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Only top-level descriptions Archives at Whitby Public Library Beckley, Leonard, 1905-2003 Whitby
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Leonard Beckley fonds

  • CA ON00329 F 21
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1910-1999]

The fonds consists of photographs of Whitby taken by Leonard Beckley in his late adulthood (1950-1999), as well as photographs of Beckley’s family of origin in the early years of their settlement in Whitby at 509 Beech Street East (1910-1930). Photographs taken by Leonard depict his garden, nature scenes, and events in the town. Photographs in the latter category provide evidence of racist public activities in Whitby, including the following: the existence of the Whitby Rotary Minstrels, whose members put on minstrel shows while in blackface (photographs date into the 1950s); various town parade participants in redface and blackface; and a parade participant who is likely dressed in a Ku Klux Klan outfit.

Photographs are arranged in files.

Beckley, Leonard, 1905-2003