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University of Toronto Schools (UTS) fonds

  • UTA 0280
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1939

This fonds contains 3 small accessions from the University of Toronto Schools. See accession-level description for details.

University of Toronto Schools

University of Toronto Libraries. Reference Department fonds

  • UTA 0282
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1975

This fonds contains 8 accessions from the Reference Department (officially Robarts Reference & Research Services). See accession-level descriptions for details.

University of Toronto Libraries

University of Toronto. Athletic Association fonds

  • UTA 1858
  • Fonds
  • 1850-1971

This fonds from the University of Toronto's Athletic Association contains 2 accessions. See accession-level descriptions for details.

University of Toronto. Athletic Association

Conference on the Future of the Canadian Confederation fonds

  • UTA 0287
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1979

This accession contains 4 accessions from the Conference on the Future of the Canadian Confederation. See accession-level descriptions for details.

Conference on the Future of the Canadian Confederation

Francess Georgina Halpenny fonds

  • UTA 1340
  • Fonds
  • 1927-2000

Personal records of Francess Halpenny, documenting her activities as a student, with the RCAF during World War II, with amateur theatre groups, as a professor of library science, as an editor with the U of T Press and the Dictionary of Canadian Biography, and with numerous academic and professional groups, including the Royal Society of Canada, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the National Library. Included are some drafts of her books, articles, addresses, and reports; her honorary degrees and other awards (including photos and a video), other photos, and a (RSC) medal.

Halpenny, Francess Georgina

David Rayside fonds

  • UTA 1688
  • Fonds
  • 1967-2017

Records in this fonds document most aspects of Prof. Rayside’s career as an administrator, activist and academic. Series 1 (Biographical) and 2 (Correspondence) give a good overview of his career and the professional correspondence in Series 2 relate to or complete most other series in the fonds. Correspondence can also be found in all other series.

His role as an adept administrator is documented not only in Series 3 (University of Toronto Administration) but also in the records found in Series 4 (Advocacy) and Series 5 (Professional Associations) where his leadership and involvement on committees is evident. Prof. Rayside’s academic interests coincided with his political activism and this is well documented in Series 4 (Advocacy) seen in reference to records in Series 7 (Books) and Series 8 (Articles, Papers and Talks) that extensively document his research and writing. Finally his roles as a teacher and mentor are well documented in Series 6 (Letters of Recommendations and Evaluations) and in Series 9 (Teaching).

Rayside, David

George M. Wrong Family fonds

  • UTA 1310
  • Fonds
  • 1762-1995, predominant 1898-1950

This fonds consists of Professor Wrong's academic and professional papers as well as family records relating to George M. Wrong's family as well as those of his in-laws, the Edward Blake family. Among Prof Wrong's professional correspondence with fellow historians, and with politicians of the day such as Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir Robert Borden, MacKenzie King; and others. Also included are the manuscripts of some of G. M. Wrong's essays and books, concerning Canadian and Commonwealth history. It also contains records relating to the Armstrong and Wrong families including postcards collected during trips overseas to Europe, England, China and Japan, photographs and family histories by G. M.Wrong ca 1938-1948 and by Dr. Norman Wrong in the 1970’s and donated in 1975.

Family records document three generations of the Wrong family predominantly, but also including Margaret Blake (wife of Edward Blake), her daughter, Sophia and wife of George Wrong, their children Margaret (Marga), Murray, Hume, Harold and Agnes, and their cousin, Gerald Edward Blake. Margaret Wrong was a leader in the student Christian movement and missionary educator in Africa. Murray Wrong was Commonwealth historian at Oxford University. Hume Wrong was lecturer in history at the University of Toronto and later diplomat and specialist in Canadian-American relations. Harold Wrong and, his cousin, Gerald Blake were students at the University of Toronto who died in World War I. Agnes Wrong Armstrong was a leader of the Junior League movement in Canada and the United States.

The records include diaries, certificates, correspondence, student papers, articles and poems, press clippings, photographs, and medals. Letters to and from the Wrong family members predominate, especially between George and Sophia and between them and their children. They document a wide range of family matters and the careers, activities, and ideas of the correspondents, along with letters of condolence and tributes on the deaths of some of them. Margaret Wrong’s files include the reports and letters she wrote while with the World Students’ Christian Federation and the International Committee of Christian Literature for Africa.

