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Victoria University Archives Series
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Student Records

Series consists of A.B.B. Moore's student records including his examination results from Union Theological College, Montreal, 1928–1930, and lecture notes from Oxford University, 1931.

Memoirs

Series consists of manuscript/typescript of memoirs originally titled "Some of My Yesterdays", [ca. 1983]-[ca. 1988], and published as "Here Where We Live" in 1988.

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

Acquisition records

Series consists of acquisition records, a list of theological books donated, loans record, acknowledgment letters to donors and other records related to gifts and donations to the library.

Records of the Friends of the Library

Series includes minutes (including Executive), 1991-2011; correspondence, catalogues, promotional material including invitations, photographs, notes, membership and other records, 1992-2009, re diverse events and activities staged and/or promoted by the Friends, including exhibits, receptions, presentations, lectures, auctions, visits, screenings, tours, festivals, discussions, readings, and appraisals - speakers have included writers, artists, scientists and historians; also includes correspondence, reports, promotional material, minutes, notes, financial and other records re the annual book sale, 1992-2006

Friends of the Library

Correspondence

Series consists of various correspondence, 1836-1935, including an autographed letter from John A. Macdonald to Dr. Potts, correspondence on the McKenzie Rebellion, and various unidentified letters.

Files on Victoria College Council and its committees

Series consists of general correspondence relating to Council business, 1970-1980, 1986-1990, and governing by-laws, 1977-1990; minutes, reports and correspondence of the Academic Advisory Committee, 1972-1988, and various other Council committees, 1963-1990. While most of these records pertain to internal College matters, many also document the evolving relationship with the University of Toronto.

Files on University of Toronto bodies

Series consists of files relating to the Principal's participation in University of Toronto bodies, 1970-1991, including: University Wide Committee on Governance, 1970-1971; New Programme Review Committee, 1972-1973; Inter-College Council (Committee), 1970-1973; Collegiate Board, 1974-1979; and, the Principal, Deans and Directors group, 1972-1977.

Records relating to faculty and other academic staff

Series consists of seven sub-series. The first three sub-series contain records of teaching staff, organized under three different filing methods: by general category (1944-1969), by name of individual staff member (1971-1987), and by department (1971-1986). Series four and five contain files on teaching assistants (1977-1982) and Fellows of Victoria College (1976-1986) respectively. The sixth series contains three files relating to staff promotions (1972-1979) and salary equalization (1974) and the seventh files relating to academic appointments and faculty, 1976-1992.

Records relating to functions

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, citations, addresses and other records, 1913-2010, relating to functions and events such as public lectures including the Davey Lectures and Ide Lectures, convocations and honorary degree ceremonies, centenary celebrations, honorary dinners, openings, events held at the Bader Theatre, and installations of Principals, Presidents and Chancellors.

Records relating to the University of Toronto

Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, statistics and other records, 1913-2011, relating to the University of Toronto. This also includes financial arrangements, fundraising, the Toronto School of Theology, programs, relations with U of T faculties and departments, and negotiations concerning the Memorandum of Agreement and Memorandum of Understanding. This series also contains nominations for University of Toronto honorary degrees by Victoria University presidents.

General subject files

Series consists of correspondence, reports, notes, minutes and other records, 1897-1970, relating to subjects that include the following: the University of Toronto, the United Church of Canada, installations, convocations, honorary degrees, centennial/sesquicentennial celebrations, faculty, financial matters, the Fudger Group, funds, enrollment, scholarships and bursaries, endowments, bequests, fund raising, student activities, residences, University government and legislation, Deans of Men and Women and the Library.

The bulk of the material dates from the 1920s and 1930s and consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, accounts, orders of service, invocations, subscription lists, addresses, and notes. The records deal with a wide variety of subjects: social functions at Victoria, alumni activities, baccalaureate services, memorial services for staff such as Margaret Addison, C.E. Auger, A. J. Bell, A. Gandier, A. L. Langford, A. H. Reynar, F. H. Wallace and noted churchmen like S.D. Chown, regulations and rules governing various aspects of university life, the operation of residences, Victoria's relationship with outside academic bodies such as the Universities of the British Empire and the Association of American Colleges, fund-raising, bursaries, scholarships, bequests, endowments, Victoria's relationship with the United Church of Canada, the founding of Emmanuel College, Victoria's involvement with Union Theological College and Columbian College.

