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University Histories

There have been a number of University of Alberta histories, official and unofficial. They are in the form of articles, monographs, and full-length scholarly documents with many footnotes citing sources. All of them have some perspective or bias, but the overwhelming quality they share is a love of the institution. This is the common bond—all of the authors have been touched by the magic of this marvellous institution of higher learning.

Among the first historians was William Hardy Alexander, Professor of Classics. He was one of the first four professors hired by President Henry Marshall Tory on July 6, 1908. His history, The University of Alberta: A Retrospect, was published in 1929. In the intervening years, there have been many more, including University Archivist James McPherson Parker's photo history commissioned for the 75th anniversary of the Province of Alberta in 1980. It was titled simply The University of Alberta 1908–1983. The most apparently scholarly is the work of Walter Johns A History of the University of Alberta 1908–1969. Ellen Schoeck wrote the award-winning alumni history; I Was There: A Century of Alumni Stories about the University of Alberta, 1906–2006. There is also the biography of the University's founding President titled Henry Marshall Tory by Edward Annand Corbett.

Continuing in this tradition, Provost and Vice-President (Academic) Dr Carl Amrhein commissioned Dr Rod Macleod, a history professor, to write the centenary history of the University. As a professional historian, Dr Macleod brings a tradition of scholarly research to bear on the beloved institution. He noted in an interview: "The way I am going to try to approach it is to try and write a history of the University as a community—a community of scholars, researchers, and students and what they did and what they have done over the years."

View the oral history interview with Dr Macleod.

The early histories of the University can be found in the Digital Archives under the heading University Histories.

