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This series is one file of memos mainly written by Prof. Prentice dealing with issues within the Department of History and Philosophy at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education. Memos document Prentice’s views on staffing, research direction, and courses being offered.

Letters of recommendation

This series includes both requests received by Prof. Prentice for recommendations for former students and colleagues as well as her responses to these requests.


The bulk of this series is contained in accession B1998-0017 and includes lectures, notes, outlines and reading lists for courses taught by Prof. Prentice at OISE, mainly: 1421 History of Women and Education I and 3421 The History of Women and Education II; 1422 [History of the Family]?; 1411 Education and Social Change : The American Experience; 1426 Women in Education in Canada. Also included is a copy of the course description for first course on Women’s history taught by Prof. Prentice at Atkinson College in 1973-74 entitled Women, The Family and Education in Canada.

B2009-0010 contains only one file on teaching documenting a 1996 OISE/UT course, the History of Women and Higher Education in Canada, that Prof. Prentice co-taught on-line with colleague Elizabeth Smyth.

Personal and early education

This series contains Ivey’s essays, laboratory notebooks, theses (MA and Ph.D.) produced during his university education at the University of British Columbia (BA 1944; MA 1946), and graduate studies at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. Personal correspondence, notices, newspaper clippings, resume and biographical information are also included relating mainly to his career as professor of physics and administrator at the University of Toronto.

Personal and professional correspondence – general

Personal and professional correspondence documents Ivey’s activities with various professional associations relating to physics such as the American Association of Physics teachers, Canadian Association of Physicists, his numerous speaking engagements both on the U. of T. campus, across Canada and internationally. Also included is correspondence with colleagues both at the University of Toronto and at other institutions and organizations such as the Polymer Corporation.

University of Toronto

This series contains correspondence, notes, reports, relating to Ivey’s career at the University of Toronto, beginning as assistant professor of physics in 1949 through to his appointments as Principal of New College (1963-1974), Associate Chair (Undergraduate Studies) in the Department of Physics, and Vice-president Institutional relations (1980-1984). Correspondence within the Physics Department (1966-1990) is filed separately from various subject files documenting other administrative activities within the University (1955-1991). Included are files on Polyanyi Fund for science and Society (1988-1991), Joint Committee of the Toronto Board of Education and the University of Toronto, Television Committee (1955-1956), Presidential Advisory Committee on undergraduate instruction in Faculty of Arts and Science (1965), among others.

Pre-university education activities

Prof. Ivey was involved in the development of high school curriculum in physics, particularly Grade XIII. Within this series will be found records relating to his role as Examiner-in-chief and examiner for Ontario for the Grade XIII provincial examination. Also documented are his activities with the Physical Science Study Committee (PSSC) developing four teaching films with Dr. J. Hume. The films, produced at the PSSC studio in Boston were: Frames of Reference, Universal Gravitation, Periodic Motion, and Random Events.

Public television

From 1958 to 1966, Prof. Ivey, with Dr. J. N. P. Hume prepared and presented television series for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Over 100 half-hour programs were produced during this period and brought the science of physics to a generation of young people. These programs included “Focus on Physics” (1958), “Two for physics” (1959), “The ideas of physics” (1962), “The nature of physics” (1963), “The constants of physics” (1966) and a series of programs for “The Nature of Things” produced from 1960-1965.

The files in this series contain correspondence, contracts, and scripts. As well scripts for “Throwing Dice” and “Measure of Man” by Lillian Andrews are also included.


This series contains offprints of articles, and correspondence by Dr. Ivey and colleagues, such as J.N.P. Hume. Also included is a file relating to his textbook, Physics Volume 1 published in 1974.


This series consists mainly of files on the various physics courses taught by Prof. Ivey during his career at the University of Toronto. Files on each course may contain correspondence, copies of problem sets, lecture notes, tests and examinations. Some of the courses represented in this series are Engineering Physics, Engineering Science, Introduction to thermodynamics, and other undergraduate physics courses. In addition there are files on Physics 400 course taught at UBC in the summer of 1962, and a file on a Physics seminar given at McMaster University on the physics of rubber in 1953.

