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Richard Seymour Kelly fonds

  • CA ON00357 2100
  • Fonds
  • 1849

Consists of photocopy of a certificate regarding R.S. Kelly's teaching performance at Victoria College from President Rev. A. McNab, 1849. Also includes photocopy of manuscript titled "A Course of lectures on astronomy", 1851 (oversized).

Kelly, Richard Seymour

Upper Canada Academy fonds

  • CA ON00357 2084
  • Fonds
  • 1831-1849

Fonds consists of records related to the founding of Upper Canada Academy, which later became Victoria College. Records includes the Royal Charter, constitutions, financial records, register of students and notebooks of Reverend John Beatty and Matthew Richey. Also included are one series of minutes: Minutes of the Upper Canada Academy Building Committee, 1831-1836; Minutes of the Upper Canada Academy and Victoria College Managing Committee, 1836-1843; and minutes of the Victoria College Financial Committee, 1843-1849.

Upper Canada Academy

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies Collection

  • CA ON00357 2089
  • Collection
  • 1846-1852

Consists of a small number of constitutions, by-laws and minutes from the following societies: Calliopean Association, 1846; Fraternitas, 1847-1849; Polyhymnia, 1849-1850; and Philo-Rhetorician, 1850-1852. File level description has not been completed.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Societies

John Wilson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2130
  • Fonds
  • 1847-1861

Consists of manuscript of address to the alumni (1861); diploma from Trinity College, Dublin (1847); undated lecture notes/sermons of John Wilson.

Wilson, John

John Beatty fonds

  • CA ON00357 2160
  • Fonds
  • 1819-1868

Fonds consists of personal papers related to John Beatty's work as a minister and involvement with the Upper Canada Academy including correspondence, deeds, professional licences, and lists of financiers for various church projects.

Beatty, John

Eugene Haanel fonds

  • CA ON00357 2126
  • Fonds
  • 1874

Consists of address by Professor Eugene Haanel to Victoria University Physics Class concerning the presentation of some scientific equipment, 1874.

Haanel, Eugene

Ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church fonds

  • CA ON00357 2092
  • Fonds
  • 1837–1888

Fonds consists of minutes of annual meetings of the Ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church, 1837-1856, 1860-1861 as well as minutes of the Faculty of Theology and Board of Examiners.

Ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board fonds

  • CA ON00357 2086
  • Fonds
  • 1841-1889

Fonds consists of minutes (including extracts), notes and drafts, reports and other records of the Victoria College Board. Also includes minutes of the annual meetings of ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church to elect Board and Officers of the College, 1862-1866. Fonds also consists of records of committees of the Victoria College Board, including the Building Committee.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board

John James Maclaren fonds

  • CA ON00357 2102
  • Fonds
  • 1884-1890

Consists of correspondence of Justice John James Maclaren concerning University of Toronto federation, 1884-1890.

Maclaren, John James

Albert College (Belleville, Ont.). fonds

  • CA ON00357 2094
  • Fonds
  • 1857–1891

Fonds consists of records of students registered, examinations, student marks, orders of proceedings, 1857–1884; financial records, 1861–1891. Some records were kept by Albert Carman in his capacity as Professor and later Principal.

Albert College (Belleville, Ont.)

Victoria University (Cobourg, Ont.). Department of Medicine fonds

  • CA ON00357 2083
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1892

Fonds consists of register of students in the Department of Medicine, 1858-1875; register of students examined by the Medical Board of Examiners, 1880-1892, including Uzziel Ogden's account with Victoria University; announcements (calendars), 1857-1883 (incomplete, and includes Montreal, 1878-1879 to 1881-1882); correspondence, reports and other records, 1855-1881 (includes Montreal 1878-1881); examinations, 1857; and medical diploma for James Edward Forfar, 1889.

Victoria University (Cobourg, Ont.). Department of Medicine

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association fonds

  • CA ON00357 2005
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1893

Fonds consists of constitution, 1857; minutes, 1857-1893; correspondence (letterbooks), 1870-1882; treasurer's books, 1857-1892; and library record book, 1885-1891.

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Literary Association

John Potts fonds

  • CA ON00357 2105
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1908

Fonds consists of copies of outgoing letters primarily relating to personal matters; includes copies of letters written by others after Rev. Potts' death, relating to his personal affairs.

Potts, John

Harold Morrey Smith fonds

  • CA ON00357 2061
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1920

Fonds contains letters sent by Harold Morrey Smith to his family from military training camps in Ottawa, England and France during the period 29 June 1916 to 22 May 1919. There are some additional items such as a procedure manual for Signal Training (1918), dispersal certificate (1919 May 24), a small encased picture of Jesus Christ, and a student essay written for a Modern History course.

