Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections

Allan Novak fonds
Collection consists of born-digital episodes of the "docu-comedy" "Loving Spoonfuls", created and produced by Allan Novak and hosted by David Gale. Episodes feature cooking demonstrations and interviews with grandmothers, most local to the Greater Toronto Area, and aired from 2000-2004. Material was transferred to the archives on an external hard drive and represents about 20% of the total archive.
Allan Robb Flemming fonds
Collection consists of digitized scans of photographs, correspondence and graphic designs by Allan Robb Fleming, selected by members of his estate. Digitization sponsored by donor family and a made possible through a 2010 York Canada Works grant. Digitized material represents less than 1% of the total collection., The support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Young Canada Works Program, in 2010, is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries. The support of Martha Fleming, in 2010, is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries.
Aubrey Golden fonds
Collection consists of files from the law practice of Aubrey Golden. Files were opened by Golden's staff when he joined an organization, began a new project, or took on a new client. These records include a broad range of documents created or accumulated by Golden or associate counsel under his direction, including handwritten notes from meetings and telephone calls, correspondence, memoranda, research notes, copies of relevant case law, witness lists and statements, photographs, reference material (newspaper clippings, government and technical reports, and trade union publications such as newsletters, flyers, constitutions, and by-laws), affidavits, factums, books of authorities, motions, petitions, court orders, transcripts of testimony, verdicts and their reasons, and documents regarding calculation of damages. The files appear in the order established by Aubrey Golden, and they bear his file numbers. The files fall into six general areas: organized labour; civil liberties and the public interest; politics; commentary on legal issues and public affairs; aboriginal rights; and general interest. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
Barbara Godard collection
Collection consists of digital video interview with Barbara Godard made by Eva C. Karpinksi in 2008, most likely in relation to a two-day gathering of former students and colleagues on December 5-6, 2008. Digital material represents approximately 80% of total collection.
Barbara Godard fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographs, documents and other material from the Barbara Godard fonds. Selected for digitization by patron request. Digital material represents less than 1% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
Beer Family fonds
Collection consists of digitized textual material and photographic prints preserved by members of the Beer Family related to the correspondence between Vivien Beer and James Allan during WWI. Material selected by archives staff as part of ongoing digitization of war correspondence. Digitized material represents approximately 98% of total archive., Early digitization of some of this material made possible, in whole or in part, by a grant from the Ministry of Heritage, administered by the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) and the Archives Association of Ontario (AAO).
Cephalonica-Ithaca Association of Toronto fonds
Collection consists of digitized documents and excerpts from publications produced by the Cephalonica-Ithaca Association of Toronto. Digitized at request of partners from the Greek Canadian History Project. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
Clara McCandless Thomas fonds
Collection consists of digitized correspondence from WWI. Material selected by archives staff as part of ongoing digitization of war correspondence. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
Clara Thomas Archives collection
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints and negatives, digitized video and film, and digitized documents drawn from the Clara Thomas Archives collection. Selected for digitization by archives staff and university staff as part of York's fiftieth anniversary celebrations, as well as patron request. Other material selected for digitization to improve patron access. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding and funding from York50 celebrations in 2009. Digitization also made possible through the Clara Thomas Archives Preservation Fund.
Clayton Ruby fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints created or preserved by Clayton Ruby in the course of his activities as a lawyer and activist. Items digitized by patron request. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
David Wurfel fonds
Collection consists of photographic slides created by political scientist David Wurfel (1929-2012) during the course of his travels and scholarly research in South East Asia from 1947 to the mid-2000s. Selected for digitization by Wendy Alejandra Medina de Loera, research assistant hired by York Centre for Asian Research (YCAR) as part of the AIF-funded project "Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) for Teaching & Learning" in 2017-2018.Digitized material represents less than 5% of the total archives., Material digitized as part of an Academic Innovation Fund (AIF), Digital Humanities and Social Sciences (DHSS) for Teaching & Learning awarded in Phase 2 of the program in 2017-2018.
Desh Pardesh fonds
Collection consists of digitized copies of promotional elements used to advertise the Desh Pardesh festival. Digitization funded by patron request and with support of SAVAC. Digitized material is approximately 1% of total archive.
Dini Petty fonds
Collection consists of digitized copies of broadcasts of The Dini Petty Show (1989-1999), originally housed on 2-inch video tape or DigiBeta video cassettes. Digitization funded by donor and through the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections Preservation Fund. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total holdings., The support of Dini Petty for the digitization of this collection, in 2015, is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries.