Research and teaching materials

This series contains notebooks on polymer research, ca 1949, an expense book relating to his participation on the Canadian High Polymer Forum ca 1950-51 and a notebook on students made at staff meetings ca 1950-51.

Biographical file

This series is one file containing a copy of his birth certificate, a C.V., a Fellowship Leave Application, a publication list, and a biography written around 1976. Documents give a good overview of his career and achievements.

Essays, talks and scripts

This series contains draft manuscripts, outlines and related correspondence of talks given by Acland such as “The Medieval House” (1974), and Architecture and “The Arrogant Towers” (1967). Also there are scripts and related correspondence for CBC programs in which Acland was involved including Explorations, Man in a Landscape and A Sense of Place. Some files include slide lists and original drawings.


This series documents two books and one article. The first publication is Building by the Sea, limited edition photographic study of Maritimes architecture with foreword by E.R. Arthur and plates by J.H. Acland published by University of Toronto Press 1962. One large file contains the outline, notes and a photocopy of an early draft. Soon after the two authors published “The Maritimes” in the Journal of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada, July 1963. A copy is found in this series. Photographs relating to these two publications can be found in Series 7.

The third publication is Medieval Structure: the Gothic Vault (1972). This work was a culmination of all his research on middle ages architecture. Included is the original publication agreement, some original drawings, and long narrow tabs with rough sketches of the illustration that were being considered for the book. These were most likely used to organize and select the illustrations. A copy of the book has been kept with the papers. For photographs related to this publication see Series 8, 9 and 12.

Box /001 (19) – (22) and /005 for illustrated markers.

Conservation work

To a limited degree, the two files making up this series document Acland’s involvement in the Canadian Inventory of Historic Buildings. Included are some inventory forms completed by students in the 1970s, and an article about the project written by Acland and published in Ontario History, Sept. 1971. Photographs most directly related to his conservation work in the Toronto area are found in Series 10.

Resource cards

This is a series of index cards that are colour coded and grouped by country. Most cards contain architectural drawings copied from books but some are hand drawn by Acland. There are also postcards showing buildings and some notes. These were most likely used to organize his research and supplement his lecture notes found in the notebooks.


This series gives researchers a good overview of Prof. Hume’s career and highlights. It includes biographical sketches, C.V., clippings, awards and correspondence regarding his various appointments. Photographs of Prof. Hume and relating to his career have also been placed in this series including portraits, a photo of Prof. Hume at a 1969 IFIP meeting and early computer installations in the Computer Centre. Finally, there is one framed painting of the Sanford Fleming building that hung in his office.


Prof. Hume was a University of Toronto graduate of Math and Physics (B.A. 1945) and subsequently did both his M.A. (1946) and Ph.D. (1949) in Physics at the University of Toronto. This small series contains a notebook from his undergraduate years as well as a copy of his M.A. and Ph.D. thesis.

Professional correspondence

Professional correspondence in this series is arranged chronologically. It documents Prof. Hume’s varied activities but, noting the volume (1 box), it is clear that it is by no means complete. Early correspondence files contain job offers, discussions for contract work, invitations to talks and to attend meetings, as well as memoranda on faculty salaries. Correspondence during the 1960s, reflect his work on television and film productions and the development of the taped FORTRAN lectures for university use. There is also some correspondence on the establishment of the graduate program in Computer Science. This time period as well as the following decade is also characterized by Prof. Hume’s role as a peer reviewer and referee. Included are comments and reviews for several editorial boards, letters of recommendations for graduate students as well as recommendations given to peers for awards and appointments. Correspondence also document’s Prof. Hume’s many invitations and responses to speak or participate in seminars and meetings.

There is only a small amount of correspondence after 1980 and most of this relates to his appointment as Master of Massey College. Absent is any correspondence documenting his many administrative roles other than congratulatory notes. Correspondence with publishers have been kept with the related manuscripts in Series 3 and there is additional correspondence regarding his broadcasting endeavors in Series 5.