General Subject Files, 1901-1956 (153 cm)

This is one of the largest and most comprehensive series in the collection. Most of the material dates from the 1930s and 1940s, and the records include correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda, addresses, sermons, orders of service, forms, notes, subscription lists, schedules, statistics, and briefs. From this series one gains a fairly comprehensive picture of the range of activities at Victoria during the first half of the twentieth century and the involvement of the President in university and church affairs. The files provide insight into the changing administrative structure of Victoria and the developments in its relationship with both the University of Toronto and the United Church of Canada during this period. The files of the Board of Christian Education (later the Board of Colleges and Secondary Schools) are especially valuable in defining the shape of university-church relations. There is material relating to various public lecture series, convocations, installations, and the granting of honorary degrees. The planning, publicity, and execution of the academic and social aspects of Victoria's centennial celebrations are outlined. There are personnel files on professors and the departmental files in this series contain correspondence relating primarily to new faculty appointments (e.g. letters of recommendation). There is a significant amount of statistical material on university finances, examination results, and enrolment. The spiritual life of the faculty and students emerges in connection with the chapel services, retreats and the May Mission. Victoria's involvement in spiritual outreach to the community is displayed in the records of the Fudger group, a group of faculty, ministers and business and professional men who met monthly between 1924 and 1955 to discuss "the practical application of Christian principles in the world." Financial concerns are a dominant theme in many of the records: scholarships, bursaries, endowments, bequests, aid to church students, and, of course, fund-raising through regular appeals to the alumni, field days in local congregations and national campaigns. The finances, administration, and physical plant of the library and residences are discussed in some detail. There are some files which contain records detailing aspects of Victoria's history, and others, such as that dealing with the question of Japanese and German students at the university during the Second World War, that provide some interesting insight into the determination of Victoria's President and faculty to retain a unique identity and mission within the University of Toronto.

General Subject Files, 1905-1967 (36 cm)

The bulk of the material was generated in the 1930s and 1940s, and the records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, addresses, and lists. Again, financial matters emerge as a major concern of the President's office: bequests, scholarships, bursaries, awards, salaries, and endowments are frequently discussed. There are a significant number of personnel files for Victoria faculty and staff. Student activities are particularly well-covered in this series in files relating to the Bob, Acta Victoriana, the Athletic Association, and numerous clubs and societies.

General Subject Files, 1897-1970 (11 cm)
The records consist of correspondence, reports, minutes, addresses, and notes and are drawn largely from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. The subjects covered include the Rockefeller Brothers Theological Fellowship Program, missions, temperance, bequests, and the controversies created by the political activities of Victoria University staff.

Records relating to Victoria University

Series consists of meeting minutes, policies and procedures, planning documents, correspondence, reports and other records, 1968-2015, related to a range of University activities and administrative functions. Includes University acts, records related to human resources, health and safety, the management of administrative departments, the Victoria Women's Association, the Archives and institutions including the Bader Theatre, the Centre for Renaissance and Reformation Studies (CRRS) and the Records of Early English Drama (REED). Series also includes records related to buildings and properties owned by the University, to student residences, and exchanges as well as the official visits of the President to various institutions.

The series also contains congratulatory messages to Presidents upon their appointments, including messages to Professor Paul W. Gooch on his installation as President in 2001 and to Professor William Robins on his installation in 2015.

Records relating to the Senate

Series consists of correspondence, minutes and other records, 1954–2008, relating to the Senate and its Committees, including the Art Committee, Awards Committee and the Honorary Degree Committee, and is predominantly concerned with the granting of honorary degrees and awards. The correspondence in this series deals with the creation of the Bachelor of Religious Education degree and the granting of honorary divinity degrees

Various records

Series consists of song sheets; book reviews, 1963–1975; report of student questionnaire, 1967–1968; vocations of service project, 1968; course evaluations, 1973–1974; reports, lists, questionnaires, financial records, and other material, 1975–1980; self study, 1979; guidelines for the appointment of a new Principal, 1979; Committee minutes/correspondence, 1997–1999 ; newsletters, 1983-1989.

