Vincent Wheeler Bladen

Title: Vincent Wheeler Bladen fonds

Date(s) of creation: 1910-1979

Physical description:  4.53 metres of textual, graphic, sound recordings, and moving image records

Admin. history/Biographical Sketch: Born August 14, 1900 in Stoke-on-Trent, England. Died in Toronto November 26, 1981. Professor of Economics in the Department of Political Economy (1940-1969).   Prof. Bladen joined the University of Toronto in 1921 as an instructor after graduating from Balliol College, Oxford.   He became a professor in 1940.  In addition to teaching and writing, Prof. Bladen held a number of administrative posts including director of the Institute of Industrial Relations (1946-1950), Director of the Institute of Business Administration (1950-1953) and chair of the Department of Political Economy (1953-1959).  He was made Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1959. 

His academic interests included Canadian economic affairs, industrial organization and the 'literature of political economy'.  In 1961 he investigated the auto industry and his report resulted in the establishment of the Adjustment Assistance Board, which he headed for several years.  In 1965 he headed the Royal Commission on Higher Education which predicted a mushrooming demand for university programs and recommended government aid to provide the needed facilities.

He retired in 1969 and was made an officer of the Order of Canada in 1976.

Scope and content:

Personal records of Vincent W. Bladen containing correspondence, course notes on administration (Spring, 1976), manuscripts of articles, books including papers of Jeff Harcourt, "Bladen on Bladen"; biographical and subject files including Medicine as popular culture, briefs to and reports of commissions and committees (e.g., Royal Commission on the Automotive Industry and the Commission on the Financing of Higher Education in Canada), addresses and speeches. Also includes personal family records including will of Mrs Bladen and estate of Mrs. Bladen's mother, correspondence from James H. Bladen re estate of parents, courtship correspondence of V.W. Bladen, displaced English children at Bladen home during World War II, Michael Joy Bladen correspondence, family tree, certificates and diplomas;  income tax forms (1929-1976); photographs; video cassettes of Bladen family at King and Bladen family at Glenorchy (Jack Ball's Farm), c1941 and 1946.

Oral history interview with Vincent Bladen by Charles Roger Myers.  Covers his family backgound and education through his post-retirement career.  Focusses on the period 1921-1970, and discusses methods of appointments, promotions and tenure, and the Faculty of Arts and Science, particulary while he was Dean from 1947 to 1971.  Also discusses Presidents Falconer, Cody, Smith and Bissell, the Institute of Industrial Relations, the Senate, and the Dept. of Political Economy.

Access/Use: Open

Finding aids:  Transcript for B1974-0038 available in Reading Room.

Related records in a different fonds: Department of Political Economy

Accruals: Further accruals not expected.

Corresponding accessions: B1974-0038/B1974-0073/B1982-0002