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Margaret Eleanor Theodora Addison Fonds

Fonds #

2097

Title

Margaret Eleanor Theodora Addison fonds

Dates of Creation

1875–1941

Extent

31 cm of textual records
1 photograph
1 handkerchief

Biographical Sketch

Margaret Eleanor Theodora Addison was born in 1868 in Horning's Mills, Ontario. She graduated from Victoria College in 1889 with a B.A. After graduation, she taught in high schools and at the Ontario Ladies' College in Whitby. In 1900 she travelled to Europe to study educational methods and was inspired by women's higher education there, particularly with the sense of college life that women students had; made possible through ensuring that they had space on campuses, something that Victoria College had lacked when Addison had attended. Back in Toronto, one of her goals to make a residence for women at Victoria had become a reality. Annesley Hall, the first women's residence was opening in 1903 and Addison had been asked by Mrs. Burwash, the President of the Victoria Women's Residence and Educational Association (later the V.W.A), to serve as Dean of Annesley Hall. In 1920, she was appointed as and Dean of Women at Victoria University, to reflect that not all women lived on campus. She served in this role until 1931 when she retired. Addison was also involved with the International Y.W.C.A., the Student Christian Movement, and the University Club. Margaret Addison died in 1940.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of diaries, 1900–1912, family correspondence, 1875–1931, notes, clippings, publications, biographical material, 1941, scrapbook, a portrait and a monogrammed handkerchief.

Notes

Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

IMMEDIATE SOURCE OF ACQUISION

Photograph and handkerchief were received in 2016 from Rosemary and Ed Addison.

Availability of Other Formats

Diaries, July–November, 1900, November–December, 1900, are also available on 1 microfilm reel: positive and negative; 35 mm.

Scanned copies of microfilm are also available (pdf, 20MB).

FINDING AIDS

Photograph is described in the photograph database.

Related Groups of Records

See the Dean of Women's fonds (Fonds 2067) for records related to Margaret Addison's work as the Dean.

Access points

  • Addison, Margaret Eleanor Theodora, 1868–1940
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Annesley Hall
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Women
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Student housing

Subjects

  • Student housing
  • Resident assistants (Dormitories)
  • Women deans (Education)
  • Women in education

Box/File List

Acc. No. Box File Title Date
1987.168V 1 1 Diary July–Nov 1900
1 2 Diary Nov–Dec 1900
1 3 Diary Dec–April 1901
1 4 Diary May–Sept 1903
1 5 Diary 1907–Jan 1908
1 6 Diary 1910
1 7 Diary Oct–Nov 1912
1 8 Diary fragment re: Annesley Hall rules n.d.
1 9 Diary 1920–1921
1 10 Correspondence with mother 1875–1888
1 11 Correspondence to family 1889–1913
1 12 Correspondence to family 1914
1 13 Correspondence to family Jan–June 1915
1 14 Correspondence to family July–Dec 1915
1 15 Correspondence to family 1916–1920
1 16 Correspondence to family 1921–1923
1 17 Correspondence to family 1924
1 18 Correspondence to family 1925
1 19 Correspondence to family 1926
1 20 Correspondence to family 1927
1 21 Correspondence to family 1928
1 22 Correspondence to family 1929
1 23 Correspondence to family 1930
1 24 Correspondence to family, undated or fragmentary n.d.
2 1 Book entitled “A Guide” n.d.
2 2 "The Young Christian’s Pocket-Book" 1837
2 3 Booklet entitled “Testimonials of Margaret E.T. Addison” [189–?]
2 4 Book entitled “Family News and Friends” 1937–1938
2 5 Book entitled “Petit Dictionnaire des Synonymes Français” published 1891; signed 1894
2 6 Book entitled “Le Romantisme Français” 1887
2 7 Notes re: Annesley Hall 1904–1922
2 8 Notes etc. re: Dean’s dinners 1907–1927
2 9 Notes re: other women’s residences 1927–1928
2 10 Notes re: women’s statistics 1910–1928
2 11 Notes re: social events at Victoria n.d.
2 12 Notes for talks to A.S.G.A. 1911–1920
2 13 Notes for talks to A.S.G.A. 1921–1930
2 14 Address re: women’s undergraduate association Sept 1923
2 15 Eulogy for Mary Shorey 1926
2 16 Documents re: M. Addison’s retirement 1931
2 17 Miscellaneous notes 1922–1923
2 18 Grant of the Dignity of a Commander of the Civil Division of the Order of the British Empire June 1934
2 19 Documents re: visit to Japan 1933
2 20 Addresses to Alumnae Association n.d.
2 21 Pamphlets belonging to M. Addison 1949, 1957, n.d.
2 22 Invitations 1926–1928, 1957, n.d.
2 23 Programmes 1910–1934
2 24 Miscellaneous [piano and organ warranties] 1881, 1889
2 25 Biographical information re: Robert Addison n.d.
2 26 Newspaper clippings re: M. Addison’s relatives 1923–1927, n.d.
2 27 Biographical materials re: M. Addison 1925, 1940
2 28 Notes for addresses re: building campaign 1929
2 29 Paper entitled "Sketch of the History of the Committee of Management of Annesley Hall" by M. Addison n.d.
2 30 Memorial address by Principal Walter T. Brown 1940
2 31 Memorial addresses by Gertrude L. Rutherford 1940, 1941
2 32 Biographical scrapbook n.d.
3 1 Scrapbook (news clippings, alumni/student birth/marriage announcements, College life, women’s rights, portraits, Wymilwood, dancing at Vic 1920–1928
2016.14V TR 1 Monogrammed handkerchief [19-?]