Eric Ross Arthur

Title:  Eric Ross Arthur fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1932-1974

Physical description:  0.21 metres of textual and sound recording records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: 

Eric Ross Arthur, architect, author, educator, heritage conservationist  was born at Dunedin, New Zealand on July 1, 1898.  In September 1923 he was recruited as a lecturer in the University of Toronto's School of Architecture in the  Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering.  He was promoted to Assistant professor in 1924, and Associate professor in 1927.  In 1933 he was promoted to full professor,  the same year that the School of Architecture separated. He retired as professor emeritus in 1966. During more than 40 years at the University, Prof. Arthur greatly influenced the teaching of the Modern movement in architecture and shaped the development of contemporary architecture in Canada.  He was instrumental in instituting a system of prizes and scholarships in design at the U of T's School of Architecture.  He also introduced a staff-student committee to select speakers and advise on the School's decisions. He received an honorary degree (LLD) from the University of Toronto in 1969.   For  more information relating to his contributions see biography in The Canadian Encyclopedia (online).  He died at Toronto, on November 1, 1982.

Scope and content: 
Records in this fonds consist of an oral history interview by Elizabeth Wilson in October, 1973 in which Prof. Arthur discusses family background, early education in New Zealand and his years in Toronto. As well there is a file of biographical information, reminiscences, citations, correspondence and other records relating to his life and projects at the University of Toronto.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: None

Associated materials: Eric Arthur Fonds, Archives of Ontario

Accruals:   Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1974-0025, B1974-0075