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University of Toronto: administrative files

This series documents certain administrative activities of the Faculty of Pharmacy during Professor Sim’s professorship therein, beginning with files on his employment and faculty and students’ course evaluations. These are followed by files on the Decanal Search Committee for the Dean, Faculty Council meetings, and the Admissions and Selections Committee with inquiries for graduate and post-doctoral positions (mostly from the 1960s and the 1970s). There are comprehensive files on the work of the Faculty’s Library Committee and the Presidential Advisory Committee on the U of T Library System, and on the hospital pharmacy residency programme at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. The remainder of the series documents a number of policy reports, initiatives in course development, the Graduate Study and Research program, focussed studies, and pharmacy education generally. The series concludes with a file on the Undergraduate Pharmaceutical Society to which Professor Sims was faculty advisor, several reports from the Dean, and a file on the pharmacognosy 233 course at the University of Illinois.

University of Toronto: administration

Most of Professor Morton’s files relating to his time as principal of Erindale College remain with the administrative records of the College. The files in this series contain additional material relating to his activities at Erindale, and to his activities elsewhere at the University of Toronto, particularly committee work. Records relating to his teaching activities are found in Series 5.

The arrangement of the files in this series moves from the general to the specific, beginning with Dr. Morton’s appointment files (1969-1993), to wider University matters and its committees, then to issues specific to Erindale College, to the Department of History and Dr. Morton’s work with his students. Of the numerous University committees of which Dr. Morton was a member, three are documented here: the Academic Affairs Committee of the Governing Council (1981-1983), the Presidential Advisory Committee on Instructional Media, which he chaired (1980-1982), and the Presidential Advisory Committee on Institutional Strategies (1982-1983). There are references to some of his other committee work in the general correspondence file on the University (1979-1992). There are also files of his letters-to-the-editor, newspaper articles on the University of Toronto and education, and on the curriculum at Erindale College.

The bulk of this series, however, consists of correspondence with students and former students (often relating to letters of reference), and there is a file of student exam results covering Dr. Morton’s teaching career at the University (1968-1974). There are also files on graduate students, particularly whose theses he supervised. These files provide insights into the problems faced by graduate students in the researching and writing of their research papers and theses, and into the role played by Dr. Morton in guiding them and ensuring that they completed their work.

An orientation address by Dr. Morton to new faculty members, accompanied by a large number of slides, has been removed from box 008, file 05 to Box 001P, file 01.

University of Toronto: administration

This series documents Dr. McCulloch’s various administrative activities as faculty member of the Faculty of Medicine and the Department of Medicine, as well as at the senior administrative with the School of Graduate Studies, Office of Research Administration, and Faculty of Arts and Science. Includes correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings and other records relating to promotions, research, dissertations, courses, etc.

University of Toronto: Lecture notes and teaching materials

This series documents courses taught by Professor Israel in the Department of History Faculty of Arts and Sciences. It consists of correspondence, course outlines, reading lists, examination questions, and lecture notes. The arrangement is by ascending course number and by lecture topic.

The courses documented in this series are:

HIS 101 : The Emergence of the Third World n.d.
HUM 101 : South Asian Civilization 2001
HIS 232 : The British Imperial Experience 1997
HIS 282 : The History of India 1978-2002
HIS 364 : Studies in the History of Modern India 1986-2005
HIS 394 : South Asian Migration 1996-2004
HIS 491/JHA 1690 : Nationalism in India 1981-2002

University of Toronto: Administration

This series contains some administrative files relating to Spencer’s tenure as a Professor of History and director of the Centre for International Studies. Included are materials on the School of Graduate Studies reviews of the Centre in 1980-81 and 1985-86, the attempt to close the Centre in 1986, and lectures sponsored by the Centre. The series is divided into three subseries: University of Toronto; Department of History; Centre of International Studies; and the Canadian Institute of International Affairs.

The files contain a range of material, including correspondence, minutes of meetings, memoranda, notes, flyers, reports, addresses, conference programmes, and press clippings. The arrangement is generally chronological within each area of activity.

University of Toronto: Students, Post-doctoral fellows and visiting professors

Professor Guillet was highly respected and sought after by students and senior scientists alike, both in Canada and abroad. Over the years he supervised 28 PhD theses, 26 masters degrees and 50 post-doctoral fellows and research associates. Some arrived as part of exchange student programs with Dutch, German and Russian institutions. Some of the exchange programs were also for professors, especially those from the Soviet Union/Russia. Guillet’s students or post-doctoral fellows now hold academic positions in Canadian, American, British, Japanese, Polish and Singaporean universities and positions in industry in many countries. The emphasis in this series is on their activities at the University of Toronto, but there is also correspondence and associated material in files, especially at the post-doctoral level, of their earlier and subsequent academic and research work.

