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From Cradle to Computer books

File contains six copies of the book, "From Cradle to Computer, A history of St. James Square, the birthplace of Ontario education" written by Ryerson history professor, Ronald Stagg and published for Ontario's Bicentennial.

Ryerson Polytechnical Institute

John Downing fonds

  • F 454
  • Fonds
  • 1970-1979

This fonds contains the following files:

F 454.01 - History of Ryerson (original typescript), n.d.
Records are under review. Contact the Archives for information on access.

F 454.02 - History of Ryerson based upon a work by John Downing (final text), 1979.
Open. Records are available for consultation without restriction.

F 454.03 - Howard Kerr interview, 1976.
Records are under review. Contact the Archives for information on access.

F 454.04 - History of Ryerson (second typescript), n.d.
Records are under review. Contact the Archives for information on access.

F 454.05 - History of Ryerson (third typescript), n.d.
Records are under review. Contact the Archives for information on access.

F 454.06 - Negatives - John Downing, n.d.
Restricted. These records are restricted under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). Requests for access must be submitted to the Privacy Officer. See FORMS tab on Archives and Special Collections home page for link to Ryerson's General Counsel website where the form can be accessed.

Videotapes: RCC Open House/Ryerson's 50th Anniversary

Eleven VHS videocassettes dubbed from betacam format (3 "Ryerson Anniversary", 7 "Broadcast", 1 untitled (events of the days).The originals were 3/4" tapes, but because machines became unavailable to video viewing, they were transferred onto betacam and copies were dubbed onto VHS. The 3/4" tapes were disposed."Ryerson Anniversary". With little information available, the assumption is that these three videos containing a variety of raw footage may have been put together using various resources (including material from the Archives) for the purpose of extracting clips for possible inclusion in the 'news report segments' during the Rogers Communication Centre's "live broadast day" open house on October 24, 1998. This event was part of Homecoming and Ryerson's 50th Anniversary celebration.The following is a brief point-form outline of each tape:
RG 657.14.1:--RRC sod turning ceremony--RRC construction--plaque unveiling--Terry Grier
RG 657.14.2:--CITY-TV Before Breakfast TV--Career College Film (with Lloyd Bochner)--clippings from Archives--Film "The Ryerson Story"--Rogers Communicatin Centre--Interviews with alumnus--Tara Awards Segments--RCC
RG 657.14.3:--still shots: RCC sod-turning, construction--RCC interior--roving reporter interviews--film clip: Wayne & Shuster Look At Technical in Canada!!!An final edited videotape has been arranged under Collection Record: 657-4. A description is also available.
RG 657.14.4 - 657-14.10 Seven videos covering the six-hour live broadcast from the Rogers Communications Centre during Ryerson's Open House event on October 24, 1998, hosted by students Heather Loughran and Francis D'Souza. Segments include a behind-the-scenes operation of Rogers Communications Centre, interviews with Ryerson faculty, the president, students, visitors and well-known alumnus, live news reports, live entertainment, historical clips, including scenes of the construction of the Rogers Communications Centre.!!! An edited one-hour highlight video of the live broadcast event has been arranged under Collection Record: 657-4. A description is available."Events Of The Day" (Tape untitled) A 20-minute video filmed in RCC during the day of October 24. Scenes include :--individuals setting up information desks--sound checks for TV new reports--control room panel checks--various areas in RCC (computer room, lobby, lecture hall, etc.)--Lajuenesse interview--people touing RCC--address by Brian Demude, Image Arts--shots of Ryerson faculty, staff, students, alumni***See File Folder for rough point-form notes made by Archives staff while reviewing each video.

Videotapes: RCC Construction/Opening

Six betacam videotapes dubbed onto six VHS format documenting the development of the RCC, beginning with the sod-turning ceremony, stages of construction, to the opening/dedication ceremonies. The originals were 3/4" tapes, but because machines became unavailable, they were transferred to betacam and copies dubbed onto VHS. The 3/4" tapes were disposed of.An information sheet/document, provided by the donor, briefy lists the content of each tape.The following is a brief point-form outline prepared by the Archives staff after reviewing each tape:
RG 657.13.1:--sod-turning ceremony--campus scenes...intersection Gould/Church--Ryerson campus parkette--construction scenes
RG 657.13.2:--construction (believed to be filmed by faculty member Elvino Sauro)
RG 657.13.3:--construction--intersection of Gould/Church--interview with an unidentified Ryerson alumnus (reference made to working for Rogers)--interior--sod-turning ceremony
RG 657.13.4:--construction (brief intro)--interview with Ted Rogers--interview with Ron Keast (RTA)--scenes with Daryl Williams (Director RCC)--interior clips of TV monitors--Rogers Cable telemarketer--exterior shots with Alex Au Yong (RTA student)
RG 657.13.5:--interior (individual at controls watching monitors)--clips on history of Ted Rogers/radio tubes/old TVs/radios--exterior clips (campus, RCC, Toronto bldgs/CN Tower--clip of individuals (students setting up for a taping)
RG 657.13.6:--clip of individuals (student setting up for a taping in studio)--RCC staff touring building/empty rooms--Eatons Lecture Theatre (RCC) (meeting of RCC faculty/staff)--"Celebration of Progress" - RCC opening/dedication ceremony

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

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.

