Box/File List

Andrew James Bell

Box 1
Series: 1: Correspondence
1117 letters in: 1920–1923, 1929n.d., 1920–1929

Correspondents include: James Endicott (1 in, 1920); William R. Riddell (1 in, 1921); academics; students. File also includes 1 letter from Margaret E.T. Addison to Martha Bell, 1920.  There are also copies of letters sent and addressed to others and a letter from from C.T. Currelly of the R.O.M. to the Members of the Archaeological Institute. Subjects are mainly related to academics, academic administration.

12 26 letters in: 1919–19211919–1921, primarily 1919

Correspondents include: Douglas Bush (1 in, 1919); Mrs. Douglas Bush (1 in, 1919); Hon. William R. Riddell (1 in, 1920); philologists; academics; students; a book dealer; friends. File also includes 1 letter from Margaret E. T. Addison to Martha Bell, 1920.

13 13 letters in: 1911–19181911-1918

Correspondents include: philologists; academics; family members; friends. File also includes 1 letter from Tina Kromer (Leipzig) to Martha Bell, 1915.  Includes a telegram and letter related to the death of a family member is W.W.I.

14 15 letters in: 1890–1910; 1890-1910

Correspondents include: academics; business associates; a politician; friends. Verso of letter dated 1905 contains draft of reply by A.J. Bell. File includes 1 letter from Helena Coleman to Martha Bell, 1910

15 5 letters in: 1885–18991885-1899

Correspondents include: William R. Riddell (1 in, 1899); academics; editors.

16 4 letters in: n.d.n.d.

Correspondents include: Douglas Bush (1 in, n.d.); an academic; students; a friend.

17 9 letters in n.d., 1887–1923n.d., 1887-1923

Correspondents include academics; an editor; friends. Includes 1 letter from Irene Irwin to George Bell, 1923

18 7 letters in: 1887–19101887-1910

Correspondents include: 1 from S.S. Nelles (1887); 1 from R.A. Reeve (1889); “Thorn” (n.d.), [fragment; might have been addressed to Helena Coleman?]; academics; colleague in Breslau.

19 2 letters in: 1889, 18941889, 1894

Correspondents include: Eduard Meyer [of Breslau?], (1889); Theodore Rand (McMaster University); 1894

110 15 letters in, plus 3 receipts: n.d., 1891–1911n.d., 1891-1911

Correspondents include: American Philological Association (2 in, 1905, 1907); A.B. Macallum (1 in, 1905); E. Masson (1 in, 1900); D. McFayden (1 in, 1902); A.P. Missener (1 in, 1919); University of Chicago Press (1 in, 1907); Vincent Parke Publishers (1 in, 1909); academics; a student.

1118 letters in: 1908–1926 1908-1926

Correspondents include: R. Falconer, University of Toronto, A.H. Bain, Victoria College, H.W. Auden, Upper Canada College, A. Fraser, Ontario Bureau of Archives, M.W. Wallace, Militia and Defense, M. Brett, and J.W.L. Forster, Toronto artist.

Series: 2: Academic and Professional Records
Literary manuscripts
118Tros Tyriusque Again:[189?]

ts., annotated, signed


119 The Greek Aorist[189?]


120-21The Origin of Gender1898


122 The Origin of Gender: offprint of Transactions of the Canadian Institute, Vol. VI (1898–99), from an address given February 12, 1898; a. 14 p. 1898

Fragile. Researchers should refer to photocopy (provided).

123 The constructions with refert and interest: offprint of Proceedings of the Canadian Institute, [1897?], from an address given February 28, 1897; b. 3 p.1897
124 The Greek Aorist[189?]

offprint; b. 8 p.  Unknown publication.

125 The Science of Meanings: reprinted from The School Review, vol. 9, no. 6 (June 1901); b. 9 p. 1901

Two copies.

126 Virgil and the Drama: reprinted from The School Review, vol. 13, no. 6 (June 1905); b. 17 p. 1905

Two copies.

Professional material
116Letter of Appointment as Professor of Comparative Philology, University of Toronto1907
Professional material -- Lecture notes
117Notes, Philological: n.d.; [by A.J. Bell?]n.d.

Handwritten notes - Matthew 8 28, Mark 5 2, Luke 8 57, possibly for a lecture.

Educational records -- University of Breslau
113 Thesis, De Locativi in Prisca Latinitate Vi et Usu: University of Breslau, 1889; a. Three copies, all of them inscribed (to: L.E. Horning; A.F. Langford; Nathaniel Burwash).1889

One copy bound.

114Universitat Breslau 1889

Correspondence in German regarding fee payments 

Educational records -- University of Toronto
112University College lecture admission cards 1874, 1875


Educational records -- University of Leipzig
115aLetter of introduction, For delivery to the Rector of the University of Leipzig.d.; Includes related letter written by N. Burwash, President of Victoria College[1907]
115bUniversitat Leipzig transcript, diploma1906, 1907
115cKollegien-Buch - Universitat Leipzig [book list for philosophy students]1907


115dArticle, Cicero im Wandel Der Jahrhunderte, by Th. Zielinski1908

Offprint ; German.  Condition is very fragile.  

Series: 3: Personal records and memorabilia
127 Five essays: (holograph, undated, signed “A.J. Bell”), [school or college exercises, by Andrew James Bell?, including Friendship; Honesty is the best policy; Patriotism; Success in life; William Cowper][186?]

Contains a note related to the attribution of the essays to A.J. Bell from 1977.

128Letter from Victoria University to University of Melbourne in Latin[19-?]


