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Dr. William G. Bensen Fur Trade Collection of Robert D.W. Band

  • RC0916
  • Collection
  • 1689 - 1892

99 items relating to the fur trade in French and British Canada from the 17th to 19th centuries. Some items (e.g. exchanges of correspondence) comprise multiple components. The collection includes correspondence, voyageur contracts, diaries, court proceedings, account books, indentures, bills of exchange, company money, and other documents pertinent to the exercise of the fur trade.

This remarkable collection includes extensive personal and official documentation relating to the exercise of the fur trade in the territory which would eventually become Canada. Included are significant letters (from James McGill, George Simpson, and Catherine Fraser, among others), personal diaries, legal indentures, court papers (especially pertaining to lawsuits), account books, indictments, voyageur contracts, and more. Of particular note are extensive materials relating to the business of several significant fur trading concerns, including both major players like the North West Company and Hudson’s Bay Company and smaller firms like McTavish Frobisher Co., McTavish, McGillvrays and Co., &c. The collection also contains a substantial body of documentation relating to the Anglo-French Cornud family, which was heavily involved in the fur trade.

The collection also contains unlisted supplementary material prepared by Robert D. W. Band and his estate, including transcriptions, facsimiles, handwritten notes, and bibliographic information.

Plates for the appendix to the Third Report of the Select Committee of the House of Commons upon the Improvement of the Port of London

  • RC0903
  • Collection
  • 1800

The twenty-one plates were issued unbound and accompanied by a listing of the plates. This listing divides the plates to match the reports they accompanied:
Appendix to Mr. Mylne’s Report (Plate I)
Mr. Dodd’s Designs (Plate II-VII)
Mr. Wilson’s Design (Plate VIII)
Messers Telford and Douglass’s Designs (Plate IX-XII)
Mr. Dance’s Designs (Plate XIII-XIX)
Mr. Jessop’s Section of the River Thames (Plate XX)
Copy of Sir Christopher Wren’s plans after 1666 (Plate XXI)

Evans family collection

  • RC0901
  • Collection
  • 1914-1945

The collection consists mainly of correspondence between family members and close friends during the First World War, as well as some military documents and photographs.

Evans family

Paper soldiers and battle scenes collection

  • RC0899
  • Collection
  • c.1890-c.1925

Paper soldiers were a popular children’s entertainment or decoration beginning in the 1700s, rising to a height of popularity in the mid-19th century, before all but dying out after the Second World War. This small collection typifies the range of materials on offer from the late 1800s into the post First World War period from German printers (two of the companies were in Germany, the third was in the Alsace region, which at the time was under the rule of the German Kaiser). Some are printed on heavy card (soldaten auf karton, eg. item 1) while others on thin newsprint. There are examples of a number of styles, including simple cut-outs, others that could be glued together to create three-dimensional landscapes and objects, as well as black and white images for children to colour (eg. item 13). There is also one example of the scheibenbilder (target picture) style (item 16). German is always the first language on the sheets, but many included French and English, and some Italian and Spanish, showing the world-wide market for the material.

The Carl Joseph Scholz company of Mainz (founded 1793 and still in existence as of 2015) has a long history in both the printing industry and paper soldier manufacture. At one point their distribution of toy soldiers went as far East as Russian, and west to Great Britain and North America. The company stayed in the Scholz family at least until the Second World War.

Hohenstein & Lange operated in Berlin from 1876-1906. In 1898 the company became a joint-stock company and the inclusion of Druck und Verlag, Aktiengesellschaft Berliner Luzuspapier-fabrik vorm Hohenstein & Lang on item 11, date it to this later period.

There have been many iterations of Carl Burckardt’s original company, but they all maintained a variation of the name. The paper soldiers in this collection are all printed under the Druck u. Verlag v. C. Burckardt Nacht in Weissenburg (Elsass) imprint, which existed from 1890-1906.

Royal Air Force (RAF) Collection

  • RC0891
  • Collection
  • 1943

There are two letters written by Arthur Medland. The first is written to his Uncle, William P. White, the second is written to Douglas S. White, who seems to be William's son based on the content of the letters. Medland's letter to Douglas mentions the Tunisian Campaign. Medland has given the day and month, but not the date. His letter to Douglas is mostly likely written in 1943, given the time of the Tunisian Campaign and the active service of the HMCS Owen Sound, but it could be later. It is presumed that the letter to William is the same year, but again could be later.

