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Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
14
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1917-2011
Physical Description
2.82 m of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
As early as 1916 the Ezras Noshem Society (a mutual benefit society for Jewish women) started to raise funds to purchase and renovate what would become The Toronto Jewish Old Folks' Home (Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care’s forerunner) after its members recognized the need for a home in Toronto where the Jewish elderly could receive kosher meals and communicate with staff in their own language. Property at 31 Cecil Street was purchased in 1917 and sometime between September 1918 and January 1920 the Home officially opened there. The Home was run by a small staff and the women of Ezras Noshem who volunteered their time to make beds, cook kosher meals, do laundry and sponsor fundraising events. By 1938 the Home had expanded into its neighboring houses at 29, 33, and 35 Cecil Street and was caring for 115 residents. It provided residents with synagogue services, a hospital ward and social activities. At this time the Home also became a member of the United Jewish Welfare Fund.
In 1946, the need for a larger and more modern building prompted a fundraising campaign, which was headed by Abe Posluns, to purchase and build a new facility. In December 1954, the new building opened at 3650 Bathurst Street and consisted of two new institutions: The Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital. This location continued to expand over the years, including a new building for residents in 1968, an apartment building for seniors called the Baycrest Terrace in 1976, and a community centre known as The Joseph E. and Minnie Wagman Centre in 1977. These additions enabled Baycrest to expand its programs to include a day care program, recreational programs, and a Sheltered Workshop which was run in cooperation with the Jewish Vocational Service and provided residents with employment. In 1986 a new Baycrest Hospital was erected, and in 1989, the Rotman Research Institute, which is also affiliated with the University of Toronto, opened to create a research facility where top researchers could study and find new treatment methods for the elderly.
In recent years, Baycrest’s services and programs have continued to expand. In 2000, the Apotex Centre, the Jewish Home for the Aged and the Louis and Leah Posluns Centre for Stroke and Cognition opened to help residents with progressive dementia caused by vascular disorders. In 2001 a condominium building opened at 2 Neptune Drive for seniors, and in 2003 the Sam and Ida Ross Memory Clinic was established to provide out-patient services for seniors with memory disorders. Baycrest Centre also provides numerous cultural and religious programs for the inhabitants and the greater community, including a heritage museum, art exhibits and a Holocaust program.
Custodial History
Records were donated to the OJA in a series of accessions from a variety of sources, including the Baycrest Women's Auxiliary and the Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the history, governance, and activities of the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Included are meeting notices, agendas and minutes, correspondence, reports, speeches, photographs, artifacts, constitutions, publications, press releases, financial records, event invitations, programs, a scrapbook, a poster, lists, theatrical scripts, newspaper clippings, brochures and booklets, flyers, a land deed, certificates, schedules, annual calendars, cards, questionnaires, and lists.
Fonds is arranged into eleven series: 1. Board of Directors and Executive Committee; 2. Annual General Meetings and Annual Reports; 3. Committees and meetings; 4. Women's Auxiliary; 5. Men's Service Group; 6. Toronto Jewish Old Folks Home; 7. Programs and services; 8. Religious services; 9. Fundraising; 10. Publications and publicity; and, 11. Events. Records are described to the file level with some item level descriptions.
Notes
Physical description note: Includes 1102 photographs, 4 coins, 2 posters, 1 badge, 1 pin, 1 key chain, 1 postcard, and 1 pen.
Associated material note: related material at Library and Archives Canada includes a small Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds, and the Eric Exton fonds. For architectural records see the Irving D. Boigon fonds 243 at the City of Toronto Archives (Boigon was an architect who designed many of Baycrest's buildings between the 1970s and 1990s). Contact Baycrest Centre's Heritage Museum for committee records from the 1930s, and consult Baycrest's website to access electronic copies of current issues of Baycrest's publications.
Name Access
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care
Baycrest Hospital
Ezras Noshem Society (Toronto, Ont.)
Jewish Home for the Aged (Toronto, Ont.)
