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Elgin, County of Collection
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Agnes Hepburn Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1906]-1957

This collection consists of historical records collected and maintained by Agnes Hepburn, a well-known Port Stanley historian. Also in this collection are essays written by her, primarily relating to the history of Port Stanley and area, as well as the research material which she used to write these essays. The collection is comprised of the following series:
-Historical records, ca. 1906-1957
-Research, 1947-1952
-Essays, 1949-1952

Hepburn, Agnes

Bruce Johnson Collection

  • Collection
  • 1860-2008

This series is comprised of records, collected and/or compiled by Bruce Johnson, relating to the history of Port Bruce, 1860-2008. Includes land records, a marriage certificate, and newsletters for the community.

Johnson, Bruce

Bruce Marshall Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1955-1975]

Fonds consists of 36 photographs collected by Bruce Marshall. Many of the photographs are of minor hockey teams, many of which were connected to St. Thomas, Ontario.

Marshall, Bruce

Catherine Neff Collection

  • Collection
  • 1897-2010

Fonds consists of records created, collected or maintained by Catherine Neff. Fonds is arranged into the following series:
-Central United Church, St. Thomas series, 1897-2010
-Alma College Valleyview Satellite Home series, 1980-1990
-Elgin Historical Society series, 1983-1991

Neff, Catherine

Duncan C. McKillop Collection

  • Collection
  • 1841-1987

Collection contains materials collected or created by Duncan C. McKillop including business ledgers, photographs and miscellaneous historic documents and ephemera. Also contains records from Elgin County residents and families including Samuel M. Pearce, the McKillop family, the Fowler family, and from Edward Frost.

McKillop, Duncan C.

Duncan Richard Hale Collection

  • Collection
  • 1885-1891

Fonds consists of a Bailiff Process Book for the 4th Division Court in the County of Elgin, 1885-1891. Placed inside the book is a typed document that outlines the Phrenological Chart of D. McGregor.

Hale, Duncan Richard

Elgin County Fire Insurance Plans Collection

  • Collection
  • 1894-[ca. 1960]

Collection consists of fire insurance plans of St. Thomas, produced in 1894 and 1903. Also included is a map of highways in Elgin County, dated ca. 1960.

Elgin County Microform Collection

  • Collection

The Elgin County Microform Collection is comprised of the following records on microfilm and microfiche:
-Assessment and collectors' rolls for the different municipalities
-Complete microfilm copies of every census from 1842 to 1901 for the Province of Ontario
-Bylaws and minute books from municipalities within the County
-Tweedsmuir Histories
-Assorted city and county directories from Elgin and neighbouring municipalities
-Gazeteers and directories concerning Upper Canada, Canada West, and Ontario
-Business directories
-Diaries and letter books
-Newspapers published in the County
-Surrogate Court Estate Files and Wills for the London District and Elgin County
-Surrogate Clerk of Ontario records
-Upper Canada Land Petitions
-Church records from various churches in the County

Elgin County Vertical File Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1800s - ]

The Elgin County Vertical File Collection is comprised of records originating from a database of miscellaneous items inherited from the Elgin County Library which were described at the file or item-level. Some of these records may eventually become part of another fonds or collection, but are currently maintained as part of this collection to enhance accessibility.

Elgin County/St. Thomas Photographers' Collection

  • Collection

This collection consists of sample photographs taken from local studios. Many are unidentified, but are being maintained as representative of the photographers' work. Many are stamped with addresses and/or logo insignia.

Evelyn Moore Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1850-1989]

Collection contains material collected or created by Evelyn Moore and her husband Frank C. Moore, with records mostly relating to Belmont, Ontario. There is an emphasis on records from the Yarmouth and Belmont Agricultural Society records, which were likely acquired by Frank C. Moore during his tenure as the society's President. Fonds is arranged into the following series:

  1. Photographs
  2. Yarmouth and Belmont Agricultural Society records
  3. Manuscripts
  4. Belmont Telephone Co-Operative Association Limited records
  5. Knox Presbyterian Church records
  6. Miscellaneous historical records

Moore, Evelyn

Ken Verrell Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1851-2010]

Collection contains several thousand items, including correspondence, photographs, personnel records, financial records, subscription books, lease agreements, maps, plans and drawings from a number of railway companies that operated in Elgin County. This includes the Michigan Central Railroad, the London & Port Stanley Railway, the Pere Marquette Railway Company, the Grand Trunk Railway, the Wabash Railroad Company, Canada Southern, the Chesapeake & Ohio Railway Company, the Canadian National Railways, the Canadian Pacific Railway, and the Consolidated Rail Company (Conrail), as well as many of their subsidiary companies. There is a strong emphasis on the Michigan Central Railroad and the London and Port Stanley Railway.

