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Book Society of Canada Ltd.

  • RC0878
  • Corporate body

The Book Society of Canada Ltd. was incorporated on 29 May 1945. Its founding president was John C.W. Irwin (1900-71) who worked from 1927 to 1929 as Assistant Manager of the Educational Department of the Macmillan Company of Canada Limited. In 1930 he and his brother-in-law, W.H. Clarke, began Clarke, Irwin & Company Limited. Together they developed and managed the publishing company of Clarke Irwin along with the Canadian branch of the Oxford University Press (from 1936 onwards). Irwin left Clarke Irwin in 1944 to form The Book Society. The latter was a school textbook publishing company. In the 1960s The Book Society published approximately a dozen books per year, many of which were approved by various departments of education across Canada. The founder's son, John W. Irwin, left teaching in 1960, joined the firm, and worked in various capacities of the company. He became President of the firm in 1971. In 1973 The Book Society acquired an educational publishing firm, Bellhaven House Limited (see boxes 56, file 14, and 59, file 1 for authors' contracts and questionnaires), and in 1982, a trade firm, Peter Martin Associates Limited. When Clarke Irwin went into receivership, The Book Society acquired its assets in June 1983. Clarke Irwin was maintained by The Book Society for a short period as a separate entity and reconstituted under the name, Clarke Irwin (1983) Inc. In 1984 The Book Society was renamed as Irwin Publishing Inc. At that time two-thirds of the company's business was in the area of educational publishing and the remainder in trade. The total business sales were {dollar}3 million, 5% of which came from foreign rights revenue.

Bottomley, Gordon

  • RC0811
  • Person
  • 1874-1948

Gordon Bottomley was an English poet and playwright, born in Keighley, Yorkshire on 20 February 1874 who began his working life as a bank clerk. He died on 25 August 1948 in Oare, England.

Bourinot, Arthur Stanley

  • RC0812
  • Person
  • 1893-1969

Born on 3 November 1893, Arthur Stanley Bourinot was a poet and lawyer. After completing his education at the University of Toronto and his legal training at Osgoode Hall, he was called to the bar in 1920. He practised law in Ottawa until his retirement in 1959. He produced more than a dozen chapbooks of poetry between 1915 and 1966. He won the Governor General's Award for Under the Sun (1939). Bourinot was also an active member of the literary community in Canada. He edited the Canadian Poetry Magazine (1948-54 and 1966-8) and Canadian Author and Bookman (1953-4, 1957-60). He died on 17 January 1969.

Bourns, Arthur N.

  • RC0131
  • Person
  • 1919-

Arthur N. Bourns was born on 8 December 1919 at Petitcodiac, New Brunswick, and educated at Acadia University and then McGill University, graduating in 1944 with a doctorate in chemistry. He joined the Department of Chemistry at McMaster University as an Assistant Professor in 1947, after teaching at Acadia University and the University of Saskatchewan. He had begun his career as a research chemist in 1944 at the Dominion Rubber Company. Dr. Bourns became a full Professor in 1953, and served as both a chairman and a dean before becoming Vice-President, Science and Engineering, in 1967. In 1972 he was appointed president of the university, a post he held until 1980. He had a distinguished academic career, becoming a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1964 and serving as a member of the National Research Council, 1969-1975. Dr. Bourns was awarded four honorary degrees. He married Marion Blakney in 1943 and the couple had four children.

Bowerbank, Sylvia

  • RC0027
  • Person
  • 1947-2005

Sylvia Lorraine Bowerbank was born on July 19, 1947 in Hamilton, Ontario and spent her early years at Baptiste Lake. It was during this period that she developed her appreciation of nature which was to influence her throughout her life. She attended Carleton University, the University of Toronto and Simon Fraser University, receiving her B.A. (1970) and her Ph.D (1985) in English from McMaster University.

It was at McMaster that she began as Assistant Professor in the Department of English and Cultural Studies and Arts and Science in 1986. At the time of her death in 2005, she was Professor of English and Cultural Studies. She was one of the founders of the Women’s Studies Program and was also a Co-Chair of the President’s Committee on Indigenous Issues. She sat on international editorial boards for journals and executive committees for international associations and was also the vice-president, then the president of the Canadian Women’s Studies Association. During her career, she received several honours for her contributions to undergraduate education: she was nominated six times for teaching awards and received a McMaster Student Union Teaching Award (1986-87). She also received the McMaster Student Environmental Recognition Award (2002) and a Special Recognition Award from the President’s Committee on Indigenous Issues and Indigenous Studies Program (2002).

