Fonds 1302 - Judith Skelton Grant fonds

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UTA 1302


Judith Skelton Grant fonds


  • [197-]-2017 (Creation)

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1.04 m of textual records (8 boxes)
448 digital files (119 MB; .docx, .doc, .pdf, .xlsx)
89 audio cassette tapes

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Name of creator


Biographical history

Judith Skelton Grant (1941–) is a writer, editor and biographer, whose career has largely focused on the life and work of Robertson Davies. Notably, she is the author of the authorized biography, Robertson Davies: Man of Myth (Toronto: Viking, 1994). She received her BA, MA and PhD in English Literature from the University of Toronto in 1965, 1966, and 1974 respectively. Most recently, she wrote a comprehensive history of Massey College (Robertson Davies was the first Master of the College until 1981) from its inception in 1962/63 through to 2013, entitled A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015). She lives and works in Toronto.

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Scope and content

Fonds consists of research compiled by Grant for her book, A Meeting of Minds: The Massey College Story (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2015), documenting the history of Massey College from its inception in 1962-63 through to 2013. Includes interview recordings, interview transcripts, extensive research files (chronologically, 1959-2017; and by subject), correspondence, publishing files, and manuscript drafts. Interviewees include many prominent members of the University of Toronto and Massey College community including Robertson Davies, Claude Bissell, John Evans, John Fraser, Ann Saddlemyer, (J.N.) Patterson Hume, Vincent Tovell, Geoffrey Massey, and Ed Safarian, amongst others.

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All files are open, with the exception of the following:
B2018-00040/001S - /005S
B2018-0040_df002 - df006, df008

  • Interview transcripts, notes and tapes are closed for 20 years until 2039-01-01
  • Interviews conducted for the writing of the book did not include consent forms from the interviewees acknowledging that the recordings and transcripts would be donated to UTARMS. UTARMS has decided to make them available for research, 20 years from the date of donation. Contact the University Archivist if you have concerns or questions about the inclusion of an interview within our holdings, or if you would like to make an access request.

B2018-0040_df007, df009

  • These files have been restricted to protect the privacy of third parties. Contact the University Archivist for additional information and/or to make an access request.

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  • English

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A spreadsheet inventory of all digital files is available upon request.

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  • Massey Foundation fonds, Library and Archives Canada

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Dates of creation revision deletion

  • E. Sommers, Aug. 2023




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