained apart from that in his files in Series 3. Included are files of general correspondence (1969-2005), a file (with photos) on the proposed destruction of the Dominion Bank building in Windsor, Ontario, applications for employment (1974-1994), letters of reference (1976-2005), and correspondence with (along with related material on) architects, writers on architecture, and designers such as Stirling Cook (including setting up the Stirling Cook Scholarship Fund a Miami University), Frank Gehry, Kazuhiro Ishii, Daniel Libeskind, Brian MacKay-Lyons, and Bruce Mau. The files contain correspondence, photographs, programmes, press coverage, and associated design items.

Material in the B2019-0009 includes large groupings of assorted correspondence that were collected loosely. These represent Richards’ connections with numerous individuals and institutions related to specific projects and positions.


This series documents elements of Professor Richards’ and Frederic Urban’s education, beginning (for Larry) with elementary school in Matthews, Indiana and proceeding through his university education at Miami University (B.Arch 1967) and Yale University (M.Arch 1975). For Frederic, education at Cathedral High School, Merrimack College, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, and courses offered elsewhere. The surviving records for Larry’s early education are fragmentary and even the files for Yale University have some gaps. The files on Frederic’s education are complemented by those in his personal records, B2007-0012. The arrangement for each individual is by institution attended in chronological order.

The series begins with notebooks and memorabilia from Professor Richard’s public school studies [for his ‘Memories of my school days’, see Series 16], and correspondence and course material, primarily project and design notes and drawings (3 major projects), and a yearbook from his undergraduate studies at Miami University. The files on Yale include the portfolio Richards’ presented for admission, course notes, project drawings, memorabilia, and a file on the Yale University tuition postponement plan, and photographs. The drawings include conceptual project material for projects under Professor Moore and a variety of project drawings and figure drawings. Urban’s files include correspondence, programmes, memorabilia, and related publications.

Personal correspondence

The personal correspondence in this series covers the years 1959 to 2007, though there are no letters for the years 1992, 1993, and from 1997 to 2006. From 1959 to 1963, the correspondence consists of letters, postcards, and the occasional Christmas or birthday card sent to Professor Urban. Thereafter, and especially after Professors Richards and Urban met in 1967 and moved in together, the correspondence is more or less evenly divided between the two. In addition to their parents, siblings, grandparents, and various aunts and uncles, many of whom were prolific letter writers, the two men had a wide circle of friends, both gay and straight, with whom they maintained contact over the years. Some wrote only occasionally either by letter, postcard, or Christmas card, but their close friends wrote often and at length. Photographs accompanying the letters have been selectively retained and are appended to the letters themselves, except in the few cases where they are numerous.

There is a noticeable decline in the number of letters after 1979 – the number of letters fell slowly through the 1980s and by two-thirds in 1988 and 1989, with none for March to July 1990 – followed by a dramatic fall after 1990. There are only about 20 for the years 1991 and 1994-1996 and two for 2007. The initial decline has been attributed to both professors being very busy and having less time for personal correspondence, and fewer letters from their parents and other family members, partly due to aging and deaths. Some of Professor Richards’ and Urban’s most prolific gay correspondents had succumbed to AIDS or other illnesses by 1990, while letters from some of their most prolific correspondence declined in number. There are, for example, few letters after 1981 from Stirling Cook, perhaps the most consistent correspondent of their gay friends, but also fewer from their faithful letter writing straight friends, especially David and Christine Drake (after1982).

The principal family correspondents on Professor Richard’s side were his parents, Byron and Virginia, his paternal grandmother Irene Richards, his brother Roger, and his sister Pam, with the occasional letter from his material grandmother, Iva Wright. Professor Urban’s core family correspondents were his mother, his brother John, his sisters Jean Brosseau and Mary Balducci, and his aunts Ella Urban and Betty Murray. Other aunts and uncles and nephews and nieces wrote sporadically and/or dutifully sent Christmas and birthday cards.

Professor Richard’s parents and his grandmother Irene Richards enclosed press clippings on a regular basis. These covered local events and some of state and national politics, the weather (mostly notable winter storms), Byron Richards’ interest in the Cumberland County covered bridge and anything about architecture or design, especially relating to Ball State University where Professor Richards was briefly employed. The clipping relating to family and friends (especially those annotated), and to design and architecture have, for the most part, been retained and are appended to the letters (some in oversized folders, B2009-0005/002); the other clippings have not been kept. This also applies to the clippings sent to Professor Richards by his friends, especially David Drake.