The collection provides insight into the day-to-day interactions between local businesses, residents and the railway companies that were operating in Elgin County and increases our understanding of the county’s economic development over time. The collection documents changes in the county’s built environment as a result of the development of railway in the area, and illustrates the evolution of railway technology from early steam engines to electrified and high-speed rail.

The collection also includes personal records belonging to Ken Verrell, reflecting his role in various local organizations and his interest in railway history.

The collection is arranged into the following series:
-Photographs series
-Postcards series
-Michigan Central Railroad Records series
-Canada Southern Railway Records series
-Pere Marquette Railway Records series
-Chesapeake and Ohio Railway Records series
-London and Port Stanley Railway Records series
-Grand Trunk Railway Records series
-Wabash Railroad Records series
-Canadian Pacific Railway Records series
-Canadian National Railways Records series
-Conrail Records series
-Miscellaneous Railways Records series
-General Railway History series
-St. Thomas Railway History series
-Labour Unions Records series
-Elgin Photographic Heritage Society Records series
-Elgin County History series
-St. Thomas History series
-Personal Records and Memberships series
-Miscellaneous Records series
-Newspaper Clippings series
-Audio-Visual series

Verrell, Ken

Maggie Moore Collection

  • Collection
  • 1887-1997

Collection consists of photographs, newspapers and other documents collected by Maggie Moore, predominantly relating to Shedden, Ontario.

Moore, Maggie

Milton Berry Collection

  • Collection
  • 1925-1926

Collection consists of reports, documents, photographs and maps relating to the Talbot Estates, former home of Colonel Thomas Talbot, ca. 1925-1926. Collection is arranged into the following series:
-Documents series, 1925
-Reports series, 1925
-Photographs series, 1925
-Maps series, ca. 1926

Berry, Milton

Nova Scotia Line Families Collection

  • Collection
  • 1847-1994

Fonds is comprised of photographs of early families that settled on Nova Scotia Line. These families include the Hankinsons, Haggans and Chutes. The fonds also includes general historical records such as memorial cards, correspondence and an early marriage registration, regarding these families.

Hankinson (family)

Philatelic Collection of Dr. B. Connor Johnson

  • Collection
  • 1833-2017

This collection is comprised of research notes, award and society information, letters and stamps which comprise early postal markings and history of Elgin County and the surrounding region, 1833-2017

Johnson, Dr. B. Connor

Robert Alfred Brown Collection

  • Collection
  • Digitized 2009 (originally created 1917)

Collection consists of images of a diary kept by Private Robert Alfred Brown of the 91st Battalion during World War One and of the memorial plaque his family received upon his death.

Brown, Robert Alfred

Robert and Patricia Moore Local History Collection

  • Collection
  • 1832-2005

Fonds contains miscellaneous material collected by Robert and Patricia Moore, with relevance to St. Thomas and Elgin County's history. Includes photographs, newspapers and newspaper clippings, magazines, publications, documents, maps, miscellaneous ephemera and a philatelic collection containing envelopes, postcards and stamps. Collection is arranged into the following series:

  1. Philatelic Collection series
  2. Ephemera series
  3. Scrapbook series
  4. Elgin County history series
  5. St. Thomas history series
  6. Maps series
  7. Newspaper series
  8. Photographs series
  9. Publications series
  10. Railway records series
  11. County records series

Moore, Robert G.

Ron Payne Collection

  • Collection
  • 1844-2000

Fonds contains records collected by Ron Payne that are significant to Elgin County's history, with an emphasis on West Elgin, including West Lorne and Eagle. Collection contains postcards with images of Elgin County and St. Thomas scenes, as well as messages sent to or from Elgin County residents. A significant portion of the collection is comprised of records created by A. McKillop and Sons Ltd. and includes legal documents, correspondence and administrative records. The Collection is arranged into the following series:
-Photographs series
-Newspapers series
-A. McKillop & Sons Ltd. records series
-Eva Cosens notebook series
-Promotional calendars series
-Letterhead series
-Land records series
-Miscellaneous documents series
-Maps and plans series
-Postcards series

Payne, Ron

Shirley Ewanick Collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1990s]

Collection contains material collected, created or maintained by Shirley Ewanick, mostly regarding the history of cemeteries in Elgin County. Also contains research material relating to the history of street names in St. Thomas.

Ewanick, Shirley

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