Harry Morris Cassidy

Title: Harry Morris Cassidy fonds 

Date(s) of creation: 1900-1952

Physical description: 11.19  metres of textual, graphic and artifact records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: 
Harry Morris Cassidy was born in Vancouver, B.C. in 1900. At the age of 16 he enlisted in the 172nd Battalion, but his age was discovered and he was returned to England to the Boys' Battalion. He transferred to the RAF for the remainder of the war. On his return to Canada he enrolled at the University of British Columbia from which he graduated in 1923. He received his PhD from the University of California and taught at the University of North Carolina and Rutgers before joining the University of Toronto as assistant professor of Social Science in 1929.  He left the university for public service in British Columbia in 1934.  In 1939 he returned to the University of California as dean of social work.  After serving as director of training for the UN Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in 1944, he joined the University of Toronto as head of the Department of Social Work.  He remained in this position until his death in 1951.

Letters documenting his courtship of Beatrice Pearce have been published by the Champlain Society in 2009.

Scope and content: 
Personal records of Harry M. Cassidy documenting his academic and professional activities as well as family records relating to his wife, Beatrice Pearce and children.  Consists of biographical files and articles; personal and professional correspondence; diaries (1917-1924) and a scrapbook;  certificates and diplomas; examinations, research notes and supporting pamphlets and articles; lecture notes and related teaching material; drafts of articles and books, with accompanying correspondence and research material and notes; book reviews; articles and addresses; administrative files relating primarily to the teaching of social work at the University of Toronto, to committee work, and to special projects; course outlines, student assignments and grades; poems and stories written by Harry Cassidy and others; files relating to the Harry Cassidy Memorial Research Fund.

Artifacts consist of World War I memorabilia and an academic hood.  Photographs include prints documenting his United Nations sponsored assignment to Egypt in 1950 and family photographs (1900-1946).
Access/Use: Open except for Student grades in box 069 until 1 January, 2025

Finding aids: Finding aid B1972-0022

Related records in a different fonds: University of Toronto. School of Social Work

Accruals: Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1972-0022, B1983-0007