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University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services Betty I. Roots fonds Subseries
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Research Background

The series reflects the development of a discussion surrounding the findings of Dr. Roots’ research data and notes. The material primarily consists of prints and notes but also contains drafts, papers, figures, correspondence, plate and photographic records, negatives, and notebooks.


The series documents Dr. Roots’ publishing activities in academic journals. The material in this series includes prints, notes, correspondence, drafts, figures and proofs. A large section of this series is dedicated to the drafts, proofs, and additional material related to the publication of her nerve membrane book “Nerve membranes. A study of the biological and chemical aspects of
neuron-glia relationships”. There is also a large section of material related to Roots’ Royal Canadian Institute book “Special Places: The Changing Ecosystems of the Toronto Region”.


This sub-series consists of files related to attaining funding through grants. The material contains records such as grant applications, correspondence, budgets, and research proposals. This sub-series reflects the process through which Dr. Roots applied for and obtained funding for her research. The majority of the material focuses on applications for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society and Natural Science and Engineering Research council (NSERC).

Experiment Notes and Data

This sub-series consists of the findings or primary data gathered from Dr. Roots’ research projects by herself, her colleagues, and her students on subjects such as goldfish, capillaries, rat diet data, brain composition, trout, and freeze fracture. The material labelled “research notes” is most likely Dr. Roots’ personal research notebooks marking data from laboratory experiments. The material labelled “data and notebooks” contains a mixture of her notebooks in addition to her colleagues’ and students’ data. The notes and data found within this series contain handwritten notes, print out graphs, and hand drawn graphs, also contains prints, and drawings.


This subseries reflects the administrative records of managing Dr. Roots’ research projects. The material of this series consists of forms permits, equipment, proposals, protocols, safety, correspondence, references, and ordering information.