Fonds 1070 - Michael Bliss fonds

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UTA 1070

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Michael Bliss fonds

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  • 1881-2006 (Creation)

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13.63 m of textual and graphic records (56 boxes)

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(1941-2017)

Biographical history

Michael Bliss was born in Kingsville, Ontario, in 1941. He is a professor of Canadian history at the University of Toronto and a prolific writer on a wide range of Canadian topics. He has received national prizes for both his literary journalism and his scholarship. His book, 'A Canadian Millionaire: The Life and Business Times of Sir Joseph Flavelle' (Macmillan of Canada: 1978), established his reputation as a distinguished historian and biographer. His next two books on the insulin discovery and on Banting are recognized as definitive works and have received much acclaim since their publication. Both have utilized extensively the collection of Banting's papers in the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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Fonds consists of 4 accessions

B1986-0032: Personal records of J. W. Michael Bliss, Professor in the Department of History. (9 boxes, 1958-1975)

B1987-0043: Personal records of J. W. Michael Bliss, Professor in the Department of History. (11 boxes, 1962-1982)

B1988-0076: Correspondence regarding and drafts, with comments, of manuscript for J. W. Michael Bliss's book, "Northern Enterprise: five centuries of Canadian Business" published by McClelland and Stewart, 1987. (5 boxes, 1985-1986)

B2006-0015: Personal records of Michael Bliss, professor of history, consisting of correspondence, consulting and editorial work, manuscripts and publications, lecture notes and associated teaching files, addresses, references; 1,216 slides illustrating a wide variety of subjects in Canadian history; 93 slides illustrating the Montreal smallpox epidemic of 1885; photographs relating to themes in Canadian business and general history. (31 boxes, 1881-2005)

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Conditions governing access

All files are open to researchers, with the exception of the following:


  • B1986-0032/009 (Series 6 - Evaluations and Recommendations)
  • B1987-0043/010 (Series 6 - Evaluations and Recommendations)
  • B2006-0015/027 (Series 6 - Evaluations and Recommendations)

These boxes are restricted under the terms of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Contact the Archives for access requests: https://utarms.library.utoronto.ca/contact-form

Accession B2006-0015 is stored off-site. Please allow 2-3 business days for retrieval. Materials may be consulted in the Archives Reading Room. Contact University Archives for further information.

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Records related to the writing of Bliss' books 'The Discovery of Insulin' (McClelland & Stewart: 1982) and 'Banting: a Biography' (McClelland & Stewart: 1984) are held by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. See link below.

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B1986-0032

Accession

B1987-0043

Accession

B1988-0076

Accession

B2006-0015

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