The series begins with a file contain student registers and lists of students (1963-1993), followed by correspondence from students wishing to study under Professor Guillet and relating to fourth-year undergraduate students and summer research assistants. There is also correspondence with students regarding their theses reports (1973-1996), applications from students in China (1983-1990), and letters of reference for students and administrative and academic colleagues (1985-2002).

The remaining files are grouped into the following categories: ‘undergraduates’, ‘exchange students’, ‘Masters students’, ‘PhD students’ and ‘post-doctoral fellows, research associates and visiting (including exchange) professors’. There is a also a final category of ‘demonstrators’, ‘research assistants’ and ‘research associates’. There are some files of general correspondence and files on individuals within each section are arranged alphabetically. Where students took both masters and doctoral degrees, the files are with the higher degree. Many of the students and fellows left their lab books with Professor Guillet. Those of only one student, Guojun Liu (now a senior professor at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario), as a doctoral candidate have been retained as a sampling (his masters notebooks were not kept). A few lab books relating to specific projects have also been retained; these are filed in Series 5 and 7. Files on individuals are arranged alphabetically within each section.

The undergraduate files consist mostly of the final project reports, with some notes, progress reports and covering correspondence. The earliest exchange proposals were with Russia in the late 1960s; there is a file of correspondence, primarily with notes on research projects at the University of Toronto (1969-1990), notebooks, and then files on research projects of the Moscow Institute of Fine Chemical Technology. There are individual files for the Dutch exchange students and some for the German, along with a file of covering correspondence for the latter. The masters student files may contain correspondence, research notes and progress reports. Many of the doctoral student files also contain programs for oral examinations and thesis defence, and appraisals of theses. A few also contain drafts of papers co-authored with Professor Guillet.

The correspondence in the graduate and post-doctoral files address a wide variety of issues, including those relating to of bringing students and post-doctoral fellows to the University of Toronto, research generally, and the specific problems associated with individual research projects. There are also some letters of reference. In addition to correspondence, the files on post-doctoral fellows contain research notes and reports. Some have research proposals, drafts of papers co-authored with Professor Guillet, and evaluations of the programs under which they came to the University of Toronto (for example, the special program for Chinese scholars). In addition to the usual material, the research notebook of one of Professor Guillet’s first post-doctoral fellows, Mitsura Koike from Japan (1964-1966), has been retained.

University of Toronto. Teaching activities

This series documents Allan Irving’s teaching activities at the Faculty of Social Work from 1984 to 1999: undergraduate and graduate courses taught, supervision of MSW students and doctoral candidates. It also documents his exchanges with Faculty colleagues about teaching issues and with students ; his lecture given in the University of Toronto Department of Behavioral Science in 1994 ; his activities as instructor for the Massey lectures (School of Continuing Studies), during the fall term of 1996.

The series consists of 76 files including course outlines, bibliographies and course evaluations; lectures notes and working notes; student lists, assignments and grades; correspondence; articles and press clippings. It also includes sound recordings of interviews with Bessie Touzel regarding her years with the Toronto Welfare Council (1940-1948), by Linda Patton-Cowie on March 11 and 18, 1985 (B2000-0022/002S) ; sound recording of an interview with Reverend W. Robert Lacey, by Iris Anna Enkurs on April 4, 1986, regarding the period he was Chief Social Worker at the Queen Street Mental Health Centre (formerly known as Ontario Hospital, Toronto) from the mid-1950s to 1978 (B2000-0022/003S).

University of Toronto. Office of the President

This small series relate to Ham’s role as President. Most of the series contains Ham’s personal notes and recollections with regard to personnel, meetings on University planning, research, finances, as well as meetings with senior administrative officers such as the Vice-Provost. There is also some correspondence, memos and copies of reports that have been annotated by Ham as well as records relating to the presidential retreat in 1980.

Also included in this series are files relating to the running of 93 Highland, the President’s residence. An events and receptions logbook was maintained throughout his tenure and there are files on household accounts and one personnel file. It is evident from these records that his wife Mary was intricately involved in managing the house and organising events.

