Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Library fonds

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Name of Creator

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Library

Dates of Material



Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Library fonds

Source of title proper

Title based on the contents of the fonds.


5.78 m of textual records
150 photographs
23 architectural drawings
1 photograph album

Administrative History

The library at Victoria University (and its earlier institutions) existed from at least the 1840s. In 1910, the Birge Carnegie Library was built to house the collection, and in 1961 the Victoria College Library was built for the Victoria College collection; the library was renamed to the E.J. Pratt Library in 1967.
The position of Librarian existed at Victoria University dating back to at least 1878. Incumbents in the position included:
John Fletcher McLaughlin, 1896-1907, 1912-1913;
Augustus Edward Lang, 1907-1912, 1913-1924;
Francis Louis Barber, 1924-1945;
John Daniel Robins, 1945-1952;
Margaret V. Ray, 1952-1965;
Lorna D. Fraser, 1965-1977;
Robert C. Brandeis, 1977-2013
Lisa Sherlock

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the following series: Correspondence, 1886-2013; Subject/correspondence files of the Librarian, 1877-2008; Acquisition records, 1877-2007; Records concerning building Birge Carnegie Library, 1907-1911; Records of Victoria University bodies, 1896-2005; Exhibitions records, 1938-2012; Annual reports and other records, 1878-2008; Records relating to the CRRS; Records of Friends of the Library, 1983-2011; Library Personnel Files, 1945-2004; Photographs, ca. 1909-2013.



Immediate Source of Acquisition


Restrictions on Access

Records in series 10 are restricted in keeping with relevant privacy legislation. Contact archivist for details on access.

Finding Aids

Photographs are described in the photograph database:
See also the Ephemera Collection:


Further accruals are expected.


Administrative Bodies