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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
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
19 Feb.1949
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 25 cm
1 photograph : b&w ; 19 x 23 cm (sight) in matte 28 x 36 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of Phil Givens conversing with Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent. One of the photographs is surrounded by a matte that has been signed by St. Laurent.
Name Access
St. Laurent, Louis S. (Louis Stephen), 1882-1973
Subjects
Prime ministers--Canada
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.
Physical Condition
The matte surrounding the one photograph is ripped on the top left corner.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
2
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1949-1953
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records (1 vol.) and other material
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as a City of Toronto Alderman and his ongoing work with Jewish organizations. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photographs, pins, and flyers.
Notes
Includes photographs, pins, and flyers.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one blotter produced by Phil Givens in support of his candidacy for School Trustee in Ward 5 (Toronto Board of Education).
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
4
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1954-1956
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records (1 vol.) and other material
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as a City of Toronto Alderman and his ongoing work with Jewish organizations. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, photographs, and ephemera such as balloons, flyers, and matchbook covers.
Notes
Includes photographs and ephemera.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957-1958
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as a City of Toronto Alderman his ongoing work with Jewish organizations, and his federal campaign for the Toronto Spadina Riding. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, political cartoons, and ephemera such as post-cards, posters, and matchbook covers.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as a City of Toronto Alderman, his work with the Liberal Riding Association, and his ongoing work with Jewish organizations. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and political cartoons.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as a City of Toronto Alderman, his work with the Liberal Riding Association, his election as Controller, and his ongoing work with Jewish organizations. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, political cartoons, certificates, and ephemera such as flyers and matchbook covers.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
8
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961
Physical Description
4 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as Controller and his ongoing work with Jewish organizations. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, political cartoons, and post cards.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1962-1963
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as Controller and his ongoing work with Jewish organizations. Also documented is the death of mayor Summerville, and the appointment of Givens as his successor. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, political cartoons, and flyers.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
Nov. 1963-Dec. 1964
Physical Description
8 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as the City of Toronto Mayor. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, including news coverage, editorials, editorial cartoons, and columns pertaining almost exclusively to Givens’ campaign for, and time as, mayor. Also included are letters of congratulation for his December 1964 election victory.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
11
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan.-Apr. 1965
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as the City of Toronto Mayor. The scrapbook is made up entirely of newspaper clippings, including news coverage, editorials, editorial cartoons, and columns pertaining almost exclusively to Givens’ time as Mayor.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jun.-Sept.1965
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as the City of Toronto Mayor. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings (including news coverage, editorials, editorial cartoons, and columns), an issue of “Canadian Weekly,” and ephemera pertaining almost exclusively to Givens’ time as Mayor.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
Oct.-Dec.1965
Physical Description
3 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as the City of Toronto Mayor. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, including news coverage, editorials, editorial cartoons, and columns pertaining almost exclusively to Givens’ time as Mayor.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
14
Material Format
textual record
Date
Jan.-Jul.1966
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as the City of Toronto Mayor. The scrapbook contains newspaper clippings, including news coverage, editorials, editorial cartoons, and columns pertaining almost exclusively to Givens’ time as Mayor.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
15
Material Format
textual record
Date
27 Apr.1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one letter sent to Phil Givens outlining his duties with the CHUM 1050 radio station.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1968-1971
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records (1 vol.)
Scope and Content
File consists of one scrapbook documenting Phil Givens’ tenure as a Member of Parliament for Toronto’s York West riding. The scrapbook contains mostly newspaper clippings, including news coverage, editorials, editorial cartoons, and columns pertaining almost exclusively to Givens’ time as an MP. Some of his work / association with Jewish organizations is also covered.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Physical Condition
The clippings have been glued or taped onto highly acidic paper. The paper pages are browning and brittle, as are the clippings themselves. Some of the adhesive tape is failing.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Level
File
Fonds
51
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1984
Physical Description
22 cm of textual records (8 vols.)
Scope and Content
File consists of eight appointment books documenting Phil Givens' various activities as an MPP, Chairman of the Metropolitan Toronto Police Commission, President of the Canadian Zionist Federation, and private citizen.
Physical Condition
The day-planners / appointment books have been labeled in the top right corner with the old (pre February 2011) arrangement notation. The label on the 1984 volume was successfully removed, but was so difficult that the remaining labels were left on.
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
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 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
Gevertz family and childhood photos file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Gevertz family and childhood photos file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1922
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of the Gevertz family. Identified are (left to right): Mary (Gewercz), Hyman, and Phil.
Subjects
Families
Portraits, Group
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
Gevertz family and childhood photos file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Gevertz family and childhood photos file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1925
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Phil Givens, at age 3, riding a tricycle.
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
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
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
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
Phil Givens and friends file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Phil Givens and friends file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
5
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1937
Physical Description
1 photograph : sepia toned ; 7 x 9 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a group 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 photograph is signed by Max Rosenfeld.
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
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 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 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 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
Phil, Min and family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Phil, Min and family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1947
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Phil and Min Givens attending a Seder at the Rubin House. Phil and Min Givens are standing in the back row. Seated in the front row are their parents (left to right): Hyman Givens, Mary Givens, Fanny Rubin, and Paul Rubin
Subjects
Seder
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
Phil, Min and family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Phil, Min and family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Oct.1964
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 23 cm mounted on board 28 x 35 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a family portrait of the Givens family. Identified in the photograph are (left to right): family pet, Min, Eleanor, Michael, and Phil.
Subjects
Pets
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
Personal series
Phil, Min and family file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 51; Series 1; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Personal series
Phil, Min and family file
Level
Item
Fonds
51
Series
1
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
Jan. 1965
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
Admin History/Bio
Carl Keyfetz was born in 1907 to Leah and Mark Keyfetz who was a Toronto Jewish pioneer arriving in 1887. Carl was co-founder of the 59th Toronto Troup in 1921, the 1st Jewish Boy Scout Troup in Ontario. He was the Superintendent at the McCaul Street Synagogue and first Principal at the St. Clair Avenue Synagogue. President of the Toronto Lodge, B'nai Brith in 1939, he also founded Guelph Lodge in 1941 and Empire Lodge in 1946. He was extremely involved in the Toronto Jewish community and sat on numerous committees and boards.
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of (left to right) Min Givens, Phil Givens, and Carl Keyfetz eating dinner at the Moulin Rouge restaurant. The Moulin Rouge Restaurant was owned by Irme Finta, and was located at Avenue Road and Dupont Street in Toronto.
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
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 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 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 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 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
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.
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Trudeau, Pierre Elliott, 1919-2000
Subjects
Prime ministers--Canada
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 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
Provincial politics series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 51; Series 6; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Philip Givens fonds
Provincial politics series
Level
File
Fonds
51
Series
6
File
1
Material Format
textual record
object
Date
1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 bag : plastic, col. ; 41 x 37 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of textual records and objects documenting Phil Givens' campaign in the York-Forest Hill electoral district. Included are campaign flyers, postcards, paper buttons, posters, a white, black, and red "Vote Givens" plastic bag, and lists of election workers, volunteers, and memberships of various local Provincial Liberal Associations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
442 records – page 1 of 9.

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