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District Council

This series consists of the administrative and legislative records of the District of Brock which replaced the administrative powers of the magistrates of the Quarter Sessions. The series is divided into the following subseries:
A) Minutes
B) By-laws
C) Finance
C1 – Treasurer
C2 – Auditor
D) Warden
E) Clerk
F) Council

The first subseries consists of the Minutes of the District Council, which are divided into three volumes. A part of this series includes motions and rough minutes.

The second subseries contains the hand-written by-laws of the District Council, and loose drafts and copies of by-laws.

The third subseries includes letters, assessment lists and statements that provide an excellent picture of the raising and expenditure of monies as well as provides information on some of the County’s earliest settlers. This subseries is divided into two sub-subseries: Treasurer and Auditor. The Treasurer's (H.C. Barwick, 1842-1853) records consist of general correspondence, assessment lists, and a variety of financial statements and accounts. Correspondence includes requests from individuals for reassessment of their property taxes whereas Assessment records include lists of lands returned by the assessors of several townships in the District of Brock. These lists include the name of the Township and the description of the portion of each lot, concession and acreage. In addition, there are eleven bound volumes which give assessment information from all of the townships except Burford. Financial statements cover a number of areas such as receipts and disbursements of taxes arising out of Wild Land taxes, statements of the County House and Gaol Fund and statements related to Public Improvements and the School Fund. Accounts include general accounts for services provided as well as a School monies account ledger. The Auditors records consist of audited accounts, statements, reports, and applications for the office of the Auditor.

The fourth subseries contains the Warden’s files, 1842-1849. The first Warden of the new District Council appointed by the Governor was Peter Boyle de Blaquire, the standing local member of the Provincial legislative council.

The fifth subseries consists of the Clerk’s files. It contains miscellaneous correspondence and copies of proceedings of public meetings. The appointed clerk of the District of Brock was William Lapenotiere, a son of a post captain at the battle of Trafalgar.

The last subseries, Council files, presents a detailed account of the structure of the District Council; such topics include building of roads and bridges and the provision of education.

District of Brock


This series is divided into two subseries: Court (A) and Gaol (B). The Court records include reports, summons, notices regarding Coroner’s Inquests, some records of court cases, and general fee funds and rough minutes of court. In addition, a ledger contains a list of land offered by the Sheriff. The Gaol records include several letters concerning the management of the Gaol.

District of Brock

L.B. Denton and Company fonds

  • CA ON00394 F 267
  • Fundo
  • 1913-1919

The fonds consists of records related to L.B. Denton and Company. It includes subject files concerning job applications, correspondence, orders, disputes, war time production, as well as financial .

L.B. Denton and Company

Admiral Vansittart IODE fonds

  • 1903 - 2011

The fonds consist of various materials related to the activities of the Admiral Vansittart Chapter of the IODE and is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Administration
Subseries A: Minute Books
Subseries B: Annual Reports
Subseries C: Financial Records
Subseries D: Membership
Subseries E: Constitution and History

Series 2: Citizenship Ceremonies

Series 3: Captain Andrew Drew Junior Chapter

Series 4: Sponsorship Programs
Subseries A: Old Crow, Yukon
Subseries B: Westwood High School, Stewart Town, Jamaica

Series 5: Opportunity Shop
Subseries A: Operations
Subseries B: Finances
Subseries C: Opportunity Tea and Coffee + One Party
Subseries D: Shop Schedules

Series 6: Special Events
Subseries A: Meetings
Subseries B: Anniversaries
Subseries C: IODE Week
Subseries D: Chapter Teas
Subseries E; Honor Student Dinners
Subseries F: Centennial Fashion Show
Subseries G: Founders Day / Old St. Paul’s
Subseries H: Scrapbooks
Subseries I: Miscellaneous

Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire. Admiral Vansittart Chapter

George A. Calder Scrapbooks fonds

  • 1971-1978, 1997

The collection consists of 11 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings related to:

File 1: Utting-McKinney Northgate Towers High Rise, Woodstock. – 1971-1974.
File 2: Goff High Rise Application Huron Street, Woodstock. – 1971-1975.
File 3: Happening ’73, Woodstock. – 1973.
File 4: Ingersoll Avenue Reconstruction, Woodstock. – 1973-1978.
File 5: Devonshire Avenue Subdivision, Woodstock. – 1974-1975.
File 6: Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce. – 31 January – 31 December 1974. (includes Happening ’74)
File 7: “Save the Golf Course”, Woodstock Golf Club. – 1974-1977.
File 8: Admiral Riddell Development Limited Condominiums – Northgate Towers, Woodstock. – 1976.
File 9: Woodstock District Chamber of Commerce. – 1975-1976. (includes Happening ’75)
File 10: Goff Application for Zoning By-law change on Huron Street, Woodstock. – 1976.
File 11: Innerkip Area Ratepayers Association. – 1977-1978, 1997.