Wrong, George MacKinnon

Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman fonds

  • UTA 1404
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1978

Personal records of Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman, documenting his life career as a professor of Marine Biology at the Univesity of Toronto and an expert on the behaviour of Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar).

Huntsman, Archibald Gowanlock

Macpherson Family fonds

  • UTA 1513
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1992

Correspondence, diaries, greeting cards, photographs, lists of contents of library, obituaries, letters of condolence, and other material documenting the lives of Crawford Brough (C.B.) and Kathleen (Kay) Macpherson and the professional activities of C.B. Macpherson as professor of political science at the University of Toronto.

Macpherson, C. B.

C. B. Macpherson fonds

  • UTA 1512
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1986

Fonds consists of files transferred from his home, including lecture notes, trip arrangements, requests to speak, write and translate, c.v.'s and publicity materials, correspondence regarding publications and reviews for various journals, current writing projects (1970-80's), correspondence, lectures relating to "Life and times of Liberal Democracy", mss and correspondence of publications "Real World of Democracy", Possessive Individualism", "Democratic Theory: Essays in Retrieval"; papers on the university; private journals (photocopies) 1933-1935; M.A. thesis; CBC Massey lectures "The Real World of Democracy" 1965 (audio tapes). Office files: correspondence, conference files, graduate student files, letters of recommendation, research and teaching files. Publications (journal articles, book reviews) on or about C.B. Macpherson, 1937-1984.

Also includes a letter to 'The Times' re "rights of man" (1939), and a file on the proposed Canadian Bill of Rights (1947), and 11 audio-cassette tapes of lectures delivered by Professor Macpherson to his Political Science 200 course, 'Political Theory', in 1977-1978.

Macpherson, C. B.

Peter H. Brieger fonds

  • UTA 1061
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1987

Fonds consists of records documenting the life and work of Dr. Peter H. Brieger, including his early career in Germany and his later research on medieval manuscripts and the Bible. Records include correspondence, notebooks, lectures, articles, research notes and manuscripts. One series also documents the activities of the Fine Art Club at the University of Toronto. Photographs consists of those taken of illuminated manuscripts, for research purposes.

Brieger, Peter

Peter W. Nesselroth fonds

  • UTA 1608
  • Fonds
  • 1958-2015; predominant 1980-2010

Personal records of Professor Peter W. Nesselroth, documenting his career as a professor of French literature for the Centre of Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto and his published academic work on subjects covering French literature, Isidore Ducasse, Surrealism, literary theory, semiotics and psychoanalytics. The emphasis is on his academic writing from the 1970s through to the 2010s, with Isidore Ducasse (Lautréamont) and Jacques Derrida figuring prominently as subjects. Academic honours and teaching material for graduate courses at the University of Toronto and professional correspondence are also included.

Included are Professor Nesselroth’s MA and PhD theses, correspondence, course readings lists and syllabi, drafts and off-prints of academic articles, drafts of addresses, conference programs and photographs.

Nesselroth, Peter W.

Newton Price Harcourt Brown fonds

  • UTA 1089
  • Fonds
  • [191-]-1982

Fonds consists of 4 accessions of records. See accession-level descriptions for further detail.

Brown, Harcourt

University of Toronto. Division of University Extension fonds

  • UTA 0083
  • Fonds
  • 1894-1979

This fonds contains 10 accessions from the Division of University Extension (formerly knows as the Department of University Extension). See accession-level descriptions for more details.

University of Toronto. Division of University Extension

Hershell Ezrin fonds

  • UTA 1232
  • Fonds
  • 1947- 2017

Fonds consists of material related to the professional life of Hershell Ezrin, in particular his career in provincial and federal government. Records document his transition between roles as Canadian Consul, Executive Director of the Canadian Unity Information Office, and later, Principal Secretary to Ontario Premier, David Peterson. Extensive correspondence and press clippings reflect professional moves as well as the large network of individuals surrounding Ezrin in his positions in both the public and corporate sectors. The fonds also consists of addresses given by Ezrin following his time at Queen’s Park, personal and family correspondence and photographs, as well as images and publicity material related to the negotiations and patriation of the Constitution Act. Additionally, the fonds consists of Mr. Ezrin’s collection of editorial cartoons and bibliographic material. See series descriptions for additional details.

