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Knight

File consists of correspondence with Douglas Knight, president of Duke University. The file also includes two public addresses by Knight.

Kline

File consists of correspondence with mathematician Professor Morris Kline

Klett

File consists of correspondence with several publishing houses regarding publications of work. Most correspondence are with German publisher Klett which eventually published Wittenberg's 'Bildung und Mathematik'.

Klamkin

File consists of correspondence with mathematician Professor Murray Klamkin.

Katchalsky

File consists of correspondence with Professor Ahron Katchalsky (Katzir) regarding the 'Israel centre for the advancement of human culture'

Israel

File consists of various correspondence with the Israeli embassy in Canada and with 'The central division Zionist organization of Canada'. File also contains a letter from Wittenberg to the Israeli ambassador re: the Dr. Robert Soblen case.

I.C.M.I. - I.M.U.K.

File consists of an invitation, notes, letters regarding the International Colloquium on Modern Curricula in secondary mathematical education.

Huemer

File consists of correspondence with W.S.L Huemer, Germany re: teaching methods of math.

Holton

File consists of correspondence with Professor Gerald Holton, department of Physics, Harvard University.

Holmes

File consists of correspondence with Professor of education Brian Holmes, University College London.

Hirsch

File consists of correspondence with Belgian mathematician Professor Guy Hirsch.

Grene

File consists of correspondence with Marjorie Green (also spelled Grene), American philosopher.

Gonseth

File consists of correspondence with Swiss Mathematician Professor Ferdinand Gonseth. Gonseth was one of Wittenberg's PhD advisors.

Foundations

File consists of correspondence with various foundations re: grants. The file includes Wittenberg's CV and several cover letters describing his work and worldviews.

Exchange

File consists of materials pertaining to the founding conference of EPIC - Exchange for Political Ideas in Canada.

ETH

File consists of correspondence with the Zurich ETH (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) from which Wittenberg obtained his PhD.

ETHIK

File consists of a copy of an address made by US Judge Earl Warren re: ethic advisors and some newspaper clippings about the address.

L'education nationale

File consists of correspondence with the French journal 'L'education nationale'. File includes journal issues from February-May 1961, October 1962 and February 1963.

Eichelberg

File consists of correspondence with Professor G. Eichelberg, Switzerland. File includes two publications by Eichelberg.

Ehrenfest

File consists of correspondence with mathematician Tatiana Ehrenfest Afanasyeva, Holland.

Documents

File consists of various personal documents of both Wittenberg and other family members including passports, membership cards, Vaccination certificates, Canadian citizenship certificate.

Documents

File consists of various personal documents of both Wittenberg and other family members including passports, membership cards, Vaccination certificates, Canadian citizenship certificate.

Davis

File consists of correspondence with William G. Davis, Minister of Education re: Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).

Critchley

File consists of correspondence with Prof. MacDonald Critchley, British Neurologist, re: mathematical thinking.

Cooley

File consists of correspondence with Professor William Cooley re: the latter's articles on scientific education.

Coleman

File consists of correspondence with Professor John Coleman re: general education and the teaching of mathematics.

CAUT

File consists of correspondence with the Canadian Association of University Teachers re: Wittenberg's work at Laval University.

Canadian Jewish Congress

File consists of various correspondence with the CJC regarding lectures and Jewish schools in Canada. Files contains two CJC publications: "Brief submitted by the Canadian Jewish Congress to the Royal commission of inquiry on education, March 1962" and "The place of the Jew in the public school system of Montreal". There are several more CJC correspondence in the 'York-Varia' file.

Calandra

File consists of correspondence with Professor. Alexander Calandra regarding math and science curriculum at schools.

Bruner

File consists of correspondence with psychologist, Professor Jerome Bruner. The file also includes two articles: one, author unnamed "The learning of mathematics", the second, by Jerome Bruner and Rose Olver is titled "The development of equivalence transformations in children".

Birkhauser

File consists of correspondence with Swiss publishing house Birkhauser re: Wittenberg's book "Vom denken in Begriffen". The file consists also of correspondence with other publishers regarding the book.

Bildung & Mathematik

File consists of newspaper clippings, reviews and letters regarding the book. File consists also of several drawings of geometric shapes that appeared in the book.

Bildung & Mathematik

File consists of newspaper clippings, reviews and letters regarding the book. File consists also of several drawings of geometric shapes that appeared in the book.

Biemel

File consists of a letter from R. Biemel, Secretary of Centre d'etudes du processus d'apprentissage en mathematique, Paris, France, and newsletters from the centre.

Bernays

File consists of correspondence with mathematician Paul Bernays, one of Wittenberg's PhD advisors.