The letters provide an exceptionally clear and vivid picture of both the external and internal worlds of Harold Morrey Smith during the period of his military service. The world outside him is described in great detail: living conditions and social life in the military training camps; training methods and signalling techniques; excursions to towns and cities, and the social life he found outside the camps; religious services attended as well as movies, plays and musicals taken in.

The internal world of Harold Morrey Smith is pictured in as much detail. It is a world shaped both by the moral and religious outlook of Canadian Methodism, and by a broad education in the liberal arts. The mind of a future lawyer is suggested in descriptive passages that are precise and analytical in approach. Other passages, in which the writer's emotions are more visible, express moral and aesthetic opinions. In some instances it appears that the writer seeks to reassure his parents that their distant son is not falling prey to the common vices of military life. Nevertheless, the letters do explore in a frank and insightful way some of his feelings about his routinized existence and the moral complexity of the war he is training to fight. Other subjects discussed in the letters are his attitudes toward his promotion to higher rank, his desire to see "action", his unwillingness to commit himself to a romantic relationship during this period, as well his thoughts about religion, art, writing, and other more abstract topics. Throughout, his closeness to his family and his fondness for the Victoria College community as remembered in Toronto and experienced abroad are evident.

The letters are written in an unusually lucid and vigorous style, which makes their reading generally quite effortless in spite of all the descriptive detail. It is evident that Smith had definite ideas about composition and style, and that he invested a good deal of time in keeping up his correspondence and diaries (the existence of other letters and the diaries are not presently known). Researchers interested in the subjects addressed in the letters to his family are the ultimate beneficiaries of this substantial investment.

Smith, Harold Morrey

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Council fonds

  • CA ON00357 2019
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1922

Fonds consists of minutes of the Students' Council, 1913-1914; minutes of the Men's Council, 1914-1916; minutes of the Women's Students Council, 1914-1920; and agreement between the Faculty of Victoria College and Men Students of the College (as represented by the Students' Council) re student government, 1914.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Council

Margaret Burwash fonds

  • CA ON00357 2045
  • Fonds
  • 1867–1922

Fonds consists of correspondence, primarily incoming and family (includes some correspondence to Nathanael Burwash), 1867–1922; and correspondence, minutes and reports regarding Annesley Hall, 1900–1913.

Burwash, Margaret

Augustus Edward Lang fonds

  • CA ON00357 2125
  • Fonds
  • [1926?]

Fonds consists of notes by Augustus Edward Lang regarding the publication of "The History of Victoria College" [ca. 1926].

Lang, Augustus Edward

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Women's Literary Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2057
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1927

Fonds consists of the records of the Women's Literary Society (Ladies' Literary Society) including constitutions, minutes of meetings, financial records, and song books.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Women's Literary Society

Nathanael Burwash fonds

  • CA ON00357 2042
  • Fonds
  • 1845-1927; predominant 1865-1915

In his capacities as a minister, teacher and administrator, Nathanael Burwash exerted tremendous influence on both the course of the Methodist Church in Canada and the development of the educational system in Ontario for over half a century. In view of this dual role, Burwash's papers are of cardinal interest to religious and educational historians; nevertheless, they also contain valuable insights into the political, social and economic conditions in Canada between 1860 and the end of the First World War. The collection held by the Archives includes a large selection of Burwash's correspondence, diaries, sermons, addresses, essays, lectures, manuscripts, and biographical material.

Burwash's correspondence has been organized chronologically and thematically. The bulk of the material has been classified as general correspondence, but, where the volume or importance of correspondence on a particular subject warranted, a separate file was created. When ever possible, Burwash's replies were placed with the letters in response to which they were written. The major portion of the correspondence relates to the administration of Victoria College: included are letters from students seeking advice, requests for academic recommendations and honourary degrees, applications for staff openings and salary increases, questions concerning curriculum and examinations and debates over the relationship between the university and the government. The close ties between Victoria and other Methodist institutions such as Albert College, Columbian Methodist College and Wesley College in Winnipeg are clearly illustrated. Information concerning the university's financial arrangements and endowments has largely been segregated, but the researcher should also scan the general correspondence and the Massey family correspondence for a more complete picture. The family correspondence provides insights into Burwash's private opinions and reflects many values of Canadian family life. Although there are occasional questions regarding spiritual matters, the problems of training young men for the ministry or mission work, there are not as many as might be expected from the nature of Burwash's involvements. The bulk of the religious correspondence deals with the issue of Higher Criticism (particularly the Workman and Jackson controversies). Because Burwash was generally perceived to be a moderate liberal in theological matters, he received solicitations for support from both conservatives and radicals within the Methodist Church.

