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Wright, William James Turnbull (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers the history of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering from the involvement of his father though to his own retirement in 1959. Focuses on Faculty Deans, especially C.H. Mitchell and C.R. Young, Presidents Falconer and Cody, student activities, his courses in engineering drawing and English and both World Wars and their effects on the University of Toronto.

Wright, William James Turnbull

Wright, Peter Murrell (oral history)

Oral history interview with former Dean Peter Wright conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his family background and education through his tenure as Acting Dean of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. Focusses on the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering, its Deans and curricula, 1968-1987, and the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, 1970-1987.

Wright, Peter Murrell

Winnett, Frederick Victor (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Allan Irving. Covers family background and early education through to retirement as head of Dept. of Near Eastern Studies in 1967. Discusses the development of curricula in Oriental languages and Near Eastern studies and related fields, faculty members associated with these subjects and the influence of field archaeology in the development of these academic fields.

Winnett, Frederick Victor

Wilson, John Tuzo (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor J. Tuzo Wilson conducted by Paul A. Bator; includes log. Commences with early education through to his principalship of Erindale College. Focusses on the period 1926-1976, his undergraduate education in physics and geology at the University of Toronto. Discusses the Dept. of Physics, faculty, curricula, student activities at Trinity College, his involvement with international scientific organizations, and Erindale College.

Wilson, John Tuzo

Williams, David Carlton "Carl" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. David Carlton Williams conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers the period from 1950 to 1982. Focusses on audio-visual education, the Division of University Extension, curricula and students. Discusses appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, the planning of Scarborough and Erindale Colleges and the Robarts Library, as well as the Culture and Technology Group, an informal group of faculty including Marshall McLuhan, and compares and contrasts the University of Western Ontario with the University of Toronto.

Williams, David Carlton "Carl"

Wightman, Keith John Roy "Cator" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with a discussion of his family background and early education. Focusses on the period of 1930-1977, the administrative history of the Faculty of Medicine, its teaching staff and curriculum changes and developments, specifically in the Dept. of Therapeutics. Also discusses the Toronto General Hospital, provincial aide to higher education in medicine, the Ontario Cancer Treatment and Research Foundation and Gairdner Foundation.

Wightman, Keith John Roy "Cator"

Welsh, Harry Lambert (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers Welsh's career and the history of the Dept. of Physics, its faculty and students. Focuses on his undergraduate days and decision to choose Science, the influence of Sir John McLennan, graduate student observations of Germany in the 1930s, effects of World War II on the Dept., including the radar training school and post-war expansion of the department and advances in fields of astronomy, geophysics, and computer science.

Welsh, Harry Lambert

Wayman, Morris (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Robin Harris. Covers his years as a student in the Toronto public school system and as an undergraduate and graduate student in chemistry at the University of Toronto, 1932-1941; extra-curricular activities as founder of the Communist Club of the University of Toronto, in the University College Parliamentary Club and the Historical Club of the University of Toronto. Especially good on student politics in the 1930s.

Wayman, Morris

Watson, Gordon Alfred Brabant (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Gordon Alfred Brabant Watson conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family history through to time of interview, focussing on the period 1945-1984. Discusses his undergraduate work on Philosophy at McGill University, his developing interest in forensic psychiatry, Trinity College, the development of the compulsory course in Religious Knowledge into a Centre for Religious Studies, the administrative history of the Centre for Criminology, student-administrator relations during his Associate Deanship of the Faculty of Arts and Science and his participation in the Ethics Committee of the Addiction Research Foundation and the Human Subjects Review Committee in 1977.

Watson, Gordon Alfred Brabant

Wallace, Mary Elisabeth (oral history)

Oral history interview of Mary Elisabeth Wallace by Elizabeth Wilson. Focuses on the period 1930-1974, Wallace's undergraduate professors and student activities, the School of Social Work and its relations with the Dept. of Political Economy, her career in the Dept. of Social Work and the faculty, students and curricula in the Dept. of Political Economy after World War II.

