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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 Alderman series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1951-1960
Physical Description
3.3 cm of textual records
32 photographs : b&w ; 27 x 35 cm or smaller
3 objects
Scope and Content
Series consists of campaign materials, photographs and general correspondence related to Phil Givens’ role as alderman for the City of Toronto between 1951 and 1960. The photographs primarily document various city events attended by Givens; of note are images of Givens meeting with the Queen Mum, Johnny Lombardi, and Prime Minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.
The series has been arranged into four sub-series: 2-1. City of Toronto Council; 2-2. Municipality of Metro Toronto Council; 2-3. Public works projects; and 2-4. Official engagements.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Controller series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Controller series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1960-1963
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
57 photographs : b&w (32 contact sheet) ; 40 x 51 cm or smaller
2 objects
Scope and Content
Series consists of records related to Phil Givens’ role as controller for the City of Toronto between 1960 and 1963. The records include correspondence, photographs, and campaign materials. Of note is a letter and signed photograph from Lester B. Pearson following his visit to Toronto in 1963.
The series has been arranged into five sub-series: 3-1. Campaign; 3-2. City of Toronto Board of Control; 3-3. City of Toronto Council; 3-4. Municipality of Metro Toronto Council; and 3-5. Official engagements.
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
Provincial politics series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Provincial politics series
Level
Series
Fonds
51
Series
6
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1971-1977
Physical Description
9 cm of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
1 object
Scope and Content
Series consists of textual records and graphic material created by Phil Givens during his tenure as MPP for the provincial ridings of York-Forest Hill and Armourdale. Included is campaign material, general correspondence, photographs and a certificate declaring his appointment to the legislature.
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 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
17 Dec. 1943
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one essay written by Phil Givens for a political science course at the University of Toronto entitled "The Press and Radio as Creators of Public Opinion on Unions".
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
[194-]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one essay written by Phil Givens entitled "Yiddish in America".
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1944
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one copy of the 1943-44 winter issue of University College's magazine "The Undergraduate". Phil Givens co-authored the article "Free Enterprise".
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 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
13
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File contains records documenting a donation Phil Givens and his family made to the Jewish National Fund to help establish a Nachlaoth in Israel. Included is one letter and two photographs of the donation markers erected in Lachish, Israel for the Givens family.
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 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one invitation sent out by Phil Givens and his wife for a "5-IN-ONE PARTY" celebrating five big family events that occurred in 1972: Phil's 20th year in politics, Phil's 50th birthday, Phil and Min's 25th wedding anniversary, Eleanor's graduation as a registered nurse, and Michael's Bar Mitzvah.
Subjects
Invitation cards
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1922-1945
Physical Description
16 photographs : b&w (6 negatives) ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
1 photograph : hand col. ; 13 x 8 cm (sight) in frame 19 x 12 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of family portraits of the Gevertz family, portraits of Phil Givens as a young child, a military portrait of Givens taken while he was serving in the Canadian Officer Training Corps., a portrait of Givens as a young man, and graduation portraits of Givens from the University of Toronto. Several of the early family portraits are copy prints made from the negatives in this file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1927-1941
Physical Description
7 photographs : b&w (2 negatives) ; 25 x 20 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of Phil Givens's school photographs. Included is Givens's grade one class photograph from Charles G. Fraser Public School, a group photograph of the cast of a Parkdale Collegiate school play, photographs of Givens in his Harbord Collegiate football uniform, and a photograph of Givens in the Harbord Cadet Corps. The photographs of Givens in his football uniform are copy prints made from the negatives in this file.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937-[194-]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and sepia toned ; 7 x 12 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Phil Givens with his friends. Included is a photograph of Givens posing in a car and in a field with friends, as well as a photograph of Givens with friends during track and field day at the CNE stadium. Identified in the CNE photograph are (left to right): Max Rosenfeld (holding the megaphone), Morris Gay (?), [unidentified], [unidentified], [unidentified], Phil Givens (on the bike), and Markus (?). The CNE photograph is signed by Max Rosenfeld.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
11
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 12 x 17 cm
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
12
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of Phil Givens and his wife, Min, sailing on a yacht with friends.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
10
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-] - [197-]
Physical Description
9 photographs : b&w ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller
1 photograph : b&w ; 24 x 19 cm in folder 36 x 29 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of various professional portraits of Phil Givens taken throughout his life.
Notes
Photography studios and photographers are identified on most of the photographs.
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
Personal series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1925] - [ca. 1963]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and col. (tiff)
Admin History/Bio
Fanny (nee Machtinger) Rubin immigrated to Toronto with her family from Drildz, Poland in 1909. Prior to immigrating, Fanny had begun dating Paul Rubin. In 1910, Paul immigrated to Toronto from Lodz, Poland to be with Fanny and they married soon after in 1911. Paul worked as a ladies coat and suit designer and had a "Twix-teen" clothing line for petite women.
Paul and Fanny had four daughters: Nelly (b. Aug. 1913), Sarah (b. 10 Aug. 1915), Pauline "Peppy" (b. 21 Feb. 1920), and Minnie "Min" (b. 17 Feb. 1924). Nelly later married Joe Allen, Sarah married Gordon Donsky, Minnie married Phil Givens and Pauline married Sol Mandlsohn, the founder of Bay Bloor Radio.
Scope and Content
File consists of two family portraits of the Rubin family. Included is one early portrait [ca. 1925] and one later portrait [ca. 1963] that includes grandchildren and spouses.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-2; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-2
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains one Municipality of Metro Toronto certificate that was issued to Givens in appreciation for his service as a Member of the Metropolitan Council from 1955-1960.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
6 photographs : b&w ; 27 x 35 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs documenting Alderman Phil Givens' role as a member of the City of Toronto Council.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 27 x 35 cm mounted on board 41 x 51 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one group portrait of the Toronto City Council. Individuals are identified with the photograph. Of particular note is Mayor Nathan Phillips (front row, centre) and Phil Givens (back row, far right).