Calder, George

George A. Calder Research Collection: Vansittart Family and Early History of Woodstock

  • 1830s-1990s

The collection consists of various materials relating to the Vansittart family (specifically Vice Admiral Henry Vansittart) and to the early history of Woodstock. It includes newspaper clippings, land documents, wills and other legal style documents, photographs, booklets and essays as well as a framed miniature portrait and military cross. Subject Files are as follows:

  • Admiral Henry Vansittart
  • Vansittart Family
  • John George Vansittart
  • George Henry Vansittart
  • Vansittart Legal Documents
  • Land Documents (Lot 15, Concession 1, Township of Blandford)
  • Vansittart Homes (Eastwood Park and Bysham Park)
  • Old St. Paul’s Church
  • Andrew Drew
  • Vansittart Avenue
  • Miscellaneous Local History (including the Old Stage Road)
  • Correspondence of George A. Calder

Calder, George

Tavistock Milling Co. Limited fonds

  • Fundo
  • 1893-1927

The fonds consist of the Letters Patent and Shareholder information, as well as two gristing books and a ledger showing yields from the mill.

Tavistock Milling Company Limited

Harley McCurdy collection

  • Coleção
  • 1942-1945, 1994, 2012, 2016

The Collection consists of copies of military records, correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs related to the naval career of Harley Daniel McCurdy during WWII.

Harley McCurdy

Woodstock United Appeal Association fonds

  • Item
  • 1963-1966

The fonds consists of Notices of Meetings, Meeting Minutes and Reports, some correspondence and newspaper clippings related to the Woodstock United Appeal Association from 1963 to 1966.

Woodstock United Appeal Association

Betty McArthur fonds

  • Item
  • 1949-2002, nd.

The fonds consist of various materials related to the career of Betty McArthur including reproductions of her pen and ink sketches of scenes of Woodstock and photographs taken by her of Woodstock homes as well as photos of herself painting. In addition, the fond includes several miscellaneous items including copyright for her book “Fine Lines Around Woodstock”, a programme of a 1996 Show at the Woodstock Art Gallery of her work, and newspaper articles.

McArthur, Betty

Frank Eaton Ellis family fonds

  • 1886, 1910-1977, 2014, nd.

The fonds consists of materials related to the life Frank Eaton Ellis including newspaper articles, transcription of radio addresses, family and farm photographs, and farming financial ledgers. Several materials relate to his time at the Ontario Agricultural College as well as his time as the President of the Oxford County Federation of Agriculture, President of the Ontario Hatcheries Association, as well as editor of the Family Herald.

Ellis, Frank E.

King Solomon Lodge No. 394 of Thamesford fonds

  • 1881-2015

The fonds consists of two series:

Series 1: Lodge History and photographs
Series 2: Oversized framed portraits

King Solomon Lodge No. 394

Wingate's Raiders IODE fonds

  • Item
  • 1945-2007, nd.

The fonds consist of various materials related to the activities of the Wingate’s Raiders Chapter of the IODE and is arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Administration
Subseries A: Charter and By-laws
Subseries B: Reports
Subseries C: Memberships
Subseries D: History

Series 2: Communications

Series 3: Special Events
Subseries A: Events/Functions
Subseries B: Anniversaries
Subseries C: Newspaper Clippings
Subseries D: Scrapbooks
Subseries E: Photographs
Subseries F: Local Involvement/Community Functions
Subseries G: Miscellaneous

Wingate Raider's Chapter IODE

Lawrence Family fonds

  • Fundo
  • 1820 - 1943

The fonds consist of records related to the history of the Lawrence family of Oxford County. They are arranged into the following series and subseries:

Series 1: Family History

  • Sub-series A: Genealogical Records
  • Sub-series B: Financial Records

Series 2: Correspondence

Members of the Lawrence family.

East Zorra and Blandford Cheese Manufacturing Co. fonds

  • Fundo
  • 1894, 1897-1922, 1926-1934, 1938-1948

The fonds consist of Minute Books and Account Books of the shareholders of the East Zorra and Blandford Cheese Manufacturing Co. The Account Books list the rates and prices of each shareholder for the sale of milk, cream, butter and cheese. They also include monthly statements of the amount of milk/cream delivered, etc as well as general receipts and payments. In addition, there is an index prepared by the Oxford Historical Society providing a detailed list of names of the shareholders of the East Zorra-Blandford Cheese Manufacturing Co. and the years of their involvement in the Corporation.

