Clara Thomas Archives and Special Collections

Allan Novak fonds
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 Fleming fonds
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
Fonds 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
Barbara Godard (1941-2010), educator, critic, and translator was born in Toronto, Ontario on 24 December 1941. She received her B.A. in 1964 from the University of Toronto, Trinity College and her M.A. in 1967 from the Université de Montréal. She received her Maitrise from the Université de Paris in 1969 and her PhD from the Université de Bordeaux in 1971. She lectured at the Universities of Montreal and Paris before joining York University in 1971 as an Assistant Professor of English. She subsequently taught as a professor of English, French, Social and Political Thought and Women's Studies and was the Avie Bennett Historica Chair of Canadian Literature. The author and editor of numerous scholarly publications, articles and essays, Godard's publications include the books "Talking about ourselves: the cultural productions of native women in Canada" (1985) and "Audrey Thomas: her life and work" (1989). She also edited "Gynocritics/gynocritiques: feminist approaches to Canadian and Quebec women's writing" (1987), "Collaboration in the feminine: writing on women and 'Culture' from 'Tessera'" (1994) and "Intersexions: issues of race and gender in Canadian women's writing" (1996). A noted translator of numerous Quebec women writers including Nicole Brossard's "Intimate journal" (2004) and "Picture theory" (1991), Antoinine Maillet's "The tale of Don l'Orignal" (2004) and France Théore's "The tangible world" (1991), Godard was shortlisted twice for the Felix-Antoine Savard Translation Prize. In 2001, she collaborated in organizing the conference 'Wider boundaries of daring: the modernist impulse in Canadian women's poetry' with Di Brandt, the proceedings of which were published as "Re:generations: Canadian women poets in conversation." The founding co-editor of the feminist journal "Tessera", Godard received numerous awards for her work including the Vinay-Darbelnet Prize of the Canadian Association of Translation Studies (2000) and the Teaching Award of the Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University (2002) and of the Northeast Association of Graduate Schools (2002). Godard belonged to a wide variety of organizations including P.E.N. Canada, the Association of Canadian and Quebec Literature and the Canadian Semiotics Association. She passed away 16 May 2010.
Barbara Godard 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.
Beer Family Fonds
The Beer family was established in Ontario by Christopher Beer, a retired commander in the British navy, who was granted several hundred acres of land in Metcalfe Township in the early 1800's. In the early 1900's, Jacob Beer, a descendent of Christopher Beer, lived in Strathroy, Ontario, and had five children: Christopher, Joan, Walter, Vivien and Winlow. Private Walter Beer was a soldier with the 48th Regiment (Highlanders) during World War I and was killed in action in France. Vivien Beer was engaged to Captain James R. Allan, who was also killed in action in France in 1916.
Cephalonica-Ithaca Association of Toronto fonds
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.
David Wurfel fonds
Fonds 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. For more information see: .
Desh Pardesh fonds
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
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
Domingos de Oliveira Marques was born 20 January 1949 in Ribeiro, Murtosa, the son of Francisco Marques and Augusta da Purificacao Oliveira. Married to Manuela Marujo. His father was a cod fisher who had visited Saint John's Newfoundland while fishing the Grand Banks and Greeland. He attempted to immigrate in 1953 but was rejected due to his large family. The family eventually succeeded in 1957 when Marques' parents and siblings emigrated while he remained in Portugal in the seminary school at Aveiro. Domingos visited with his family in the summer of 1967. After graduating in 1968 and starting theological studies in Lisbon, Marques, having doubts about his future as a Catholic priest, returned to his family in Toronto in 1968. He worked in the tomato harvest in Chatham to repay his parents the cost of his travels. He worked several jobs, including as a journalist with "Jornal Portugues" and in the Promotions Department of the Toronto Star before quiting to persue a university degree full-time. Marques taught Portuguese at the First Portuguese Community Schoola dn Harbord Collegiate Institute, as well as coordinating projects for the Portuguese Community from the West End YMCA. He edited and research a book on the history Portuguese immigration to Canada with Joao Medeiros "Emigrantes Portugeses: 25 anos no Canada", published in 1978. In the late nineteen-seventies, Marques was self-employed and ran Marquis Printing and Publishing. In 1981 he joined the Workers Compensation Board as a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor, serving fifteen years. In 1992 he published with Manuela Marujo "With Hardened Hands", a more official history of Portuguese Immigration to Canada. As a community activist, Marques was involved in the nineteen-sixties in the cultural and theatrical projects of the St.Mary's youth organization and the cable 10 television program Luso-Brasileiro. In the nineteen-seventies he reported and edited the community newspaper "Comunidade". A volunteer for CARP and PIN in the nineteen-eighties, Marques was elected Trustee of the Separate School Board Ward 3-4 in 1991.