Domingos Marques fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints and negatives taken or preserved by Domingos Marques as part of his work as a journalist and community organizer with the Portuguese community of Toronto and his work on the community newspaper "Comunidade" in the 1970s. Digitized at request of partners from the Portuguese Canadian History Project. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding and support of York's Department of History in 2010.
Dorothy Stepler fonds
Collection consists of digitized textual material and photographic prints preserved by Dorothy Stepler and made by her brother Gordon Stepler, who served in WWI. Material selected by archives staff as part of ongoing digitization of war correspondence. Digitized material represents approximately 98% of total archive.
Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn collection
Collection consists of digitized newsletters, photographic prints, sound recordings and video related to the career of Dr. Robert S. Mendelsohn. Material selected by donor for digitization. Digitized material represents approximately 40% of total archive.
Edgar Wardwell McInnis fonds
Collection consists of digitized copies of sound recordings on 1/4" audio reel and photographs made by or depicting, Edgard Wardwell McInnis, a historian, university administrator, and York University's orator. Digitization sponsored by patron request. Digitized material represents less than 1% of the total collection.
Ernest H. Bartlett fonds
Collection consists of digitized textual material and photographic prints preserved by Ernest H. Bartlett related to he and his two brothers' military service during WWII as well as his mother's career as a nurse during WWI. Material selected by archives staff as part of ongoing digitization of war correspondence. Digitized material represents approximately 3% of total archive.
Excalibur Productions Ltd. fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints and negatives taken or preserved by members of Excalibur, York's student newspaper. Selected for digitization by archives staff to improve access to historical images of campus life. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
George Papadatos fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic slides, documents and video recordings created or accumulated by George Papadatos, a political activist, community organizer and music promoter who lived in Toronto in the 1960s and 1970s before returning home to Greece following the fall of the military junta in 1974. Digitized at request of partners from the Greek Canadian History Project and with permission of the donor. Selection made by Chris Grafos and George Papadatos in 2014 and 2015. Digital material represents approximately 40% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding as well as funds from the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections Preservation Fund.
Glendon College fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic negatives, student videos and oral histories related to the history and community of Glendon College. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
Helen Lucas fonds
Collection consists of digitized scans of large-scale sketches and graphite and ink drawings by artist Helen Lucas(1931-). Digitization conducted to support a 2016-2017 exhibit of Lucas' work co-curated by Simone Wharton and Jenna Shamoon. Digitized material represents approximately 1% of the total collection.
Herbert Hunt fonds
Collection consists of the digitized contents of the Herbert William Hunt fonds. Digitization possible through labour of University of Toronto iSchool practicum program student, Natalia Piertrzykowski in 2016. Digitized content represents 100% of total archive.
Historical Map Collection
Collection consists of digitized copies of printed historical maps acquired by the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections through purchase or donation from various sources., Funding for the staff resources to digitize and describe materials made possible through York University's Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) project: Geospatial Literacies for All.
Home Made Visible collection
Home Made Visible (HMV) is a nationwide archival project by the Regent Park Film Festival made in partnership with Charles Street Video and York University Libraries. HMV responds to a gap in the Canadian archives that lack in domestic histories of Indigenous and visible minority families in Canada. HMV offers free digitization of people's home movies and with their consent, sends a portion of their digitized footage to our archives. Digital material represents a percentage of the total collection., Funding for digitization provided by Canada Council for the Arts -- New Chapter Program.
James Laxer fonds
Collection consists of digitized textual material created or accumulated by James Laxer in the course of his activities as a scholar and historian. Digitized at the request of the donor. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive., Legacy finding aid available at: http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000166.htm . Current finding aid available at: http://archives.library.yorku.ca/atom/index.php/james-laxer-fonds .
James and Margaret Beveridge fonds
Collection consists of digitized film and video works created, directed, supervised or produced by James and Margaret Beveridge. James and Margaret Beveridge have directed and edited documentary films for the National Film Board of Canada (1939-1961) and other independent film making ventures, James as director and Margaret as editor. James also taught film making at York University from 1970-1987. Their work includes films on India and other Asian countries, the state of Canadian films, and other educational films. James Beveridge was the founding chair of Department of Film at York. Digitized material represents less than 5% of the total archive.
Jean Augustine fonds
Collection consists of photographed political buttons, digitized photographs as well as recorded interviews with politician and community activist Jean Augustine. Material selected by Norda Majekodunmi as part of a sabbatical research project. Digitized material represents less than 10% of total archive., Digitization made possible, in whole or in part, through a 2013 Librarians Research Grant.