Ryerson Song - vinyl audio discs (records)

According to Al Sauro, Ryerson pioneer and former faculty member and dean, the original Ryerson Song was written in five minutes, at the request of Principal Howard Kerr, who wanted to promote school spirit, especially during Ryerson sporting events. The Song was written in 1950. The following year, the Song was modified by both Sauro and Rennie Charles, the Song's co-writers. A new verse was written as the first verse ("Give us light...") whereas the original two verses ("RIT we will fight..." and "Long may you thrive...") and music served as refrain. It appears that the Ryerson Song may have been known mainly for its second and third verses, as the first verse is rarely referred to in documentation relating to the Song. The lyrics for the Song can be found in the "Music at Ryerson" documentation file. The instrumental rendition of the Ryerson Song, played by the Ryerson Band, was initially recorded on a 78 rpm audio disc (RG 210.5.06). It was subsequently dubbed onto contact disc in 2005 (RG 210.5.05) by John Hajdu of the Digital Media Projects Office. Documentation and descriptive information regarding the transfer process to CD are included with A. 2006-014. As well as the approimately 2 minute song, the Ryerson Band plays several jazz numbers on the reecording for a total time of 16:40.

Ryerson Song - compact discs

2005 digital copies of "The Ryerson Song" and related audio material. The Ryerson Song was originally written in 1950 and first recorded onto 78 rpm audio disc. Tracks on these audio compact discs are: 1 Full 16 minute recording direct from Cassette. 2 Ryerson song from cassette. 3. Ryerson Song crackle and click removal. 4. Ryerson Song crackle and click removal plus noise reduction. 5. Ryerson Song crackle and click removal plus noise reduction and equalization.

Film: "Expansion": Jorgenson Hall Construction

"EXPANSION"A 16mm black and white narrated film, approximately 7 minutes, produced by an RTA student. The film on the early stages of the construction of Jorgenson Hall. Several interviews with staff, faculty and students about their thoughts on the changes and expansion of the Ryerson campus were interspersed throughout the construction scenes.

Film: "Ryerson"

A colour film depicting various Ryerson, city and other scenes. Examples are: student parade, ferry crossing and island picnic; Ryerson statue, Howard Kerr Hall; demolition of O'Keefe brewery; "Daisy" computer system; class and lab scenes such metallurgy, home, economics, fashion (shows), photography; Howard Kerr Hall quadrangle; library; class scenes; "Great Hall" cafeteria (Howard Kerr Hall); basketball game (Ryerson/York); Toronto scenes/Nathan Phillips Square; Don Gillies in class; Secretarial Science class; RTA studio (Show: Interview with Elwy Yost), RTA students/TV cameras/consoles; Library; Exams in gymnasium; Convocation: Procession/Lamp of Learning/ Howard Kerr Hall Quadrange fountain/cermonies/Fred Jorgenson/Eggy the Ram. Approximately 30 minutes in length. The sound quality is poor. This description has been placed inside the film can. Film produced by Darryl Williams, probably during his student years before graduating from Photograph Arts, who later became a Ryerson faculty member. Faculty member Ben Caza was the production manager.

Convocation 1950

File contains final and draft versions of programmes and speeches for Ryerson's first convocation ceremonies held in 1950. File also contains three photographic prints from the event. One photo is of "the Honourable Dana Porter, Minister of Education, making an address in the old Ryerson Hall." The second photo is of a student "receiving her diploma from Dr. F. S. Rutherford, Deputy Minister of Education, in old Ryerson Hall." The third photo includes the caption "Ryerson's First Convocation, 1950, Dr. F. S. Rutherford, Deputy Minister of Education, Presenting a diploma to Robert Barber.

The frame matting for the photographs was inscribed with "School of Photography 1950."

Photographic scrapbook

Series consists of photographs once contained in a scrapbook created and maintained by Charles Roy Horney. Photographs are primarily of the construction of Kerr Hall and the demolition of the old Normal School and its outlying buildings on campus.Also included is a photograph of Roy Horney, and other staff members.
When reading descriptions of photographs of the construction of Howard Kerr Hall and the demolition of the original school buildings, please note:

Unit I - ran from the corner of Church and Gould Sts to the corner of Church and Gerrard Sts. (Kerr Hall SE, E, and NE)
Unit II ran from the corner of Church and Gerrard to the corner of Victoria and Gould (Kerr Hall N, NW, and SW)
Unit III ran from the corner of Church and Gould to the corner of Gould and Victoria Kerr Hall S)

A map of the old buildings on site has been appended to this record - please look at this to determine location of building being described.

