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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.

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John A. Johnston fonds
CA ON00009 C 155 · Fonds · [190-?]

Fonds consists of mostly glass plate negatives and some glass plate transparencies. The images are from locations where John A. Johnston resided and worked. The majority of the images are of mine pit locations and wilderness scenes. There are also some images of unidentified people and buildings in Toronto.

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Alfred Malcomson fonds
CA ON00009 F 4507 · Fonds · [192-]-[196-]

Fonds consists of photographs of aeroplanes and family home movies created by Alfred Malcomson, who worked at the factory of the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Limited, Toronto, an aircraft manufacturer during the Second World War; he also worked as machine operator and designer creating the moulds for automobile parts for General Motors vehicles following the war.

The fonds is arranged into two series.

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Simcoe family fonds
CA ON00009 F 47 · Fonds · 1665-[ca. 1918] (predominant 1762-1848)

Fonds documents the official and private lives of several members of the Simcoe family in England and Upper Canada, predominantly in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. The fonds also contains records from John Graves Simcoe's Lieutenant-Governorship of Upper Canada 1792-1796. The records document the administrative and military careers of four generations of men of the Simcoe family, as well as the family's private life, including management of the family estate in Devonshire, financial matters, and genealogical research conducted by later generations of the family.

Family members represented in the fonds include Captain John Simcoe, John Graves Simcoe, Elizabeth Posthuma Simcoe, Francis Simcoe, Eliza Simcoe, and John K. Simcoe.

Records include personal and official correspondence, letter books, reports, returns, and commissions. The fonds contains a considerable quantity of graphic materials, including watercolour paintings, drawings and prints; maps and celestial charts; architectural and technical drawings; and artifacts attributed by Simcoe descendents to John Graves and Elizabeth Simcoe.

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J. D. Edgar family fonds
CA ON00009 F 65 · Fonds · 1680-1988, predominant 1840-1955

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Sir James David Edgar, his wife Matilda, and various other members of the Edgar family.

Their records include correspondence, both political and personal, speeches, lecture notes, invitations, published material, scrapbooks and photographs. As J.D. Edgar was actively involved in politics, correspondents includes many prominent politicians of his day, including Alexander Mackenzie and Sir Wilfred Laurier; there are also letters regarding important political events such as the North-West Rebellion.

Fonds also contains records from other family members, such as the diaries of Maud Edgar, a hand-written Shawnee-English dictionary compiled by Thomas Ridout, a typescript copy of Thomas Ridout's Old Memoir covering the period 1786-1788, photographs of various members of the Edgar family, genealogical material, and correspondence with family in the United States and overseas.

The fonds is divided into 11 series.

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CA ON00009 F 604 · Fonds · 1694-1958, predominant 1723-1893

Fonds consists of personal and professional records of Charles Shirreff and other Shirreff family members. Included are correspondence, land records, genealogical information and biographical information regarding the Shirreff family, notices of appointments, diaries, and other records. Correspondence includes: letters received by Charles Sherriff before his emigration from Scotland; letters regarding Colonel John By; letters detailing Alexander Shirreff’s expenses while exploring the land between the Ottawa River and Lake Huron; letters regarding the purchase of land and the purchase of the Bytown Gazette; and letters regarding the Shirreff family’s claim to the earldom of Stirling. Land records consist of: land grants; a Scottish property transfer; a rent roll of Fitzroy Harbour lots; a statement of property at Fitzroy Harbour; maps of the land by the Carp River and part of Fitzroy Township; and a plan of the Fitzroy Harbour. Genealogical and biographical material includes newspaper clippings, manuscript histories of the family, and a history of St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church at Fitzroy Harbour.

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Thomas Ridout family fonds
CA ON00009 F 43 · Fonds · 1706-1960, predominant 1787-1894

Fonds consists predominantly of correspondence, diaries and copies of manuscripts relating to the Ridout family in Upper Canada in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. The records document the family's service in the War of 1812, and their administrative and business careers, as well as the family's private life, including financial matters and genealogical research conducted by later members of the family.