John Arpin fonds
Collection consists of a sample of digitized historical sheet music accumulated by pianist John Arpin. Digitization by donor request., Digitization of sample of content for pilot migration from YorkSpace made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
John Warkentin Map Collection
Collection consists of digitized historical printed maps donated by Dr. John Warkentin., Funding for the staff resources to digitize and describe materials funded by York University's Academic Innovation Fund (AIF) project: Geospatial Literacies for All.
John Warkentin fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic slides of geographic features, settlement patterns, dwellings and agricultural markings taken by John Warkentin in the course of his activities as a physical geographer, mostly of Manitoba in the 1950s and 1960s, Greenland in the 1950s and Toronto in the early 2000s. Digitization by researcher request. Digital material represents approximately 90% of total collection., Digitization of sample of content for pilot project funded in part through NiCHE in 2012 and a Young Canada Works grant in 2012. Subsequent digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
Jonathan Lynn fonds
Collection consists of digitized copies of episodes of the live television series "Highway 10" which featured folk musicians and was hosted by Jonathan Lynn. Digitization funded by the Clara Thomas Archives & Special Collections Preservation Fund. Represents approximately 1% of total archive.
Joyce Wieland fonds
Collection consists of digitized audio recordings made or preserved by artist Joyce Wieland (1930-1998). Digitized by patron request. Digitized material represents less than 1% of the total archive.
Knowlton Nash fonds
Collection consists of digitized issues of the newsletter "Washington Through Canadian Eyes" from journalist Knowlton Nash, which he distributed by subscription while stationed in Washington, D.C. in the 1950s. Digitization by donor suggestion. Digital material represents less than 1% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
Lee Lorch fonds
Collection consists of digitized and digital photographs and photographic negatives created or preserved by Lee Lorch (1915-2014) in the course of his activities as a mathematician and social activist. Material digitized by patron request. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
Lou Wise fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic slides of low level oblique aerial photographs of Ontario watersheds. Digitization by donor request. Digital material represents approximately 99% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding.
Marilou McPhedran fonds
Collection consists of records created and accumulated by Marilou McPhedran through her activities as a lawyer, legal reformer, and activist. These records illustrate the breadth and variety of McPhedran's work in the areas of constitutional reform, women's international and national rights, women's health, and violence against women and children. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
Mariposa Folk Festival collection
Collection consists of discrete materials donated by individuals relating to the Mariposa Folk Festival that have been digitized. Digitized material represents less than 10% of total archive.
Mariposa Folk Foundation fonds
Collection consists of digitized sound recordings, photographic negatives, prints, festival programs, posters, buttons, 16mm film and video recordings related to the Mariposa Folk Festival (1961-). Material selected as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, as well as to migrate sound recordings off of 1/4" audio reels and audio cassettes. Digitized material represents less than 10% of total archive., A portion of digitization made possible, through the Archives Community Development Program (ACDP) sponsored by the Council of Canadian Archives (CCA) and the Department of Canadian Heritage from 2009-2010. A portion of digitization made possible through the sponsorship of the W.P. Scott Research Chair in E-Librarianship in 2015-2017.
Mavor Moore fonds
Collection consists of digitized sound recordings made by or preserved by Mavor Moore, related to his activities as an actor, writer, critic, educator and public servant. Digitized for the purposes of appraisal and description. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive., http://viaf.org/viaf/4977997
Michael Posluns fonds
Collection consists of digitized sound recordings made by or preserved by Michael Polsuns, related to his collaborative work with George Manuel as well as his work with the National Indian Brotherhood, the publication Akwesasne Notes and other First Nations organizations. Material selected as part of a pilot project to migrate and preserve sound recordings stored on 1/4" audio reels and audio cassettes. Digitized material represents approximately 20% of total archive., Digitization made possible, in whole or in part, through a 2013 Young Canada Works grant sponsored by the Department of Canadian Heritage, and ministered through the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA).
Murray Ross fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints from the personal archives of York University's first president, Murray Ross. Digitization selected as part of the celebrations related to the university's fiftieth anniversary in 2009. Digital material represents less than 1% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York50 resources and funding.
Nancy Pocock fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints created or accumulated by Nancy Pocock in the course of her activities as a refugee worker and peace activist. Digitized by patron request. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive., VIAF authority record: http://viaf.org/viaf/66052460 Finding aid available at:http://archivesfa.library.yorku.ca/fonds/ON00370-f0000171.htm and: http://archives.library.yorku.ca/atom/index.php/pocock-nancy-1910-1998 .
