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Estate of Walter Robert Adamson

In November 2008 the records of Mono-Lino Typesetting Inc (F 4581) were donated to the Archives of Ontario from the Estate of Walter Robert Adamson, son of one the company's founders. Founded in 1912, this was the first company to offer monotype service in Canada. The company offered typesetting services to corporate clients and included Sears Canada and Eatons among their most prominent customers. Based in Toronto, the company relocated premises several times as business expanded. With the rise of personal computing in the 1980s the typesetting industry went into decline and the company folded in 1984.

These records provide significant insight into the typesetting industry, which represents an interesting mix between industrial and artistic interests. The donation covers the entire existence of the organization, 1912-1985. These records reflect the increased automation and other technological changes that affected the industry throughout the 20th century.

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Brian Allen

In September 2009 Brian Allen donated Ontario high school entrance exams from 1944, one each for Literature, Composition and Grammar, Mathematics and Spelling, helping to fill a gap in the Archives holdings. The records provide insight into educational standards in Ontario during this time.

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Justice Allan McNiece "Mac" Austin

In December 2009, with the assistance of Kay Samuels, Library Manager to the legal firm of WeirFoulds LLP, Justice Allan McNiece "Mac" Austin gave his Reasons for Judgment (Series RG 22-802), from his tenure with the Supreme Court of Ontario (1986-1992) to his retirement from the Ontario Court of Appeal (1992-2003). Reasons for Judgment are plain language explanations of the legal reasoning behind a ruling, verdict, or sentence in a civil or criminal case. Many of the Judgments contain annotations or supporting documentation reflecting Justice Austins opinions on conflicting matters within each dispute. The nature of the cases heard by Justice Austin varied considerably, including homicides, medical malpractices, assaults, contractual disputes, and family law issues, amongst many others. This donation not only gives an insight to the panoply of issues heard by a single judge but his private reasons add another dimension to the public information found in the official court files.

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Elisabeth Bacque

In August 2006 Elisabeth Bacque donated a welcome addition of Edward Francis Blake letter books, manuscripts, correspondence and family photographs to the Edward Blake family fonds (F 2) -- Edward F. Blake was the son of Edward Blake, second Premier of Ontario. In June 2009 Ms. Bacque made another donation of records of another family member, Verschoyle Benson Blake, relating to his work as a historian with the Ontario government and founding member of the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario. These have been added to the Verschoyle Benson Blake fonds (C 123).

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John R. Baird

John Baird, a former Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario Legislature for Nepean from 1995-2005 and minister in the Harris and Eves administrations, donated records related to his career in provincial politics in August 2006. The donation includes constituency files, briefing binders and Baird's files related to the restructuring of the City of Ottawa. This donation is available as the John R. Baird fonds (F 4519).

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Iris Bales

In June 2006, Iris Bales donated the political records of her husband, Dalton Bales (1920-1979), an Ontario Progressive Conservative parliamentarian and a Minister in John Robarts cabinet and the Bill Davis government, 1966-1974. The donation consists mainly of political photographs and ministerial scrapbooks focused on items mentioning Dalton Bales or the policies and programs of his three ministries.

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John T. Band

John T. Band, the son of Charles Shaw Band, donated two films to his family's personal papers in the Charles Shaw Band fonds (F 694)). Both films are compilations of home movies that depict the Band family's recreational activities as captured between 1925 and the 1940s.

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Barbara and Robert Beardsley

Donors Barbara and Robert (Bob) Beardsley were active in the New Democratic Party (NDP). Bob Beardsley first ran in the 1962 federal election in the Toronto riding of Spadina. Barbara ran as the NDP candidate in the 1975 and 1977 provincial elections against Progressive Conservative candidate, Larry Grossman, in the Toronto riding of St. Andrew-St. Patrick. Their donation in 2005, available as the Barbara and Robert Beardsley fonds (F 4559), document their respective electoral campaigns and their involvement in the NDP.

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Corinne Bennett

A donation by Corinne Bennett (nee Wilson) was made to the Archives of Ontario in August 2007. This donation consists of six handwritten letters by her father Gilbert Wilson to his family in England and one typed letter from his father. Wilson was an Assistant Geologist for the Arntfield Syndicate, a mining company operating in Ontario and North-western Quebec. The letters date between May and July 1925 and detail the day-to-day operations of a mining camp.

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Allison Boyd

In November 2009 Allison Boyd donated the David L. Gibson collection (F 4592). The collection is comprised of the records of two families with separate provenance. The largest group of materials relate to the Hugills and include glass plate negatives created by John and Edgar Hugill; contact prints made from the negatives; indexes to the negatives; and working notes accumulated and used by David L. Gibson. The materials were used by Gibson for two books he wrote entitled "The Hugill Chronicles: A Mosaic Father and Son, Photographers 1860-1900" and "Chronicles of Keewaydin Island, Muskoka Lake, with the Seven Sisters Islands 1880-1910". The records document community and cottage life in Muskoka, southwestern Ontario (predominantly Ingersoll and Brantford) through photographs taken by John and Edgar Hugill. The other aspect of the donation concerns the Foulds family letters sent between England and Canada between 1841 and 1910. They were used by David L. Gibson to write his book entitled "The Foulds Chronicles, 1841-1910, Volume I & II".

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Brenda Brady

Brenda Brady donated a photograph (F 4589) of a Burlesque Hockey Match in Beaverton, Ontario, January, 1898, on behalf of her late mother, Mrs. Roberta June (Abbie) Brady, of Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Brenda Bradys grandfather, Robert Abbie, and great-uncle, William Abbie, are featured in the photograph. The photograph, depicting 13 men dressed as women/clowns and holding hockey sticks, provides a snapshot into both the history of sport and social life in Beaverton at the turn of the 19th century.

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Dr. Robin Brooks-Hill

Dr. Robin Brooks-Hill, in August 2009, donated a photograph (F 4590) of the dedication ceremony for the South African War Memorial at University Avenue and Queen Street in Toronto. The photograph (ca. 1910) features his great-grandfather, Brigadier-General the Honourable James Mason.

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Alistair Brown

Alistair Brown donated the Rosie Donovan fonds (F 4442) to the Archives in August 2004. Rosie Donovan is a professional photographer formerly based in London, Ontario, and now residing in England. The photographs are from two different exhibitions of her work: one is titled "Rites of Passage" and these photographs depict the physical manifestations of the rituals surrounding death. The second exhibition is titled "Ex patria" and consists of portraits of people of Scottish descent living in Canada.

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Thomas G. Browne

Thomas G. Browne donated his familys business records, Browne Church Interiors fonds (F 4443) in August 2004. The Browne family operated a church decorating business from 1905 - 2002, doing artistic and restorative work in hundreds of churches throughout Ontario. The Browne family decorated, designed, and restored ecclesiastical works of art and furniture primarily in churches of various denominations, but also in other places of worship, such as synagogues, convents, cemetery and mausoleum chapels, hospital and school chapels. Other projects include work in private homes and bench seating for a provincial court.

The records in this fonds document the particular projects and business practices of the church decorating company, through the project, design, and supplier files, as well as original artwork and photographs of church interiors documenting the Browne family's works. The fonds also documents the types of expenses incurred as a result of running a small business of this nature in Ontario over several decades through a variety of financial records.

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Danuta Brzozowicz

Danuta Brzozowics donated drawings, photographs and textual records comprising the C. P. Brzozowicz fonds (F 4412) in May 2003. Czeslaw Peter Brzozowicz was a Polish-born and trained engineer who emigrated to Canada in 1942 and set up his own Toronto consulting engineering practice in 1945. His practice mainly focused on structural designs for warehouses, machine shops, machine bases, storage silos, grain elevators, Catholic schools and churches, office buildings and apartments, hospitals and sewage and water treatment plants.

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Dan Buchanan

Dan Buchanan donated the map, Township of Brighton in the County of Northumberland, which is part of a series of inch : 1 mile township plans created by the Ontario Office of Public Roads and Highways in 1915 (RG 14-131). The donation filled a gap that previously existed in that cartographic series.

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Alan Bulman

In November 2011, Alan Bulman donated sound and moving image records he collected from 1963 to 1994 as a film technician specializing in the preservation and restoration of archival film in Toronto. Available as the Alan Bulman collection of sound and moving image records (F 4631), the films include footage of Ontario locales including North Bay, Fenelon Falls, and Stratford. Other subject matter in the films include: Gold Production in Ontario; the University of Toronto; Steep Rock Iron Mines Limited; a school bus in Ridgetown, Ontario; aviation in Toronto in the 1920s; a strike at the General Motors of Canada plant in Oshawa, Ontario; the 1930s Hi-Li game craze (a popular game in the 1930s); Red Cross emergency relief work; men from the Eglinton Hunt Club participating in a fox hunt; and the jitterbug dance. Also included is war footage of Ontario troops in WWII. Two audiocassettes contain interviews conducted by Alan Bulman and Greg Hoy with George Patton in February of 1969.

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Mary Byers and Margaret McBurney

In 2005 and 2007 Mary Byers and Margaret McBurney donated research materials gathered for the writing and publication of four books on historical buildings in Ontario: "Rural roots: pre-Confederation buildings of the York Region of Ontario", "Homesteads: early buildings and families from Kingston to Toronto", "The Governor's road: early buildings and families from Mississauga to London", and "Tavern in the town: early inns and taverns of Ontario".

Records include photographs taken by Hugh Robertson to illustrate the books as well as colour slides used for illustrated talks by the authors. Textual records include interview notes, information on specific buildings, pamphlets, and original and copied datasheets used for the Goulding Architectural Survey of Ontario's Pre-Confederation Buildings, a survey directed by Professor William Goulding of the Faculty of Architecture, University of Toronto. (F 4477)

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Estate of Mrs. Evelyn Carr

The records donated in 2003 by the estate of Mrs. Evelyn Carr consists of an accrual to the Alexander Hamilton fonds (F 576). Records consist of the correspondence of Alexander Hamilton, a businessman based in the Niagara area who played a significant role in the political, judicial, economic and social history of the Upper Canada period. Most of the correspondence dates from the time he served as the first Sheriff of the Niagara District.

(F 576)

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Florence Clapp

The Britnell family fonds (F 4595) was donated by Florence Clapp in September 2010. Fonds includes family photographs, correspondence, business cards and souvenir programs of social events. Originally from Oxfordshire, England, the Britnells immigrated to Toronto in 1881 where they established a concrete materials business.

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Paul Colman

Paul Colman donated records in August 2002 that formed an accrual to the Ferranti-Packard Limited fonds (F 4142). Ferranti-Packard Limited was a transformer and electronics manufacturing firm with Canadian operations based in the Ontario cities of Toronto and St. Catharines. Mr. Colman's donation included publications, group photographs of Ferranti-Packard staff and photographs of equipment manufactured by the company in the 1950s and 1960s.

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Rosemary Conliffe

In September 2010 Rosemary Conliffe donated records of the Lye Organ Company as well as research materials about the Lye Organ Company created and accumulated by her late husband, Christopher Conliffe. The Lye Organ Company was a family-run business in Toronto from the 1860s to 1954, established by English immigrant, Edward Lye. The company built and sold organs to primarily Protestant churches and other institutions in Ontario, including the Canadian National Exhibition in 1892. The bulk of the Companys records consist of 225 original work contracts (1881-1933), which indicate the client, location, organ specifications (size, type, number of pipes), total cost, date the work was to be completed, and signatures of Edward Lye or associate and the client. Research materials were accumulated by Christopher Conliffe for his Masters thesis on the Lye Organ Company.

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Christopher Conway

In September 2010 Christopher Conway donated the Katie Strowbridge fonds (F 4600) - a souvenir album containing correspondence and ephemera, and an unidentified tintype. Katie Strowbridge was a farm woman in Brant and Wentworth Counties in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The collage album of keepsakes, clippings and personal notes which was compiled by Katie Strowbridge is a vital piece of the social history of rural life in Ontario, and adds to the breadth and scope of our growing collection of material created by women during that period.

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Brian Cowan

In August 2010 Brian Cowan donated footage he created as a professional videographer of the automotive industry, various construction projects and agriculture in Windsor and surrounding Essex County in the 1990s. Available as the Brian Cowan fonds (F 4608), the footage includes the Ford Windsor plant, enlargement of the CP Rail System Detroit River Tunnel, the Northern Belle Riverboat Casino and construction shots of Casino Windsor.

