Charles Allan Ashley

Title: Charles Allan Ashley fonds

Date(s) of creation:  1930-1974

Physical description: .47 metres of textual, graphic, sound recordings and publication records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch:  Charles Allan Ashley was born in Willenhall, Staffordshire, England in 1894. He trained as a chartered accountant in Birmingham prior to service as an Artillery Officer in the First World War.  After the War he graduated in commerce from the University of Birmingham and embarked on a career as a chartered accountant in Canada, France, China and England.  He joined the University of Toronto as Assistant Professor in 1930. He was promoted to Professor in 1941.  He succeeded V. W. Bladen as chair of the Department of Political Economy in 1959, a position he held until 1961.  He died on July 10, 1974 while on holiday in Innsbruck, Austria. 

Scope and content: General correspondence, including letters from C.R. Fay and E.J. Urwick; writings, consisting of articles contributed to learned journals and letters to editors; and published accounts of Ashley's career as a professor of commerce and head of the Department of Political Economy, accomplishments, and honours bestowed on him. Recording of Interview with Prof. Ashley by Robin Harris in which Prof. Ashley discusses early family and educational background, World War I service and his first Canadian appointment to Queen's University.  Describes the development of the Commerce and Finance Course in the Dept. of Political Economy at the University of Toronto, his relations with members of the Dept., successive presidents of the University, and residential life in Trinity College, 1934-1974, including comments on the Provosts, the role of Gerald Larkin and student acitivities. Two photographs of Professor Ashley. Offprints of articles

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids:  Transcript for B1974-0044 available in Reading Room.

Related records in a different fonds: Department of Political Economy

Accruals: Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1974-0018/B1974-0044/B1980-0006