Fonds AFC 40 - University of Western Ontario Office of the President fonds

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University of Western Ontario Office of the President fonds

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CA ON00353 AFC 40

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  • 1909-1967, predominant 1914-1967 (Creation)
    University of Western Ontario. Office of the President

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17 m of textual records 2 v.

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The President is the chief executive officer of the University of Western Ontario and is accountable to the Board of Governors for the management of the University’s human, financial and physical resources; and for providing leadership in the University’s planning, academic, research, development and fund-raising activities. The President is responsible for the general supervision and direction of academic programs, research, faculty, staff and students; is the chief spokesperson for the University; represents the University in local, provincial, national and international communities; serves as a member, ex officio, of the Board of Governors; and makes recommendations to the board for appointments, functions of duties of the Vice-Presidents, Deans, Department Chairs, Registrar, University Librarian, and Secretary of the Senate. The President is also the Vice-Chancellor of the University, and it that capacity serves as chair of the Senate, ex officio, and member of other committees and sub-committees as determined by the Senate. With the passage of the Western University of London Act in April, 1908, the province of Ontario authorized the establishment of the University’s first Board of Governors and the ex officio Board position of President. The Board appointed Nathaniel C. James as the University’s first President on September 18, 1908. He served until 1914. The following individuals subsequently served as Western’s President: Edward Ernest Braithwaite, 1914-1919 William Sherwood Fox, 1927-1947 George Edward Hall, 1947-1967 David Carlton Williams, 1967-1977 George Edward Connell, 1977-1984 Alan Kenneth Adlington (acting), 1984-1985 Knud George Pedersen, 1985-1994 Paul Theodore Davenport, 1994-

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This fonds consists of official records of Presidents of the University of Western Ontario. The vast majority of these records are correspondence, minutes, memoranda, and reports that relate to University and external business during the periods of the individuals’ appointments. A large part of the correspondence is between the Presidents, and various University officials, or members of the public. While most series came and went with a given President, a few span the tenures of more than one President. The fonds does not include any records of the first President of Western, Nathaniel C. James, as none are known to exist. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Ernest Edward Braithwaite correspondence William Sherwood Fox general correspondence Faculty Appointments correspondence William Sherwood Fox subject files Convocation guest and graduate registers George Edward Hall correspondence

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Records were transferred to Western Archives control from the Office of the President in 2004.


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Access to some of these records may be subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and will require submission of a Research Access Request.

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Printed reports of the President of the University of Western Ontario dating from 1929 are available in the Archives’ Reading Room under call number LE3.W519.

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Further accruals of post-1967 records are expected.

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Unprocessed records of Presidents will be added as they are arranged and described. There are several large accessions of post-1967 unprocessed records. Please consult the responsible archivist about access to these records.

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The fonds was originally arranged and processed into three series: Edward Ernest Braithwaite, William Sherwood Fox, and George Edward Hall. This arrangement was eventually discarded.

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