Dorothy Stepler fonds
Dorothy Hamilton Stepler (d. 16 September 1999) was a native of Strathroy, Ontario. She was the daughter of William and Ethelwyn (Gordon) Stepler and sister to Gordon William Stepler. A graduate of the University of Western Ontario in 1931, Stepler worked for the Federal Department of Health and Welfare, where she advocated the payment of family allowances directly to mothers of children. A long-time member of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and the University Women's Club. Stepler edited and published two articles based on the letters her brother Gordon sent home from the Front while serving in World War I.
Edgar Wardwell McInnis fonds
Edgar Wardwell McInnis was an educator, author and university administrator, who was born in Charlottetown, P. E. I. on July 26, 1899. McInnis took his first degree (B. A. 1923) at the University of Toronto, after serving in the Canadian Heavy Artillery in the First World War. He was a Rhodes Scholar and he received further degrees in History from Oxford University (B.A. 1926, M.A. 1930), where he won the Newdigate Prize for English Verse. McInnis taught at Oberlin College, Ohio and the University of Toronto (1928-1952), and served as the President of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs (1952-1960) prior to his appointment as the first faculty member and History professor of York University in 1960. McInnis taught History at York until his retirement in 1968, (Emeritus Professor of History, 1969-1973). He also served York as a University Orator, as Chair of the History Department, 1962-1968 and as Dean of Graduate Studies at the University, 1963-1965. He remained at Glendon College following the opening of the Keele Street campus in 1965. McInnis was a prolific writer. Notably, he twice won the Governor-General's Award for Non-Fiction, first in 1943 for "The Unguarded Frontier: a History of American-Canadian relations" and second in 1945 for "The war: the fourth year". His "Canada: a Political and Social History" went through three editions in his lifetime and was a standard text for a generation of Canadian History students. In addition to numerous works on History and International Relations, McInnis published works of poetry, including "On the road to Arras," (1924) and "Eleven poems," which appeared in the anthology "Modern Canadian Poetry" (1930). Many of his works were written for a wider audience than the academic community, which reflected his activities outside of the university. In 1952 McInnis was a member of the Canadian delegation to the United Nation's Seventh General Assembly. McInnis died on September 28, 1973 in Toronto, Ontario.
Ernest H. Bartlett fonds
Ernest Henry Bartlett was a journalist, military officer and travel writer. Born in 1903, Bartlett was the son of Florence Emily Fortune and Thomas Edward Lear Bartlett of Plymouth, Devon, England. He emigrated to Canada with his mother and two brothers in 1932. He enrolled in the navy in England in the 1920s but influenza kept him from serving. Once in Canada he found work on a Great Lakes freighter before illness forced him to resign. He eventually found work as a journalist with the Toronto Telegram from 1924 to 1969, where he was the local expert on naval issues. He became the paper’s travel editor in 1962. Ernest enlisted as a public relations officer and war correspondent with the Canadian navy during World War II. He filed news reports on the war effort in the Pacific and Atlantic. On 14 August 1943, the motor torpedo boat that Bartlett was aboard was shelled in the Straits of Messina between Sicily and Calabria. He and his shipmates were captured and sent to a German POW camp in Marlag und Milag Nord. The camp was liberated 2 May 1946. Bartlett returned to his career as a journalist, acting as the Toronto Telegram's feature editor, and later travel editor, including hosting a Telegram sponsored TV travel show on Channel 9 in Toronto. Bartlett never married, instead shared a home with his mother Florence, and his younger brother Jack in Pickering, Ontario. He died in Scarborough Centenary Hospital 23 January 1975.