Jewish Old Folks Home (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Hospitals
Old age homes
Related Material
See Gordon Mendly Fonds 18, series 3-4; Jewish Vocational Services of Toronto fonds 75; United Jewish Welfare Fund fonds 67; accession # 2009-6-2; Dora Till Fonds 52; J. Irving Oelbaum Fonds 24; Jewish Community Centre of Toronto fonds 61, series 1-1; Gilbert Studios fonds 37; Ben Kayfetz fonds 62, series 3, file 3; JFWB fonds 87, series 6, files 5 and 6; JIAS fonds 9, series 7, file 1; Harold S. Kaplan fonds 27, series 1-4, and Morris Norman fonds 22.
Creator
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care, 1917-
Accession Number
1982-11-1
1983-11-2
1988-2-7
1979-9-17
1979-9-23
1987-9-7
2004-5-50
MG 2 O 1A
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Programs and services series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 7; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Programs and services series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
7
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records documenting the programs and services of the Jospeh E. and Minnie Wagman Centre. Included are brochures, invitations, a physical fitness report, a parking pass, program schedules, pool rules, and a membership fee schedule for the fitness centre.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Programs and services series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 7; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Programs and services series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
7
File
12
Material Format
textual record
object
Date
[ca. 1965]-2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 pin : plastic, blue and white ; 4 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records documenting Baycrest's volunteer and volunteen programs. Included are issues of the Volunteer Voice newsletter, flyers, brochures, volunteer manuals and handbooks, monthly statistic reports, invitations, and correspondence. Also included is one pin that was worn by volunteer Miriam Beckerman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Programs and services series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 7; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Programs and services series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
7
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972, [ca. 2000]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a brochure for Baycrest Watch, and a list of area captain responsibilities for the Fire Safety program.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Religious services series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 14; Series 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Religious services series
Level
Series
Fonds
14
Series
8
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1959-1996
Physical Description
3 folders of textual records
45 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material documenting the Baycrest Centre's religious services. Included are meeting minutes, a report, bulletins, a service schedule, and photographs.
Subjects
Religion
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Religious services series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 8; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Religious services series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
8
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1982-21 Sept. 1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of meeting minutes and a report outlining the functions and operation of Baycrest's religious services.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Religious services series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 8; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Religious services series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
8
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1973-1996
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of bulletins for various Jewish holidays, such as Passover and Rosh Hashanah, and a schedule of services for the High Holy Days in 1988.
Subjects
High Holidays
Synagogue bulletins
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 14; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
Series
Fonds
14
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1952-2001
Physical Description
7 cm of textual records
2 photographs
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material documenting the Baycrest Centre's fundraising activities. Included are meeting minutes, reports, booklets, newsletters, bulletins, brochures, a speech, correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and lists. Of note is a grant application from 1952 for funding to build the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital.
Subjects
Fund raising
Related Material
See Fonds 67, series 5-3 for records documenting the relationship between the Jewish Home for the Aged and the United Jewish Welfare Fund with respect to fundraising in the 1950s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 9; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
9
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1955]-2011
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of brochures and a "Treasures of Baycrest" booklet.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 9; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
9
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966-[ca. 1980]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of booklets describing various memorial and endowments opportunities at the Baycrest Centre.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 9; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
9
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records documenting Baycrest's fundraising activities for a new Baycrest Hospital building. Included are booklets and "Making It Happen" newsletters.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 9; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Fundraising series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
9
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971-1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of invitations, the first edition issue of the Baycrest Centre Lottery News bulletin (Nov. 1971), a list of Lottery winners, and financial reports detailing Baycrest's income and expenses from its Lottery fundraiser.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
Series
Fonds
14
Series
10
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1957-2011
Physical Description
35 cm of textual records
1 postcard
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material documenting the Baycrest Centre's various publications and publicity activities. Included is a meeting notice and minutes, a memo, a postcard, articles, a news release, brochures, newsletters, magazines, and bulletins.
