Robert Gerald Riddell fonds

Title: Robert Gerald Riddell fonds

Dates of creation: 1865-1997, predominant 1921-1960

Physical description: 1.87 metres of textual and graphic material

Biographical Sketch:  Robert Gerald (Jerry) Riddell was born in Edmonton, Alberta on 4 May 1908. He married Katherine (Kay) Page Dobson on 13 June 1936 and they had two children, John and Susan. He died in Virginia Beach, Virginia on 17 March 1951. He earned a BA (University of Manitoba, 1930), MA (University of Toronto, 1931), and BLitt and MA (Oxford, 1933). Riddell was a tutor and lecturer at Victoria University and in the Department of History (U of T) from 1933-1942. During this time he also held positions with the university extension departments of the University of Toronto and the University of Alberta, University of Toronto Press, and the Canadian Historical Association. Riddell went on to work for the Department of External Affairs from 1942 to 1950. From 1950 until his death in 1951 he was head of the Canadian Permanent Delegation at the United Nations.

Scope and content: Correspondence, articles, essays, invitations, clippings, subject and biographical files, notes, addresses, photographs, manuscripts, and other material documenting the activities of Robert Gerald (Jerry) Riddell as senior tutor and lecturer at Victoria College and in the Department of History at the University of Toronto, as special assistant at the Department of External Affairs, and as Canada's permanent representative to the United Nations. Subject files include typescript copies of Canadian Department of Agriculture correspondence that date from 1865 to 1892 and relate to immigration matters (B1972-0008).

Finding Aids: File lists (B1972-0008, B1973-0014, B2006-0012) and series description (B2006-0012) available

Access: Open

Accession number: B1972-0008, B1973-0014, B1986-0002, B2006-0012