George Papadatos fonds
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
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
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
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 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. More details on the project can be found here:, Funding for digitization provided by Canada Council for the Arts -- New Chapter Program.
James Laxer fonds
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: . Current finding aid available at: .
James and Margaret Beveridge fonds
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.
Jean Augustine fonds
Jean M. Augustine (9 September 1937 - ), is a Grenada-born Canadian politician and community organizer. She was the first female candidate of African descent to be elected to Parliament.
John Warkentin Map Collection
Collection consists of 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.
Jonathan Lynn fonds
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
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
Cyril Knowlton Nash was born in Toronto on 18 November 1927. His involvement in journalism began as a boy, when he sold copies of the daily newspapers Toronto Star and Telegram on a street corner. He studied journalism at the University of Toronto and began his career as a freelance reporter for The Globe and Mail, covering City Hall, the police beat, sports, labour disputes, and politics. Nash joined the British United Press Service as a copy editor in 1947, and during the next three years, lived in Toronto, Halifax and Vancouver, where he became a writer and bureau chief for the wire service. He traveled extensively throughout the country, covering a wide variety of stories that included politics, economics, local news, and sports. In 1951, Nash became Director of Information for the International Federation of Agricultural Producers, a non-governmental organization that represented farm organizations in 40 countries at the United Nations. He was based in Washington, but his work took him to Paris, Rome, London, New York, Mexico City, and Nairobi. He participated in various United Nations and international committees, and organized conferences in Europe and Africa on international trade and business issues. Nash continued his involvement with print journalism by becoming Washington correspondent for the Financial Post in 1954, and also writing articles on American political and defence issues, and especially trade and commerce for the Windsor Star, Vancouver Sun, and Halifax Herald, as well as Maclean's, Chatelaine, and other Canadian periodicals. His career expanded to broadcast journalism in 1956, when he began working as a freelance correspondent for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC). He was appointed Washington Correspondent in 1961, and reported on assignments from almost every part of the world that included the war in Vietnam, various Middle East crises, civil war in the Dominican Republic, political upheaval in South America, and an interview with Che Guevara in the cane fields of Cuba. Nash gained prominence for his coverage of the administrations of Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, and Lyndon Johnson, including the Bay of Pigs invasion of Cuba, the Cuban missile crisis, and Kennedy's assassination. Nash also interviewed many of the world's key political leaders during this period, including Presidents of the United States and the Prime Ministers of Canada and the United Kingdom. Attracted by an opportunity to take a lead role in transforming the CBC's public affairs programming, Nash returned to Toronto in 1969 and was appointed Director of Information Programming. He was made Director of News and Current Affairs in June 1976, responsible for broadcast journalism at the national and local levels. Under his leadership, television journalism enjoyed increased resources, the national evening newscast was lengthened, and the CBC developed several series exploring the country's heritage, such as The National Dream and the broadcast memoirs of John Diefenbaker and Lester B. Pearson. Nash left his executive position in 1978, when he succeeded Peter Kent as Chief Correspondent for the CBC's English Television News, anchoring the network's National newscast and hosting the weekly series Newsmagazine as well as major television news specials. The appointment gave Nash an opportunity to return to front-line journalism, reporting on Canadian, American and British elections, the Quebec Referendum, First Ministers' conferences, summit meetings, political conventions, royal and papal visits to Canada, and the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana. Nash's connection with the viewers turned The National into a ratings success. He also led its transition to the 10:00 pm time slot in 1982, the same year that he married CBC television personality Lorraine Thomson. Nash served as Chief Correspondent until 1988, when he stepped down to prevent Peter Mansbridge from accepting a position in the United States. Nash remained with the network as senior correspondent, and anchored the weekly documentary series Witness, as well as the CBC educational series News in review from 1990 to 2004, long past his official retirement from the CBC on 28 November 1992. Nash wrote nine books about his experiences as a journalist -- History on the run : the trenchcoat memoirs of a foreign correspondent (1984), Times to remember : a Canadian photo album (1986), Prime time at ten : behind-the-camera battles of Canadian TV journalism" (1987), Kennedy and Diefenbaker : fear and loathing across the undefended border (1990), Visions of Canada : searching for our future [views on national unity] (1991), The Microphone