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University of Toronto. Department of Physics fonds

  • UTA 0073
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1893 - ca. 2000

This fonds contains 5 accessions of records from the University of Toronto's Department of Physics. See accession-level descriptions for more details.

University of Toronto. Department of Physics

University College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumnae Association fonds

  • UTA 1847
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1969

Fonds consists of 2 accessions:

B1972-0032: Minutes of executive meetings, reports, constitution, account book, budget and audited financial statement (1 box, 1961-1969)

B1974-0009: Correspondence and press clippings relating to the association's fund raising to build a new women's residence (1 box, 1920-1932).

University College (Toronto, Ont.). Alumnae Association

Ray Fletcher Farquharson sous-fonds

These records include Ray Farquharson's birth certificate, exams, honours, awards and ephemera. It also includes itineraries from professional trips and correspondence, primarily from Dr. and Mrs. Farquharson to Dr. Helen (Nell) Farquharson. Following his death, letters of condolence, information about the memorial lecture series and other posthumous honours have been collected.

Edgar Nesbitt Coutts sous-fonds

This material represents correspondence to and from Dr. Coutts, primarily during his service and illness during WWI. Included in these letters are a few between him and Ray Farquharson, as well as some to his sister, Annie, Farquharson's mother, and other family members.

Coutts, Edgar Nesbitt

Peter H. Russell fonds

  • UTA 1736
  • Fonds
  • 1955-2016

The Peter H. Russell fonds is comprised of two accessions: B2005-0001 and B2017-0006. The records span over 60 years and document Prof. Russell’s academic career primarily with the Department of Political Science at the University of Toronto and as a recognized expert in the field of judicial, constitutional, and aboriginal politics.

Arranged in sixteen series, the records consist of correspondence, both personal and professional, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, addresses, talks and reviews, teaching and research materials. In particular, these records document the development of his expertise through the preparation of manuscripts, research, teaching and communication with colleagues at universities in Canada and internationally. Material also reflects Prof. Russell’s advocacy and active engagement in a number of national issues.

Correspondents in accession B2005-0001 include members of the Canadian judiciary such as Justices D. C. McDonald, Bora Laskin, Bertha Wilson, and Alan Linden, and politicians such as Bob Rae, Ian Scott, Ed Broadbent and Stephane Dion.

Both Series 6 (Professional activities) and Series 11 (Articles, addresses, reviews and referee comments), contains samples of talks and addresses delivered to prominent bodies such as the Toronto Club, the Canadian Club (Toronto and Winnipeg), to university audiences and local community groups such as Learning Unlimited.

His public service activities with aboriginal groups, such as the Dene Nation, and with related governmental bodies, such as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Ipperwash Inquiry, are documented in Series 5 (Consultation and public service). In addition to his academic activities, material from accession B2005-0001 in this series includes records relating to his community involvement with the Wychwood Rate Payer’s Association, the Bathurst-St. Clair Task Force, Legal Aid Committee, Ontario Liberal Association and University Settlement, among others.

Finally, material in this fonds provides significant coverage of Prof. Russell’s participation in associations and organizations such as the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy (Series 7) University of Toronto Faculty Association (Series 8), the College and Retiree Association of Canada (Sub-series 10.1) and the Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto (Sub-series 10.2).

Arranged in sixteen series, the records consist of correspondence, both personal and professional, manuscripts of published and unpublished works, addresses, talks and reviews, teaching and research materials. In particular, these records document the development of his expertise through the preparation of manuscripts, research, teaching and communication with colleagues at universities in Canada and internationally. Material also reflects Prof. Russell’s advocacy and active engagement in a number of national issues.

Correspondents in accession B2005-0001 include members of the Canadian judiciary such as Justices D. C. McDonald, Bora Laskin, Bertha Wilson, and Alan Linden, and politicians such as Bob Rae, Ian Scott, Ed Broadbent and Stephane Dion.

Both Series 6 (Professional activities) and Series 11 (Articles, addresses, reviews and referee comments), contains samples of talks and addresses delivered to prominent bodies such as the Toronto Club, the Canadian Club (Toronto and Winnipeg), to university audiences and local community groups such as Learning Unlimited.

His public service activities with aboriginal groups, such as the Dene Nation, and with related governmental bodies, such as the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Ipperwash Inquiry, are documented in Series 5 (Consultation and public service). In addition to his academic activities, material from accession B2005-0001 in this series includes records relating to his community involvement with the Wychwood Rate Payer’s Association, the Bathurst-St. Clair Task Force, Legal Aid Committee, Ontario Liberal Association and University Settlement, among others.

