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University Archives adds six professorial collections

UToday HomeApril 26, 2013

By Karen Buckley

University Archives has announced that six professorial collections have been arranged and described and are available for access and research. 

The collections are distinctive additions to the growing body of faculty papers in the archives.  Descriptions of the collections are available at:

The six additions to the faculty papers collection are:

  • Dr. Merron Chorny, professor emeritus, Faculty of Education. Chorny played a leadership role in the 1960s and ’70s in a number of teaching and education organizations and was responsible for several pioneering initiatives in improving instruction and the delivery of English programs.
  • Dr. Frederick Heymann, professor emeritus, Department of History. Heymann began his career as a journalist in pre-Second World War Germany and Czechoslovakia before escaping to England. He was a world-recognized scholar in Hussite studies and Czech history.
  • Arthur Knudsen, Department of Physics. Knudsen is credited with the establishment of the undergraduate laboratory system in the Department of Physics. He was also a steam engine enthusiast and collected many historic technical drawings in pursuit of his hobby of creating detailed diagrams of different types of engines.
  • Dr. Herman Konrad, Departments of History and Anthropology. Konrad worked and pursued his research interests extensively in Mexico, undertaking a number of longitudinal studies including one on chicle production and its impact on economic and social growth. Konrad was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by Mexico’s president, and was posthumously honoured with the Tremblay Weaver Award from the Canadian Anthropology Society.
  • Dr. Victor Mitchell, professor emeritus, Department of Drama. Mitchell was the first head of the newly created Department of Drama and was responsible for creating the production-centred curriculum of study. He was a strong supporter of community theatre, founding the Alternative Theatre Company and co-founding the Pumphouse Theatre with Joyce Doolittle.
  • Dr. Dixon Thompson, Faculty of Environmental Design. Thompson started his career as science advisor of the Science Council of Canada and also worked for the Symons Commission on Canadian Studies.  He was later a member of the GFC ad hoc Committee on Canadian Studies.  He was a world-renowned scholar and authority on a variety of environmental issues including water resources and environmental management.

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