wars : a history of triumph and betrayal at the CBC (1994), Cue the elephant! : backstage tales at the CBC (1996), Trivia pursuit : how showbiz values are corrupting the news (1998), and Swashbucklers : the story of Canada's battling broadcasters (2001). He also wrote several articles on the CBC and issues in broadcast journalism for Canadian newspapers and magazines, as well as a regular column for the Osprey Media Group. Nash has been actively involved with many educational and philanthropic organizations devoted to journalism and the advancement of literacy. He was associated with the University of Regina's School of Journalism, where he presented the inaugural James M. Minifie Memorial Lecture on the importance, standards and ethics of modern journalism on 5 October 1981, and taught in 1992-1993 as holder of the Max Bell Chair of Journalism. He was the founding chairman of the Canadian Journalism Foundation, Chairman of Word on the Street (a Canadian organization devoted to promoting the reading of books), honorary chairman of the Toronto Arts Awards Foundation, and honorary chairman of the Canadian Organization for Development Through Education (CODE), a group devoted to fostering literacy throughout the developing world. Knowlton Nash's significant contributions to Canadian broadcasting and society have been marked by many honours. He was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1988, and to the Order of Ontario in 1998. He was presented with the John Drainie Award by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television, and Radio Artists in 1995, and the lifetime achievement award from the Canadian Journalism Foundation in June 2006. He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (1993), Brock University (1995), the University of Regina (1996), Loyalist College (1997), and York University (2005).
Lee Lorch fonds
Lee Lorch (20 September 1915-28 February 2014), a mathematician and social activist, is best known for his involvement in the civil rights movement in the United States to desegregate housing and schooling and improve educational opportunities for women and visual minorities, as well as his political persecution by members of the House Committee of Un-American Activities. Lorch was dismissed or forced to resign from various academic positions during the 1950s due to his social activism and Communist sympathies. Born in New York City, Lorch attended Cornell University and later the University of Cincinnati, where he obtained his MA (1936) and PhD (1941) in mathematics. From 1942-1943, Lorch worked as a mathematician for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics. He married Grace Lonergan, a Boston area school teacher on 24 December 1943. During World War II, Lorch served in the U.S. Army, working in India and the Pacific. After 1946, the couple eventually settled in New York City with their young daughter in Stuyvesant Town, a private planned housing community whose tenants were veterans. Lorch, by then Assistant Professor at the City College of New York, petitioned the developer, Metropolitan Life, to allow African-Americans to rent units. In 1949, pressure from Metropolitan Life led to Lorch's dismissal from City College. When the family moved so Lorch could teach at Penn State College, they allowed a black family, the Hendrixes, to occupy the apartment in violation of the housing policy. Under pressure, Penn State College dismissed Lorch in April 1950, after which he was hired as Associate Professor at Fisk University, a historically-black institution in Nashville, TN. He became full Professor and Department Chair of Mathematics in 1953. In response to the Brown vs Board of Education ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court, the Lorches attempted to enrol their daughter in the closest high school to their home in 1954, which previously had been all-black. As a result, Lorch was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee in September of 1954, where he refused to testify regarding his political affiliations and civil rights activities. Under pressure from its white-dominated board of directors, Fisk University fired Lorch in 1955. The family moved to Little Rock, AK, where Lorch found work at Philander Smith College. On 4 September 1957, during the Little Rock Central High School Crisis, Grace Lorch intervened to protect Elizabeth Eckford (one of the "Little Rock Nine") from an angry white mob. In October Mrs. Lorch was subpoenaed to appear before the United States Senate Internal Security Subcommittee (chaired by Mississippi Senator James Eastland). After receiving death threats and finding dynamite in the family's garage door, Lorch resigned from Fisk. After working as a visiting lecturer at Wesleyan University, Lorch was hired in 1959 by the University Alberta. In 1968, Lorch was hired by York University, where he remained until his official retirement in 1985. Lorch worked throughout the 1960s and 1970s to develop contacts between western and Eastern Bloc mathematicians. He continued to advocate for the rights of women and minorities, particularly within the academic and scientific sphere, and was one of the first academics to challenge mandatory retirement in Canada. Lee Lorch has contributed to the study of the order of magnitude and asymptotic expansion of the Lebesgue constants for various expansions. In partnership with Peter Szego, he also started a new field of study, analyzing the higher monotonicity properties of Sturm-Liouville functions. Lorch was active in various community, political and professional organizations, including the Royal Society of Canada, the Canadian and American Mathematical Societies, and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Lorch passed away on 28 February 2014.
