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Adena Nevitt Black sous-fonds

This sous-fonds contain Adena Black’s diaries from the time of her marriage through the First World War, followed by correspondence from family members, her mother-in-law, Margaret Davidson, and, especially from her husband, Davidson. There are also a few letters from friends, some of whom, like the Houghtons, were associated with the Peking Union Medical School. The correspondence is grouped by family and, from Davidson, is arranged chronologically.

Also present are files documenting some of Adena’s activities in China and, in particular, her attempts to market Chinese-made objects, initially through a partnership with Daisy and Marion Boulton in Toronto (1924-1928) and latterly (1931-1934) through the Peking Temples Company, incorporated in Wilmington, Delaware in 1931. The goods were sold through a store in Port Carling in Muskoka, and through other venues. These files contain correspondence, and financial records and, for the Peking Temples Company, incorporation documents.

This sous-fonds ends with correspondence relating to the death of Davidson Black, tributes to him, and the design for and photographs of his grave. There are also files documenting Adena’s final years in China, including some on her husband’s library, her continuing interest in the fate of the Peking Union Medical School, and the writing of Dora Hood’s biography of her husband.

Black, Adena

Alexander Brady sous-fonds

Consists of files from the personal records of Alexander Brady, that Professor Wallace, a colleague and executor of his estate, had retained in her possession following his death. She has added some of her files about Professor Brady and many of the annotations throughout are hers.

Brady, Alexander

Bob Kerr sous-fonds

After the death of James Dauphinee, Bob Kerr picked up his work requesting letters and gathering information for a biography. This material includes his research notes and the manuscript copies of the first three chapters of an uncompleted biography.

Kerr, Robert

Christine Bissell sous-fonds

This sous-fonds consists of three Series:

  • Personal Correspondence: includes hundreds of letters sent to Christine from her mother between 1946 to 1958. Originally from Scotland, Christine Gray married Claude Bissell in September of 1945 and immigrated to Canada soon afterward. These letters, although one sided, will give good insight into this experience and the continued relationship to family in Scotland.

  • Correspondence and Memorabilia: received after Claude Bissell’s death in June 2000 which includes letters of condolence, letters and notes written by Christine in response. This series also contains information on memorials for Claude Bissell.

  • Photographs – includes several formal portraits of Christine Bissell including two done by photographer Josef Karsh as well as a snapshot of Christine with family members.

Clarence Augustus Chant sous-fonds

This sous-fonds includes mainly photographs collected for his book "Our Wonderful Universe" first published in 1928 and revised in 1940. There is also some related correspondence and notes that indicate that both Frank and Helen Hogg had assisted Dr. Chant in this project. Some of the images may have been used elsewhere.

Also found in this sous-fond are two astronomy exercises or lectures identified as having belonged to Dr. Chant and a file on the "Gifford Sundial" (1941).

Chant, Clarence Augustus

Davidson Black III and Nevitt Black sous-fonds

While this sous-fonds contains a copy of G. Elliot Smith’s memorial to Davidson Black that he sent to Davy and a single file of letters from Adena to Davy, along with some photographs, most of it relates to work done Davy in relation to interest by individuals and the media in his father and in the search for the lost fossils of Peking Man, and the efforts by Davy and Nevitt to ensure that their father’s work continued to be recognized. Also present are five diplomas and certificates relating to Davy’s medical education.

Black, Davidson, III

Davidson and Margaret Black sous-fonds

This sous-fonds consists of correspondence, primarily between Davidson Black and Margaret Delamere, from the time of their engagement in 1878 until his death eight years later, but also letters of congratulation to Margaret from family and friends on her engagement. The arrangement is by names of the correspondents or groups of them. There is also a tintype photograph of their children, Redmond and Davidson, taken in 1886.

Black, Davidson, Sr.

Edgar Nesbitt Coutts sous-fonds

This material represents correspondence to and from Dr. Coutts, primarily during his service and illness during WWI. Included in these letters are a few between him and Ray Farquharson, as well as some to his sister, Annie, Farquharson's mother, and other family members.

Coutts, Edgar Nesbitt

Edward Nelson Howard sous-fonds

The three files in this sous-fonds consist of course and laboratory notes in civil engineering taken by Mr. Nelson during the second and third year of his degree program.

Howard, Edward Nelson

Ezra Schabas personal records

Contains personal and professional correspondence, records of professional associations and consultative work, as well as teaching materials and lectures. His particular expertise in musical education and in particular, orchestras, resulted in him being commissioned by both private and public sector bodies to undertake studies and prepare reports. Many of these were published and led to developments in both these areas. Also included in this accession are manuscripts of addresses, articles and one book entitled Theodore Thomas: America's conductor and builder of orchestras 1835-1905, (University of Illinois Press, 1989).