Although a number of the diaries are little more than listings of appointments and meetings, others are detailed accounts of Burwash's daily activities as a young preacher and professor and outline the nature of his spiritual concerns. The division of the remainder of the material into sermons, addresses, lectures, articles, essays, and manuscripts was often difficult and, of necessity, occasionally arbitrary. Within each category, the material was arranged chronologically. Generally, any piece containing a text (unless a title indicated otherwise) was classified as a sermon; pieces addressed to an audience (usually without a text) were labelled as addresses or lectures. The lecture notes contain examples of Burwash's work both as a student and as a teacher. Compositions which seem to have been written strictly for publication rather than for an audience were considered to be essays, articles, or manuscripts. The collection includes the complete manuscript for A Manual of Christian Theology in the Inductive Method and the manuscript and several drafts of The History of Victoria College.

Burwash's writings reflect an emphasis on the inner spiritual life of the individual and the importance of such Wesleyan traditions as Christian perfection. His work was an interesting example of a nineteenth century struggle to reconcile spiritual and scientific truths, although like most Methodists he was confident that all modes of truth were ultimately harmonious. Burwash's articulation of Wesleyan doctrine was designed to separate superficial and fundamental concepts in order to prepare a doctrinal basis for church union. The biographical and autobiographical material,initially prepared by Burwash and subsequently by his eldest son Edward,is incomplete in that it deals only with the period of Burwash's life prior to the 1890's. However, it contains interesting information on the nature of the educational system in Ontario, the lifestyle of a young preacher in both rural and urban stations, and the problems facing Victoria College immediately prior to federation.

The fonds is arranged in five series: Correspondence, 1965-1925; Diaries and journal, 1859-1914; Writing, 1860-1917; Notes and manuscripts, 1862-1923; and Records, 1863-1927.

Burwash, Nathanael

Minutes and other records, 1868–1928

Series consists of minutes of Belleville Division of the Board for the Examination of Candidates and Probationers for the Ministry, 1868-1869; minutes and other records re probationers of the Conference Board of Examiners, 1875-1902; minutes of District meetings, 1903-1923, 1925; minutes of Faculty of Theology,1873-1881, 1912-1928; minutes of joint meetings of Faculty of Theology with the faculty of Knox College (United Church) and later Union Theological College, 1925-1928; and reports, 1872- 1875, curricula and degree requirements, n.d., 1874, and survey, 1899 ; book containing signatures of honorary Doctors of Divinity, 1912-1927.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Theology

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Theology Fonds

  • CA ON00357 2022
  • Fonds
  • 1868–1928

Fonds consists of three series: Minutes and other records, 1868–1928; Records of the Dean of Theology, 1910–1928; and Records of students, 1871–1928.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty of Theology

Records of Students

Series consists of register of students and courses taken (marks for 1871-1873); register of student marks, 1872-1918, 1912- 1921; register of students and tuition fees, 1893-1902; registers of students, 1893-1915, 1915-1921; record of extra mural students, 1914-1921; and student registration cards, 1920 (summer), 1920-1921, 1923-1927, and 1927-1928 (including Union Theological College students, occasional and missionaries, and Arts)

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Union Literary Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2006
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1930

Fonds consists of constitution, 1893; minutes, 1893-1911, (including rough, 1893-1900), 1896, 1911-1919, 1919-1922; correspondence, 1907, 1922; song books; and correspondence file concerning repayment of a loan made by the Board of Regents to the Union Literary Society for the purchase of Indian relics, 1903-1913.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Union Literary Society

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Parliament fonds

  • CA ON00357 2007
  • Fonds
  • 1893–1930

Fonds consists of constitution, 1924; minutes, 1924–1929; and cashbooks (including records of Union Literary Society), 1893–1930.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Students' Parliament

Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr fonds

  • CA ON00357 2127
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1934

Fonds consists of published articles, 1898-1934, and typescripts, [n.d.], written by Dr. Frederic Newton Gisborne Starr on medical subjects; photographs. Also consists of a scrapbook (compiled by unknown) with photographic portraits of Dr. Starr and his wife (Annie Callander MacKay), a copy of the testimonial to Dr. Starr upon his retirement in 1933, tributes to him by friends and students after his death, copies of invitations he received to events at Buckingham Palace, newspaper clippings and articles.

