Collection C 144 - Baldwin and Cawthra family photographs collection

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Baldwin and Cawthra family photographs collection

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CA ON00009 C 144

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  • ca. 1884, predominant 1891-ca.1902 (Creation)
    Baldwin, William (family)

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49 photographs : black and white cabinet cards, cartes de visite, stereographs and prints

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William W. Baldwin (1775-1844) and his son, Robert Baldwin (1804-1858), were lawyers in Ontario, who gained prominence in the administrative affairs of the province and Canada during the nineteenth century.

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The Cawthra family, descendants of Joseph Cawthra (1759-1842), were prominent in Toronto, Ontario in the 1800s and early 1900s and included professionals, merchants, military men, and politicians.

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Collection consists of 49 photographs including cabinet cards, cartes de visite, an album containing 28 portraits and 3 stereographs. Photographs show formal group and individual portraits of several generations of two prominent families in nineteenth century Ontario - the Baldwins and the Cawthras. Robert Baldwin was a leading Upper Canadian Reform politician and an architect of Responsible Goverment. Photographs in this collection are of the family of Baldwin's son, Robert Junior, and his granddaughter, Elizabeth Mary Baldwin.

Collection also includes an album containing cabinet cards showing descendants of William Cawthra, one of Upper Canada's wealthiest merchants. The album is identified on inside cover as being "from Anthony Adamson".

Collection has been arranged in two series, by family.
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Collection was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1982 from the St. Lawrence Parks Commission (Morrisburg, Ontario).


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Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction; however permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish form.

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Entered Feb/12.

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