University of Toronto. Institute for Environmental Studies

Beginning in 1975, when he left Mitchell Plummer, Dr. Solandt was offered an office at the Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Toronto by its director, Ken Hare. Although he had to give up his office at the end of 1977, he remained as a consultant, with special interest in the Arctic Program and in toxicology.

The correspondence, notes, minutes, memoranda and reports in this series provide a good overview of the development of certain policies within the Institute and, in particular, the issues associated with establishing an Environmental Health Secretariat at the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto. Fine Art Club

Series consists of records relating to the University of Toronto’s Fine Art Club from the 1960s and 1970s, including records documenting trips to New York, Cleveland, and Detroit, and a publication put out by the group. Also includes the constitution, minutes, correspondence and newspaper clippings of the Fine Art Society in 1981.

University of Toronto. Department of Surgery

This series partially documents Morley’s professional activities as a neurosurgeon, clinical professor and administrator at the Toronto General Hospital, affiliated with the University of Toronto Department of Surgery. Correspondence with fellow colleagues, minutes of meetings, committee reports and press clippings document various Toronto General Hospital committee including the Staff Association that Morley addressed at its inaugural meeting in 1963. There is also documentation surgeons Kenneth Livingston, Gordon Murray and W.S. Keith as well as information on the McKenzie Fund at the Toronto General Hospital.

University of Toronto. Department of History

When Professor Flenley retired to England, he took his personal papers with him, though a few files have survived on this side of the Atlantic. Some relating to his teaching were left with Professor Spencer who took over some of his courses. This series contains many of the exam questions he compiled over 30 years, along with the mark books for his courses.

University of Toronto. Department of Astronomy

This series documents Dr. Hogg's role as a member of the Department of Astronomy, especially her responsibilities as a teacher. Included are attendance lists and grades, laboratory exercises, term papers (1963-64), tests and examinations, and lecture notes. There is also reports and related correspondence showing Hogg's participation on Ph.D. Oral examining boards as well as a file of correspondence relating to the evaluation and recommendation of students and graduates of the Department.

Apart from records that relate directly to Dr. Hogg's teaching function there are also some records related to general administrative issues. Among these are files containing progress and work reports, requests for grants to the National Research Council, correspondence on Dr. Hoggs' salary and tenure status as well as general issues at the David Dunlap Observatory.

Arrangement is by type of record, following as described above.

University of Toronto. Chair of Ukrainian Studies

This series provides a comprehensive overview of the issues surrounding the controversy that raged between 1978 and 1980 over the filling of the newly created Chair of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Toronto. As the controversy heated up, Professor Luckyj resigned from the Search Committee in November, 1979 and opposed the appointment of the chosen candidate, Paul Magocsi. In addition to University officials and departments, most Ukrainian organizations in Canada became directly involved in or had opinions on the events as they unfolded. Amongst the latter were the the Ukrainian Students Clubs at the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, the Ukrainian Studies Foundation, the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, and the Canadian National Youth Federation of Canada.

The records here form the complete file that was compiled by Professor Luckyj. The controversy is documented through the use of correspondence, minutes, memoranda, notes, interviews, letters to the editor, and articles in the press. Professor Luckyj has assembled a complete account of the events as portrayed in the faculty/staff and student press at the University of Toronto, the local press, and Ukrainian language papers in Canada.

In a postscript written in January, 1995 Professor Luckyj concludes that his original reservations have been borne out by subsequent events.

Complete issues of English and Ukrainian language papers that commented on the issue are stored flat in box 003.

University of Toronto. Administrative files

The records in this series document Professor McLeod’s activities in the Faculty of Education between 1975 and 1996, his other administrative duties throughout the University, and his visiting professorship at the Université de Montréal (1990). The first files relate to his involvement in University affairs outside the Faculty of Education, especially the Centre for Health Promotion and the Salary, Tenure and Personnel Committee. His curriculum vitae and his “professional data files”, document annually his professional activities from 1975 to 1994. His activities are also revealed in his appointment books (1989-1995) and planning calendars (1990-1995), which are to be found in B1996-0030 except for the last year where the reader should consult Series 1 of B1999-0013.

