Fonds 2024 - Richard Davidson fonds

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Richard Davidson fonds

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CA ON00357 2024

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  • 1902–1944 (Creation)

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2.76 m of textual records
58 photographs

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Richard Davidson was born in Ayr, Ontario and graduated from University College in 1899 and Knox College in 1902, earning a degree of Doctor of Philosophy. His teaching career began at Trinity College with a tutorship and in 1910 he took the chair of Old Testament Language and Literature in Knox, transferring at the time of church union to the United Church College. In 1932, he was appointed Principal at Emmanuel College; he held this Office until retiring in 1943.

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Fonds consists of correspondence (including records as Principal of Emmanuel College, 1932–1943; notebooks; notebooks, quotations and background material; sermons; prayers and essays; essays and essay notes; essays and addresses; orders of service, worship; Book of Praise material; Book of Common Order material; and lecture notes. Also included is a series of his son's personal letters (John Craig Davidson).

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Records in accession 1992.005V were originally part of the United Church of Canada Archives collections. Transferred to Vic Archives in 1992.
Records in accession 1992.036V were transferred from the Emmanuel College Registrar's Office.


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Photographs are described in the photograph database. Search for accession number 1992.036:

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For additional materials related to Davidson's time as Emmanuel College Principal, see Fonds 2062 - Emmanuel College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal's Office fonds.
See Collection 2190 - Student Collection, series - Richard Henry Northwood Davidson for the personal papers of Davidson's son.

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