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Victoria University Archives Subseries
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General subject/correspondence files

Sub-series consists of files relating to a variety of subjects/correspondents such as studies/surveys, scholarships/awards, installations (Principal's), grants/funding, lectures, senior administrators, Victoria University committees and reunion dinners as well as subject files on academic courses, enrollment programming and departments.

Fellows of Victoria College

Fellows of Victoria College were appointed from the larger U. of T. community to expand the academic and cultural life of the College. They participated in ways both formal (e.g. public lectures) and informal (e.g. presence in Senior Common Room), and received an honorarium, High Table privileges and office space on campus. Junior Fellows were senior graduate students who provided course and career counseling as well as some tutoring to Vic students.

Sub-series consists of files on the nomination, appointment and remuneration of Fellows; changes in the appointment of Fellows after 1982; and a single file on the selection of Junior Fellows.

Administration and General Files

Sub-series consists of ongoing subject and correspondence files for the activities and responsibilities of the Registrar's Office, including provision of services, creation of policies and procedures, office administration, participation in associations and discussions with University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science, campus, office and program planning, attendance at conferences and meetings, financial activities, and program reviews.

Records include reports, correspondence, planning documents, statistics, mail-outs, correspondence, forms, etc.

Sub-series also contains correspondence with the Department of Veteran Affairs about students who served in WWII.

Records related to Admissions, Enrolment and Graduation

Sub-series consists of records related to admissions, enrollment, student registration, and graduation. Includes recruitment of students, petitions from students, complaints and discipline issues, applications to graduate, etc. Records cover planning, administration, statistical analysis, and interactions with students.

Records related to the Board and Senate

Sub-series consists of records related to the Registrar's activities in relation to the Board of Regents and the Senate of Victoria University. The Registrar is involved in the elections of both bodies and acts as the secretary to the Senate. Records relate to the administration of elections, participation in Senate committees, annual reports and statistics summaries presented to the Board and Senate as well as correspondence.

General papers

Sub-series consists of files containing predominantly correspondence, which reflects Dr. Love’s various activities as part of the Victoria University /University of Toronto community, including interaction with the administration, the English Department, the Writer-in-Residence program and the Margaret Ray and Florence Pratt Award committee.

Student records

Sub-series includes records of Union Theological College and consists of register of students marks, 1913-1931; student register, 1920-1929; record of probationers, [192-]; student examination records, 1927-1928; registration cards for the following students: Theology, 1927-1928 to 1929-1930, 1931-1932 to 1965-1966, 1967-1968 to 1970-1971; occasional/special 1928-1929 to 1968-1969 (incomplete); medical/missionary, 1928-1929 to 1931-1932; postgraduate, 1928-1929; Bachelor of Divinity graduate course, 1940-1941 to 1947-1948; Bachelor of Religious Education, 1954-1955 to 1965-1966, 1967-1968 to 1968-1969; Graduate Studies student cards 1951-1963; registration cards of Theology students; and student examination records from Knox College, 1922-1927.

Student registration cards include: name, address, course, home address, Presbytery, Conference, year of study, church attended in Toronto, courses taken (no marks), degree.

Student files

Sub-series consists of files of individual students who attended Emmanuel College, 1928-1991, and who are deceased as of 2003; and Basic Degree and Advanced Degree graduates, who attended 1928 - 2000. Files may include the following: transcripts of marks, student record cards (including marks), correspondence of the registrar, Principal and faculty members (including letters of recommendation), application forms, evaluation reports, obituaries, clippings, registration forms, examination results, and financial records re loans, bursaries and other matters.

Records related to the Centenary

Sub-series consists of reports, correspondence and notes of the Centenary Committee and it's sub-committees. Includes class lists, registration lists, clippings, pamphlets, and other material related to the Centenary, including records related to the Pilgrimage to Cobourg that was planned as a celebration of the Centenary. The sub-series also contains an Illuminated address given to King Edward VIII by the University on the occasion of its centennial that expresses gratitude for the Royal Charter granted in 1836 and renews a declaration of loyalty to the Crown; it is signed by the Chancellor and the Board of Regents. Also consists of a letter from the Board of Regents to King George V.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Centenary Committee

Minutes and related records of the Board of Regents

Sub-series consists of the minutes and related records of the Board of Regents of Victoria University. In the earlier records, university federation is a dominant subject as well as the move from Cobourg to Toronto . Also included are the minutes of other committees, including the executive committee, and a building committee concerned with women's residences, and minutes of a special meeting concerning the University Bill.

Currently the Board of Regents meets four times a year, which includes a Strategy Day

Records of the Chairman of the Board

Sub-series consists of the records of past chairmen of the Board of Regents including, A.E. Ames, Leopold Macaulay, Wilfred C. James, Dennis Lane, David Pretty and Ruth Alexander. Includes correspondence, applications, records regarding search committees, appointments and installations, property agreements, the Victoria University Act, federation, etc.