The administrative records themselves begin with a series of files (1975-1996) containing general correspondence, minutes, and memoranda, relating primarily to issues in the Faculty of Education. The earliest of the files dealing with specific activities and issues is a major review of the Faculty in 1975. This sets the tone for the remaining files that address primarily issues relating to the changing nature of the curriculum and periodic administrative reorganizations. There are proposals for a staff exchange program with and a Faculty of Education/PACE Initiative in the West Indies, and a Black Canadian teacher education fellowship program. Other files cover such experiments as the voluntary induction project in the Secondary Integrated Program and a two-year pilot project for the Masters/Teachers certification program. The challenges posed by the changing nature of Canadian society are reflected in files that include the Multicultural and Education Research and Development Group, a multicultural early childhood project, a multicultural family studies project, anti-racism workshops, the seniors class, and a student group, Teachers Interested in Education for Diversity (TIED).

Two major administrative/program reorganizations are documented in this series. From 1991 to 1994 Professor McLeod chaired the BEd/OTC (Ontario Teachers College) Restructuring Committee, which recommended changes to the teachers’ education program, including the introduction of a Masters of Education in Teaching and Learning program. The other development was the merger of the Faculty of Education and OISE, following an agreement signed in November 1994 between the University and OISE. An Academic Integration Task Force began meeting in March 1995 and McLeod played an active role in its deliberations. A report, “An academic plan for OISE/UT”, was submitted the following January. There is also a report by Vendra Masemann, ‘Dealing with diversity: needs assessment of the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto,’ completed in May 1995. Additional files document McLeod’s three-year term on the Academic Board of the Governing Council, to which he was elected in 1993.

The records contain correspondence, memoranda, minutes and reports. The arrangement generally is chronological within each type of activity. The files on general correspondence, BEd/OTC Restructuring Committee, FEUT/OISE merger, and the Academic Board are grouped separately and in the order described above.

Professor McLeod’s planning calendars have been filed in B1996-0030/030(02).

University of Toronto. Administrative activities

This series provides partial documentation Professor Lang’s years as a senior administrator at the University of Toronto. It begins with correspondence, primarily with President Connell, and related material regarding the Ontario Commission on the Future Development of the Universities of Ontario (the Bovey Commission), followed by later correspondence (to 1990) with him. The subsequent correspondence files end in 2010, some of which are contained on 3.5 inch floppy disks.

Professor Lang’s “general files” and “miscellaneous projects” begin with two major controversial decisions, the first being the closure of the Faculty of Food Sciences (1974) and the proposed closure of the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Architecture (1986), with only the first being realized. The remainder of this subseries focuses on capital plans and budgeting, primarily responsibility centre budgeting as applied to Scarborough College. There are also files on Maclean’s magazine university and college surveys from the 1990s. The admission surveys from the last quarter of the 20th century also include a Maclean’s survey.

In the mid-1990s the University introduced a new electronic students’ records system (ROSI) with leadership provided by the Registrars Group. It is well documented here. Professor Lang’s activities as a senior policy advisor to the President of the University of Toronto are also documented but only for the years 2005 to 2007.

Professor Lang maintained extensive files on campus development plans and building projects from the mid-1960s to the late 1990s relating to all three campuses, including several on the Southwest Campus. There are also proposals to provide land for a new headquarters building for the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto (1982) and facilities for the abortive bid to hold the summer Olympics in Toronto in 1996.

B2011-0003 ends with several proposals for an innovations centre and an industrial research centre at the University in the decade from the mid-1980s.

B2018-0001 includes further files related to his role as Senior Policy Advisor to David Naylor, a role in which he served until 2012. Also included are arbitration briefs and notes about a dispute between the Faculty Association and the University in 1986-1987, regarding mandatory retirement for professors.

Digital files include email correspondence with several Government of Ontario and U of T officials; files about the Maclean’s survey; and files (notes, briefts, reports) about the expansion of the number of graduate students at the University of Toronto.

The sub-titles in this series are those used by Professor Lang in his original box list. The files contain correspondence, memoranda, notes, and reports, Also included are compact discs containing certain files of correspondence and reports. The arrangement is generally by categories and chronolgically within each, with like materials grouped together.

