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Hands holding a tablet with

Nite of Nights

An annual revue, written and performed by engineering students, lampoons its way into a second century

A pair of hands in black and white, holding a ruler against a ribbon of rainbow and cutting it with a paper cutter knife

It Got Better

How a simple sticker helped members of the LGBTQ community feel more welcome at U of T

Black and white photo of students marching in line and carrying chairs. Two students upfront are carrying a metal rack.

Walk on the Wild Side

In 1976, a strange band of characters jostled their way up St. George Street with beat-up blackboards and battered chairs

Black and white photo of front exterior of Hart House and Soldiers' Tower from the 1920s

Hart House Turns 100

U of T’s beloved student centre once had a flying trapeze. A century later, that spirit lives on

Tub time for baby: Nurses teach U of T students how to care for a newborn. Photo: University of Toronto Archives, 2010-40-8MS.

Bringing Up Baby

What U of T nursing students learn about infant care has changed a lot since the 1950s

Photo of Ishveer Malhi and Ken Luckhurst walking and conversing inside a UTM building.

It Was 50 Years Ago Today

Ken Luckhurst first set foot at UTM at the height of the hippie era. Touring a transformed campus with a recent grad, he finds not everything has changed

Headshot of Margaret Addison in reading glasses.

Margaret Addison Hall

This grad devoted much of her career to supporting young women at U of T, so Victoria University named a residence after her

Albert Prebus (left) and James Hillier working with the electron microscope in 1938

Seeing New Worlds

How two U of T graduate students built North America’s first working electron microscope

Outside the Box

U of T alumna Margaret Russocki was a leading modernist architect in Toronto – and one of the few women in her field

Back profile of a student wearing a black leather jacket with

Skule

Where did this misspelled moniker come from?

Black and white photo of the cast of Daffydil Night, class of 4T9

Those Things We Do

Relive some of the wonderful, and occasionally weird, traditions that occur only at U of T

Photo of Roy Ivor with falcon

Roy Ivor Hall

A U of T Mississauga residence is named after the Birdman of Mississauga

She Walks in Beauty

Astronomer Helen Sawyer Hogg not only researched the stars, but explained them in a heavenly manner to students and the public

Photo of John McCrae.

We Lived

One hundred years on, poppies still blow in Flanders Fields

Anatomy of an Illustrator

Artist Maria Torrence Wishart founded U of T’s 90-year-old medical illustration department, now a thriving master’s program

The Spy Among Us

U of T prof Pat Bayly headed up North America’s first spy school and developed an “unbreakable” cipher machine during the Second World War

Dr. Alexander T. Augusta

Doctor of Courage

Rejected by American universities, Alexander Augusta completed his medical degree at Trinity Medical College then used his skills to fight for civil rights in his homeland

The 1917 Varsity War Supplement

Changed by War

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

Banting's letter to his mother, written with his left hand.

Letter from the Front

A note home from Captain Frederick Banting illustrates soldiers’ tendency to downplay injuries and hardship

University of Toronto Archives B1975-0015/010P (11) or (38)

An Artist at War

A sculptor by profession, Frederick Coates, who also taught at U of T, used his modelling skills to help surgeons rebuild shattered faces

Farmerettes from U of T dug a few “trenches” of a different sort.

Farmerettes Help at Home

In 1917 and 1918 hundreds of U of T women spent the summers picking and packing fruits and vegetables, filling in for farmers who were away at war

Photo of John McRae and Bonneau the dog.

Animals, the Forgotten Warriors

Millions of animals served on both sides of the conflict. Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae developed close bonds with his horse Bonfire and dogs Bonneau and Mike

Photo of the Anti-Toxin Lab.

Waging War on Infection

In 1914, 32 per cent of the British wounded contracted tetanus. The British and Allied command looked to the University of Toronto for help

Gas rattle at Soldiers’ Tower.

Objects of Salvation

In the trenches the only criteria for alarm devices were that they be loud and distinctive – but as a bonus, rattles didn’t require use of the lungs

Photo of Harold Innis in a canoe.

Vision of Canada

Harold Innis’s fur trade research in the summer of 1924 launched a celebrated academic career

Club members makes phagnum moss dressings for soldiers, in U of T’s Physics Building in 1915

A Club for Women

Canada’s first university women’s club sought to improve the lives of women and children

Image of a stamp showing a football player to commemorate the Mud Bowl, CFL

The Mud Bowl

Canada Post commemorates an iconic moment at U of T’s Varsity Stadium