Professor Emeritus

Individual Research Interests

History of children
History of childhood

Bio

Neil Sutherland was born in Vancouver. He attended a one-room school in the Fraser Valley and Charles Dickens and John Oliver schools in Vancouver. He taught in elementary and secondary schools before his appointment to the University of British Columbia. He is a graduate of the Provincial Normal School, the University of British Columbia (MA) and the University of Minnesota (PhD). He was the principal investigator of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council-funded Canadian Childhood History Project, which was located at UBC.  Amongst the products of the CCHP were Contemporary Canadian Childhood and Youth: A Bibliography and History of Canadian Childhood and Youth: A Bibliography.

He retired in 1996, and is now a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Educational Studies. He also served as a visiting professor at the University of Washington, Seattle, Stirling University in Scotland, Monash University in Australia, and Linkoping University in Sweden. The Sutherland article prize is awarded biannually by the History of Childhood and Youth Group of the Canadian Historical Association.

Neil Sutherland’s special interest is in the history of Canadian childhood. His books include the children’s text When Grandma and Grandpa Were Kids, and the monographs Children in English-Canadian Society: Framing the Twentieth Century Consensus, 1976, (new edition Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000) and Growing Up: Childhood in English Canada from the Great War to the Age of Television, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.) His “Canadian Children in the Century of the Child, 1870s-2000,” appears in the CD-ROM edited by Bob Hesketh and Chris Hackett, Canada: Confederation to the Present: An Interactive History of Canada (Edmonton: Chinook Multimedia, 2001).

Selected Publications

” ‘To Create a Strong and Healthy Race’: School Children in the Public Health Movement, 1880-1914,” History of Education Quarterly, XII (Fall, 1972), 304-333; reprinted in Michael Katz and Paul Mattingly, ed., Education and Social History: Themes From Ontario’s Past (New York: New York University Press, 1975), 13-161; reprinted in S.E.D. Shortt, ed., Medicine in Canadian Society: Historical Perspectives (Montreal: McGill – Queen’s University Press, 1981), 361-393.

“Introduction: Towards a History of English Canadian Youngsters,” in Michael Katz and Paul Mattingly, ed., Education and Social History: Themes From Ontario’s Past (New York: University Press, 1975), xi – xxxi.

Children in English-Canadian Society: Framing the Twentieth-Century Consensus (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1976). Reprinted 1978.

“Preface,” to George S.Tomkins, A Common Countenance: Stability and Change in the Canadian Curriculum (Toronto: Prentice-Hall, 1986), x-xv; new edition, (Vancouver: Pacific Educational Press, 2008).

“The triumph of ‘formalism’: Elementary Schooling in Vancouver from the 1920s to the 1960s,” BC Studies 69-70 (Spring-Summer 1986), 175-210.

“‘Everyone seemed happy in those days’: the culture of childhood in Vancouver between the 1920’s and the 1960’s,” The History of Education Review 15 (1986), 37-51

“‘We Always Had Things To Do’: The Paid and Unpaid Work of Anglophone Children Between the 1920s and the 1960s”, Labour/Le Travail, 25 (Spring 1990), pp. 104-41. CHEA/ACHE Founders Prize article, 1990-91.

“When You Listen to the Winds of Childhood, How Much Can You Believe?” Curriculum Inquiry 22:3 (Fall 1992), pp.235-56; reprinted in Nancy Janovicek and Joy Parr, Histories of Canadian Children and Youth Don Mills: Oxford, 2003), 19-33. Canadian Association for Foundations in Education Articles Award, 1994.

Neil Sutherland and Jean Barman, “Out of the Shadows: Retrieving the History of Urban Education and Urban Childhood in Canada,” in The City and Education in Four Nations, ed. R. Goodenow and W.E. Marsden (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992), pp. 87-108.

Neil Sutherland, Jean Barman, and Linda Hale, History of Canadian Childhood and Youth: A Bibliography (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1993). CHEA/ACHE Founders’ Prize book, 1993-1994.

Neil Sutherland, Jean Barman, and Linda Hale, Contemporary Canadian Childhood and Youth: A Bibliography (Westport CT: Greenwood Press, 1993).

Jean Barman, Neil Sutherland & J Donald Wilson, ed., Children, Teachers and Schools in the History of British Columbia (Calgary: Detselig, 1995).

Growing Up: Childhood in English Canada From the Great War to the Age of Television, (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1997.)

“Introduction: Children and Families Enter History’s Main Stream,” Canadian Historical Review 78:3 (September 1997), 379-84. Special Issue on Childhood and Family in the Twentieth Century.

“Does Lawrence Cremin Belong in the Canon?” Historical Studies in Education, 11, 2 (Fall 1998), 205-11.

Children in English-Canadian Society: Framing the Twentieth-Century Consensus, new edition, with a forward by Cynthia Comacchio (Waterloo: Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2000).

“Canadian Children in the Century of the Child,” in Bob Hesketh and Chris Hackett, Canada: Confederation to the Present: An Interactive History of Canada (Edmonton: Chinook Multimedia, 2001).

“Popular Media in the Culture of English-Canadian Children in the 20th century,” Historical Studies in Education, 15 (Spring 2002), 1-33.

“’School Days, School Days, Good old Golden…?’A Childhood in British Columbia in the 1930s and ‘40s,” Historical Studies in Education, 16 (Fall 2004), 339-352.

“Children,” Oxford Companion to Canadian History, edited by Gerald Hallowell (Don Mills, ON: Oxford University Press, 2004), pp. 125-6.

“North American Perspectives on the Historiography of Child Health in the Twentieth Century,” in Cynthia Comacchio, Janet Golden, & George Weisz, ed., Healing the World’s Children: Child Health in International and Interdisciplinary Perspective (Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2008), pp. 17-49.

“Postscript,” in Mona Gleason, Tamara Myers, Leslie Paris, and Veronica Strong-Boag, Lost Kids: Vulnerable Children and Youth in Twentieth Century Canada and the United States Vancouver: UBC Press, 2010, pp. 244-6.