Fonds MS26 - Thomas R. Brophey fonds

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Thomas R. Brophey fonds

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CA ON00363 MS26

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  • 1847-1960, predominant 1926-1960 (Creation)
    Brophey, Thomas R., 1908-1987

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0.44 m of textual records 14 photographs 1 audio reel Some material is brittle

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Thomas R. Brophey, born in 1908, held a diverse range of high profile positions in Windsor, Ontario. He began his journalistic career in 1924, working for the Border Cities Star and the Windsor Star, and became a popular columnist and reporter. Brophey abandoned journalism to study law at Osgoode Hall. Moving into municipal politics, he served as alderman of Ward 1 in 1944-1945 and Controller in 1946-1947. Thomas Brophey made a bid for mayor in 1948, but lost to incumbent Mayor Arthur Reaume. Perhaps the best remembered episode of his political endeavours was his abbreviated career as mayor in 1951. The local election of 6 December, 1950 saw Brophey triumph over Reaume. A recount requested by his opponent revealed Brophey lost by sixteen votes, forcing him to vacate the Mayoralty eight days after his inauguration. Brophey resumed what proved to be a successful legal career and formed a partnership with his son, Tom Brophey Jr. Brophey's last project was the acquisition of property for the E.C. Row Expressway. Thomas R. Brophey died 6 March, 1987 at the age of 79.

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The fonds consists of deeds which document a land transfer in Sandwich Township. Ephemera provides examples of Brophey's early creative writing and journalistic endeavours. Scrapbooks with news clippings contain his columns, accounts, his mayoral campaign, and articles by or about Brophey. Additionally, photographs and an audio tape illustrate various phases of Brophey's career and personal life. Fonds consists of the following series: Family Papers Queen's University Ephemera Daily Columns for the Windsor Daily Star Mayoral Election Scrapbooks Miscellaneous Clippings Audio-Visual Materials

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Fonds was acquired from creator and Thomas Brophey Jr. in 1987.


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Access to brittle documents may be restricted.

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Researchers are responsible for observing any copyright regulations which may apply to the publication of their research. Credit for all documentation reproduced is to read: Municipal Archives - Windsor Public Library, followed by the appropriate document/photograph citation. The Municipal Archivist reserves the right to restrict access to brittle documents. Brittle documents may be reproduced only at the discretion of the Archivist. The reproduction of photographs may take up to two weeks.

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Expanded series-level descriptions of the fonds are included in Guide to the Holdings of the Municipal Archives. A detailed inventory is available, Thomas R. Brophey fonds (MS26).

Associated materials

For related records, researchers should consult the series Board of Control in Council Services and City Clerk's Department fonds (RG2 AIII). Municipal election information can be found in the series Records of Nominations in Council Services and City Clerk's Department fonds (RG2 EI-1).

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