Ezrin, Hershell

University of Toronto. Health Service fonds

  • UTA 0214
  • Fonds
  • 1941-2001

This fonds contains 2 accessions from the University of Toronto's Health Service. See accession-level descriptions for details.

University of Toronto. Health Service

Sidney Earle Smith fonds

  • UTA 1788
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1961

Personal records of Sidney Earle Smith, President of the University from 1945 to 1957. Consists of two accessions, the bulk of which are in accession B1972-0001. Includes speeches, addresses, correspondence, scrapbooks, clippings and files created while Minister of External Affairs, 1957-1959. Also includes photos of various events and ceremonies on campus while Smith was President.

Accession B2004-0030 consists of correspondence and attachments from Gilbert E. Jackson, head of Gilbert E. Jackson & Associates to Sidney Earle Smith relating to the work of the Canadian Council for Economic Studies.

Smith, Sidney Earle

Robert Allan Spencer fonds

  • UTA 1797
  • Fonds
  • 1919-2012

This fonds documents the administrative and teaching duties of Robert Spencer, as a Professor Emeritus of History and a specialist in European history, especially German history in the 19th and 20th centuries. They also document his education and his participation in World War II; his extensive international research, publications and speaking engagements; as well as his involvement with professional associations and organizations such as the University of Toronto Contingent, Canadian Officers Training Corps (COTC), the International Studies Programme and the Graduate Centre for International Studies, Altantik-Brücke, and the Conference on Security and Co-operation in Europe (CSCE). Included is personal correspondence, correspondence with international organizations, government departments, embassies and consulates; lecture notes; manuscripts and addresses.

Also present are two sous-fonds. The first is the personal papers of his wife, Ruth Margaret Church Spencer, who served with the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRENS) during World War II as a base librarian and afterwards as the first professional librarian at Canada House in London. The second consists of files compiled by Ralph Flenley, a specialist in German history and sometime chair of the Department of History: examination questions, student mark books, and drafts of an unpublished manuscript on Anglo-German relations.

Spencer, Robert Allan

Madawaska Club fonds

  • UTA 1514
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1983

Consists of records documenting the founding and early activities of the Madawaska Club of Go Home Bay, Ontario. See finding aid and/or accession-level description for further details.

Madawaska Club

University of Toronto. University College fonds

  • UTA 0213
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1820s - ca. 2000

This fonds contains 19 accessions from University College. See accession-level descriptions for more details.

University of Toronto. University College

Black (Davidson) Family fonds

  • UTA 1084
  • Fonds
  • 1871-2011

Personal records of the Davidson Black family, covering three generations, with particular reference to Davidson Black, the discoverer of Peking Man. Included are his diaries, extensive family correspondence and a few professional letters; files on his education, his employment, including his service in World War I but especially at Peking Union Medical College, his life in China generally, along with a few on his writings, and some artifacts. There is an extensive and well documented photo collection that helps tie the whole together. There are also a number of films made by Davidson Black between the late 1920s and 1932.

Black (Davidson) Family

University of Toronto. Faculty of Medicine fonds

  • UTA 0105
  • Fonds
  • 1880-2016

This fonds consists of 57 accessions from the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine. Many of the accessions are from the Office of the Dean, while others are from other administrative units and programs. See accession-level descriptions for more details.

University of Toronto. Faculty of Medicine

James E. Till fonds

  • UTA 1827
  • Fonds
  • 1910-2009

Personal records of James E. Till, consisting primarily of correspondence, honours and awards, teaching materials, research and administrative files, manuscripts and addresses (including slides), interviews, and photographs, documenting Dr. Till's career as a professor of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto and as a cancer specialist. Includes files on the Centre (later Joint Centre) for Bioethics and the Department of Medical Biophysics at the University of Toronto, the Canadian Cancer Society and the Ontario Cancer Institute /Princess Margaret Hospital.

Till, James E.

Claude Bissell fonds

  • UTA 1060
  • Fonds
  • 1920-2002

Extensive records documenting the life and career of University of Toronto President Claude Bissell. Bissell served as President from 1958 to 1971.

Fonds consists of 15 accessions - see accession-level descriptions for further details.

Bissell, Claude Thomas

Clarence Augustus Chant fonds

  • UTA 1132
  • Fonds
  • 1930

"One hundred astronomical lantern slides", prepared by C.A. Chant. Includes slides and accompanying handbook.

