• Founding Figures

      1963
      Pictured here from left to right are: Premier John Robarts, Mrs. Grover Egertor of the Allanburg Women's Institute, the woman who first came up with the idea of forming a University in the Niagara Region, Mrs. Bearss, the former chairwoman of the Women's Institute when the project was proposed, and Dr. Arthur A. Schmon, chairman of the Founder's Committee. This photo was taken at a dinner in Niagara Falls in 1963 that marked the official launch of the Brock University Project.
    • Decew Site Tour

      1963-06-05
      Members of Brock University's Founders Committee and the Ontario Advisory Committee on University Affairs tour the Decew site along with Premier John Robarts on June 5, 1963. Premier Robarts had just announced provincial assistance totalling $393,000 for the Brock University project. Pictured here from left to right are Dr. Deeks, Brock University Vice President; Premier Robarts; and James Allan, Provincial Treasurer.
    • Arthur Schmon Congratulates James A. Gibson on President Appointment

      1963-09
      A special meeting of several Founders Committee members took place at Arthur A. Schmon's House in Niagara on the Lake immediately after the announcement in September of 1963 that Dr. James Alexander Gibson would be the first president of Brock University as of January 1964. Pictured here from left to right are: Dr. Gibson, Dr. Schmon, Dr. Deeks, and Mr. Willmot.
    • President Chosen

      1963-09
      A special meeting of several Founders Committee members took place at Arthur A. Schmon's House in Niagara on the Lake immediately after the announcement in September of 1963 that Dr. James Alexander Gibson would be the first president of Brock University as of January 1964. Pictured here from left to right are: Mr. Willmot, Dr. Gibson, Dr. Schmon, and Dr. Deeks.
    • Founders Committee Chooses President

      1963-09
      A special meeting of several Founders Committee members took place at Arthur A. Schmon's House in Niagara on the Lake immediately after the announcement in September of 1963 that Dr. James Alexander Gibson would be the first president of Brock University as of January 1964. Pictured here from left to right are: Mr. W. B. C. Burgoyne, Mr. D. G. Willmot, Dr. J. A. Gibson, Dr. A. A. Schmon, Mr. E. J. Barbeau, Dr. S. H. Deeks, and Mr. C. W. Morehead.
    • First Brock Faculty

      1963-64
      Brock University's first ever faculty standing in front of the original Administration Office on 15 Welland Avenue prior to the opening of the Glenridge Campus. From left to right: Prof. Ernest E. Goldsmith, Prof. William Ormsby, Dr. John Hart, Dr. James Gibson, Prof. Michael Hornyansky, Juan Amadeo Fernandez, and Mr. Guy Gauthier. The Administration Office was relocated to the Glenridge Campus in October of 1964. The University had occupied the Welland Avenue location since May of 1963.
    • The Badger: Vol. 1 Issue 2

      1964
      The second issue of the student newspaper, The Badger (vol. 1, issue 2), includes: Monkeying at Brock 'U', At Last!, Students, Come One Come All, Free Culture, Animal Lovers!, Take a Chancers, Hunger, Storm, Arlie's Sport Shop Advertisement, Al Head Men's Wear Advertisement, Beattie Stationary Book Shop Advertisement, Footloose in Japan, Morgan's Men's Wear Advertisement, Rowing, The Boot Shop Advertisement, Mass Confusement Department, Help Wanted.
    • The Badger: Vol. 1 Issue 1

      1964
      The very first student newspaper published at Brock. This edition includes: Brock Breaks Open, Editorial, What's What, Morgan's Men's Wear Advertisement, Sound Off, Student Assembly, The Whether, Foiled Again Department, Inter-Collegiate Football, Initial Competition Successful, The Boot Shop Advertisement.
    • The Story of Brock University to date

      Mitchelson, Edward E. (1964)
      A paper that describes "the developments that have led up to the founding of an institution of higher learning for the Niagara Peninsula to be known as 'Brock University'..."
    • Surgite 25th Anniversary 1964-1989

      Brock University (1964)
      Publication of Surgite for the 25th anniversary 1964-1989. The contents are: Brock Briefs, Running Hot with Entrepreneurship, The entrepreneurial face, meeting the market eye to eye, Including how life insurance can benefit you and Brock, Weekends to Reserve, What's New with You? Help with the Brock Mission Statement.
    • Coat of Arms Designs

      1964-02
      Dr. Gibson was truly involved in nearly every aspect of the formation of Brock University. Pictured here is Dr. Gibson's preliminary design sketches and ideas for the Brock Coat of Arms.
    • Dr. Deeks and Dr. Gibson at Decew Campus Site

      1964-03
      Dr. Deeks and Dr. Gibson touring the recently acquired Decew Campus site along a stretch of Merrittville Highway in early 1964. The Sanatorium can be seen in the background.
    • Glenridge Campus Site

      1964-03
      Dr. Deeks and Dr. Gibson admiring the Brock University sign at the Glenrdige Campus. Renovations to the old refrigerator factory were only just underway at this time.
    • Decew Campus Site Sign

      1964-03
      Dr. Deeks and Dr. Gibson examining the sign at the Decew Campus site along the stretch of Merrittville Highway just north of St. Davids Road. This photo was taken in March of 1964.
    • Historical Map

      1964-06
      Note the land allocated for Brock University shaded in gray between Thorold and Grantham townships.
    • Master Plan Map

      1964-06
      Master Plan Phase 2. Map of the original 1964 master plan showing the planned campus layout and distances from the centre of campus (ie. the Tower).
    • Phase 1 Map

      1964-06
      Phase 1 Map of the Master Plan showing the Tower and Thistle Complex, along with some additional buildings and the main parking lot. Note the location of the Central Utilities Building to the east differs from it's actual location along the escarpment.
    • Land Use Map

      1964-06
      This map shows the entire campus master plan and details what each area of land would be used for.
    • Master Plan Map

      1964-06
      Master Plan Phase 2. This overhead map of the original 1964 Master Plan shows the planned campus layout along the escarpment.
    • 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.