In December 2011, Brian Cowan donated additional records including industrial related photographs that complement the industrial footage included in his initial donation. Also included is documentary footage concerning prominent Windsor residents including Wolfgang Eberhart, Alton Parker, Frank Chauvin, as well as interviews with ten WWII war veterans from the Windsor area (including Paul Martin Sr., Member of Parliament, Senator and father of the Honourable Paul Martin).

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Rebecca Cowan

Rebecca Cowan donated eight glass plate photographs of old Government House (F 4596) in February 2010. Government House was the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario. There have been four buildings that have been used for this purpose. These photographs document the third building, which was located at King and Simcoe Streets in Toronto and stood from 1867 to 1912. Previously undocumented in the Archives photograph collections, these glass plates depict interior rooms and entrance of the third Government House. One photograph also depicts the last vice-regal resident Sir John Morison Gibson (Lieutenant Governor, 1908-1914) and his family.

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J. Kelvin Crossley

In December 2010 Mr. Crossley donated records that document his lengthy career and contributions in the field of education in Ontario. Amongst other contributions, Mr. Crossley was a contributor to the 1968 Hall-Dennis Report with its emphasis on child-centred learning in Ontario's educational system. This donation augments Ministry of Education records available at the Archives and provides another resource for studying the development of education in Ontario in the latter 20th century.

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Cynthia Crysler

Cynthia Crysler donated the Crysler family fonds to the Archives of Ontario in November 2003, documenting several generations of the Crysler Family. The family were peach farmers in the Niagara Peninsula and the records begin with their arrival to the area in 1781.

Fonds consists of records relating to early Loyalist settlement in the Niagara region including documents relating to claims for compensation for losses incurred during and following the American Revolutionary War, as well as early military records including records relating to the American Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. These family records also contain extensive correspondence and diaries from the mid-1800s until the early 1980s and provide a comprehensive perspective of pioneer and more recent farm and family life in the Niagara region. Detailed financial accounts and receipts document a wide range of expenditures and produce sales in the operation of a fruit and dairy farm throughout much of the twentieth century. Also included are photographs in many formats of family members, friends, social occasions and family properties.

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George Cuthbertson

In 2002 and 2003 George and Helen Cuthbertson donated photographs of Allan Edward Cuthbertson, who was a prominent carpet manufacturing executive and and community leader in Toronto and Brantford as well as an amateur photographer and filmmaker.

The donation consists mainly of photographs taken by Allan Edward Cuthbertson of a broad range of subjects: recreational activities such as picnics, boating, fishing and swimming in the Muskoka area; vacations and trips to various destinations in Ontario and abroad; and Ontario landmarks such as the Welland Canal, Queenston Heights and the Canadian National Exhibition.

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Adrian Dafoe

In 2007 Adrian Dafoe donated additional materials to the fonds (C 214) of his great-grandfather, Charles J. Gibson. This donation consists mainly of photographs documenting Gibson-designed structures including residences, cottages, the Royal Canadian Yacht Club war memorial capstan and the arch at Queens Park for the Royal Visit of the Duke and Duchess of York and Cornwall in 1901.

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Frances Dafoe

A drawing of the Muskoka cottage, "Kawandag", was donated by Frances Dafoe, grand-daughter of Charles J. Gibson, in 2005. Gibson was an architect who practised mainly in Toronto in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. The donated drawing is available as part of the Charles J. Gibson fonds (C 214).

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Ian Daniel

Ian Daniel's donation of Benson family records (F 507) in 2010 made available some significant new records of this prominent Port Hope and Peterborough family. Included in the donation are 48 additional diaries of Thomas Moore Benson that enlarge the run of his diaries from 1859 to 1915; 1840s militia records and group photographs of Port Hope militia in the 1860s; diary of Laura Abigail Benson, second wife of Thomas Moore Benson; and photographs of family members and homes in Port Hope and Muskoka.

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Patrick Daniel

In 2003 Patrick Daniel donated additional records to the Benson family fonds (F 507).. The Benson family lived in Port Hope and Peterborough during the nineteenth century, and were involved in businesses such as a general store and railways, and in the administration of law. Thomas Benson (1804-1857) commenced his business career as a general merchant at Kingston, moving to Port Hope in 1832. During the Rebellion of 1837 he served at Niagara. His son, Thomas Moore Benson (1833- 1915), continued the family business, also practising law at Port Hope. He was appointed Deputy Judge o the Counties of Northumberland and Durham in 1882, and Senior Judge in 1887.

Materials in this donation relate to Thomas Moore Benson and Frederick Benson and their legal affairs on behalf of family members and clients in the Port Hope area, as well as records related to their estates. There are a number of pre-Confederation documents such as mortgages and deeds with their seals ranging in date from 1832 to 1860s.

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Lois Darroch

In 2003 Lois Darroch made a second donation of her records as a writer to the Archives. Together, the two donations comprise the Lois Darroch fonds (F 4354). Ms. Darroch, who died in 2004, was an author of four books. Her books include a biography of political reformer, Robert Gourlay, and a historical novel, titled "Four Went to the Civil War", which was based on the letters of her grandfather, Alonzo Wolverton, and three of his brothers who participated as Canadians in the American Civil War. Her donation consists of files related to her research and writing as well as the original letters of the four Wolverton brothers. "Documents from the Front: The American Civil War and Fenian Raids in the 1860s" is an online exhibit that highlights this donation.

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Carol Davenport

Carol Davenport donated the Davy Pulp and Paper Company fonds (F 4406) in 2002. Davy Pulp and Paper Company was a Thorold, Ontario-based pulp and paper company, whose development and operation spanned 1845 to 1936. The donation consists of property records and agreements, 1845-1925; financial records, 1882-1941; litigation records, 1911-1913; corporate minutes, 1913-1930; correspondence, 1883-1938; architectural drawings, 1886; photographs [186?]-1974; maps and plans, [187?]-1920.

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Doug Davey

In December 2010 Doug Davey donated a ca. 1975 oral history interview that he conducted with his great-uncle, Howard Vernon Hearst. Much of the interview covers the life of William Hearst, Premier of Ontario from 1914 to 1919, his son Howard Vernon Hearst and the Hearst family.

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Mrs. Dorothy Deane

In 2003 Mrs. Deane donated the records of her great uncle Dr. William Metcalf. Dr. William Metcalf (F 4417) was a late nineteenth-century psychiatrist who gained provincial prominence for his innovative treatments of psychiatric patients while he was superintendent of the Rockwood Asylum in Kingston. He believed that restraints were not the most effective means of treating psychiatric patients and thus started to introduce the practice of nonrestraint.

The fonds consists of a complete set of love letters between Dr. Metcalf and his fiance, Emma Clarke, some of Dr. Metcalfs professional correspondence, photographs, Dr. Metcalfs medical certificates and research material on Dr. Metcalf.

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Robert Decker

In 2003 Robert Decker donated a collection of wet glass plate negatives on behalf of his late brother, Bruce Decker. Bruce Decker purchased these negatives in the 1980s and spent many years of his life researching the photographer and the locations depicted in the photographs.

The photographs, available as the Bruce Decker fonds (F 4423), were taken by Charles Ellis and document rural life in the Orillia, Barrie, and Bracebridge areas in the 1870s. The images depict aboriginal peoples, homesteading, lumbering activities, maple sugar gathering, a general store and post office, and homes. The wet glass plate process is extremely rare and this donation represents the only example of this process in the Archives holdings. Charles Ellis also lived and created photographs in Winnipeg; this portion of his work is available at the Archives of Manitoba.

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Caroline Di Cocco

In August 2006 the Archives of Ontario received oral histories of the Italo-Canadian Club of Sarnia from Caroline Di Cocco, Ontario Minister of Culture. Minister Di Cocco and her sister led an oral history project in the late 1980s and early 1990s to record the experiences of members of the Italo-Canadian Club in Sarnia. The material compiled was used to produce a book on the Italian community in Sarnia, the publication was sponsored by the club.

These tapes document the recollections of members of the Italian community who had settled in Sarnia. Geographically the tapes cover events such as arrival in Halifax or Toronto, and work in Calgary or Windsor or Sarnia. Interviewees are encouraged to discuss in their own words their immigration experiences and they candidly relate important personal events: leaving their homeland; difficulties in finding work; discrimination; obtaining citizenship; internment during World War II; labour in the 1950s; working in Ontario to make money to bring over other family members;political parties; and the Ontario-Italian community.

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Irma Ditchburn

Irma Ditchburn donated the Ditchburn Boat fonds (F 2191) to the Archives in 2002. The records consist of business records, correspondence, drawings and photographs relating to a variety of boat building firms owned by the Ditchburn family. During the 1920s, Ditchburn 'runabouts' with their V-shaped design, gained international recognition and racing success. The Rainbow series of racers was used by Harry Greening to win several motorboat racing competitions, including the Fisher Gold Cup and the New York Boat Show in 1920. The Rainbow I was called the 'best runabout ever built' and the Rainbow III and IV shattered world records for 24 hour endurance, being the first boats to break 1000 miles in 24 hours.

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Frederick Eaton

In September 2007, Mr. Fredrik Eaton donated some of his grandparents letters to the Archives of Ontario. The letters are between Sir John Craig Eaton and Flora McCrea Eaton for the period 1911-1921. Sir John Craig Eaton, merchant and philanthropist, was the third son of Timothy Eaton of the T. Eaton Company. He married Florence (Flora) McCrea in 1901. The letters (F 228) include descriptions of trips abroad.

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Donald Eldon

Donald Eldon donated the Eldon family fonds (F 4597) to the Archives of Ontario in December 2009. The donation includes letters and photographs created by members of the Eldon family in Ireland and in Ontario after their emigration in 1847. The donation includes material related to R. H. Eldon (1861-1945), an educator and founder of Torontos civic commercial schools. The donation includes a leather-bound book of penmanship with illuminated cover by John Eldon that dates from 1725.

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Bruce Elliott

In 2001 Bruce Elliott donated the St. Peter's Anglican Church (Brockville) Offertory and Poor's Account Book (F 2188) to the Archives of Ontario. The book has been microfilmed and is available through our Microfilm Interloan Service.

This volume is the accounts book kept by Reverend Edward Denroche for St. Peter's Anglican Church in Brockville. The left-hand pages of the volume itemize the date and amount of offerings received in the Church; the right-hand pages itemize amounts given to the poor, including names and details, such as "to blind Foster to pay for a cord of wood" - and "to French Mary". Many of the entries were made during a cholera epidemic, and record assistance to victims and to others such as runaway slaves.

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Edward Emery

In 2005 Edward Emery, a railway enthusiast, donated over 2,000 colour slides that he had created and accumulated, starting in the 1950s. The collection includes images of steam, diesel, and electric trains, as well as train stations across Canada and the United States. The largest group is that of images of diesel locomotives; however, Edward Emery was most dedicated to documenting the era of the steam locomotive. Also scattered throughout the collection are slides of railway-related scenes, such as rail yards, water towers, and roundhouses. This marvellous visual records is available as the Edward Emery fonds (F 4478).

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Kenny Ennis

In September 2010, Kenny Ennis donated over 150 photographic prints of Dominion grocery stores found across Ontario. The photographs (F 4598), dating predominantly from the 1940s to the 1960s, show exterior and interior views of the once common Dominion stores.

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Edward Enright

Edward Enright donated the MacLaren Advertising collection (F 4467) in 2005. Edward Enright acquired and assembled the collection over several decades to illustrate the history of the MacLaren Advertising agency, which was established in Toronto by his grandfather John A. MacLaren in the early 1920s and developed into an international advertising business that is still in operation today. The collection includes posters, photographs, memorabilia, business correspondence, financial statements and other records related to this influential Toronto advertising agency. A followup 2007 donation includes MacLaren family home movies from the 1930s and 1940s.

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Dr. Inez Elliston

Dr. Inez Elliston donated her records to the Archives in 2012 and 2014. Born in 1930 in Jamaica, Dr. Elliston has spent over three decades as an educator, consultant, and community volunteer and has worked at all levels of the publicly funded education system in Canada, the United Kingdom and Jamaica. She worked as a liaison on race relations and cultural understanding with community agencies, racial and ethno-cultural groups, and the government of Canada, and received numerous awards for her educational and community work. The Inez Elliston fonds includes conference materials, Dr. Elliston’s research materials and published works, and her professional correspondence.