129Memorial cards, Conrad Bitzer ; Memorial card, Samuel S. Nelles1887, 1903
130Archaeological Institute of America membership certificate1919
131New York University Department of Latin Language and Literature Retrospect and Survey1919

 Signed by Ernest G. Sihler, addressed to A.J. Bell 

Box 2
Series: 4: Records related to the Bell library and book collection
Bell Library -- Catalogue
2 Sheaf catalogue of the library of A.J. Bell, bound: Holograph entries made by Bell, commencing ca. 1909; bulk of entries made in 1910s, 1920s.1909, 1910-1929

Extremely fragile. Special permission is required to view the item.

Box 3
Series: 3: Personal records and memorabilia
31Correspondence of Pelham Edgar and Charles G.D. Roberts [possibly purchased by Bell; see custodial history]1901, 1902, 1902, 1905, 1905, 1905, 1907

including: 1 letter from L.J. Maxse (of National Review) to Pelham Edgar (1905); 1 letter from William McDuncan to Edgar (1901); 1 letter from Henry Newbolt to Edgar (1901?); 1 from William Osler to Edgar (1902); 1 letter from Gilbert Parker to Edgar (1905); 1 letter from [George William Ross?], (Canadian Authors’ Association) to Edgar (1905); 1 letter from Alice Meynell to Mrs. Pelham Edgar (1907?); 1 letter from Charles G.D. Roberts to “my dear Scott” [Duncan Campbell Scott?], (1902)  

32 Souvenir booklet and programs relating to events at the Margaret Eaton School of Literature and Expression (Toronto), n.d., 1905–09; the University of Ottawa, 1904; other institutions1904-1909
33 Invitations, programs, other items relating to events at McMaster University; the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario;...1896-1915

...Trinity College (University of Toronto); Wycliffe College (University of Toronto); the University of New Brunswick; several collegiate institutes and schools in Ontario; and several universities and other institutions in the United States  

34 Personal calendar diary (pocket-sized) for 19101910

[Very fragile condition]

35Canadian passport - Andrew James Bell, Esquire1906

Includes accompanying letter from the Secretary of State, Canada.

36 Album, Breslau1889

[Includes portraits of professors, classmates, friends?] Fragile.

Box 4
Series: 3: Personal records and memorabilia
49Photograph portrait of Dr. Bell and cartoon "Faculty Recruiting Station"1914, [193?]

offprint. Cartoon is from Bob Programme, 1914

Series: 4: Records related to the Bell library and book collection
Bell Library
41Invoices and correspondence re books and autographs purchases by A.J. Bell1912-1923
42Correspondence and reports relating to the acquisition of the Bell library, 1933–1935n.d., 1933-1935

Correspondents include: F. Louis Barber and other individuals. File includes related notes.

43Lists of items in the Bell library, Boxes 1–48[193?]
44Lists of items in the Bell library, Boxes 1–299[193?]


45Lists of items in the Bell library, Boxes 300-597[193?]


46Sample bookplate, from the library of (“ex libris”) A.J. Bell, and sample bookplate, photocopiedn.d.
47 Handlist of Erasmiana in the Bell collection of Victoria College, prepared by Marie Tremaine, Toronto Public Library. [197?]

Copy 2

Bell Library -- Catalogue
48 Slips from A.J. Bell’s sheaf catalogue. Note by donor of envelope stated “... received from member of Bell family;”1909-1920

Slips probably fell out of catalogue. See Box 2

Series: 5: Material about A.J. Bell
410Clippings - re A.J. Bell library and Erasmus Collection 1936, 1983
411Andrew James Bell: Memorial address by Professor N.W. DeWitt[1932?]

offprint.   Includes front page with summary of his life - birth and death dates, education and word details.

412Article: photocopied: Andrew James Bell: A great Toronto book collector; by Larry Pfaff; in Papers of the Bibliographic Society of CanadaMay 15, 1976
413Serial: Renaissance and Reformation, Vol. VII (1971) No. 2 [describe according to A.A.C.R. II]1971

Issue subtitle: “The Erasmus collection in the Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies, Victoria University in the University of Toronto: a catalogue of its most important materials, with a contemporary portrait of the collector, Andrew James Bell.”

414Paper: Andrew James Bell, Bibliophile by Larry Pfaff[197–]
Bell portrait
41552 letters and other items relating to the acquisition of a portrait of Bell1935, 1936

File includes related lists of donors and receipts for donations. Correspondents include: F. Louis Barber and many academics and community members.

Box 5
Series: 2: Academic and Professional Records
Literary manuscripts
510"The Latin Dual and Poetic Diction: Studies in Numbers and Figures" by A.J. Bell 1921-1936

Publication arranged by Victoria College. Includes correspondence and invoices between between College officials and Oxford University Press. Also includes notes made by A.E. Lang, Victoria College Library.

Professional material -- Lecture notes
52-3, 5-9Lecture notes - Grammar [Latin or Greek][190?]

Written in pencil.  

54Lecture notes - Latin Prose[190?]


5 1Lecture notes, On grammar, including Latin and Greek grammar[190?]

Bound notebook with no cover.  Paper is very fragile.

Box 6
Series: 2: Academic and Professional Records
Educational records -- University of Breslau
6 /OS2-3Doctor of Philosophy degree, University of Breslau [Wroclaw]1889

Original with seal, 4 copies.

6 /OS4Diplomas for philosophy courses1876
Educational records -- University of Toronto
6 /OS1Bachelor of Arts degree, University of Toronto1878


Educational records -- University of Leipzig
6 /OS5University of Leipzig Diploma1907


Series: 3: Personal records and memorabilia
6 /OS6Passport - England1896
2023.15, Box 1
Series: 3: Personal records and memorabilia
11Latin poetry books1899

Three volumes of Latin poetry written by W.S.Y. [William Siddons Young]. The poems are written in hexameter. Includes Lacus Nemorensis, Ruris Laudatio and Unstia.

A.J. Bell's name is inscribed on the front endpapers of each book.