Starr, Frederic Newton Gisborne

Francis Huston Wallace fonds

  • CA ON00357 2186
  • Fonds
  • 1839-1936

Fonds consists of mostly personal papers divided into the following series: Studies (1863-1872); Ministry (1871-1926); Finances (1863-1936); Autobiography (1873-1921); Memorabilia (1883-1933); Family Correspondence (1839-1930).

Wallace, Francis Huston

Edward Wilson Wallace fonds

  • CA ON00357 2020
  • Fonds
  • 193? - 1941

Fonds consists of manuscripts, notes, outlines, bibliographies, research material and other records for Emmanuel College course regarding missions, 1932-1941 (Box 1); and manuscript of "The expansion of Christianity: a history of missions," [193-?] (Box 2).

Wallace, Edward Wilson

Margaret Eleanor Theodora Addison fonds

  • CA ON00357 2097
  • Fonds
  • 1875-1941

Fonds consists of diaries, 1900–1912, family correspondence, 1875–1931, notes, clippings, publications, biographical material, 1941, scrapbook, a portrait, monogrammed handkerchief, and broach.

Addison, Margaret Eleanor Theodora

Richard Davidson fonds

  • CA ON00357 2024
  • Fonds
  • 1902–1944

Fonds consists of correspondence (including records as Principal of Emmanuel College, 1932–1943; notebooks; notebooks, quotations and background material; sermons; prayers and essays; essays and essay notes; essays and addresses; orders of service, worship; Book of Praise material; Book of Common Order material; and lecture notes. Also included is a series of his son's personal letters (John Craig Davidson).

Davidson, Richard

Richard Pinch Bowles fonds

  • CA ON00357 2060
  • Fonds
  • 1913–1947

Fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence re family, friends, Victoria University, charities and social and other activities and interests, [n.d.], 1913–1929; addresses for special Victoria University occasions, and on various subjects including theology and the relationship of students to the university, [n.d.], 1919–1928; baccalaureate addresses, 1915, 1916, 1923, 1924, 1925, 1927, 1928; address by Bowles and addresses by others at his installation as President, 1913; lecture notes, [n.d.]; manuscripts of theological articles/books, 1946–1947; and a historical account of Dr. Bowles ancestors.

Bowles, Richard Pinch

John Hugh Michael fonds

  • CA ON00357 2040
  • Fonds
  • 1898-[194-]

Fonds consists of papers which are primarily undated: sermons, papers, journal articles, papers, commentaries, and notes and rough drafts.

Michael, John Hugh

Alida Martin fonds

  • CA ON00357 2103
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1829]–1949

Fonds consists of addresses and lectures notes by Samuel Nelles; clippings, eulogy and biographical information regarding Samuel Nelles and his family; photographs.

Martin, Alida

Alfred Gandier fonds

  • CA ON00357 2026
  • Fonds
  • 1881–[ca. 1950]

Fonds consists of correspondence (including correspondence of the Principal of Emmanuel College), 1893–1932; manuscripts of addresses and articles, 1908–1932; sermons, reports and notes, 1881–1931; diaries, 1881, 1882, 1927; published sermons, articles and pamphlets, n.d., 1905; clippings; memorial booklet, 1934; notebooks on theological subjects, n.d.; and papers from Mrs. Jean Gandier including correspondence from Alfred and biographical notes about him, 1900–[ca. 1950].

Gandier, Alfred

William Jackson Little fonds

  • CA ON00357 2108
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1951

Fonds consists of personal correspondence files, 1926-1949, photograph, and files re the W.S. Dyer Syndicate, which was formed to exploit an oil claim in the Northwest Territories, 1921-1930; minutes, financial records, correspondence regarding the O.R.B. Club, which was founded as a literary and dramatic organization in Toronto in 1908, 1929-1937; scrapbook including clippings about Victoria University, 1905-1918.

Little, William Jackson

Rose Hannah Barker fonds

  • CA ON00357 2115
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1951, predominant 1885-1944

Fonds consists of diaries, 1885-1944, which reveal the activities and concerns of the Victoria University Library; correspondence, 1881-1941; 15 photographs; a handwritten copy of "The Old Ontario Strand", 1910 (copied by Annie Barker); and Annie Barker's will, 1951.

