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Alexandra F. Johnston Fonds

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Fonds #



Alexandra F. Johnston fonds

Dates of Creation



2.16 m of textual records, 16 photographs

Biographical Sketch

Alexandra (Sandy) F. Johnston was born in 1939. She attended Brantford Public School, Brantford Collegiate Institute and Vocational School, and studied at Victoria College from 1957 to 1961, receiving her BA in English Language and Literature. She studied medieval drama in her post-graduate work, receiving her MA and PhD from the University of Toronto in 1962 and 1964, respectively. After teaching at Queen’s University, she returned to Victoria University to serve as Assistant Professor of English in 1967 and became Professor of English in 1978. In 1981, she was appointed the first female Principal of Victoria College, and served in that position until 1991. She served again as acting Principal in 2004. After retiring from teaching in 2004, as a Professor Emerita, she worked full-time on the Records of Early English Drama (REED) project, an international scholarly project that had begun in 1975. Her achievements have been acknowledged through an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Queen’s University and an honorary Doctorate of Divinity from The Presbyterian College, Montreal. She has also received the University of Toronto Faculty Award and is a member of the Royal Society of Canada.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records, 1946–2009, consisting of six series relating to Johnston’s academic life and research, including those relating to her education, 1946–1961; professional life, 1957–2009;Records relating to the church, theatre and other activities, 1965–2003; teaching records, 1959–2008; scholarships and publications, 1971–2009. and photographs, [1961?]–2002.

  • Series 1: Education, 1946–1961
  • Series 2: Professional life, 1957–2009
  • Series 3: Records relating to the church, theatre and other activities, 1965–2003
  • Series 4: Teaching records, 1959–2008
  • Series 5: Scholarship and publications, 1971–2009
  • Series 6: Photographs, [1961?]–2002


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Records were acquired directly from Alexandra Johnston in 2009.

Finding aids

Photographs are described in the photograph database.


See series and sub-series descriptions for restriction information.

Related Groups of Records in Different Fonds

See also Victoria College Principal’s Office (Fonds 2063).

Associated Material

The records of REED (Records of Early English Drama) are housed at the University of Toronto Archives and Records Management Services (UTARMS).

Access points

  • Johnston, Alexandra F., 1939–
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Faculty


  • Women in education