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Peter Favot

Peter Favot Architect Ltd. is a Toronto-based architectural, urban design, urban planning, and land development consulting firm. Peter Favot is a contemporary practising architect and urban design consultant based in the vicinity of Toronto, Ontario whose work also focuses on projects located in Northern and Eastern Ontario

The fonds (F 4563), donated in 2008, includes textual records, architectural drawings such as sketches, technical drawings, conceptual drawings, presentation drawings, plans, sections, elevations, and details documenting the last quarter century of Peter Favot's career. These records reflect Favot's architectural, urban planning and design experience. Also included are records that demonstrate his interest in new technologies and designs including energy alternatives and increased energy efficiency in building design. The nature of the projects documented in this fonds include: urban planning in various locations in Ontario; institutional projects including master plans for educational institutions, projects created for First Nations communities in Ontario, and projects for group homes; energy-related projects created for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, as well as projects created independently by Favot; research projects created by Peter Favot both independently and with partners; residential projects in the Sudbury area; commercial projects including financial centres, shopping centres, showrooms, and historic renovations; and church and recreation projects.

In April 2010 Peter Favot donated additional records of his architectural practice, Peter Favot Architect Limited, which expand the scope of the Peter Favot fonds (F 4563) at the Archives. Comprising drawings, photographs and reports, this donation related to two projects: Canac Kitchens Ltd facility in Thornhill and a 30 year master plan created for Laurentian University in Sudbury.

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Theresa Ferguson, Murray Ferguson, and Dr. Brenda C. Caloyannis

In March 2010 Theresa Ferguson, Murray S. Ferguson, and Dr. Brenda C. Caloyannis donated the Ferguson family fonds (F 4599), made up of the diaries and correspondence of their parents, Beatrice Irene Ferguson (nee Botha) and Murray Stewart Ferguson, as well as letters of their Botha grandparents. The family letters provide personal perspectives into larger events. Frank Botha worked on the Ontario Hydro project at Niagara Falls in the early 1920s and Murray Ferguson was in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the World War II. Rural farm life in Ontario is captured in the diaries for the years the Fergusons lived in Uxbridge after the war. A portion of correspondence also documents a pen pal relationship between Beatrice Botha and noted Canadian poet Louis Dudek in Montreal in the early 1940s where Beatrice lived before her marriage. The donation also includes early copies of Dudeks First Statement journal.

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Harry K. Fisher

In 2011, Harry K. Fisher (F 4640) donated records documenting his career as an educator in Ontario. Beginning as a teacher in a one-room rural school in Perth County, Fisher rose through the ranks to become the Deputy Minister of Education and the Deputy Minister of Colleges and Universities. He chaired the Future Role of Universities in Ontario committee (often referred to as the ‘Fisher Committee’), which reshaped government policy towards higher education and participated in numerous Canadian delegations at international education conferences. Fisher has been formally recognized for his activities, receiving Canada’s Centennial Medal in 1967 and the Queen’s 25th Anniversary Medal in 1977.

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Jane Fletcher

In 2007 Jane Fletcher donated the Fletcher family fonds (F 4562). The Fletcher family were Scottish immigrants who settled mostly in Tilbury East Township, Kent County in the 19th century. Consisting primarily of correspondence, the letters discuss farming affairs, family and community news and local economic issues. Additionally, the family also discussed political and religious affairs in Canada and abroad, including the Northwest Rebellion, Fenian raids, the U.S. Civil War and the Crimean war.

In July of 2012 and May of 2013, Jane Fletcher made a further donation of correspondence, photographs, and genealogical information to the Fletcher family fonds.

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David Fleury

An accrual, or further donation, of records to the William E. Fleury fonds (C 19) was made by his son, David Fleury, to the Archives of Ontario in 2014. The records document architectural projects by Fleury & Arthur Architects and Fleury, Arthur & Barclay Architects and include photographs and drawings of the interiors and exteriors of various buildings including Castle Frank High School, The Church of St. Andrew, Canada Packers Limited, and the Women’s Athletic Building for the University of Toronto. The records also include client job index cards.

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Jane Freeman

In October 2015, Jane Freeman of Bennett Jones SLP, gifted six personal appointment books of John P. Robarts to the Archives of Ontario. The records complement the original donation and subsequent accruals found in F 15, John P. Robarts fonds, and offer further insight into Robarts’ day-to-day professional and personal life from 1974-1979.

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Richard Fuke

In October 2007 Richard Fuke donated the personal diaries of Dr. Thomas Millman (F 4529) describing his day to day life as a medical physician in Ontario during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Includes a pocket diary for each year (1869-1921) accompanied by memorabilia that Dr. Millman kept inside the diaries. The diaries predominantly document Dr. Millman's social commitments and family life. However, they additionally chronicle: his educational studies in Toronto, England and Scotland from 1869-1873; his medical career in London (England), Woodstock, London (Ontario), Kingston and Toronto from 1872-1921; and, his work with the Independent Order of Foresters (IOF) from 1878-1921. The diaries also include references to historical events, such as the First World War, the 1914 sinking of the Empress of Ireland, and the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic. In addition, Dr. Millman's diaries document local news such as weddings, births, and deaths. He also makes occasional mention of the social and technological developments of the time noting women's rights, bicycles, electricity, train travel, and telephones.

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Mary Louise Gaby

In September 2004 Mary Louise Gaby, daughter of the late Justice J. C. McRuer, donated to the Archives an 8mm motion picture film of the McRuer familys trip to Europe in 1936. One of the purposes of the trip was to attend the unveiling of the Vimy Ridge memorial in France in July 1936 (Mr. McRuer was a First World War veteran). In addition to footage of travels in England, Switzerland and Germany, the reel of film includes shots of the unveiling ceremony, including King Edward VIII who abdicated the British throne a few months later. This film has been added to the J. C. McRuer fonds (F 1329).

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Ronald and Walter Gray

The Gray Family fonds (F 4383) was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Ronald and Walter Gray in 2001. The donation consists of letters created and received by members of the Gray family that relate to the World War I experiences of brothers Charles (Charlie) and Walter (Wally) Gray, as well as a commemorative scroll presented posthumously to Private Charles Gray, who died at Ypres on 3 June 1916.

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Shelagh Goldschmidt

In September 2006 Shelagh Goldschmidt donated records related to the careers of both her father, Alexander Fraser (1860-1936), the first Archivist of Ontario, and her late husband, Nicholas Goldschmidt (1908-2004), a pioneer and founding contributor to Canadian opera and choral music. Records related to Alexander Frasers career (F 1015), which included serving as aide-de-camp to several Lieutenant Governors of Ontario, include letters of congratulation he received upon his appointment as first Archivist of Ontario in 1903 as well as a photograph album of the Prince of Wales visit to Toronto in 1919. Records related to Nicholas Goldschmidts career (F 4499) include files on music festivals that he directed, photographs, and sound recordings of performances.

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Bruce Gordon

Bruce Gordon donated records in October 2011 that formed an accrual to the Thomas Laird Kennedy fonds (F 13). Thomas Laird Kennedy was the Conservative party Premier of Ontario from 1948-1949 and Member for Peel in the Ontario Legislature from 1919-1934 and from 1937-1958. Mr. Gordons donation includes family photographs and a photograph depicting Kennedy in the uniform of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which complements a war diary from 1916 acquired in an earlier donation. The donation also includes an 1887 poster advertising the sale of farm stock in Davisville belonging to Kennedys grandfather, Thomas Elgie, and an 1817 land patent for William Allen, Peter Robinson Quetton, George J. Quesnel, John S. Baldwin, Alexander Wood, DArcy Boulton Jr., and Guy Wood in the town of York near Frederick Street to build a commercial wharf.

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Molly Haldenby

Lieutenant Governor William Ross Macdonald served as the Queens representative in Ontario from 1968 to 1974. In 2003 his daughter, Molly Haldenby, donated a guest register from her fathers office that contains signatures of prominent guests, including those of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and His Royal Highness Prince Philip.

In October 2010 Molly Haldenby made a further donation of three letters relating to the appointment of her father as Lieutenant Governor. The donation also includes an address of thanks and congratulations to Macdonald, upon completion of his term in office in 1974, signed by Premier William Davis in an official binder with the seal of Ontario.

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Roger Hall

In 2005 Roger Hall donated two 35mm silent films that date from an early period in Ontario's motion picture film history. Produced by the Ontario Motion Picture Bureau in the 1920s or early 1930s, both films, one entitled "What of the Night?" and the other "When Navigation Ends", depict the Canadian Government Service steamer "Grenville" in its service on Lake Superior.

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Frank Hammond

In 2004, Frank Hammond very generously donated 213 glass lantern slides and narration notes that had belonged to his father, William St. Helier Hammond. Hammond was a professional photographer for Simpsons and Sears, and was also member and president of the Toronto Camera Club. The slides and notes were a presentation that William Hammond gave to the Toronto Camera Club, as well as other groups, about the history of Toronto, from its early days as a French fort called Rouille, through its rapid development in the nineteenth century, and up to the early 1920s. Subject matter includes Toronto landmarks and buildings that are no longer standing, as well as scenes of well-known Toronto streets in the 1800s and early 1900s.

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Jean Handscombe

Jean Handscombe, in 2010 donated records, relating to two productions of Handscombe Productions, a company that made English as Second Language (ESL) teaching materials for the Ontario Educational Communications Authority (TV Ontario). The production company was operated by the donor's husband, Richard J. Handscombe, an applied linguist and professor at York University.

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Michael D. Harris

In 2003 Michael (Mike) D. Harris, the 22nd Premier of Ontario, donated to the Archives the private records of his political career as MPP for Nipissing (1981-2002), Progressive Conservative Party Leader (1990-2002), and Premier of Ontario (1995-2002).

The records donated consist of a variety of media both created and accumulated by the former Premier and his staff in the various capacities that Mr. Harris served during his political career, including his speeches; scheduling, tour and itinerary records; some briefing books related to trade mission trips, and photographs of official events and trips.

Records of Mike Harris as MPP for Nipissing include correspondence and meeting files with constituents; Nipissing campaign records; scrapbooks and ephemera; and audio and video recordings of Harris events in the riding. His successful leadership bid in 1990; 1995 and 1999 election campaign are reflected in the records along with communications materials including speeches, press releases, and television ads, his role as Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party, particularly with respect to election campaigns. In addition the fonds contains some personal correspondence files, mostly letters of thanks and congratulations sent or received by Mike Harris (F 4419).

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Sydney H. Harris

In September 2006, retired Judge Sydney M. Harris of the Provincial Court donated his benchbooks and Reasons for Judgments to the Archives of Ontario. He was appointed as a judge of the Provincial Court of Ontario (Criminal Division) 1976. While most of the cases he heard were in York County / York Judicial District / Toronto, he did travel to many other courts throughout Ontario. His most notable case concerned The Body Politic on charges of obscenity in 1979, which Justice Harris acquitted (case later appealed). Harris also heard other noteworthy cases: obscenity trials including adult films and art, assaults in the National Hockey League (NHL); and Sunday shopping. Benchbooks, or handwritten trial notes, record the place, date and time of each trial; the names of the parties, lawyers and witnesses; and often a summary of the evidence given by each witness. Reasons for Judgment articulate fully the reasoning behind certain, more important, judgments.

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Sarah Harvey

Sarah Harvey, in February 2009, donated records of Major David Secord (1759-1844).

Major Secord was born in New York City in 1759. He served as a corporal with the Butlers Rangers during the American Revolution. After the war, he moved to Queenston in Upper Canada and helped to establish the community of St. Davids, which was reputedly named after him. He built a sawmill, gristmill, blacksmith shop and general store. His brother James and wife, Laura Secord, also lived in St. Davids. David Secord was married to Catherine (nee Smith) and they had two sons named John and James. Secord held prominent positions as Justice of Peace and member of the Legislature as well as serving in the local militia.

The donation consists of David Secords appointment as Lieutenant in the Second Battalion of the District of Nassau (renamed Home District), dated October 27, 1788, and an inventory listing Major David Secords assets, which were destroyed by the United States Army under the Command of General Brown on July 19, 1814. The inventory includes Major Secords properties, his livestock, and the dollar value for each item. Additionally, there is a petition for compensation for the destroyed property following the War of 1812 and relating correspondence. Lastly there is a bible owned by Major David Secord. The bible is dated 1818 and is inscribed with St. Davids, David Secord on the back cover. There are also several other Secord family members names written on the front pages and cover.

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William Hendrie

In July 2010 William Hendrie donated a Hendrie family scrapbook that adds to the William Hendrie fonds (F 276). The scrapbook contains programs, invitations, tickets for trips abroad and social announcements that were kept by Mary Murray Hendrie from 1880-1891, wife of William Hendrie, a prominent Toronto businessman. The scrapbook provides excellent insight into the social norms and activities of prominent Ontario families during the late Victorian period.

