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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

Fun in the Sun

Item consists of a Japanese-Canadian family's home movies filmed in the 1960s.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "In the summer of ’65, Naomi and Akemi run around a sprinkler and play in a wading pool in their backyard. Three year old Naomi, in the red bathing suit, two year old Akemi in the blue bathing suit and their four month old brother, Steven are recorded by their father Doug on the sunny Vancouver summer afternoon."

Winter 1968

Item consists of a Japanese-Canadian family's home movies filmed in the 1960s.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "These clips feature Christmas and playing in the snow. Naomi, Akemi and Steven open gifts on Christmas morning. Later, extended family gather to enjoy Christmas dinner. The footage ends on a winter afternoon with Naomi, Akemi and Steven playing in the snow."

Birthdays

Item consists of a Japanese-Canadian family's home movies filmed in the 1960s.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "These clips feature birthdays for two of the Ozaki children in 1966. Steven Ozaki is celebrating his first birthday indoors with extended family in April. Naomi Ozaki is celebrating her fourth birthday in May with neighbourhood children inside the family home and in the family's backyard in Vancouver."

Canada Day Centennial Parade and Party

Item consists of a Japanese-Canadian family's home movies filmed in the 1960s.

Donor(s) and project contributed description follows: "Neighbourhood children parade down a residential street in Vancouver celebrating Canada’s centennial in 1967. Amongst children dressed in outfits celebrating Canada or their country of origin, Naomi is dressed as a pioneer homesteader, Akemi is wearing a kimono and Steven is dressed as John A. Macdonald. The parade and after party were organized by their father, Doug and another neighbourhood parent."

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