Millar MacLure

Fonds number:
Title: Millar MacLure
Dates of Material:
54 cm of textual records
Biographical sketch

Millar MacLure was a professor of English at Victoria College, Toronto, for thirty years. Born in 1917 at Albion Cross, Prince Edward Island, he received degrees at Acadia University (Hon. B.A. 1939), Queen’s University, Kingston (M.A. 1944), and the University of Toronto (Ph.D. 1949). When his graduate studies in English literature at Johns Hopkins University were interrupted by the war in 1940, he taught at his former high school, Prince of Wales College in Charlottetown, during 1941–1943 and 1944–1945. After receiving his doctorate, he served as Professor of English and Chairman of the Department at United College, Winnipeg, 1949–1953. He returned to Toronto to teach at Victoria College until his retirement in 1983. During his distinguished professorate at Victoria and the University of Toronto Graduate Department of English, MacLure served as departmental chairman and edited The Tamarack Review (1956–1960) as well as The University of Toronto Quarterly (1960–1965). His major publications were The Paul’s Cross Sermons, 1534–1642 (1958) and George Chapman: A Critical Study (1966). He also edited and co-edited several other important volumes and wrote many essays and reviews. He served as founding president of the Association of Canadian University Teachers of English for 1957–1958, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1973. MacLure died in 1990.

Scope and content

Fonds consists mostly of correspondence and other material relating to MacLure’s career as a scholar and teacher of English literature. The first series of general material includes copies of curriculum vitae, lists of his publications, texts of addresses, review articles, and notes on Dickens. Several autobiographical essays, scripts, and pen drawings in the same series are more personal in nature. The second and largest series consists of correspondence, most of which involves professional concerns. The general correspondence files, however, do contain personal items. The third series includes offprints of MacLure’s published articles and reviews, as well as reviews of his books by other authors. series four consists of research notes on the Paul’s Cross sermons and preachers, and series five of notes on George Chapman and “Renaissance psychology.”

Source of supplied title

Title based on contents of the fonds

Immediate source of acquisition

Most records in the fonds were donated to the Victoria University Library by Mrs. Evelyn MacLure in 1993 and 1994. Records in series four were donated by Millar MacLure to the Trinity College Archives in 1983, and transferred to the Victoria University Library in 1994.

Finding aids

Box/file list available


No further accruals are expected

Access points

Provenance access points: MacLure, Millar, 1917–1990