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Pirate Group Inc. fonds

  • RC0272
  • Fondo
  • 1981-2005

The first accrual consists of six series:
Series 1 – Case Files
Series 2 – Additional Case Files
Series 3 – Production Log Books
Series 4 – Additional Audio-Visual Material
Series 5 – Terry O’Reilly’s Files
Series 6 – Press, Promotional Material, and Awards

Series 1 is particularly significant, containing 12,000 case files documenting the creation of approximately 50,000 thirty-second radio and television commercials produced by Pirate Group Inc. (Toronto office) and its predecessor companies: O’Reilly Radio Inc., Robert Armes Inc., Shurman Armes Crawford, and The Air Company, from 1981 to 2005. These files document the entire production process from the initial phase through to the finished product, though some files are more complete than others. The material found in the file may include: concept presentations; casting sessions and auditions; ACTRA contracts and other actor contracts; script progression and revision; briefing documents; final recording-day scripts with directors notes; recording session schedules; music demos, final tracks, sheet music and lyrics; production edits; final audio mixes, element breakdown of the recording (voices, sound effects, music); final radio and TV commercials; budget estimates, quotations and final billing; etc.

Pirate Group Inc.

Air Raid Precautionary (ARP), City of Westminster

  • RC0284
  • Fondo
  • 1928-1963

The fonds consists of correspondence, memos, drawings, maps, and photographs, arranged into six series.

Series 1: Survey of Basements, 1938-1939, 1.6 m of textual records and graphic material. Arrangement is alphabetical by street address.
This series includes the names of tenants and owners, the status of the building (occupied or vacant), the date of construction where known, additions or deletions of street numbers over time, either through deletions or renumbering, sketches or engineering drawings of potentially suitable basements (for either private or public shelters), and a personal opinion from the surveyor as to the condition of the property, and its suitability for ARP purposes. It contains hand-completed survey forms, arranged first by City ward, and then by streets within the ward, describing basements of most buildings in the City, both residential and commercial (late 1938 to early 1939). The series also contains a published portfolio of the Planning Department’s proposed use for properties compared to their 1937 usage. There is also a detailed street map showing the ward boundaries.

Series 2: Air Raid Shelters, Works Department, 1938-1953; predominant 1938-1946, 6 m of textual records and graphic material. Arranged alphabetically by individual addresses.
This series deals with maintenance of air raid shelters for more than 50 persons. It describes individual addresses with chronologically arranged sequences of information including completed owner/tenant forms from 1938-1939 indicating the number of persons in the establishment, the nature of a potential shelter, and other details, with relevant correspondence. There is information on: addresses where strengthening, maintenance, problems, and finally decommissioning took place; completed forms, relevant correspondence, and submission dates for businesses who applied for Home Security Grants which were funded by the National government, not by the City; and matters concerning a variety of air raid shelter issues at addresses where the basements were considered for air raid shelters, but were either never developed, or did not meet City/County criteria, e.g. church buildings.

Series 3: City Engineer’s office files, 1928-1963; predominant 1937-1946, 4.1 m of textual records and graphic material.
This series covers a broad range of topics relevant to the City Engineer’s Office and covered under the ARP designation, which, despite its title, was far broader than “Air Raid Precautionary” systems. The City Engineers dealt with, for example: road safety during blackouts ( white paint, lighting of crosswalks, traffic patterns, and a design for “cat’s eyes”); sandbagging; casualty stations and their operation; debris removal and street repairs; personnel matters regarding draft deferments; recycling of salvaged materials; fuel supplies and storage; construction and equipping of field kitchens; waste food treatment plants; the activities of ARP wardens and their posts; collection and collation of all individual air raid incidents; and even practical issues in setting up and dismantling reviewing stands for numerous parades. The series also includes some advertising material and samples of materials used in blackout curtains, sisal rope, and sandbag preservation.

Series 4: Correspondence, 1939-1940, 32 cm of textual records.
This series contains letters, predominantly 1939-1940, to the City Engineer’s Office, in three areas: supply and retrieval of armlets for ARP wardens; complaints and concerns of local business owners with regard to their air raid shelters; claims for reimbursement in the operation of the shelters.

