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Victoria University Archives Fonds
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Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Philalethic Society fonds

  • CA ON00357 2088
  • Fonds
  • [1839?]–1842

Fonds consists of minutes of the Upper Canada Academy Philalethic Society, [1939?]–1841 (1988.084V), and photocopy of manuscript of student periodical “The Philomath”, 1842 (1987.249V).

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Philalethic Society

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

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

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty fonds

  • CA ON00357 2159
  • Fonds
  • 1847–1917

Fonds consists of minutes of Faculty meetings, 1847–1917 (gap July 1851–May 1853); includes student marks, 1847–1850.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Faculty

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

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

Francis Louis Barber fonds

  • CA ON00357 2118
  • Fonds
  • 1928

Consists of diary of Francis Louis Barber's Mediterranean Cruise on the SS. Empress of Scotland, 1928.

Barber, Francis Louis

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

William Arthur Potter fonds

  • CA ON00357 2023
  • Fonds
  • [between 1912 and 1930]

Consists of lecture notes.

Potter, William Arthur

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

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