Chant, Clarence Augustus

Scott M. Eddie fonds

  • UTA 1236
  • Fonds
  • 1957-2008

This fonds consists two accessions of personal records of Prof. Scott M. Eddie, Department of Economics in the University of Toronto and University of Toronto at Mississauga. The records document his academic achievements predominantly during his more than 30 years with the University of Toronto specializing in European economic history. It includes professional correspondence with colleagues and personal records relating to his employment arrangements with the University of Toronto, manuscripts of published and unpublished scholarly works in English, Hungarian and German, teaching and research materials mainly in the form of grant applications. There are also records relating to his undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota and graduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). This includes files relating to his PhD thesis (including a copy of the thesis) as well as class notes. In addition there are teaching files created during academic appointments to several American educational institutions such as Williams College and the University of Wisconsin in the mid-1960s and as visiting professor at Cambridge in England and other European institutions.

Eddie, Scott M.

Donald Bruce MacDonald fonds

  • UTA 1498
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1906

Scrapbook containing letter of appointment to the Ontario Royal Commission on the University of Toronto, 1906, and press coverage; photoprint of father, J.K. MacDonald.

MacDonald, Donald Bruce

Janet Cumming McLennan fonds

  • UTA 1552
  • Fonds
  • 1867 - ca 1942

Fonds consists of 2 accessions

B1965-0012: Scrapbooks (1888-1930) compiled by Janet Cumming McLennan as a memorial to her brother, Sir John Cunningham McLennan, professor of physics at the University of Toronto; correspondence; "A message to Youth" compiled by Janet C. McLennan (1941); certificates, diplomas and resolutions re Sir John Cunningham McLennan. Photographic reproductions. (8 boxes, 1867-ca. 1942) [Series 1 and 2]

B1993-0037: Manuscript by Arthur V. White, entitled "The McLennan laboratory: its initiation and purpose" (1936); copy of the Medical Research Council's (UK) Report on radium beam therapy research, 1934-37", with explanatory notes by Janet McLennan and copies of correspondence bound in; photo of J.C. McLennan in his lab (1928). (1 box, 1928-1938) [series 3 and 4]

McLennan, Janet Cumming

J.M.S Careless fonds

  • UTA 1122
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1997, pre-dominant 1964-1997

Fonds consists of 2 accessions:

B1998-0034: This accession consists of the professional records of James Maurice Stockford Careless and documents his career as a student, teacher, writer, and historian at the University of Toronto. Unfortunately, many of Professor Careless’ early records were destroyed or damaged in a flood at Sidney Smith Hall in 1958. As a result, this accession mainly documents Dr. Career’s later career. Most of this accession pertains to his research and writing, most notably, his work on Brown of the Globe. However, Professor Careless’ student, teaching, administrative, and professional activities are also documented. Types of records include student notes, professional correspondence, research notes, and draft manuscripts. No personal family records are contained herein. (15 boxes, 1852-1997)

B2001-0020: Typescripts for various publications written by J.M.S. Careless including 'Canadian Heritage', 'Ontario Frontier and Metropolis', 'Toronto to 1918', and 'Brown of the Globe'. [Found in series 6: Writings and research] (3 boxes, 1959-1989)

Careless, J.M.S (James Maurice Stockford)

Catherine Beaven fonds

  • UTA 1048
  • Fonds
  • [18--]

Pencil sketch of King's College by Catherine Beaven, daughter of James D. Beaven, professor of Theology at King's College 1843-1872.

Beaven, Catherine

Lewis Horton Brooks fonds

  • UTA 1085
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1925-1928

Snapshots depicting student life on campus during Brooks' time in the Faculty of Medicine. Includes images of the centenary parade in 1927, activities at Hart House, Devonshire House, Varsity Arena, and the Medical Building. Four duplicate negatives can be found in box 002P.

Brooks, Lewis Horton

Canadian Union of Public Employees. Local 1230 fonds

  • UTA 1119
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1988

Files relating to union certification, contract/memorandum of agreement, applications of union membership, minutes of meetings, membership list, grievance case files, subject files, newsletters.

B2019-0032 includes a folder with memos, newsletters, strike bulletins, and newspaper clippings related to the 20-day strike by library workers in 1975.