No. ID Title / Author
1 9023 CKUA and 40 wondrous years of radio — McCallum, Joe
2 9024 We can achieve: A history of women in sport at the University of Alberta — Lamont, Kate
3 9025 Regards, paroles et gestes: En souvenir du 20e anniversaire de la Faculté Saint-Jean — Levasseur-Ouimet, France
4 9026 Alberta's schools of agriculture: A brief history — Swindlehurst, Edward B., 1899
5 9027 The first fifty years: A history of the University of Alberta Hospital, 1914-1964 — McGugan, Angus
6 9028 William Fulton Gillespie, BA, MA, MB, MS, FACS, FRCSC, 1891-1949 — Macbeth, Robert
7 9029 G. Fred: The story of G. Fred McNally — McNally, George Frederick
8 9030 Campus in the Clouds — Cameron, Donald, 1903
9 9031 The history of the University of Alberta, 1908-1958 — Macdonald, John, 1887
10 9032 A passion for music: A biography of Richard S. Eaton — Matheson, Margaret C.
11 9033 Those tumultuous years: The goals of the President of the University of Alberta during the decade of the 1960s — Campbell, Duncan D., 1919
12 9034 A history of the University of Alberta: 1908-1969 — Johns, Walter Hugh, 1908
13 9036 My forty-five years on the campus — Lister, Reginald Charles, 1891-1960
14 9037 Cardiology at the University of Alberta, 1922-1969 — Fraser, R. S. (Robert Stewart), 1922
15 9038 To teach this art: The history of the schools of nursing at the University of Alberta, 1924-1974 — Wilson, Betty
16 9039 35 years of structural engineering: A symposium in honour of D.J.L. Kennedy, G.L. Kulak, J.G. MacGregor, D.W. Murray, S.H. Simmonds, J. Warwaruk University of Alberta. Dept. of Civil Engineering
17 9040 The history of the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Alberta, 1913-1963 — Scott, John W.
18 9041 The development of graduate studies at the University of Alberta, 1908-1983 — McCalla, Arthur G. (Arthur Gilbert), 1906-1985
19 9042 Thirty-five years in retrospect, 1957-1992: Reminiscences and reflections on the Department of Educational Administration, Univerity of Alberta — Enns, Frederick
20 9043 Sons of Martha: University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering 1913-1988 — Ford, George Cephas
21 9044 University of Alberta household economics class of 1947: 50 years later
22 9045 Degrees of freedom: A strategic plan for the University of Alberta to the year 2005 — University of Alberta. Strategic Planning Task Force
23 9046 Quality first University of Alberta
24 9047 Beyond the classroom: The first 60 years of the University of Alberta Department of Extension — Cormack, Barbara Villy, 1903
25 9048 The development of the Department of Educational Psychology: the University of Alberta 1950-51 to 1980-81 — Clarke, S. C. T. (Stanley Charles Tremayne), 1912
26 9049 Report of the Commission on University Purpose — University of Alberta. Commission on University Purpose
27 9050 "Miss Patricks girls": Compiled memories: household economics 1956-1996 — Chalifoux, Jackie
28 9051 Doctoral research in educational administration at the University of Alberta, 1958-1991 — Miklos, Erwin
29 9052 Artists, builders and dreamers: 50 years at the Banff School — Leighton, David S. R., 1928
30 9053 The first fifty years: A history of the Faculty of Agriculture, 1915-1965 — Bowser, W. E.
31 9054 The university and I: Being an account of a life-time of involvement with the University of Alberta, 1920 to 1981 — Swift, William H. (William Herbert)
32 9055 History of the University of Alberta, 1908-1982 (83) Dubeta, John Charles
33 9056 The Department of Computing Science: The first twenty-five years — Smillie, Keith
34 9057 A history of the Department of Extension at the University of Alberta, 1912-1956 — Clark, Ralph J. (Ralph Joseph)
35 9058 Interim report to the Lieutenant Governor in Council, Province of Alberta — University of Alberta. Survey Committee
36 9059 Growing with Alberta: A historical review of university education in Alberta — Kun, Gail
37 9060 Access to opportunity 1905-80: The development of post-secondary education in Alberta — Berghofer, Desmond E.
38 9061 Decoding the culture landscape: A structural analysis of the University of Alberta Bilash, Olenka
39 9062 More than a hospital: University of Alberta Hospitals 1906-1986 — Vant, J. Ross and Tony Cashman
40 9063 The History of pharmacy in Alberta: The first one hundred years (from leeches to lasers) — Cameron, Donald M., 1917
41 9064 Institutional analysis of Mount Royal College, Calgary, Alberta — Anderson, Robert Newton, 1929
42 9065 University of Alberta: A time to remember -- Schofield, Phil
43 9066 Calgary College, 1912-1915: A study of an attempt to establish a privately financed university in Alberta — McLeod, Norman Leslie
44 9067 Frontiers of medicine: A history of medical education and research at the University of Alberta — Corbet, Elise A.
45 9068 I passed this way 1889-1964 — Newton, Robert
46 9069 The history of the Science Association of the University of Alberta, 1919-1952 — Downs, A. W. and I.F. Morrison
47 9070 The Alberta Research Council: A historical perspective — Alberta Research Council
48 9071 Research Council of Alberta: An historical review — Riddell, Maureen
49 9072 The unfinished journey of Herbert T. "Pete" Coutts — Coutts, H. T. (Herbert Thomas), 1907
50 9073 Echoes in the halls: an unofficial history of the University of Alberta — McIntosh, Gordon
51 9074 Report of the Committee of Inquiry into Non-Canadian Influence in Alberta Post-Secondary Education — Alberta. Committee of Inquiry into Non-Canadian Influence in Alberta Post-Secondary Education
52 9075 In the trenches at the University of Alberta — Bellow, Donald G.
53 9076 The University of Alberta: Objectives, structure and role in the community, 1908-1928 — Aytenfisu, Maureen
54 9077 The City of Strathcona, 1891-1912: "We see just ahead the glory of the sun in his might" Gilpin, John F., 1947
55 9078 Strictly for posterity — Johnson, LeRoy Peter Vernon, 1905
56 9079 Things I remember — Macleod, Hector
57 9080 A history of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Alberta, 1919-1991 — Taylor, William C., 1924
58 9081 The path to paranchych: A retrospective and subjective view of the facts and foibles associated with the genesis and early development of the Department of Microbiology, University of Alberta Campbell, James N.
59 9082 "As the chairmen saw it": in an ongoing series of histories by former chairmen of the Department of Medicine, volume one — University of Alberta. Dept. of Medicine
60 9083 As it happened: the University Women's Club of Edmonton, the first 60 years — Buckley, Marjorie W.
61 9084 The Department of Economics of the University of Alberta: A history — Hanson, Eric J., 1912
62 9086 75 years of Strathcona High Schools, 1907-1982 — Butler, Terry
63 9087 A place of ingenuity: the Faculty of Engineering — Glockner, Peter G
64 9088 Athabasca University 1970-1995 — Hendy, Eileen
65 9089 These sixty years: An address to the Diamond Jubilee Convocation Johns, Walter H.
66 9090 A sound for all seasons: CKUA's 60th anniversary — Alberta Educational Communications Corporation
67 9091 Long way from home: The story of the sixties generation in Canada — Kostash, Myrna
68 9092 Restless energy: A biography of William Rowan, 1891-1957 — Ainley, Marianne Gosztonyi, 1937
69 9093 From the codex to the computer: Twenty-five years of the School of Information and Library Studies Brundin, Robert
70 5735 The University of Alberta, 1908-1933
71 3602 Early medicine in Alberta: The first seventy-five years — Jamieson, Heber Carss
72 6802 The University of Alberta in the war of 1939-45 — Thomas, Lewis Gwynne


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