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Bob O’Donnell

Jacques Duperon Baby and his sons, James and Francis, were active in the fur trade, land ownership, the public service, the justice system, and the militia during the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Baby Point in St. Clair, Ontario is named after Jacques Duperon Baby, who amassed vast amounts of land in the area. The latest donations to the Jacques Duperon Baby family fonds (F 2128), in 2006 and 2018, were from Bob O’Donnell, who acquired the records from his great-aunt, Teresa O’Donnell Baby. The materials included in the most recent donation date between 1818 and ca. 1967 and document the lives and business ventures of this prominent Ontario family over several generations.

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Robert W. Runciman

The Honourable Robert (Bob) William Runciman is a former Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario Legislature, representing the Leeds-Grenville riding from 1981 to 2010. He also served as a minister in the governments of Mike Harris and Ernie Eves from 1995 to 2003, and in the Senate of Canada from 2010 to 2017. Thanks to Runciman’s latest donation in 2017, the Robert W. Runciman fonds (F 4432) now includes his political and legislative papers from his seven years in the Canadian Senate, adding to the documentation of his prestigious political and legislative career.


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John Smith

J.C. Smith was an amateur photographer who documented Ridgetown, Ontario in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. John Smith, J.C. Smith’s great-grandson, donated the J.C. Smith fonds (F 4700) in 2017. The 280+ photographs document individuals, families, residential and commercial architecture, schools, cottages, and tombstones in or near Ridgetown. Digital images of most of the photographs are available in the Visual Database.

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Kathy Walkinshaw

Kathy Walkinshaw donated additional records to the Gillies Brothers Company fonds (F 150) in 2019. The Gillies Brothers Company was a lumber company operating from the mid nineteenth century to 1978, primarily in eastern Ontario. The newly donated records are an important source of information about the company’s work in Petawawa, and include worker accident reports and financial documents.

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