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Only seven of Professor Sim’s addresses are represented in this series. The most thoroughly documented, on toxic and hallucinogenic plants, was given to the Alcoholism and Drug Addiction Research Foundation in Toronto in October 1978. Other topics include enzyme therapy, narcotic analgesics, the treatment of infections in cancer patients, amikasin, endorphins, and the use of Didanosine for AIDS patients.

Personal and family

This series begins with biographical information about Professor Sim, including copies of his curriculum vitae, ‘Biographical notes’ that he wrote in 1995-1996 that describes his life up to his appointment at the University of British Columbia, and three CDs of interviews with him about his experiences during World War II. There are also files of certificates and memora-bilia (some belonging to his wife, Lillian), greeting cards, and a notebook on vocabulary and Chinese words from the 1940s. The series ends with files of correspondence with his wife, Lillian, and nephews, nieces, and cousins in Singapore and Hong Kong, and a few friends.

University of British Columbia: teaching files

In 1955 Professor Sim was hired by the University of British Columbia at “Instructor II” level, from which he was soon promoted to assistant professor. The series contains a file of course outlines, memos, and correspondence for Pharmacy 211, 312, and 413, and Pharmacology 442; lecture notes for Pharmacognosy courses 331 and 411; files on theses topics, toxicology slides that he ordered, and several photographs.

Swim News

This series consists of 320 issues of Thierry’s monthly publication, Swim News. The series also contains a small amount of research in the form of print-outs, newspapers clippings and some correspondence used by Thierry and his team of writers to develop and publish articles for the magazine. The first part of the series is a nearly complete set of Swim News from 1974 to 2012.

Swim meets, results, rankings and guides

This series consists of Thierry’s handwritten and typed results for various swim meets. The competitions covered in this series include the Summer Olympics, World Championships, European Championships, Pan American Games, Pan Pacific Games, the Commonwealth Games, numerous Canadian university meets, age-group meets and provincial competitions. The series also includes files on national swim records from around the world, swimmer profiles, statistics and biographies, and world rankings – many of which have been compiled by Thierry.


This series contains photographs and slides from various swimming events. Many of the photographs appear to have been used by Thierry in issues of Swim News, or for the creation of swimmer biographies and profiles in media guides. The photographers and the events being documented are only clearly identified for some of the images. Some of the photographs are attributed to Marco Chiesa.


This series consists of correspondence received by Nick Thierry from various people associated with swimming, both in Canada and internationally. A large portion of the correspondence is a set of letters collected by Thierry from prominent Canadian swim coach Howard Firby which Thierry kept in three large-ring binders. Much of the correspondence from Firby is in regards to his thoughts on the status of Canadian swimming and the coaching of amateur athletes, but a great deal of the later correspondence deals more with Firby and Thierry’s personal lives.

Swimming history texts and scrapbooks

This series contains texts written and sent to Thierry by J.G. Kelso, a Professor at the School of Human Kinetics at the University of British Columbia. The texts are overviews of Canadian aquatic and swimming accomplishments, and provide an extensive history of swimming in Canada. The series also contains a number of scrapbooks compiled by Thierry which hold newspaper clippings. The clippings are all related to doping and the use of performance enhancing drugs in both Canadian and international sport.

Canadian Swimming Coaches Association Bulletins

This series contains typed bulletins published by the Canadian Swimming Coaches Association. The bulletins contain information on the CSCA’s annual meetings and decisions, swim meet selection criteria, coaching techniques and standards, and Canadian swim club scoring and rankings. The bulletins have been arranged in chronological order. The bulletins were most likely accumulated by Thierry during his time as secretary and chairman for the CSCA.

Collected Memorabilia and artifacts

This series contains several items collected by Thierry over his years attending and documenting swimming events. The series includes media event passes issued to Thierry for a variety of swim meets including the Summer Olympics, World Championships and Commonwealth Games. The series also includes a collection of vintage and contemporary postcards commemorating the Olympic Games, as well as postcards of various swimmers. Some of the postcards have been autographed, including ones by Alexander Popov and Michael Phelps. Finally, the series contains 2 binders which held swimmer’s information for members of the media during the XI Commonwealth Games and the 1976 Summer Olympics.


Series consists of records relating to 2 trips taken by Dr. Franklin: her return to Berlin in 1969 for the World Peace Congress, and her trip to China in 1981 for the International Conference of Early Metallurgy. See subseries descriptions for more information.


Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between Dr. Franklin and friends, family, colleagues, government officials, and others. Correspondence pertains to the full scope of Dr. Franklin’s life and work, including her academic work, her political activism, and her personal life.

Day planners

Series consists of day planners and organizers kept by Dr. Franklin throughout much of her career. The planners typically contain a list of appointments and activities for each day. Some planners also include notes and recollections. Dr. Franklin often kept extra material tucked into in the planners, which reflect her activities during that given month. This material includes news clippings, letters, event programs, invitations, newsletters, address books, drawings by her children, business cards, and photographs.

Notes and notebooks

Series consists of various notes and notebooks kept by Dr. Franklin. These notebooks are typically unlabeled/titled, and often undated. The notes they contain pertain to a wide scope of matters, and are not particularly organized.

Chronology files (keynotes, lectures, talks)

Series consists of what Dr. Franklin referred to as her ‘chronology files’: files kept on various events she attended – most of which she spoke at. Events include academic conferences, guest lectures, government meetings and hearings, public talks to community and religious groups, memorials, press conferences and panels.

Topics covered include science policy, technology, materials science, archaeometry, museums, women in engineering and science, the state of higher learning, the commercialization of universities, education, peace and violence, military research, human rights, feminism, faith, the nature of research, energy policy and the environment, and opposition to nuclear technology.

Records include correspondence, paper abstracts, notes, programs, brochures, posters, proceedings news coverage, transparencies, and contracts. Dr. Franklin typically spoke from handwritten notes, rather than a typed script. Where a transcript exists, the file title includes the word ‘[transcript]’. Occasionally, ‘transcript’ denotes the original text/paper created before the talk (ex: for the presentation of academic papers), but for the most case, these are transcripts sent to her after-the-fact by event organizers. Where Dr. Franklin’s speaking notes are typed and more coherent/complete, the file title will include the term ‘[typed notes’].

Series also includes files kept on declined speaking events, conferences, symposia, seminars, councils and focus groups.

Personal and biographical

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s personal and academic life in Germany and Canada. See subseries descriptions for more detailed information.

Publicity and public education

Series consist of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s appearances in the media, including news clippings on Dr. Franklin and her work and activism; records relating to print, TV and radio interviews and appearances; and work done with CBC Ideas, including her 1989 Massey Lectures, The Real World of Technology. See subseries descriptions for more information.


Series consists of records documenting Dr. Franklin’s research activities in physics, materials science, archaeometry, and museums. See subseries for more information.

Other advocacy and activism

Series consists of records relating to a wide range of advocacy and activism undertaken by Dr. Franklin throughout her life, including work against the amalgamation of Toronto, and testimony at the Toronto Board of Education public education hearings. Subseries also includes some background material and correspondence on aboriginal knowledge and rights. 3 files contain public literature distributed by Canada’s right wing and hate groups, some direct attacks on the kinds of groups with which Dr. Franklin worked.

Several files pertain to Aleksandra Vinogradov’s 1988 compliant of discrimination against the University of Calgary, in regards to her treatment as a candidate for an appointment in its Department of Civil Engineering. Records in these files include letters of support, news clippings, newsletters from The Aleksandra Vinogradov Defence Committee, and a report by the CAUT (Canadian Association of University Teachers’) Committee of Inquiry into the matter. Files also contain various legal documents, including judgments and appeals.

Another file relates to the court case of Donna Smythe, a well-known Canadian writer and professor English at Acadia University, who was charged with libel by Professor Leo Yaffe, professor of chemistry at McGill University, because of an op/ed signed editorial that Dr. Smythe wrote. According to Dr. Franklin, Smythe had commented on a talk given by Dr. Yaffe on “The Health Hazards of Not Going Nuclear”. The uranium mining industry in Nova Scotia used this case to try to destroy the citizen’s group in which Dr. Smythe and Dr. Gillian Thomas were very active. The group, many of them farmers, was struggling to have uranium mining prohibited in Nova Scotia because of the potential damage to water and soil. In spite of Dr. Franklin’s efforts to mediate between Dr. Yaffe and Smythe, the case came to trial before jury in Halifax. Yaffee claimed that Dr. Smythe’s article questioned his professional judgment. Dr. Franklin appeared as a witness on behalf of Dr. Smythe. Dr. Franklin relied on documents on academic promotion and tenure used in Canadian universities and could show that newspaper articles, be they positive or negative, were not considered evidence on which to base professional qualifications. The jury ruled that Dr. Yaffe’s reputation had not been damaged and that there were no grounds for libel. In spite of this positive verdict, the citizen’s group was destroyed for all practical purposes and during the two years prior to the trial had not been able to mount any political action. CBC’s Ideas covered some of the trial together with a libel suit against the CBC’s Max Allen regarding his program on lead pollution (Give Us This Day Our Daily Lead).