Her scholarship has been foundational in a number of fields: early modern cultural studies, focusing on women’s texts and history; ecocriticism; literature and science studies; and indigenous cultures. She published widely in books and journals. Her book on seventeenth century women’s writing, entitled, Speaking for Nature: Women and Ecologies in Early Modern England (Johns Hopkins U.P.) was published in 2004.

Bradley-Garretson Company Limited

  • RC0750
  • Corporate body
  • 1879-1920

The Bradley-Garretson Company Limited originated in Philadephia, and was involved in subscription book publishing. The Canadian branch was established in Brantford in 1876 by D.R. Wilson. Some time before 1879, Thomas Samuel Linscott, who was born in Devonshire, England in 1846 and had emigrated to America for health reasons, became the company's manager. Ordained in 1875 as a minister in the Methodist Episcopal Church, Linscott retired from the ministry in 1879 and bought the Canadian interests of the company.

Based in Toronto and Brantford, Ontario, Bradley-Garretson ("The Book and Bible House") published books between 1879 and 1920. According to Warner and Beer's History of Brant County (1883), it employed at Brantford "from fifteen to twenty" clerks and assistants, using "all the modern appliances" and appointed "over one thousand agents" in 1882. The company was not officially incorporated until 1895, by which time Linscott's son, Thomas Henry Linscott, had become the main owner. In 1896 the company opened the Toronto office at 155 Bay Street. (A related operation, Linscott Publishing Co., was established in 1897). Many of Bradley-Garretson's publications were religious in nature, although the company also issued books related to politics and the domestic sciences. Several imprints of the company are life and work anthologies written about individuals such as Sir John Thompson, Dwight L. Moody and Rev. Charles Spurgeon.

Brady, Alexander

  • RC0751
  • Person
  • fl.1838

Alexander Brady and others were charged with treason on 1 June 1838 in the township of Pelham where they were accused of gathering together in an unlawful manner with rifles, pistols, and swords. Only John W. Brown was found guilty.

Brand, John

  • MS069
  • Person
  • 1744-1806

John Brand, antiquary, topographer, and clergyman, was born on 19 August 1744 at Washington, in the county of Durham and educated at Lincoln College, Oxford. On 6 October 1744 he was given the perpetual curacy of Cramlington, a chapel of ease to St. Nicholas at Newcastle. On 29 May 1777 he was elected a fellow in the Society of Antiquaries, later becoming resident secretary. He was appointed to the rectory of the united parishes of St. Mary-at-Hill and St. Mary Hubbard in 1784. He is the author of several works including Observations on the Popular Antiquities of Great Britain (1777). He died on 11 September 1806 in his rectory.

Brandis, Marianne

  • RC0895
  • Person
  • 1938-

Born in the Netherlands in 1938, Marianne Brandis (full last name: “Brender à Brandis”) immigrated with her family in 1947 to Terrace, BC and currently lives in Stratford, Ontario. She was educated at UBC, St. Francis Xavier University, and McMaster University from which she graduated with a BA in 1960 and MA in 1964.

Brandis worked for a time as a copywriter for CKOC in Hamilton and CBC in Toronto in the 1960s. She also taught creative writing and English literature at Ryerson Polytechnical Institute (Ryerson University) from 1967 until she resigned in 1989 at the age of 50 after which she pursued writing full-time. She continues to teach creative writing and memoir writing workshops.

Brandis’ writings contain diverse topics and include historical fiction, creative non-fiction, memoir, and biography genres. In her historical works, she deals with significant events and the private and daily lives of individuals. Perhaps best known are Brandis’ historical books for younger readers which were published in the 1980s and 1990s, and out of these, The Tinderbox (1982), The Quarter-Pie Window (1985), The Sign of the Scales (1990), Fire Ship (1992), and Rebellion (1996) received various awards and commendations. Brandis’ most recent projects have been creative non-fiction and other life-writing works. Brandis has collaborated extensively with her brother Gerard Brender à Brandis, the wood engraver and bookwright, and whose fonds is also at McMaster.

Brant, C.C.

  • RC0654
  • Person
  • [18--]-[19--]

C.C. Brant was a teamster hauling logs from a logging dump in Whitney, Ontario in the winter of 1919. Shortly thereafter he moved to Fort St. John, British Columbia. In the winter of 1922 he had been there long enough to apply for a land patent. He still had his horses but was also ranching at the Z Cross Ranch. He was considering going into a partnership with others so that he would be free to return back to Ontario for a visit.

