Fonds 11-1999 - George Thorman Textbook Collection

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George Thorman Textbook Collection

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CA MCK 11-1999

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  • 1801 - 1967, predominant 1875 - 1940 (Creation)

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11 m of textual records
820 textbooks
2 notebooks

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Biographical history

George E. Thorman was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on September 17, 1913. He attended public school in Rivers, as well as Brandon, Manitoba. Thorman also attended Brandon College, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then attended the College of Education in Toronto, Ontario, graduating in 1935. Thorman taught throughout Ontario until 1941 when he joined the Canadian Army. He remained in the armed forces until 1945. After the war, Thorman taught school in Europe until the end of 1946, when he returned to Canada. George Thorman married Margaret Gliddon of St. Thomas, Ontario in 1948. He became vice-principal of St. Thomas Collegiate Institute in 1964. In 1967, Thorman became the principal of Parkside Collegiate Institute. Mr. Thorman retired from teaching in 1972. George Thorman also taught Cadet Corps after WWII and coached various basketball, volleyball and track and field teams during his years at STCI. George Thorman had many interests besides teaching. He and his wife were active in the formation of the Elgin Theatre Guild in 1948. Mr. Thorman was also involved in the Elgin Historical Society and was awarded the Ontario Volunteer Service Award in 1985 for his work in the Society. He also served on the St. Thomas Public Library Board, was a member of the Ontario Historical Society, and an elected member of the Elgin County Board of Education. George Thorman also wrote books and articles about Elgin County and the town of St. Thomas. George E. Thorman passed away on January 11, 1997.

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Collection consists of textbooks covering the subject areas of: Agriculture, Art, Business Education, Economics, Composition, Grammar, Rhetoric, Literature, Plays, Poetry, Prose, Readers, Spelling, Phonics, Stories, Geography, Health, History, French, German, Greek, Italian, Latin, Algebra, Arithmetic, Geometry, Trigonometry, General mathematics, Music, Philosophy, Logic, Psychology, Religion, Research, Methods, Manuals, Astronomy, Botany, Chemistry, Physics, General science, Zoology, Cooking, and Gardening. Includes two notebooks. The works found in the collection were published primarily between 1875 - 1940, although they range from 1801 - 1967, with an emphasis on History, all areas of Mathematics, Research and topics related to English or Language Arts. There are a number of works published in the nineteenth-century dealing with most of the collection's subject areas. The majority of the collection focuses on public and high school textbooks, particularly in relation to the province of Ontario, with some attention to university education.

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McKee Archives, Brandon, MB

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Associated materials

Associated material: There are textbook collections and other related materials at the following repositories: University of Mississippi - de Grummond Collection - Historical Children's Literature Collection; The Osborne Collection of Early Children's Books of Toronto Public Library; Those Memorable School-Books by Shirley Cuthbertson; University of Alberta - Historical Curriculum Collection; and Ontario Institute for Studies in Education - Ontario Textbook Collection 1946-1970.

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The books in this collection are predominantly English, however the Languages series contains French, German, Greek, Latin, and Italian books.

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