- 1906-2005 (Creation)
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On March 15, 1827, the University of Toronto, then called “King’s College”, was granted its royal charter by King George IV. In the years since its founding, the university has been home to a series of colourful presidents who, together with an extraordinary cast of faculty, staff, and students, have guided the university through a history filled with dramatic events — from the admission of women in the 1880s, the University College fire of 1890, two world wars, the student protests of the 1960s, decades of growth and underfunding, to the new wave of building, renewal, and excellence today.
Below is a list of the University of Toronto’s past presidents:
The Honourable and Right Reverend John Strachan – 1827-1848
The Reverend John McCaul – 1848-1880
Sir Daniel Wilson – 1880-1892
James Loudon – 1892-1906
Sir Robert Alexander Falconer – 1907-1932
The Honourable and Reverend Henry John Cody – 1932-1945
Sidney Earle Smith – 1945-1957
Claude Thomas Bissell – 1958-1971
John Robert Evans – 1972-1978
James Milton Ham – 1978-1983
David William Strangway – 1983-1984
George Edward Connell – 1984-1990
John Robert Stobo Prichard – 1990–2000
Robert Joseph Birgeneau – 2000-2004
C. David Naylor – 2005-2013
Meric Gertler – 2013-
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This fonds contains 75 accessions. See accession-level descriptions for more details
A1966-0003: Biographies of honorary degree recipients, eulogies and miscellaneous speeches and publications of Robert Alexander Falconer.
A1967-0007: Correspondence files of Robert Alexander Falconer (1906-1932), budget estimates (1910-1933), working records for the President's Reports (1910-1921), and sessional appointments (1906-1933).
A1967-0009: Telegrams, newspaper clippings and documents accumulated by Robert Alexander Falconer (1915-1922). Includes notes and correspondence of Fran‡ois Charles Archile Jeanneret relating to his research on Falconer.
A1968-0006: Correspondence and subject files of President H.J. Cody with and about academic and administrative units of the University ;film relating to convocation entitled "Through These Doors"; annotated map of The World from the National Geographic Society, 1922.
A1968-0007: Correspondence and subject files relating to the presidency of Sidney Earle Smith (1945-1957); subject files of the Assistant to the President, Claude Thomas Bissell (1946-1952); subject files of Bissell (1952-1953); estimates and sessional appointments (1933-1941); minutes of the Carnegie Foundation (ca. 1908-1931). Architectural drawing (1 sheet) of University of Toronto Connaught Laboratories Polio Vaccine Laboratory, 1955.
A1969-0005: Speeches of Sidney Earle Smith including citations relating to honorary degrees, and speeches on education, politics and religion.
A1970-0002: Minutes of meetings and draft rules of procedure.
A1971-0007: Correspondence, documents and reports of the Special Committee of the Board of Governors on the Affairs of the Royal Ontario Museum (1947-1962), Special Senate Committee to Consider Future Enrolment Developments (ca. 1963), and President's Committee on the School of Graduate Studies (1947-1965).
A1971-0011:Correspondence and subject files of Claude Thomas Bissell as President; estimates and sessional appointments relating to the presidency of Henry John Cody; and staff reports and installation of Vincent Massey as Chancellor during the presidency of Sidney Earle Smith; correspondence of Bissell as Vice-President including some files of Murray George Ross, Executive Assistant to the President (1954-1957).
A1972-0001: Citations and greetings received from various universities on the installation of Pauline Mills McGibbon as Chancellor.
A1972-0026: Miscellaneous files relating to the presidency of Claude Thomas Bissell, including: files regarding the Advisory Committee to the President for the General Hospital and the University (1959-1960); files on Scarborough and Erindale Colleges (1963-1964); files on the Canadian University Foundation commission on the financing of higher education (1963). Also includes correspondence of Henry John Cody, Chairman of the National Conference of Canadian Universities, relating to military training (1940-1941).
A1972-0033: Correspondence relating to Frank Hawkins Underhill (1939-1941); and correspondence and legal documents relating to James Alexander Craig's dispute with the university over mandatory retirement (1915-1923).
