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

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

Series 1, Sub-series 1: Minutes, reports, and correspondence of the Victoria College Board


Minutes, reports, and correspondence of the Victoria College Board

Dates of Creation



38 cm of textual records

Administrative history

The Victoria College Board was established in 1841 after the Act to Incorporate the Upper Canada Academy under the Name and Style of Victoria College was given royal assent. Earlier 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.

Dr. Isaac Brock Aylesworth was the Treasurer at Victoria College appointed by the Board, ca. 1862, to oversee the collection of outstanding claims and to secure the subscription of funds that would pull Victoria College out of debt. Controversy, including accusations, developed between Dr. Aylesworth and some of the members of the Board regarding the amount and payment of these funds

Scope and Content

Sub-series consists of minutes (including extracts), notes and drafts, reports and other records of the Victoria College Board. Also includes minutes of the annual meetings of ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church to elect Board and Officers of the College, 1862-1866.

Sub-series consists of book created in 1869 out of the controversy between Dr. I. B. Aylesworth and some members of the Victoria College Board regarding the amount and payment of funds raised to pull the College out of debt: the book contains correspondence, resolutions, and financial statements, 1862–1869; printed statement regarding the controversy made to the Board by Dr. Aylesworth, 1873.

1987.125V 1-1 includes minutes of the Victoria University Board of Regents.


Source of Title proper

Title based on contents of series.

Availability in other formats

  • Microfilm copy of minutes, 1843, 1857-1889, available on Victoria University microfilm reels 1 (positive and negative).
  • Microfilmed by United Church/Victoria University Archives, 1996.
  • Scanned copies of microfilm are also available; to access use box/file links

Related Groups of Records in Different Fonds

See also Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bursar’s Office Fonds (Fonds 2001, Series 1).

Related Groups of Records within the Same Fonds

See also Series 1, Sub-series 2 and Sub-series 3.

Access points

  • Aylesworth, Isaac Brock, 1831–1906
  • Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Board
  • Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Department of Medicine
  • Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.)—Finance


  • Educational fund raising
  • Universities and colleges—Administration
  • Universities and colleges—Finance

Box/File List

Acc. No. Box File Reel Title Date
1987.042V 1 1 (pdf, 7MB) 1 Victoria College Board :  Minutes (includes Minutes of Executive Committee Re:  Medical Dept.) 1843, 1857-1866
1987.058V 1 1   Notes 21 May 1861
1 2   Notes 24 July 1860-10 June 1861
1 3   Draft Minutes May 1870
1 4   Draft Minutes 8 May 1871
1 5   Petition from Science Association 20 May 1879
1 6   Notes 6 May 1884
1 7   Re: Cobourg’s Offer of Land to the College in 1857 ca. 1885
1987.125V 1 1 (pdf, 23MB) 1 Minutes    1866-1889
  1 3   Minutes (including Victoria College Board) 1866-1869
1991.085V 1 1   Minutes and Other Records  1849–1871
1997.029V TR 1   Records concerning Dr. I.B. Aylesworth and the movement to pay off Victoria College’s debt, Book containing correspondence, resolutions, financial statements 1862–1869
  TR 2   Records concerning Dr. I.B. Aylesworth and the movement to pay off Victoria College’s debt, Printed statement 1873