John D. Robins fonds

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Name of Creator

Robins, John D.

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John D. Robins fonds

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60 cm of textual records
3 photographs

Administrative History

John D. Robins was a professor, creative writer and editor of note who had a lengthy and distinguished teaching career at Victoria University. Born in Windsor, Ontario in 1884, to Thomas Brackhill Robins and Elizabeth Snelson Plant, he attended Albert College in Belleville before graduating with a B.A. (1913) and M.A. (1922) from Victoria University, and a Ph.d. from University of Chicago (1927). He began his teaching career at Victoria as a Lecturer in German in 1910, went on to become a Professor of English and Head of the Department, 1941–1952, while also serving as the Librarian, 1945–1952. In addition to his academic endeavors, he edited the highly regarded "A Pocketful of Canada" (1946), and wrote the popular non-fiction book "The Incomplete Anglers" (1944), as well as the novel "Cottage Cheese" (1951), and was also recognized for his knowledge of folklore. John D. Robins died suddenly in 1952.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the following series: Records relating to teaching,1924-1952; Records relating to writing and editing, 1944-1951; and Student records, 1909-1913, [ca. 1926].



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Administrators / Faculty personal papers