Barker, Rose Hannah

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Committee of Management Fonds

  • CA ON00357 2058
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1951

Fonds consists of three series: Committee Records, which includes minutes of the Committee, reports of the Dean of Residences/Dean of Women to the Committee, correspondence, by-laws and constitutions, financial reports and other documents related to the management of residences. This fonds also contains the Records of the Women’s Student Union Advisory Committee / Wymilwood Committee series, as well as the Records of the Women's Council series.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Committee of Management

John D. Robins fonds

  • CA ON00357 2155
  • Fonds
  • 1909-1952

Fonds consists of the following series: Records relating to teaching,1924-1952; Records relating to writing and editing, 1944-1951; and Student records, 1909-1913, [ca. 1926].

Robins, John D.

Walter Theodore Brown fonds

  • CA ON00357 2111
  • Fonds
  • [1903?]-1954

Fonds consists of the following series: correspondence, 1912-1949; addresses, articles and other records, [1903?]-1945; personal material, 1912-1954.

Brown, Walter Theodore

John Line fonds

  • CA ON00357 2046
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1955

Fonds consists of lecture notes (photocopies, 1976); addresses, 1931, 1955; and published articles.

Line, John

John Alvin Surerus fonds

  • CA ON00357 2104
  • Fonds
  • 1947-1961

Fonds consists of correspondence, teaching notes and other records, 1947-1948; minutes and other records of the Senate Library Committee, 1955-1961, and Library Expansion Committee, 1957-1958.

Surerus, John Alvin

Samuel Sobieski Nelles fonds

  • CA ON00357 2038
  • Fonds
  • 1842-1962

During his thirty-seven years as a teacher and administrator at Victoria College, Samuel Nelles made an indelible imprint on both the ministry of the Wesleyan Methodist Church and the system of higher education in Ontario. Consequently, his papers possess significant research value for religious, intellectual, and educational historians. The collection held by the Archives is a fairly representative sampling of Nelles' correspondence, essays, articles, sermons, speeches, addresses, lectures, and notes. The earliest material dates from his student days in the early 1840's, and the last records were written only days before his death in 1887.

Fonds consists of the following series: Correspondence, 1856–1962; Diaries and journals, 1846–1887; Essays and articles, 1842–1896; Sermons, 1848–1888; Speeches and addresses, 1842–1887; Lectures, 1854–1887; Notebooks of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays and notes, 1847–1887; Writing and memorabilia, 1846–1902; and Material relating to Victoria College, 1851–1884.

Nelles, Samuel Sobieski

Wilfred C. James fonds

  • CA ON00357 2109
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1962, predominant 1951-1962

Fonds consists of personal files of Wilfred C. James, 1951-1962, including records relating to his service as Chair of the Board of Regents.

James, Wilfred C.

Charles Bruce Sissons fonds

  • CA ON00357 2041
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1965; 1931-1961 predominant

Fonds consists of manuscripts, notes and other material relating to Sissons' biography of Egerton Ryerson [193-], as well as articles [1931-1949], notes regarding Victoria University history [ca. 1950], and reminiscences [ca. 1961].

Sissons, Charles Bruce

Margaret V. Ray fonds

  • CA ON00357 2110
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1965

Fonds consists of correspondence, reports (including photographs), notes, addresses, printed material and other records re Margaret Ray’s investigation of the Germans from Sudetenland (Czechoslovakia) settlements at St. Walburg, Saskatchewan and Tupper Creek, British Columbia, on behalf of the Sub-Committee on Refugees of the University of Toronto Women's War Service Committee and her own research interest in refugees and immigration, [ca. 1940]-1952; correspondence, reports, photographs and other material re "rehabilitation" of Indians in British Columbia, particularly the Okanagan Society for Revival of Indian Arts and Crafts, [ca. 1940]-1948; typescript of play written by Margaret Ray relating to Victoria University, [n.d.]; personal records, 1942-1965, including correspondence, typescripts of plays, poems, reviews of "A Book of Canadian Humour" (edited by Ray and J.D. Robins), and material relating to the Okanagan Society.

Ray, Margaret V.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Senior Common Room Committee fonds

  • CA ON00357 2076
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1968

Fonds consists of minutes, 1921-1939 and 1951-1968; financial records, 1924-1958; lists of members, 1919-1921 and 1924-1958 of the Senior Common Room Committee.

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Senior Common Room Committee

Charles Whitney Leslie fonds

  • CA ON00357 2117
  • Fonds
  • 1952-[196-]

Consists of sermons, lectures, addresses, correspondence and clippings related to Professor Charles Whitney Leslie's theological concerns, 1952-1960s.

Leslie, Charles Whitney

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