Fonds MG 25 - Jean A. Bryson fonds

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Jean A. Bryson fonds

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CA ON00373 MG 25

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  • predominant 1950-1970 (Creation)
  • 1901-2007 (Creation)

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37 cm of textual records
91 photographs : b&w and col. ; 21.5 x 27 cm or smaller
7 postcards : 1 col. ; 9 x 14 cm ca.
25 drawings. – 4 watercolours. – 7 sketches
1 computer disk (143 MB of photographs) : b&w and col. ; 12 cm (diam.)

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Jean Bryson (1922-) was a long-time resident of Vaughan, Ontario, a teacher within the community, and an avid historian. Born Jean Alberta Keffer to Roland and Marion Keffer on on Lot 9, Concession 4 of Vaughan Township, Ontario, Jean attended Maple Public School, Vaughan Collegiate Institute, and Toronto Normal School. She taught at Pine Grove Public School from 1943 to 1946 and at C.B. Parsons Public School from 1949 to 1952. In 1948, she married Jesse Alexander Bryson and together they had two children, Barbara Ruth and Raymond David. An avid historian, Jean was the Tweedsmuir Convener as well as the President of the Vellore Women’s Institute in 1946. She taught at the 4 H Club and worked for three years after the death of George Elmore Reaman in publishing his book History of Vaughan Township. She served on the Research Committee of the newly formed Vaughan Historical Society in 1970 and was secretary from 1971 to 1972. As of 2009 she was still a paying member. Jesse Bryson passed away in March 1997, and Jean and her husband (posthumously) received the first Patron of the City of Vaughan Archives award on February 10, 1999. Jean currently lives in Barrie, Ontario.

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Fonds constituted of Jean Keffer's artwork from 1935, personal correspondence regarding the annual Campbell, Keffer, Cameron, and Snider family reunions, Jean’s research notes on the Stevenson family, the Murray Chapel, Teston United Church, Vaughan, Vellore, Purpleville, and Sherwood, deeds to the Keffer land, health insurance records, papers from the Maple Police Village, the last will and testament of Jacob Shunk, photos of the Keffer and Shunk families, minutes and photos of the Vellore Euchre Club, notes and correspondence from the York Pioneer Historical Society, presentations and letters from the Vaughan Township Historical Society, 12 monographs, many of which were written by Archer Wallace as Jean wrote two papers on him;,minutes from the planning committee for the book "A History of Vaughan Township", annual reports for Zion Lutheran Church from 1901-1974 of which many of Jean’s ancestors were members; and 1931 issues of the Vellore Pep, the newsletter of the Vellore Junior Farmers’ Club by Archibald Cameron. Most of the photoprints document the activities of Jean Bryson relating to the Vellore Women's Institute, with a few depicting the Vellore School, its pupils, staff, and School Board members from 1914-[ca. 1945]. Postcards with historic scenes include the Humber River as seen from Woodbridge and Weston, Pine Street in Woodbridge, D.A. Hegwill's dry goods store in Vellore, Palmer's Mill in Maple, and a Grand Trunk rail-mounted crane righting a derailed locomotive after the "Maple Train Wreck", ca. 1920. Postcards were produced ca. 1935 and depict scenes from the late-19th to early-20th centuries. Other subjects include the Vaughan Township Annual Rural School Fair, the Women’s Missionary Society and Laskay United Church.

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Fonds was gifted to the City of Vaughan Archives from the creator in 1990, 1997, 2003 and 2006.


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