Horney, Charles Roy, Mr.

Photograph envelopes

File contains 142 photographs. Majority of them are of the demolition of the old campus buildings, but does include other campus building photographs, and photographs of faculty and staff.

Horney, Charles Roy, Mr.

Record keeping for small businesses course material

File consists of The Course of Study in Record-Keeping and an envelope containing the complete 'Record Keeping Hanson Store Set' as part of the 'Business Procedure' course offered in the Fashion Program. The contents include: Instructions & Narrative; One-Book System of Accounts; Check Book; Simplified Pay-Roll Record. Also includes student notes.

Archives Brochure and Letter: Jim Peters to Ryerson Faculty

File contains a brochure on the Ryerson Archives (c1978) and a letter from former archivist Jim Peters to Ryerson Faculty suggesting each person start an 'Archives' file to save important records and materials for eventual donation to the archives. This letter was located with the 'Archives' file created by William Glassman and donated to the Ryerson Archives. See Archivist's Comments for further details.

This Is Ryerson - promotional slide show

A six-carrousel Ryerson promotional slide show accompanied with an audio cassette (dated 1983/84). The collection also includes project arrangement documentation and scripts for 1979/80, 1983/84, 1984/85, 1985/86 and 1986/87.

The Psychology of Art and Creativity

File contains 1 copy of the book "The Psychology of Art and Creativity" compiled and edited by George Swede. Preface of the book indicates its purpose as a course reader for the student enrolled in PSY 403 - The Psychology of Art and Creativity at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute.

Swede, George

Ryerson certificates and diplomas

49 Ryerson certificates and diplomas, divided into two files: blank/template certificates and diplomas, and certificates and diplomas linked to specific individuals.

Convocation 1986

File contains, speeches, correspondence, newspaper clippings, press releases, programmes and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1986 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1984

File contains one photograph, speeches, correspondence, programmes and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1984 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1983

File contains speeches, correspondence, programmes, photographs and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1983 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1982

File contains speeches, correspondence, programmes, newspaper clippings and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1982 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1981

File contains speeches, correspondence, programmes, newspaper clippings and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1981 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1980

File contains speeches, photographs, correspondence, programmes, newspaper clippings and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1980 convocation ceremonies during which was the installation of President Brian Segal on October 25, 1980.

Convocation 1979

File contains speeches, photographs, correspondence, programmes, newspaper clippings and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1979 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1977

File contains speeches, correspondence, programmes supporting memoranda and news clippings relating to Ryerson's 1977 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1975

File contains speeches, correspondence, programmes and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1975 convocation ceremonies during which was the installation of President Walter Pitman on October 18, 1975.

Convocation 1973

File contains speeches, photographs, correspondence, programmes and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1973 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1972

File contains speeches, photographs, correspondence, programmes and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1972 convocation ceremonies.

Convocation 1970

File contains correspondence, speeches, programmes, photographs and supporting memoranda relating to Ryerson's 1970 convocation ceremonies.

Stuart McLean fonds

  • F 467
  • Fonds
  • 1989-1998

Fonds consists of books authored by McLean.

McLean, Stuart

Library general photographs

File contains 75 colour slides: a number taken by Chief Librarian, Richard Malinski; others are reproductions from the Archives slide collection. R. Malinski put together a selection of slides for presentation during his visit to four universities in Lanzhou, China. The slides are shots taken of the outside of the Library building and surrounding area as well inside scenes of the Library's areas of operation, facilities and staff.

The following are good images of:- Aerial shots of Ryerson (white box)- Liz Bishop (black box)- Adrian (black box)- Anna Tassone (blackbox).

Summer at Ryerson slide show

File contains colour photographic slides. The slide show might have been used to give the viewer some general information about Continuing Education's "Summer At Ryerson" program and a general view of the Ryerson campus and its facilities.
The slide show was created by students in Radio and Television Arts with help from the Media Centre.

H. Howard and Howard Kerr

Colour image of H. Howard (3rd from left) and Howard Kerr (4th from left) seated at a long dining table. Four other unidentified men are seated at the table as well.

Horney, Charles Roy, Mr.

Dr. and Mrs. Wertyporoch

Colour image of Ryerson Chemical Technology professor E. F. Wertyporoch seated at a round dining table beside his wife. One other man and two women are also seated at the table. Event held at the Westbury Hotel in Toronto.

Horney, Charles Roy, Mr.

Howard Kerr and his wife

Colour image of Ryerson Principal Howard Kerr seated at a dining table beside his wife. Dinner held at the Westbury Hotel in Toronto.

Horney, Charles Roy, Mr.

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