Wallace, Mary Elisabeth

Urquhart, Frederick Albert "Fred" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers early childhood interest in natural history through post-retirement research ca. 1930-1978. Focusses on his undergraduate and graduate work in the Dept. of Biology, curricula, academic staff, the Royal Ontario Museum and its relations with University of Toronto and his ongoing research on the Monarch butterfly.

Urquhart, Frederick A.

Turney, Omar (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Robert H. Blackburn. Discusses the curricula of the joint United Farmers of Ontario/Dept. of University Extension short courses given in the 1920s for young farmers, their impact on agriculture and on his own life.

Turney, Omar

Tatham, George (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Allan Irving. Covers his choice of academic field and his arrival in Canada to teach at the University of Toronto (1939-40) through to his departure in 1960. Discusses the establishment of the honors course in geography and its curricula, the administrative history of the Dept. of Geography, prominent personalities in the Dept., including Griffiths Taylor, Donald Putnam and Kenneth Hare, Harold Innis and Sidney Smith and his involvement with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association during and after World War II.

Tatham, George

Surerus, John Alvin (oral history)

Oral history interview with John Surerus done as part of the Library Oral History Project by Humphrey N. Milnes. Commences with an account of his primary and secondary education. Focusses on his career at Victoria College and subsequently with the Dept. of German; the effects of both World Wars on the Department and the University. Discusses his associates on the faculty and staff of the University as well as various aspects of the administrative history of the University and Appleby College.

Surerus, John Alvin

Stuart, Ronald Stiles (oral history)

Interview recorded as part of the Library Oral History Project by Robin Harris of Ronald Stewart who was a student in chemistry during World War II, 1940-1944. Discusses life as a student with observations on the programme, faculty, facilities and extra-curricular activitities.

Stuart, Ronald Stiles

Spelt, Jacob (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Jacob Spelt conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers his life in the Netherlands and the effects of World War I through to 1987. Focusses on the Dept. of Geography, its curricula, and faculty. Discusses the Faculty of Arts and Science, particularly during his tenure as Associate Dean. Subjects discussed include admission, curricula, budgeting, appointments, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances. Also discusses the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture while Dean, 1982-1984, its faculty, curricula, and student-faculty relations.

Spelt, Jacob

Smith, Leonard (oral history)

Oral history interview with Leonard Smith conducted by Humphrey Milnes as part of the Library Oral History Project. Covers the period 1920-1974, focusing on anecdotes concerning senior administrative staff and faculty. Discusses convocations, the administrative history of the University and the effects of the Great Depression and World War II on the University.

Smith, Leonard

Slemon, Gordon (oral history)

Interview of Professor Gordon Slemon of the Department of Electrical Engineering by Valerie Schatzker as part of the Library Oral History Project. Interview conducted on Nov. 25 and Dec. 6, 1988 and Feb. 17, 21 and March 2, 1989.

Slemon, Gordon

Slater, John Greer (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John G. Slater conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with an account of his family background and continues with a discussion of his undergraduate and graduate work in the United States. Focusses in the period 1964 to 1986, and the Dept. of Philosophy, providing an account of its administrative history, relations with the Faculty of Arts and Science and the philosophers teaching in the Colleges, with particular reference to St. Michael's College. Also discusses graduate and undergraduate curricula and student-faculty relations.

Slater, John Greer

Slack, Zerada (oral history)

Oral history interview by Elizabeth Wilson with Zerada Slack, Director of Athletics and Physical Education for Women as part of the Library Oral History Project. Account of her involvement with athletics and physical education and training for women at McGill University, as a high school teacher in Hamilton, with the Y.W.C.A. during World War II, and at the University of Toronto. Focusses on the period 1946-1961, the development of intercollegiate athletics for women, salaries and allowances and available facilities for women, events leading to the constrution of the Benson Building, and the expansion in curricula and student activities.

Slack, Zerada

Sisam, John William Bernard (oral history)

Interview conducted by Barbara Byers as part of the Library Oral History Project. It focusses on the period 1931-1971, from his graduation through to his tenure as Dean of the Faculty of Forestry. Discusses the Ontario Dept. of Lands and Forests and the Faculty's relations with the Ontario government, the provincial, national and international forestry associations, and the position of women in forestry.