Both Larry and Fred made long lasting friends at school and at college who proved to be their most prolific correspondents. Straight friends included David and Christine Drake, Vikky Alexander, Fred Clough, Robbie Dreicer, Eric Fiss and Nan Legate, Jim French, Richard Kibbey, Alain Langlois, Dan Leclerc , Don Matheson, Mike Opleger, Vladimeer Oustimovitch, Arlene Pitlick, Thalia Poons, Rob Price, Edward G. Roddy, Jr., Tim Rose, Jim Sink, Ross Smith, and Harriet Wright. Gay ones included David Anderson, George Ashley, Martin Brook, Paul Chaisson, Sterling Cook, Jim Dumont, Don Fritz, Welyn ‘Lynn’ Harris and Ruth Parsons, Frank Hebb, Donnie Josephson, Larry Klekota, Claude Lalonde, Walter Lichenstein and Jack Vanek, Scott MacNeill, Philip McAleer, Charles ‘Chic’ Maloney (a Boston lawyer), Don Matheson, Ed McQuarrie, Claudio Santon, Michael Stewart, Theobold Volker, and Manuel Yanez.

Professor Richards wrote that “Fred and I have both been rather open on all fronts as individuals and as a couple over the past nearly 44 years, and with very few negative repercussions,” though for a number of years his parents found it difficult to accept their relationship (for Professor Richard’s statement on the latter, see Appendix 1). This openness is reflected in their correspondence, especially with friends (both gay and straight), in which they candidly discussed their sexuality, their relationship, and a variety of issues, including political ones, affecting gays and lesbians. Their friends responded in kind. Many other ideas and issues were discussed as well, especially ones relating to their professional and aesthetic interests, but their sexuality remained a strong current throughout their correspondence.

Correspondence in the B2019-0009 accession includes letters from family members, between Larry and Fred, and from friends including Sterling Cook, Brian McKay Lyons, David and Chris Drake, Adele Freedman, and George Baird. Additionally, the material covers art purchases, pastor and advocacy letters that reflect concerns around homophobia and politics.

Personal and biographical

B2007-00011 and B2009-0005: The contents of this series consists of ‘biographical notes’, copies of Professor Richards curriculum vitae (1966-2004), articles about him; files on the family tree and the death of his father from ALS; an address book, certificates and honours; memorabilia belonging both to him and his partner, Frederic (Fred) Urban; personal correspondence (primarily with family members and friends but including files on other personal matters and American politicians, including Edward Kennedy and Bill Clinton); some of Frederic’s personal correspondence; files on the various residences that he and Frederic have shared since 1967, including their house in Natchitoches, Louisiana; postcards and greeting cards; a notebook on dreams; day planners; a diary for the first six months of 1959; and journals, correspondence and notes for trips to Europe, various destinations in the United States, and China between 1977 and 2007. The series ends with a collection of items on James Dean, who grew up on a farm a few miles from the Richards’ place and about whom Professor Richards wrote several pieces. Also included are a number of photographs.

Material from accession B2019-0009 mirrors the two previous, however also includes documentation from Richards’ childhood, awards, and personal reflections written to complement the donated archival material. The diaries, agendas and notebooks cover personal trips (professional travel and those related to specific projects are included in relevant series), personal reflections, and dream diaries. Documentation of Richards and Urban’s residences primarily cover their Natchitoches home, including information on sales, renovations, as well as broader engagement in the town and its architectural heritage.

Larry Wayne Richards fonds

  • UTA 1699
  • Fonds
  • 1905 – 2019

Accessions include the personal records of Larry Wayne Richards, architect and educator, documenting his personal life with his partner, Frederic Urban, their education and Richards’ professional life, especially his teaching and administrative work at the Nova Scotia Technical College and as Dean of Architecture at the University of Waterloo and the University of Toronto. Also documented is his involvement in multiple design projects, both as a working architect and as an advisor. Included is his work as a member of the Physical Planning and Design Committee at the University of Toronto (especially for Graduate House), the restoration of 230 College Street, his extended collaboration with Kin Yeung (Blanc de Chine, WORKshop), and his participation in municipal architectural and design projects. There are extensive files on his work for the Canadian Centre for Architecture, including the Venice Biennales of 1991 and 1996 and as an advisor to the Royal Ontario Museum’s ‘Renaissance ROM’ project (architect, Daniel Libeskind). There are also files of correspondence and related material on many architects, in particular, Frank Gehry.

Richards, Larry Wayne

John Colman collection

  • UTA 5006
  • Collection
  • 2011

Digital files about John Colman, Dean of Scarborough College (1968-1972) compiled by Eleanor Irwin, for his memorial held on 18 March 2011. Includes digitized newspaper clippings, memorial program, and tributes to Colman.

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