Fonds C 309 - W. J. Loudon fonds

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W. J. Loudon fonds

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CA ON00009 C 309

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  • [ca. 1900], [ca. 1920] (Creation)

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58 photographs

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William James Loudon (1860-1951) was a professor of physics and amateur photographer in Ontario.

Loudon was educated at Toronto's Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. In 1881 he was appointed a demonstrator in the department of physics at Toronto, and retired in 1930 as Professor Emeritus of Mechanics.

Loudon was also the author of a number of publications, including "Fasti," "Standards of Length and Weight," "Lunar Tide on Lake Huron," amongst other writings. Loudon married Gertrude Richardson in 1882, and Elizabeth Lenahan in 1925, and was the father of one son and two daughters. In 1898 he co-founded the Madawska Club in Georgian Bay, Ontario with C.H.C. Wright. Mount Loudon in the Canadian Rockies was named after him in 1930 by the Canadian Geographical Board.

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Fonds consists of 58 photographs taken by William J. Loudon documenting life in an Ontario lumber camp, and various buildings at the University of Toronto ca. 1900-1920.

Subjects of the photographs documents the living and working conditions in an Ontario lumber camp [Phiebin's Camp?]. Photographs show: the living spaces, the shanty cook, dining at the Crow, the storeroom of a lumber camp, log drivers riding the rapids. The lumber camp is unknown, however, it is possible that it is the Phiebin Camp, in the Ottawa Valley. Many of the photographs were taken by E. Reardon (Ottawa, Ont.)

Fonds also contains photographs of various buildings at the University of Toronto, including King's College, St. Michael's College, University College, Wycliffe College and Victoria College, the old medical building, and what is currently the Science and Medicine Library. Many of the photographs show the architecture of doorways, entrances, halls and arches of some of these buildings. Also included are views of Toronto taken form the tower at University College.

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The fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1973 by Betty Kingston of Toronto.


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Copyright for these materials has expired. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication.

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Rev. Mar/12.

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