Series is arranged into four sub-series: 1. Baycrest News ; 2. Baycrest Bulletins; 3. Baycrest Breakthroughs; and, 4. Attach Your Name to Baycrest.
Related Material
See the Baycrest Centre's website for electronic copies of current issues of Baycrest's publications, including: Baycrest Matters newsletters, the Joseph E. and Minnie Wagman Centre newsletters, and Baycrest Bulletins. A link to the website is here: http://www.baycrest.org/publications-18.php
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1970]-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of general information brochures about the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
22 Feb. 1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a news release.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961, 1996-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of various staff newsletters, including a Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee newsletter, At The Centre, the Grapevine (Nursing Services Division), and Intercom.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1974-Aug. 1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Baycrestaffer was a monthly newsletter published for staff of the Baycrest Centre. It replaced the Baycrest Newsletter and was first issued in November 1974.
Scope and Content
File consists of issues of The Baycrestaffer.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Tick-Talk newsletter provided friends of the Baycrest Centre with monthly updates about new developments, events, programs, and other activities at Baycrest.
Scope and Content
File consists of issues of The Baycrestaffer.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Multilingual Magazine was a creative project of the residents of Baycrest Terrace and members of the Jospeh E. and Minnie Wagman Centre. Published twice a year in four languages, the magazine contains stories and memories of the residents and members.
Scope and Content
File consists of the first issue of the Multilingual Magazine.
Name Access
Terraces of Baycrest (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983-1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Constructive Comments newsletter was issued between August 1983 and May 1986 to keep board members, staff, patients, and residents updated on the progress of construction for the new Baycrest Hospital.
Scope and Content
File consists of issues of the Constructive Comments newsletter.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1986, 1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
CentreSphere was first issued in 1986 for "people who care for and about the elderly". Articles discussed the ways in which Baycrest was enhancing the lives of seniors through its research, services and programs. It was likely published three to four times per year.
Scope and Content
File consists of two issues of the CentreSphere publication.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Baycrest News sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Baycrest News sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
14
Series
10-1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1986
Physical Description
12 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The Home News magazine was first issued in 1957 to keep the public informed about the activities and operation of the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital. Initially, it also provided residents with a forum for expression as some of them sat on the magazine's Editorial Board. In Sept. 1969, the publication changed its name to Baycrest News to reflect Baycrest's name change to the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. Another change to the publication took place in 1982, when its format was altered from a magazine to a tabloid. It was issued between three and four times each year. Baycrest News is no longer published.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of issues of the Baycrest News and its predecessor, Home News.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Baycrest News sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10-1; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Baycrest News sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10-1
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
Mar. 1980-Mar. 1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of issues of the Baycrest News.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Baycrest News sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 10-1; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Publications and publicity series
Baycrest News sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
10-1
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
June 1982-May 1987
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of issues of the Baycrest News.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 14; Series 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
Series
Fonds
14
Series
11
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1952-2000
Physical Description
44 photographs (35 contact sheet) and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting the Baycrest Centre's various events. Included are invitations, programmes, correspondence, a meeting notice and minutes, event souvenirs, and photographs.
Notes
Physical description note: includes 3 cm of textual records, 1 key chain, and 1 pen.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 11; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
11
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
4 May 1986
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
file consists of an invitation and programmes.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 14; Series 11; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care fonds
Events series
Level
File
Fonds
14
Series
11
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
30 June 1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
file consists of an invitation.
Subjects
Building
Hospitals
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
51
Material Format
multiple media
Date
[192-]-1990
Physical Description
1.35 metres of textual records (20 vols.) and other material
Admin History/Bio
Philip Gerard Givens (1922-1995) was a municipal, provincial and federal politician, a judge, a police commissioner and an active Jewish communal leader. He is largely remembered as the 54th Mayor of Toronto.