University of Toronto

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s various activities and functions within the University of Toronto, especially as Director of Museum Studies (1987-1989) and Senior Fellow at Massey College (1989-). Records tend to reflect administrative activities, but also include some advocacy done within the university. See subseries descriptions for more information.


Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s publishing activities. See subseries descriptions for more information.

Scientific organizations and commissions

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s membership and participation in several national scientific organizations, including the Science Council of Canada, the National Research Council, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. One subseries also documents research and work done for the Ontario Commission of Inquiry on Aluminum Wiring. See subseries descriptions for more detail.

Energy and nuclear issues

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s various interests and activities around energy policies and practices, especially regarding the dangers of nuclear technologies. These files pertain to Dr. Franklin’s involvement with a number of groups, and pertain to a number of initiatives. See subseries descriptions for more information

Peace work

Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s pacifism and peace work, including her work as a Quaker, a key member of Voice of Women, and in other capacities. This series provides excellent documentation of segments of the Canadian peace movement, especially from the 1960s through to the 1980s. See subseries descriptions for more detail.


Series consists of records relating to Dr. Franklin’s teaching duties. One course in particular is very well documented – JAM 2012: Ancient Materials. According to Dr. Franklin, this course was quite innovative. It was intended for incoming graduate students in Anthropology or Materials Engineering, taught through the School of Graduate Studies. The respective departments – Archeology and Anthropology and Materials Engineering MMS - carried the JAM courses in their calendars. The students worked together in pairs, one student from each discipline. In contrast to the usual joint courses taught by different staff members in a sequence of individually-taught sections, the JAM courses were truly co-taught, i.e. both instructors were present at all sessions, which consisted of annotated conversation between two professionals, linking theory and practice.

Records in the series include course and project descriptions, exam questions, lecture notes, and student projects. The series also includes an extensive collection of teaching aids, including teaching slides (depicting museum/archaeological artifacts), 4 boxes of micrographs, and several boxes of artifacts used in instruction, including various rocks, Chinese spade coins, Canadian coins and stamps, and metal samples.

This series also contains 2 files on students who were supervised by Dr. Franklin.

Ursula Franklin Academy

Series consists of records relating to Ursula Franklin Academy, a secondary school operated by the Toronto District School Board and founded in 1995. The school originally operated out of the former Brockton High School and moved to Western Technical-Commercial School in 2002. The school was named after Dr. Franklin and is modeled on her vision of education.

Records in this series primarily document the founding and early days of the school, including correspondence, information packages, and materials from the school opening. Some files relate to the school’s ongoing activities, and conversations about education method, as documented in newsletters, event notices, and some correspondence. Series also includes matted photographs from the opening of the school, including photographs of Dr. Franklin with Jane Jacobs.

Sound recordings

Series consists of audio recordings documenting a wide range of Dr. Franklin’s activities, including speeches, talks, keynotes, and interviews. Some tapes also document CBC Ideas radio shows, including raw tapes and copies of broadcasts, including tapes of Dr. Franklin’s Massey Lectures, The Real World of Technology.

Moving images

Series consists of video and DVD recordings documenting Dr. Franklin’s speeches, talks, keynotes, interviews and honorary degrees. Series also includes films and television shows in which Dr. Franklin appears.

Book collection at UTM

This small series consists of records relating to the collection of books on feminism and women’s studies that Dr. Franklin donated to UTM (The University of Toronto Mississauga) for use by their Women’s Studies Program. Series consists of 1 file containing a list of the books and the transcript of a tape recording where Dr. Franklin details the significance of her books and the ways in which her collecting practices reflect her own particular feminist politics.

Biographical and education

Series consists of records documenting Prof. Marrus’s personal life and education, including a copy of his CV, photocopies of personal documents, and a journal from his trips to Israel in 1983, 1988, 1989 and 1990. The series also contains his PhD thesis from Berkeley (The politics of assimilation: a study of the French Jewish community at the time of the Dreyfus affair) and some records pertaining to the 1964 free speech movement at Berkeley, in which Prof. Marrus was involved as a student, including leaflets, news clippings, and a monograph.