Family members principally represented in the fonds include Thomas Ridout, Surveyor General of Upper Canada; Samuel Smith Ridout; George Ridout; Thomas Gibbs Ridout; and his wife, Matilda Bramley Ridout.

Records also include commissions, militia records, a Shawnee-English dictionary, household expenses, records relating to land transactions and Masonic Lodges, and Ridout family Bibles. The fonds also contains silhouette drawings and a plan of Samuel Smith Ridout's farm.

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Peter Russell fonds
CA ON00009 F 46 · Fonds · 1720-1811

Fonds contains personal and business correspondence of Peter Russell, and includes some correspondence from other family members. Included are correspondence, memoranda and circulars, diaries, copies of wills, inventories of personal belongings, commissions, receipts, bills, accounts, bonds, a table of fees, articles of agreements, a copy of an Act to prevent the Exportation of Base Coin to H.M Colonies in the West Indies and America, statements concerning the salary of Peter Russell as Receiver-General of Upper Canada, and a letters patent erecting a District Court in the Home District (with large seal attached).

Fonds also contains an account book of Peter Russell for the years 1793 to 1808. Fonds also includes a copy book of correspondence sent and received by Peter Russell as President administering the government of Upper Canada from 1796 to 1798. Correspondents include Captain Claus, Superintendent of Indians and Indian Affairs, and Captain Joseph Brant. Also included in the copy book are copies of speeches which Russell made to members of the Six Nations concerning their land grants on the Grand River, and speeches made to members of the Chippawa Nation.

The fonds is arranged chronologically, with the account book and copy book being described at the end of the chronological listing.

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Eldon family fonds
CA ON00009 F 4597 · Fonds · 1725-2009, predominant 1767-1975

Fonds consists of records created or accumulated by members of the Eldon (formerly spelled Elden) family in Ireland and Ontario (initially Canada West), and includes originals and copies of text, photographs, certificates, testimonials, newspaper clippings, artifacts, and maps.

Records are predominantly associated with John Elden (ca. 1711-1785), Joseph Elden (1760-1846), Robert Eldon (1821-1894), Robert Henry Eldon (1861-1945), Frank Irving Eldon (1895-1969), and W. Donald R. Eldon (Don) (1926- ).

Material in this fonds relates to the personal and professional lives of the Elden / Eldon family including birth, marriage and death records; family photographs; land records including a 1767 Irish deed as well as copies of a registry map and land transfers for a Muskoka cottage; current Eldon Arms and Crest records; letters; education records including a yearbook and degree; work related records such as a linen seal (1802) and penmanship book (1725); and professional recognition including the King George V Silver Jubilee Medal (1935) and various certificates and testimonials.

Many of the records were used to illustrate a book prepared by Don Eldon for the Eldon family titled: New Lands, New Hopes: Emigrations of the Eldon Family (2009). Two other books by Don titled: War Poems of Frank I. Eldon: Reflections at the Front and after World War I (2008) and The Eldon Family Bibles (2003) are also part of this fonds. Don Eldon was editor of the War Poems book.

Most of the copies of photographs and text were made by the donor in recent years.

Fonds includes records relating to Frank I. Eldon and mostly his involvement in WW I.

The fonds is arranged into five series based on donor-assigned categories. Files are arranged essentially in the same order as the donor arranged them, with minor changes made by the archivist.

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CA ON00009 F 1032 · Fonds · 1738-1980, predominant 1816-1949

Fonds consists of records of four generations of the Osler family, including: correspondence; diaries and journals; commissions, certificates, and diplomas; genealogical material; legal notes; printed material; and photographs. Correspondence includes bound volumes of letters, as well as loose correspondence. The first volume contains correspondence and accounts of Featherston Lake Osler's parents, and that of the Bath family, British relatives of the Oslers through marriage. Volumes two and three contains correspondence and other records of the Reverend Featherstone Lake Osler regarding his life as a sailor, student, and minister at Tecumseth and Dundas. Volume four contains letters of Ellen Osler and newspaper clippings regarding her life and death. The fifth volume contains letters and other records of Edward Osler Jr., the Rev. Edward Lake, and Henry Bath Osler. Loose correspondence contains personal and business letters of various members of the Osler family, mainly Justice Featherston Osler and Britton Bath Osler. Letters also include correspondence with Sir John A. Macdonald, Alexander, and Oliver Mowat regarding the payment of judges and other legal matters.