Phil Givens was born in Toronto on April 24th, 1922, the only son of Hyman and Mary Gevertz (Gewercz). As a youth, he attended Harbord Collegiate and graduated from the University of Toronto in political science and economics in 1945 and from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1949. In 1947, he married Minnie "Min" Rubin (born February 7th, 1924) and together they had two children, Eleanor and Michael.
Givens graduated as a lawyer from Osgoode Hall; however, shortly thereafter he decided to enter politics, running as a municipal school board trustee in 1950. In 1951 he was elected as alderman for Ward 5, serving in this capacity until 1960, when he was subsequently elected as a city Controller.
Givens was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1962.
Following the sudden death of Mayor David Summerville in 1963, Givens was appointed by City Council as the Mayor of Toronto and was officially elected to the position in 1964, winning a close race against the former mayor, Allan Lamport. As mayor, Givens was automatically a member of the Metropolitan Toronto Executive and Council, the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, the Consumer’s Gas Company Executive, the Toronto Hydro Commission and the governing boards of Toronto’s major hospitals.
Givens was publicly seen as an affable and populist mayor but his tenure was not without controversy. His support for the construction of the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts and his decision to acquire Henry Moore’s bronze sculpture “the Archer” for the new Nathan Phillips Square were both highly controversial during his term in office. In particular, the Moore sculpture sparked intense controversy and public debate amongst council members and citizens alike. Although ultimately purchased with private solicited donations, the controversy surrounding the statue’s purchase was still partly to blame for Givens’ 1966 election defeat to William Dennison.
In 1967 Givens entered national politics for the second time, the first being a failed 1957 bid in Toronto’s Spadina riding, winning a seat as a Liberal in Toronto’s York West riding. In 1971 he stepped down before the end of his term to campaign for a seat in the Provincial Legislature. Again running under the Liberal banner, Givens won his seat in York-Forest Hill and after the elimination of this riding in 1975, was re-elected in the new riding of Armourdale. In 1977 he retired from politics. He also worked briefly as a current affairs commentator for local radio broadcaster CHUM 1050 AM.
In 1977, Givens was appointed as a provincial court judge and chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, serving in both capacities until 1985, when he left the Commission but continued in the judiciary as a civil trial judge until officially retiring from public life in 1988.
An ardent Zionist, Givens was also a prominent leader of several Jewish communal organizations. He was the founder and first president of the Upper Canada Lodge of B’nai Brith and sat on the executives of the Canadian Jewish Congress, the United Jewish Welfare Fund, the Talmud Torah Eitz Chaim, the Zionist Organization of Canada, the Toronto Zionist Council, Jewish National Fund, State of Israel Bonds and the Baycrest Centre for Geriatric Care. He was chairman of the United Israel Appeal-Israel Emergency Fund in 1967 and the United Jewish Appeal-Israel Special Fund in 1968. From 1973 to 1985 he was the national president of the Canadian Zionist Federation and in the 1990s was the national chairman of the Canadian Jewish Congress’ Committee for Yiddish.
Givens was honoured by Jewish community organizations, including the Jewish National Fund’s Negev Award in 1968 and the Canadian Council of Christians and Jews’ Human Relations Award in 1969. As well, in 1972, he received the Award of Honour from the Toronto Regional Council of B’nai Brith.
Givens was also known to be a passionate sailor and was a member of both the Royal Canadian and the Island Yacht Clubs in Toronto. He died on November 30th, 1995 at the age of 73.
Custodial History
The records were in the possession of Phil Givens until they were donated to the Archives in September 1990 by his wife.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the personal, professional and communal activities of Phil Givens. The bulk of the material is graphic and most of the photographs relate to his tenure as Mayor of Toronto and to his Jewish communal work. The records also include general correspondence, speeches, campaign material, scrapbooks, cartoons, certificates and awards, biographical writings, audio and visual materials and artifacts. The records have been arranged into nine series representing Givens’ various roles and activities and have been described to the file level and item level when necessary. These series are: 1. Personal life; 2. City of Toronto Alderman; 3. City of Toronto Controller; 4. City of Toronto Mayor; 5. Metropolitan Toronto Police Commissioner; 6. Provincial politics; 7. National politics; 8. Legal career; 9. Jewish communal service.