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Michael Hicks

Michael Hicks is the grandson of Sir James and Lady Matilda Edgar and nephew of Katherine Beatrice Edgar, whose 1898 diary he donated to the Archives of Ontario in 2005. Sir James Edgar was a Member of Parliament and Speaker of the House of Commons from 1896-1899. Lady Matilda (Ridout) Edgar was a writer, historian and one-time President of the National Council of Women. The diary written by Lady Matilda Edgar for the period 31 January 1898 to 11 June 1898, describes daily social life in Ottawa (rather than political) when the Edgars resided in the Speakers House in the central Parliament Building.

Diaries of Katherines older sister, Maud, were previously donated to the Archives as part of the Edgar family fonds (F 65). Interestingly, the two sisters both wrote about some of the same events in their 1898 diaries.

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Lynn Hilborn

Lynn Hilborn (F 4556), in June 2007, donated the travel and event-planning files, photographs and colour slides he created or accumulated during his career working and travelling as a political staffer with former Premier William G. Davis. The images document the Premier, his staff or the Ontario party at sites around the province and overseas with various foreign dignitaries. There are significant photos of the last official visit to Iran by foreign dignitaries before the fall of the Shah. Various images portray the emerging conditions of martial law, security details assigned to the Ontario delegation by the old regime, and interiors of the Canadian diplomatic buildings, which played a key role in sheltering and safeguarding the exit from Iran of escaped American diplomats under the direction of Ambassador Kenneth Taylor.

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Donna Hill

In 2005 Donna Hill donated an additional body of records to the Archives of Ontario documenting her late husband's interest in the history of the black community in Ontario and his career. Her husband, Daniel Hill (F 2130), was a noted human rights activist, sociologist and historian of the Black community in Canada. He served as the first head of the Ontario Human Rights Commission (1962-1973) and then as an independent consulting firm that specialized in human rights issues.

This most recent donation consists of material relating to Dr. Hills work for the Ontario Black History Society in the 1970s and 1980s. This includes his copies of minutes and reports issued by the Society and material he compiled on the history of the black community for publication by the organization. There are also a few files relating to his receipt of the Order of Ontario in 1993 and other honours that have been bestowed on him over the years.

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Mrs. Jean Horne

In 2003 the Archives acquired 5,600 prints and negatives taken by photographer M. O. Hammond, as well as some of his correspondence as a significant addition to the existing M. O. Hammond fonds (F 1075). The records were discovered in Mrs. Jean Hornes basement and were donated to the Archives via the Toronto Arts and Letters Club. M. O. Hammond (1876-1934) was a well-known journalist with the Globe newspaper, a writer and accomplished amateur photographer who lived most of his life in Toronto. Of note and new to our collection are images of prominent politicians, literary figures and artists not found in the previous Hammond donation, original glass negatives of Hammonds earliest work and some of the large format prints that Hammond submitted to various photo exhibits.

Earlier in 1999 and 2001, Mrs. Horne donated the personal papers and photographs of her late husband, Cleeve Horne (1912-1998), painter and sculptor. Horne created portraits of many famous Canadians such as Alexander Graham Bell, Pauline McGibbon and John Diefenbaker. Horne was also an art consultant, and along with Clare Bice and Peter Haworth, was a member of the Government Art Committee who selected the works for the Ontario government office complex at Bay and Wellesley Streets, downtown Toronto.

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James R. Horwood

The Archives received in December 2010 a further addition to one of its largest and most significant architectural collections - J. C. B. and E. C. Horwood collection (C 11).

Eric Horwood, senior partner in the firm Horwood and White, initially donated the records in six stages between 1978 and 1981. The firm had been accumulating the collection for over 100 years, reflecting the period between 1750 and 1975. Between 2002 and 2010, additional donations have been made by Eric Horwoods son, James R. Horwood. These additions, as well as the collection as a whole, provide an incredible insight into Ontarios architectural history, the recordkeeping practices of its architects and their firms, and the development of architecture as a practice in the province. More directly, the collection serves to enrich our understanding of the totality of works undertaken by J.C.B. and E.C. Horwood and its associates as an amazing resource. Many of the architects in the collection took a leading role in establishing architecture as a formal profession and worked to introduce educational programs in their offices, as well as develop standards and criteria that were recognized by the province.

There is a total of 78 architects and firms included, as well as a wide variety of building types, including schools, churches, department stores, bridges, and private residences of built and non-built projects. In addition to the drawings, the collection includes specifications, contracts and ledgers, portfolios, letters, maps, photographs, advertising brochures, and artefacts. These items help give context and deepen our understanding of the architectural practice throughout the decades.

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Fred Hotson

A donation by Fred Hotson was made to the Archives of Ontario in May 2007 and again in December 2010, consisting of business records pertaining to de Havilland Canada (DHC). This includes numerous photographs of airplanes manufactured by DHC, assembly line production and military activities; records related to the production and operation of DHC aircraft including specifications, drawings and aircraft manuals and handbooks; early legal records and DHC publications and promotional materials. The donation also consists of records created and received by Fred Hotson during his research and writing of two books that chronicle the history of DHC. Both books are part of the Archives of Ontario Library. Mr. Hotson's most recent donation includes additional photographs, motion picture films of DHC aircraft, and issues of the company newsletter High Lift. In addition, issues of the Canadian Aviation Historical Society have been added to the Archives of Ontario Library.

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Mrs. Robert Hotz

Thanks to the generosity of Mrs. Robert Hotz of Middleton, Maryland, the Archives of Ontario has received in 2004 the personal notebook of John White (F 4448), the first Attorney General of Upper Canada. In addition to financial memoranda, the notebook includes a diary (1792-1794). The early entries describe White's trip from Montreal to Kingston. After this, brief daily entries record his health, social engagements and matters relating to his working life, both as parliamentarian and as prosecutor. Although this fascinating verbal snapshot of the province's first days was published from transcripts in 1955, the whereabouts of the original has been unknown for many years. The Archives of Ontario is delighted to have received it, and it is now available on microfilm in our Reading Room.

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Colleen Howard

In May 2010 Colleen Howard donated records related to the life of her grandfather, George S. Henry, a former Premier of Ontario (1930-1934). These records add to the George S. Henry family fonds (F 9) already in the Archives holdings. The donation includes photographs, letters, clippings as well as a diary that documents a trip to the Pacific Coast in 1896.

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Joseph Howard

In 2006 Joseph Howard donated a significant addition of Rogers family letters and photographs to the Archives -- the first donation of Rogers family records was actually among the first donations to the Archives collections when it was formed in 1903!

The Rogers family was established in Upper Canada when James Rogers (1728-1790) led a group of loyalists from the United States to the north shore of Lake Ontario to claim the lands granted to them for military service on the British side during the American Revolutionary War. James Rogers (1728-1790) and his younger brother Robert Rogers (1731-1795) were both active in military life. During the Seven Years' War, Robert Rogers established the Rogers Rangers, which in later incarnations was known as the King's Rangers and the Queen's Rangers. James served in his brother's company. When the American Revolutionary War started, James enlisted with the British Army and rose to the rank of Major Commandant of the Second Battalion of the Queen's Rangers.

Mr. Howard's 2006 donation comprised family correspondence dating from the 18th to the 20th centuries, diaries, legal documents, photographs, maps and other materials. The span of records and the variety of materials greatly enriches the Archives holdings of Loyalist family records.

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Charles Humphries

In 2001 Charles Humphries donated twenty-five letters that have been added to the Cartwright family fonds (F 24). The Cartwright family were businessmen and politicians active in the Kingston, Ontario area from the 1780s to the present. The fonds consists of documents created or received by various members of the Cartwright family, relating to their genealogy, land holdings and political and business activities in the Kingston area.

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Nicholas Ignatieff

In 2012, Nicholas Ignatieff donated records that will be added to two fonds at the Archives of Ontario: F 1015 Alexander Fraser fonds and F 329 James Richardson family fonds.

The donation consists of material related to Alexander Fraser and to his family and includes correspondence, notes and notebooks, copies of speeches delivered by Fraser, his certificate of marriage to Christina Elizabeth Frances Ramsay and a copy of his biography of Sir William Ross, which he wrote in Gaelic. Also included is a scrapbook, compiled after his death, of clippings and photographs related to his life and work. In particular, this accrual includes numerous photographs that document his work as Aide-de-Camp to the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario.

The donation also includes material related to the Richardson family, who are related to Fraser by the marriage of his daughter Alexandra to Robert Edward “Rex” Richardson in 1937. This material consists predominantly of photographs and includes a photograph and a typescript memoir of Bishop James Richardson (1791-1875).

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Myrna Inglis

In 2004 the Archives acquired a unique piece of our collective historical puzzle when Myrna Inglis of Walkerton donated 19 radio transcription discs, originally from Wingham radio station CKNX (RG 16-322). The station has served the agricultural community for decades but much of its heritage was lost in a fire in 1962.

Dated roughly in the 1940s and 1950s, the content concerns agricultural topics and illustrates the three-way partnership among the then Department of Agriculture, Guelph Agricultural College, and the small independent radio station. Mrs. Inglis discovered the disks abandoned in the basement of a Walkerton office building and had the foresight to rescue them and offer them to the Archives of Ontario. Employees at Library and Archives Canada donated their time and expertise to transfer the disks to CD and audio-cassette so this bit of history would be accessible to our researchers.

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C. Robert Ivey

In 2002 C. Robert Ivey donated textual records, technical drawings and photographs, that are an addition to the J. A. Jamieson fonds (F 2160). J. A. Jamieson (1859-1940) was a mechanical engineer, inventor and contractor, practising in Montreal, who designed and built grain elevators around the Great Lakes. This donation consists of four postcards mostly of grain elevators, correspondence on the Collingwood elevator, contracts, brochures, reports, clippings, and three British patent specifications for grain storage, weighing and transport equipment with related technical drawings.

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Murray Johnson

In 2004 Murray Johnson donated 42 drawings doodled by former Premier John P. Robarts. The Premier was a habitual doodler while speaking on the telephone in the Premiers Office. Gladys Armstrong, Mr. Johnsons late aunt, who worked as a secretary in the Premiers Office, saved and kept these 42 drawings. Some of the drawings may hint on what was on the Premiers mind at the time one drawing is a caricature of one of his Cabinet colleagues! The drawings have been added to the John P. Robarts fonds (F 15).

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David Johnson

David Johnson has made a donation to the Archives of Ontario in 2015. The fund is composed of organizational documents of the organization Community Arts Ontario , a provincial agency services consists of cultural centers, community arts groups, municipalities , artists and public supporters. Founded in 1990, the Community Arts Ontario agency was a springboard and meeting place for the arts , artists and people from across Ontario , both in urban and rural areas and in remote communities. He also served as a place for exchange, networking and professional development opportunities for communities and artists. The organization Community Arts Ontario ceased operations in 2012, after 22 years of service with the Ontario arts community .

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Mary Lou Johnston

Mary Lou Johnston donated in September 2010 records of her late father, Abraham Leland Stanley Nash. The donated materials pertain to his roles as Director of the Community Planning Branch in the former Ontario Department of Planning and Development as well as his involvement in the Association of Ontario Land Surveyors and the Town Planning Institute of Canada.

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Elizabeth Jones

In January 2010 Elizabeth Jones donated the records of Lenscape Incorporated, founded by Jones and Pedro Ho in 1981. The firms business was photographing architectural projects primarily in Toronto in the years 1981 to 2002. The photographs document all project phases including planning, presentations, construction and the finished buildings. As many of the planning and site suitability contracts required aerial photographs, Lenscapes photographs also depict the surrounding area of project sites documenting the architectural landscape of the city as it developed over the past 30 years. Some of the prominent projects include SkyDome (Rogers Centre), Bay Adelaide Centre, and the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

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Morton Katz

In 2005 Morton Katz donated the Morton Katz fonds (F 4473), consisting of drawings and photographs for projects he undertook as part of his private architectural practice, as well as drawings he created when he was an architectural student. Many of the drawings reflect Katz' European influence and respect for the environment. An example of this is a house in King Township shaped like a sundial and designed to fit within the natural topography of the property.

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Russell and Joy Keating

In 1998 Russell and Joy Keating (F 4548) donated a set of photographs of the Trans-Canada highway, north of Sault Ste.-Marie, taken in the 1940s. The photographs are black and white, although some are hand painted with colour. The images depict construction workers, their lodgings, the sites along the construction route, and northern Ontario scenery.

