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MacLaren Advertising collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4467
  • Collection
  • [192-]-1999, 2003-2006

Collection consists of photographs, posters, business correspondence, financial ledgers and statements, memorabilia, internal manuals, publications, biographical files, and manuscript memoirs relating to the MacLaren Advertising agency.

The records were acquired, assembled, and created by Edward Enright, the donor, over several decades to illustrate the history of the MacLaren Advertising agency, Toronto, which was run by John A. MacLaren from the early 1920s, and developed into an international advertising business that is still in operation today.

The collection documents the business activities and products of a company that created advertisements, including radio and television advertisements, to sell the goods and advance the commercial interests of its corporate clients. MacLaren Advertising clients included General Motors, General Electric, Imperial Oil Canada, Canada Packers, and the Government of Canada. The collection includes a video created by the company in 1984 as a retrospective, titled, "MacLaren: The Story So Far" (see F 4467-10).

The collection also documents the numerous awards won by the company. It includes photographs and textual records depicting the firm's success in winning the Canadian Advertisers and Sales Executives' silver medal in 1942, numerous newspaper awards in 1963, Strategy's Agency of the Year in 1995, Marketing Magazine's Agency of the Year in 1988 and 1999 and the recognition of John MacLaren as a Canadian Giant in the advertising business. The collection also includes a Tribute to John MacLaren presented as an illuminated resolution by the artist, A. J. Casson, signed by the executive staff in Canada and England expressing their pride in the business and in their leader (see F 4467-1).

Collection also includes MacLaren family records assembled by the donor concerning John MacLaren's illness and death in Florida in 1955, and records related to his wife Christine MacLaren, his sister Audrey Jane MacLaren, and his brother William Hunter MacLaren. Included also are home movies of various family events and the wedding of Barbara, John A. MacLaren's daughter.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

MacLaren Advertising Company

Herbert A. Bruce collection

  • CA ON00009 F 78
  • Collection
  • 1932-1938

Collection consists of 18 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings concerning Herbert A. Bruce's tenure as Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, 1932-1937. Topics include: Bruce's speeches, sterilisation, King George V's Silver Jubilee, and the Lieutenant-Governor's Committee on Housing.

Collection also includes three photographs. Subjects include: Bruce's swearing in ceremony, 1932; his first formal appearance as Lieutenant- Governor, 1932; and a group of officials with the Duke of Kent.

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Bruce, Herbert A. (Herbert Alexander), 1868-1963

John Dryden collection

  • CA ON00009 F 73
  • Collection
  • 1891-1902

Collection consists of fifteen volumes of scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, published 1891-1902, relating to the political career of John Dryden. References include: provincial elections, Dryden's tenure as minister and numerous contemporary political issues.

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Dryden, John, 1840-1909

Robert Gourlay collection

  • CA ON00009 F 72
  • Collection
  • 1773-1855

Collection consists of a mixture of materials about Robert Gourlay and his family, and records created by him and his family. It contains correspondence, genealogical charts, autobiographical notes of Gourlay, records regarding the Gourlay family in Scotland, records regarding the disposition of Gourlay's lands in Dereham Township in Oxford County, Canada West, as well as two replies to questionnaires submitted by Gourlay. Correspondence includes material regarding Mrs. Jean Gourlay and children of Robert Gourlay. Also included is correspondence of William Renwick Riddell, an early biographer of Gourlay, and correspondence concerning people possessing documents relating to Robert Gourlay. Correspondence also includes letters between Robert Gourlay and his first wife Jean (Henderson) Gourlay, and the children by his first wife (Jean, Jessie, Oliver, Helen, and Catherine). Most of Gourlay's letters to his family at this time were written from the United States when he resided in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Ohio. These letters refer to family matters, and Gourlay's struggle with the government of Upper Canada and the government of the United Province of Canada.

Material regarding the disposition of Gourlay's lands in Dereham Township consists of correspondence between Robert Gourlay's daughter Helen, and his second wife Mary concerning a dispute over the real estate. Other records include a promissory note, a bond, a discharge of debt, and memorandum of agreement between Mary Gourlay and Joseph Riddell concerning intent to convey land, and a power of attorney between Robert Gourlay and John Smith of Dereham.

Collection also includes miscellaneous items, including: the original prospectus of a newspaper called the Commonweal which was to be edited by Gourlay; replies from Trafalgar Township to questionnaires posed by Gourlay for the collection of data for the Statistical Account of Upper Canada; minutes of a meeting held by inhabitant of Haldimand Township including the chiefs of the Five Nations for the purpose of supplying data for the same account; newspaper clippings concerning the career of Robert Gourlay (three of which were written by Mabel Burkholder); a memorandum of biographical data concerning Robert Gourlay by James McIntyre; a typescript of excerpts of articles in the Ingersoll Chronicle concerning Gourlay's bid for election to the Legislative Assembly; notes on Robert Gourlay by Ethel Canfield; and an excerpt from the Illustrated London News, concerning the choice of Bytown as Canada's capital.

