Dagg, Anne Innis.
Anne Innis Dagg fonds. - 1942-2002.

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Anne Innis Dagg is a faculty member at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, in Independent Studies. She is a scholar and writer in several areas of interest, from zoology to women's studies.

The daughter of Mary Quayle Innis and Harold Adams Innis, Anne was born on January 25, 1933, in Toronto, Ontario.

She became interested in giraffes as a child, and went on to take a BA from the University of Toronto in Honours Biology in 1955 (as gold medalist), and an MA from the University of Toronto in genetics in 1956, where she was also a demonstrator for botany and genetics from 1954-1956. She then traveled alone to South Africa to study the giraffe in 1956-1957.

In 1957 she married Ian Dagg, a physicist. They moved to Waterloo, Ontario, in 1959, where Ian became a professor at the new University of Waterloo.

Anne worked as a part-time lecturer at Waterloo Lutheran University in anatomy and physiology from 1962-1965, and then as an anatomy demonstrator at the University of Waterloo in 1966. In 1967 she earned her PhD in animal behaviour from the University of Waterloo. She was also a sessional assistant professor at the University of Guelph, Department of Zoology that year.

Anne Innis Dagg did research at the Taronga Zoo in Sydney, Australia, in 1967-1968, when on Ian’s sabbatical with their family of three children. She was an assistant professor at the University of Guelph, Department of Zoology, from 1968-1972 where she taught mammalogy, wildlife management and general biology. She became a resource person for Integrated Studies at the University of Waterloo from 1978-1985, the Academic Director for Independent Studies (the same program but renamed) from 1986-1989, and finally senior academic advisor for this program from 1989 to the present.

Anne Innis Dagg started Otter Press in 1972 with the publication of Matrix Optics by Ian Dagg and in 1974 Mammals of Waterloo and South Wellington counties by herself. Other books she has written include: Canadian wildlife and man (McClelland and Stewart, 1974); Mammals of Ontario (Otter Press, 1974); The giraffe: its biology, behavior and ecology with J.B. Foster, (Van Nostrand Reinhold, 1976; 1982); Wildlife management in Europe (Otter Press, 1977); Running, walking and jumping: the science of locomotion (Wykeham Science Series, 1977); Camel quest: Research on the Saharan camel (York Publishing,1978, 1989); A reference book of urban ecology (Otter Press, 1981); The camel: its ecology, behavior and relationship with man (University of Chicago Press, 1981); Harems and other horrors: sexual bias in behavioral biology (Otter Press, 1983); The fifty per cent solution. Why should woman pay for men’s culture? (Otter Press, 1986); Moreton Island: its history and natural history (Moreton Island Press, 1986); MisEducation: women and Canadian universities (with P.J. Thompson), OISE Press, 1988); User-friendly university: what every student should know (Otter Press, 1994); The feminine gaze: a Canadian compendium of non-fiction women authors and their books, 1836-1945 (Wilfrid University Press, 2001), and five more books since that time.

She has published articles in such journals as the Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London; Journal of Mammalogy, Mammalia; Canadian Journal of Zoology, Canadian Field-Naturalist, and Journal of Canadian Studies, among many others.

Anne Innis Dagg became a fellow of the Zoological Society of Ontario in 1967, and was chosen one of eight top living female biologists in Canada by the federal government for the National Museums of Canada’s "Why? Why Not? Exhibit" in 1975. She has also received the Kitchener-Waterloo Status of Women Group Human Rights Award.


Fonds consists of material relating to the activities, career, research and and writings of Anne Innis Dagg. Files contain extensive annotations and commentary by Anne Innis Dagg.

Arranged in sixteen series:

  1. Locomotion
  2. Urban wildlife Papers Correspondence
  3. Zoological Correspondence and Miscellany
  4. Employment and Professional Files
  5. Files Related to Zoological Books
  6. Files Related to Zoological Articles
  7. Otter Press
  8. MisEducation : Women and Canadian Universities
  9. Harold A. Innis
  10. User-Friendly University : What Every Student Should Know : Files [re publication]
  11. User-Friendly University : What Every Student Should Know
  12. The 50% Solution : Why Should Women Pay for Men's Culture? : Files
  13. Academic Papers Projects and Presentations
  14. Women and Universities
  15. Writers' Union of Canada
  16. Voices of Authority, The Feminine Gaze, and Early Canadian Women Non-Fiction Writers


  • Title from content of the fonds.
  • Donated in 2003 and 2004 by Anne Innis Dagg.
  • Arrangement and titles by the donor.
  • Copyright retained by the donor.
  • Archives relating to Harold Innis and family are at the University of Toronto Archives.
  • Further accruals expected.
  • Related records can be found in Mary Quayle Innis fonds.

Call number: GA 146