Finally, material in this fonds provides significant coverage of Prof. Russell’s participation in associations and organizations such as the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy (Series 7) University of Toronto Faculty Association (Series 8), the College and Retiree Association of Canada (Sub-series 10.1) and the Retired Academics and Librarians of the University of Toronto (Sub-series 10.2).

Russell, Peter H.

Personal and biographical

Files in accession B2005-0001 contain correspondence with family, friends, and colleagues received by Prof. Russell over more than four decades. Unlike the other series of correspondence described below, the contents of letters, cards and notes is more familiar and personal in nature and generally deals with non-professional activities such as trips, seasonal greetings, family matters, neighborhood and church activities, activities of friends and colleagues. Early correspondence discusses his appointment to the University of Toronto as lecturer (1958) correspondence with Oxford University regarding the M.A. exams, and appointment as assistant professor (1965). Some copies of Prof. Russell’s replies are included with incoming letters. Topics among the subject files include the Bathurst/St. Clair Task Force, Hillcrest Neighborhood Resources, Ontario Liberal Association, University Settlement, and Wychwood Park.

Files in accession B2017-0006 contain records related to the personal life of Prof. Russell. Material covers awards received, family vacation property (Minnicog Company of Jarvises), family reunions, memorial addresses and services for colleagues, and a convocation address.

Correspondence – General

This major series within the fonds documents Prof. Russell’s academic career at the University of Toronto. Correspondence consists mainly of incoming letters from University of Toronto faculty, colleagues, judges, provincial and federal politicians, editors, students, and friends, discussing mostly professional and academic activities relating to teaching, research and publications. This series begins during his period as Associate Professor in the Department of Political Economy and includes correspondence relating to his such activities as research fellowship at Harvard University, acting principal and later principal of Innis College, visiting professorship at Makerere University in Uganda, visiting fellowships at Osgoode Hall, York University, Australian National University, and European University Institute, Fiesole, Italy. Correspondents include Bob Rae, Martin Friedland, Stefan Dupré, James Lorimer, and Justice D.C. McDonald.

This series also includes some correspondence relating to Prof. Russell’s role as director of research for the Royal Commission of Inquiry Into Certain Activities of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, (McDonald Commission). This commission was established in 1977 following allegations of crimes by the RCMP Security Service.

Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples

In 1992, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, co-chaired by Judge René Dussault and Georges Erasmus, was established by the federal government. Prof. Russell was hired as Chair of the Research Advisory Committee and served from 1992-1995. According to the terms of reference, this Committee was to “devise and recommend a set of ethical principles to guide the conduct of research authorized” by the Royal Commission, “to provide advice on the overall design and methodological approaches of research”, and “to oversee discipline-based peer review in Political Science, Law, Economics, Anthropology/Sociology, Geography and History in addition to …peer review of Applied Studies and studies on the North”. Prof. Russell’s role is documented in correspondence, notes, newsletters, reports and manuscripts of studies. Among the studies included are “Aboriginal peoples and constitutional reform” written by Prof. Russell and Roger Jones, “Canadian governments and aboriginal peoples” governance papers for British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy

Series consists of material documenting Prof. Russell’s activity within the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. From 2001 to 2003, Russell served as Chair of the organization and in 2017, he continues his participation on the Board of Directors. Material documents a range of executive functions, surveys of members, event planning, and the activities of the Statue Committee. Records include meeting minutes, correspondence, planning documentation and reports.

Teaching

Prof. Russell taught several courses in political science at both the undergraduate and graduate level at the University of Toronto beginning with his appointment as lecturer in 1958. Additionally, he taught courses outside the University at institutions such as the Royal Canadian Air Force College (1964-1968) and Makerere University College in Uganda, as well as through the Learning to Live in Retirement courses. This series contains correspondence with students as well as lecture notes, course outlines, reading lists, and correspondence with University administration and co-instructors such as Bob Rae. Of particular interest may be POL 299Y, a research directed seminar conducted in 1995-1996 relating to Prof. Russell’s research on the Mabo case for his book Recognizing aboriginal title: The Mabo case and Indigenous resistance to English-Settler Colonialism (2006).

Press

Series consists of commentary and addresses given to the media by Prof. Russell. Material includes opinion pieces and responses to a number of national issues including the prorogation of Parliament in 2008-2009, minority governments, the long-gun registry, and judicial appointments. Series also includes documentation of interviews given on television, radio, and with reporters in both Canada and Australia.

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