Barber

File consists of correspondence with Bernard Barber, sociologist, Columbia University.

ACFAS

File consists of correspondence with the 'Association Canadienne Francaise pour l'avancement des sciences'

Abel, Berlin

File consists of correspondence with Welther Abel, director of the Gymnasium zu Berilin-Steglitz with regards to Wittenberg's visit. The file also consists two publications about the history of the Gymnasium and an itinerary for a trip to Israel, September-October 1960

Correspondence

Series consists of personal and professional correspondence with leading scientists, mathematicians and education specialists from across Europe and North America. As Wittenberg did not maintain copies of his letters, for the most part the series only contains the incoming letters. The series includes correspondence with scholars such as Paul Bernays, Alexander Calandara, Tatiana Ehrenfest Afanasyeva, Ferdinand Gonseth, Ahron Katchalsky (Katzir), Thomas Kuhn, Imre Lakatos, Georges Polya, Michael Polanyi and many other colleagues and acquaintances. There are several files pertaining to Wittenberg’s involvement with councils, associations and other initiatives that aimed to promote mathematical and scientific education across Canada and North America. The series also contains materials of more personal nature pertaining to matters such as trips, children schools, post-Holocaust restitution claims, and involvement in Canadian Jewish community life.

Alexander Wittenberg fonds

  • F0747
  • Fonds
  • [1940?]-1970

Fonds consists of records created and maintained by Alexander Israel Wittenberg, pertaining to his career as a mathematician, university professor and researcher of mathematical education, mathematical philosophy and general educational policies. The fonds includes Wittenberg’s correspondence with leading scientists, mathematicians and education specialists from across Europe and North America, reflecting his involvement with research pertaining to these issues, as well as to various other initiatives, debates and policy discussions. Other series in the fonds contain records relating to the academic courses that Wittenberg developed and taught and his involvement with the governance of York University during his tenure as a faculty member and which attest to his vision regarding the University’s future pedagogical direction; records from his time as a student in Zurich; most of his scholarly output and public engagements since the late 1940s and until his death in 1965; and some sound recordings containing radio broadcasts made by Wittenberg. The fonds also contains several personal records of both Wittenberg and his close family members, as well as photographs and newspaper clippings.

Upon his death, Wittenberg left behind him several unfinished projects. Amongst these are two manuscripts, the first, titled “Education: the unfulfilled promise,” is based on a series of lectures that he broadcasted on CBC radio during March and April 1965. The second manuscript, “Number – a case study in knowledge,” is based on an interdisciplinary mathematical-philosophical course that Wittenberg delivered to first- and second-year students at York University. Also included in the collection are initial notes and drafts relating to two other projects that Wittenberg was planning: a biography of Albert Einstein whom he perceived as a symbol for the ability to successfully combine scientific excellence with strong and unbending moral values, and a university-level textbook on vector algebra.

Wittenberg, Alexander Israël

Estate : legal process

File contains material pertaining to the settling of Vera’s estate and consists of correspondence, invoices and terms of business.

Home care records

File contains material pertaining to home care received by Vera and includes nursing notes, medication records and service plans.

Yvonne – medical

File contains material pertaining to Vera’s health and medical treatment, and includes correspondence regarding medical procedures and miscellaneous personal records.

Lifeline

File contains material pertaining to Vera’s medical treatment and consists of medication lists, phone lists, treatment notes and Sunnybrook Hospital information.

Yvonne Diary, written by John Jose

File contains material pertaining to Vera’s health in the last year of her life and consists of a handwritten journal by Jose and a diary from the school at which Jose was working in 2004-2005, which also contains notes concerning Vera.

Various cards & letters : greeting cards

File contains incoming and outgoing correspondence, to and from Vera, Jose and friends and family. File also includes a copy of Vera and Jose’s wedding invitation and a journal entry by Jose pertaining to Vera’s health.

Accession 2018-032

Accession contains records pertaining to Yvonne Vera’s personal life, created and/or accumulated by John Jose, including medical and legal information. It contains personal correspondence, legal correspondence, medical records and notes, and some newspaper clippings regarding Vera’s writing career.

John Jose fonds

  • F0734
  • Fonds
  • 1984-2006

Fonds consists of records created and/or accumulated by John Jose pertaining to his relationship with writer Yvonne Vera.

Prospect Park United Church, 1970s

File consists of a wedding photo taken at Prospect Park United Church, which was the first wedding officiated by Fr. Marcos at this church. The church was rented to the Coptic parish from 1971 to 1977. Also includes a pamphlet that discusses the history of the Coptic Orthodox Church.

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