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Fonds · 10 Jan. 1890 - 20 Apr. 1894

Fonds consists of the remaining minutes of the organization. Volume one covers the period of 10 Jan. 1890 to 16 May 1891, and volume two covers the period of 22 May 1891 to 20 Apr. 1894.

Sons of Temperance of North America. Summerville Division No. 298
Might family fonds
Fonds · [ca. 1860] - [ca. 1900]

Fonds consists of cabinet photographs, carte de visites and one tintype, all portraits of members of the Might family of Brampton and their relatives. The donor provided annotations regarding identities on tags attached to the photographs whose subjects were known to them. These were removed and photocopied along with the corresponding photograph; photocopies are included with the fonds. The subjects of some of the portraits are unknown. The first file contains identified portraits, the second unidentifed.

Dr. Beaumont Dixie fonds
Fonds · 1832 - 1929

Fonds consists of the medical, financial, and personal records of Dr. Beaumont Dixie and his family. Day-books record his visits to patients on his daily rounds, but for the most part the nature of the illnesses is unmarked. The exception being "ex dent" (pulling teeth) and "attending" (childbirth). The fonds includes some items created by or sent to other family members, including correspondence and a household day-book. The fonds also includes a watercolour painting, a photograph, printed material, and published books.

Dixie, Dr. Beaumont (1819 - 1898)
Fonds · 1936 - 26 Mar. 1941

Fonds consists of the corporate records of this organization for young men.

  • File 1: Minutes, 1936-1937; correspondence, 1941; programme, 1938
  • File 2: Minutes, 1938-1939
  • File 3: Minutes, 1939
  • File 4: Minutes, membership rolls, correspondence, 1940-1941
The Order of The Knights of The Round Table, Table #18, Dixie
Fonds · [1944] - 1953

Fonds consists of the surviving records for the Queen Elizabeth Library Association (QELA), an association library for both adults and children. It served residents of the area just north of the Town of Port Credit, in the suburban area of south-central Toronto Township. While it received municipal funding, it was never a branch of the Toronto Township Library system.

Files are a minute book, receipt book, minutes and reports, and correspondence. The library was started by the Queen Elizabeth Home and School Association during the Second World War, and the receipt book begins in 1944. It was spun off from the QEHSA in May 1948.

Records shed light on the difficulty the association library had in gaining consistent funding from various levels of government during the 1950s, as that type of organization gave way to fully public libraries. Their challenges were despite the fact that it was Ontario's tenth most used association library in 1952, its penultimate year.

Queen Elizabeth Home and School Association
Hillson O'Hearn family fonds
Fonds · 1925-1963

Fonds consists of two accessions of records donated by Bert O'Hearn, grandson of James Albert "Bert" Hillson, who was Peel County Jail (Gaol) governor from 1935 to 1943. Accession 2003.017 (file 1) comprises correspondence (including telegrams) to James Hillson in his capacity as jail governor, as well as other ephemera and documentary memorabilia collected during his tenure. Correspondence notably includes letters from Salvation Army prison secretary Wallace Bunton regarding prisoner welfare, and letters from prisoners and family members of prisoners. Other documents include copies of official records pertaining to the trial and death by hanging of Gordon Ross Matthew in 1941. Peel County Gaol letterhead is included in this accession.

Note that several items are currently on display in the jail exhibit of the museum. These include a receipt for the effects of Gordon Matthew (1941), letter from Kingston Penitentiary (1944), letter from family of "Ken" (1941).

Accession 2016.031 (files 2 and 3) comprises records documenting the activities of Mildred O'Hearn nee Hillson, the daughter of James Bert Hillson and the mother of Bert O'Hearn (the donor), and her husband William "Bill" O'Hearn, as well as other relatives. Notably records include photographs of James Bert Hillson and youngest son, John Hillson, as well as "Aunt Annie," posing outside the jail. Photographs and ephemera document the Brampton-based social activities of both Mildred and William which include church and musical involvement. Photographs depict the following: employees at Copeland-Catterson Ltd. in 1960; various lacrosse teams ca. 1900 and 1924, the Ionic Male Choir of Brampton in 1949; Brampton High School class of 1926-7; the Brampton Citizen's Band in 1955; what is possibly Grace Church Choir in the 1930s in the church's sanctuary; the Grace Church Choir production of Iolanthe ca. 1930, Baptist Church softball team c. 1930.

Macdonald family fonds
Fonds · 1872 - 1969

Fonds consists of records created and kept by the Macdonald family. The fonds includes ledgers, day books, receipts, catalogs, and shop licenses showcasing the day to day operations of the Macdonald family blacksmith shop. These records are particularly important because the transition of the Macdonald shop from Blacksmith to General Store to Garage can be shown through the ledgers and daybooks. Fonds also contains personal family material including postcards, photographs, newspaper clippings, autograph books, and inscriptions from the inside covers of family-owned books. The books themselves were not unique and therefore were given back to the donors.

