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David Mills fonds
CA ON00353 AFC 272 · Fonds · 1755-1903; (added material 1910-1929)

This fonds contains case files, reports, doctrines, treaties, charters, bills, papers, certificates, journals, lectures, addresses and speeches, personal papers, correspondence and scrapbooks from the personal and professional life of David Mills: teacher, office holder, farmer, lawyer, politician, journalist, author and judge.

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CA ON00353 AFC 48 · Fonds · 1770-1959, 1994

This fonds has records for John and Amelia Harris Family, including various relations, friends and colleagues .

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Ted Day fonds
CA ON00354 F 0013 · Fonds · 1800s; 1970s

This fonds contains documents and images related to nineteenth- and early twentieth-century European settlement in Essex and Kent counties. These include an Irish immigrant’s personal journal of settling in Essex County with his two sisters (1850). The journal primarily details Jasper Golden’s travels (Atlantic crossing, St. Lawrence River, Quebec, Kingston, Niagara, Buffalo, Detroit, Windsor) but also includes later details about time spent in Malden, Anderdon, and the now-lost port of Albertville (near Kingsville). There are also official records of infrastructure and property in Howard Township (1909), and organizational and research material related to an effort to preserve the Walker family’s rare fieldstone-clad Kent County farmhouse as a historic site. (David and Ann Walker were Scottish immigrants who settled in Harwich Township, Kent County in 1845, with their original grant of farmland remaining in the family until 1972.) The fonds also includes approximately 448 slides depicting pre-1900 homes, buildings, furnishings, objects, weapons, and equipment in Kent and Essex counties, from a Canada Council-funded project to document these artifacts. There is also a short history of Buxton, Ontario, and slides of a memorial to Shawnee chief Tecumseh.

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Alexander McPherson fonds
CA ON00329 F27 · Fonds · 1825-1843

The fonds consists of 12 letters written by Alexander McPherson to members of his family, including his mother and his brother-in-law. The majority of the letters were written while he held the position of Manager at Plantation Nos. 17 & 18 in Berbice, British Guiana and the remainder represent the period following when he settled at Whitby.

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William Davies fonds
CA ON00353 AFC 472 · Fonds · 1854-1944

Fonds consist of personal and business-related correspondence and research documents used by William Davies. Personal correspondence to Davies’ brother, other family members and friends, business-related correspondence with agricultural journals, and research relating to agricultural journals are included.

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Collection · 1857-2011

This collection consists of yearbooks; annual reports; newsletters, handbooks; prize lists; constitutions and by-laws; board of director information; lists of presidents; correspondence; a newspaper clipping; programmes; show announcements; booklets; emblems; publications; hand-written notes; a petition; rules and regulations; proceedings of an annual convention; show books; bulletins; pamphlets; articles; a presentation; and member lists.

Mildred Pascoe fonds
CA ON00329 F 33 · Fonds · ca. 1865-1985

The fonds consists of photographs, correspondence, and records pertaining to and maintained by the Smith, and later Pascoe, families. Photographs depict the Smith family during their construction of and residence at Bayside farm. Later photographs depict the town of Whitby, notable landmarks, and prominent events throughout the life of Mildred Pascoe (1927-1985), a great-granddaughter of the Smith patriarch who maintained and organized the Smith family’s records. Correspondence consists of letters between family members. Records represent the Smith family’s business affairs, religious affiliations, educational achievements, and other personal belongings. Fonds consists of 4 series: Photographs, Correspondence, Receipts, and Miscellaneous records.

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E. Andrea Moore collection
CA ON00354 F 0136 · Fonds · 1867-2005; predominantly 1930s-1980s

This collection provides glimpses into community and associational life for people of African descent in Windsor, Ontario between the late 19th and early 21st centuries, with an emphasis on the mid-20th century. It is divided into nine thematic series.
Series I contains records of the British Methodist Episcopal (BME) Church, 1873-1999, both Windsor-specific and national. Included are doctrinal books, church registers and membership rolls, land indentures, annual reports, church histories, orders of service, ephemera, press clippings, correspondence, conference programmes, and photographs of historic BME chapels in Windsor, Woodstock, and Chatham, some of which have since been demolished.