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Robert Kemp-Welch, C. Elizabeth A. Kerley and W. Mary-Jayne Mete

In December 2001 Robert Kemp-Welch, C. Elizabeth A. Kerley and W. Mary-Jayne Mete donated additional records of the political career of their father, Bob Welch (F 112). Bob Welch was a Cabinet Minister in the Ontario government from 1963-1985. Fonds consists of radio broadcast scripts for the program "Bob Welch Reports from Queen's Park", broadcast weekly by CKTB, a St. Catharines radio station. The fonds also includes some of Bob Welch's materials created during the 1971 Progressive Conservative Leadership Convention, including speaking notes, convention kits, and lists of delegates.

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Bruce Kidd

In 2006 and 2009 Dr. Bruce Kidd donated records that formed accruals to the J. R. Kidd fonds (F 1204). James Robbins Kidd (1915-1982) was a Director of the Canadian Association for Adult Education, Secretary-Treasurer of the Social Science Council of Canada and the Humanities Research Council of Canada, a Chairman of the Adult Education Department of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, and co-founder and Secretary-General of the International Council for Adult Education. Dr. Kidd's donations add to the scope and completeness of the records available for research on the life of J. R. Kidd and the area of adult education in Canada.

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Miro Klement

In August 2010 Miro Klement donated photographs he created as part of his professional practice. Two thirds of these were commissioned for the book "Cornerstones of Order: courthouses and town halls of Ontario, 1784-1914". Taken between 1975 and 1979, these consist of interior and exterior photographs of pre-1900 municipal buildings in the province west of Kingston. Other photographs (1980-1991) were commissioned by various architectural firms in Toronto and document completed building projects in the Toronto area. Klement also photographed the former Eatons Yonge and College store and the auditorium space there that would become the Carlu.

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Sabina Koczij-Martin

In 2003 Sabina Koczij-Martin donated the Zdzislaw Przygoda fonds (F 4414). Dr. Zdzislaw Przygoda (1913-1996) was Polish-born and trained engineer, He established his own engineering consulting firm in Toronto in 1954. During 22 years he designed over 40 schools in and around Toronto. He also designed structures for Maple Leaf Mills Ltd., the Monastery of Cistercian Monks (Mono Mills) and the McMichael Gallery. The records span the entire scope of Przygodas practice on his own from 1954 to 1991.

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Eleanor Konkle

In January 2011 Eleanor Konkle donated photographs, drawings and scrapbooks that document the display and design work she and her late husband Ted Konkle created for the T. Eaton Company Christmas story windows and for Art Gallery Balls from 1953 to 1962. The 55 original design drawings, largely by Eleanor, document original conceptual framework for the displays. The donation also includes photographs and slides on Eaton's fashion shows and the Santa Claus Parade. The Konkle donation wonderfully complements the Archives' records of the T. Eaton Company records.

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Oksana Kuryliw

In 2005 and 2008 Oksana Kuryliw donated to the Archives of Ontario a number of photographs taken by Wasyl and Anna Kuryliw, available as the Kuryliw family fonds (F 4476). The photographs portray social, cultural and religious life in the Ukrainian Canadian community in Sudbury in the mid-20th century, particularly centred around the church and the Ukrainian National Federation. The Kuryliw donation highly complements related collections available at the Archives including the Stephen Rosocha fonds (F 2118) and Ukrainian collections in the Multicultural History Society of Ontario collection (F 1405-59).

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Jocelyn Ladd

In August 2010 Jocelyn Ladd donated the professional records of her late husband, H. (Harvey) Landon Ladd, a labour organizer, union president, and arbitration services consultant active in Ontario and eastern Canada between the 1940s and the 1980s. These textual records document his work with Mine Mill, the International Woodworkers of America (IWA), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), and Ladd Consultants Ltd. A portion of these records relate specifically to the Newfoundland Loggers Strike and its aftermath. Also included are photographs of IWA and CLC congresses and Mine Mill activities. This donation of records offers great insight into the labour history of Ontario, specifically the organization of workers from the forestry and woodworking sectors.

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John Lane

In September 2009 John Lane donated a drawing to the Archives of Ontario by James Blomfield entitled Old Firehall and Ryerson Press, dated 1937 or 1939. It depicts a Toronto street scene at Queen Street West near Peter Street, the former CHUM-City building, then Ryerson Press, can be seen in the background. This donation complements a series of works by James Blomfield at the Archives of Ontario in the Andrew Merrilees collection (F 1125), which includes other watercolours, drawings, and prints of Toronto street scenes and buildings.

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Charles Leavens

Fonds (F 4626) consists of records created and accumulated by Leavens Aviation Corporated and members of the Leavens family. The majority of records consist of photographs, technical drawings, newspaper clippings that relate to both the Leavens Aviation business as well as the Aviation Observer School it operated in London, Ontario during World War II. The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario by Leavens Aviation Incorporated in 2011. An accrual donation was donated by Charles Leavens in 2013.

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Julien LeBourdais

Julien LeBourdais, a noted Ontario photojournalist, first donated photographs in 1997. In 2004 the Archives of Ontario received a new donation from him. During his career LeBourdais he has worked as freelance or contract photographer for Toronto Star, United Press International, Toronto Life, assorted medical associations, the United Press International, Toronto Newspictures Bureau Manager, United Press Canada, and as Senior Photo Editor for the Canadian Press.

From 1981 to 1996, Mr. LeBourdais largest client was the City of York Board of Education. During that period, he photographed every aspect of the operations of all their elementary and high schools for the Board's annual reports and publications, including night school, extra-curricular activities, all types of classes, kindergarten to OAC, teachers, students, art and science classes. Several schools in Toronto for the Ontario College of Teachers are also photographed.

Added to the Julien LeBourdais fonds (C 193), the 2004 donation includes photographs that were taken for the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB), photographs of Bob Rae throughout his political career, and photographs of former Ontario Cabinet Minister Ruth Grier during her 25-year political life.

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David Lindsay

David Lindsay was the Principal Secretary to Mike Harris from 1990 to 1995 and continued as Principal Secretary in the Premier's Office from 1995 to 1997. In February 2004 Mr. Lindsay donated records related to his involvement in the Ontario Progressive Conservative Party, the transition to the new Harris government in 1995, as well as speeches and event files related to various parts of his career.

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Barbara Loucks

In February 2010 Barbara Loucks donated records of her father, Charles F. Haultain, who was a prospector and Canadian Army commando trainer during the Second World War. The donation includes diaries, prospecting notes, geological survey and topographical maps documenting Haultain's prospecting career in Northern Ontario from the 1920s to 1950s, mostly in the Wawa area. As well, the donation includes commando training manuals. This is an excellent addition to the Archives' existing Haultain family fonds (F 949) which includes records of Charles F. Haultain's father and brothers.

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Betty Love

The Ellsworth Flavelle fonds (F 4428) consists of over 12,000 prints and negatives taken by Sir Ellsworth Flavelle and donated by his daughter, Betty Love in October 2003. Sir Ellsworth Flavelle (1892 -1977) was the only son of the well-known businessman and financier, Sir James Flavelle and was an accomplished amateur photographer. His photographs include views of family life, sporting activities and rural and city scenes taken in and around Toronto, Muskoka, and Oakville taken in the early 1910s until shortly before his death in 1977.

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Marry Lukeman

Marry Lukeman donated the Edward Lukeman fonds (F 4429) in December 2003 and November 2004. Edward Lukeman was an Ontario artist and graphic designer who spent most of his adult life in Port Hope until his death in 1987. This fonds consists of a selection of 47 pencil sketches of Toronto street scenes drawn by Lukeman ca. 1945-1955. Included are sketches of St. Lawrence Hall, interior of Union Station, William Lyon MacKenzie house, Sunnyside amusement park, St. James Cathedral and views of Front Street from Union Station. The donation also includes 22 posters designed and printed by Lukeman and a watercolour sketch of Leitchcroft Farm, Highway 7 near Peterborough.

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Peter Lumsden

In 2004 the Archives of Ontario received from Peter Lumsden a donation of additional materials to the Hugh David Lumsden fonds (F 1049). Hugh David Lumsden (1844-1928) was a Provincial Land Surveyor in private practice in Woodville, Ontario from 1866 to 1870. In 1870 Lumsden started working on the location and construction of railways, and for almost forty years he was continuously engaged in railway surveys in every province in Canada, with the exception of Prince Edward Island.

Peter Lumsden's donation includes maps, photographs and textual records. Of particular interest is a diary dating from 1861 to 1928. This diary is different from those previously donated; it was not kept on a daily basis, but rather gives the reader a synopsis of activities mostly related to surveying duties in Ontario and in other parts of Canada. There is also another interesting volume called, Ontario and Quebec Ry, 1884. This notebook includes some exquisitely drawn technical drawings of Ontario bridges, railway turntables, stations and cottages, done by Lumsden. Lumsden was also an amateur photographer, and there are 16 fine black and white photographs of various Ontario bridges. One of the Ontario maps in the donation is the New Railway and Postal Map, from 1875, which includes an enormous amount of detail concerning such things as the locations of money order stations, telegraph stations and post roads.

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Louise MacCallum

Louise MacCallum donated the Peter MacCallum fonds (F 4424) to the Archives of Ontario in 2003, 2005 and 2006. Peter MacCallum is a Toronto photographer who specializes in documentary studies of industrial sites and processes, industrial workers, and urban architecture. The Peter MacCallum fonds consists of more than 300 black and white prints. The first donations depict two industrial sites in Toronto: the Wickett and Craig Tannery and the National Rubber Plant on Cawthra Avenue. The most recent donation documents concrete industries in several locations across Ontario. MacCallums photographs are also found in the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Art Gallery of Mississauga, the City of Toronto Archives, and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

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John Macfie

John Macfie made his first donation of photographs to the Archives in 1996; he subsequently made three more donations of other photographs and textual records in 2000, 2004 and 2009. John Macfie worked for the Department of Lands and Forests (later Ministry of Natural Resources) from 1950 until his retirement in 1981. Macfie combined his government work with a personal interest in photography. During the ten years that he worked in the north, he often carried a camera with him on field trips where he recorded native people and events and his fellow staff. Field notes which he kept and also donated, and extensive identification of the photographs which he provided greatly enhance the value of his photography. His images from Ontario's far north depict native people and activities and include trapping, construction of tools and artifacts, images of dwellings and community buildings and domestic activities.

John Macfie's most recent donation in September 2009 enlarges the subject matter of his fonds, including photographs and textual materials related tologging activities, archaeological investigations, agricultural activities and rural scenes in his native Parry Sound district, commercial fisheries and the first attempt at a polar bear census in 1963-1964. (C 330)

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Allan Mackay

Allan Mackay, a Canadian artist, donated his records, the Allan Mackay fonds (F 4569) in 2008. His fonds consists of records he created and used in the creation of the Veterans' Memorial on the grounds of the Ontario Legislature -- the newest monument on the grounds of Queen's Park. The fonds includes conceptual wall panels that were created six months into the project and document the evolution of the memorial's composition of images.

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Myfanwy (Van) MacDonald

Ce fonds de documents du Centre de Recherche et de Formation Mondial sur l'Environnement et la Santé (CRFMES) a été offert aux Archives publiques de l'Ontario par Myfanwy (Van) MacDonald en 2014. Il comprend des documents du centre de données sur l'environnement et la santé du CRFMES, des documents administratifs du CRFMES et des documents relatifs au sondage/questionnaire mené par le CRFMES en 2006 auprès des citoyens.

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Tom Malcomson

In 2006 Tom Malcomson donated photographs and home movies shot by his father, Alfred (Alf) Malcomson (1917-1980)(F 4507). The photographs of airplanes reflect Alfred Malcomsons dream to design and fly aircraft. Working at the De Havilland aircraft factory in Toronto during the Second World War was the closest he came to that dream. The photographs portray airplanes and the 8mm films depict family activities.

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James Malecki

In June 2006 James Malecki made a donation of 31 maps of Ontario and its constituent parts published by various private companies. The donation included road maps of Ontario and many of its cities, counties and regional areas. In January 2010 James Malecki donated additional road transportation and tourist maps and publications; these have been added to the James Malecki collection (F 4524) and the Archives of Ontario Library.

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D'Arcy Martin

D'Arcy Martin (1947- ) is a social activist, an adult educator, and an education coordinator for various unions in Ontario. He donated his fonds (F 2190) to the Archives in 2001 and 2006. The donation includes correspondence, memos, minutes, reports, publications and presentations created and used by D'Arcy Martin in his role as an adult educator, trainer, social activist and an education coordinator for various unions. The records document Martin's activities in the numerous workshops and seminars he conducted on such topics as education, unions, training and worker-management relations for a variety of unions and community organizations. Fonds also includes records that document Martin's writing projects, his consulting contracts and his involvement with various community and political organizations.

