Fonds - Morrison Ayrshires fonds

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Morrison Ayrshires fonds

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  • 1915 - 1924 (Creation)
    Morrison, John
    Mount Elgin

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ca. 5 cm textual records

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([18--] - [19--])

Biographical history

John M. Morrison was an Ayrshire cattle farmer from Mt. Elgin, Ontario in the early-mid 1900s.

The Canadian Ayrshire breed of cattle is famous throughout the world for its milk production and high protein level. Originally from the mountainous regions of the Ayr County in Scotland the breed arrived in Canada in the early 1800s through Scottish settlers.

In 1870, the Association of Importers and Ayrshire Breeders of Quebec was founded. In Ontario, the Canadian Ayrshire Association was founded in 1872. On March 10, 1898 the two Associations merged to become the Ayrshire Breeders’ Association of Canada. Part of the Association’s mission is to carry out a system of registration; keep a record of the breeding of pure bred Ayrshire cattle and cattle with at least seventy-five percent pure bred Ayrshire inheritance and collect, preserve and publish data relating to the same in the form of herd books from time to time.

In 1899, the Canadian Department of Agriculture, under the Ministry of Sydney Arthur Fisher appointed a Livestock Commissioner. Originally, the role of the Office of the Livestock Commissioner was to conduct yearly performance tests on livestock to ensure the productivity and economic viability of each animal. In order to register, each cow would have had to give the required amount of milk and fat to qualify.

Custodial history

The records remained with the family until 2004 when they were donated to the County of Oxford Archives by Joyce Clark, great niece of John Morrison.

Scope and content

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)

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Physical condition

All materials require conservation work as some have or are showing signs of mould growth. Each record has been encapsulated and a copy produced.

Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds was acquired on September 28, 2004 by the County of Oxford Archives from Joyce Clark, great niece of John A. Morrison.


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  • Canadian English

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The fonds is open to publish research. However, please contact the archivist responsible for the records regarding access, as some materials may be too fragile to handle. The Archives will make every effort to supply reference copies where feasible.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition.

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