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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services John Tuzo Wilson fonds
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Research projects

Dr. Wilson applied widely for research grants for his research projects, including the writing of his autobiography and his projects on the Arctic.

Research files

This series includes correspondence and papers by other scientists sent to Dr. Wilson, which he then annotated. The correspondence and papers are filed under the name of the individual concerned. There are also files on areas of research interest, the titles of which were supplied by Dr. Wilson and are therefore in quotation marks (this list is very selective). Also included are the card indices he compiled; they are further described below.

Manuscripts: autobiography

Dr. Wilson carried on a number of projects simultaneously, including the writing of his autobiography and reports on his work in the Arctic during the 1940s. Occasionally, material on all projects can be found in a single file, either in this series or in the next.

Film projects

In this series are transcripts, correspondence and films relating to the production of the Earth Sciences Film Series, a co-operative project of the Ontario Educational Communications Authority, Dr. Wilson and the University of Toronto (Erindale College). The 32 reels of film (mainly 16mm, colour) comprise various elements of the production including original negative and reversal positive prints, working prints and release prints. Textual records and film are dated 1972-74.

In addition, there are elements of a film entitled "geologie" produced, it appears, by the "office du film du Quebec". Included are 8 reels of film. Wilson's role in its production is unclear.

Graphic material

B1993-0050: Photographs are primarily taken from files in other series.

B2014-0025: Photographs document a meeting of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics XI Assembly that took place at the University of Toronto, September 3 – 14 1957. Tuzo Wilson was vice president of the IUGG and chairman of the arrangements committee. In addition, this accession includes an early hand drawn rendering depicting the movement of tectonic plates, drawn by Wilson sometime in the early 1960s.

John Tuzo Wilson fonds

  • UTA 1961
  • Fonds
  • 1853-1993

Most of the fonds can be fond in B1993-0050: Correspondence, addresses, manuscripts, diaries, minutes, reports, publications, film scripts, posters, certificates, photographs, artifacts, and film documenting Dr. Wilson's activities as a geophysicist, especially in relation to his research work and writings on continental drift, as Director-General of the Ontario Science Centre, and as a member of many commissions, committees and professional associations, often at the highest levels.

Accession B2002-0007 (1 box; 1989-1993) consists of personal papers of Prof. J. Tuzo Wilson including correspondence, manuscripts of articles and unpublished works such as draft autobiography. Also includes records created after his death and maintained by his secretary Moira Arnot. This accession is not further described in the series.

Accession B2014-0025 is filed in Series 19 (Graphic material): Photographs document a meeting of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics XI Assembly that took place at the University of Toronto, September 3 – 14 1957. Tuzo Wilson was vice president of the IUGG and chairman of the arrangements committee. In addition, this accession includes an early hand drawn rendering depicting the movement of tectonic plates, drawn by Wilson sometime in the early 1960s.

Wilson, John Tuzo

Travel files

These files contain information relating to the large number of trips that Dr. Wilson made during his career. They usually contain notes about/ and itineraries for conferences, meetings, and other events. Diaries, addresses, and related material, when present, are indicated.

University of Toronto

This series documents Dr. Wilson's research activities as a geophysicist at the University of Toronto, and his administrative activities, in particular, with the Institute of Earth Sciences and Erindale College, of which he was the first Principal.

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