Fonds C 301 - Newton McConnell fonds

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Newton McConnell fonds

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CA ON00009 C 301

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  • [ca. 1904]-[ca. 1912] (Creation)

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ca. 1,170 drawings
332 prints : engravings

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Elisha Newton McConnell (1877-1940) was a political cartoonist who worked for the Toronto Daily News in the early twentieth century.

He was born in Lakeside, Elgin County, Ontario in 1877. He graduated from the Ontario School of Art in 1900, and worked for Saturday Night magazine and a humour magazine called "The Moon". He worked for the Toronto Daily News for 26 years,15 of them as political cartoonist. His work was reproduced extensively in Canada, the United States and Britain.

Custodial history

In 1914, E.N. McConnell made the Archives of Ontario the "custodian" of this fonds. However, ownership of the drawings remained with McConnell. They were left to Evelyn McConnell in 1938, who transferred ownership to Gary McConnell in 1980. Finally, in 1993, Gary McConnell donated the drawings to the Archives of Ontario, who had continued to act as custodian in the intervening 79 years.

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Fonds consists primarily of political cartoons drawn by E.N. McConnell for the Toronto Daily News. Topics covered in the cartoons are wide ranging, and involve many political issues facing Canada, Ontario and the city of Toronto between 1904 and 1912. Chief among those occurring in the drawings is the federal Laurier administration, Robert L. Borden, Allan B. Aylesworth, Walter Scott (premier of Saskatchewan). Other topics include reciprocity (free trade) with the United States, the separate schools issue. Ontario topics include drawings on Sir James Whitney, Alexander MacKay, N.W. Rowell, and W.J. Hanna. The fonds also contains drawings on local Toronto politics, United States affairs, and Imperial (British) affairs.

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These records are subject to no access restrictions.

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Copyright for these records has expired. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication of any images.

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Title supplied from content of fonds. Biographical information taken partially from "The Archivist", Vol 20, No. 2, 1994.

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