Collection also includes miscellaneous legal records, concerning the marriage between Robert Gourlay's parents, the marriage between Robert Gourlay and Mrs. Jean Stewart (nee Henderson), the estate of Oliver Gourlay, and the Gourlay family tree.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

Gourlay, Robert, 1778-1863

University of Toronto Faculty of Pharmacy collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4363
  • Collection
  • 1854-1953

Collection consists of prescription books, formula books, accounting and financial records, and publications, as well as orders and customer testimonials, created by several pharmacies in various cities throughout Ontario.

Toronto based pharmacies, individuals and laboratories identified in the creation of these records include the Northrop and Lyman Company, the Osgoode Hall Pharmacy, B. Jackes Brothers and Jackes Brothers Toronto Laboratory, and Harry G. Hillier. Other pharmacies located in Ontario identified in these records include: the Taylor Drug Company Pharmacy (Guelph, Ontario); Willow Pharmacy (Scarborough, Ontario); Dyer's Drug Store (Scarborough, Ontario); S. D. Radley and Radley's Medicine Company (Chatam, Ontario); C. E. Nasmyth Company (Stratford, Ontario); and Schryver's Pharmacy (Bellville, Ontario). Pharmacies with unidentified locations include Lemp's Pharmacy and the Nathan N. Bosworth Pharmacy.

Pharmacists and physicians identified in these series of records include: Physician Robert M. Wilson (Niagara, Ontario); Pharmacist Justin H. Dyer who was associated with the Willow Pharmacy (Scarborough, Ontario); R. A. Harrison (Dunnville, Ontario), Thomas H. Ralph (Dundas, Ontario); H. W. Ralph (Hamilton, Ontario); as well as Dr. Schooley, F. J. Capell, F. T. Hutchinson, and W. C. George who were based in unidentified locales in Ontario.

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William George Eakins collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4376
  • Collection
  • 1884

Collection consists of material collected by W.G. Eakins, newspaper editor, documenting the trials of five individuals accused of bribing members of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario for the purpose of defeating the government of Oliver Mowat. The collection contains Toronto Police Court transcripts, newspaper clipping scrapbooks, reports of the Standing Committee and Royal Commission created to investigate the accusations, and Eakins' notes on their findings.

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Mrs. Leslie Vanportfliet collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4546
  • Collection
  • 1929-[ca. 1935]

Collection consists of four postcards and 11 black and white photographs. Photographs consist of exterior views of Casa Loma and stables, Niagara Falls, views of Toronto, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan, a fountain in Woodstock, Ontario and a hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Postcards include two views of a rock garden in Hamilton, Ontario and two views of Callander, Ontario, birthplace of the Dionne quintuplets.

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David L. Gibson collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4592
  • Collection
  • ca. 1822-2010

Collection consists of photographs and other records, chiefly documenting the Ingersoll, Muskoka, Aylmer and St. Marys areas, collected by or given to amateur historian David L. Gibson. It includes photographs in several formats including cartes de visite, cabinet cards, tintypes, contemporary prints, and glass plate negatives and is comprised of two studio collections: the Hugill studios and the H.F. Robinson Studio. It also includes photographs and other records related to the Gibson and the Foulds families as well as records concerning David's personal research and family history.

As a child in the late 1920s, Gibson first befriended Edgar H. ("Ed") Hugill on Keewaydin Island in Muskoka where Hugill worked as the summer postmaster. Hugill operated a photo studio in Ingersoll, Ontario, initially in conjunction with his father, John, and later on his own. After Ed Hugill's death in 1955, the collection of negatives and photographs from the studio came into Gibson's possession. Gibson used the photos in writing books about Keewaydin Island and the Hugill studio.

Photographs in this collection consist of negatives and prints of family members and studio customers as well as interiors and exteriors of homes and businesses in the Ingersoll area, boats and cottages on Keewaydin and surrounding islands, and events in the Ingersoll and Muskoka areas.

Gibson also obtained the collection of another photographer, Harold Franklin ("Frank") Robinson, possibly through the estate of a Wilford Smith. The photographs included in this collection consist of individual and group portraits often taken at weddings, reunions, social events, and YWCA camps in Aylmer and St. Marys, Ontario.

Gibson was an avid genealogist. He gathered photographs documenting the Gibson as well as the Foulds families. The Foulds, David's maternal grandparents, were early settlers in the Brantford area and contemporaries and neighbours of Alexander Graham Bell. The photographs in this collection consist of family portraits, some of which were used to illustrate David L. Gibson's book on the Foulds family.