Lou Wise fonds
Lou Wise is a pilot and former Director of Educational Media for the Toronto Board of Education, who has photographed Southern Ontario for over three decades. Wise grew up in Toronto's east end, near Gerrard and Main Street, the son of George Wise, a waiter with the King Edward and Royal York hotels. Wise took an aircraft course at Central Tech High School and learned to fly at the Island Airport during 1941 and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at the outbreak of World War II. Wise earned his pilot's wings in the fall of 1944 after serving three and a half years on a ground crew, but did not see overseas service. After the war, Wise worked for Colour Photo Labs, an early Toronto colour film lab. From 1947 to about 1961, Wise worked in the film department of Avro Aviation Limited, documenting the development of the Avro Arrow, all while continuing to fly as a hobby. He purchased his own aircraft in 1978. From 1962 to 1984 Wise worked in the Toronto Board of Education Media Resources Department, beginning as an audio visual technician and spending the last eleven years as department manager. Between 1964 and 1975 Wise earned a B.A. in English from York University and a master's degree in educational media from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). In 1979, Wise set up Aerographic, an aerial photography business. Wise has photographed thousands of images of the Southern Ontario landscape. Taking low-level oblique photographs from the left-hand side of a Piper Cherokee 180D airplane at about 1000 feet, Wise was often accompanied by his autistic daughter Melanie. These flights were taken on behalf of several conservation authorities, engineering consultants and GO Transit in Southern Ontario with the objective to systematically document the changing landscape and land use. Wise worked with Charles Sauriol in particular to assist the heritage land conservationist and other local conservation authorities in their advocacy work monitoring and managing watersheds and nature reserves in the province. In 1988 Wise conducted a three year funded project to photograph 150 Class 1 wetlands across Southern Ontario from Windsor to Cornwall and up into the Muskokas. In the 1990s his photography focused on the Oak Ridges Moraine. In recent years, his focus has been on tributaries of the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, the Duffins Creek Watershed, the Nottawasaga Valley Watershed and the Niagara Escarpment. Wise is the recipient of the North York Environmental Award of Excellence in 1996. In 1997 he received the Ontario Senior Achievement Award. In the same year the book "Oak Ridges Moraine" published by STORM (Save The Oak Ridges Moraine) was published, featuring thirteen of Wise's own aerial photographs. Wise also received the 2001 Watershed Award from the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, in 2002 he received the "99's Canadian Award in Aviation" Wise was the 2007 recipient of The A.D. Latornell Conservation Pioneer Award in recognition of his significant contributions the conservation movement in Ontario. Lou Wise married his wife Lena in 1951 and the two settled in Don Mills. They have two children and three grandchildren. He retired from flying in 2012 at the age of 91.
Marilou McPhedran fonds
Fonds 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
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.,
Nancy Pocock fonds
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: Finding aid available at: and: .