The series also documents two of Prof. Marrus’s later educational pursuits. The first is a certificate from an Italian course at Centro Internazionale Dante Alighieri (2002). In addition, the series documents his time as a student in the Faculty of Law’s Master of Studies in Law program in 2004/05, including press coverage, transcripts, correspondence, essays, timetables, lecture notes, and his thesis.

Lastly, the series contains records relating to Prof. Marrus’s appointment into the Order of Canada, including the program, general information sent from Rideau Hall, letters of congratulations, and photographs.


Series consists of records relating to Prof. Marrus’s vast publishing record. In particular, files pertain to specific publication projects (predominantly book projects), and include contracts, reviews, and correspondence with publishers, literary agents and readers. Few files include research notes. Files are arranged chronologically by publication date, with a general file of reviews at the end.

Publications documented in these files

• The politics of assimilation: a study of the French Jewish community at the time of the Dreyfus affair (Oxford: The Clarendon Press, 1971).

• Vichy et les Juifs, with Robert O. Paxton, trans. Marguerite Delmotte (Paris: Calmann-Lévy, 1981).

• Vichy France and the Jews, with Robert O. Paxton (New York: Basic Books, 1981).

• The unwanted: European refugees in the twentieth century (New York: Oxford University Press, 1985).

• The Holocaust in history (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 1987).

• Editor, The Nazi Holocaust: historical articles on the destruction of European Jews (15 vols., Westport, Connecticut: Meckler, 1989).

• Mr. Sam: the life and times of Samuel Bronfman (Toronto: Penguin Books, 1991).

• The Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, 1945-46: A Documentary History (Boston: Bedford Books, 1997).

• “The darkest hour” in Nicholas R.M. de Lange, ed., The illustrated history of the Jewish people (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1997).

• Some measure of justice: the Holocaust era restitution campaign of the 1990s (Madison, Wisconsin: University of Wisconsin Press, 2009).


Series consists of correspondence, primarily of a professional nature, relating to Prof. Marrus’s work as an academic and author, dating from his appointment at the University of Toronto in 1968. Correspondents include students, academics, publishers, colleagues, and community organizations covering a wide range of topics. Some letters address the general administration of Prof. Marrus’s employment and research accounts, grants and funding, and teaching duties/assignments. Other letters include invitations for speaking engagements, writing projects and conferences; letters of appreciation; requests for his expert opinion; discussions/debates on Zionism; and responses to his work. Although the majority of the correspondence is incoming, some outgoing correspondence is included, including Prof. Marrus’s comments on others’ work (as solicited by the author or as part of a peer review process). Later correspondence files also include news clippings, event information, and newsletters. Correspondence relating to specific publications can also be found in series 4.

Teaching and university service

Series consists of various records relating to Prof. Marrus’s teaching responsibilities and other service to the University of Toronto. Records relating to Prof. Marrus’s employment include a file on promotion, tenure and review and a file relating to his position as the Chancellor Rose and Ray Wolfe Professor of Holocaust Studies. These files contain salary information, correspondence, and some event announcements. Another file contains correspondence from one year of Prof. Marrus’s time on Governing Council (1990/91). The series also includes 3 files relating to Prof. Marrus’s supervision of graduate students, which include correspondence, fellowship applications, dissertation proposals, and other related records.

Christian-Jewish Relations: Le Chambon-sur-Lignon and The Vatican Commission

Series consists of records pertaining to Prof. Marrus’s research and investigation into matters relating to Christian-Jewish relations during the Holocaust. In particular, the files relate to two groups: Le Chambon and the Vatican Commission.

Series includes files relating to Prof. Marrus’s service on the Board of Directors of the Friends of Le Chambon (later named the Chambon Foundation). The organization, founded in 1982, is dedicated to telling the story of Le Chambon-sur-Lignon, a mountain village in France, where 5000 Christians sheltered 5000 Jews during the Holocaust. The foundation was founded by filmmaker Pierre Sauvage, who made the documentary Weapons of the Spirit. In 2004, then French President Chirac visited the site, which brought it increased attention. Records relating to Le Chambon include correspondence, newsletters, news clippings, and other records in both French and English.

