Fonds F 2127 - Anthony Adamson fonds

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Anthony Adamson fonds

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CA ON00009 F 2127

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  • 1964-1967 (Creation)

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30 cm of textual records

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Born in Toronto in 1906, Anthony Adamson was an architect, an author, teacher, and administrator. He studied architecture at Cambridge University and London University. After completing his education, he was an architect and architectural planner and then a professor at the University of Toronto from1955 to 1965. He served as an elected municipal official for the Township of Toronto. He was awarded honorary degrees from Queen’s University (1975) and the University of Windsor (1985). The recipient of many honours including the Order of Canada (1974) and the Gabrielle Léger Medal (1981), he contributed greatly to the architectural heritage of Ontario and to the visual and performing arts. He lobbied for the restoration of Dundurn Castle in Hamilton, Ont. and then served as General Consultant to the project which was completed in 1967. He served for several years as Chairman of the Ontario Arts Council and was a member of the Board of the Ontario Heritage Foundation. Anthony Adamson died on 3 May 2002.

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Fonds consist of Adamson's research materials on Sir Allan MacNab and Dundurn Castle, and relating to the restoration efforts at Upper Canada Village. Materials are typescript excepts from diaries, wills, and letters relevant to the research, as well as references to published sources. These are often annotated with comments reflecting the signficance of the information for the site. Upper Canada Village materials focus on the Loucks family and the Loyalist Farm, the Glengarry School in 1965, the French- Robertson House, Cook's Tavern, Medicine in Upper Canada (1783-1867), Roads in Upper Canada (1783-1867), Agriculture in Upper Canada (1784-1867), and the Military History of the St. Lawrence River Valley (1760-1814) Records include typescript material extracted from newspapers, diaries, and published works, as well as copies of maps, plans, and pictures. Fonds contains the following series: Series I: Sir Allan MacNab and Dundurn Castle Series II: Historical accounts and background material respecting the restoration of Upper Canada Village.

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Records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from Professor Anthony Adamson on December 10, 1974.


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No restriction on access.

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Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder.

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