Fonds 00-001, 01-009, 02-009, & 04-006 - Harley Cummings fonds

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Harley Cummings fonds

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CA ON00333 00-001, 01-009, 02-009, & 04-006

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  • 1863-1999 (Creation)

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1 m textual records 65 photographs 13 maps

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Harley Richard Cummings (1909-1999) was an educator and Hailiburton, Ontario, area historian. Cummings was born in Bond Head, Ontario, the son of Dr. James A. and Mildred Cummings. In 1933, after obtaining an Honours BA from the University of Toronto and graduating from the Ontario College of Education, he began teaching at the Boys' Vocational School and the Glashan Intermediate School and York Street School in Ottawa. In 1942, he was a volunteer education officer with the Royal Canadian Air Force and later became a flight lieutenant. At the conclusion of World War II, Cummings returned to Ottawa and, over the next twenty years, was school principal at a number of schools. In 1962, he wrote "Early Days in Haliburton" which includes an introduction by Ontario Premier Leslie Frost. Cummings married Shirley Stotesbury in 1964.

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Fonds consists of primary research material and photographs accumulated by Harley R. Cummings for his book "Early Days in Haliburton", in addition to the manuscript for the book. Fonds also consists of correspondence, including letters from the Honorable Leslie Frost, photographs, maps, and an original 1863 surveyor's diary for Eyre Township. Fonds also includes the C.R. Stewart diaries, dated 1902-1904. C.R. Stewart (1826-1905) was resident agent for the Canadian Land and Immigration Company and was the first settler in the Village of Haliburton. In his diaries he refers to Colonel Samuel Hughes and Mossom Boyd. Stewart's son, C.E. Stewart (1851-1921) was editor of the "Bobcaygeon Independent". Fonds also includes several historical papers and publications written by Cummings and others.

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Fonds acquired from Mrs. Shirley Cummings in 2000.

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Accruals to this fonds include 01-009, 02-009, and 04-006.

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