A1973-0029: Estimates and sessional appointments (1944-1945); subject office files (1941-1971); subject files of Claude Thomas Bissell as Assistant to the President (1948-1951) and as Vice-President (1952-1954); and subject files of the Academic Subcommittee of the Committee of Presidents of Provincially Assisted Universities and Colleges of Ontario.
A1973-0037: Film and sound elements for the production of the filming of the Installation of President John R. Evans, 28 September 1972.
A1973-0040: Programmes and other documentation relating to installations, memorial services, building openings and honorary degrees from the files of the Ceremonials Assistant; includes two sheets of architectural drawings of "Plans of seating arrangement for installations of President Evans, 28 September 1972.
A1973-0044: Files accumulated by research assistant Col. C.G.M. Grier for the writing of Claude Thomas Bissell's account of his administration.
A1974-0014: Files from the Ceremonials Assistant including sample invitations, tickets and programmes produced for the Special Convocation conferring the degree of Doctor of Laws upon His Excellency, Kukuei Tanaka, Prime Minister of Japan; also includes bound volume of photographs relating to the University of Toronto, a facsimile of one presented to Mr. Tanaka.
A1974-0019: Files of the Research Assistant including records of the Council of Ontario Universities (1970-1973), the Council of Ontario Universities' Subcommittee on Research and Planning (ca. 1964-1972), and the Governing Council's Planning and Resources Committee (1972-1973) and Strategic Planning Committee (1972- 1973); includes minutes of the Advisory Committee on Policy and Planning (1960-1963).
A1975-0005: Correspondence and subject files from the office of Donald Frederick Forster, Executive Assistant to the President (1965-1967) and Vice-Provost (1967-1970). Also includes records of the Faculty of Dentistry Curriculum Review Committee of which Forster was chairman (1967-1969).
A1975-0019: Includes files relating to convocations and formal openings (1964-1972), Southam Fellows (1962-1964), Edgar Stone Lectureship in Dramatic Literature (1959-1964) and minutes and reports from the Senate Committee on Teaching Loads, Board of Governors' Advisory Planning Committee and its Subcommittees as well as the Plateau Committee.
A1975-0021: Includes files from the Office of the President (1963-1967); Acting President (1967-1968); Vice-President (1954-1959) and the Executive Assistant to the President (1960-1965).
A1976-0020: Correspondence, subject files and accounts of Donald Frederick Forster, Vice-Provost and Executive Assistant to the President, relating to presidential advisory committees, sub-committees, the Committee on Accommodation and Facilities (CAF), travel interviews and research accounts.
A1977-0019: Consists of correspondence and subject files regarding academic and administrative divisions, Board of Governors, University organizations, presidential advisory committees, educational institutions and organizations.
A1977-0035: Consists of committee files including minutes and supporting documentation, correspondence, subject files pertaining to Finance Committees (1964-1973), Resources Planning Committee/Planning and Resources Committee (1967-1974), Committee on Stack Access to Robarts Library (1972), Committee of Presidents of Universities of Ontario (1962-1970), Council of Universities of Ontario.
A1978-0028: Consists of correspondence and subject files (1971-1973), records of the Commission on University Government (1968-1970), Humanities and Social Sciences Rresearch Library (1963-1971), President's Council (1965-1966), and Presidential Research Committee (1964-1968).
A1978-0048: Invoices, receipts,cheque stubs, equipment and supply lists and correspondence for Toronto General Hospital and the University Base Hospital, 1915-1919; proceedings of the Parliamentary Committee on the Organization and Administration of the University of Toronto, 1922-1923; background material, reports and correspondence relating to the Conference on the Future of the Canadian Federation, 1976-1977; photoprints and 2 framed copies of coats of arms.
A1979-0030: Consists of correspondence of N.S.C. Dickinson, Assistant to the President (1973-1975), correspondence and committee files on the Sesquicentennial Celebrations Committee from J.H. Sword, President's Special Assistant (Institutional Relations) (1973-1976). Also includes files on visits and retreats (1973-1977).