Sisam, J. W. B.

Sirluck, Ernest (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers Sirluck's education in Manitoba in the 1930s through his departure from the University of Toronto in 1970. Topics discussed include his graduate work in the Dept. of English at the University of Toronto and professors in the Dept. of English including E.K. Brown and A.S.P. Woodhouse, and the general state of graduate education in Canada. Focuses on the period of his tenure as Associate Dean and Dean of the School of Graduate Studies (1962-1970), commenting on the administration of the School, university finances and budgeting, the role of the federated colleges, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, the establishment of University Professorships, the Robarts Library, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Graduate Dept. of Educational Theory, student-administrator relationships, the Americanization of the Faculty and the move to unicameralism.

Sirluck, Ernest

Shook, Father Laurence Kennedy (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Laurence Kennedy Shook, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with family background. Focuses on period 1922-1982 when he was associated with St. Michael's College and the Basilian order, the administrative history of the University of St. Michael's College, the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, finances, the Dept. of English and the Dept. of History, academic faculties and curricula, the role of the federated colleges in University of Toronto, H. Marshall McLuhan and relations with the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

Shook, Father Laurence Kennedy

Shepherd, Ronald M. H. "Ron" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor R.M.H. Shepherd conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers early education in Barbados through to time of interview. Focusses on his association with the University of Toronto from 1949 in the Dept. of Classics, University College and its principals, the Office of the Registrar, the Faculty of Arts and Science, curricula, the transition to unicameralism and the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Shepherd, Ronald M. H. "Ron"

Schabas, Ezra (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Ezra Schabas, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Discusses family influences and early musical education, World War II service, post-war instruction and study in Europe, the development and curricula of the Royal Conservatory of Music and the Faculty of Music, and faculty and staff associated with both institutions. Focusses on the period 1952-1986, compares Faculty of Music and Royal Conservatory of Music to leading American institutions such as the Juilliard School of Music and the Eastman School of Music.

Schabas, Ezra

Saunders, Richard Merrill (oral history)

Library oral history interview with Richard Saunders, professor of History at the University of Toronto, by Charles Roger Myers. The interview covers early childhood through post-retirement work, with focus on the period ca. 1920-1974 and his studies at the American University in Beirut, graduate work in history at Cornell University, the effects of the Depression on universities, appointment to the Dept. of History and association with the Toronto Field Naturalists.

Saunders, Richard Merrill

Rouillard, Clarence Dana (oral history)

Interview with Clarence Dana Rouillard of the Department of French conducted by Robin Harris as part of the Library Oral History Project. It covers his university education through to his post-retirement activities, focussing on the University of Toronto years (1935-1972) and including: the administrative history of the Department of French; its curriculum and academic staff; Presidents Cody, Smith and Bissell; University College; his war service; the founding of Carleton University; and the activities of the Department of French in the community.

Rouillard, Clarence Dana

Ross, Robin (oral history)

Oral history interview with Mr. Robin Ross, conducted by Valerie Schatzker; includes finding aid. Covers education and interest in India through to tenure at Erindale College. Focusses on the period ca. 1935-1978 and his education at St. Andrews University and Oxford University, comparing curricula and facilities there with the University of Toronto, his service in World War II and its effects on India and the British Civil Service, arrival in Canada, the Office of the Registrar, entrance requirements, Office of Student Awards, health service, International Students Centre, Career Centre, student housing, Claude T. Bissell, John R. Evans, the federated colleges and Erindale College and the administrative history of the University.

Ross, Robin

Ross, Malcolm MacKenzie (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Malcolm Mackenzie Ross, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers the period ca. 1930-1983 from Ross's undergraduate years at University of New Brunswick through his appointment to the Centre for Canadian Studies at Edinborough University. Compares the teaching, curricula and faculty of English Dept.'s at the Universities of New Brunswick, Toronto, ALberta, Queens, Manitoba, Cornell, and Indiana, the influence of A.S.P. Woodhouse, the development of Canadian literature both in Canada and abroad, the Queen's Quarterly, and the New Canadian Library series. Discusses the role of the federated colleges and student activities at the University of Toronto, the development of faculty associations and their roles at Toronto, Queens and Dalhousie, and his work at the National Film Board of Canada under John Grierson during World War II.

