Lewis Emerson Horning

Fonds number:
Title: Lewis Emerson Horning
Dates of Material:
1883-1918, predominant 1895-1918
28 cm of textual records
Biographical sketch

Lewis Emerson Horning (1858–1925) was a teacher and an academic. He was born in Norwich, Ontario, the son of James Horning and Eliza Macklem. He married Beatrice Lillian Nixon in 1885. She died in 1912. He married Grace McRae Cooper in 1916. He had one son and two daughters. He died in Toronto.

Horning was educated at Brantford Collegiate Institute. He received a B.A. from Victoria University, Toronto, in 1884 and went on to study at the University of Breslau, Germany, the University of Göttingen, Germany, where he received a Ph.D. in 1891, and the University of Leipzig, Germany.

Horning was a teacher at Peterborough Collegiate Institute (1884–86). He was appointed Assistant Professor Classics and Modern Languages (1886–91), Professor German and Old English (1891–1905), and Professor Teutonic Philology (1905–25) at Victoria University.

He was Chief Examiner at the Education Department of Ontario for several terms and Honourary President of the French and German Club. He received the Prince of Wales medal and the silver medal in Philosophy at Victoria University.

Horning’s publications include: Exercises in German Composition (1895), Materials for German Composition (1901), A Bibliography of Canadian Fiction (1904), The German Drama of the Nineteenth Century (1909), and Syllabus of Lectures on the Outlines of German Literature (1909).

Custodial history

Custodial history is unknown.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of Horning’s records pertaining to his activities as an academic. The fonds includes correspondence relating to A Bibliography of Canadian Fiction (1897–1904); correspondence with Lawrence J. Burpee (1900–04) and with Wilfred Campbell (1895–1905); (annotated) articles; (annotated) copies of A Bibliography of Canadian Fiction, Exercises in German Composition, The German Drama of the Nineteenth Century, and other publications; lecture notes; personal and other material.

The fonds also includes a German bible inscribed to Horning.

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds.

Physical description

The fonds is stored in 3 boxes.

Immediate source of acquisition

Manuscripts for "The Great War" were acquired from Victoria University Archives in 1988. The source of acquisition of the other records is unknown. Immediate source of acquisition is unknown.

The German bible was donated to Victoria University Library by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, archivist at the Survival Research Institute of Canada in Victoria, BC, who received it as part of a collection of books from the Gaulton Bishop Spiritualist Centre in Surrey. The collection was originally owned by Dr. J.E. Horning, the son of L.E. Horning. The bible arrived at the library in 2014 but was placed on a shelf in the offices, where it remained until it was brought to the archivist in 2020.

Language of material

Most of the material is in English, some in German.

Access restrictions

Restrictions on access: No restrictions on access.

Finding aids

File list available

Related material

Biographical information and offprint of an address by Horning held at Victoria University Archives.


No further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access points: Horning, L.E. (Lewis Emerson), 1858–1925