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William A. Packer fonds
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File consists of four appendices to one of the reports by C.A.U.T., including documents, documents relating to the committee, witnesses, and the statement of principles on academic freedom and tenure


File consists of one card bidding farewell to the faculty members who resigned and some graduates of United College

Crowe dispute files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by William Packer regarding individual and institutional responses to the dispute between Harry S. Crowe and the administrators of United College, and includes correspondence, newspaper clippings, reports of the Canadian Association of University Teachers, statements of various individuals and United College bodies, and student newsletters. It also includes a notarized copy of the original letter from Crowe to Packer which sparked the dispute.

Katherine Packer files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by Katherine Packer, including personal letters from William Packer, her diploma from the University of Michigan, transcripts, and personal correspondence.


File consists of one letter describing the events of the Crowe case that occurred between 1958 and 1959.


File consists of one letter, written by William Packer, Walter E. Swayze, and Edwin D. Eagle, to W.C. Lockhart, in which the authors urge Lockhart to adopt the A.A.U.P. statement of principles.

Letter : exhibit "A"

File consists of an affidavit and notarized copy of original letter from Harry Crowe to William Packer that sparked the Crowe case controversy.

Other William Packer files

Series consists of records created and accumulated by William Packer that are separate from the Crowe dispute files and as such pertain to his academic career both as a student and as a teacher, including his time spent at United College in Manitoba, University of Toronto, City of Toronto Board of Education, and Royal Military College. The records regarding United College mainly address salary negotiations and the emergence of the Canadian Association of University Teachers. The series contains correspondence, newsletters, bulletins, drafts for speeches and interviews, curriculum vitaes, transcripts, certificates, contracts, visas, licenses, permits, and ephemera.

William A. Packer fonds

  • F0559
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1976, predominant 1958-1959

The fonds consists primarily of records relating to the Harry Crowe dispute, but also includes others pertaining to Packer's academic career and personal life. Records have been arranged in the following series:

Packer, William A., 1919-1998