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The 1917 Varsity War Supplement
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Changed by War

A century ago, the First World War changed Canadian society profoundly, and transformed the University of Toronto no less

The First World War changed Canadian society profoundly, and transformed the University of Toronto no less. A quiet teaching university became first a military training camp for thousands of young volunteers, then a research powerhouse as buildings, resources and brilliant minds were turned over to the greater war effort.

These collected vignettes follow commemorate the diverse contributions made a century ago by the U of T community during the war. They offer a window into private moments, acts of kindness, bravery and personal sacrifice. Above all, they illustrate a common commitment to find reasons for hope even in a time of loss.

Read all the stories in this series: The University of Toronto and the First World War

COURTESY UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO ARCHIVES A1980-0030/002 (40) >“Nothing Lacking but the Roar of Battle”
farmbadge_90 >Farmerettes Help at Home
Guelph Museums >Forgotten Warriors: Animals at War
Image Courtesy Sanofi Pasteur Canada (Connaught Campus) Archives, Toronto >Waging War on Infection
Caley Tessier >Objects of Salvation
University of Toronto Archives B1975-0015/010P (11) or (38) >An Artist at War
bantingletter_90 >Letter From the Front

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