Series 5: Drawings (engineering or architectural) accompanying home security applications, 1933-1941, 32 cm of graphic material. Arrangement is alphabetical by street address.
Drawings of proposed shelters in commercial buildings, some of whose owners applied through the City Engineer’s Office to the National Government for Home Security Grants for the development of air raid shelters therein. Many relate to addresses in Series 2, where the applicants for Home Security Grants (CBS2 applications) were successful. The City retained at least one copy of the required drawings, and applied its own identification numbers to them, beginning with “W”. Some drawings do not match any of the addresses in Series 2; their status is unclear.

Series 6: Advertising leaflets, road closures, accounts ledger, 1940-1945, 32 cm of textual records.
This series contains a group of manufactures’ advertising leaflets of products relevant to the City Engineer’s ARP activities. There is also a single accounting ledger detailing the costs incurred in supporting the public air raid shelters for more than a year. Finally, the series contains a single set of forms detailing road closures in Westminster for part of the period.

Air Raid Precautionary, City of Westminster Engineer (ARP)

Allan Burgess Dove fonds

  • RC0333
  • Fondo
  • 1943-1945

The fonds, which relates to Dove’s activities during World War II as Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Engineers, consists of mine detection reports, technical drawings, photographs, inventory of machinery, and correspondence concerning war risks insurance.

Dove, Allan B.

Ian D. Spenser fonds

  • RC0390
  • Fondo
  • 1952-1992

There have been two accruals. The first accrual consists of newspaper clippings and correspondence with individuals such as Lincoln Alexander and Jean Sauve regarding research funding, grants and science policy issues important to Dr. Spenser. There is also correspondence pertaining to library acquisitions made possible through the assistance of Dr. Spenser, some printed materials relating to McMaster University and newspaper clippings. The second accrual consists of his doctorial thesis (1952) and offprints of his published works, numbered 1-136. The third accrual consists of photos and ephemera from Spenser's trips to Japan.

Spenser, Ian D.

Ralph Ellis fonds

  • RC0411
  • Fondo
  • [195-]-[197-]

The fonds consists of two scrapbooks which contain mainly news clippings outlining Ellis' many activities. See also the National Committee for Independent Canadian Unions fonds for further biographical information on Ellis as well as some correspondence.

Ellis, Ralph

Julian Gould fonds

  • RC0467
  • Fondo
  • 1865-1932

The fonds consists of 24 letters from Gould to his parents, 1915-1917, fifteen pencil sketches of scenes behind the British lines and a self-portrait, drawings and watercolours of landscapes (including juvenilia), Parisian architecture (1910), and nature studies, b&w photographs, news clippings, maps, letters of condolence, letters about the book Memorial and a letter concerning the Arras memorial in 1932, mostly bound in an album. There are annotations throughout by Frederick J. Gould. There are also a memorial card and letter of condolence with regard to Gould's sister who died at age six in 1893 and a photograph of St. George's Chapel Choir, Windsor, in 1865 (Frederick J. Gould was a member). A photocopy of a Memorial Notice of Julian Gould was acquired in November 2007.

Gould, Julian

John Hays fonds

  • RC0473
  • Fondo
  • 1915-1919

The fonds consists of a portrait of Hays mounted in a memorial plaque with a poem which is written from the point-of-view of his parents. Three medals are also included: the 1914-1915 Star, the British War medal, 1914-1918, and the Victory medal, 1914-1919.

