Fonds - Mariel O'Neill-Karch fonds

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Mariel O'Neill-Karch fonds


  • 1945 - 2016 (Creation)

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8.5 cm of textual records
16 projector slides
8 photographs
0.1 cm of graphic materials
1 book

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Biographical history

Mariel O’Neill-Karch (1942-2023) was a Professor in the Department of French at the University of Toronto, teaching and holding numerous administrative positions at the university for over 40 years.

O’Neill-Karch was an undergraduate student at St. Michael’s College from 1959-1962, and then a graduate student from 1962-1969. During her graduate studies at the college, she also contributed as a Teaching Fellow for two years (1964-1966). O’Neill-Karch began teaching as a Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of French in 1966, holding the position until her retirement in 2008. Subsequently, she was given the title of Professor Emeritus.

O’Neill-Karch was rewarded with an honourary doctorate degree from St. Michael’s College in 2007.

O’Neill-Karch was associate chair of the Department of French from 1993-1995, and the interim principal of St. Michael’s College from 1997-1998. She was the vice-dean of humanities in the Faculty of Arts & Science from 1998-2002, as well as the principal of Woodsworth College from 2002-2007.

O’Neill-Karch wrote a number of books about Franco-Ontarian literature, culture, and theatre, several of which were written collaboratively with her husband Pierre Karch. She also contributed writing to different academic periodicals, including The Canadian Modern Language Review, University of Toronto Quarterly, Cultures, International Journal of Applied Semiotics, and LittéRéalité.

Related Material: The University of Ottawa has a fonds under the name of "Pierre Karch et Mariel O'Neill-Karch", which contains manuscripts and material associated with publications about French-Canadian literature and culture, and an extensive correspondence related to these projects, including with many U of T colleagues (Denis Bouchard, Cecile Cloutier, Paulette Collet, David M. Hayne, Pierre Hebert, Pierre Leon, Michel Lord, James McConica, CSB, Brian Merrilees, David Naylor, Paul Perron, Yannick Portebois, and Ben-Z. Shek).

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Records were donated to the archive by Mariel O’Neill-Karch in 2016.

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Scope and content

This fonds consists of material related to the years spent by Mariel O'Neill-Karch at St. Michael's as an undergraduate student, graduate student, Teaching Fellow, Professor in the Department of French, and Professor Emeritus. Records consist of professional correspondences, newspaper articles, newsletter articles, lecture notes, annotated books, event programmes, manuscript notes, photographs, certificates of appreciation, postcards, thank-you cards, and more.

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Fonds was arranged into 11 series, fully retaining the original organization of the material as received by O’Neill-Karch.

  1. Administration
  2. Alumni
  3. Basilians
  4. Colleagues, SMC French Department
  5. Colleagues, USMC
  6. Colleagues, U of T
  7. Lectures
  8. Library
  9. Speeches
  10. Symposia
  11. Theatre

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  • Chinese
  • English
  • French

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O'Neil-Karch deliberately arranged and described her records before their donation to the archive.


Series contains items written in French and Chinese.

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Created by V Tywonek-Sobota, April 2024.


  • English



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