Notes
Physical Description Note: Includes ca. 915 photographs, 14 drawings, 1 print, 1 presentation piece, 27 objects, 4 DVD’s, 4 videocassettes and 1 audiocassette.
Physical Extent Note: Fonds was reduced from 5.5 m of records to 2.6 m of records. Please see accession record for further details regarding the records that were culled.
General Note: Previously cited as MG6 B
Associated material note: City of Toronto Archives: “Philip Givens fonds” (fonds 1301) and Series 363, Sub-series 2 “Mayor' Office journals” (fonds 200). Library and Archives Canada: “Correspondence and subjects” series (R4942-1-1-E) in the Stuart E. Rosenberg fonds (R4942-0-X-E); Henry S. Rosenberg fonds (R3946-0-9-E); Jewish National Fund of Canada fonds (R4347-0-1-E), “Subject series: Givens, Judge Philip G. – Toronto” (R4347-7-4-E); “Correspondence, memoranda, minutes, reports” series (MG31-H67), Zdzislaw Przygoda fonds (R6257-0-0-E) [Sir Casimir Gzowski monument committee records –chaired by Phil Givens]; B'nai Brith Canada fonds (R6348-0-9-E); Canadian Zionist Federation fonds (R9377-0-6-E).
Name Access
Givens, Phillip, 1922-1995
Givens (nee Rubin), Min
Subjects
Law
Politicians
Related Material
See Fonds 2: Benjamin Dunkelman fonds
See Fonds 18: Gordon Mendly fonds
See Fonds 28: Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
See Fonds 37: Gilbert Studios fonds (Negev dinners series, Zionist Building series, Portraits series).
Creator
Givens, Philip, 1922-1995
Accession Number
1990-9-7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal life series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal life series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
1
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[192-]-1988
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records
74 photographs : b&w and col. (8 negatives) ; 36 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material related to the personal life of Phil Givens. This includes general correspondence, family portraits and personal snapshots, school materials and biographical writings.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
4
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1963-1990
Physical Description
ca. 360 photographs : b&w, sepia toned, and col (99 contact sheet, 2 slides) ; 34 x 26 cm or smaller and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of records documenting Phil Givens’ work as Mayor of Toronto from 1963 until 1966. The bulk of the records are photographs featuring Mayor Givens at various city and community events; of note are images of Givens meeting with Robert Kennedy, Israeli President Zalmon Shazar, Sam Shopsowitz, and Pope Paul VI. Also included is general correspondence, speeches, election campaign materials, cartoons, certificates, artifacts, textual records related to the acquisition of the Henry Moore sculpture, a VHS cassette of Givens discussing the building of the New City Hall and an audiocassette documenting a council trip to Montreal in 1966. In addition, there is a small number of photographs which document events that occurred outside the dates of his time in office, but which relate to his role as mayor.
The series has been arranged into nine sub-series: 4-1. Campaign; 4-2. City of Toronto Council; 4-3. Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto Council; 4-4. City of Toronto Board of Control; 4-5. Henry Moore Sculpture and artwork; 4-6. Official engagements; 4-7. Certificates and Awards; 4-8. Portraits and publicity; and 4-9. Political cartoons.
Notes
Includes 7.8 cm of textual records, 14 drawings, 1 DVD, 1 videocassette, 1 audiocassette, and 8 objects.
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Subjects
Politicians
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
Date
1977-1985
Physical Description
51 photographs : b&w and col. ; 28 x 21 cm or smaller and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and other material documenting Phil Givens’ activities as chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission from 1977 to 1985. The textual records include messages of congratulations, general correspondence, speeches, and reports. The graphic material includes official portraits as well as snapshots documenting various police activities and events. Also included is a video cassette of a “sailpast” commemorating the merger of the harbour and port police forces with the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force in June 1983 as well as a video cassette of the retirement dinner for Givens held at the Island Yacht Club in July 1985.