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Crysler family fonds
CA ON00009 F 4421 · Fonds · 1746-2002, predominant 1850-1970

Fonds consists of records relating to early Loyalist settlement in the Niagara region including documents relating to claims for compensation for losses incurred during and following the American Revolutionary War, as well as early military records including records relating to the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812.

These records document the military involvement for multiple generations of Cryslers and Crysler relations as volunteers and sometimes regiment leaders for various causes.

Extensive correspondence and diaries from the mid-1800s until the early 1980s provide a comprehensive perspective of pioneer and more recent farm and family life in the Niagara region.

Detailed financial accounts and receipts document a wide range of expenditures and produce sales in the operation of a fruit and dairy farm throughout much of the twentieth century.

Mortgages, deeds, wills and estate records provide much detail about property transactions relating to members of the Crysler family over two centuries of land ownership in Niagara Township.

Beginning in approximately 1920, several family members developed an interest in family and local history and compiled research notes and family trees about Cryslers and related families including: Clements, Durhams, Cosbys, Fields and others.

The fonds includes photographs in many formats of family members, friends, social occasions and family properties. In addition, the fonds includes ephemera in the form of greeting cards, advertising, posters, broadsides, maps, programs and other materials.

Pencil and watercolour sketches and artworks created in the mid to late nineteenth century portray birds, horses, family members and other subjects.

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CA ON00009 C 11 · Collection · 1750 - 1975

Collection consists of architectural drawings and other materials generated or accumulated by J.C.B. and E.C. Horwood during their training and practice as architects within a succession of firms and work places. It includes a large amount of material from other preceding or contemporary architects and practices. These other materials came into the possession of the Horwoods' firm either through amalgamations of architectural practices, planned succession transfers from retiring architects, inheritance, or through a deliberate process by J.C.B. Horwood of acquiring precedent drawings as reference sources.

The collection contains the work of about eighty-five firms, which existed in the period 1829-1975. The projects largely emphasize Toronto, since most of the firms were based in that city. Nearly two-thirds of the series document Toronto architecture. However, the collection also contains some representation from other areas in Ontario, including Brantford, Brampton, Forest Hill Village, Gravenhurst, Guelph, Hamilton, Lorne Park, Mimico, Muskoka, Woodstock, York and North York Townships. There is also some material for the British Isles, Europe, and the United States, as well as from other parts of Canada. Included also are architectural artifacts, such as Frederic W. Cumberland's pantograph and William G. Storm's wooden writing table.

The records document many building types including schools, churches, government or institutional buildings, department stores, commercial and industrial facilities, bridges, skating rinks, funerary structures, and private residences.

The collection contains a wide variety of architectural record types, including mechanical and engineering drawings, survey drawings, site plans, water-colour perspectives, maps, and photographs. There is a vast quantity of masonry sketch work for a few of the projects, such as Osgoode Hall and University College. The collection also includes prints and engravings used as reference material by some of the architects.

The collection also includes a large number of textual items such as: written specifications, a small quantity of correspondence, accounting sheets, job ledgers, notes, building trade and advertising brochures, reports, daily record showing time spent each day by draftsmen, printed photo-mechanical illustrations, certificates and minutes of architectural societies, and some contracts.

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CA ON00009 F 19 · Fonds · 1750-1952, predominant 1790-1890

Fonds consists of records of Marshall Spring Bidwell, Barnabas Bidwell, and other members of the Bidwell family. Records of Barnabas Bidwell include correspondence, certificates, legal documents, and financial records. Included are letters and court records regarding the deficit in the accounts of Berkshire County. Records of Marshall Spring Bidwell include correspondence, degrees, certificates, licences, deeds, mortgages, wills, property records, Crown land grants, and other records. Bidwell's business correspondence consists of letters sent to John Bogert or to the firm of Ford and Bogert, Barristers in Brockville. Other letters are from Bidwell to Henry Cassady, a Kingston lawyer who looked after Bidwell's Canadian affairs after his departure. Records of the Bidwell family include genealogical information, information on properties held by family members, as well as correspondence, notebooks, diaries, legal records, clippings, and other records of individual family members.