Sous-fonds is divided into 10 series

  1. Royal Conservatory of Music
  2. Personal correspondence
  3. Professional correspondence
  4. Professional associations
  5. Conferences and workshops
  6. Studies and reports
  7. Talks and publications
  8. Teaching
  9. Sound recordings
  10. Alphabetical files (from later accrual)

Frank S. Hogg sous-fonds

Records in this sous-fonds offer a good outline of the educational and professional achievements of Frank Scott Hogg. Correspondence, lecture notes and related teaching files, research notes and draft manuscripts of articles all document his professional career as an astronomer. There are also draft articles for his Toronto Star column which, after his death, was taken over by his wife.

Of special mention are the notes, reports, correspondence and blueprints relating to the invention of the two-star sexton, a device designed to simplify astronomical navigation (1940-1943). The project was supported by government grants and the working models, designed and built at the Dunlap Observatory by Dr. Hogg and Dr. R.K. Young, were extensively tested by the Armed forces during World War II. Two original sextants have survived: one is housed at the National Museum of Science and Technology in Ottawa, the other at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto.

Nearly half of the records in this sous-fond are Frank Hogg's student papers, documenting his undergraduate course work at the University of Toronto (1922-1926) and subsequent graduate research at Harvard University culminating in his earning the first astronomy Ph.D. from this institution (1926-1929). Course notes, laboratory exercise books, statements of academic standing and scholarships provide a record of the structure and content of his education over a seven-year period. Books III, IV and V of research observations used for his Ph.D. thesis have survived along with a copy of his thesis. Books I, II and VI of his Ph.D. research were acquired earlier by the University of Toronto Archives and can be found in accession B82-0026. There are also some photos that relate to his education including his graduation portrait from the University of Toronto (1925).

In terms of personal papers, there is a small sampling of correspondence that has been filed at the beginning with his professional correspondence. For the period after 1930, correspondence found in Series I and X of the Helen Hogg fond is far more extensive. There are a few files that show his involvement in the Presbyterian Church, the Lions Club, and the Richmond Hill District High School Board that he chaired from 1949-50. Some memorabilia and some biographical files complete this scant collection of his personal life.

Hogg, Frank Scott

Harold Gordon Skilling sous-fonds

This sous-fonds documents the life and career of Gordon Skilling, especially his family, his formative years as a student, and his later years as an internationally recognized expert on Russia, Eastern Europe and, especially, Czechoslovakia. Researchers seeking to fill the obvious gaps in this accession should refer to the earlier accessions in the Skilling fonds in the University Archives that were donated by Professor Skilling over a period of almost two decades, beginning in 1983.

James. A. Dauphinee sous-fonds

This material represents letters written at Dauphinee's request about Farquharson, as well as notes, and an outline for his planned memoir about Ray Farquharson. Due to his illness the bok was never written.

Dauphinee, James Arnold

Jean Wilson sous-fonds

This box of textual material and photographs was initially donated by Diana Mansell, a close friend of Ms. Wilson’s during the latter part of her life, to the Allemang Centre. They were acquired following Ms. Wilson’s death in December 2000. The files were created and collected by Ms. Wilson while she was a professor at the Faculty of Nursing, University of Toronto (1937-1972). Consists of files about her nursing education and career, as well as photographs of Faculty of Nursing staff and alumni.

Wilson, Margaret Jean (Jean)

Juanita Boozer Bay sous-fonds

This sous-fonds consists of Juanita Boozer Bay’s private papers. The material includes items of a personal and biographical nature, correspondence research material, teaching material, and publications that are arranged according to subject.

Bay, Juanita Boozer

Kathleen May Crossley sous-fonds

The notebooks in box 4 (files 3-7) contain lists of expenses related to household expenses and to trips taken in Canada, to the United States and to Europe.

Photographs include a photo album of family photos and images of her student days at the University of Toronto, including Convocation; group shots of the British Association for the Advancement in Science; snapshots of trips to western Canada, Halifax and the Muskokas in the 1920s and 1930s.

Panoramic photographs include the 1924 meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science in Edmonton; 1928 Annual meeting of St. HIlda's College Alumnae Association; and one unidentified meeting of women ca. 1950s?

Crossley, Kathleen May

Malcolm William Wallace sous-fonds

Personal records of Mary Elisabeth Wallace's father, Malcolm Wallace, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, 1904-1944, and Principal of University College, 1928-1944.

Wallace, Malcolm William

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