University of Toronto. Administrative activities

This series documents Allan Irving’s appointment at the University of Toronto Faculty of Social Work (FWS), his promotions, workload and salary progression from 1985 to 1999; his participation into administrative activities at the FWS as a member of various committees and groups. It also partially documents his exchanges with Faculty colleagues ; his participation into a debate on Faculty fundraising campaign in the corporate sector and over the adoption of the FSW strategic plan ; his participation to some Faculty social events such as retirement reception for Donald Bellamy, Elspeth Latimer and Dot Ross, and other events like graduation parties. This series also documents his participation into activities of the Office of the Governing Council’s Academic board in 1992 and 1994 ; his participation into activities of the University of Toronto Faculty Association as chairperson for the Academic freedom committee in 1996 and 1997, and as FSW’s representatives on the Grievance committee in 1998 ; his participation into activities of the selection committee for the Quality student experience award of the University of Toronto Alumni Association in 1994 ; his participation into activities of various Ph.D. examination committees from 1989 to 1997 ; his participation into activities of the School of Graduate Studies’ committee to examine the SGS leave policy in 1990 and 1991.

The series consists of 41 files including minutes of meetings, diaries, reports, addresses, correspondence and press clippings. It also includes a photograph of a canvas sent by Terence Stone, MSW student ; a photograph of FSW 80th anniversary committee members ; the sound recording of Irving’s address given at the authors’ reception of the 80th anniversary celebration of the Faculty of Social Work (B2000-0022/001S).

University of Toronto. Administration

Consists of correspondence, reports, minutes, and research notes which reflect the academic and administrative appointments held by Robin Harris and his involvement in the activities of the Joint University and Toronto Board of Education (1960-1961), the Committee of Presidents, the Committee on Research and Planning (1970-71), the Presidential Advisory Committee on Policy and Planning (1958-1961) the Presidential Advisory Committee on Archives (1970-71), the Library Oral History Project (1973-1987), and the Off-campus colleges committee (1963), and the Committee of the Teaching Staff (1975-1976). Also includes records relating to the Presidential Advisory Committee on the status and future of Scarborough College (1970-1971) originally owned by Prof. E. F. Sheffield, and records of the Curriculum Review and Planning Project for the Faculty of Social Work (1977).

The idea of writing a new university history focusing on higher education was a brainchild of Professor Harris and was set in motion through efforts of members of the Sesquicentennial History Project and its advisory committee. The finished product, a university history book, was to be published during the university's 150th year in 1977. As University Historian, his role is documented in the correspondence and minutes of this committee, as well as reports, proposals, drafts and outlines of an unfinished manuscript.

University of Toronto. McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology

Marshall McLuhan suffered a stroke during the summer of 1979 and, when it became apparent that he could not continue his duties as Director of the Centre for Culture and Technology, the University decided he should retire (he was 68). He died on 31 December, 1980, six months after the University closed the Centre he had created. This decision created an enormous public outcry.

The closure of the Centre resulted from the report of a review committee which recommended that, in the absence of Dr. McLuhan, it be reconstituted as the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology within the School of Graduate Studies. The Program would establish "a program of research and scholarship which would extend and preserve the work and ideas of Marshall McLuhan in the area of culture and technology." The committee also recommended that the Program be governed by a board of directors, that the University provide the financial resources for the Program, and that it be subject to periodic review.

Dr. Gotlieb was one of the founding members of the Board in 1982. The University's financial crisis, occasioned by the salary settlements that spring, nearly meant that the Program was stillborn. The Board was to spend a considerable amount of time over the next few years seeking outside funding; the Connaught Foundation proved especially receptive. Professor Gotlieb's resignation from the Advisory Board (as it was known from 1989) was reluctantly accepted in March, 1990.

These files contain correspondence, notes, minutes, financial statements, and reports. The arrangement is chronological.

University of Toronto. Department of Computer Science

In 1984 Professor Gotlieb took over from Martin Molle the responsibility for organizing the numerous colloquia and seminars held each year in the Department. Drawing on his extensive network of contacts, Professor Gotlieb was able to bring in speakers from around the world.

This series consists of notes, correspondence with speakers, and notices of the events. The material is grouped by speaker and the arrangement is chronological. E-mail for 1986-1990 is found in box 004, files 01-04.

University of Toronto – Teaching

Prof. Richardson taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Religious Studies from his appointment in 1974 and on after his retirement in 2000. This series documents the courses he taught both on site during the academic year, as well as in the summer during study tours to the Middle East. Course files are arranged by course number, and then chronologically. Files may include lecture notes, course descriptions, correspondence, reading lists, examination questions, course evaluations by students, syllabi, etc.

In addition Prof. Richardson’s expertise in the teaching of religious studies resulted in requests from other universities in Ontario and Quebec to evaluate their programmes of study in this field. Among the universities were Carleton University, University of Waterloo, Queen’s University, University of Quebec, and Concordia University. Most of these were undertaken during his career with the University, but extended into his retirement years.