Series II consists of administrative and financial records and ephemera from the annual Emancipation Celebration held in Windsor, 1837-1983, including papers of the British-American Association of Coloured Brothers of Ontario, souvenir programmes, and photographs of Emancipation parades ca. late 1950s/early 1960s.

Series III contains minutes, financial records, correspondence and two newspaper clippings from a committee to organize a concert in Jackson Park in affiliation with a conference of the National Association of Negro Musicians, 1955-1956.

Series IV contains minutes, correspondence, and a guest book from the International Women’s Committee (of Black women in Windsor in Detroit) relating to speakers and events in conjunction with Emancipation events, 1954-1956.

Series V holds the constitution, minutes, financial records, history, correspondence, and event-related ephemera (1940-1960) of the Armstead Club, a sporting and social club that also provided youth scholarships. Of special interest is a letter from the first scholarship recipient reflecting on being one of only a few Black students at Queen’s University in the late 1940s.

Series VI consists of minutes, ephemera, and correspondence of the War Mothers Protective League, 1943-1945, which provided morale-boosting cards and gifts to local armed forces personnel serving abroad during the Second World War. One file contains letters of thanks from the servicemen themselves.

Series VII contains minutes, history, and correspondence of the Central Citizens’ Association, 1929-1958, an organization that advocated for the rights and opportunities of Black citizens in Windsor and organized collective action including social clubs, mentoring, boycotts, and political activism.

Series VIII consists of a small number of administrative records – constitution, financial records, names of members (1867-1881) – from the Lydian Association of Windsor, a working women’s mutual aid group that provided financial and nursing support to sick or injured members.

Series IX contains personal records from the Christian/Shreve/Moore family, consisting of A.S. Shreve’s course notes from his flight engineer training in 1944. (Note: further accruals to Series IX are expected.)

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CA ON00354 F 0099 · Fonds · ca. 1870-2009; predominantly 20th c.

This fonds contains records charting the institutional life and physical premises of St. Mary’s Anglican Church in the Town of Walkerville / Walkerville neighbourhood of Windsor. Series I – Paper Files is not formally arranged into sub-series, but significant record-creating groups or genres of material are grouped together in the file order. These include: church wardens, board of management/vestry, financial records, various church committees, women’s groups, men’s groups, youth groups, orders of service (bulletins), special events, church visitors and staff, as well as the building, its contents, its churchyard and cemetery (including sketches and architectural plans). Of note are a small number of records relating to the church’s relationship to the family of Walkerville founder Hiram Walker, and rich records of social and service groups for men, women, children, and youth. Series II – Photographs was originally arranged separately from the paper files. Its previous arrangement and description has been retained here; the images capture elements of the congregational activities and physical premises documented in the paper files.

The fonds does not contain parish records of births, deaths, marriages, or baptisms.

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Fanny Gross fonds
CA ON00329 F31 · Fonds · 1883-1906

The fonds consists mostly of letters written by Fanny Gross to her youngest daughter, Edith. There are also letters written by friends and family to Edith and some letters written by Edith. The letters show that Edith travelled frequently from the Gross family home at 200 Colborne Street West in Whitby to visit relatives and friends in other communities. Subjects of discussion include parties, family, travel, and daily life. Fonds also consists of a copy of The Greatest Thing in The World, An Address by Henry Drummond.

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Sydenham Glass Company fonds
CA ON00354 F 0189 · Fonds · 1894-1913

This fonds contains administrative records of the Sydenham Glass Company, of Wallaceburg, Ontario, 1894-1913. Included are Directors’ meeting minutes, by-laws, a few share certificates, and a small amount of correspondence.