Hays, John

Wilson Thomson fonds

  • RC0475
  • Fondo
  • [1948]-[1970]

The fonds consists of his artwork, along with a few amateur pieces done for school by other family members, Heather and Kathryn Thomson. Kathryn was living in Sharon, Ont. at the time she created her piece. One of Heather’s was done in 1970. Thomson’s work for the Blue Book was done in 1948. It includes illustrations for “The Last Outpost” (Oct. 1948), “McQuillan Lends a Hand”, “That’ll Be the Day McQuillan”, “Scandal in Eden” (June 1948), and “Lords of the Forest and Lakes” (Nov. 1948). The McQuillan stories could not be dated, although four stories about this character with different titles appeared from 1948 to 1950. His work is in varied media including: pencil, ink, water-colour, pastel and conté pencils, and includes portraits as well as landscapes. There is one pencil sketch for an advertisement, showing a housewife on the phone and a man painting. The fonds includes finished works as well as sketches. Some of the works have been signed; others have not. One is dated 1961. Much of it was not done for Blue Book. There is a poster probably done for his children to sell apple cider. Because material arrives in disarray from Morris Norman, there is a possibility that some of these works are not by Thomson.

Thomson, Wilson

Hutcheson family fonds

  • RC0476
  • Fondo
  • 1939-1945

The fonds consists of: five Canadian military medals in original boxes with ribbons, including the Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-1945, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Star, and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; 15 other medals and pins (the Atlantic Star, the 1939-1945 Star (2), two War Medals 1939-45, two 1939-1945 Canada Voluntary, RAF wings, two inscribed white cross pins, the France and Germany Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, maple leaf, and Navy bracelet (inscribed R. Bazett Hutcheson); Royal Canadian Navy black double breasted “Undress Coat” with eight gilt buttons, with rank insignia of Lieutenant Commander; 45audio disc (vinyl), 78 rpm, being “a message to some nice people” by Eric [Harry Hutcheson]”, 9-6-42 [9 June 1942]; framed b&w photograph of Sub-Lieutenant R. B. Hutcheson, R.C.N.V.R., July 1941, by Chimo of Halifax, Nova Scotia; two framed pencil drawings of Eric Harry Hutcheson by Debenham Gould, Bournemouth.

Hutcheson family

Otto and Ada Hartmann fonds

  • RC0489
  • Fondo
  • 1915-1917

The fonds consists of 26 letters, dated between March and October 1915 and five postal receipts. It has been arranged in chronological order, the letters in folders numbered 1-26 and the receipts in a separate folder. Four of the letters were sent by Ada Hartmann to her husband, the remainder being sent by Otto to her. His letters reflect various experiences in the war, with many references to his company's movements and activities, to the transportation and work duties of the prisoners, and to the ranks, salaries, uniforms and weapons of the Prussian Army. He also touched on non-military topics, including singing, cigars, and other social matters. Among the people named in his letters were: battalion commander Major [Flienitz?]; Oberstleutnant Kuntzel; Vizefeldwebel Vick; Victor Ansaux, a prisoner at Münster; and the family of Paul Voss. Most often comprising only one folded page, his letters were sent by Feldpost, the postal service of the German Army. The letters from Ada, which were typically longer, often concerned various household purchases, payments into the Militärdienst-Versicherung (military service insurance – see receipts below), and such events as a trip with the children to Hagenbeck Zoo. Both wrote in the Spitzschrift or Kurrentschrift form of handwriting typical of the day, though Ada's writing was more flourished and regular than Otto's. Due to water damage and poor paper quality, the letters and envelopes are extremely brittle and are in places very difficult or impossible to decipher.
Note: Although encapsulated, the letters are still extremely fragile and easily damaged. Researchers are asked to use the photocopies provided wherever possible to avoid further damage.

The five Posteinlieferungsscheinen [postal receipts], are postmarked in Minden and presumably obtained by Ada Hartmann. Each consists of a printed form filled out in ink. Three blue-green receipts were issued for small deposits made in 1916 and 1917 to an account with the Deutsche Militärdienst-Versicherung of the Hanover branch of Berlinische Lebens-Versicherungs-Gesellschaft (Berlin Life Insurance Company). The remaining two receipts were issued for larger amounts sent by postal order in the same period to Gotthard Luch in Homberg an der Ohm, Oberhessen (Upper Hesse).

Hartmann, Otto

Nancy B. Kennedy-Reid fonds

  • RC0492
  • Fondo
  • 1940-1971

The fonds consists of three scrapbooks containing among other things: mimeographs of daily orders, and nominal rolls; photographs, including wounded soldiers after the Dieppe raid, hospitals, British countryside scenes, and Italian scenes including the Amalfi coast and Rome letters and cards newsletters, newspapers, including The Maple Leaf and The Red Patch and news clippings, programs, invitations, realia, including medals, identification bracelet, and a piece of shrapnel.