Macdonald family (Tullamore)
Fonds · 1834 - 1973

Fonds consists of material created and/or collected by members of the Cook, Wiggins, Ellis, Kilpatrick, Gowland, and Bird families of the Chinguacousy and Snelgrove areas. Photographs of various family members make up the majority of the fonds, with the balance consisting of wedding and funeral notices, printed shares from various gold mining companies, Chinguacousy Township property indentures, wills & estate correspondence, and Peel County Farmers Mutual fire insurance company policies.

Detailed genealogical information about the family can be found in the G31 Collections case file.

Cook family (Snelgrove, Ont.)
Magrath family fonds
CA ON00380 1979.007 · Fonds · 1759-[ca. 1975] predominant 1844-1893

Fonds consists largely of records created and collected by members of the Magrath family, including the Reverend James Magrath and his children, in the course of administering and occupying their farming estate (called Erindale) on the Credit River. Fonds includes correspondence, legal and financial records and ledgers, and plans of the estate and environs. There is also a small amount of material added to the fonds by later descendants of the family, including family histories and annotated transcriptions of the earliest Magrath correspondence.

The bulk of the correspondence consists of personal letters between family members, including James Magrath and his children, and most is written to Charles Magrath while on a trip to Ireland. Letters are largely concerned with family and personal affairs.

Note that the Magrath family correspondence includes occasional references to the activities of the First Nations (Mississauga Anishinaabe) people of the Credit area at that time referred to as the Credit Indians. The nature of these references is influenced by the perspective and prejudices of the Magraths.

The fonds comprises the following six series:

Series 1: Correspondence
Series 2: Legal records
Series 3: Financial records
Series 4: Family history records
Series 5: Erindale Estate maps and plans
Series 6: Transcriptions

Magrath family, Erindale
Art Group '59 fonds
Fonds · 1959-1977

Fonds consists of the records of Art Group '59, an unincorporated club with a constitution, operating from 1959 to 1977. Membership was primarily from the traditional boundaries of Brampton, but also areas beyond including Bramalea.

Art Group '59
Walker family fonds
Fonds · [ca. 1910]-1978

Fonds consists of records created or collected by the Walker family of Brampton, including Harry Walker who ran a shoe store at 17 Main Street South. Fonds includes an early photograph of Harry Walker inside the store which was in operation during from at least 1933 (possibly earlier) to at least 1987. (A second location of the store was on Queen Street West according to newspaper sources.)

Fonds also includes two photographs of the Ontario Bookbinder's Council 1953 -1954 on which William Walker served, a promotional leaflet from Charters Publishing Company, a copy of the Convervator from 1949 (the 75th Anniversary edition), a newsprint copy of Brampton bylaw 25-79, a photograph of McHugh Public School class (ca. 1930), a photo-mechanical reproduction of a photograph of a band, and newspaper clippings relating to printer's unions in Brampton, McHugh Public School, and other local places and events.

Curry-Clark family fonds
Fonds · 1775-[before 1980] predominant [before 1900]

Fonds consists of records created or collected by two families related by marriage, the Clarks and Curries of Chinguacousy Township. Fonds includes correspondence, legal and land records, accounting ledgers, petitions to township councils, ephemera, copying and penmanship exercises, and photographs. Records largely relate to domestic affairs (including farming and exchanging of goods) and legal matters (especially land transactions and the settling of estates).

Records from both the Curry and Clark branches of the family were inherited by an ancestor, Ida Curry Clark. An appreciable part of the records on both sides date from before the intermarriage of the two families (when John Clark married Jane Curry). Because the records can readily be associated with one or another of the two branches, the fonds has been arranged into two series as follows:

Series 1: Curry family records
Series 2: Clark family records

Curry-Clark family
Al Betts fonds
Fonds · [196-?] – [ca. 1982?]

Records consist of photographs created by Streetsville resident Al Betts during his time as a professional photographer. Betts worked professionally as a photographer from ca. 1965 to ca. 1983.

Included are wedding portraits, passport portraits, photographs of various industrial and commercial properties, confirmation (first communion) photographs, and photographs taken for the Streetsville Review newspaper. The geographic coverage of the material is not limited to Streetsville or Toronto Township; Betts travelled throughout Ontario while working for clients, and as a result photographs of other locales are present (including Burlington, Etobicoke, and Toronto). One of Betts’ major commercial clients was the Toronto-based foundry and engineering company John T. Hepburn Ltd. and they sent him to document their projects throughout Ontario.

Betts, Al
CA ON00380 1991.028 · Collection · [ca. 1900] - 1983

Collection consists of 287 post cards from communities throughout Peel, collected by Richard L. Frost. While assembled from a variety of sources by Frost as a private citizen, he was then the Chief Administrative Officer for the Region of Peel.