In March 2010 DArcy Martin made another donation of his records. These additional records (2003-2009) document his continuing work as a union educator, the establishment of the Centre for Study of Education and Work (CSEW) at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto (OISE/UT), and his personal interests in the greater world of social and labour activism.

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Dr. Ralph Masi

The Multicultural Health Coalition (MHC) was established in 1984 by members of Ontario's health care community with the mandate to work with government and health agencies to promote cultural sensitivity and responsiveness in health care and ensure that all persons, regardless of racial or cultural background, had equal access to it.

The fonds was donated by Dr. Ralph Masi, a practicing family physician in Toronto who has long been involved in issues of multiculturalism and health care. He is the Founding President of both the MHC and the Canadian Council on Multicultural Health and acted as the Ministry of Health’s Multicultural Health Coordinator from 1990 to 1992.

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Sheila McCook

In 2009, Sheila McCook donated correspondence addressed to Sir James Whitney, Premier of Ontario from 1905-1914. The letters complement our existing Whitney correspondence in the James Whitney fonds (F 5), and concerns correspondence with W.R. Meredith (Chief Justice of the Ontario Supreme Court). Subjects of the letters include proposed legislation, renovations at Osgoode Hall, the status of teacher training courses at Western University, lease of a building at Pointe Mouille, and the financing of a new hospital in London, Ontario.

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Lorne McIntosh

In December 2009 Lorne McIntosh donated a collection of photographic prints (F 4594) that chiefly document the silver mining town of Gowganda in Timiskaming District when it was quickly established in 1909.

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Ann McJanet

In April 2008, Ann McJanet donated four pamphlets by the Ontario Department of Health promoting health in the 1960s: these are Eat better and Spend less; Mothers-to-be need good Food; A new deal! for the Noon Meal and The Sensible way to Watch Your Weight with Canadas Food Guide.

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W. Darcy McKeough

In April 2007, W. Darcy McKeough donated additional records belonging to the William Edward McKeough family fonds (F 2131). The McKeoughs have been a prominent Chatham family. While several members are represented in these documents, the principals are William McKeough, his son William Edward McKeough, and his sons, William Stewart and George Grant. William McKeough (1824-1888) was a Chatham businessman and politician, and was elected mayor in 1871. W.E. McKeough (1860-1929) was born in Chatham, practised law in Toronto, and returned to Chatham to enter the family business and partake of local politics, serving as an alderman. W.S. McKeough (1893-1916) served in World War I, rising to the rank of Major; he was killed at the Battle of the Somme. G.G. McKeough (1898-1964) joined the 186th Battalion during the same war but did not see action. Upon his return to Chatham, he entered the family business, McKeough and Trotter.

The accrual consists of family letters, a diary, and some miscellaneous documents. The earliest documents, dated 1878-1885, consist primarily of letters received by W.E. McKeough from his father, William. Most of the documents are dated 1909-1919 and consist primarily of letters received by W.E. McKeough from his sons William Stewart and George Grant, including, in the case of W.S., letters from the front during WWI. The diary is that of William Stewart, dated 1915, dealing with his military training in England.

In October 2010 W. Darcy McKeough donated a very useful addition of two index volumes to the William Edward McKeough family fonds (F 2131). The extensive indexes will provide greater access to the series of family diaries and letters previously donated to the Archives.

This fund is made up of diaries, letters, newspaper clippings and photographs relating to William Edward Mckeough (1860-1929) and his family.

 

In April 2007, W. Darcy McKeough donated additional records belonging to the William Edward McKeough family fonds (F 2131). The McKeoughs have been a prominent Chatham family. While several members are represented in these documents, the principals are William McKeough, his son William Edward McKeough, and his sons, William Stewart and George Grant. William McKeough (1824-1888) was a Chatham businessman and politician, and was elected mayor in 1871. W.E. McKeough (1860-1929) was born in Chatham, practised law in Toronto, and returned to Chatham to enter the family business and partake of local politics, serving as an alderman. W.S. McKeough (1893-1916) served in World War I, rising to the rank of Major; he was killed at the Battle of the Somme. G.G. McKeough (1898-1964) joined the 186th Battalion during the same war but did not see action. Upon his return to Chatham, he entered the family business, McKeough and Trotter.

The accrual consists of family letters, a diary, and some miscellaneous documents. The earliest documents, dated 1878-1885, consist primarily of letters received by W.E. McKeough from his father, William. Most of the documents are dated 1909-1919 and consist primarily of letters received by W.E. McKeough from his sons William Stewart and George Grant, including, in the case of W.S., letters from the front during WWI. The diary is that of William Stewart, dated 1915, dealing with his military training in England.

In October 2010 W. Darcy McKeough donated a very useful addition of two index volumes to the William Edward McKeough family fonds (F 2131). The extensive indexes will provide greater access to the series of family diaries and letters previously donated to the Archives. In May of 2013, Mr. McKeough donated the diaries of his mother, Florence Sewell Woodward McKeough, which date from 1944 to 1989. Also included in this donation was the book One Hundred and Sixty Years: From J. & W. McKeough to McKeough Supply Inc. The McKeoughs, 1847-2007. In February of 2015, Mr. McKeough made another accural donation which included correspondence and scrapbooks created by him and his parents Florence and George McKeough.

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John McQuarrie

John McQuarrie is an Ottawa-based commercial photographer who specializes in coffee-table books. Mr. McQuarrie donated 1,783 slides of Toronto and vicinity to the Archives of Ontario in 2003. The photographs were taken between 1998 and 2000, and were used as source material for the book Toronto: Then and Now by Mike Filey (Toronto: Magic Light Publishing, c2000). McQuarrie co-designed the book as well as shooting the contemporary photographs. This donation is available to researchers as the John McQuarrie fonds (F 4422).

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Roger McTair and Claire Prieto-Fuller

In 2009 and 2010 Roger McTair and Claire Prieto-Fuller donated the Prieto-McTair Productions fonds (F 4585). The records, mostly films they created jointly or individually pertain to the following productions: Home to Buxton, It's Not An Illness, Different Timbres, Some Black Women, Jennifer Hodge: The Glory and the Pain, Jane Finch Again!, Children Are Not the Problem, Black Nova Scotia, and projects related to employment equity. Also included are research files accumulated by Prieto and McTair and those concerning their production company. Their donation is significant both for adding to the Archives holdings of film production companies and for adding another perspective and source on Black Ontario history through the lens of documentary film-makers.

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W. O. Chris Miller

In February 2003 W. O. Miller donated 28 architectural drawings, as an addition to the John M. Lyle fonds (C 33). The donation consists of architectural drawings, including blueprints and whiteprint copies, of a residence for Dr. D. King Smith, located at 15 Highland Ave., Toronto.

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Malcolm Moffat

In 2004 a very rare map by James Spencer, a little known Ontario publisher, was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Malcolm Moffat. This aesthetically unique document entitled Dominion of Canada: Quebec and Ontario (recto), British America, United States, Mexico and the West Indies (verso) serves as a valuable record of the province in 1874, depicting everything from railroads and fur trade regions to names of land owners.

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Raymond Moriyama

In 2004 noted Canadian architect Raymond Moriyama donated his private papers to the Archives of Ontario. Raymond Moriyama was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, on 11 October 1929. He lived through part of his teenage years during the internment of the Japanese Canadians in the British Columbia interior. Mr. Moriyama worked for the City of Toronto Planning Board, and then the architectural firm of Fleury, Arthur and Barclay. He left to set up his own practice in Yorkville, Raymond Moriyama, Architects and Planners. In 1970 he went into partnership with Ted Teshima. Raymond Moriyama's work has been featured in several international architectural journals and in television documentaries. Moriyama was elected as the new Chancellor of Brock University by the University Senate in 2001 and is the recipient of several Honorary Degrees. He is an Officer of The Order of Canada and a member The Order of Ontario.

The donation includes both personal records created or collected by Raymond Moriyama over the course of his life and his long and distinguished career as one of Canadas most prominent architects. The earliest records are his family photographs, including a picture of the Lemon Creek camp, one of the two B.C. internment camps in which they lived. Also included is a large collection of newspaper and magazine articles, either about Moriyama, his work, or about topics that were of interest to him as well as sketches, photographs, correspondence, original notes and photocopies interfiled with the newspaper and magazine clippings. In addition there are files and biographical background materials and some of the many honours received by Mr. Moriyama. (F 2187)

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Chris Morley

Chris Morley, in March 2005, donated an untitled speech by Andrew Hicks (F 4506) in the form of a 21-page manuscript. The speech was drafted by Andrew Hicks, United Farmers of Ontario (U.F.O.) MPP for South Huron. Hicks delivered this oration in the Ontario Legislature on 11 April 1923. In the speech Hicks condemns his own party leader, Premier Ernest C. Drury, for trying to make a fusion of the U.F.O. Party with a certain part of the Liberal Party, seeing this move on the part of the Premier as a sell-out of U.F.O. principles. At one point in his speech, Hicks addresses the Premier: Why did you let your personal lust for office supersede the noble office you were selected to fill? The United Farmers of Ontario government represents a unique period in Ontario politics when a rural, populist party gained power from the dominant Liberal and Conservative parties. Moreover, this particular speech in the House acted as a trigger for Premier Drury to call a general election the next day on 12 April 1923. In the ensuing general election the Conservatives under Howard Ferguson were returned to power.

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Mel Muir

In 2006 Mel Muir donated materials on the life and career of Dr. Abraham Groves (1847-1935), including diplomas, certificates and a notebook of Dr. Groves. These have been added to the Abraham Groves fonds (C 303).

Groves, who practised medicine in the Fergus area, was well known as a medical innovator and surgeon. In 1881, he was one of the first members of the Ontario Medical Association, in which he served on a number of committees, submitted papers, served as the 2nd vice-president in 1892, and was honoured with Life Membership in 1924. Amongst his many accomplishments, Groves performed the first successful open abdominal surgery on May 5, 1874 and the world's first appendectomy May 10, 1883, the latter in a Fergus farmhouse. Groves' surgical work was generally performed in patients' kitchens. Despite this, Groves sterilized his instruments before it became standard practice in hospitals. He was also the first Canadian physician to report on the use of X-rays to treat cancer.

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Multicultural Health Coalition

The Multicultural Health Coalition (MHC) was established in 1984 by members of Ontario's health care community with the mandate to work with government and health agencies to promote cultural sensitivity and responsiveness in health care and ensure that all persons, regardless of racial or cultural background, had equal access to it.

The fonds was donated by Dr. Ralph Masi, a practicing family physician in Toronto who has long been involved in issues of multiculturalism and health care. He is the Founding President of both the MHC and the Canadian Council on Multicultural Health and acted as the Ministry of Health’s Multicultural Health Coordinator from 1990 to 1992.

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Heather Norman

In 2004 Heather Norman donated her mothers copy of a film print of the 1966 Eatons Santa Claus Parade to the Archives. This copy has been added to the T. Eaton Company fonds (F 229). The rich history of the Eatons Santa Claus Parade in Toronto, now over a 100-year-old tradition, is featured in an Archives web exhibit. RG

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Judge John O'Driscoll

In January 2007, retired Judge John O'Driscoll of the Supreme Court of Ontario and a member of the High Court of Justice donated his benchbooks to the Archives of Ontario. These records consist of Judge O'Driscoll's benchbooks (RG 22-494), or handwritten trial notes, which record the place, date and time of each trial; the names of the parties, lawyers and witnesses; and often a summary of the evidence given by each witness.

He presided over some high profile murder trials including that for Helmuth Buxbaum, convicted of arranging the murder of his wife in July 1984. Other notable cases from Judge ODriscolls career include a ruling in favour of the drug company Pfizer and the protection of their patented products against generic production, and a ruling in favour of a small manufacturing company, Amertek, against a Crown corporation of the federal government, Canadian Commercial Corporation (CCC). Judge ODriscoll also presided at the Divisional Court level, where less serious actions and matters might be heard, between 1983 and 1997.

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John Pendergast

In 2002 John Pendergast donated an 1833 Province of Upper Canada land grant with seal to John Middough, a direct ancestor of the donor. This item has been added to the Pendergast family fonds (F 840); there are other Middough records in the fonds from an earlier donation. The Pendergast family were fruit growers who lived near Queenston, Lincoln County (now Niagara Region), Ontario during the nineteenth century.

