Accession B2006-0015 - Personal and professional records of J. W. Michael Bliss, Professor in the Department of History.

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UTA 1070-B2006-0015


Personal and professional records of J. W. Michael Bliss, Professor in the Department of History.


  • 1881-2006 [bulk 1960-2005] (Creation)

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9.05 m of textual and graphic records (31 boxes)

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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.

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Note from Bliss: "This donation consists of [thirty-one] boxes of material that was pulled together and organized - following the schema and conditions of my earlier donations - when I cleaned out my office at 88 College St. preparatory to retirement from the University of Toronto in 2006. At the same time I triaged all the material in my home office. These boxes contain most of the files from both places. I maintained some personal and family material, as well as my Osler and Cushing research materials and correspondence, most of which will probably go to other libraries. Most of my research material pertaining to the discovery of insulin and F.G. Banting is now donated to the Fisher Rare Books Library, where it joins other collections including some of my earlier papers. There also remain a number of files on my computer pertaining to my work before 2006 - these are well-backed up, but as of this date have not been printed out.

Further files will undoubtedly be generated from 2006, mostly on the computer, but perhaps the most important of them in hard copy. It is anticipated that the vast bulk of this material will come to the archives in future accessions."

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All files are open to researchers, with the exception of the following:
-Series 6 - Evaluations and Recommendations (B2006-0015/027)
These records are restricted under the terms of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Contact the Archives for access requests:

  • Accession 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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Finding aid compiled by Michael Bliss on organization of the material for transfer to the University Archives, January 2006

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