A1979-0042: Consists of subject files, speeches and messages of university presidents from Sidney Smith to John R. Evans (1956-1978), files of the Vice-President Institutional Relations & Planning John Sword (1972-1973), and files of research assistant Frances Ireland (1906-1976). Subject files include budget (1973-1979), submissions to the President's Report (1962-1978), Operating Grants (1968-1979), administrative retreats (1976-1977), materials relating to the Ontario Council on University Affairs (1973-1975), task forces, pension, and various reports.
A1979-0051: Consists of subject and correspondence files on academic and administrative divisions, organizations, educational organizations, other universities, government agencies, boards and councils (1973-1975), speeches and citations by Claude Bissell (19481-1971), staff conspectus and estimates (1956-1966), survey of staff (1956-1963).
A1979-0057: Consists of files of the Research Assistant in the Office of the President ( Frances Ireland and secretary Dorothy Robertson) regarding boards, committees and task forces, other universities, presidential speeches; files of the Vice-President Institutional Relations & Planning, as well as minutes of the Simcoe Circle meetings (1972-1978), the Policy and Planning Committee (ca. 1959-1975), and miscellaneous reports on teacher's training, and the Secondary-Post-Secondary Interface Study (1976-1978).
A1980-0029: Consists of financial records, correspondence, projects and programme supported by the Varsity Fund (1964-1979); other files (1970-1979) deals with the Office of the Vice-President and Registrar, the Office of the Special Assistant to the President Institutional Relations, and visits by foreign academics, dignitaries and conference on the U of T campus, as well as statistical reports.
A1981-0007: Consists of correspondence, reports and background materials of the Special Committee of the Board of Governors on Affairs of the Royal Ontario Museum (1962-1963); draft constitution and statutes, minutes, notices of the Council and Committees of University College, Dar es Salaam (Tanzania); correspondence with Professor Robert C. Pratt of the Department of Political Economy (Principal of University College, Dar es Salaam) regarding the University of East Africa (1962-1964).
A1981-0058: Consists of administrative files regarding other Canadian universities, government, educational associations, Governing Council, councils and committees, office accounts.
A1982-0021: Files containing correspondence, minutes, reports, memoranda etc relating to faculties, other faculties and schools, centres, institutes, colleges, U. of T. administration and organization, general correspondence, universities etc.
A1983-0035: Correspondence, memoranda, copies of reports of Presidential
Advisory Committees and Task Forces on Academic Appointments, Athletic Building, Computer Service, Future of Criminology, Gerontology, Information Systems, Music, OISE/Faculty of Education, Pensions, Supplementary Income & Related Activities, Symons Report, Transitional Year Programme, and Women. Includes a file on Canada-USSR Exchange.
A1983-0053: 2 reel to reel - Dr. John Evans on the Betty Kennedy show, one of which is a discussion on China, 1973
1 Video (3/4") - Sesquecentennial Birthday Cake Ceremony: off air recordings from various newscasts in the Toronto Area, 1976
2 slides - Resident Staff, Hospital for Sick Kids, 1936-37
A1984-0026: Consists of administrative files of J.H. Sword, Special Assistant to the President (Institutional Relations) and administrative files of the Office of the President including correspondence, minutes, reports and accounts relating to university organization and administration, centres, colleges, faculties, institutes, programs, educational associations, governments and Ontario universities.
A1985-0016: Administrative files of James M. Ham, including correspondence, memoranda, minutes and committee reports pertaining to faculties, schools, centres, institutes, programs, colleges, university administration, governments, educational associations, other universities, general correspondence and office accounts.
A1986-0002: Administrative files regarding academic and administrative divisions, awards, councils and comittees, alumni, budgets, and the National Fund campaign (1956-1964); administrative files of J.H. Sword, Executive Assistant to the president (1963-1964). Also includes records regarding the Provincial University Matriculation Board (1960-1966); records of the Special Salary Committee of the Board of Governors (1959-1960).
A1986-0021: Administrative files regarding academic and administrative divisions, University organizations, the Royal Ontario Museum, general correspondence, educational associations, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (O.I.S.E.), other universities, and office accounts.