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Dr. Charles T. Peterson

In 2004 Dr. Charles T. Peterson donated records that are additional to his first donation in 1989, together these form the Charles T. Peterson fonds (F 1394). Dr. Peterson was a periodontist based in Toronto, Ontario. Dr. Peterson studied under and was mentored by Dr. Harold Box of the University of Toronto. In 1948, Peterson began private practice in London, Ontario, in addition to continuing independent research based on the writings of Dr. Box. Between 1949 and 1976, he wrote over seventy articles for dental and other journals. In 1960, Dr. Peterson formed the London, Ontario- based Western Dental Foundation, which encouraged the development of oral medicine through advanced study, particularly in faculties of medicine and dentistry in universities. The donations from Dr. Peterson provide a record of his career, particularly his research interests and activities.

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Melvine Petroff

Melvine Petroff donated the Melville H. Parker fonds (F 4441) to the Archives in August 2004. The donation consists of photographs created or received by Melville Howard Parker relating to his employment in Northern Ontario, mainly with the Patricia Transportation Company and Dryden Paper Mill. The images depict mining and lumbering activities, views of landscape and surrounding areas, as well as images of workers and equipment used, and means of transporting lumber and goods in winter and summer months.

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Vera C. Pletsch

Vera C. Pletsch, in February 2010, donated her research files and interviews created in the writing of two books on education in Ontario, "Not Wanted in the Classroom" (1997) on the origins of special needs education and "Not Just the Strap" (2006) on discipline in the classroom.

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Gary Posen

A former Deputy Minister in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), Gary Posen donated records relating to his career to the Archives in 2008. He was Deputy Minister of the Ministries of Intergovernmental Affairs, the Environment and Transportation. The Gary Posen fonds (F 4583) includes records marking accomplishments and events in his career, including photographs of Annual Premiers Conferences and the First Ministers Conference on the Constitution.

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Marion Powley

In September 2005 Marion Powley donated 20 diaries of Eliza Jane Rose Powley (F 4484) chronicling a farm womans life in the rural county of Frontenac for the period 1874-1921. The writing is simple with misspellings, reflecting the rudimentary education of this woman. Weather is routinely recorded and the entries are simple, reflecting the nature and course of farm life. John Beverley Robinson family fonds (F 44)

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Helen Quinby

In November 2007 Helen Quinby donated postcards to the Archives of Ontario depicting North Bay and the French River area.

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Bernard Rasch and Nancy Rasch

In 2004 Bernard Rasch donated the Bernard Rasch fonds (F 4447) to the Archives; subsequent donations were received from Mr. Rasch in 2007 and from Bernard Rasch Nancy Rasch in 2009. Mr. Rasch is a Toronto-based architect who was in practice from 1972 to 2002. Raschs firm specialized in the design and renovation of residential buildings including high and medium rise buildings and single-family homes. He and his associates also worked on a large number of projects involving retail businesses, plazas, restaurants and office buildings. Rasch and his various partners designed fire halls, ambulance stations, community and seniors centres, banks, schools and playgrounds.

The fonds consists primarily of architectural drawings, project-related photographs and textual records, and business and administrative records, dating back to Rasch's student days in the late 1960s and the establishment of his own firm in 1973. They also include the projects in which Rasch was the lead when he was a partner in the firms Rasch & Au Architects and Rasch, Au & Habash Architects. The project-related records document the design and construction of buildings that were built, but also consist of plans for structures that were never realized. Major built projects include offices for the City of Toronto, various branches of the Sterling Trust and Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, and stores for Canadian Tire affiliates. The majority of the projects relate to the construction or alteration of houses, apartment projects and commercial buildings. While almost all of the projects were located in the Greater Toronto Area, projects in Nova Scotia, British Columbia, the United States and Costa Rica were also undertaken.

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Lauren McKinley Renzetti

In 2006 and 2009, Lauren McKinley Renzetti donated the Donald Lloyd McKinley fonds (F 4535). Her father, Donald Lloyd McKinley (1932-1998) was a furniture maker, educator and designer in both the United States and Canada. The fonds primarily contains records related to: his academic career, design projects spanning his academic and professional careers, his role in establishing and developing the School of Crafts and Design at Sheridan College, Oakville and his employment as Chief Staff Designer at the Gunlocke Chair Company in Wayland, New York. Correspondence with other furniture designers around the world are also a notable part of this donation. Previously, the Archives had little documentation of furniture design in its collections, this comprehensive donation of drawings, photographs, text and records in other media, enlarges the range of collections the Archives can offer to researchers.

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Shea Richardsen

In 2008 Shea Richardsen donated 3 photographs of her great-uncle, David James Johnston (4552). Johnston worked at a munitions plant in the Mount Dennis area of Toronto during the First World War. The photographs depict the interior of the plant as well as the Militaire motorcycle. Fewer than 100 of these motorcycles were produced between 1911 and 1917.

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Peter Richardson

In 1954, Peter Richardson was studying to become an architect at the University of Toronto. He was a student of the famous architect, Eric Arthur, and as such, took part in Arthurs on-going project to produce measured drawings of historic structures in Ontario. Richardsons project, which he donated to the Archives of Ontario in 2005, was an old house built in 1832 near Queenston, called Glencairn. His field notes include a brief history of the house, 20 photographs of its interior and exterior, and 26 measured drawings including floor plans, elevations and architectural details.

The Measured Drawing collection (C 57), compiled by Eric Arthur, is also part of the Archives collection. These field notes provide the researcher with an interesting look at the behind-the-scenes work involved in creating architectural measured drawings.

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Peter Ridout

In November 2004 Peter Ridout donated 23 original letters written by his ancestor, Thomas Gibbs Ridout (1792-1862), to his family in York (now Toronto) while visiting and touring England for the first time in 1811-1812. The letters provide a fascinating glimpse into British society at this time in which London was the hub of an empire that spanned the globe. Whatever the many attractions of cosmopolitan London, the young Thomas Gibbs Ridout still preferred his hometown, and indeed, returned home to defend Upper Canada in the War of 1812:

I prefer [York] far above this most rich & magnificent city on the earth with all its gold & splendor, Palaces, Princes & People & anything that is wonderful. York in my eyes is a jewel. (Letter to his brother, George Ridout, 18 December 1811)

This superb donation has been added to the Thomas Ridout family fonds (F 43). Mr. Ridout also donated an original London Times 1814 newspaper that refers to the War of 1812.

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Peter Robinson

In 2002 Peter Robinson donated to the Archives two beautiful parchment documents with pendant wax seals in excellent condition. These have been added to the John Beverley Robinson family fonds (F 44). Both documents are dated 1854. In one, Queen Victoria grants the hereditary title of Baronet to John Beverley Robinson and his male heirs Peter Robinson will one day inherit this title. In the other, the College of Heralds in London, England, grants family arms to the Robinson family. These documents are featured in an Archives web exhibit on preservation.

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John Robson

In September 2008, John H. Robson donated to the Archives of Ontario the Shipley family fonds (F 4584), consisting of poems, examples of penmanship, and an arithmetic notebook. Lionel Shipley Sr. (1760 - 1842) and Mary Kirton (1763 - 1835) were married in the Church of England parish of Greystead, Northumberland, England on 7 June 1792. They emigrated from England in 1835. Thomas Shipley Sr. (1788 - 1860) was the eldest son of Lionel and Mary Shipley. He married Mary Ann Mordue (1794 - 1862) and they had nine children, all born in the Scottish Borders of England.

The records, in the unique format of poetry, demonstrate the conflicted feelings of new immigrants to Canada West in the mid-nineteenth century. Most of the poems convey the familys feelings of sadness for their homeland; some of the poems read like poems describing an unrequited love, which Eleanor wrote to describe her feelings of longing for Scotland. Other poems describe the wild new country they had settled in, such as the poem entitled, The New Country, which describes the clearing of land, the home they built, and the wild animals they feared. Also included are poems written by John and one valentine written for his wife, Elizabeth.

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Mrs. Edna Ross

In 2002 Mrs. Edna Ross doanted 45 glass-mounted colour slides showing buildings for which John H. Ross and Associates did engineering work during 1964 to 1975. These are available as part of the John H. Ross and Asssociates fonds (C 24).

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Tim Rovenstine

In 2003 Tim Rovenstine donated a letter from a runaway slave from Kentucky, describing his preference for his new country, Chatam [sic] Canada West. Mr. Rovenstine traces his family back to plantation owner Rhodum Ellis of Kentucky.

This document, written by Tom Elice, dated 1854, gives first hand account of a fugitive slave, who probably travelled via the Underground Railroad to Chatham, Ontario: I think it is one of the best country I ever was in there is lots of colord people hear It is written to Mary Warner: O Dear Mary, how I should like to see you but I cant be a slave again. Tell my Master that I should like to see him and Mistress and all the rest of the folks but give me my liberty before all the world.

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Robert Rueter

In 2005 Robert Rueter donated a set of ten architectural drawings by the Canadian Aladdin Co. Ltd. for a summer cottage that was built near Montcalm Point, Lake Muskoka during the 1920s. These plans accompanied a mail order kit that contained all the materials needed to build the cottage.

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Robert W. Runciman

In 2004 Bob Runciman, Progressive Conservative MPP for Leeds-Grenville, donated to the Archives the private records of his political career as an MPP since 1981 and as a member of the Harris and Eves governments between 1995 and 2003.

In May 2010 Senator Robert W. Runciman donated the remainder of his records that document his political and legislative career. This additional donation makes the Robert W. Runciman fonds (F 4432) a more complete record of his almost 30 years in public service in Ontario.

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Archibald Russel

In September 2006 Mr. Archibald Russel donated the Colin Russel family fonds (F 4525). The Russel family was one of the earliest families to settle and found businesses in Upper and Lower Canada. By the 1830s the Hector Russel and Company was a large landowner and developer in eastern Ontario. The Russels actually founded the town of Madoc and was very much involved in its development and planning. By the late 19th century, the Russel family commercial activity focussed on the export/import business and the metal trade, which led to Russel Metals Inc., becoming one of the largest metals distribution and processing companies in North America.

Acquisition consists of Russel family records dating predominantly from the early to late 19th century. The bulk of the records deal with family personal and business activities, most of which take place in Upper Canada/ Canada West/ Ontario and includes correspondence, financial and legal records reflecting the family's extensive landholdings throughout Ontario and Quebec and the importing, merchant and metal trading businesses operated by various members of the family.

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Estate of Mary Gifford Ryrie

In June 2005 the Archives acquired from the estate of Mary Gifford Ryrie photographs, sketches and textual records that formed an accrual to the Jack Ryrie fonds (C 25). Jack Ryrie (1903-1988) was a Toronto architect who was a founding partner in the firm of Saunders and Ryrie. The estate's donation pertain mainly to Ryries architectural studies in Paris and trips he took through various countries in Europe in 1926, as well as Ryries service in the RCAF during World War II.

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Dianne Saxe

The Morton Shulman fonds (F 4394) was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Morton Shulman's daughter, Dianne Saxe, in 2001. The donation consists of photographs, drawings and political cartoons, textual documents, and broadcast interviews created or accumulated by Morton Shulman in the course of his multi-faceted career and public life as coroner, millionaire investor and philanthropist, politician and physician. Amateur motion picture films and, to some extent, the textual documents provide a glimpse of Shulman's private life.

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Dr. John T. Saywell

In 2002 Dr. John T. Saywell donated records that form an accrual to the F. H. Deacon fonds (F 275). Colonel Frederick Herbert Deacon (1874-1948) was the founder of the Toronto brokerage firm, F. H. Deacon and Company early in the twentieth century. Dr. Saywell's donation consisted of F. H. Deacon legal and financial records as well as oral history interviews together with Dr. Saywells research into the securities industry in Ontario.

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Rita Segsworth

In April 2005 Rita Segsworth donated a collection of photographs to the Archives of Ontario that document landscapes and rural scenes in the near north of Ontario. Included are images of woodland scenes, lake views, and steamboats around the Muskoka region.

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Justice Joseph Sheard

Joseph Sheard is a Toronto lawyer who also served as a judge in Ontario from 1977 to 1999. In 2004 Mr. Justice Sheard donated his benchbooks (trial notes)( RG 22-794 and RG 22-795) and his personal copies of his Reasons for Judgment to the Archives of Ontario.

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Gladys Short

In December 2007, Gladys Short, with James B. Babcock, Bookseller as liaison, donated the records created and accumulated by her husband W. Douglas Short.

