File F 454.02 - History of Ryerson based upon a work by John Downing (final text)

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History of Ryerson based upon a work by John Downing (final text)

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F 454.02

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26 cm of textual records

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Colin Graham, Chair of the Board of Governors, wrote the following in his preface to the History of Ryerson Based Upon A Work By John Dowing in1979: "The idea that a history of Ryerson should be written originated in 1970 when Dr. Howard Kerr, who had been the Institute's first Principal from 1948 to 1966, wrote to suggest the project to William Kelly, Chairman of the Board of Governors. After some discussion, the Board gave its approval and an editorial committee was established to co-ordinate and oversee the work. Its members were President Donald Mordell, Dr. Kerr, and faculty members Jim Peters, Al Sauro, Doug MacFarlane, and Bert Parsons. In January of 1972, Ryerson Journalism graduate John Downing was commissioned to research and write the manuscript, with the intention that it would be finished in time for Ryerson's silver anniversary in the fall of 1973. However, the task proved much more complex and time-consuming than had been anticipated and the manuscript was not completed until early in 1978. The work was subsequently reviewed and edited by the Editorial Committee of the new Board, which took office under the revised Ryerson Act on July 1, 1978. The Committee recommended in May, 1979, that the edited manuscript be made available for public access by the placement of four copies in Ryerson's Learning Resources Centre for reference purposes." F 454.02 includes four copies of this version of the manuscript including one which is considered a Master copy, one which was previously in the library's reserve collection, and two Reference copies.

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Shirley McKinley, Archives Assistant, was involved in re-typing John Downing's original typescript.

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