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Goldwin French fonds

Dates of Creation



7 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch

Dr. Goldwin French was an accomplished academic and President of Victoria University, 1973–1987.

He was born in Dresden, Ontario, in 1923, and after high school there he went on earn a B.A. from Victoria College in University of Toronto in 1944. Following war service in the R.C.A.F. he returned to University of Toronto to earn an M.A. (1947). His teaching career subsequently began at McMaster University as a lecturer. While there he received his Ph.D in Canadian History (1958), and became chairman of the History Department in the same year. Dr. French was appointed President of Victoria University in 1973. From 1982 to 1991 he was also a sessional lecturer at Emmanuel College, continuing beyond his retirement as President in 1987. During his distinguished scholarly career he chaired the Ontario Historical Series among other pursuits. Married to Iris Ivey in 1946, Dr. French died in 2013.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of  correspondence, reports, research material, minutes and other records, 1963–1995, relating to Goldwin French's involvement in the Jackman History of Canadian Methodism project, as editor for the Ontario Historical Studies Series and Canadian Studies in History and Government, as well as his report to the editor of  "The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932-1939"


Source of Supplied Title

Title based on the contents of the fonds

Immediate source of acquisition

Records were acquired from Larry Kurtz in 2013


Files marked RR are restricted; permission must be obtained from the Chief Librarian


Further accruals are expected

Access points

  • French, Goldwin S. (Goldwin Sylvester), 1923-2013
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Faculty
  • Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.)—Presidents


  • Canada—History—Study and teaching
  • College administrators
  • Universities and colleges—Faculty

Box/File List

Acc. No. Box File Title Date
2013.11V 1 1 Canadian Studies in History and Government 1963–1976
  1 2 Ontario Historical Studies Series 1971–1972
  1 3RR Jackman History of Canadian Methodism project 1981–1987
  1 4RR Jackman History of Canadian Methodism project 1989–1994
  1 5RR Jackman History of Canadian Methodism project 1994–1995
  1 6 Ontario Historical Studies Series (contains copy of address by Timothy Findley given at McMaster University) 1984
  1 7 "The Correspondence of Northrop Frye and Helen Kemp, 1932-1939" 1994,1995