The series has been arranged into three sub-series: 5-1. Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners; 5-2. Publicity; and 5-3. Official engagements.
Notes
Includes 13 cm of textual records, 2 DVDs and 2 videocassettes.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
National politics series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
National politics series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
7
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
moving images
object
Date
1957-1985
Physical Description
11 objects and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of records related to Phil Givens’ work as an MP for the federal riding of York West in Toronto and a small amount related to Givens’ earlier failed election attempt in the Spadina riding. The records include campaign material, correspondence, photographs, a video cassette featuring Givens' at the Houses of Parliament and an oversized composite print of the members of the House of Commons for 1968. Of note are images of Givens participating in a parliamentary delegation to the United Nations, attending the Sir Casimir Gzowski Monument dedication, and visiting NASA's Manned Spacecraft Center. Also included is a small number of photographs of Givens at events hosted or attended by national political figures, such as former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Givens' attendance at such events occurred outside of his time in national office, but are associated with his role as a federal MP.
Notes
Includes 1 folder of textual records, 9 b&w and col. photographs, 1 print, 1 DVD and 1 videocassette.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Legal career series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Legal career series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
8
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1945-1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
5 photographs : b&w, sepia toned and col. ; 19 x 43 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and photographs documenting Phil Givens' activities in his roles as a lawyer and judge. In particular, the records include general legal correspondence, letters to and from representatives of the provincial courts and the attorney general, letters of reference for fellow judges, a master case file list and event photographs. Also included are two certificates presented to Givens affirming his status as a notary and as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Ontario.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal service series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Jewish communal service series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
[194-]-1988
Physical Description
323 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller and other material
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material documenting Phil Givens' involvement with the Jewish community. In particular, the textual records include general correspondence, speeches and convention materials documenting his role as national president of the Canadian Zionist Federation and his involvement with many other Jewish organizations. The records also consist of certificates, scrapbooks, objects, photographs of various events within the community as well as photographic albums presented to Givens on the occasion of his 1968 Jewish National Fund Negev dinner and his 1985 Canadian Zionist Federation testimonial dinner.
The majority of the records has been arranged into nine sub-series: 9-1. B’nai Brith; 9-2. Canadian Zionist Federation; 9-3. Jewish National Fund; 9-4. Keren Hayesod; 9-5. Rho Pi Phi fraternity; 9-6. State of Israel Bonds; 9-7. United Jewish Welfare Fund / United Jewish Appeal; and 9-8. Other Jewish organizations.
Notes
Includes 12.15 cm of textual records, 2 objects and 1 presentation piece.
Arrangement
Any files not clearly associated with a specific Jewish organization were attached to the Jewish communal service series itself.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1966-1988
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of several biographical sketches of Phil Givens that detail his personal and professional activities and accomplishments.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
1976-1985
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains Phil Givens's personal correspondence with various people. Included are letters of thanks and congratulations, reference letters, letters of condolence, correspondence regarding financial matters, such as donations and investments, and correspondence relating to a car accident involving Phil.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1947-1988
Physical Description
25 photographs : b&w ; 36 x 26 cm or smaller
5 photographs : b&w and col. ; mounted on board 33 x 36 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Phil, Min and family. Included are photographs of Phil and Min at parties or family celebrations, such as a costume New Year's Eve party, Passover dinner and a Bar Mitzvah, Phil with his daughter and grandson at work as a judge, portraits of Min around their home and out at the theatre, and family portraits of Phil, Min and their children, Eleanor and Michael. Some photographs were used for Givens's 1957 federal election campaign.
Subjects
Families
Repro Restriction
Photography studios and photographers are identified on most of the photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-2; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-2
File
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
23 Sept. 1981
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a group portrait of former City of Toronto mayors. Identified is (left to right): William Allan, Allan Lamport, Paul Godfrey (in his capacity as Metro Toronto Chairman), Phil Givens, and David Crombie.
