Robert Harold Blackburn

Title:  Robert Harold Blackburn fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1942-1989

Physical description: 0.72 metres of graphic and textual records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch:

Robert Harold Blackburn was born in Vegreville, Alberta on February 3, 1919.  He graduated from the University of Alberta in 1941 with an M.A. and then enrolled at the Library School at the University of Toronto in 1941. He graduated with a Bachelor of Library Science degree in 1942.  After service in the Royal Canadian Airforce, he worked for a year a the Calgary Public Library. He returned to the University of Toronto as Associate Librarian in 1947. In 1948 he received a M.S. degree from Columbia University.   He was appointed University Librarian in 1954, succeeding W. Stewart Wallace.  He retired as Librarian Emeritus in 1982.  An account of his tenure at the University of Toronto will be found in his book, Evolution of the Heart. A history of the University of Toronto Library up to 1981.    (Toronto: University of Toronto Library, 1989) pp 151-165.

Scope and content

Personal records of Robert H. Blackburn, University Librarian, consisting of personal correspondence (1955-1981); RCAF flying log books (1942-1945); correspondence files arranged by author, A-W (1981-1986); files relating to his Carnegie tour (1950-1952), his being an editorial advisor to Collier's (1953-1988), and chair of the board of the Streetsville Public Library (1964-1965); addresses, with covering correspondence (1961-1987) and notes, research documents relating to and a typescript of his history of the University of Toronto library system, "Evolution of the Heart".  Photographs document false ceiling at the Robarts Library, 1983.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids: Finding aid for B1989-0036 available in Reading Room

Related records in a different fonds: University of Toronto Library. Office of the Chief Librarian.

Accruals: Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1987-0074, B1989-0036