Fonds RC0140 - Edwin Leather fonds

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Edwin Leather fonds

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  • 1879-2005 (Creation)

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4.9 m of textual records, graphic material and sound recordings.

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Sir Edwin Hartley Cameron Leather was born in Toronto, Ont. on 22 May 1919, the son of Harold Hamilton Leather and the former Grace C. Holmes. He was educated at Trinity College School in Port Hope, Ont. and the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. He married Sheila Greenlees on 9 March 1940; the couple has two daughters. During World War II, he served overseas with the Canadian Army.

After the war he remained in England, becoming a parliamentary candidate in 1945. He was Conservative Member of Parliament for North Somerset from 1950-1964. He was knighted in 1962. In 1973 he succeeded the murdered Sir Richard Sharples as Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Bermuda and remained in this position until 1977. He was for several years an executive and then director of Hogg Robinson Ltd. as well as serving on the board of directors of several other companies. He died in Bermuda on 5 April 2005.

Sir Edwin wrote on politics, business and religion for many newspapers and magazines, as well as being a public speaker and broadcaster. He was also the author of three novels.

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Fonds consists of ten accruals. The first accrual (28-1996; 32-1996) measures 1.8 m, and has been arranged into the following series: manuscripts, speeches and miscellaneous; certificates and awards; photographs and albums; newspaper clippings and journals; sound recordings. It includes correspondence, an appointment book, and family history research materials The second accrual (12-1998) measures 32 cm, and has been arranged into the following series: speeches, correspondence; political files; news clippings. The third accrual (29-1998) measures 1.7 m, and has been arranged into the following series and sub-series: correspondence (congratulatory, family, general, gubernatorial, literary, political, and research); manuscripts and typescripts (autobiographical, books, broadcast scripts, lay sermons, newspaper columns, novels, poetry, screen plays, speeches, stories, uncategorized); printed materials (military reports, news clippings including reviews of his works, programs, stamp covers); photographs; sound recordings. The fourth accrual (39-1999 and 41-2000) measures 20 cm, and has been arranged into the following series: correspondence, manuscripts and typescripts, and printed materials and photographs. The fifth accrual (11-2001) measures 12.5 cm and consists of audio cassettes, a speech typescript and a colour photograph. This sixth accrual (12-2002) measures 6cm and has been arranged in two series: correspondence; typescripts, programs, photographs and printed materials. The seventh accrual (15-2002) measures 5.5 cm and consists of two guest books and photographs of certificates. The eighth accrual (30-2002) measures 10 cm and consists of printed material and two photograph albums. The ninth accrual (14-2003) consists of three issues of Leather Lines: The Journal of the Leather Familty History Society. The tenth accrual (5-2005) measures 12.5 cm and consists of correspondence, honorary awards, and his death certificate and funeral services.

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The first accrual was acquired in 1996; the second accrual in 1998; the third accrual in 1998; the fourth accrual in September 1999 and December 1999 and February 2000; the fifth accrual in July 2001; the sixth accrual in January 2002; the seventh accrual in April 2002; the eighth accrual in September 2002; the ninth accrual in April 2003; all from Sir Edwin Leather. The tenth accrual was acquired in May 2005 from the estate of Sir Edwin Leather.


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First accrual: Online Finding Aid
Second accrual: Online Finding Aid
Third accrual: Online Finding Aid
Fourth accrual: Online Finding Aid
Fifth accrual: Online Finding Aid
Sixth accrual: Online Finding Aid
Seventh to ninth accrual: Online Finding Aid
Tenth accrual: Online Finding Aid

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