Fonds 1066 - Vincent Wheeler Bladen fonds

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UTA 1066


Vincent Wheeler Bladen fonds


  • 1910-1979 (Creation)

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4.25 m of textual records and graphic materials (23 boxes)
3 film reels
1 videocassette : VHS

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Born August 14, 1900 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Died in Toronto November 26, 1981. Professor of Economics in the Department of Political Economy (1940-1969). Prof. Bladen joined the University of Toronto in 1921 as an instructor after graduating from Balliol College, Oxford. He became a professor in 1940. In addition to teaching and writing, Prof. Bladen held a number of administrative posts including director of the Institute of Industrial Relations (1946-1950), Director of the Institute of Business Administration (1950-1953) and chair of the Department of Political Economy (1953-1959). He was made Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1959.

His academic interests included Canadian economic affairs, industrial organization and the 'literature of political economy'. In 1961 he investigated the auto industry and his report resulted in the establishment of the Adjustment Assistance Board, which he headed for several years. In 1965 he headed the Royal Commission on Higher Education which predicted a mushrooming demand for university programs and recommended government aid to provide the needed facilities.

He retired in 1969 and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1976.

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Fonds contains 2 accessions of personal records of Vincent W. Bladen.

B1974-0073 (8 boxes) consists of correspondence; biographical and subject files; briefs to and reports of commissions and committees (e.g., Royal Commission on the Automotive Industry and the Commission on the Financing of Higher Education in Canada); addresses and speeches; and photographs.

B1982-0002 (15 boxes) consists of subject files including Medicine as popular culture; income tax forms (1929-1976); course notes on administration (Spring 1976); manuscripts of articles, books including papers of Jeff Harcourt, "Bladen on Bladen"; personal family records including will of Mrs Bladen and estate of Mrs. Bladen's mother, correspondence from James H. Bladen re: estate of parents, courtship correspondence of V.W. Bladen, displaced English children at Bladen home during World War II, Michael Joy Bladen correspondence, family tree, certificates and diplomas; photoprints; film reels and videocassette of home movies of Bladen family at King and Bladen family at Glenorchy (Jack Ball's Farm), circa 1941 and 1946.

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Box list available for accession B1974-0073 only. See link below.

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