Harold Adams Innis (1894-1952) joined the staff of the University of Toronto's Department of Political Economy in 1927, rising to the post of Head of the Department by 1937. From 1947 until his death in 1952, Innis assumed the additional responsibility of Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Innis' international reputation as an economist took him on the lecture circuit. The most prestigious of these was the British tour in 1948 of the Beit, Cust and Stamp lecture series in Oxford, Nottingham, and the University of London respectively. As well, Innis was a featured participant in conferences at home and abroad. In 1945 he traveled to Russia on a special invitation to join the 220th Anniversary meeting of the Academy of Sciences in U.S.S.R.
Of particular interest to researchers of the Soviet Union is series 13 describing Innis' participation in the 220th Anniversary Meeting of the Academy of Sciences of the U.S.S.R. in June 1945. Material includes diaries, articles, letters, programmes, invitations, postcards, and newspapers.