This series documents a number of Prof. Hume’s published works. Included are typescripts, drafts and related documentation on several papers including an early 1955 paper on the FERUT computer language TRANSCODE: A System of Automatic Coding for FERUT. There are several other papers on scheduling jobs and as well as a report on data security written with Prof. Calvin (Kelly) Gotlieb. There are also a few papers on quantum mechanics that seem to be unpublished.

Several versions of manuscripts for two of Prof. Hume’s books are found in this series:

Physics in Two Volumes: Vol. 2 Relativity Electromagnetism and Quantum Physics: Co-authored with Donald Ivey (who wrote Vol. 1) this university textbook was inspired by their many years collaborating on educational television and film. Apart from a manuscript and typescript, there is also related correspondence with publishers, marketing plans, and referee reports.

On Beyond Darwin - By Chance or by Design, first published in 1983 and republished in 2006, this unorthodox view of physics discusses physical theory and the general laws within the context of the properties of electrons, protons and neutrons. “It builds on Darwin's view of the natural world and starts by showing that there are no general laws of physics.” [1] Included are several versions dating from 1979 to 1983, correspondence and comments from various readers.

Also included in this series is correspondence, agreements and reviewer reports that document other books including High Speed Data Processing, Introduction to Computer Science, Programming with Pascal, Structured Programming, Microsoft Basics for Microsoft and several other works. Unfortunately, these do not have any manuscripts, only supporting documentation.


[1] Web site: On Beyond Darwin - By Chance or by Design, “AView of Physics that will make you think.”

James Joseph Gray fonds

  • UTA 1331
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1907

Consists of correspondence, programs of the Mock Parliament and of the Canadian Rugby Championship, examinations, correspondence and financial records relating to Torontonensis, receipt for subscriptions to the Varsity, and Varsity songbook.

Gray, James Joseph

Professional correspondence

This voluminous series documents all aspects of Conacher’s career including such mattters as appointments, salary, editorial projects, research, sabbaticals, professional activities within associations and participation in University administrative units. While there are series devoted entirely to most of these activities quite a lot of correspondence related to them is found filed chronologically in this series. Researchers will also find personal correspondence with friends and at times family members in these files despite the fact that most of this latter type of correspondence was filed separately and makes up Series 2.

The early correspondence from the late 1930s relates to his studies at Queen’s and his move to Harvard. There are several files of World War II correspondence documenting his employment in the Privy Council and in the Canadian Army signal division and historical section. There is a substantial amount of correspondence specifically with C.P. Stacey. At the end of this decade correspondence reflects Conacher’s attempts to establish his career as an historian. It discusses progress on his thesis, administrative issues regarding his employment and the teaching of courses.

Correspondence during the 1950s and 1960s is the most extensive and varied. It documents editorial projects such as a translation of Francois Du Creux’s History of Canada and projects related to the Canadian Historical Review. There is correspondence relating to organizations including: Canadian Historical Association, Atlantic Treaty Association, Frontier College and many others. Correspondents with other historians include (not exclusively): Kitson Clark of the University of Pennsylvania; Gordon O. Rotney of Memorial University (Nfld); C.L. Mowat of the University of Chicago; as well as U of T colleagues Donald Creighton, Archie Thornton and John Buchanan and close friend Kenneth McNaught. Of particular note is extensive correspondence regarding the dismissal of Professor Harry Crowe in 1958 from the United College of Winnipeg. Prof. Crowe was dismissed after the contents of his private letter were read by the Principal of the College and members of the University of Toronto History Department came to his defence.

There is a gap in the chronological correspondence files from 1971-1977. During most of this time (1972-1976) he was chair of the history department so it is assumed that much of this correspondence was filed with the office correspondence. Beginning in the late 1960s and continuing in the late 1970s and early 1980s is correspondence relating to issues of university governance as well as changes in curriculum and structure of the Faculty of Arts. There is also correspondence relating to various sabbaticals – London 1977 and Australia 1983. Correspondence nearing the end of his career until the time of his death relate to reviews, requests for recommendations as well as some correspondence relating to editorial and research projects.

