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Upper Canada Academy Fonds

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Accession #



Upper Canada Academy fonds

Dates of Creation



15 cm of textual records

Administrative History

Upper Canada Academy was constituted at the Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church in Canada in 1830, and established by Royal Charter in 1836. Its name was changed to Victoria College by Act of Legislature, 1841 at which point it was able to grant degrees.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records related to the founding of Upper Canada Academy, which later became Victoria College. Records includes the Royal Charter, constitutions, financial records, register of students and notebooks of Reverend John Beatty and Matthew Richey.


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Physical Condition

Condition: Damages—requires restoration or copying.

Availability of other formats

The Royal Charter and wax impression are available in digital format. The Laws for the Regulation of the Students is available online in digital format (location of original is unknown). To access see Box/File list below.


Textual Royal Charter can be viewed subject to conditions outlined in “Statement on access to Royal Charter, 1836” (in accession file).

Access points

  • Upper Canada Academy (Cobourg, Ont.)
  • Upper Canada Academy (Cobourg, Ont.)—Buildings
  • Upper Canada Academy (Cobourg, Ont.)—Charters
  • Upper Canada Academy (Cobourg, Ont.)—Students
  • Beatty, John, 1782–1864
  • Richey, Matthew, 1803–1883


  • College buildings
  • College students
  • Student records
  • Educational fund raising

Box/File List

Acc. No. Box File Title Date
1987.057V TR Constitutions [ca.1830]
1989.002V OS Royal Charter of Incorporation granted by King William the Fourth to ministers of the Wesleyan Methodist Church in Upper Canada for an “Academy of Learning (Original and Printed version) 1836
  OS   Wax Impression of Queen Victoria's Seal (Front and Back) n.d.
1989.006V TR   Memoranda of some of the duties of the Steward and Stewardess [1841?]
1989.115V 1   Six subscription books for fund raising in Ontario ( three including constitution) 1832–1838
  1   Financial Records 1831-1841
  1   Account book of day scholars, 1836–1839  
  1   Notebook of Matthew Richey including accounts with day scholars 1836–1837
  1   Register of students 1839-1840
  1   Two notebooks of agent John Beatty including diary of travels 1831–[1832?],
1996.011V TR 1 Duties of the officers of Upper Canada Academy, 1837 1837
1996.011V TR 2 Upper Canada Academy Treasurer's Balance Sheet 1838
1996.011V   Laws for the Regulation of the Students of the Upper Canada Academy 1837