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Lorna Fraser Fonds

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Lorna Fraser fonds

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7 cm of textual records

Biographical Sketch

Lorna Dawn Fraser (1924–2009) was the Chief Librarian of Victoria University Library. She was born in Toronto, Ontario, and died in Orillia, Ontario. Fraser received an Honours B.A. in music from University of Toronto (Trinity College) in 1946. She was awarded an M.A. in music history from Yale in 1948 and completed a Bachelor of Library Science degree from U of T in 1951. Between 1956 and spring of 1961, Fraser was employed as the head of the music cataloging department at the U of T Library and was later appointed as the Assistant Director of York University Libraries. In June of 1965, she succeeded Margaret V. Ray as the Chief Librarian of Victoria University Library. During the 1950s and ‘60s, Fraser served on the executive boards of several professional organizations, including the American, Canadian, and Ontario Library Associations, as well as the Institute for Professional Librarians for Ontario. Following her marriage to Dr. Luke Irwin, Fraser retired in October 1976.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of notes; clippings; extracts of Board of Regents and Senate minutes re Medicine, 1857-1891; correspondence; articles and other research material, 1966-1974, apparently brought together for an article titled "Phoenix: Medicine at Victoria 1854-1892" published in "Vic Report" May 1974


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Access points

  • Fraser, Lorna D., 1924-2009
  • Victoria College (Cobourg, Ont.). Department of Medicine
  • Victoria University (Cobourg, Ont.). Department of Medicine
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Library


  • Academic librarians
  • Medicine—Study and teaching