Specifically pictured in the selection are Alton, Belfountain, Bolton, Brampton, Caledon Township, Caledon East, Cataract. Cheltenham, Churchville, Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Eldorado Park, Erindale, Forks of the Credit, Huttonville, Inglewood, Lorne Park, Malton, Meadowvale, Mississauga, Port Credit, and Streetsville. Limited postcards from outside Peel are included, showing Norval, Owen Sound, and Port Hope.

Fonds · 1976 - 1987

Fonds consists of the corporate records of an organization that aimed to create an active living retirement facility in Mississauga.

Box 1

  • Statements of Purpose, Goals, Visions and Building Ideas for the K.A.R.H.
  • Membership Lists 1980-86 (including general members, boards of directors and advisors)
  • Financial Statements and Auditors Reports 1981-1985
  • Minutes 1978-1987
  • Papers Pertaining to the 1984 General Meeting (mainly correspondence)
  • Papers Pertaining to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (including correspondence and loan applications)
  • Papers Pertaining to Revenue Canada (including correspondence and tax information)
  • Papers Pertaining to the Ministry of Commercial and Consumer Relation (largely in regards to K.A.R.H.’s incorporation status)
  • Papers Pertaining to the Ministry of the Attorney General, Office of the Public Trustee
  • a file of K.A.R.H. newspaper clippings

Box 2

  • Correspondence: “Moral Support” 1978-82, 1986
  • Correspondence: Political 1979-86
  • Correspondence: Internal 1978-86
  • Correspondence: Re: 1983 Annual Meeting
  • Correspondence: Charitable Foundations 1978-81, 1983
  • Correspondence: K.A.R.H. Directors 1978-82
  • Correspondence: Unclassified 1978-1987
  • Photographs (Labelled)
  • Photographs (Unlabelled)
Keep Active Retirement Home Corporation
Fonds · [ca. 1900] - 1987

Fonds consists of the records created by or maintained by the Brampton Board of Trade. It covers the period from 1909 to 1973, with a few items from the 1980s; there is a gap from 1919 to 1947, when the organization was inactive. Minute books contain director's meeting minutes, treasurer's statements, and annual reports. The fonds also includes scrapbooks, photographs, and certificates.

Brampton Board of Trade
Robertson Matthews fonds
Fonds · [187?] - 1988; predominant 1900-1927

Fonds consists of graphic and textual records created and collected by Robertson Matthews as well as other family members. The fonds has been arranged in series determined by subject and form of record. Series include photographs, correspondence, diaries, engineering records, literary records, personal records, Matthews family legal records and Matthew H. Matthews records.

Matthews, Robertson, 1880 - 1972
Steve Robson fonds
Fonds · 1981 - 1991, predominant 1981 - 1986

Fonds consists of photographs taken by Steve Robson around Brampton (including Bramalea), Mississauga, and Toronto, as well as possibly other locations. They include public figures, and everyday people in both posed and spontaneous situations of every day life. The fonds highlights his interests, including cars, and scale models.

About 4% of the negatives are available in print format, and a selection of negatives are available as contact sheets.

Robson, Steve
Fonds · [ca. 1979] - 1995

Fonds consists of records created and or collected by the Ontario Council of Sikhs and includes of reports, legal exhibits, correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other material. The majority of the files relate to a 1990 Ontario Human Rights Commission case wherein Harbhajan Singh Pandori claimed infringement of his religious rights as a Sikh under the Ontario Human Rights Code. A supply teacher with the Peel Board of Education, Pandori claimed that the Peel Board of Education’s disciplinary policy prohibiting the wearing of weapons, including the kirpan (a dagger-like article of religious faith worn by baptized Sikhs), was discriminatory. The dispute went before the Ontario Human Rights Commission tribunal, with a final ruling that the kirpan could be worn to school subject to restrictions. The Ontario Council of Sikhs served as a coordinator during this time, gathering research, arranging & giving presentations, and corresponding with various organizations and government officials.

Ontario Council of Sikhs
Maureen Adams fonds
Fonds · [ca. 1960] - [ca. 1995]

Fonds consists of items collected by Maureen Adams created by organizations in Brampton and Toronto Township, largely centred around the themes of libraries and public schools, but also including items relating to local theatre troupes, municipal facilities, and the Peel Museum and Art Gallery, now the Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives.

  • File 1: Programs and brochures
  • File 2: Official openings
  • File 3: Travel and menus
  • File 4: Festival of Flowers, 1963
  • File 5: A History of the Brampton Public School Board, 1968
  • File 6: Calendars
  • File 7: National Library opening, Ottawa, 1967
  • File 8: Centennial Senior Public School
  • File 9: Centennial Secondary School, Brampton shooting, 1975 clippings
  • File 10: News clippings
Adams, Maureen (1924 - 2011)