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Victoria University Archives Series
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Records of committees concerned with events and celebrations

Series consists of records of committees concerned with events and special occasions including opening of the Emmanuel College building, the retirement of the Chancellor and installation of the new Chancellor, as well as anniversary events for the Centenary and the Sesquicentennial. The series is broken down into sub-series.

Records relating to archives

Series consists of correspondence, reports, draft agreements, discussion papers relating to the location of the Archives; budget and staffing proposals, and records relating to construction, maintenance and renovations, 1953-1986; and correspondence, reports, financial records, minutes, notes, statistics and other records relating to the termination of the United Church archives from the University, 2004-2009

Records of the Finance and Property Committee

Series consists of minutes, correspondence, reports, and supporting records of the Finance and Property Committee. Series also contains one file of Minutes from the Financial Management and Planning Committee, the successor of the Finance and Property Committee.

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Finance and Property Committee

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.

Records of the Board of Regents

Series consists of 6 sub-series that include the records created by the Board of Regents (minutes, reports, notes) and its preceding entity, the Victoria College Board as well as the records of the Chairman of the Board and the Secretary of the Board. Also contains records received by the Board including correspondence and reports and records related to arbitration related to the move from Cobourg to Toronto.

Records

Series consists of pamphlets, programmes, invitations and other printed material, notes and notebooks, lectures, resolutions, sermons, Victoria College minutes, examinations and other records, memoranda, annotated family bible, and financial records, 1845-1927.

General correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence with former students, family, colleagues and friends; subjects include academic matters, and personal interests, including social concerns

Correspondence

Series consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, 1912-1949: correspondents include academic colleagues and family, and the correspondence is concerned with, among a variety of subjects, the situation at Victoria University, lectures, addresses, theological and moral questions, family matters, Brown's appointment to Yale University, and his Class of 1907 alumni events.

Correspondence

Series consists of predominantly incoming but including outgoing correspondence, 1915-1923, relating to teaching/finances/administration at Victoria University, church and educational matters, personal affairs, family (includes posthumous letters), and social issues.

Writing

Series consists of manuscripts - some in notebooks - of sermons, addresses, lectures, essays, articles, reviews and reports, 1860-1917, on various subjects, including education, religion, social issues, mission work, university federation, the founding of the University of Toronto, and ethics. Also included are addresses/lectures to Victoria College students, various graduating classes, academic conferences and religious institutions, as well as Victoria College reports.

Jean Waters Gandier Personal Papers

Series consists of the personal papers and correspondence of Jean Gandier (nee Waters), the wife of Alfred Gandier. Includes a memorial booklet and letters of condolence on the death of her husband and biographical notes on him.

Gandier, Jean N. Waters

Education

Series consists of records relating to Johnston's early academic life, 1946-1961, including her attendance at Brantford Public School, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, and Victoria College, and her employment seeking activities upon graduation. Records include report cards, diplomas, commencement programs, residence room assignment, tuition receipt, correspondence from Kingsley Joblin, invitations, award information and programs, a programme for a Victoria College Dramatic Society performance of Thieves' Carnival by Jean Anouilh including a mask, awards programmes and commencement programmes.

Teaching records

Series consists of 4 subseries relating to various courses taught by Johnston, including the Bible course, 1961-2008; Chaucer course, 1959-2004; Undergraduate courses in Shakespeare and early English and medieval drama, 1962-2002; and graduate courses, 1976-2005.

Records related to real estate

Series consists of correspondence, leases and other legal agreements, court documents, surveys, deeds, mortgage records, sketches, financial and other records, 1871-2009, relating to the administering of properties owned by Victoria and not used for academic purposes, and for maintaining Victoria's interest in property developments which affected the University. The records relate to insurance, including liability, and the planning and development, management and leasing, acquisition and sales of property, taxes, property disputes and litigation.

The architectural plans and drawings have been separated into Sub-Series 1.

The Bursar's responsibilities with regard to property were initially the insurance of buildings and their contents. However, as the
need for regular income became more urgent and evident, and as the University expanded and required more buildings, the Bursar's work likewise increased. The Bursar became responsible for the legal negotiations and accounting over purchases, sales and leases; and the supervision and funding of alterations and renovations and the construction of new buildings. Along with this the Bursar dealt with property tax as the University was only exempt from this in respect to its property used for academic purposes.

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

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

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.

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 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

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.

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