Skip to main content

‘Partially provided’: geography at the University of Toronto, 1844–1935

Buy Article:

$43.00 plus tax (Refund Policy)

In universities, as in everyday life, there is a fundamental need for geographical knowledge, even when no formal departments exist to provide instruction. This need was true in the University of Toronto during the decades before Griffith Taylor was appointed in 1935 to the first university Chair in geography in English-speaking Canada. Using matriculation and annual university course examinations, university calendars and the papers of President Falconer and Professors James Mavor and Harold Innis, I trace the development of geography at the University of Toronto from the mid-nineteenth century to the arrival of Taylor. Courses taught in selected aspects of physical and human geography in the Departments of Geology, Political Economy and History are particularly significant. Underlying this instruction, and also the desire to establish a geography department, was an acute awareness of the fundamental importance of geography to help understand a large regionally complex homeland, and a wider world.
No References
No Citations
No Supplementary Data
No Data/Media
No Metrics

Keywords: Canada; Griffith Taylor; Harold Innis; James Mavor; University of Toronto; Université de Toronto; education; histoire de la géographie; history of geography; éducation

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Department of Geography, York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3J 1P3 ( ), Email: [email protected]

Publication date: 2008-09-01

  • Access Key
  • Free content
  • Partial Free content
  • New content
  • Open access content
  • Partial Open access content
  • Subscribed content
  • Partial Subscribed content
  • Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more