University of Toronto – Administration and teaching files

This series documents some of Professor Guillet’s activities at the University of Toronto, both as an administrator and as a lecturer. There are substantial gaps – most of his administrative files remain with the Department and his lecture and teaching material is very incomplete. The committee files
are more substantial but many committees are not represented. The arrangement is largely alphabetical.

The series begins with files on his sabbatical leave, awards, and his visiting professorship at the
University of California at San Diego. These are followed by files on the Committee for Honorary
Degrees and correspondence and memoranda from the Department of Chemistry, including the
hiring of laboratory technicians. There are only three files of course material and lecture notes,
largely from the 1980s. The remaining files relate primarily to committee work: the Inventions
Foundation Committee and the University inventions policy generally (1974-1998), the ‘Old
Scientific Instruments’ Committee (20001-2002), the Polymer and Colloid Chemistry Group (1989-
1990), Presidential Advisory Committee on Supplementary Income and Related Activities (1972-
1976), Post-doctoral Scholarly Exchange with China (1979-1983), and the Research Board’s Patents
Committee Review Task Force (1976-1978). There is a single file on Professor Guillet’s
administrative activities at Scarborough College. The last file in the series is on the University’s
Scientific Development Committee (1961-1972).

University of Toronto – Administration

The series concludes with files on 39 of Professor Falls’ masters and doctoral students, research fellows and post-doctoral fellows, including his first doctoral student, James Lowther. They contain correspondence (including some letters of reference), memoranda, notes, some research notes, and programmes for thesis defence. The arrangement is alphabetical by surname. The last file contains appraisals of external doctoral students.

University of Toronto files

Box 7: Modern Drama agreement with A.M. (1974-1981); Hakkert Ltd; Editorial Board minutes and correspondence (1974-1980); Subscription list (1980)

Box 8: Contributors files A-Z (1972-1976); Rejections file (1972)

Box 9: Rejections files (1973-1978)

Box 10: General correspondence (1972-1993); Contributors notes arranged chronologically (ca. 1976-1979); Permission inquiries

University of Toronto committees and projects

This series document’s Gotlieb’s role in several University of Toronto committees and initiatives, mainly relating to computers and their increasing use in the teaching and research functions of the University. Except for two small files dealing with the FERUT project in the 1960s, the committees documented here date from about the early 1980s to 2001. This was a time that saw exponential growth in the use and access to computers, first with the proliferation of personal computers and later with the development of the Internet. Included are files on the Toronto Waterloo Cooperative on Information Technology 1981-1985, the Working Group for a Canadian Electronic Text Network 1988, and the Identity Technology Working Group (Smart Card Review Committee). There are extensive printed e-mail files containing reports, discussions and correspondence for the Information Highway Working Group. This latter group was loosely related to the University since more that half its members were Faculty. It played a consultative role to the federal government on the development of the Internet.

Also included in this series are records relating to the Task Force on Academic Computing and New Media. It includes correspondence, e-mail, reports, surveys and notes from meetings. This Task Force was the successor of the Task force that set up the Information Commons. It was mandated to focus on “exploiting the academic computing and new media to enhance teaching and research, to enhance the communication among members of the University, and to connect effectively with a wider, external academic computer” [1].


  1. Report of the Task Force on Academic Computing and New Media, Working Draft 5, Feb. 14 2000 p. 3.

University of Toronto and the Living Room Seminar

The records in this series are divided into two sections. The first consists of a few files relating to Professor Skilling’s appointment to the University of Toronto and his activities as an administrator and professor in the Centre for Russian and East European Studies and as professor emeritus. Included are appointment files (1959, 1979-1994); correspondence, notes, and memoranda on various administrative issues, lecture notes (1968-1973), and correspondence with graduate students and other researchers (1985-2001). The files are grouped by type.

The second section contains correspondence files relating to the seminar variously known as the Living Room Seminar, the Flying Seminar, and the Czech Seminar. This seminar, which Skilling described in his autobiography as “the most exciting and stimulating development in my life” in his last years, was conducted informally in his living room, beginning in 1996. Meetings were held every month or so, initially with graduate students in Toronto working on Czech(oslovak) history and politics, but later
including other interested parties, and usually with a guest-speaker on a Czech subject. The seminar continues to take place and is now known as the Skilling Seminar. The files are arranged chronologically and by author.