Ross, Malcolm MacKenzie

Rosevear, Robert A. (oral history)

Interview with Robert A. Rosevear, Professor in the Faculty of Music, by Valerie Schatzker done as part of the Library Oral History Project. Discusses his own musical education in the United States before coming to the University of Toronto at the instigation of Arnold Watter; the development of curricula in the Faculty of Music and the Toronto, later Royal, Conservatory of Music particularly under Dean Boyd Neel; the general state of music education in Ontario and student musical acitivty on campus, noting particularly the patronage of Sidney Smith.

Rosevear, Robert A.

Rose, Albert (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Albert Rose of the School of Social Work, conducted by Allan Irving. Covers family background and situation in the 1920s through the period as Dean of the Faculty of Social Work 1972-1976 and immediately thereafter. Discusses undergraduate work in the Dept. of Political Economy (B.A. 1939); graduate work at the University of Illinois 1939-1942; service in World War II (1939-1945), return to Toronto as Research Director of the Welfare Council of Toronto 1946-1948; arrival on staff of the School of Social Work; influence of Harry Cassidy; curricula; student-administrator relations; transition to the Faculty of Social Work 1972; research and policy development in Canadian urban housing.

Rose, Albert

Rogers, William Selby "Bill" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor William Selby Rogers conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Focusses on his association with Trinity College, ca. 1936-1983, faculty, students, and curricula during his undergraduate years, 1936-1940, the effects of World War II on his graduate studies, his career and the University of Toronto service in Europe with UNRRA and IRD, studies at the Sorbonne, the institution of the Faculty counsellor system, the effects of the Memorandum of Understanding and the Dept. of French.

Rogers, William Selby "Bill"

Robson, John Mercel (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor John M. Robson conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers early education and family background through to 1982. Focusses on his own undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, curricula, faculty, fellow students and student activities, his years at Victoria University, the influence of the United Church of Canada, the Commission on University Government, the University-Wide Committee, Governing Council and administrative history of the Faculty of Arts and Science and changes in its curricula, the Dept. of English and the University of Toronto Press.

Robson, John Mercel

Robinson, Edward Arthur "Peter" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Edward Arthur Robinson conducted by Paul A. Bator. Commences with a brief autobiographical sketch of immigration to Canada and pre-University of Toronto career. Focusses on the administrative history of Erindale College, its architecture and construction, budgeting and finances, buildings and grounds, and curricula both at Erindale and in the Dept. of Chemistry, ca. 1962-1984. Also discussed are appointments, promotions and tenure policy at Erindale College, Principal John Tuzo Wilson, and relations with the St. George campus, and the office of the president during the incumbencies of John Robert Evans and James Milton Ham.

Robinson, Edward Arthur "Peter"

Rae, Robert Keith "Bob" (oral history)

Oral history interview with Robert Keith (Bob) Rae conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Begins with a brief autobiographical sketch, noting family connections with the University of Toronto. Discusses the undergraduate curricula with particular reference to the Dept. of History and its faculty, student acitivities, and demonstrations and individual students active in them, the Commission on University Government, its personnel and senior administrative personnel of the University of Toronto including Claude Thomas Bissell, Donald Frederick Forster, Robin Ross, John Robert Evans and James Milton Ham.

Rae, Bob

Priestley, Francis Ethelbert Louis "Felp" (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. covers family background, his emigration to Canada, his experiences in the Canadian educational system from student to University Professor. Focusses on curricula in English at the Universities of Alberta, British Columbia and Toronto and the history of the Dept. of English, its faculty and students. Comments on the tenure of Presidents Smith and Bissell.