Notes
Photograph is by Boris Spremo of the Toronto Star.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-2; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-2
File
8
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1984
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two copies of a photograph of former City Hall council members gathered together for a reunion at Casa Loma. Identified individuals include: Phil Givens, Dennis Flynn, Alan Eggleton, David Rotenberg, Alan Grossman and J.B. Salsberg.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Henry Moore sculpture and artwork sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-5; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Henry Moore sculpture and artwork sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-5
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Sept. 1987
Physical Description
9 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs documenting the Henry Moore Gallery opening at the Art Gallery of Ontario. Included are images of gallery curator Alan Wilkinson unveiling "The Archer" drawing, and Phil Givens delivering a speech, viewing artwork, and mingling with other guests. Other individuals identified include: Margo Bindhardt, David Campbell, Paddy Ann Burns, and Lizann (?).
Notes
Photographs are by the Art Gallery of Ontario.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-6; File 94
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-6
File
94
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1983
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of three photographs documenting a Mel Lastman party at a McDonald's. Included are images of Phil Givens dressed as a judge with other unknown guests and a photograph of Mel Lastman with an unknown party guest.
Notes
Photographs are by Barry Gray of the Toronto Sun.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Political cartoons
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-9; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Political cartoons
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
4-9
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[1963?]-1985, predominant 1963-[1965?]
Physical Description
14 drawings : black india ink and pencil ; 29 x 30 cm
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence and original political cartoon drawings by James (Jim) Reidford of the Globe and Mail. The cartoons document issues during the 1964 mayoral race and Phil Givens term in office. Also included is correspondence between Givens and Clare Westcott, Executive Director of the Office of the Premiere, regarding the cartoons.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Political cartoons sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Political cartoons sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
4-9
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[1963?]-1985, predominant 1963-[1965?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
14 drawings : black india ink and pencil ; 29 x 30 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of correspondence and political cartoon drawings documenting Mayor Phil Givens' 1964 election campaign and term in office.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
4-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[196-]-1984
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
109 photographs ; b&w and col. (99 contact sheet) ; 26 x 21 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs, speeches and correspondence that document Mayor Phil Givens' role on the City of Toronto Council.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Henry Moore sculpture and artwork sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 4-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Mayor series
Henry Moore sculpture and artwork sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
4-5
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1966-1987
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records
33 photographs : b&w and col. (2 slides) ; 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of correspondence and photographs documenting Mayor Phil Givens' controversial decision to acquire Henry Moore's bronze sculpture "the Archer".
Notes
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-1; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-1
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence documenting Phil Givens' activities as chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission. Included are congratulatory letters and correspondence with federal immigration officials, Israeli offiicials, CHIN radio executives, and the Chancellery of Canadian Orders and Decorations (concerning the application of Johnny Lombardi for the Order of Canada).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-1; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-1
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence documenting Phil Givens' activities as chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission. Included are numerous requests for his attendance at functions, congratulatory letters to recent Members of Parliament appointed to Cabinet, and citizen requests for assistance.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-1; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-1
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1981
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence documenting Phil Givens' activities as chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission. Included are numerous requests for his attendance at functions, internal reports, and a package of material sent by the National Joint Community Relations Community of the Canadian Jewish Congress and B'nai Brith discussing the rise of antisemitism in Canada.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-1; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-1
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
1982-1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of 20 internal reports from the Ethnic Relations Unit of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Force to the Officer in Charge of Community Programs. Many reports detailing racial incidents wherein the victim was someone of Jewish descent were flagged and/or annotated by Phil Givens. Also included is a briefing note regarding the history and mandate of the Ethnic Relations Unit.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 5-1; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission series
Metropolitan Toronto Police Board of Commissioners sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
5-1
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1983
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence documenting Phil Givens' activities as chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission. Included are letters of recommendation and congratulatory letters, correspondence with federal and provincial officials, and inquiries from the public.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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