Fonds 1932 - Mary Elisabeth Wallace fonds

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UTA 1932


Mary Elisabeth Wallace fonds


  • 1888-[198-] (Creation)

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1.84 m of textual and graphic records (13 boxes)

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Mary Elisabeth Wallace was a distinguished political biographer and the first female faculty member in what was then known as the Department of Political Economy. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto (1931) from the School of Social Work, then spent two years at Oxford, obtaining a Master’s degree in 1935. Years of work with the Protestant Children’s Homes, the Children’s Aid Society and The Infants Homes of Toronto, led to her appointment as Secretary of the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 1942. Two years later, she joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer in Social Work, moving to the Department of Political Economy in 1945. She completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1950 and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1971.

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Correspondence, diaries, course and lecture notes, addresses, notes, manuscripts and publications, subject files and photographs documenting the careers of Professors Alexander Brady and Malcolm Wallace.

This accession consists of two distinct sous-fonds. The first contains files from the personal records of Alexander Brady, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, that Professor Wallace, a colleague and executor of his estate, had retained in her possession following his death. She has added some of her files about Professor Brady and many of the annotations throughout are hers.

The second contains the surviving personal records of her father, Malcolm Wallace, Professor of English at the University of Toronto, 1904-1944, and Principal of University College, 1928-1944.

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