Patricia Fleisher fonds
Collection consists of digitized sound recording made by Patricia Fleisher in the course of her activities as an arts journalist, photographer and editor. Items digitized by patron request and to facilitate access and description. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
Rita Greer Allen fonds
Collection consists of a digitized portraits of Rita Greer Allen and her husband Robert. Selected for digitization by patron request. Digital material represents less than 1% of total collection.
Robert Greer Allen fonds
Collection consists of a digitized portrait of Robert Greer Allen. Selected for digitization by patron request. Digital material represents less than 1% of total collection.
Ruth McVeigh fonds
Collection consists of digitized material created or accumulated by Ruth Jones McVeigh in the course of her founding and administrating the Mariposa Folk Festival. Material makes up less than 50% of the total archives.
Sheldon and Judy Godfrey collection
Collection consists of digitized copies of books from the Sheldon and Judy Godfrey Collection of historical manuscripts and publications, most related to the history of Jewish people in the Atlantic World in the sixteenth through the mid-nineteenth century. Digitization made possible through patron request and through a joint partnership with the Internet Archive. Digitized material consists of historical publications that fit the format and physical condition requirements of the Internet Archive, were in the public domain and/or at a low risk of copyright infringement, and had not been digitized by the Internet Archive, Canadiana.org, Europeana or The Hathi Trust at the time of selection. Digitized material represents approximately 1% of the total collection.
Toronto Telegram fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints, photographic negatives, as well as associated textual documentation from the Toronto Telegram newspaper photo archives. Digitization sponsored by patron request as well as grant-funded projects aimed at preserving objects suffering from severe vinegar syndrome. Digitized material represents approxamitely 1% of the total collection. What follows is a summary of digitization projects that draw upon the collection. In 2001, a pilot project was established to digitize a sample of 1,000 images (of Toronto's waterfront as well as ethnic groups within the city) to examine and evaluate techniques, procedures, and costs for digitizing collections. The outcome of the project resulted in a better understanding of the resources required of such a project while providing an opportunity for York University Libraries to develop expertise in digitization and the mounting of locally produced databases. From about 2000 to the present patron-driven requests to digitize material related to historical events or institutions has led to the predominence of topics such as bank robberies in the 1960s, the Woodbine Racetrack, the counterculture scene in Yorkville, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, and The King Edward Hotel. Since 2010, images related to the Mariposa Folk Festival have been digitized as part of an ongoing collaboration with the Mariposa Folk Foundation. Since 2010, York University Libraries has sponsored ongoing digitization of boxes of photographic negatives suffering severe vinegar syndrome, resulting in the preservation of images categorized under the following subject headings of: animals, dogs, cats, Armistice Day, Biafra, banks, flowers, food, Hamilton, Hallowe'en, Hairdressing, Haliburton, Hong Kong, Cyprus, Cuba, and Saigon among others. Since 2010, images related to the Portuguese Canadian community have been digitized as part of an in-kind partnership with the Porgutuese Canadian History Project (PCHP). Since 2012, images related to the Greek Canadian community have been digitized as part of an in-kind partnership with the Greek Canadian History Project (GCHP)., The ongoing partnership with the Portuguese Canadian History Project | Projecto de Historia Luso Canadiana (PCHP) is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries. The ongoing partnership with the Greek Canadian History Project | Πρόγραμμα Έρευνας Ελληνο-Καναδικής Ιστορίας (GCHP) is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries. The support of the Department of Canadian Heritage through the Archival Community Digitization Program (ACDP) in 2010 is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries. The support of the Canadian Council of Archives (CCA) and the Department of Canadian Heritage, from 1995 to 1998, is gratefully acknowledged by York University Libraries.
Varpu Lindström fonds
Collection consists of digitized monographs, periodicals, theatre plays, as well as historical photographs collected and acquired by social historian Varpu Lindström (1948-2012), a leading expert on Canadian immgration history, particularly the experience of Finnish migrants. Digitized material represents less than 10% of the total archive., Funding: Digitization of published material made possible through a joint initiative of York University Libraries, the Internet Archive and other participants of the OCUL system from 2009-2011.
Victoria Welby fonds
Collection consists of digitized correspondence, manuscripts and ephemera related to writing and scholarly work of Lady Victoria Welby (1837-1912). Material selected by researcher for digitization. Digitized material represents approximately 10% of total archive., Digitization made possible, in whole or in part, through a Librarians Research Grant in 2015 and 2016.
