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Our History

The Faculty of Humanities first came into being as a result of the The McMaster University Act, 1976.   The act officially launched the modern era creating the Faculties of Business, Engineering, Health Sciences, Humanities, Science, and Social Sciences.  All references to Humanities prior to 1976 came under the contexts of the Arts, from 1968 to 1976, and as the Faculty of Arts and Science from 1930 (when the university opened its door in Hamilton, Ontario) to 1968.

 

Where It All Started

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This image taken circa 1905 shows the university in its first home in Toronto, Ontario.  McMaster University was officially created through an Act of the Ontario Legislative Assembly that received royal assent in 1887.  The Act officially consolidated two colleges – Woodstock College and the Toronto Baptist College – and was buoyed by a generous financial gift ($900 000) from the right Honourable Senator William McMaster.
Photo Credit: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library

 

New Beginnings

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This image taken in 1929 depicts the nearly-completed construction of University Hall with it’s characteristic tower and archway.  A land grant from the Royal Botanical Gardens Society along with contributions from the City of Hamilton created the site upon which the university now sits.
Photo Credit: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library.

 

Doors Open at the New McMaster Campus in Hamilton, Ontario

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This image taken circa 1930 highlights the architectural beauty of the recently-completed University Hall.
Photo Credit: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library.

 

Administrative Officers 1930-31

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This recently-taken image of the 1930-31 university calendar lists the Administrative Officers of McMaster University after the move to Hamilton.  Whidden Hall, a university residence, bares the name of the Chancellor, Principal of Faculty and Chairman of the Senate.

 

A Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1930-31

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This recently-taken image of the 1930-31 university calendar details the course requirements to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree.  While some degree requirements have changed since the 1930s, many of the core requirements remain unchanged.

 

Room to Grow

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In 1931 when this image was taken, the new campus featured picturesque surroundings with lots of room for growth.
Photo Credit: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library.
Photographer: Photographer: Superior Engravers Ltd.

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This image, taken in 1947, depicts McMaster’s home in the Hamilton community and provides a clear picture of the grounds upon which the university resides today.  McMaster University is very proud of its history in the city and honours its  municipal home by placing a significant emphasis on community engagement and outreach.
Photo Credit: The William Ready Division of Archives and Research Collections, McMaster University Library.
Photographer: Photographer: Airmaps Ltd., Toronto.