Pat Fleisher fonds
Patricia (Pat) Fleisher (1930-2009), an artist, photographer, art critic and magazine editor/publisher, was born and raised in Toronto, Canada. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto in 1951, where she was an art critic for student newspaper "The Varsity". She also studied drawing and painting at the Ontario College of Art and at Skowhegan School of Art in Maine, as well as printmaking at York University. Fleisher began exhibiting her paintings in the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to her own art practice, Fleisher's interest in contemporary art extended to a career as a magazine editor, beginning in the 1960s with her work as editor of the newsletter of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA). In 1969, the Society of Canadian Artists founded "Art Magazine", for which Fleisher served as editor, and then managing editor, until 1982. She was publisher, editor and designer of three subsequent Canadian magazines documenting the contemporary visual art scene: "Artpost"(1983-1992), "Artfocus" (1992-2004) , and "City Art" (2004-2005). In 1996, she launched the website "", which she also edited and designed. In the early 1980s, Fleisher began to coordinate annual group art shows, including the Toronto International Art Fair, Art Expo Toronto, the Toronto Indoor Art Show, and the Artfocus Fall Annual Artists' Show. Fleisher's own art practice evolved in the 1970s from painting to photography, what she termed "photoart", with an emphasis on city streetscapes, manipulated dual images and reflective surfaces. She exhibited this work in small group and solo shows at venues in Canada and the United States from the 1980s to the 2000s.
Rita Greer Allen
Rita Greer Allen, writer, broadcaster and artist, was born Marguerita Foulger Wayman in Erith, Kent, England, on 25 September 1918 to parents Joshua Edwin Wayman and Margaret Tilley Potts. After moving to Canada at the age of five, Marguerita, who became known as Rita Weyman, attended East York Collegiate Institute in Toronto before enrolling in a first-year pass arts program at Trinity College, University of Toronto, in 1940. Her studies were interrupted by marriage to Robert Greer Allen, a Trinity College graduate and Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps private, on 13 June 1941. For the duration of the World War II, Rita followed Robert to Halifax, Moncton, Kingston, Montreal and Vancouver and attended the Nova Scotia College of Art, Mount Allison University, and Queens University. In collaboration with Robert, who worked for Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) radio during the war, Rita wrote and submitted dramatic radio scripts for broadcast with some success, with a number of scripts broadcast on Trans-Canada Network radio program "Stage 45". In the early 1950s, the Greer Allens returned to Toronto, and Rita began her prolific freelance scriptwriting career, writing and researching her own radio scripts for the CBC, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). Though many of her scripts were adapted literary dramas, Rita was equally successful as a writer for documentary-style radio programs and educational programming for high school students. Her writing for radio included scripts for documentary series "As children see us", and dramatic adaptations of "Barometer rising" and "The Duchess of Malfi". By the mid- to late-1950s, Rita turned her attention to television, appearing as a panellist on the CBC quiz show "One of a kind" in 1958 and 1959. She also wrote dramatic scripts for television, including "The Gioconda smile", "Lord Arthur Saville's crime", and "The grass harp", but the majority of her work in the 1960s and early 1970s was for CBC television current events program "Take 30", for which she conducted interviews, researched and wrote scripts, and presented her work on-screen. In the 1970s, Rita continued to write dramatic scripts, finding success in 1976 with her original CBC television drama "The raku fire", which was directed by Rita's brother, Ronald Weyman, a successful screenwriter and director in his own right. In the late 1970s, Rita focused her attention on developing her artistic skills, particularly the practice of raku pottery, and exhibited her sculptural nudes in the early-to-mid 1980s. Her study of Jungian psychology during this period led to a collaboration with Jungian Marion Woodman, with whom she wrote "Leaving my father's house: a journey to conscious femininity" (1993). Rita Greer Allen died in Toronto on 30 May 2010.
