Fonds MG1012 - Howard Irwin Ross Fonds

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Howard Irwin Ross Fonds

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  • 1927-1979 (Creation)
    Ross, Howard Irwin, 1907-

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32 cm of textual records.

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Howard Ross was born in Montréal. He received his B.A. from McGill in 1930, an M.A. from Oxford in 1932 and became a C.A. in 1937. A partner in the accounting firm of Touche, Ross, Bailey and Smart, he also served as president of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' Committee on Accounting and Auditing Research, and for a term as president of the Québec Institute of Chartered Accountants. He wrote a textbook entitled The Elusive Art of Accounting. From 1959 to 1964, Ross sat on the Board of Governors as graduate representative, and in 1964 he became Chancellor of the University. In 1969 he resigned from the Chancellorship to become Dean of the newly-created Faculty of Management, a position he held until his retirement in 1973. Ross passed away a year after that.

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Fonds consists of papers (originals and printed materials) falling into three series: speeches; files relating to McGill committees before Ross was Chancellor; and personal and biographical materials.

Apart from formal speeches delivered as Chancellor at the opening of buildings and convocations, Ross's addresses and articles reveal his interest in professional development and research in accountancy and questions of national economic policy. These were written for, or delivered to McGill conferences, meetings of professional organizations of chartered accountants, financial analysts and business executives.

Files on McGill committees contain minutes of the Committee on Fraternities (1959-1962) and of the Committee on Chartered Accountants at McGill (1950-1951).

Ross's biographical files contain degrees and certificates (1927-1977), programmes and other memorabilia from Oxford (ca 1930-1932), news clippings about Ross (ca 1963-1968) and a few items of personal correspondence (1964-1974). His trip to Russia is documented by correspondence, notes and printed materials (1967-1969), and he wrote formal accounts of his journeys to South America and the Far East. A personal financial account book covers the years 1964-1969. These materials are supplemented by obituary clippings and letters about Ross written to his wife after his death (1974-1979).

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Library and Archives Canada has a Howard Irwin Ross collection which consists of 40 cm of textual records.

Ross's papers as Chancellor and as Dean of the Faculty of Management may be found in Record Groups 2 and 28.

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361, 709, 717, 796, 1666, 2585, 2698

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