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing general and specific correspondence, 1856-1887, re a wide range of academic and University administrative subjects, and family correspondence, 1887-1962, after Nelles' death. Correspondents include Egerton Ryerson, J.J. Maclaren, J.G. Hodgins and Isaac Brock Aylesworth.

Despite the fact that Nelles was apparently an avid letter writer, his correspondence comprises only one and a half boxes of the collection. As Nelles explained in a letter to J.G. Hodgins, he made a practice of discarding most of the letters which he received, making exceptions only for those of great personal significance. As a result, the bulk of the surviving correspondence was preserved by chance or through the efforts of other people. The letters span the years 1846–1887; they are organized chronologically and, when the volume warrants, by correspondents such as J.G. Hodgins, Egerton Ryerson, J.J. Maclaren, and Samuel Rose. An attempt has been made to document the thrust of each letter in the file listings. Although the letters touch on a number of subjects, the main theme of the correspondence is undoubtedly the "university question". The letters outline the development of the federation concept and the responses it evoked from the university community. One can gain insight into the day-to-day activities and tensions of Victoria College, and the precarious financial position of the college emerges clearly. Letters from old college friends such as Daniel Martindale, R.C. Pitman, and J.G. Hodgins reveal Nelles' interests as well as his capacity for warm and lasting relationships.

The correspondence also includes several letters to Mrs. Nelles following her husband's death and the correspondence of Professors Nathanael Burwash and A.R. Bain regarding the Nelles Memorial Fund. In additon, there are several files of letters dated in the 1950's and 1960's which chronicle some of the research into the Nelles' family history carried out by a descendent, F.C. Gullen. A file of notes made by Gullen contains a sketch map of Mount Pleasant, a typescript of a family history, and assorted family trees. A photograph of Nelles' birthplace was transferred to the Nelles file in the Archives' photograph collection.

Speeches and addresses

Series consists of speeches and addresses on religion and education, 1842-1887, given at Victoria College as well as other educational institutions, predominantly in Ontario.

The speeches and addresses fill one box and run from 1842 until Nelles' death. Several of these were given by Nelles while he was still a student, and many of the later speeches were addressed to student audiences. The most common themes were, once again, the relationship between education and religion, although the importance of the Church's mission work is also stressed.

Material relating to Victoria College

Series consists of various items relating to Victoria College, 1836–1884, including account books, reports, memoranda and lists.

The final box in the collection is comprised of material relating to university matters. The financial records of Victoria are followed by a number of documents gathered in the course of Nelles' work as an administrator. In addition, there is a scrapbook of newspaper clippings (mostly letters to the editor) dealing with the university question between 1857 and 1859.

Correspondence and subject files

Series consists of letters and subject files related to a variety of topics including Ray's interest in First Nations and settlers and refugees, as well as personal correspondence.

Records of Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace

Series consists of diaries, journals, composition books, correspondence, manuscripts, and publication regarding Paul A.W. Wallace's career as a writer and teacher, as well as a lot of documentation about his life as a soldier in World War I, and about Go Home Bay and the Madawaska Club, a cottage community associated with the University of Toronto. Also included are school work and manuscripts of "magazines" written and illustrated by Paul and his friends as children.

Wallace, Paul Anthony Wilson

Minutes and related records of the Victoria College Board

Series 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. Also consists of a book created in 1869 out of the controversy between Dr. I. B. Aylesworth and some members of the Victoria College Board regarding the amount and payment of funds raised to pull the College out of debt: the book contains correspondence, resolutions, and financial statements, 1862-1869; printed statement regarding the controversy made to the Board by Dr. Aylesworth, 1873.

Research notes and article drafts

Series consists of research notes, bibliographical notes, notes and rough drafts, typescripts, etc. of articles that Joan Bigwood later published. Also includes several offprints from journals of her articles. Series also consists of a selection of index cards with bibliographical notes.

Records relating to staff and human resources

Series consists of correspondence, personnel position descriptions, salaried job positions and other records relating to salaries, insurance schemes and pensions of all the staff at the University, 1940-1990; personnel files, including pension material, 1932, 1955-2005; and salaried position descriptions, reviews and related correspondence and other records, 1989-2008.

Also contains one sub-series with records related to Health and Safety

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