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Collection · 1904-2017

This collection consists of textbooks; correspondence; articles; pamphlets; newspaper articles; bulletins; guidebooks; booklets; registration forms; maps; master plans; inventories; indexes; publications; slides; reports; conference and symposium programmes; speaker biographies; mailing lists; business cards; hand-written notes; photocopied articles and appendices; presentations; and reference lists created by Canadian conference organizers and their participants with a focus on horticulture, landscape, garden history, and historical farms and museums.

CA ON00154 2016.38.2 · Series · 1906 - 1917

A series of ten letters sent from William D. Trott to his son, William H. Trott, between November 11th, 1906 and April 1st, 1917. In the letters William D. writes to his son about photography, family, and advice about various topics.

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Arthur Flowers fonds
CA ON00354 F 0182 · Fonds · ca. late 19th c. - 1960; predominantly 1914-1918

This fonds documents aspects of the personal and professional life -- and particularly the First World War experiences -- of Captain Arthur Flowers, a British military careerist and mid-20th c. immigrant to Essex County. Series I contains records and images relating to his personal life and political views; Series II contains records relating to his military career, including correspondence and health records from the First World War; Series III contains official First World War correspondence and publications circulated by the British military to boost morale. Series IV contains records relating to Flowers' wife Annie, including correspondence, a 1914 travel diary, and souvenirs of the British Royal Family.

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CA ON00353 AFC 456 · Fonds · predominant 1914-1918, 1988

Fonds consists of Nettie Lorinda McNaughton Jones’ correspondence during the First World War. Material primarily consists of correspondence from Oliver McNaughton, Jack McNaughton, Dave Radcliffe, and Ione Martin.

Collection · 1919-2012

This collection consists of bulletins; newsletters; yearbooks; correspondence; articles; pamphlets; registries; annual reports; member lists; judge list; officer list; newspaper clippings; constitutions and by-laws; application forms; board of directors documents; and a flower show programme.

Raymond Knister fonds
CA ON00354 F 0181 · Fonds · ca. 1920s-1930s; 1931

This fonds contains original typescripts of 1 letter and 5 poems (2 of which are poem cycles) authored by Raymond Knister. The 2 poem cycles, "Seven Poems," and "A Row of Stalls" were published during his lifetime, in 1922 and 1925 respectively. The rest were published posthumously with "March Wind" in 1983, and "To One Lost" and "Still Young," under the title "Until, Sill Young," in 2003. The poems are largely about relationships and emotions, with "A Row of Stalls" covering rural life which Knister is known for. The letter was written in 1931 to a regular correspondent known only as E.F. and covers topics including writing, specifically commenting on the Canadian writing scene, his father's death, and his family life.

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V.B. Wadsworth fonds
CA ON00318 A 2 · Fonds · 1922-1924

These papers consist of personal letters recounting family matters and official letters regarding immigration from the British Isles to Ontario, specifically among William C. Noxon, Alf Cooper and V.B. Wadsworth regarding a proposal to settle Hebridean farmers in Northwestern Ontario in 1924.

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Ella N. Martin fonds
CA ON00259 SC82 · Fonds · 1933-1988

Fonds illustrates Ella N. Martin’s work as a senior lecturer at the Royal Ontario Museum and her interest in improving museum education. The fonds is arranged into twelve series, which span her entire career from the late 1930s to the mid 1970s. The fonds includes correspondence, publications, photographs, personal papers and journals, lecture notes, drafts of a book, student reports, course instructions, teacher evaluation forms, interpretative text, film and radio scripts, worksheets for children and other materials. The fonds also contains an accession record.

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Reno Bertoia fonds
CA ON00354 F 0094 · Fonds · 1935-2004; predominantly 1950s-1990s

This fonds contains Reno Bertoia’s personal collection of photographs, news clippings, publications, correspondence, scrapbooks, collectibles, and artifacts, concerning his professional baseball career and subsequent honours. Also included are small numbers of personal and family photographs, several items of general Detroit Tigers memorabilia, and a file of biographical information.

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