Fonds F23 - Hugh Douglass fonds

Historical subject files Research notebooks City Hall Guelph General Hospital Demolition of the Three Bridges CNR Depot Priory Club, Fischer's Hotel Public Library Riverside Park Church of Our Lady Rotarians Home of T. J. Dalton Gourock Hotel St. Lawrence Market GCVI student 'Ashcote' The Turner's home Ethel Lemon Baynes Reed Laura Lemon Looking up Wyndham Street
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Hugh Douglass fonds

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CA ON00126 F23

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  • 1827-1984, predominant 1900-1965 (Creation)

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71 cm of textual records
77 photographs

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Hugh Douglass, a noted Guelph educator, artist, and local historian, was born in London, Ontario. Educated at the University of Toronto, Douglass taught art and French at Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute between 1955 and 1965. After leaving GCVI, he returned to the home of his ancestors in Atglen, where he helped the family restore their 260 year-old house. He also worked as librarian at the Atglen Library until his retirement in 1983.

Douglass is most noted for encouraging the arts, and for his prominent role in the historical community. He founded the Guelph Historical Society in 1960, and acted as president for a number of years. Douglass worked on local histories, including the illustrations for Pioneer Inns and Taverns of Guelph by A. Leone Hinds. As an artist and a teacher, Douglass worked on many plays with students and the community. His efforts also included the design of sets for operas such as the 'Mikado' performed by the Guelph Light Opera Company.

Hugh Douglass died near Atglen, Pennsylvania on December 8, 1991.

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Hugh Douglass had unbroken custody of these records before he donated them to the Guelph Public Library Archives at an unknown date.

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The fonds consists of scrapbooks, notes, research records, photographs, and postcards created or accumulated by Hugh Douglass during the course of his work as a collector and writer of local history, as a teacher at GCVI, and as a prominent member of the Guelph arts community.

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The records in series F23-0-5 are available electronically. Please see series descriptions for more details.

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Original records in series F23-0-5 are restricted. See series description for more details. There are no other restrictions on access.

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Copyright for these records is not held by the Guelph Public Library. Please contact the Guelph Public Library archivist about how to obtain the necessary copyright permissions.

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