Canadian Union of Public Employees. Local 1230

Alison Prentice fonds

  • UTA 1674
  • Fonds
  • 1951-2015

This fonds consists of 3 accessions which together give a fairly complete documentation of Prof. Prentice’s career as a scholar, mentor and teacher. Extensive correspondence, memos, e-mails, research notes and manuscripts found in various series document her scholarly contributions. Correspondence with students, letters of recommendation and her leadership on associations and projects document her wide influence among historians. Since she was a pioneer in the teaching of women’s history, her teaching files found in Series 9 are important resources in studying women’s history as an emerging discipline in higher education.

Perhaps most importantly however, this fonds documents the network of Canadian academics, most of which were women, in the area of women’s history, the history of education and women’s studies in general. Many of Prof. Prentice projects and publications were collaborative and therefore the fonds documents her relationship with this network of women historians. It is also evident that through these collaborations, Prof. Prentice was not only at the centre of women’s studies within her own generation but also influenced the next generation of scholars who have gone on to make their own contributions in history departments and women’s studies programs throughout Canadian universities.

Prof Prentice is a pioneer in both teaching and researching women’s history. As a result, these records will be of interest to anyone researching the evolution of women’s history as a discipline, the teaching of the history of education and women’s history as well the role of women in higher education.

Prentice, Alison

Edward J. Barbeau fonds

  • UTA 1033
  • Fonds
  • 1902-2006 [bulk, 1955-2003]

Records documenting the education and career of Edward Barbeau as a mathematician, primarily at the University of Toronto. Included are files on his education; administrative and teaching files; professional organizations, especially the Gelfand Club of Ontario; manuscripts and publications, in particular his column, “Aftermath”, and his book, Polynomials; addresses, photographs, and audiotapes. There are numerous files on his outreach work to high school students and professionals, especially engineers.

Barbeau, Edward Joseph

Dora Isabel Ridout Hood fonds

  • UTA 1388
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1965

B1965-0006: Records created and collected by Dora Hood while preparing her biography of Davidson Black, published in 1964. Consists of correspondence of Hood with various people regarding Dr. Black and her biography (1958-1965); photocopies of correspondence of Dr. Black (1915-1934); manuscript of biography, ca 1964. Publications used in research and obituaries of Dr. Black are also included (1931-1959) (3 boxes, 1931-1965)

B1967-0005: Consists of copy of lecture and press release regarding The Croonian Lecture: "On the discovery, morphology and environment of Sinanthropus Pekinensis"delivered by Davidson Black before the Royal Society of London in 1932. Also contains a menu. (1 box, 1932)

Hood, Dora Isabel Ridout

University of Toronto. Committee on Homophobia fonds

  • UTA 1864
  • Fonds
  • 1989-1993

Records of the Committee on Homophobia consisting of the constitution, minutes, correspondence, memoranda, articles, notices, flyers, brochures, pamphlets, press clippings and posters.

University of Toronto. Committee on Homophobia

Jacob Markowitz fonds

  • UTA 1519
  • Fonds
  • 1945-1969

Photographs of Dr. Markowitz and associates; letters from E.J. Pratt and Sidney Smith; curriculum vitae; transcript of radio talk

Markowitz, Jacob

Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. Office of the Camp Wardens fonds

  • UTA 1706
  • Fonds
  • 1919-2014

The fonds originated in Haultain’s office in the Department of Mining Engineering at the University of Toronto, in his capacity as one of the Ritual’s proponents and as a key player in its creation. Although he did not attend any obligation ceremony except his own, Haultain served in numerous official capacities: as Secretary of the Seven Wardens (1930-1939); and as a Warden of Camp One (1926-1961), for which he was also the first chairman. He was also co-opted as a Corporate Warden (1939-1961). It is difficult to draw too fine a distinction between the records of the Kipling Ritual as a whole and those pertinent to Camp One as a subsidiary body of the Corporation of the Seven Wardens. In effect, the documents of the fonds are Haultain’s records of the Ritual first and then gradually emerge as the records for Camp One.

The research value of the records is significant regarding the origin of the Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer and the social interaction between the major figures responsible for its implementation and enfranchisement in Canada. The fonds includes substantial documentation about Haultain, Kipling, Fairbairn, Ross, and most of the major figures in the EIC. Also the records offer a fairly comprehensive portrait of the interactions between mining and engineering professionals between 1920 and 1950. The material is primarily of historical value and spans the creation of the Ritual, the development of the Camps and the efforts of the Wardens to control the text and dissemination of the Ritual. The material after the 1950s concerns mainly the day to day administration of the Ritual, the ordering of rings and the preparation of ceremonies in the Camps.

