Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Women fonds

Fonds number


Name of Creator

Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Women

Dates of Material



Victoria University (Toronto, Ont.). Dean of Women fonds

Source of title proper

Title based on the contents of the fonds.


4.63 m of textual records
29 photographs
1 sound recording

Administrative History

In 1903 with the completion of Annesley Hall, the first women's residence, the position of Dean of [Women's] Residence was created. Margaret Addison was appointed the first dean. The duties of the Dean included corresponding with prospective students, arranging room assignments and room-mates and the administration of rules in the residence. The Dean was accountable to the Committee of Management for the "general direction of the residences, and for the discipline and management of Annesley Hall (By-laws of 1914)." In 1920, Margaret Addison was made Dean of Women (also known as Dean of Women Students) in order to reflect that not all women students lived in residence. The responsibilities of the Dean included counseling women students, acting as a member of various University bodies, working on orientation programs, working with student government, and overseeing all matters regarding residence, including selection of dons. In 1990, the position was discontinued and the Dean of Students was created. Dean of Women included Margaret Addison, 1903–1931, Jessie Macpherson, 1934–1963, and Aida Farrag Graff, 1976-1990.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of seven series: Correspondence, 1894-1939; Subject/correspondence files, 1887-1990; Minutes and other records of committees and associations, 1903-1988; Records concerning students and dons, 1884-1989; Records concerning the anniversary of Annesley Hall, 1974-1979; Records relating to Annesley Hall and women's Residences, 1902-1969; and Records of the Annesley Student Government Association, 1903-1963.



Immediate Source of Acquisition

1987.071V [contains photographs]
1987.240V [contains photographs]

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Finding Aids

Photographs are described in the photograph database:

General Notes

See also:
Victoria Women's Association Fonds (Fonds 2095)
The Committee of Managment Fonds (Fonds 2058)
Margaret Addison Fonds (Fonds 2097)
Registrar's Office Fonds (Fonds 2049, series 2 - Student Records)
Annesley Student Government Association Fonds (Fonds 2066)
Dean of Students Fonds (Fonds 2143, series 1 - Residence councils)
Tackaberry Library Committee Fonds (Fonds 2068)
Men's Residence Council Fonds (Fonds 2077)


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