The third letter was written by Jim [Shanock?] (1495306), an Aircraftman with the RAF, based at Sharjah in what is now Dubai. He was serving as part of the Persian and Iraq Force when he wrote to a Canadian, [Ian or Tom] Lancaster (JX391082), on board the HMCS Moose Jaw in July 1943. A couple of words have been excised from the letter by the censor.

Medland, Arthur

John Wigmore collection

  • RC0887
  • Collection
  • 1942-1944

The collection consists of forty-five letters from John Wigmore to his parents, plus two additional letters from his brother Bill, written between 1942-44.

Wigmore, John G.

Trade Union Field Officer Interviews conducted by Roy J. Adams

  • RC0886
  • Collection
  • 1975-1977

The collection consists of interviews conducted by Adams with trade union Field Officers representing a number of different unions and lead to the writing of “The Work of the Trade Union Field Officer” which appeared in Relations industrielles / Industrial Relations, vol. 32, no. 4, 1977. A copy of the article is included with the collection.

The following unions are represented in these interviews:
American Federation of Musicians of the United States, and Canada
American Newspaper Guild
Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists
Bricklayers' Masons and Plasterers' International Union of America
Canadian Union of Public Employees
Canadian Brotherhood of Railway, Transport and General Workers
International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Chauffeurs, Warehousemen and Helpers of America
International Longshoremen's Association
International Union of Electrical, Radio and Machine Workers
International Union, United Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America
Labourers' International Union of North America
Ontario English Catholic Teachers Association; Ontario Public Service Employees Union
Seafarers' International Union
Service Employees International Union
United Steelworkers of America
United Rubber, Cork, Linoleum and Plastic Workers of America
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada

Adams, Roy J.

Hugo Sonnenschein (Sonka) collection

  • RC0884
  • Collection
  • 1945-2010

The fonds consists of correspondence and writing by and about Sonka. It also includes some audio visual material related to his life.

Sonnenschein, Hugo (Sonka)

First World War Broadsides

  • RC0875
  • Collection
  • 1914

The collection consists of broadsides issued to the Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

Reuben Alvin Jukes (Jucksch) diaries

  • RC0872
  • Collection
  • 1916-1920

The collection consists of nine pocket diaries covering the period 21 April 1916-26 September 1920.

Jukes, Reuben Alvin

W. B. Yeats - Horseman, pass by! the story of a poet

  • RC0869
  • Collection
  • 1990

The collection contains 'Horseman, pass by! the story of a poet', told by Frank O'Connor and Brendan Kennelly in a series of moving images. These images are saved in various formats.

Yeats, W. B.

Canadian military uniforms collection

  • RC0867
  • Collection
  • [194-]-1963

The collection consists of uniforms worn by women (Patricia Gray, D.H. Currie, and possibly others) in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service and the Royal Canadian Air Force Women’s Division, respectively established in May 1942 and July 1941. The items in the collection are as follows: no. 1 Lieutenant’s medical uniform (black blazer, 4 gilt buttons, and matching tie and skirt); round cap (H.M.C.S. Cornwallis on tally) with signatures of other Navy staff on the top and dated July 7 ’63, belonging to D.H. Currie; 2 black great coats, one coat with a blackish green lining and 2 gilt buttons, and the other with a black lining and 4 gilt buttons; no. 3 working blue jacket, white collar, 12 gilt buttons, and blue skirt; 3 cream-coloured blouses; white pinafore; 2 cuffs, each with a gilt button; white kerchief; black Oxford shoes; Navy blue skirt; black tie; 2 black skirts; and Navy blue top with matching pants. The collection also has a b&w photograph of a nurse in uniform (presumably Patricia Gray).

Virtues collection

  • RC0864
  • Collection
  • 1928

The collection consists of sixteen printed cards, each illustrating a virtue: Reverence, Good Resolution, Perseverance, Helpfulness, Courage, Unselfishness, Cheerfulness, Truthfulness, Love of Father, Good-will, Obedience, Ambition, Influence, Honesty, Purity, Mutual Aid. Each desired quality is illustrated with a poem and a photograph. Each card has either a red, green or brown border with the same printed design on each side of the poems. The cards were published by the Life Portrayal Series, Toronto, Ont. Someone has numbered the series by hand: 1-8, 11-16, 18, 21-22, which would indicate that some of the cards are missing from the set. Some of the cards are stained.

