Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Fonds

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Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents Fonds

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Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents fonds

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13.72 m of textual records
472 photographs
8 computer disks


Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents

changes of name

Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board

Administrative History

The Board of Regents is the governing body of Victoria University. In 1836, the Royal Charter first established a Board of Trustees to manage the educational institution called Upper Canada Academy, later to become Victoria College. Under the Act of 1841, the Trustees were given power to purchase goods, property, land and buildings, etc. and receive gifts and endowments for promoting the education purposes of the institution. The Trustees along with five elected 'visitors' were called the 'Board' and had power to appoint the principal, professors, tutors and other agents as well as make changes to by-laws and regulations. The Board was required to have meetings and create minutes and annual reports. The first act of the Victoria College Board in 1841 was to appoint Egerton Ryerson as the Principal of Victoria College. With the federation of Albert College and Victoria College in 1884, Victoria University Board of Regents was established.

In the Victoria University Act of 1951, the Board of Regents was noted to be responsible for the management of administration of the University and consisted of 43 members to be elected or appointed. In it's current form, the Board has 37 members including students (6), faculty (8), Victoria College alumni (1), Emmanuel College alumni (2), United Church appointees (13), ex officio (4) and discretionary (3).

The Board has appointed nine committees to assist it with its responsibilities: Executive, Alumni Affairs and Advancement, Audit, Campus Life, Finance, Investment, Nominating Appointments & Governance, Pension, and Property.

The Board appoints the Chancellor, the President, the Principals, the other officers of the University, and appoints and promotes the teaching staff of Victoria and Emmanuel Colleges.

The Board also manages the endowment funds; receives gifts and grants; operates residential and food services; maintains the buildings; pays the staff and generally manages the affairs of the University at the policy level and is also the legal owner of all property of Victoria University and is in charge of all business aspects of its operation.

The Bursar acts as the secretary to the Board of Regents.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the records of the Board of Regents and its committees and is made up of the following series:

  • Series 1: Records of the Board of Regents, 1843-2013
  • Series 2: Records of building committees, 1844-1972
  • Series 3: Records of the Executive Committee, 1890-2012
  • Series 4: Records of the Finance and Property Committee and related Committees, 1891-2016
  • Series 5: Records related to property agreements and arbitration, 1889-2013
  • Series 6: Records of the Chairman, 1926-1992
  • Series 7: Records related to the Centenary, 1936-1937
  • Series 8: Records of committees concerned with the review of University Government and the University Act, 1948-1981
  • Series 9: Reports and correspondence concerning the Methodist Church, 1886-1899
  • Series 10: Records of Planning Committees, 1949-1966, 1984
  • Series 11: Records of the Nominating, Appointments and Governance Committee, 1958-2014
  • Series 12: Records of Residence Committees, 1908-2014
  • Series 13: Records of the Public Relations Committee, 1951-1978
  • Series 14: Records of the Committee on Art, 1948-1950
  • Series 15: Records of the Centenary Fund Committee, 1938-1942
  • Series 16: Records of the Sesquicentennial, 1984-1987
  • Series 17: Records of various committees, 1880-1982
  • Series 18: Records of the Burwash Memorial Lectureship Committee, 1913-1917, 1936
  • Series 19: Records related to the Royal Family, 1935-1936
  • Series 20: Records of the Task Force on the Future of Victoria University, 1994-1995
  • Series 21: Records related to the United Church of Canada, 1980-1982
  • Series 22: Records of the Chancellorship Committee, 1977-1978, 1991-1997
  • Series 23: Records of the Alumni Affairs and Advancement Committee,1981-2014


Source of title proper

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Immediate source of Acquisition

Records are transferred from the Bursar's Office.


Photographs are described in the photograph database


Further accruals are expected.

Related Groups of Records

See Fonds 2049, Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.) Registrar's Office for records related to Board elections.


Access Points

  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Board of Regents


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