Fonds C 322 - Alexandra Studios fonds

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Alexandra Studios fonds

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CA ON00009 C 322

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  • 1927-1932 (Creation)

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165 photographs : negatives

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The Alexandra Studios was a Toronto, Ontario-based photographic studio.

The studio was started by Louis J. Turofsky in 1911 and occupied a number of Toronto locations until it ceased operations in 1976. The studio seems to have evolved through a number of name changes, including Alexandre Studios from 1915-1921, and then known as Alexandra Studios from 1922-1953. From 1954-1963 the business was known as Turofsky Photographers. In 1964 the firm again was known as Alexandra Studio, becoming the Alexander (or Alexandra) Studio-Turofsky from 1973 to 1974, after which it appeared to have the name of Alexander Studio.

Photographers employed by the studio included Louis J. Turofsky, Nathan Turofsky, Harold Crellin, and Roy P. Mitchell. It would appear that Louis and Nathan Turofsky no longer were involved with the studio after 1960, after which date Crellin and Mitchell ran the business. From 1973-1974 Crellin was President of the company, with Mitchell as Secretary-treasurer. From 1975 until the closing of the studio in 1976, Mitchell appears to have been the President of the company.

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Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1966 by Roy Mitchell of Toronto's Alexandra Studio.

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Fonds consists of glass plate and film negatives created by Alexandras Studios, depicting the activities of Lieutenant-Governor William Donald Ross. Photographs show Ross and his wife attending special events, official openings, and ceremonies, as well as entertaining dignitaries at Government House, Chorley Park. Individuals identified in the photos include Ontario Premiers E.C. Drury, G. Howard Ferguson, Canadian Prime Ministers William Lyon MacKenzie King and R.B. Bennett, and Governor-General Willingdon, as well as Sir Winston Churchill.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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Copyright restrictions for this material have expired. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication.

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For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

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Textual material pertaining to William Donald Ross can be found in the Records of the Lieutenant-Governor, William Donald Ross Series RG 24-14.

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Title based on contents of fonds The photographs were removed from the remainder of the Alexandra Studio's fonds, which is further divided between the National Archives of Canada and the City of Toronto Archives.

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