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

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

Series 4: Correspondence/Subject files

Title

Correspondence/ Subject files

Dates of Creation

1958– 2004, predominant 1958–1991

Extent

2.14 m of textual records

Administrative History

The Principal’s Office in recent times has been served by a succession of accomplished scholars on the teaching staff of Victoria College including Northrop Frye, Professor of English, who served as Principal during 1959–1966. While Frye was on sabbatical leave during the 1964–1965 academic year, Professor Kingsley J. Joblin acted as Principal. After Frye’s term ended in 1966, President A. B. B. Moore acted in this capacity until a new Principal was appointed in 1967. John E. Hodgetts (1967–1971), a distinguished political scientist, officiated during a period of rising expectations and increasing involvement by students in university government. This period, inaugurated by the 1967 “MacPherson Report”, saw the abolishment of the old Honour and General Courses, and the introduction of a New Programme which allowed students more freedom to design their own courses of study. Hodgetts was appointed President in 1970, and the following year relinquished the Principalship to John M. Robson (1971–1976), Professor of English and General Editor of the John Stuart Mill Project. Robson officiated during one of the most crucial periods in the relationship between the U. of T. and its federated colleges. In 1974, Victoria signed the Memorandum of Agreement, which removed the base of academic decision–making from college departments and centralized it in newly created U. of T. Departments. His successor, classicist Gordon L. Keyes (1976–1981), had to deal with issues arising from the Agreement. He coordinated Victoria College’s input and response to the work of the “Kelly Committee”, which published its review of the undergraduate curriculum in 1980. Alexandra Johnston (1981–1991), English Professor as well as General Editor of the Records of Early English Drama, was the first woman appointed to the Principal’s Office and served two full terms; she then returned as Acting Principal in 2003–2004, when David Cook was on leave.

Scope and Content

Series consists of one sub-series which is designated after the records were acquired by the Archives: general files.

Notes

Related Groups of Records within the Same Fonds

See also Series 3