Vietnam War - Prisoners of War and Missing in Action collection

  • RC0862
  • Collection
  • 1956-1989

The collection contains some of the research materials gathered for Kiss the Boys Goodbye. They are primarily generated by Monika Jensen-Stevenson. Included are: research notes, transcripts and notes from interviews, photographs, and many photocopied documents. The collection has been arranged into five series: Research materials: families and friends of POWs/MIAs, military personnel, CIA; Research materials: journalists, politicians, lawyers, and others; Other research materials; Photographs; Book drafts and other materials.

Vietnam War Poster collection

  • RC0861
  • Collection
  • 1969

This collection consists of three posters created by artist, Mark Podwal (b. 1945), to protest the Vietnam War. Podwal is well known for his drawings in The New York Times opinion page. In addition, he is the author and illustrator of books for children as well as for adults.
The three posters are printed on heavy cream paper with original pen, brush, and ink drawings by Podwal. All three feature quotations and were created sometime between 1965-1975:

  1. “If anyone in days to come should say that we were civilized in this country, this war will be cited as proof we were barbarians.”
  2. “To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men – Abraham Lincoln.”
  3. “November 15, Washington, D.C. – Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.” Created for or in response to the Moratorium March in 1969.

Vancouver Island photograph collection

  • RC0860
  • Collection
  • 193?

This album contains b&w photographs of Vancouver Island. Locations include: Victoria, Cowichan Bay, Fulford Harbour, Maple Bay, Tent Island, Somenos Lake. It is a family album but the name of the family is not known the family photographs are not captioned. There are two events depicted: a fire and the Siwash Canoe Races. There is one photograph of a Pile Driver owned by the Island Tug and Barge Co. Ltd. There is also one photograph of H.M.S. Apollo in Comox harbor in 1936. The album also contains photographs of Columbia River, Bonneville, Oregon, Skamokawa, Wash., and Mt. Hood, presumably taken on a family vacation. Photographs of Saskatchewan railway construction in 1930 have been removed from this album and form a separate collection.

Niagara region photograph collection

  • RC0859
  • Collection
  • 1938-1945

Several of the photographs document young men who served in World War II. They include an unidentified soldier in front of a 2nd/10th Dragoons vehicle. This regiment was based in St. Catharines as well as Hamilton and Brantford and did not serve overseas. There are five photographs taken by a soldier who built bailey bridges over the Aller and Weser rivers, who was a member of the 147 football team, and who was photographed in a former P.O.W. camp with a Nazi swastika near Onasbrück, Germany. The versos of all these photographs have descriptions of the events depicted. There are three photographs of Matt Wilkinson whose trade in the army was that of a blacksmith. There is also a postcard photograph of the Ravens Hotel in Schleswig, Germany where he was billeted. Also in the album are a group of news clippings about Flying Officer Alexander Jamieson Muir (1920-1944) who served in the 626 Squadron. There are no identified photographs of him in the album, although there are ones of Jack and Don Muir, presumably his cousins. There are two pages photographs of the Victoria Rifles Company in May 1944. A Montreal regiment, it embarked for Great Britain on 20 November 1944. Its Niagara connection is unclear. Also in the album are family, wedding, vacation photographs of Wasaga Beach as well as photographs of various locales in the Niagara region.

Robert Kirkland Kernighan collection

  • RC0858
  • Collection
  • 1928-1933

Mary J. Mason was the sister of Kernighan. She was contacted after her brother’s death by F.E. Page of New Dundee in 1928 with regard to a memorial to her brother and later on for her memories of him. The fonds consists of three letters to Page, and a memoir of Kernighan’s life, death, and funeral (manuscript, 7 pages) sent to Page on 5 September 1933. Page was writing a life of Kernighan. In the memoir, his sister gives his date of birth as 1854. Note: Mason’s hand makes it difficult to read the name of her correspondent; “Page” is assumed but may not be correct.

Kernighan, Robert Kirkland

Cullen and John Perry collection

  • RC0857
  • Collection
  • 1890-1941

The papers in this collection consists mainly of material from the First World War relating to Lieut. Cullen Perry and Lieut. John Ham Perry of Whitby, Ontario. The Perry brothers came from a family tradition of military service dating from the Loyalist Oliver Hazard Perry, who fought in the War of 1812 (Battle of Lake Erie). Both volunteered when the war began in 1914. The archive consists of letters, photographs, ephemera, and other service material: Military Service Record book, diary, flight log, and other items. Additionally, there is a scrap book kept by John, following the war.

Perry, Cullen Hay

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