Helen Hogg - Astronomer and Faculty Stephen Leacock - Humorist and Graduate Elsie MacGill - Engineer and Graduate
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University of Toronto
U of T Great Past

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Throughout its distinguished past, the University of Toronto has produced a diverse community of leaders, innovators and activists - Great Minds who have had an impact on virtually every field of human endeavour.

These historic films, property of the University of Toronto Archives, provide a glimpse of the university's past in moving pictures.


Hart House, 1923
Shot in 1923, the silent film Varsity Life was commissioned by the Canadian National Railway and distributed throughout the Commonwealth. Showing Hart House in its early days, the film includes priceless shots of students exercising at the Hart House gym and sharing lunch at the Great Hall (where breakfast cost 20 cents!).

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  Students exercising at the Hart House gym
 
Student Life, 1950's
Student Life is excerpted from a longer film entitled Pursuit of Wisdom and provides a unique glimpse of the U of T campus in the 1950s. Highlights include scenes of students celebrating their school spirit at a football game and Homecoming parade, and a debate at Hart House featuring former prime minister Lester B. Pearson.

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  School spirit at a football game and Homecoming parade
 
Teaching, 1950's
The scholarly life is the focus of Teaching at the University of Toronto. Teaching discusses such weighty topics as the legacy of classical Greek culture, the potential of computers to revolutionize human life and the possibility of life on other planets. The images of an early computer and a student operating a giant joystick make this film worth the price of admission.

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  Teaching at the University of Toronto

 

If you're a member of the media and wish to secure a copy of the films in VHS or Beta format, contact Jamie Harrison in Public Affairs for more information. jamie.harrison@utoronto.ca

 
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