Fonds 1922 - Van der Smissen Family fonds

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UTA 1922


Van der Smissen Family fonds


  • 1889-1987 (Creation)

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0.39 m of textual and graphic records (3 boxes)

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The van der Smissens were Germans of Netherlandish origins. One of the family, Henry van der Smisson, emigrated to Canada in 1833. His Toronto-born son, William Henry van der Smisson, was a professor of German at the University of Toronto beginning in 1892, and at the time was regarded as the chief authority of German in Ontario. He also filled the positions of Registrar and Librarian for seventeen years at the university.

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Papers of William Van Der Smissen, Professor of German, University of Toronto, consisting of photographs of trips to Europe and various family events; also, an annotated copy for further editions of Professor Van der Smissen's translation of Faust and an album of press reviews; and, a scrapbook of cartoons by du Maurier.

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