Family correspondence

This series contains family correspondence between James Conacher and family members. Correspondence from the 1940s and early 1950s is with his parents, his brother Desmond who was a professor of English at Trinity College and wife Muriel. Much of the correspondence with his family while at Harvard and during WW II is interfiled with general correspondence found in B2005-0011 /001. Later family correspondence was exchanged while the Conachers were on research leaves and is mostly with their grown children. Arrangement is chronological.

Also included in this series is some historical correspondence and documents belonging to ancestor James Roy Conacher (1938-191-).

Letters of recommendation

Letters of recommendation for colleagues and students document Conacher’s status as a senior historian and mentor. Conacher’s support was sought by colleagues for grant applications, fellowships, appointments and promotions. Recommendations for students were mainly for scholarships and entrance into graduate school.


This series documents Conacher’s publishing activities relating to his major works including:

The Aberdeen Coalition, 1852-1855 : A Study in Mid-Nineteenth-Century Party Politics (1968)

The Peelites and the Party System 1846-1952 (1972)

Waterloo to the Common Market, Borzoi History of England Vol 5. 1815
to the Present (1975)

Britain and the Crimea, 1855-56: Problems of War and Peace (1987)

Included are files arranged chronologically by title of publication and contain correspondence and contracts with publishers, comments, reviews, partial drafts of chapters and revisions for his first three books. There are three drafts of manuscripts for his final book “War and Peace”, - its title during the writing phase.

Talks, addresses and articles

This series contains correspondence and manuscripts relating to talks and papers many given at symposiums, conferences and meetings. There are also drafts of some published articles as well as a copy of his M.A. thesis from Queens (1939) and a draft of his Ph.D. Thesis from Harvard. Files are arranged chronologically.
His writings on British history are found in two main files containing mainly drafts, as well as a file documenting his contributions to Encyclopedia Americana. On various occasions Conacher gave tributes to many well known Canadian historians. There are typescripts for his tribute to Donald Creighton, C.P. Stacey, Arthur Lower and close friend Kenneth McNaught. Also included in this series are notes prepared for an oral history interview in the early 1980s as well as a draft copy of his unpublished memoirs. Both are interesting for their insights on the University administration and the Department of History in particular.


This series documents Conacher’s role as an external assessor and reviewer. At times it is other historians he has been asked to assess for promotion or act as external reviewer of a Ph.D. candidate. At other times it is a review at the institutional level, as in the case of his role in reviewing the Dalhousie Graduate History Department (1977) and the University of Western Ontario, Graduate Department of History (1986). There are also files relating to Conacher acting as referee for articles most of which are filed in four chronological files covering his entire career (1947-1991). These files contain correspondence with publisher as well as drafts of published reviews.

Disraeli Project

The Disraeli project had begun in 1972 as a large research project aimed at searching out Disraeli letters and related primary and secondary materials for publication. Conacher joined the pared down second phase of the project in 1982 recruited by Senior Editor M.G. Wiebe (Queen’s University). From 1982 to 1993, the group comprising of Wiebe, Conacher, John Matthews and Mary S. Millar published Volumes 3 and 4. Correspondence, reviews, grant applications, minutes of meetings, revision notes, drafts document the groups efforts and Prof. Conacher’s particular involvement.

Professional activities

Records in this series document Conacher’s active involvement in several professional associations including: the Canadian Historical Association, the American Historical Association, the Council of Conference on British Studies, the Champlain Society and the Canadian Catholic Historical Association. There is one file relating to his early involvement in the Canadian Association of University Teachers (1950-1957). Finally there are also files that document his time on the editorial committee of the John Stuart Mill Project (1960- 1990) and the Journal of Modern History (1971-1973). Files are arranged alphabetically by name of association. Canadian Historical Association files are boxed in B2005-0011/022.
Associated Material: Original Editorial files (1951-62) for the Champlain Society have been moved to the Champlain Society Papers (MG 50) in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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