• Opening address on the first day of classes at Brock University - September 16, 1964

      Gibson, James A. (1964-09-16)
      This is the handwritten opening address by Dr. James A. Gibson - President of Brock University. On 16 September 1964, this speech was given on the first day of classes in the University's history to 130 new students at the Silver Spire Church in St. Catharines, Ontario. A workers strike delayed the completion of the Glenridge Campus. The speech addresses the work done to reach this first day of classes, the work to come, and the aspirations for the young institution.
    • Glenridge Campus Tour

      1964-10-13
      D. G. Willmot, Chair of the Board of Governors, signs the guest book while Dr. Gibson looks on during a tour of the Glenridge Campus on October 13, 1964.
    • General Vanier Speaking

      1964-10-19
      General Vanier is speaking at the podium during the opening of Brock University.
    • Official Opening Ceremony

      1964-10-19
      Dr. Gibson addresses the audience at the official opening ceremony at the Glenridge Campus.
    • Motorcade Departs

      1964-10-19
      Governor General Vanier and his motorcade depart from the official opening ceremony.
    • Official Opening

      1964-10-19
      Madame Vanier, General Vanier, Dr. Gibson and others at the opening of Brock.
    • Key Turning

      1964-10-19
      As part of the Official Opening of Brock University, General Vanier unlocked the main doors to the Glenridge Campus with a golden key. It is interesting to note that the Governor General did not proceed to push open the doors, citing "that [it] was not in the script". Instead Madame Vanier instictively pushed open the doors herself moments later. The man just visible in the right edge of the photo is E. R. Davey, chairman of the property and building committee of the Brock University Founders' Committee. The Governor General can be seen turning the key.
    • General Vanier Chatting

      1964-10-19
      General Vanier takes a moment to talk with C. Bruce Hill, Chairman of Brock University Founding Fund, during the Official Opening on October 19, 1964. From left to right: C. Bruce Hill, and General Vanier.
    • Governor General Departs

      1964-10-19
      The Governor General and his motorcade depart after the conclusion of the Official Opening of Brock University at the Glenridge Campus on October 19, 1964. Pictured here from left to right: F. G. Perry (with camera), African Students Foundation. Commander H. C. Tilbury (Hon, ADC). F/L Claude Filiatrault, (ADC-in-waiting). General Vanier. Madame Vanier. D. G. Wilmot. Dr. J. A. Gibson. Professor John Hart, University Marshal.
    • Governor General Vanier Shakes Hands with Dr. Gibson

      1964-10-19
      Dr. Gibson shaking hands with Governor General Vanier at the Official Opening of Brock University at the Glenridge Campus on October 19, 1964. General Vanier had been invited to formally open the university.
    • Official Opening

      1964-10-19
      Pictured here at the Official Opening from left to right are: Mrs. J. A. Gibson; D. G. Willmot, Chairman Founders' Committee; His Excellency Governor General Vanier; Dr. J. A. Gibson; Madame Vanier; Honourable W. G. Davis, Minister of University Affairs; Mrs. Willmot.
    • Dr. Gibson and General Vanier

      1964-10-19
      Dr. Gibson, General Vanier and another figure at the official opening.
    • Madame Vanier

      1964-10-19
      Pictured here at the official Brock University opening from left to right are: Madame Vanier, Governor General Vanier (background), and Mayor Ivan Buchanan.
    • Official Opening Outdoors

      1964-10-19
      A photograph at the official opening in 1964 either before or after the ceremonies.
    • Official Opening Programme

      1964-10-19
      The programme for the official opening of Brock University held in 1964.
    • Glenridge Campus Open House

      1965
      One of the tables setup for the open house in 1965.
    • Capt. Mellish and Dr. Gibson Holding Ceremonial Tomahawk

      1965-06
      In a special visit to Canada, Captain Michael Mellish of Guernsey - O. B. E. Secretary, A. D. C. to the Lieutenant-Governor, and great nephew of Isaac Brock - donates a photo album containing photographs of a number of Isaac Brock related items to the university in June of 1965. He also brings several of the artifacts themselves to show to the university. The item Capt. Mellish is holding here is a ceremonial wooden tomahawk presented to General Sir Isaac Brock by the native chief Tecumseh. Pictured here from left to right are: Capt. Mellish and Dr. Gibson.
    • Captain Mellish's Visit

      1965-06
      During his visit to Canada in June of 1965, Captain Michael Mellish of Guernsey - O. B. E. Secretary, A. D. C. to the Lieutenant-Governor, and great nephew of Isaac Brock - donated a special photographic album containing various photos of the relics of Sir Isaac Brock. Pictured here from left to right are: Ed Mitchelson and Captain Mellish.
    • D. G. Willmot at Tower Groundbreaking

      1965-06-10
      D. G. Willmot addressing the crowd at the Tower groundbreaking ceremony.
    • Tower Groundbreaking

      1965-06-10
      Dr. Hornyansky, Dr. Gibson, and other distinguished guests at the Brock Tower groundbreaking ceremony at the Decew Campus June 10, 1965.