Brasch, James Daniel

  • RC0752
  • Person
  • 1929-

James Brasch was born on 11 October 1929. He was educated at the State University of New York, Colgate University and the University of Wisconsin. He has published a guide to Henry James's novel, The Portrait of a Lady in 1966 and edited a volume of Ernest Hemingway's works in 1981. He began teaching in McMaster University's English department in 1966 and became an associate professor before his retirement in 1995.


  • RC0526
  • Corporate body

Brender à Brandis, G.

  • RC0162
  • Person
  • 1942-

Born in the Netherlands in 1942, Gerard Brender à Brandis immigrated to Canada with his family in 1947. After graduating from the Fine Arts programme at McMaster University, he set up his own studio in Carlisle, Ontario. Although he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree, he studied wood engraving and the art of making books on his own. In 1969 he established the Brandstead Press, and during the 1970s and 1980s, Brender à Brandis gained both a national and international reputation for his delicate work in wood engraving and linocutting. Best known for his botanicals, interior studies and landscapes, Brender à Brandis is also an accomplished bookwright, producing limited edition books combining the arts of paper-making, wood engraving, typesetting, printing, book binding, and spinning, dyeing and weaving flax into linen covers. He has had solo exhibitions as well as numerous group shows. His work is represented in both public and private collections, and public and university libraries throughout Canada and the United States. Brender à Brandis currently resides in Stratford, Ontario.

Brender à Brandis, Madzy

  • RC0896
  • Person
  • 1910-1984

Mattha (“Madzy”) Cornelia Brender à Brandis (née van Vollenhoven) (1910-1984), known as “Madzy”, was a writer who was born in Scheveningen, Holland in 1910. She was the third of four children. She studied law in Leiden, but before completing her degree, she married Wim (“Bill”) Brender à Brandis. They had three children: Marianne Brandis, Gerard Brender à Brandis, and Joost (“Jock”) Brender à Brandis. They lived briefly in New York City, but they moved back to Holland just as World War II began. Wim was ultimately sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in 1942, and during this time, Madzy cared for their children in Nazi occupied Netherlands. The family immigrated to northern B.C. in 1947 and lived on a farm for nine years. In 1958, Madzy and Bill moved to Antigonish, Nova Scotia and worked at St. Francis Xavier University, and in 1959 they moved to Burlington, Ontario.

Madzy wrote in both Dutch and English, and much of her writing was autobiographical and details her experience as an immigrant. She wrote columns for four different newspapers in Holland and Canada; sixty-eight columns and other short works remain, though she wrote more that have not survived. She wrote a memoir about life on their farm in B.C. titled Land for our Son, published under the name Maxine Brandis, and which she translated into Dutch. She also wrote short stories and a great deal of unpublished material for family members, such as diaries, memoirs, letters, etc. Madzy contracted rheumatoid arthritis while still living in WWII Holland, and by 1972, unable to use her hands to write, she was using a tape recorder for correspondence, research, and for recording family memories.

Brett, Wallace

  • RC0569
  • Person
  • 1895-1918

Wallace Balfour Brett was born in Markdale, Ontario on 16 May 1895. Brett had been a farmer prior to enlisting in Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in January 1917. Brett was a member of the 4th Company of the 8th Battalion. Brett was killed in action on 21 August 1918. He is buried in the Daours Communal Cemetery, 10 kilometers east of Amiens.

Brewer, Alfred Beverley

  • RC0387
  • Person

Sgt. Major Alfred Beverley Brewer made a career in the military. He was the Sgt. Major of the 79th Field Battery of the Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment in 1932. He was chosen to be part of the Canadian Coronation Contingent (Militia Detachment) which travelled to Great Britain for the coronation of King George VI in May 1937. He served with the Royal Canadian Artillery Regiment during World War II.

Brian, Havergal

  • RC0244
  • Person
  • 1876-1972

Havergal Brian was an English composer and musical critic who was born in Dresden, Staffordshire. He died in Shoreham on 28 November 1972. In composition he was self-taught while earning his living from clerical jobs. He eventually found work as an assistant editor of Musical Opinion. He composed 32 symphonies.

Bricklayers and Masons Union, Local 1

  • RC0330
  • Corporate body
  • 1881-

Local 1 received its charter on 27 June 1881 from the National Union of Bricklayers and Masons of America. This was reported in the Hamilton Spectator, "Bricklayers and Masons", 8 July 1881. Local 1 was the first local to be chartered in Canada. Over the years the union has evolved. Local 1 is currently chartered by both the International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers and the Bricklayers and Allied Craft Workers of Canada.

Bridge and Tank Company of Canada.

  • RC0178
  • Corporate body

Members of Local 2537 are employees of Bridge and Tank Company of Canada--Hamilton Bridge Division.

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