The W. Douglas Short fonds (F 4561) is comprised of photographs, videotapes, audio reels, text, and reference material and motion picture film from the time he obtained a movie camera around 1956 until approximately 2003. Short's records document Sarnia as well as his travels throughout Ontario, the rest of Canada, and the United States as he pursued his interests in promoting tourism, and in photographing, filming, and recording subjects including trains (steam, electric, and model), ships, construction projects, and nature. Short also collected published material relating to his photographs and films, brochures from his travels, cards with images of his favourite subjects including trains and nature.

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Audrey Simpson, Napier Simpson III and Ian Simpson

The Napier Simpson Jr. fonds (F 4395) was given to the Archives of Ontario by Audrey Simpson, Napier Simpson III and Ian Simpson in three donations between 2002 and 2007. Napier Simpson Jr. was a distinguished architect and public servant who practised in Ontario from ca. 1955 to 1978. This donation of photographs, drawings, project files, speeches and presentations amply documents Simpson's career as a restoration architect and his involvement as a heritage advocate, including with the Architectural Conservancy of Ontario.

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Nancy Siner

In May 2010 Nancy Siner donated a postcard of Fern Cottage Resort, Atherley, Ontario. The item reflects the business of a popular Ontario holiday resort at Lake Couchiching, ca. 1950s.

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Peter Smith

In October 2004, Peter Smith donated the records of the Peter Smith Architect firm consisting of architectural drawings, photographs and textual records generated or accumulated by him during his practice as an architect in the firm Lett/Smith Architects while in partnership with William Lett, and prior while a partner in the firm of Thom Partnership, Architects and Planners.

The Peter Smith Architect Inc. fonds (F 4446) includes series which document architectural projects, proposals and studies; awards received; reference files; promotional materials; model examples for specifications; and letters of interest. The records document design proposals and construction and renovations primarily related to theatres and performing arts centres. The fonds, however, also includes design and construction records relating to schools, churches, institutional or government buildings, commercial facilities and private residences. Well-known theatres and performing arts centres built or renovated by Lett/Smith Architects firm include the Princess of Wales (Toronto, Ontario); the Shaw Festival Theatre (Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario); the Grand Theatre (London, Ontario); and the Harbourfront Arts Centre (Toronto, Ontario) which includes the DuMaurier Theatre, Molson Place, and the Power Plant Gallery.

In January 2010 Peter J. Smith donated additional materials. The records in this donation document proposals, designs, construction or renovations of theatres and performing arts buildings in Ontario that include the Royal George Theatre (Niagara-on-the-Lake), the Regent Theatre (Oshawa), the St. Lawrence Centre (Toronto) and Massey Hall, (Toronto).

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Thomas S. Smythe

In 2003 Thomas S. Smythe, the grandson of Conn Smythe (F 223), transferred copyright of the records he donated relating to his grandfathers business records and correspondence from his career as General Manager and owner of the Toronto Maple Leafs and records relating to his involvement in other businesses, in horse-racing, and charitable activities on behalf of the disabled.

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John Snell

John Snell has donated records he accumulated and used in his capacity as Senior Architect for Moriyama and Teshima Architects. The materials consist primarily of project proposals and reports created by the firm from 1966-1999. These records, donated in May 2010, fill in some gaps in the Moriyama and Teshima Architects fonds (F 2187).

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Ann Soulsby

In June 2007 Ann Soulsby donated personal records pertaining to the life of Elsie Gregory MacGill (1905-1980)(F 4526). The donation consists of photographs, newspaper clippings, and other ephemera concerning Elsie MacGill and her many contributions to the field of engineering in Canada and her life of firsts.

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John Sproatt

In 2014 John Sproatt donated additional materials to the Sproatt and Rolph fonds (C 292). Included in the donation are architectural plans, preliminary sketches for the St. James Cathedral memorial cross, medals received by Henry Sproatt and Charles Sproatt for achievement in architecture, and lithograph bookplates.

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Mrs. A. Eleanor Stanton

In July 2010 Mrs. A. Eleanor Stanton donated various programmes and notices for dance performed at various venues in Toronto and at the Stratford Festival in the early 1960s. These enrich the Archives existing collection of theatre programmes (F 1064).

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William Stephen

William Stephen, a long-time local resident of Rondeau Provincial Park, donated in 2007 over 600 photographs and negatives of images that appear in his pictorial documentary Rondeau Forever: Our Home, Our Heritage, Our Memories (Chatham: 2006). Mr. Stephen took the majority of these photographs during the summers of 2005 and 2006. They mainly document the interiors and exteriors of cottages in the Park that have been least modified architecturally over the years. Other photographs depict the Parks buildings, amenities, activities, and scenery. Rondeau Provincial Park was established in 1894 and is Ontarios second oldest provincial park (F 4528).

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Sarah Sutcliffe

Sarah Sutcliffe donated records that form an accrual to the Charles D. Lennox fonds (F 2114) in 2001. Charles D. Lennox (1862-1949) was a prominent Toronto architect. In 1880, he joined the practice of his brother, renowned architect E. J. Lennox, for whom he worked until he left for Europe in 1915. After World War I, Charles D. Lennox resumed his architectural work in Toronto, latterly employed at the Ontario Hydro-Electric Power Commission. He retired in 1935.

The fonds consists primarily of 51 architectural drawings. It also includes specifications for one of the projects and miscellaneous textual records pertaining to Charles and his brother E. J. Lennox. As well, it includes a taped interview of Toronto architect David Cameron (1886-[198-]) about E. J. Lennox.

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Robert Teteruck

Robert Teteruck donated prints and digital images of his photography work to the Archives in 2004 and again in 2007. The collection, Robert Teteruck fonds (F 4445), documents the Toronto railway lands, the Gardiner Expressway in Toronto, the Toronto Junction area and suburban subdivisions in London, Ontario. Robert Teteruck has shown his photographs in solo exhibits in Toronto and Hamilton, including some of the Toronto photographs included in his donations to the Archives.

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Kathleen Thompson

Kathleen Thompson, in April 2009, donated two issues of The Fusilier, the employee magazine for the General Engineering Company (Canada). These two issues fill a gap near the end of this publication run. This series is part of a larger fonds from The General Engineering Company (Canada) Limited (F 2082) documenting the company, which designed, built and operated mining and industrial plants, airports and munition works. It operated a plant in Scarborough, Ontario.

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Ian Trowell

In September 2010 Ian Trowell, a sculptor and painter from London, Ontario, donated his personal records pertaining to the founding of Visual Arts Ontario (VAO) in 1974 and Upper Canada Centre for the Visual Arts (UCCVA) in Niagara-on-the-Lake in 1975. Records in the donation include correspondence, minutes, annual reports, grant applications, brochures and photographs. Visual Arts Ontario (VAO) serves artists, arts organizations and the art-interested public by providing a wide range of training programs and opportunities to its membership. Upper Canada Centre for the Visual Arts (UCCVA) served as an art gallery and resource centre in service to the members of the Ontario Society of Artists until the 1980s. Trowells donation complements records of other visual arts organizations in the Archives holdings, including those of the Ontario Society of Artists and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries.

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Donald Urquhart

In April 2010 Donald Urquhart donated records relating to the professional life of his father, Dr. Richard William Ian Urquhart (1898-1977)(4604). Dr. Urquhart was a pioneer in the development of industrial medicine as Medical Director for Ontario Hydro's projects in northern Ontario and the first chairman of the Ontario Hospital Services Commission which began the Ontario Hospital Insurance Programme in 1959.

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Anthony Usher

In three donations from 2002 to 2009 Anthony Usher donated records of his firm Anthony Usher Planning Consultant which document his professional services in land use, resource, recreation and tourism planning. The Anthony Usher Planning Consultant fonds (F 4530) contains maps, reports, correspondence and primary research materials document a range of projects, proposals and land use planning studies for parks, watersheds, residential developments, fisheries, marinas, beaches and lake system. Many of the projects undertaken relate to areas in northern Ontario; examples are Lake Temagami, Lakes of the Woods Fishery, and Polar Bear Provincial Park.

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Estate of Dr. Wasyl Veryha

In July 2009 and December 2010 Oksana Veryha, Dr. Veryha's widow, donated records of Wasyl Veryha's activities as former member and president of the Brotherhood of Veterans of the 1st Ukrainian Division of the Ukrainian National Army. The donation includes the Brotherhood's submissions to the Deschenes Commission of Inquiry on War Criminals in Canada (1985-1986) as well as a group photograph of the Ukrainian War Veterans Association in commemoration of the Royal Visit, Toronto, May 22, 1939. This donation from Dr. Veryha's estate complements other Ukrainian Canadian records found in the Multicultural Historical Society of Ontario collection (F 1405-56).

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David Wall

Self-taught artist David Wall donated his artwork of court cases to the Archives of Ontario in October 2006. David Wall is a native Torontonian. Mr. Wall became interested in documenting certain court cases through his artwork, working in watercolour and coloured chalks, and paints on various sizes of artists watercolour paper. He says that he is interested in all aspects of the law, and does not try to focus on particular types of legal actions.

Many of the cases involve violations of human, rather than property, rights for example, cases of child pornography, rape or murder. Some case are high profile, including Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and Solicitor General of Canada v. Ernst Zundel.

There are paintings of witnesses in the dock, the judge and the lawyers, and the people in the courtroom watching the proceedings. Like many court artists, his work is somewhat impressionistic, with many details just sketched in quickly. These paintings add to our understanding and appreciation of the process and particulars of specific court cases, especially when combined with the associated textual records such as court records or judges benchbooks (4522).

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Frances A. Webster

In November 2006, Mrs. Frances A. Webster donated records which form an accrual to the Mathers & Haldenby fonds of architectural records (C 315). This donation includes thumbnail portraits sheet of Mathers & Haldenby staff, a firm prospectus, prints of reference drawings for Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), and various proposals for hospitals.

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Joan Whitley

In 2004 the Archives of Ontario received the records of John Wilkins (1945-2000) donated by his mother, Mrs. Joan Whitley.

Self-taught in home design, John Wilkins formed Ardam Design Build in the late 1970s. The company focused on up-scale residences, associated outbuildings such as garages and cabanas and landscape design. He won a prize in 1985 from the Canadian Housing Design Council for the restoration and renovation of a house at 53 Elm Avenue in Toronto. The John Wilkins fonds (F 4433), primarily consists of photographs and architectural drawings for projects undertaken by Mr. Wilkins' company.

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Harold Whyte

Harold Whyte donated in 2002 a 16mm motion picture film he created with Ray McFadden, staff photographers for the newspaper, the Toronto Telegram. Entitled "Tely Nightsiders of 1953", this short film, depicts in comic fashion, night shift activities in the newsroom.

Harold Whyte also created and donated a video version of the film in 2002 to which he added a soundtrack which helps to identify persons and provides a storyline to the original 1953 film. The video version also includes and identifies a group photograph of Telegram photographers who covered the 1951 visit of Princess Elizabeth to Canada (F 4407)

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Estate of George Yamada

In 2007 the Archives received the George Yamada fonds (F 4558) from the trustees of his estate. George Kiyoshi Yamada (1918-2005) was a pacifist, a conscientious objector during World War II, a publisher and a printer. He was the owner of Ploughshares Press in Ontario, and also published and edited the newsletter Rikka from Toronto for almost two decades. Born in the United States, when he was drafted by the United States Army in 1941, Yamada declined to register and declared himself a conscientious objector. He spent time in a Civilian Public Service Camp and after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, was ordered transferred to an internment centre for Nikkei (persons of Japanese descent) administered by the War Relocation Authority. In 1970 he came to Canada.

The majority of the fonds concerns George Yamada's dedication to pacifism and the conscientious objection to war. Included is correspondence with other pacifists, and with academics, as well as letters written by George Yamada that provide information about his family's history. Family photographs of his travels are also included.

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Donald Zacher

In 2006 Donald Zacher donated the W. B. Hamilton Shoe Company Ltd. fonds (F 4501) -- the first business fonds dealing with shoe manufacturing and retailing in the Archives' holdings. The W. B. Hamilton Shoe Company Limited, founded by William B. Hamilton in 1859 from previous partnerships, operated a manufacturing, wholesale and retail boot and shoe company under the business name of W. B. Hamilton Boots and Shoes primarily located in Toronto with stores across Canada. Mr. Zacher's donation included a minute book,ledgers, and a block plan for fire insurance purposes of 15-17 Front Street, Toronto where the company was once located (now the Sony Centre for Performing Arts).

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