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Hugill, John, 1829-1911

Gowganda mining photographic collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4594
  • Collection
  • 1909, 1914-[198-], predominant 1909

Fonds consists of black and white photographic prints predominantly showing the development of the Gowganda townsite in 1909 and the exploration for silver in the surrounding area. Shown is the establishment of an overland route into the area; the development of the townsite from canvas tents to log and squared timber buildings; scenes of the newly erected hospital, jail, Roman Catholic church, assay and legal offices, and various waterfront businesses; the exposure and hand drilling of rockfaces containing silver ore, and the construction of headframes, hoist and boiler houses, cook and bunk houses at various mine sites.

The fonds also contains images documenting Arthur Latimer's sport activites from being a member of the 1914 Schumacher hockey team to the Kemptville Lawn Bowling Club in the late 1970's.

The photographic prints have been organized by size and then by subject. The images dating from 1909, which are all contact prints taken from the original negatives, are predominantly either 16.5 x 10.8 centimetres (i.e., 6.5 x 4.25 inches) or 21.6 x 16.5 centimetres (i.e., 8.5 x 6.5 inches) in size.

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Dominion Stores Limited storefront photographs collection

  • CA ON00009 F 4598
  • Collection
  • [192-]-[197-], predominant 1939-1960

Fonds consists of storefront photographs of branches of the Dominion Stores Limited located across Ontario but not in the City of Toronto.

The fonds is primarily composed of photographic prints, some created from the original negative near the time of its creation, while others are reproductions printed from a copy negative of an earlier print. The impetus behind the creation of these images seems to have varied over time depending on the need of the moment.

The earliest images, consisting of the chain's smaller stores, seem to have been taken in 1939-1940 when they were considered for sale during Dominion's first re-organization. However, notes on the images state that these locations did not actually cease operations until 1957-1960. The larger downtown storefront locations seemed to have been shot in the late 1950s or early 1960s, possibly for reference purposes, by Dominion's property management office. The images of the urban supermarkets appear to have been taken in the mid to late 1960s during the stores' openings or shortly afterward. Several of the images seem to be proofs of advertising campaigns ("500 Lower Prices" and "Cut Food Costs" being the most notable) as the mix of locations all sport the same sales banner.

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Dominion Stores Limited

Alan Bulman collection of sound and moving image records

  • CA ON00009 F 4631
  • Collection
  • [192-?]-1969, predominant [192-?]-1949

The collection consists of sound and moving image records accumulated by Alan Bulman from 1965 to 1994. The films relate to Ontario locales including North Bay, Fenelon Falls, and Stratford. Other subject matter in the film footage includes: gold production in Ontario; the University of Toronto; Steep Rock Iron Mines Limited; a school bus in Ridgetown, Ontario; aviation in Toronto in the 1920s; a strike at the General Motors of Canada plant in Oshawa, Ontario; the 1930s Hi-Li game craze (a popular game in the 1930s); Red Cross emergency relief work; men from the Eglinton Hunt Club participating in a fox hunt; and the jitterbug dance. Also included is footage of Ontario troops in WWII.

Two audio cassettes contain interviews conducted by Alan Bulman and Greg Hoy with George Patton in February of 1969. George Patton, former Director of the Ontario Motion Picture Bureau (OMPB), discusses his work with the OMPB, Father Joseph Gravelle's purchase of the OMPB's collection of 28 mm films, the OMPB theatre at the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), and getting fired from the OMPB in 1934. Patton also discusses his involvement in facilitating the purchase of 28 mm film projectors for every agricultural representative in Ontario, as well as his three month trip to England in 1930, where he made twenty films. In the interview, Bulman also discusses with Patton the content of an OMPB catalogue of films.

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Bulman, Alan, 1926-

Collection of William Notman and Alexander Henderson photographs

  • CA ON00009 F 4357
  • Collection
  • [185-?]-[189-?]

Collection consists of photographs believed to be taken by William Notman or Alexander Henderson depicting scenes in Ontario, Quebec and British Columbia during the latter half of the nineteenth century.

Photographic subjects include: buildings, churches, trains, waterfalls, rivers and a variety of other urban and rural landscapes and portraits.

The photographs are arranged geographically.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

Notman, William, 1826-1891

George Hutchison collection

  • CA ON00009 C 289
  • Collection
  • 1991-1994

Collection consists of oral history interviews conducted by George Hutchison with political leaders, advisors, speech writers and political columnists in regard to Ontario politics during the period 1960-1994.

Interviewees include Norman Atkins, William Davis, Cardinal Emmett Carter, Donald MacDonald, Robert Nixon, David Peterson, and Claire Hoy.