Priestley, Francis Ethelbert Louis "Felp"

Pragnell, Peter Neville (oral history)

Oral history interview with Peter Neville Prangnell conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers early education through to 1987. Focusses on the period 1966-1987 and his association with the University of Toronto, the administrative history of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, faculty, students, and curricula, entrance requirements, and plans for the School of Architectural Design and Technology.

Pragnell, Peter Neville

Pounder, Irvine Rudsdale (I.R.) (oral history)

Oral history interview by Robin Harris. Commences with his decision to study at the University of Toronto in 1907. Subjects discussed include the Dept. of Mathematics, faculty, promotions and tenure, salaries and allowances, the Senate, and election of the Chancellor involving Henry John Cody and Charles Vincent Massey.

Pounder, I.R.

Phillips, Charles Edward (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Barbara Byers. Covers family background and education at Harbord Collegiate Institute through the establishment of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education. Focuses on the period from ca. 1925-1966, his teaching career at the University of Toronto Schools and the Ontario College of Education, curricula, faculty, students, finances, relations between Ontario College of Education and the Government of Ontario, and University of Toronto and the establishment of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Phillips, Charles Edward

Parker, Jack Horace (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Jack Horace Parker conducted by Paul A. Bator; includes summary. Covers arrival at the University of Toronto in 1931 through 1973 and his tenure as Associate Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Focusses on his career as a graduate student and professor, the administrative history of the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese, its faculty, curricula and the various reorganizations which led to the separation of the Dept. of French and Italian. Discusses the School of Graduate Studies and Dean Ernest Sirluck, the Senate, Office of the President, and the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Parker, J.H. ( Jack Horace)

Park, Edna Wilhelmine (oral history)

Oral history interview by Barbara Byers. Covers family connections with the Massey family and decision of the Park sisters to enter the Faculty of Household Science. Focusses on the administrative history of the Faculty of Food Sciences, its Deans, curricula, finances, salaries and allowances, and the Canadian and Ontario Dietetic Associations.

Park, Edna Wilhelmine

Paikin, Marnie Marina Suzanne (oral history)

Oral history interview with Dr. Marnie Paikin conducted by Paul A. Bator. Covers her family and educational background through her Chairmanship of Governing Council. Focusses on the period 1972-1980 and her appointment to and service on Governing Council, its Academic Affairs Committee and Internal Affairs Committee, relationship with the University of Toronto Faculty Association, her assessment of the university in terms of its community role and major issues facing the Governing Council during her membership, notably racism and day care.

Paikin, Marnie Marina Suzanne

Owen, Derwyn Randulph Grier (oral history)

Oral history interview with Provost Derwyn R.G. Owen conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Begins with an account of the Owen family history and their arrival in North America and ends with a discussion of his post-retirement research and writing activities. Focusses on the period, 1920-1980, and topics discussed include his education at Ridley College, Trinity College, Oxford University and Union Theological Seminary, their faculties, student activities, student-administrator relations, curricula, relations between Trinity College and the University of Toronto, finances of the College, the effects of federal and provincial aid to higher education, the transition to unicameralism, the establishment of the Toronto School of Theology, Gerald Larkin, Claude Bissell, effects of the Haist rules and service in World War II.

Olnick, Harvey J. (oral history)

Oral history interview with Professor Harvey J. Olnick, conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Commences with his early education at the Juilliard School of Music and ends with a statement of his plans for the Music library. Focusses on Toronto period, 1954-1986, and discusses his appointment, musicology, the curricula, faculty, and students of the Faculty of Music and the Royal Conservatory of Music. Other subjects considered include the architecture and construction of the Edward Johnson building, finances, and the development of the Music Library Collection.

Olnick, Harvey J.

Northway, Mary Louise (oral history)

Oral history interview conducted by Valerie Schatzker. Covers family background through post-University of Toronto work at the Brora institute to 1968. The Dept. of Psychology, its faculty, students and curricula are discussed, as well as the faculty and courses in child development and child psychology in the Institute of Child Study. An account of relations between the Institute and the dept. of Psychology and the University administration is included, together with comments on her research in Sociometry and interest in camping.

Northway, Mary Louise

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