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Fonds RC0139 - Harold and Grace Leather fonds

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Harold and Grace Leather fonds

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RC0139

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  • 1793-1978 (Creation)

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1.03 m of textual records, graphic materials and realia.

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Leather, Grace ([189?]-[19--])

Biographical history

Grace C. Holmes, of Toronto, married Harold Leather in 1918 while in England. They had one child, Edwin.

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Leather, Harold (1893-1981)

Biographical history

Harold Hamilton Leather was born on 23 May 1893 in Hamilton, Ont., the son of Thomas Edwin Leather and the former Helen McIntyre Skinner. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ont. He served in World War I, joining the Imperial Service Corps in England as a private. He returned to Canada in 1919 with rank of captain.

While in England he married Grace C. Holmes, of Toronto, in 1918. They had one child, Edwin. Harold Leather established his own company, Leather Cartage in 1924 in Hamilton, which was sold in the 1950s, with Leather remaining a director until his death in 1981. During World War II, he was in charge of the Canadian Red Cross parcels scheme. For this service he was made a Member of the Order of the British Empire and received medals from six foreign countries.

After the war, he became chairman of the Canadian Red Cross for six years, and subsequently was named an honorary counsellor of the national organization. Among many other activities, he served on the board of directors of McMaster University and the Stratford Festival until his retirement at the age of 80. He died in Hamilton in 1981.

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There have been three accruals. The first accrual, which consisted of photographic slides and camera equipment, was deacessioned in July 2008. The second accrual (28-1996, 32-1996) measures 1 m, and is arranged into the following series: personal correspondence; legal correspondence and documents; Canadian Red Cross society; Samuel B. Freeman scrapbooks; memorabilia; certificates and awards; photographs and albums. It includes legal correspondence relating to the family property on 341 James St. South. The third accrual (29-1998) measures 3 cm and consists of correspondence, news clippings and a photograph.

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The first accrual was acquired from Sir Edwin Leather in 1983, the second in 1996 and the third in 1998.

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Second accrual: Online Finding Aid
Third accrual: Online Finding Aid

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RC0139

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