UofT in Film, 1923 to 1965: digitized promotional films from the University of Toronto Archives

Come celebrate UofT’s 192nd Birthday! Drop in and see the campus through time this Friday, March 15th, at the Media Commons Theatre, Rm #3-035, from 11am to 1pm.

1923 - Varsity Life

This film, featuring Hart House facilities that opened in 1919, was distributed worldwide through Canadian Pacific Rail. It showcases various activities in Hart House including rare footage from a rehearsal of Hart House Theater.

1927 - After a Hundred Years

This film highlights aspects of the University - campus expansion, research, sports, student life - all with the aim of enticing alumni to return for the University’s centenary celebrations in 1927.

1951 - The Royal Tour

As part of the 1951 Royal Tour of Canada, Princess Elizabeth and her husband Prince Philip attended a lunch in the Hart House Great Hall, hosted by then University Chancellor Vincent Massey and University President Sidney Smith. This film captures the spectacle of their arrival and departure.

1959 - Graduates for Tomorrow

This short film features nostalgic scenes of student life and while also capturing research, the growth of the campus, and the need for continued investment in it. The film is designed to appeal to alumni for fundraising purposes. Filmed by documentary film maker Arthur Chetwynd, it uses much of the same footage of a longer documentary “Pursuit of Wisdom,” originally commissioned by the Board of Governors to tell the story of typical university using the UofT as an example.

1965 - Light for the Mind

This film won the Best Public-Relations Motion Picture at the 18th annual Canadian Film Awards in 1966 and was broadcast on several Ontario television stations. It was developed by the Department of Information and was funded by a Varsity Fund grant.