William Wicken fonds
Collection consists of project files created by William Wicken through his work as researcher and expert witness in projects and legal cases involving Mi'kmaq treaties, and their rights to hunt, fish, and trade. The files include correspondence with counsel for the Crown and the defense, reports on Mi'kmaq society and land treaties based on original research using archival and published documents, legal and historical opinions on the interpretion of treaties and unexhausted rights under section 35 of the Canadian Constitution, and reproductions of documents used in provincial and appeal courts in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, and the Supreme Court of Canada. Some files deal with issues of governance, and negotiations with the federal departments of Indian and Northern Affairs, and Fisheries and Oceans. Other files contain information on aboriginal title research involving the Mi'kmaq of Gaspe and Prince Edward Island. The fonds also includes Wicken's research notebooks from 1994 to 2002, and his daily appointment books from 1993 to 2007. The fonds offers considerable information on research into aboriginal land titles in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, and the major role played by professional historians in addressing issues of legal rights and cultural identities. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.
YFile collection
Consists of WARC files of daily issues of YFile, York University's online news bulletin of campus news. Selected for preservation due to the university's legal obligation to preserve such records as part of the Common Records Schedule. Web crawls are inconsistent at times based on accessibility to the server. Previously crawled daily, but now are crawled twice a month.
York University Computing and Network Services fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints and negatives, as well as audio recordings, film and video taken by members of York University's Computing and Network Services, as part of their responsibilities as the university's official photographers and videographers in the 1960s through the early 2000s. Selected for digitization by archives staff and university staff as part of York's fiftieth anniversary celebrations, as well as patron request. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding and funding from York50 celebrations in 2009. Digitization of film and audio made possible through staff at ITC for the creation of a York50 celebratory film montage in 2009.
York University Department of Campus Planning fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic slides of early construction sites at Keele Campus. Digitized material represents less than 5% of total archive.
York University Department of Communications fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints and negatives created or preserved by staff of the university's Department of Communications in the course of their activities. Selected for digitization by archives staff and university staff as part of York's fiftieth anniversary celebrations, as well as patron request. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding and funding from York50 celebrations in 2009.
York University Department of Instructional Aid Resources
Collection consists of digitized photographic images, film, sound and video recordings created by York University's Department of Instructional Aid Resources. The Department of Instructional Aid Resources was instituted in 1967 to provide new communications techniques, including television, filmstrips, slides and motion pictures, for instruction purposes. The department was to produce educational television programs, motion pictures, photographs and related material, develop closed circuit television for classrooms, and provide equipment. In the intervening years the department has added computer graphic design, opened a television studio for production and instruction purposes, and now offers full photographic services to the university community. Audio Visual Services operates a 120-seat cinema (Nat Taylor Cinema), a screening room and a teleconference room for distance education. During the period covered by these records the following men served as Director of the Department: A.F. Knowles (1967-1974), David A. Homer (1974-1990). Consists of digitized film footage of campus events as well as recordings of public events, lectures, and convocation ceremonies at York University. Digitized material represents less than 10% of total archive., Material digitized by members of the Instructional Learning Centre staff for the York50 celebrations in 2009.
York University Faculty Association (YUFA)
Collection consists of digitized textual records created or accumulated by members of the York University Faculty Association (YUFA), including copies of meeting minutes, bulletins and other communications related to the Library Chapter of YUFA. Digitization by researcher request. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive., Access is restricted. All files in the fonds are restricted for a period of one hundred years from the last date in the file. Researchers wishing to view this material must obtain the written permission of the York University Faculty Association, and be directed to the Archivist, York University., Digitization made possible, in whole or in part, through a 2015 Librarians Research Grant.
York University Libraries fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographs and documents from the York University Libraries fonds. Digitization sponsored by patron request as well as requests by York community members, most to support campus exhibits, commemorations, and research. Digitized material represents less than 1% of the total collection.
York University Photograph collection fonds
Collection consists of digitized photographic prints and negatives collected by archival staff to document the history of York university and the history of the land on which Keele campus and Glendon College is built. Selected for digitization by archives staff and university staff as part of York's fiftieth anniversary celebrations, as well as patron request. Digital material represents less than 20% of total collection., Digitization made possible through York University Libraries resources and funding and funding from York50 celebrations in 2009.
York University historical collection
Collection consists of items digitized from the collection related to the history of York University. Digitization sponsored by university administrators or by York University Libraries. Digitized material represents less than 1% of total archive.