George M. Wrong Family

Title:  George M. Wrong Family fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1762-1995; predominant 1898-1950.

Physical description:  12.78 metres of textual, graphic, publications, and artifacts records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch
An historian, George MacKinnon Wrong was born in Elgin county, Canada West on June 25, 1860. He was educated at Wycliffe College and University College, in the University of Toronto (B.A. 1883, M.A. 1896), and was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1883. From 1883-92 he was lecturer in history and apologetics at Wycliffe College, from 1892-94 he was lecturer in history at the University of Toronto and from 1894 until his retirement in 1927 he was professor history and head of the department. He was educated at Wycliffe College and University College, in the University of Toronto (B.A.1883, M.A. 1896), and was ordained a priest of the Church of England in 1883. From 1883-92 he was lecturer in history and apologetics at Wycliffe College, from 1892-94 he was lecturer in history at the University of Toronto and from 1894 until his retirement in 1927 he was professor history and head of the department. He was one of the founders of the Champlain Society, and was the editorial secretary from 1905-22, and its president from 1924-28. He also founded, in 1897, the Review of Historical Publications relating to Canada, which became, in 1920 the Canadian Historical Review. He was the author of several text books on British and Canadian history. For a complete list of his publications see W. Stewart Wallace “The life and work of George M. Wrong” Canadian Historical Review, Vol.XXIX, No. 3 (Sept. 1948) pp. 238-239. He was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1908 and received and honorary degree of LLD from McGill in 1919 and University of Toronto in 1941. Wrong died in Toronto, Ontario on June 29, 1948.

 For biographies of other members of the Wrong family including George M. Wrong's wife, Sophia Blake Wrong, their five children, Murray, Agnes, Hume,  Harold, Margaret see the finding aid to B2004-0010.  Short biographies of Edward Blake and his wife Frances will also be found in that accession. 

 Scope and content: 

This fonds consists of Professor Wrong's academic and professional papers as well as family records relating to George M. Wrong's family as well as those of his in-laws,  the Edward Blake family.  Among Prof Wrong's  professional correspondence with fellow historians, and with politicians of the day such as Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Sir Robert Borden, MacKenzie King; and others. Also included are the manuscripts of some of G. M. Wrong's essays and books, concerning Canadian and Commonwealth history. It also contains records relating to the Armstrong and Wrong families including  postcards collected during trips overseas to Europe, England, China and Japan, photographs and family histories by G. M.Wrong ca 1938-1948 and by Dr. Norman Wrong in the 1970’s and donated in 1975.

Family records document three generations of the Wrong family predominantly, but also including Margaret Blake (wife of Edward Blake), her daughter, Sophia and wife of George Wrong,  their children Margaret (Marga), Murray, Hume, Harold and Agnes, and their cousin, Gerald Edward Blake. Margaret Wrong was a leader in the student Christian movement and missionary educator in Africa.  Murray Wrong was Commonwealth historian at Oxford University. Hume Wrong was lecturer in history at the University of Toronto and later diplomat and specialist in Canadian-American relations.  Harold Wrong and, his cousin, Gerald Blake were students at the University of Toronto who died in World War I.  Agnes Wrong Armstrong was a leader of the Junior League movement in Canada and the United States.
The records include diaries, certificates, correspondence, student papers, articles and poems, press clippings, photographs, and medals. Letters to and from the Wrong family members predominate, especially between George and Sophia and between them and their children. They document a wide range of family matters and the careers, activities, and ideas of the correspondents, along with letters of condolence and tributes on the deaths of some of them. Margaret Wrong’s files include the reports and letters she wrote while with the World Students’ Christian Federation and the International Committee of Christian Literature for Africa.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Finding aids for B2003-0005 and B2004-0010 online. Other finding aids available in Reading Room.

Related records in a different fonds: Edward Blake, Gerald Edward Blake

Accruals: Further accruals are expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1980-0019, B2003-0005, B2004-0010, B2006-0001