Collection also includes 14 colour photographs depicting some of the interviewees at the time of the interviews.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:

Hutchison, George, 1940-

John A. Macdonald collection

  • CA ON00009 F 35
  • Collection
  • 1827-1910

The collection consists of a small group of original letters sent and received by John A. Macdonald, dated 1855-1891. Subjects of the letters include: patronage appointments, a school bill, the 1860 visit of the Prince of Wales, Canadian confederation, election issues, and government railway policy. Also included is a letter of condolence from Conservative members of both Houses to Lady Macdonald, following the death of Sir John A. Macdonald.

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Macdonald, John A. (John Alexander), 1815-1891

Samuel Peters Jarvis and William Dummer Powell collection

  • CA ON00009 F 31
  • Collection
  • 1767-1919

Collection consists of correspondence, land records (including deeds), legal records, genealogical information, diaries, maps, memoranda, and accounts. The majority of the records are not specifically concerned with the public lives of Powell or Jarvis, but are personal family documents reflecting the attitudes, interests, problems and way of life of the members of loyalist ruling class families. The memoranda of William Dummer Powell tell of his career and early Canadian years. Many of the letters written between 1820 and 1857 are from Samuel Peters Jarvis to his wife Mary while he was commanding officer of the Queen's Rangers during the Rebellion of 1837-8, while he was with the Department of Indian Affairs, and when he was travelling in Great Britain and elsewhere. Collection also includes various travel diaries maintained by Jarvis.
Also included are various maps and plans of areas including Long Point, Turkey Point, York, the project town of Tayport, Guelph, and Toronto.

Collection also includes miscellaneous documents, such as calling cards, watercolours, poems, an exercise book of William Jarvis, a newspaper article, and a sample of hair from the heads of Aemilius Jarvis and Edward Henry Bernard.
Records created after 1857 deal mainly with estate problems and litigation.

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Jarvis, Samuel Peters, 1792-1857

J. Norman Lowe collection

  • CA ON00009 C 290
  • Collection
  • 1904-1927

Collection consists of photographs collected by J. Normal Lowe depicting the construction of Union Station in Toronto (Series C 290-1), the construction of the National Transcontinental Railway in and around Sioux Lookout and Northern Ontario (Series C 290-2), and miscellaneous images of railways and locomotives (Series C 290-2). It includes photos of railway cars, track work, construction equipment, and interior and exterior shots of construction camps.

Also included in Series C 290-2 are photos of the first and second steam locomotives ever used in Ontario - No. 1 "the Lady Elgin" and No. 2, "the Toronto", manufactured for the Ontario Simcoe and Huron Railroad Union Co. in 1853.

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Wayne Roberts collection

  • CA ON00009 C 288
  • Collection
  • 1971-1973, 1986

Collection consists of oral interviews by Dr. Wayne Roberts regarding Toronto labour history, conducted 1971-1973, as well as interviews with Jim Best in 1986 relating to the development of the Civil Service Association of Ontario.

Collection includes a 16-page summary of the contents of the interviews with Jim Best.

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David L. Thomas collection

  • CA ON00009 C 253
  • Collection
  • 1962-1974

Collection consists of 35 mm negative copies of ca. 980 slides of historic photographs of the Parry Sound District.

Geographic areas documented include: Ahmic Harbour, Britt, Byng Inlet, Depot Harbour, Dunchurch, Hurdville, Lost Channel, MacTier, Footes Bay, McKellar, Nobel, Orrville, Parry Island, Rosseau and Waubamik.

Photographic subjects are: aircraft, automobiles, banks, blacksmith shops, churches, curling groups, factories, fairgrounds, fire halls, hockey teams, hotels, loggers, lumber mills, mines, parades, railways, schools, ships, smelters, stores, streets, trains, wagons, and various individuals.

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James Harrington collection

  • CA ON00009 C 175
  • Collection
  • [ca.1861]-1890

Fonds consists of a collection of cartes de visites and tintypes originally housed in a Victorian photograph album. Photographs show foreign celebrities such as Abraham Lincoln, Bismarck, and members of the British Royal family. They also show Canadian public figures, most notably politicians such as John A. Macdonald and his fellow members of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada during the 1860s. In addition, there are also portraits of individuals, many of whom are named, who likely were connected to the original, unidentified creator of this collection. The tintypes and cartes de visite have been removed from the album in which they were originally housed.

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Frank Wright collection

  • CA ON00009 C 171
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1890]-1962

Fonds consists of glass plate negatives and lantern slides of miscellaneous subjects, and acetate negatives of the construction of the Burlington Skyway and also of vessels in Burlington Bay. Glass plate negatives and lantern slides show various subjects including photographers with their cameras and equipment; photographers at work; portraits; and also landscape scenes. Negatives show the construction of the concrete and steel supports and framework of the Burlington Beach Skyway, as well as images of various shipping vessels and tugs in Burlington Bay.

Fonds is described in two series : 1.) Frank Wright collection of glass plate negatives and lantern slides; and 2.) Burlington Skyway construction and Burlington Bay.

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Wright, Frank

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