Chairman of the Board of Regents of Victoria University

Records related to the Chancellor and Chancellor's council of Victoria University

The sub-series consists of records related to the search and installation of chancellors as well as congratulatory messages from various institutions to Dr. Sang Chul Lee, Norman Jewison and Dr. Carole Sandra Taylor for being named Chancellors of Victoria University. Also contains records related to the Chancellor's Council and its committees.

General correspondence of Edward Wilson Wallace

The subject matter of the letters in this series reflects both the administrative and ceremonial duties performed by Wallace in his dual role as President and Chancellor.

It was during Wallace's tenure that the daily administration of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges became the province of their Principals (called Deans between 1944 and 1951), leaving the President responsible for "general oversight with special emphasis on finance and relations with the Church and the public." [Sissons, 307] The financial difficulties engendered by the depression are manifestly evident in the correspondence--in terms of both long-range planning and the daily running of the University. Letters deal with property, salaries, appointments, curriculum, the granting of honorary degrees, scholarships and bursaries, convocations, and other functions of both a social and academic nature, the nature of Victoria's relationship with the United Church, the University of Toronto and other educational and church-related institutions.

Like Bowles' correspondence, Wallace's letters demonstrate a strong personal commitment to the students at Victoria--letters of advice and recommendation are common. Again, the letters provide considerable insight into the spiritual, educational and philosophical views of the President. Because Wallace had spent twenty-three years in missionary and educational work in China before taking on the Presidency, the series contains a great deal of material relating to overseas missions, particularly the West China Union University. Wallace's term was plagued by his ill-health: in 1933 he developed cancer and was forced to take an extended leave; a recurrence of the disease in 1940 led to a second leave and his resignation the following year.

During both these periods, his duties were assumed by the Principal of Victoria College, Walter T. Brown. As a result, some correspondence relating to the President's Office for 1939-1940 is located with the correspondence of the Victoria College Principal, 1932-1941 (Accession No. 1987.067V).

General correspondence of Walter T. Brown

While it contains material very similar to that found in the general correspondence files of Brown's predecessors, the series is smaller in size than the previous two, reflecting the fact that the bulk of Brown's correspondence is to be found in the general and specialized subject files which form separate series. The letters discuss fund-raising and finances, as well as more academic matters such as appointments and curriculum. Under the Victoria University Act of 1944, the offices of President and Chancellor were separated for the first time since 1884, reflecting the increasingly onerous administrative duties of the President. Brown and his successors as President relinquished some of their ceremonial functions in favour of the title of Vice-Chancellor. Brown's presidency was ground-breaking in another sense as well: although trained in theology, he was the first layman to hold the position. Victoria's relationship with the United Church, nevertheless, continued to be of vital importance. Brown's term of office was a stressful one, encompassing as it did severe financial deficits requiring careful economy and aggressive fund-raising, the disruption of the Second World War, and then the strain placed upon Victoria's physical and human resources by booming enrollment in the immediate post-war years. Despite these heavy demands, Brown continued the policy of his predecessors in becoming personally acquainted with every student at Victoria and Emmanuel.

Records relate to fund raising, finances, curriculum, appointments, and the disruption of the Second World War

Minutes and other records of Victoria University bodies

Sub-series consists of minutes and other records, 1966-2005, of non-Library Victoria University bodies, including the Margaret Ray and Florence Pratt Committee, Archives Management Committee, Committees of Emmanuel College Council, President's Advisory Committee on Staff Relations, Victoria College Council, the Board of Regents, the Senate, and the President’s Office, 1966–1999.

Bible course

Sub-series consists of records relating to Johnston's teaching of the Bible course at Victoria College, 1961-2008, including course outlines, assignment descriptions, lecture notes, and some student work and information.

Graduate courses

Sub-series consists of records relating to Johnston's teaching of graduate courses, 1976-2005, including course syllabi, handouts, lecture notes, and bibliographies.

Teaching material

Series consists of teaching/lecture notes, bibliographies, test/exam questions, class lists, marks, research material, class schedules, essay topics, letters of recommendation, student reports, evaluations, tutorials material, and PhD orals material, 1949–1994.

Senior Tutor records

Series consists of correspondence, reports, evaluations, class lists and other records re the administration and discipline of the men’s student residences, 1950–1961.

Records of the Plans and Building Committee

Sub-series consists of the Secretary’s correspondence, reports, and financial records re the design, construction, and furnishing of the buildings, 1928–1932; correspondence of the Committee Chairman, 1928–1932; correspondence, proposals, and architectural designs and plans for women's’ residences, 1927–1930.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Plans and Building Committee

Records of Revision Committees, 1974–1975, 1979

Sub-series consists of records of the Revision Committee,1974: minutes, 1974–1975; reports; and correspondence of the Secretary, Chairman, and concerning Emmanuel College Council; and records of the Revision Committee, 1979: drafts of the Act, reports, and correspondence, 1979–1981

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Revision Committee

Records related to the Sesquicentennial

Sub-series consists of minutes (including various sub committees), 1984–1987; inventory of display items relating to the sesquicentennial exhibition, 1986; and correspondence, speeches, ephemera and photographs relating to cultural activities, 1986–1987.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Sesquicentennial Committee

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