Series also contains files relating to Prof. Marrus’s membership on the Vatican International Catholic Jewish Historical Commission, which was tasked with examining the role of the Vatican during the Holocaust. The group was formed in 1999, issued a report in 2000, and disbanded in 2001 after failing to gain access to records in the Vatican archives. Records relating to the Vatican Commission include significant correspondence, reports, clippings and taped interviews with Father Peter Gumpel, a Jesuit priest whose family had to escape Germany due to their views against the National Socialists. Then, during the WWII, Gumpel helped Jews to escape in the Netherlands.


Series consists of various photographs of Prof. Marrus. Photographs are predominantly professional portraits, but also include a photograph of Prof. Marrus delivering a speech in academic costume and 4 photographs from the Order of Canada ceremony.

External organizations

Series consists of several files relating to Prof. Marrus’s involvement in various organizations outside of the university. Records relating to the Canadian Historical Association include some newsletters, minutes, and correspondence relating to his candidacy as vice president. Series also contains correspondence, proposals and reports relating to Prof. Marrus’s participation in the Yarnton Group, formed to determine the future direction of Auschwitz’s museum and monuments, and the symposium “The Future of Auschwitz: A Symposium of Jewish Intellectuals and Scholars” (April 6-9 1992).

Lastly, the series consists of correspondence, reports, news clippings and other records relating to a controversy at the Holy Blossom Temple, Canada’s oldest synagogue, regarding proposed renovations to the sanctuary, so that it would face east (towards Israel).


Includes immigration papers, files relating to awards, honours, and birthdays. One file relates to Prof Stoicheff’s Festschrift in the Canadian Journal of Physics in 2000. Finally, collected materials for an autobiography have been filed at the end.


This series consists of all forms of professional correspondence touching on all aspects of Prof. Stoicheff’s career and relate directly to work and activities described in most other series. Examples of the types of correspondence include requests and acknowledgements to attend conferences, to present papers, to act as a referee or examiner, to accept positions on committees or board positions of associations. Also included is some correspondence and memos relating to professional associations, university offices and the Department of Physics. Stoicheff was also consulted regularly for research and career advice and to act as peer reviewer for appointments. This is also evident throughout the correspondence. Original arrangement of correspondence by year has been kept. There are two files of Letters of Recommendation filed at the end of this series.


Research notes, draft manuscripts, correspondence with publisher document Prof Stoicheff’s book, Gerhard Herzberg: an Illustrious Life in Science (2002). Also included in this series is similar documentation for an unpublished book that Stoicheff was editing The Riddle of Light that was based on the Seminar course by the same name. (See Series 10). While many of the seminar participants contributed to this manuscript, it was never published.

Professional associations and activities

This series documents membership on various professional and academic bodies, consulting and commercial work, participation on government committees and advisory boards, as well as his role as reviewer for programs or referee for grants or appointments.

Ontario Laser and Lightwave Research Centre

This multidisciplinary research center was originally set up as one of the Ontario Centres of Excellence. Its principal investigators were all University of Toronto faculty. Prof Stoicheff was the founding executive director from 1987-1991. One of the Centre’s key goals was to bring together the academic community with the business community so as to further find application and markets for these new technologies.


Files can include original data, draft manuscript or typescript, correspondence with publisher or co-authors and an off-print. Files are numbered according to the publication number on Stoicheff’s CV and are therefore arranged chronologically.

Conferences and meetings

Records relating Stoicheff participation in conferences and meetings. Files contain correspondence, itineraries, agenda, conference program, list of attendees, notes. On occasion, files will contain the paper given by Stoicheff but most often these are found in Series 3.

Talks, addresses, articles and remarks

Series contains informal talks and remarks given at meetings, convocations, retirements and other public events as well as articles written for publications like encyclopedia. These talks or articles were usually non- academic in nature and discuss his research in laser physics in terms that his audience of non-physicists could understand. The last box in this series documents Stoicheff’s biography on Harry Welsh, a colleague in the Physics department.


Includes files on grants as well as research filed by topic. Files can contain notes, data, draft papers or lectures, photographs and correspondence .

University of Toronto

Documents Stoicheff’s administrative role on various University committee or groups. Files can contain reports, agenda, minutes of meeting, correspondence.


This series documents some of the courses that Prof. Stoicheff taught at different time periods.

Correspondence with students

This series documents Stoicheff’s ongoing supervision and mentorship with graduate students. Files are arranged by students’ surname. There is one file of correspondence with Post-Doctoral students for the 1980s.

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