Photoprints of the retirement party for the secretary of the Department of Political Science are filed as /009P(18).

University of Toronto and Gymnastics training

Frances Dale’s primary interest as a student and as a teacher was physical education and training. This series contains correspondence, memorabilia, press clippings, essays and other documents relating to her student days at U. of T. and her ongoing interest in physical education. In particular are two files containing correspondence, notes, essays and clippings documenting mainly her trips to Europe to attend English Scandinavian Summer School in 1934, and the Lingaid in Stockholm with the Liverpool Physical Training College in 1939.

University of Toronto administration

Series consists of records relating to departmental and curricular planning, primarily in the Department of Political Science, but also including the Institute for Policy Analysis, Public Policy Studies. Also includes proposals for a new course on diversity and a Centre for American Studies. Files include correspondence, reports, proposals and other records.

Electronic files in the series include departmental emails, reports, reviews of others’ work, and other records relating to teaching and research at U of T.

University of Toronto administration

This series contains correspondence and notes relating to Hollander’s appointments and activities on various university committees including the Tenure Appeals Committee, the School of Graduate Studies Graduate Academic Appeals Board and Applications and Memorials Committee and the Department of Economics Chair Search Committee. It also contains records relating to the Department of Economics Graduate Committee, especially relating to various departmental reviews throughout the late 1980s.

University of Toronto administration

This series documents Prof. Nelson’s role in various administrative committees within the University of Toronto as well as his active involvement as a faculty member in the Department of History. Correspondence, notes, papers, memos, statistics and minutes relate mainly to curriculum in Department of History. Especially significant is a file documenting the curriculum debate in 1966 that led to the dissolution of the honours course, a change that Prof. Nelson opposed.

Other committees, on which Prof. Nelson played some role, include: the Social Science Committee of a Joint University Board Committee (1960-1961), the curriculum committee of the Centre for Russian and East European Studies (1963), Library Council (1963-64), the Faculty of Art’s Committee to Study Elsewhere (1971-1981), and the Centre for International Studies (CIS) (1975-1984). Files contain reports, minutes of meetings, correspondence and notes. In the case of the CIS most files relate to conferences and colloquia organized by the Centre.

Two important administrative positions not documented in this fonds, are Prof. Nelson’s positions in the International Studies Program (ISP), first as Chair of the International Relations Committee (1967-1971) and finally as Chair of ISP from 1971-1976. These records can be found in records of the International Studies Program A2009-0006. However, there is a journal found in Series 7 Journals, that contains records that document his role at Chair of ISP.

University of Toronto administration

In addition to teaching, Dr. Nowlan held several administrative positions at the University of Toronto. Between 1968 and 1974, he was Director of the University of Toronto – CIDA – Tanzanian Project. The purpose of the Tazanian Project was to provide economic advice to the Tanzanian government and to conduct research on the economies of developing African countries. Later, between 1978 and 1981, Dr. Nowlan served as Vice Dean, School of Graduate Studies and, between 1981 and 1983, as Registrar. In 1981, he was appointed Vice-President of Research. In this capacity, Dr. Nowlan was responsible for the development of over all strategies concerning university funding and research. He remained in this position until 1988. Finally, in 1994-1995, Dr. Nowlan served as Provostial Advisor on Environmental Education and assisted in the development of the Environmental Studies Programme.

The records in this series document Professor Nowlan’s administrative positions at the University of Toronto. Types of records include professional correspondence, memoranda, personal notebooks, briefs and reports.

University of Toronto Southern Observatory

Correspondence, email, planning documents, schematic drawings, spectrographs, and contracts document the UTSO and Prof Garrison’s administrative role as associate director from 1970-1997. There are also documents relating to its closing and its move to Argentina. Box 12 contains research files similar to those found in Series 7 - Research, but filed and identified as records relating to UTSO by Prof Garrison.

University of Toronto Radiation Protection Authority

Prof. McNeill was chair of this body from 1977-1991. The UTRPA is responsible for developing and enforcing guidelines for all aspects of radioactive materials and experiments on campus to ensure that guidelines set by the Atomic Energy Board of Canada are being met. These records include correspondence, reports, memoranda, agenda, minutes, guidelines and manuals which document the activity of this body. Records are filed by year.

University of Toronto Press

The series consists of 1 files including a token received from University of Toronto Press apprentices in sign of recognition for Francess Halpenny’s support ; address she gave at the launch of "The Clear Spirit", in 1967; correspondence received when she retired at the age of 65 in 1984.

