Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00035 (Downsview Offsite) - Woodsworth Memorial Collection

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00035 (Downsview Offsite)


Woodsworth Memorial Collection


  • 1919-1977 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

Extent and medium

64 boxes and items

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Administrative history

The Ontario Woodsworth Memorial Foundation was founded in Toronto in 1944 to honour the founder of the CCF party, James Shaver Woodsworth. Its aims were to sponsor research on social and economic problems in Canada in the twentieth century, to publish the results of such research in inexpensive pamphlets for a wide audience, to sponsor lectures, study groups and conferences, to operate a book club for its members, and to collect and preserve the historic documents of the early days of the labour movement, CCF and farm organizations.

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Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Presented by the Foundation to the University of Toronto Library in 1961, and subsequently added to by members of the Foundation.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of manuscript and mimeographed materials relating to the history of labour and socialist movements in Ontario and Canada, with special emphasis on the Ontario section of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF). It consists chiefly of the personal files of individual CCF party members and others active in the socialist and labour movements in Ontario. Among those individuals include: James McArthur Conner, William Crocker, William Dennison, Alice Loeb and Desmond Morton, among others. Also included are the records of Arthur Mould, a labour leader and president of the Ontario section of the Canadian Labour Party.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form: Please note that this material requires 2 business days to retrieve.

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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