Downey, James, 1939-
James Downey fonds. - 1963-2003.
ca. 4.8 m of textual records.
James Downey was born in Winterton, Newfoundland in 1939. A graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, he attended the University of London as a Rothermere Fellow and earned a PhD in English literature. At Carleton University, where he began his career, he held a series of academic and administrative posts including Vice-President Academic and President pro tempore.
From 1980-90 he was President of the University of New Brunswick. During that period he also served terms as President of the Canadian Bureau for International Education, Chair of the Association of Atlantic Universities, and Chair of the Corporate-Higher Education Forum.
From 1990-93 he was Special Advisor to the Premier of New Brunswick; Special Advisor to the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; and co-chair of the New Brunswick Commission on Excellence in Education, which published two reports that guided educational reform in that province.
James Downey was President of the University of Waterloo from 1993 to 1999. During his presidency of the University of Waterloo, he also served terms as Chair of the Council of Ontario Universities and Chair of the Association of Commonwealth Universities. His publications include The Eighteenth Century Pulpit (Oxford University Press, 1969), Fearful Joy (McGill-Queen's University Press, 1973), Schools For A New Century and To Live and Learn (reports of the New Brunswick Commission on Excellence in Education, 1992, 1993), and Innovation: Essays by Leading Canadian Researchers, edited with Lois Claxton (Key Porter Books, 2002).
After stepping down as president, he founded and directed at Waterloo Canada’s first centre for the study of co-operative education; led an annual seminar for new university presidents sponsored by the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada; and from 2007 to 2010 was founding president of the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario.
Among his awards are nine honorary degrees; the Symons Medal for outstanding service to higher education in the Commonwealth; and the David C. Smith Award for contributions to universities and public policy in Canada.
He is an Officer of the Order of Canada. (Source: Office of the President website)
Fonds consists of material relating to activities and interests of James Downey from 1963 to 2004. The fonds contains biographical information, manuscripts and typescripts of his published works and speeches, "commonplace books," files relating to his various academic positions, files relating to consulting and advisory work on behalf of provincial governments. Includes appointment calendars, clippings, personal and professional correspondence, ephemera, manuscripts and typescripts, reports and research materials. Also includes papers received from Florence Reid.
Arranged in ten series as follows:
- Appointment Calendars (File 1-30)
- Consulting and Advisory Files (File 31-44)
- James Downey's Memorabilia (File 45-71)
- James Downey's Papers and Articles from Carleton University Years (File 72-85)
- Miscellaneous Correspondence (File 86-175)
- Notebooks (File 176-198)
- Speeches and Speech Notes (File 199-261)
- Works by James Downey : Manuscripts (File 262-266)
- Works by James Downey : The Eighteenth Century Pulpit (File 267-274)
- Writings and letters of Florence Reid (File 275-281)
- Title from contents of the fonds.
- Donated by James Downey in 2005.
- Some files are restricted.
Call number: GA 212
James Downey fonds : 2014 accrual
James Downey fonds : 2014 accrual. - 1966-2013.
1.8 m of textual records and other materials. - 11 photographs : col. ; 22 x 28 cm.
Accrual consists of materials relating to the personal and professional activities and interests of James Downey from 1966 to 2013. Includes primarily correspondence as well as files relating to committees, consulting work, and personal research interests.
Arranged in six series as follows:
2. Consulting and Advisory Files;
3. James Downey's Memorabilia;
5. Miscellaneous Correspondence;
7. Speeches and Speech Notes;
8. Works by James Downey: Manuscripts;
10. Writings and Letters of Florence Reid.
- Title from content of fonds.
- Extent is measured in linear metres of shelf space as occupied by the accrual.
- Donated by James Downey in 2014.
- Series arrangement follows that of the original finding aid so not all series numbers may be present.
- Some files restricted.
- Related records can be found in GA 212, James Downey fonds.
Call number: GA 248