Robert Greer Allen
obert Greer Allen, a writer, producer and director of radio and television drama, was born in Toronto on 19 October 1917 to Arthur Greer Allen and Eleanor Beatrice Higginbottom. He attended University of Toronto Schools between September 1932 and June 1935 and served as editor of the school journal, "The phoenix". In September 1935, Robert began his studies at Trinity College, University of Toronto, where he was an editor of the "Trinity University review", president of the Trinity College Dramatic Society, and a features editor of "The varsity". He graduated with an honours BA in political science and economy in 1939. Allen's interest in writing, specifically short stories and radio plays, flourished through his marriage to Rita Weyman in 1941. Together, Robert and Rita wrote and submitted many radio scripts for broadcast during the 1940s. In 1941, Robert enlisted as a private in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps and was later promoted to the ranks of sergeant, staff sergeant, warrant officer, lieutenant, and lieutenant colonel. His radio production career began in earnest during the war when he was seconded to the Communications Corps and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to write and produce a radio program for the Dominion Network titled "Servicemen's forum", for which he travelled throughout Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Holland, Germany and Denmark. After the war, Robert continued his work for the CBC, becoming a producer for a variety of radio programs, including the CBC's international service, the CBC Radio Orchestra, and music and drama for CBC radio in Vancouver, between 1947 and 1952. Robert's success as a radio producer made him a desirable choice to help launch CBC television in 1952, and the Greer Allens returned to Toronto from Vancouver. As a producer, supervising producer, assistant program director, program director and supervising producer in television drama and special programs, Robert was integral to the production of much CBC original dramatic programming in the 1950s, 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. Credited as Robert Allen, he worked as supervising or executive producer for programs including "Sunshine sketches" (1952-1953), "Playbill" (1953-1964), "General Motors theatre" (1954-1956), "Folio" (1955-1959), "Ford startime" (1959-1960), "Festival" (1960-1969), "Opening night"(1974-1975), "Performance" (1974-1976), "The great detective" (1979-1982), "Seeing things" (1981-1987), and "The way we are" (1985-1988), and became the executive producer of CBC Drama. After more than 40 years of work for the CBC, he retired in 1990. Robert Greer Allen died in Toronto on 20 August 2005.
Ruth McVeigh fonds
Fonds 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
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,, Europeana or The Hathi Trust at the time of selection. Digitized material represents approximately 1% of the total collection.
Toronto Telegram
The 'Toronto telegram' (originally the 'Evening telegram,') was launched in 1876 by John Ross Robertson. The 'Tely' strongly supported the British connection in Canada, appealing to British and Imperial sentiments even after Canadian nationalism became fashionable. The newspaper was locked in a circulation war with its afternoon rival, the 'Toronto star', for much of the twentieth century. The battle involved giveaway contests, scoops, and even hiding personalities (like swimmer Marilyn Bell) from the competition to ensure exclusive stories. Following Robertson's death, the paper was continued by a trust he had established. In 1948 the newspaper was sold to George McCullagh, owner of the Toronto Globe & mail, who invited John Bassett to act as publisher. In 1952 Bassett bought the newspaper and attempted to best the Star with new features in his newspaper, the introduction of colour photography (which meant the demise of the famous 'pink' newsprint on which the "Tely" had been printed), and other modernizations (including a news office building). Falling circulation and lack of advertising led Bassett to close the newspaper in 1971.
Varpu Lindström fonds
Varpu Lindstrom was born in Helsinki, Finland in 1948. Lindstrom is recognized both nationally and internationally as an expert in Canadian immigration history, particularly that of Finnish-Canadians. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1963, settling in Niagara Falls, Ontario. In 1968, Lindstrom became both a Canadian citizen and a student at York University where she pursued her university education, completing a general BA (History) in 1971, followed by an Hons. BA (History) in 1977, an MA (Social history) in 1979, and culminating with her PhD (Social history) in 1986. She pursued a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar at York University beginning with her appointment as an assistant professor in 1984, and was promoted to full Professor in 2001, and University Professor in 2006. She served in a variety of administrative and service capacities including Chair of the Department of History from 1991-1992; Master of Atkinson College from 1994-1997; Chair of the School of Women's Studies from 1999-2001; and as a member of York University's Board of Governors. She also served as docent at the University of Turku in Finland. Lindstrom's academic work was recognized with numerous awards including an Atkinson Fellowship (2002); Finlandia Prize, Non-fiction, Honorable mention (1991); and the first annual Atkinson Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence (1989). Her research manifested itself in several publications, and in the critically-acclaimed National Film Board production "Letters from Karelia" for which she served as historical consultant. Lindstrom was also a founder of the Canadian Friends of Finland. In 1992, she was awarded the Knight of the Order of the White Rose of Finland, First Class, in recognition of outstanding service to Finland and Finnish Canadians. In 2012, Lindstrom was the recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Lindstrom passed away 21 June 2012.
Victoria Welby fonds
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
Fonds 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
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
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 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)
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 historical 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.