University of Toronto Faculty Association

Series consists of records documenting Prof. Russell’s involvement with the University of Toronto Faculty Association where he served on multiple committees. Records document constitutional reviews, various negotiations with the UofT, discussions regarding mandatory retirement and the activity of the Executive Council. Files include meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, notes and background material, and memorandum.

University of Toronto Faculty Association

This series documents Conacher’s active involvement in both the U of T Faculty Association of which he was president in 1971-72 and its predecessor the Association of Teaching Staff, for which he was V.P. in 1964-65. Files include minutes, agenda, notes, correspondence, memos and briefs. There are several files relating to University governance and specifically the measures to ensure representation of Faculty on the Board of Governors and after 1970, Governing Council. Files are arranged chronologically.

University of Toronto Blues men's baseball team

This series documents Professor Lang’s years of service to the University of Toronto Blues Men’s Baseball team which he coached from 1994 to 2011. The files contain information on team lists, coaches, financing and fundraising, equipment, rosters and players, and statistical records. There is also some press coverage. There is documentation of tournaments in Columbus, Ohio (1998) and Durham College in Oshawa (1999). Photographs and digital images document the team from 1999-2007, including many images and graphics used to boost the website for the team Also included is an Ontario University Athletics medal for 2001.

Digital files in B2018-0001 include email correspondence with players, university officials, and sponsors; rosters and team photographs; and files related to the construction of a new baseball diamond on the University of Toronto Scarborough campus, which opened in 2006. In 2011, it was renamed the “Dan Lang field” in honour of his many years of service to the Varsity Blues baseball program.

University of Toronto Alumni Association

Mr. Clement was the University College representative on the UTAA Council of Presidents from 1988 to 1990. Included in this series are two file containing correspondence, minutes of meetings, and reports.

University of Toronto Administrative Committees

This series documents some of Prof. McNeill's administrative positions within the University including member of the Slowpoke Reactor Committee (1970-1991); the Council of the Faculty of Medicine (1962-1967); the Presidential Advisory Committee on Appointments and Terms of Office (Haist Committee) (1964-1968); as well as various administrative positions with Trinity College. The amount and type of records vary from one position to another but usually include copies of minutes, correspondence, reports and memoranda and some original correspondence between Prof. McNeill and other committee members.

University of Toronto Administration

This series records Prof. Eddie’s personal employment arrangements with the University of Toronto from his appointment to the Department of Economics in 1971 as well as administrative activities relating to course and programme development, and committee activities. Files relating to his employment arrangements include annual activity reports and salary administration. There are also files relating to development of the European Studies programme of which he was Director, the International Relations Programme, the establishment of the Chair in Ukrainian Studies and his role as chair of the search committee, and his work as Academic Co-ordinator of the Joint Initiative in German and European Studies/DAAD (1998-2001). In addition there are three files as member of the Executive Committee of RALUT (Retired Academics and Librarians University of Toronto) (2003-2008).

University of Toronto Administration

Although Prof. Spencer held many administrative positions within the Department of Sociology, including several terms as associate chair for Erindale, this series mainly documents her successful efforts to establish and co-ordinate an interdisciplinary Peace and Conflict Studies Programme at Erindale College. Included are the early proposals and background documentation, minutes of meeting, reports, course and program descriptions and correspondence.

University of Toronto Administration

Files in this series contain minutes of meetings and correspondence documenting activities in the Centre of Linguistics Studies and the Department of Linguistics. Files containing correspondence of the Centre of Linguistics for the 1960s (prior to Prof. Chambers appointment to the University), were acquired by Prof. Chambers from Prof. C.D. Ellis in 1991. In addition to these files, are files documenting Prof. Chambers’ activities relating to honorary degrees, search committees and visiting lecturers.

University of Toronto Administration

Records in this series document Etkin’s role on various University committees and his leadership as Dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering (FASE). Included are files on the FASE Special Committee on Curriculum, the Masters of Applied Science Committee, and the Presidential Advisory Pension Review Committee. As Dean, he was involved in the reconstruction of Sandford Fleming after the fire and there is a file on his involvement on the CUG and in the 1973 Library Sit-In. In later years, he sat on Innis College Council and was involved in running the AMIK Program in Engineering, a recruiting and mentoring program for aboriginal students.

Files contain correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings and notes. They are arranged by committee chronologically.

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