File B1974-0040 - Wallace, Mary Elisabeth (oral history)

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UTA 5001-B1974-0040


Wallace, Mary Elisabeth (oral history)


  • 21 Mar 1974 (Creation)

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1 sound tape reel (56 mins.)

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Mary Elisabeth Wallace was a distinguished political biographer and the first female faculty member in what was then known as the Department of Political Economy. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at the University of Toronto (1931) from the School of Social Work, then spent two years at Oxford, obtaining a Master’s degree in 1935. Years of work with the Protestant Children’s Homes, the Children’s Aid Society and The Infants Homes of Toronto, led to her appointment as Secretary of the Canadian Association of Social Workers in 1942. Two years later, she joined the University of Toronto as a lecturer in Social Work, moving to the Department of Political Economy in 1945. She completed her Ph.D. at Columbia University in 1950 and was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 1971.

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Oral history interview of Mary Elisabeth Wallace by Elizabeth Wilson. Focuses on the period 1930-1974, Wallace's undergraduate professors and student activities, the School of Social Work and its relations with the Dept. of Political Economy, her career in the Dept. of Social Work and the faculty, students and curricula in the Dept. of Political Economy after World War II.

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Transcript available in Reading Room.

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