East Zorra and Blandford Cheese Manufacturing Co.

Morrison Ayrshires fonds

  • Fundo
  • 1915 - 1924

The fonds consist of various materials related to John Morrison’s Ayrshire breed including:

1 booklet entitled “Official Canadian Records of Ayrshires”. – 1917

20 Canadian Record of Performance Certificates given by the Canadian Ayrshire Breeders Association to cows owned by John. A. Morrison. - 1915- 1924. (some also have attached a Record of Performance from the Office of the Livestock Commissioner, Ottawa)

Morrison, John

The Oxford Rifles fonds

  • ca. 1850 - 1989, nd.

The fonds consists of various materials relating to the history of the Oxford Rifles and is organized into the following Series and Subseries:

Series 1: Administration
a) Constitution/By-laws
b) Minutes
c) Financial
d) History

Series 2: Military papers
a) Regimental/Service/Enlistment Rolls
b) Orders
c) Certificates/General Military documents
d) War Diaries
e) Correspondence

Series 3: Oxford Rifle Band
a) Financial
b) Concerts
c) Sheet Music

Series 4: The Oxford Rifle Association
a) Financial
b) Newsletters
c) Reunion

Series 5: Scrapbooks

Series 6: Miscellaneous

Oxford Rifles Militia

Bernadette Smith fonds

  • Fundo
  • ? - 1956

The fonds consist of various materials related to Bernadette Smith and including the following:

  • Correspondence to Bernadette Smith and Michael Smith
  • newspaper clippings and scrapbook on the political career of Bernadette Smith
  • Gail Puddicombe’s research papers, notes, correspondence, etc
  • Gail Puddicombe’s essay on Bernadette Smith

Smith, Bernadette

Vansittart Area Association Inc.

  • 1969 - 1981

The fonds consist of a wide spectrum of documents that relate to the reconstruction of Vansittart Avenue and the formation, and subsequent activities of, the Vansittart Area Association Inc. Records range from the local, provincial and national level and include such topics as the road width, provincial government subsidy, street parking and lighting, tree preservation along the street and flower planting in the boulevard in Vansittart Park. The fonds also touches on the Association’s input into the possibility of a truck by-pass in Woodstock, the creation of the Oxford County Official Plan (specifically the section on historical buildings and sites), the selling of St. Joseph’s Academy building on Vansittart Avenue to Timard Properties, train noise within city limits, and the condition of 53 Vansittart Avenue. Materials included within the fonds include correspondence, newspaper clippings, agendas, and reports as well as maps and drawings.

Vansittart Area Association Inc.

Y.M.C.A. of Woodstock fonds

  • ca. 1888-1994

The fonds consists of various materials relating to the history of the Y.M.C.A. including the Y.W.C.A before amalgamation. Such materials include:

Series 1: YMCA History, Programs and Services
  • Minutes of the Board of Directors (1919-1942)
  • Annual Membership and Financial Campaign and Programs
  • YWCA
  • Amalgamation of YMCA and YWCA
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Photographs / slides
  • Capt. W.H. Pierce
  • “Y” Beaver Minstrels
  • Christian Emphasis School
  • Miscellaneous
  • Video Cassettes

    Series 2: Fisher’s Glen “Y” Camp

  • History/ newspaper clippings (1930-1992)
  • Fisher’s Glen Reunion (1993)
  • Photographs / slides (includes photocopies of photographs)

    Series 3: Scrapbooks (majority are photocopies, not all complete)

  • Margaret Flower’s Scrapbook (1955-1964)
  • Jean Schwass’ Scrapbook (1957-1967)
  • Kay Fulham’s Scrapbook (1957-1983)
  • Scrapbook – original (1962 – 1963)
  • Scrapbook (1965)
  • Scrapbook (ca. 1965-1971)
  • Ruth Gilmar’s Scrapbook (February 1966 – December 1968)
  • Jean Schwass’ (May 1973 – July 1974)
  • Jean Schwass’ (1974-1975)
  • Jean Schwass’ (July 1975 – May 1976)
  • Jean Schwass’ (June 1976 – June 1977)
  • Scrapbook (1982)
  • Scrapbook (1982)
  • Scrapbook (1983)
  • Scrapbook (1983)

    Series 4: Bill Butt’s play - Women and Men: The Story of the YMCA-YWCA of Woodstock (1994)

  • Script
  • Background research notes / rough notes
  • Production
  • Costumes and Props
  • Sheet Music
  • Photographs / slides
  • Newspaper clippings
  • Audio cassettes – oral histories (1993)

Y.M.C.A. of Woodstock

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