Date Published: 1889-1937
Henry John Cody was a Canadian clergyman, politician and President of the University of Toronto from 1932 to 1945 and Chancellor from 1944 to 1947. Born in Embro, Ontario, he attended Galt Collegiate Institute and the University of Toronto. He was ordained a Church of England priest in 1894. The Rev. Canon Henry John Cody came to St. Paul's Church as a student, later becoming curate in charge before being appointed Rector in 1907 serving to 1932. He was an Ontario MPP for Toronto Northeast - Seat A from 1918 to 1920 and was Minister of Education from 1918 to 1919. He was made a Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George in 1943.
At the University of Toronto Schools, the Cody house in the intramural house system is named in his honour.
Henry John Cody collection of 15 items dating from 1898 to 1937 specifically, 2 handwritten notebooks, three letters and 10 various ephemera most from his time at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, Bloor Street, in Toronto. 1889-1937.
Two handwritten notebook and diaries
#1) Handwritten notebook and diary,  pp., 28 August-4 September 1909, in pencil. Black flexible cloth, 16.5 × 10 cm. Much of the notebook concerns meetings of the Commission of Missionary Society of European Immigration at Winnipeg. Cody lists the names of the Committee members and how they did or did not agree with the committee findings. A Greek Orthodox priest, for example, objects to Greek children in his district attending school. He records his observations, the Committee resolutions, and how various churches manage the foreign situation. At the first meeting a letter is read from Rev. J.[S.] Woodsworth, who would become the first leader of the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation. On 3 September 1909, Cody is back at St. Paul’s, then he departs for Minneapolis, and on 3-4 September he is in Chicago where he visits Hull House and meets Jane Addams. He discusses the issue of settlement of foreigners and notes that women are mostly being educated without a focus on religion.
#2) Black leather notebook 22 × 14.5 cm., circa 100 pp., slight chipping at the bottom of the upper board. With prayers written in the front by Rev. Canon Cody, D.D., L.L.D., followed by descriptions and synopses of his sermons written in another hand between 3 September 1922 and 27 March 1927 (some clippings from newspapers reports of the sermons). At the back of the notebook there is a listing of flowers put in the church from 3 June to 7 October 1923 and the times of Holy Communion offered by Cody from 25 April to 25 July 1926.
• 1919 Typed Letter Signed (TSL) of Henry John Cody
THOMPSON, Mrs. E(lizabeth) J.
Typed Letter, signed. One page 4to Dated June 21, 1919, Ontario Department of Education letterhead ,to Mrs. E. J. Thompson, Toronto. Message 27 words "Please accept my since thanks for your kindness in sending me the snap shots of the unveiling of the monument. I am very glad to have them." Thompson, Mrs. Elizabeth J. was a local historian. She was a Member of Ontario Historical Society , Women's Canadian Historical Society and Niagara Historical Society. She wrote in 1913, Laura Ingersoll Secord, Niagara Historical Society, Publication no.25.
• 1935 ALS to Mrs. [Eleanor Shepherd] Thompson
THOMPSON, Eleanor Shepherd (d1965)
"16 July 1935 Dear Mrs. Thompson: I have been absent from the city for a few days and find your letter of the 9th on my return. I return herewith the excellent press notice given you in the Washington Post. I shall certainly be glad to help in connection with any of these prospective vacancies. Dr. McArthur is out of the city at present but I shall have a word with him on the matter when next we meet. I shall not say anything that will in any way complicate the situation for you. With all good wishes, sincerely yours, H.J. Cody"
• 1937 TLS to Mrs. Eleanor Shepherd Thompson
THOMPSON, Eleanor Shepherd (d1965)
Based on research quite an interesting communications to Cody offering help and support in finding employment to Thompson in 1937, however it is likely he was not serious in this. In 1935 Cody did not hire her to be the the Chair of Fine Art at University of Toronto because she was a woman. There is a most interesting article with a section specifically referring to this situation by Lisa E. Panayotidis published in 2004 in the Journal of Canadian Art History Vol. 25 (2004): p100-125. In part, Panayotidis comments "If Cody showed little interest in an academic with established ideas and temperament, he apparently had no intention of hiring a woman for the Chair of Fine Art, as Eleanor Shepherd-Thompson discovered. She was a graduate of Trinity College, University of Toronto, and one of the original fourteen residents of St. Rilda's College, the first women's residence at the University. Shepherd-Thompson completed a BA and MA in Languages at the University of Toronto and in 1934 received only the second Ph.D. in Fine Art (in the double field of Art and Education) awarded by the School of Education at Columbia University.
Eleanor Shepherd-Thompson, a Toronto born and educated scholar and artist, was employed at the Normal School Toronto Instructor in Art, 1932- 1937 and during an extended leave of absence obtained a PHD in art and education in 1934 from Columbia University in N.Y.
Ten Various ephemera and pamphlets:
#3) Confirmation certificate signed by Cody, Easter morning 1932;
#4) Cards related to the Calvary Presbyterian Church, Peoria, Ill., 1892;
#5) St. Paul’s annual report for 1932 with typed expenditures for 1933;
#6) Sunday service bulletin, St. Paul’s, 12 February 1933;
#7) St. Paul’s 1935 Christmas bulletin; programme of Grace Methodist Church rally day, 1905, Rev. J.S. Woodsworth listed on the last page as Assistant Pastor;
#8) B.F. Jacobs, The Lord Our Shepherd: A Bible Reading (Chicago: F.H. Revell Co., [19?]);
#9) E.P. Marvin, Ecclesiatical Amusements (New York: F.H. Revell Co., ;
#10) J.V. Smith, The Church and the Boys (Toronto: William Briggs, );
#11) 2 Annual financial statements of Sherbourne Street Methodist Church, Toronto, 27th anniversary, ending 30 September 1899, and 31s anniversary, ending 30 September 1903 for 22 November 1903;
#12) Hymns for the Coronation of His Majesty King George VI (London: Skeffington & Son, Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, ).
Collection is on consignment with LDRB.