Kennedy-Reid, Nancy B.

John Lisle fonds

  • RC0608
  • Fondo
  • 1943-1945

Fonds consists of 36 letters to his parents, which were frequently censored. They are full of requests for warm clothing.

Lisle, John

Thomas Phillips fonds

  • RC0614
  • Fondo
  • 1940-1945

The fonds consists of his Soldier’s Service and Pay Book issued13 June 1940; his certificate of transfer to the Army Reserve, 20 December 1945, a photograph of him with another soldier in 1944 and an oversize photograph, presumably of Phillips’s company but it has no identification apart from the fact that it was taken in Pirbright, Surrey by Gwyer Gibbs. Sandhurst Royal Military Academy is located in Pirbright.

Phillips, Thomas Richard

Secord family fonds

  • RC0622
  • Fondo
  • 1821-1943

The Secord fonds consists of mortgages, indentures, quit claims, tax notices, genealogical trees, wills, deeds of land, and other miscellaneous documents. Some of the documents concern the Powell and Miles families. There is a transcription of the will of Ambroise Sicard (i.e. Secord) dated 1701.

Secord Family

Jackson family fonds

  • RC0623
  • Fondo
  • 1919-1945

The fonds consists of the elder Jackson’s demobilization certificate, his son’s Soldier’s Service and Pay Book and a Services Diary kept by the younger Jackson in 1942. The diary also contains a sheet of Indian Postage service stamps. There is also a map drawn by hand of the voyage Jackson took beginning on HMT Orion and ending in Bombay on HMT Almanzora.

Jackson family

Archivo General de Centro America fonds

  • RC0831
  • Fondo
  • 1544-1821

The microfilmed documents are arranged and were filmed by province (later country): Chiapas, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Within each geographical location, arrangement is by type of document: A1, Superior Gobierno (Central Government); A2, Capitania Generale (Judicial, Economic, and Military); A3 Real Hacienda (Exchequer, Court Documents, Accounts, and Taxation).

Archivo General de Centro América (Guatemala)

Bradley-Garretson Company Limited fonds

  • RC0750
  • Fondo
  • 1914-1915

Fonds consists of a recruitment letter dated 15 May 1915 looking for agents to sell and promote Bradley-Garretson publications. Along with the letter are the postmarked envelope and a return envelope, and three advertising supplements that accompanied the letter. One flyer promotes a publication detailing the sinking of the Lusitania. A second promotes a book entitled The World's Greatest War. The final large poster promotes the book Billy Sunday: The Man and His Message. These supplements were tools used by the agents to promote sales of these publications.

Bradley-Garretson Company Limited

C.C. Brant fonds

  • RC0654
  • Fondo
  • 1919-1922

The fonds consists of four letters written to John and Christine McCampbell. All the letters are signed C.C.B. Three are written from Whitney while the fourth is from “Brant and Walker, Z Cross Ranch, Fort St. John, B.C.” The assumption has been made that Christine is his sister and John his brother-in-law, although he does address them as “brother and sister”. The McCampbells are living in Uxbridge Ont. in 1919 and in Thessalon, Ont. in 1922. The most interesting letter is the one written from Fort St. John. He predicts that “this country is going to boom” before too long.

Brant, C.C.

Charles Wilkinson fonds

  • RC0801
  • Fondo
  • 1963-1985

Fonds consists of 14 scrapbooks of clippings from The Hamilton Spectator.

Wilkinson, Charles

Claude Guillot fonds

  • RC0770
  • Fondo
  • 1789-1798

The fonds consists of the following documents: a military certificate, noting that Claude Guillot is a volunteer in a military company stationed in Marseille, 6 June 1789; a letter of recommendation from his military company, 11 June 1794; a certificate of his admission to hospital in Mezierot on 14 July 1794; a travel document, 10 April 1798.

Guillot, Claude

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