Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00132 (Downsview Offsite) - John Allan Irving Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00132 (Downsview Offsite)


John Allan Irving Papers


  • 1928-1965 (Creation)

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60 boxes

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Biographical history

John Allan Irving was born in Drumbo, Ontario in 1903. He entered Victoria College in 1922 and graduated in 1926 with the Regent's Gold Medal. He completed two Master's Degrees at Trinity College, Cambridge and started his teaching career at Princeton University. He returned to Victoria College in 1944 to teach ethics and social philosophy. He also became the head of the Ethic Department. John Allen Irving died in 1965.

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The collection consists of research materials for Irving's book The Social Credit Movement in Alberta, as well as correspondence, both personal and professional. Correspondents include William Aberhart and Ernest Manning. It also continues drafts and typescripts of his numerous articles, lecture notes and other teaching materials, and items relating to the television program Fighting Words.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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