Notes
Photograph is by Turofsky Photo.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one group portrait of the Toronto City Council. Identified on verso are: Aldermen Fred Hamilton, Philip Givens and Joseph Gould, and Mayor Nathan Phillips.
Notes
Photograph is by Turofsky Photo.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
7 Oct. 1957
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm
Notes
Photo is by Gunther Busse
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
File
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Phil Givens in conversation with William Allen.
Notes
Photo is by Globe and Mail.
Name Access
Allen, William
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Phil Givens exiting an elevator with Ford Brand.
Notes
Photograph is by The Telegram.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-1; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
City of Toronto Council sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-1
File
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1953]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm in folder 16 x 22 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one souvenir photograph of Council members at a Council party in the Indigo Room at the Barclay Hotel in Toronto. Identified in the photograph is Allan Grossman (far left), Phil Givens (second to the left), William Allen (second to the right) and Mayor Allan Lamport (far right). The photograph is signed by Mayor Lamport.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1956
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records (1 folder)
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence documenting Phil Givens' activities as City of Toronto Alderman. Included is correspondence relating to constituent requests and complaints, letters of thanks and congratulations, event invitations and RSVPs, a petition submitted by Givens at a meeting of the Committee on Traffic and Legislation, correspondence relating to Givens' role as chairman of the Local Board of Health and correspondence with federal Members of Parliament.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2
File
2
Material Format
object
Date
1953, 1955-1956
Physical Description
3 gavels : wood with metal plate ; 25 cm in length x 9 cm in width at the head
Scope and Content
File consists of three wooden gavels used by Givens as Chairman of the Local Board of Health, Chairman of the Committee of Property, and the Chairman of the Works Committee of Metropolitan Toronto. Engraved metal plates are wrapped around the centre of the heads.
Physical Condition
Objects are in poor condition. The wood is fading and the metal plates have rusted.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
2-2
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1955-1961
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs and one certificate documenting Alderman Phil Givens' activities as a member of the Municipality of Metro Toronto Council.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-2; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-2
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one group portrait of the Municipality of Metro Toronto Council. Individuals are identified on the photograph. Of particular note is Phil Givens (back row, far right), and Nathan Phillips (front row, 5th from the left).
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Public works projects sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Public works projects sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
2-3
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1952, 1957-1958
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
10 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs and one event programme documenting the public works projects Phil Givens was connected to as Alderman of the City of Toronto.
Notes
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Public works projects sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-3; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Public works projects sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-3
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
8 Aug. 1958
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of three photographs of Phil Givens delivering a speech at the opening ceremony of the Frederick G. Gardiner Expressway and one programme for the opening ceremony.
Notes
Photographs are by Turofsky.
Physical Condition
Photographs have two hole punches on them.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Public works projects sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-3; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Public works projects sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-3
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Nov. 1957
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of a City of Toronto Council visit to the St. Lawrence Power Project. Identified in the photographs are Herbert Orliffe, Philip and Min Givens, Nathan Phillips, Fred Gardiner and Don Summerville.
Notes
Photograph is by Ontario Hydro.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
15 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of photographs documenting Alderman Phil Givens' official engagements.
Notes
Photographers and photography studios are identified on the photographs.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1953
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Notes
Photographed by the Toronto Star.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1954?
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm and 26 x 21 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Mayor Nathan Phillips giving a speech at Old City Hall, and two photographs of Phil and Min Givens greeting the Queen Mum nearby on Queen Street West.
Notes
One photograph is by The Telegram.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1 Oct. 1956
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 13 x 18 cm in folder 15 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one group portrait of Phil Givens with other guests at the 2nd Italian Festival in Toronto.
Notes
Photograph is by Corriere Canadese
Subjects
Festivals
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
29 June 1959
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of Phil Givens attending an event at the Old City Hall for the visit of Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.
Notes
Photograph is by Turofsky.
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Philip, Prince, consort of Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1921-
Subjects
Heads of state
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w (tiff)
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of the Rubin family. Identified is (left to right): Fanny, Nelly (Allen), Minnie (Givens), Sarah (Donsky), Pauline "Peppy" (Mandlsohn) and Paul.
Subjects
Portraits
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Rubin Family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
3
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Date
[ca. 1963]
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. (tiff)
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of the Rubin family. Identified is:
Back row (left to right): Eleanor (Baker), Phil Givens, Sol Mandlsohn, Mark Mandlsohn, Gordon Donsky, Ruth Donsky, Joe Allen, and Dianne Allen.
Front row (left to right): Min Givens, Pauline Mandlsohn, Paul Rubin, Fanny Rubin, Sarah Donaky, and Nellie Allen.
Seated on floor (left to right): Michael Givens, Annie Mandlsohn, and Jeff Donsky.
Subjects
Portraits
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 Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 18 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Phil and Min Givens at an unidentified Italian event.
Notes
Photograph is by Frank Cirillo.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
6
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of three photographs of Phil Givens at a celebration for musicians brought to Toronto by Johnny Lombardi. Included are two photographs of Phil with Nathan Phillips and unidentified Italian musicians, and one photograph of Givens in a car for a parade procession with Johnny Lombardi and Italian musicians.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 2-4; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
City of Toronto Alderman series
Official engagements sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
2-4
File
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of one photograph of Phil and Min Givens at an unidentified dinner party. Joseph Piccininni is at the head of the table displaying a banana box from his Banana Company.
Notes
Photo is by Turofsky.
Source
Archival Descriptions
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