Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue fonds

Fonds number


Name of Creator

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue

Dates of Material

1894-1997, predominant 1950-1977


Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Bob Revue fonds

Source of title proper

Title based on the contents of the fonds.


36 cm of textual records
2 sounds disks : 33 1/3 rpm, microgroove ; 12 in.
1 reel to reel audio tape
7 photographs

Administrative History

The Committee was formed to stage the Bob Revue, an annual presentation in honour of Robert Beare. Bob Beare was a janitor at Victoria and a friend to students. Beginning in 1874 he would invite the freshmen class to meet the rest of the college and out of this evolved the Bob Revue. The Revue was put on by the sophomore class and aimed its barbs at freshmen. It was considered as part of orientation to campus life.
The Bob Revue was traditionally an all male production and in 1949 the Scarlet and Gold revue was created as a co-ed musical revue. Scarlet and Gold co-existed with the Bob for two years (1949 and 1950) before it merged with the Bob in 1951 and the Bob officially became co-ed.
The Bob Revue operates under the Arts and Culture Commission, part of the Victoria University Students' Administrative Council (VUSAC).

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of corporate records (minutes, a subpoena, correspondence, constitution, petition, reports, questionnaires - 1894-1981); Articles and reviews (1895-1981); Music, scripts, programs, posters, and other ephemera (ca. 1894-1997); Audio tapes and records (1954-1963).



Immediate Source of Acquisition

1987.038V - Unaccessioned backlog compiled by Paul Anthony Wilson Wallace (see Fonds 2187 - Wallace Family fonds, for personal records).
1991.133V - Unaccessioned backlog. Unknown source.
1996.078V - Compiled and donated by Gwen Farrow.
1999.146V - Compiled and donated by David Bernhardt.
2006.115V - Transferred from Alumni Office. Originally given to that Office by various unknown alumni.
2012.14V - Compiled and donated by Andrew Ennals.
2018.14V - Compiled and donated by A. Phelps Bell. Contains photos.
2019.03V - Compiled and donated by Michael Clark.
2019.15V - Compiled by Mary Frances Ellison (originally given to the Alumni Office and later transferred to the Archives)
2022.06V - Compiled and donated by Barb Janes.


Arranged by archivist.

Finding Aids

Photographs are described in the photograph database. Search by accession number (example: 2018.14):
Most programs are described in the Ephemera Collection:


Further accruals are expected.

General Notes

See also the Students' Administrative Council fonds (Fonds 2002, series 6 - Records relating to member organizations, commissions and committees).


Student/Alumni Organizations