Fonds - Leonard family fonds

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Leonard family fonds

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  • 1828-1952 (Creation)
  • 1892-1917 (Creation)

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1.7 m of textual records ca. 350 photographs 46 volumes of textual records 14 maps

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The Leonard family came to London in the 1830’s and has resided in London since 1840. Elijah Leonard, Jr. who came to Canada from the United States, established a successful foundry in London, and his sons and grandsons were active with this business until the 1940’s. Several members of the family were actively involved in municipal politics and Elijah Leonard, Jr. was elected to the Senate in 1862. The family was also dedicated to military service, with several members of the family serving in the local militia, attending the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), and actively serving in World War I (WWI). The Leonard family was civic-minded and well-respected, with various family members having been chosen to chair commercial foundations and charitable organizations.

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The Leonard family came to London in the 1830’s and has resided in London since 1840. Elijah Leonard, Jr. who came to Canada from the United States, established a successful foundry in London, and his sons and grandsons were active with this business until the 1940’s. Several members of the family were actively involved in municipal politics and Elijah Leonard, Jr. was elected to the Senate in 1862. The family was also dedicated to military service, with several members of the family serving in the local militia, attending the Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), and actively serving in World War I (WWI). The Leonard family was civic-minded and well-respected, with various family members having been chosen to chair commercial foundations and charitable organizations.

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In 1974, with the death of Ibbotson Leonard, the family’s papers and personal items were given to the London auction firm, Bowley’s.

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This fonds consists of letters, diaries, photo albums, scrapbooks, and account ledgers relating to members of the Leonard Family of London, Ontario. The fonds also includes photo albums and other documents relating to the Brinton Family - principally Sarah Brinton, wife of Ibbotson Leonard. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Correspondence and other documents Elijah Leonard election documents and other material Frank E. and Alice Louise (Ibbotson) Leonard correspondence and other documents Ibbotson Leonard records Woodman Leonard records Photographs E. Leonard and Sons business documents Sarah M. (Brinton) Leonard personal documents Brinton Family documents and photographs

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The 1974 auction at Bowley’s saw the fonds divided between the University of Western Ontario’s regional collection and a private collector, Mrs. E. Somerville. Upon Mrs. Somerville’s death in 1976, her portion of the collection was donated by her husband, C.R. Somerville, to the University of Western Ontario. A letter in the collection file also indicates that the regional collection transferred some ephemera to the “London Public Library and Art Gallery”.

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For preservation reasons, restrictions on photocopying apply to some scrapbooks in this fonds. Please see additional information under individual series where scrapbooks are found.

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By virtue of Elijah Leonard, Jr.’s marriage to the daughter of Elijah Woodman, and her son Frank Leonard’s interest in Elijah Woodman’s personal papers, this fonds is associated with the Elijah Woodman Family fonds held at the University of Western Ontario Archives. Please see finding aid AFC 65.

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