Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal’s Office Fonds

Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal’s Office Fonds

Series 1: Correspondence files of Principal Brown


Correspondence files of Principal Brown

Dates of Creation



78 cm. of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Walter T. Brown, who had earlier taught philosophy and religion at Victoria, was brought back from Yale University to assume the office of Principal in 1932. Added to this function were the duties of President during 1933–1934 and 1939–1940, when E. W. Wallace was on leave for health reasons. In 1941 Brown was formally appointed President, but continued to act also as Principal of Victoria College until 1944. 

Scope and Content

Series consists of two subseries of the correspondence of Principal Brown and are arranged alphabetically in files labelled A–Z, with the initial letter of the correspondent’s surname as the usual filing key. Sometimes, however, the name of an organization represented by a correspondent or even the subject of the correspondence forms the filing key. Correspondents include: College faculty; Victoria and University of Toronto administrative staff; students; parents and ministers of students; alumni; staff of other academic institutions in Canada and the U.S.A.; United Church ministers and denominational officials; church members seeking advice or recommendations; magazine and journal editors; personal friends and family of Brown. Subjects of the correspondence include: faculty hiring, promotion and salaries; student marks, appeals, discipline, financial support, and recommendations for graduate schools, scholarships, and jobs; searches for academic appointments; fund–raising; requests for articles; requests for speaking and preaching; work on United Church boards and committees, especially relating to a report on “Christianizing the Social Order” and church publications. Many documents reflect Brown’s personal philosophy of higher education.

  • Sub-series 1: Correspondence of Principal Brown, 1932-1935
  • Sub-series 2: Correspondence of Principal Brown, 1934-1941, predominant 1936-1941

access points

  • Victoria College (Toronto, Ont.). Principal’s Office
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Principals
  • Brown, Walter Theodore, 1883-1954


  • Church and education