Fonds 0086 - University of Toronto. Department of Zoology fonds

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UTA 0086

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University of Toronto. Department of Zoology fonds

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  • [ca. 18-] - 2007 (Creation)

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34.02 m of textual records, publications, graphic records, moving images and sound recordings

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(1941-2006)

Administrative history

Name changed from the Department of Biology to the Department of Zoology in 1941. In 2006, the Department of Zoology (along with the Department of Botany) was reorganized to form the Department of Cell & Systems Biology and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

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(1886-1941)

Administrative history

The Department of Biology was renamed the Department of Zoology in 1941.

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This fonds contains 11 accessions.

A1974-0022: Contains correspondence files of William John Knox Harkness (ca. 1922-1944) and Frederick Ernest John Fry (1939-1945); subject files mostly relating to fisheries (ca. 1924-1956); correspondence, subject and financial files (1928-1969), and photographs.

A1990-0030: Contains approximately 400 lantern slides from the Department of Biology, assembled primarily by Professors Benjamin Arthur Bensley and Archibald Gowanlock Huntsman. The images are of zoological specimens, scientists, and places, including the Atlantic Biological Station in St. Andrew's, New Brunswick.

A1991-0010: Contains 1 photoprint.

A1993-0012: Contains charcoal drawings and photographs prepared by Dr. B. A. Bensley, chair of the Dept. of Zoology from 1912-1934, for his unpublished work on comparative dental anatomy. Although the whereabouts of the manuscript which would accompany these illustrations is unknown, captions for the images have survived and are filed at the beginning of the graphic records.

A1995-0023: Contains a photoprint of a group of students on the steps of the University Biological museum.

A2004-0005: Contains records consist of administrative correspondence, personnel files, biographical files, and student departmental brochures. Also included is information on the openings of the Biological Department in 1889, the Ramsay Wright Zoological Laboratories in 1965, and the Huntsman Library in 1978.

A2005-0022: Contains personnel files of Department of Zoology faculty members, E.J. Crossman, C.K. Govind, J.E.I. Lai-Fook, and W.E. Swinton. Files also contain seconday biographical information such as obituaries, curriculum vitaes, and notices.

A2007-0019: Contains original teaching charts for the Department of Zoology, painted by in-house artists including Irene Nosyk and James Bray. Some are hand painted reproductions of published charts while others are original renderings.
Also includes eighty digital images documenting the Special Presentation to Irene Nosyk at the former Zoology Charts Room, Sept. 6 2007 (Norm Hatton, photographer).

A2008-0016: This accession consists of photographs and videos documenting the faculty, staff and several events held at the Department of Zoology. Sound recordings consist mainly of recorded lectures from BIO 110. There are also four boxes of administrative files documenting mainly external reviews, planning committees and various reports.

A2014-0012: Consists of records related to the Department of Zoology's Landscape Committee, specifically their project called "Zoo Woods", which was a green space project situated between the Sidney Smith building and the Ramsey Wright Laboratories. The records in this accession come from one large 3-ring binder and contain correspondence regarding the Zoo Woods project, clippings from 'Zoonews' and print-outs on related landscaping projects, site inventories, and research materials on plant-life to be used in the project. The accession also contains slides documenting the project.

A2015-0004: This accession primarily consists of Zoology departmental newsletter drafts and related correspondence. The administrative records, such as department reports, program management and staffing plans, are also included in this accession.

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Restricted: Subject to review under the "Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act".

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