A1986-0051: Memorandum by President G.E. Connell dated October 22, 1986 regarding events during the week of October 15-18 (when a rally was held at Queen's Park to support Ontario University base funding).
A1987-0020: Consists of administrative records by faculties, schools, centres, institutes, programs, colleges, university administration and organizations, governments, educational associations, Ontario universities and other general correspondence.
A1988-0015: Correspondence with Department of Chemistry (1956), with the Committee on University Affairs (1970-1971), and correspondence regarding university budgets (1969-1970).
A1989-0016: Administrative files on academic and administrative divisions, governments, educational associations, Governing Council, as well as general correspondence.
A1989-0021: Consists of records of the Ceremonials Assistant to the President, including administrative records (1910-1986), convocation files (1977-1987), convocation addresses (1974-1987), and honorary degree files (1966-1985)
A1990-0021: Includes minutes, memoranda, correspondence and reports of Policy and Planning Committees (1958-1963), administrative files regarding alumni affairs, private funding, University of Toronto Press (1977-1980), and administrative files on academic and administrative divisions, governments, educational associations, other universities, Governing Council, and general correspondence.
A1992-0024: Arranged in the following series: Academic Divisions; Centres; Institutes, and Programs; Colleges; U. of T. Administration; General Correspondence; Other Universities; Educational Organizations; Governing Council; Council of Ontario Universities; and Governments.
A1994-0013: Includes correspondence, administrative and subject files regarding academic divisions, centres, institutes, programmes, U. of T. administration, colleges and universities, educational associations, post-secondary institutions, governments, as well as general correspondence and subject files
A1995-0011: Consists of an autographed copy of the program and lunch menu held in the Great Hall of Hart House in honour of the new Governor General and hosted by the Premier of Ontario. Printed in English and French.
A1998-0008: Subject files containing correspondence, reports, minutes of meetings, etc relating to academic divisions centres, chairs, institutes and programs, federated and constituent universities and colleges administration, governments, educational associations and general.
A1998-0019: File of Claude Bissell with documents on Proposal for Administrative Changes at University of Toronto (1967). File of John Evans with correspondence and notes on search for replacement for D. Forster, V-P and Provost (1974-1975).
A2003-0008: Correspondence file for President Sidney Smith containing letters relating to titles, ranks, salaries, stipends of teaching staff.
A1983-0049: Draft, annotated and final versions of addresses, speeches and articles by Dr. Evans during his term as Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at McMaster University (1970-1972) and during his presidency at the University of Toronto (1972-1978). Includes speeches by other individuals (1971-1977) and report, statement, press release and correspondence.
A1988-0013: Panoramic view of official farewell to University of Toronto No. 4 Base Hospital, at Convocation Hall, 11April 1915, taken by the Toronto Sunday World.
A2001-0014: Photographs used in the Report of the Office of the President. Some of the unique images include views of the Kommos excavation site in Crete, the Dental Clinic Shout on Augusta St., Fine Arts students sculpting in studio, the School of Dental Therapy in the North West Territories and Health unit in Sioux Lookout.
A2006-0013: Predominantly consists of records from the Office of President Robert Prichard covering the years 1993-1999 and arranged in the following series: Academic Divisions; Centres, Chairs Institutes, and Programs; Federated and Constituent Universities and Colleges; Administration; Post-Secondary Institutions; Educational Associations; and Governments. There are also the President’s appointment books, 1984-2003.
A2008-0004: Approx 27,000 photographs, originally contained in 92 binders document convocation from 1991 to 2005 as well as several other events in these years. Included are: Special Convocation for George Bush (1997), Desmond Tutu 2000 and the Dalai Lama 2004; special lectures, receptions and farewell parties; presidential installations (Birgeneau 2001, Naylor 2005) and installation of Chancellor Vivien Poy (2002) ; ground breaking ceremonies for the Bahen Centre (2000), the Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research (2002) new Pharmacy Building (2003) and new U.C. residence (2003); openings of the Munk Centre (2000) and Graduate House (2000); Governing Council dinners; celebrations such as the 175th anniversary (2003) and the 120th Status of Women anniversary (2004).