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Rogers family fonds
CA ON00009 F 533 · Fonds · 1765-1999

Fonds consists of records relating to the history of the Rogers family that were created by several generations of Rogerses and other people related to them by marriage. The records document aspects of the social, military and political lives of the family. Other record creators in this fonds include such Rogers relations as the Greeley family of Colborne, the Cassady family of Kingston, the Eberts family and Waddell family of Chatham, and the Merritt family of St. Catharines, Ontario.

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CA ON00009 F 4566 · Fonds · 1765, 1828-2000

Fonds consists of materials illustrating the personal life and publishing career of Andrew Dyas MacLean, including private and business records inherited by him concerning his father Hugh Cameron MacLean and uncle John Bayne MacLean, both publishers as well. Further personal records pertain to his paternal grandparents, Rev. Andrew MacLean and Catherine Cameron, and his mother's family, the Dyas family of Toronto.

Publishing records include primarily correspondence, notes, and issues of publications, with some statements, minute books, and other administrative records. Personal records are comprised of correspondence, household accounts, real estate papers, clippings and records of social activities, and various materials illustrating key aspects of the lives of Andrew D. MacLean and his family: for example, his grandfather's sermons, his uncle John's phrenological records, his father Hugh's records of the Toronto Canoe Club, and his own service as secretary to Prime Minister R.B. Bennett. Fonds also includes photographs, paintings, and books.

Fonds contains records reflecting the MacLeans' social and family connections with: European nobility and other members of the upper class, including the Duke of Devonshire, the Queen Regent of Portugal, and Sir Fitzroy Maclean of Morvern; key international business contacts of the time, including Charles S. Rolls and Frank A. Munsey; and important Canadians such as Prime Ministers Bennett, Borden, Meighen and Pearson, Billy Bishop, Goldwin Smith, and E. Cora Hind.

Materials reflect the activities principally in southern Ontario, with some records from the Canadian Arctic, the Rocky Mountains, Scotland, England, Australia, and the Mediterranean.

Fonds has been arranged into eight series.

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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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Alexander Fraser fonds
CA ON00009 F 1015 · Fonds · 1770-1936, predominant 1882-1936

Fonds consists of Alexander Fraser's correspondence, accounts, certificates, commissions, speeches, lectures, sermons, literary works in English and Gaelic, minutes and reports of various societies and associations, military documents, biographical and genealogical information, menus, invitations, cards, programmes, photographs, poetry, music, maps, newspaper clippings, and printed material. Fonds contains the following series: Correspondence, 1779-1936, N.D (Series I) Certificates and Commissions, 1893-1931 (Series II) Accounts, 1844, 1857, 1873-1934, N.D. (Series III) Cards, Invitations, Menus and Programs, 1853-1934, N.D. (Series IV) Speeches, Sermons and Lectures, 1814, 1882-1931, N.D. (Series V) Literary Works: Writings of Alexander Fraser (Series VI- 1) Writings of Other Persons (Series VI- 2) Gaelic Works (Series VII) Societies and Associations, 1858-1933 (Series VIII) Music and Poetry (Series IX) Photographs and Maps (Series X) Biographical and Genealogical Information (Series XI) Clippings, 1826-1936 (Series XII) Printed Material, 1873-1946 (Series XIII)

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Jacob Ball fonds
CA ON00009 F 4234 · Fonds · 1772-1809

Fonds consists of one handwritten cash book kept by Ball in which he documented transactions in New York (Mohawk Valley) and Upper Canada. The entries are mostly for the sale of farm produce and groceries such as flour, wheat, apples, and pork.

An index of customers' names and several loose documents are inserted in the cash book.

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Some of the entries made in 1772 are written in plattdeutsch or low German.

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.

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