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Accession No. 87-18

Series II: Teaching and Professional Career

Donald Murray Ross, Teaching and Professional Career. -- 1953, 1985. -- .26 m of textual records.

Archival Description: This relatively small series contains those records related to Donald Ross' teaching and professional career. Included are transcripts, both hand written and typed, of lectures and radio talks he prepared for presentation at various conferences and scientific meetings. One series of lectures, on marine animals, was written for the "University of the Air" series, an educational television program produced in Edmonton by C.T.V. Two files contain information related to Dr. Ross' film production. Included are scripts, film commentaries, and correspondence pertaining to the distribution, sales, and booking of the films. Only one file relates directly to Ross' position at the University of Alberta, and includes information about his initial hiring, miscellaneous memos, and his letter of resignation as Dean of Science.

Scope and Content: This series has been divided into four sub-series: General; University of the Air; Film Production; and Employment/University of Alberta. The records are completely textual except for a few pictures on a board backing cut from periodicals and used in Ross' lectures.

The series is small but interesting for the information it provides, in laymen's terms, about marine life generally. The film production files provide information not only on the actual films, but also on the processes involved with film distribution and sales. The file related to Ross's career at the University of Alberta contains Ross' letter of resignation as Dean of Science, providing an insight into the conflict often faced by University staff who must divide their time between administrative duties and research activity.

The files in this series have been maintained in original order, and titles were derived from original file titles and the contents of the records.

A file listing follows.

C. Talks and Lectures
7. General

Box No.

File No.

Description

Date

2

36

Lectures and radio talks, typescript and handwritten; papers prepared for scientific meetings.

1953-1972

2

37

Fry Lecture; reprint No. 77. Fry Medallist address, Canadian Society of Zoologists Annual Meeting, 1980, Banff, Alberta. "Illusion and Reality in Comparative Physiology"; handwritten and typescript copies.

1980-1981

8. University of the Air

Box No.

File No.

Description

Date

2

38

University of the Air - Educational television. Ross contract with C.T.V. for a lecture series entitled: Behavior of Marine Animals; printed programs.

1979-1982

3

39

University of the Air - Lecture 1. "The Life of Marine Animals", two copies of paper, slide list and notes.

ca. 1980

3

40

University of the Air - Lecture 2. "Behavior of Marine Animals".

ca. 1980

3

41

University of the Air - Lecture 3. "Feeding of Marine Animals".

ca. 1980

3

42

University of the Air - Lecture 4. "Escape Reactions of Marine Animals".

ca. 1980

3

43

University of the Air - Lecture 5. "Behavior in Partnerships of Marine Animals".

ca. 1980

3

43A

Pictures from published sources, cut out and pasted on board backing. Pictures of interactions.

n.d.

D. Film Production

Box No.

File No.

Description

Date

3

44

Film commentaries and scripts. Correspondence, re: film rentals, film festivals, bookings, depositing films in archives, etc.

1964-1982

3

45

Film: "Passengers or Partners?" (Hermit crabs) Correspondence, re: distributing the film, use of by the B.B.C., general use of film and sales of film. Includes a certificate awarded to Dr. Ross for "Passengers of Partners?" from the ANZAAS International Science Film Exhibition.

1971-1983

E. Employment / University of Alberta

Box No.

File No.

Description

Date

3

46

Employment matters. Includes Dr. Ross' reflections on being dean, his request to resign as dean, salary information and letters of congratulations received when he first came to the University of Alberta. There are also some memos, and personal postcards.

1960-1979, 1984,1985


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