Most of the routine administrative documentation has been arranged in the first four series of the fonds, all of which also include some correspondence. Series 1 contains legal documents pertaining to the copyright and incorporation of the Ritual and the Wardens; Series 2 is for documents related to the drafting of the Book of Authority; Series 3 includes extensive meeting minutes for the Camp Wardens and for the Corporate Wardens; and Series 4 includes detailed financial reports and accounts. The correspondence in Series 5 includes a large number of copies and often conveys both outgoing and incoming mail. Series 6 contains primarily informal lists, ceremonial documents and various forms or texts used in actual ceremonies. Series 7 and 9 include documents that are primarily external to the main operations of Camp One, such as collected publications concerning the Ritual and correspondence with other camps. Series 8 contains the documentary record of the various attempts at historicizing the Kipling Ritual undertaken by the Camp and Corporate Wardens for the information of the obligated engineering community (see Note on arrangement).

Records after 1950 tend to be more related to the activities of Camp One than to the intricacies of the Corporation of Seven Wardens. Newer accessions are also less delineated than those of the first accession B1982-0023. Generally, most files created after 1965 will be found in Series 5. These more recent files often include minutes and other material rightfully belonging to other series, which, however, have been arranged in Series 5 to preserve the original chronological file order of the Camp One records and because there are typically many fewer records in these later accessions. The exception to this trend is in Accession B2009-0029, which includes comprehensive meeting minutes arranged as part of Series 3.

The fonds does not include the original Kipling letters, which were returned to the Kipling estate in 1960 at the request of Kipling’s daughter Elise Bambridge (1896-1976). The letters were added to the Wimpole Archive, which was deposited with the University of Sussex Library in 1978 on behalf of the National Trust for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty (UK). The ancient landmarks are kept by the individual universities affiliated with Camp One, as are the official obligation lists. The Book of Authority for Camp One is in Series 2. All of the ancient landmarks have historical origins. The original anvil for Camp One was donated by Fairbairn, but was lost in a fire in the Sandford Fleming Building at the University of Toronto in 1977. The current anvil used at the ceremonies at the University of Toronto has a cutting attached taken from the hatch coverfrom the sunken Ocean Ranger drilling platform. The 1935 ‘Peter Wright’ anvil used at the Ryerson University ceremonies have a sheared rivel attached taken from the failed Pont de Quebec. At the University of Ontario Institute of Technology the landmarks are a five-decades anvil from Windfields Farm and a chain from the Darlington Nuclear Generating Station.

Ritual of the Calling of an Engineer. Office of the Camp Wardens

Robert William McKay fonds

  • UTA 1626
  • Fonds
  • [192-]-1965

Fonds consists primarily of the academic and professional records of Robert William McKay and
is divided into five series:

  1. National Research Council,
  2. Manuscripts and publications,
  3. Reports,
  4. Education, and
  5. Employment.

Apart from materials from McKay’s time as a student at the University of Toronto, the fonds is
mostly devoid of personal records.

McKay, Robert William

Elspeth Steuart Clark fonds

  • UTA 1142
  • Fonds
  • 1940-2000

This accession comprises the entire fonds of personal letters of Mrs. Elspeth Clark to her mother, Mrs. Isabella Bertram Fripp, dating from embarkation by ship with her two children, Edwin and Shirley, in July 1940 until May, 1944, shortly before their return to England. The letters written on a weekly basis describe travel conditions aboard ship and overland to Toronto, and details regarding day to day life of herself and her children as guests of the CBOC in Toronto. Details of daily life include living conditions, children’s schooling (Edwin at U.T.S. and Shirley at Bishop Strachan) illnesses and other medical needs, summer camps, and Mrs. Clark’s work with the Red Cross, Hart House, and the War Guest Mothers’ Club, among others. In addition to the letters from Mrs. Clark are also the occasional enclosed letters of her children, Edwin and Shirley, to their grandmother. Additional notes by her son, E.F. clarify context of some information such as her memoir. Letter log books (1940-1949) provide dates, to whom sent and summary of contents of each letter. The log books also include lists, name and addresses and other notes relating to their stay in Toronto. Also included are photographs documenting Mrs. Clark, her children and other people relating to their stay in Canada.

Clark, Elspeth Steuart

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