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Betty M. B. Houghton fonds

  • RC0555
  • Fondo
  • 1914-1915.

The fonds consists of two albums containing short accounts by soldiers at the hospital of their war-time experiences, as well as poems and addresses.

Houghton, Betty M. B.

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

E.S. Copeland letter

  • RC0578
  • Unidad documental simple
  • 1915

The letter he wrote is dated June 1915 somewhere in France and is addressed to Mrs. Newell. The letter concerns the death of her son, Lawrence Gunn Newell, on 23 April 1915 from wounds sustained during the advance on Ypres. The letter also concerns another son, Claude, and other soldiers from the Watford area. The Newell brothers were the sons of Thomas and Sarah Newell. Gunn Newell was the first Lambton County solider to die in the Great War. Copeland asks her to have the essence of his letter printed in the Watford newspaper.

Copeland, E.S.

Hamilton, Ontario Property Documents collection

  • RC0821
  • Colección
  • 1860-1915

Hamilton, Ontario was incorporated in 1847. Edward Jackson purchased property in the future city beginning in 1839. In May 1854 Jackson sold his property to Donald McInnes who later mortgaged the property. By 1859 he had sold the property to the firm of George Peabody and Co.

This collection consists of an abstract probably prepared in 1860 giving detailed information on the purchase, sale, and mortgaging of properties between King and Mountain (now John) Streets between 1839 and 1859; four indentures concerning Donald McInnes and his property; a broadside for part of a plan of the Beulah neighbourhood.

HMS Carnarvon Fonds

  • Fondo
  • 1914-1915

There have been two accruals. The first accrual consists of two night order books, 1914-1915, 166 pages and 1915, 161 pages. The second accrual consists of a bound notebook (40 pages) containing a memoir written by George H.J. Hanks who was a Sick Bay Attendant on the Carnarvon. It was written in 1915 in Montreal while the ship was undergoing repairs and contains an extract from the ship's log for the Battle of Falkland Islands (p. 40). The fonds is supplemented by a transcript of the diary prepared by Robert K. Hanks, available in hard copy and on a CD. It includes additional documentation, including profiles of opposing fleets and maps

HMS Carnarvon

Richard Parr

  • RC0547
  • Fondo
  • 1914-1915

The fonds consists of Parr's journal, a bound manuscript, 90 pages in length. The first entry in the first section is 2 Aug. [1914] when he leaves home. The next day he boarded HMS Canopus. The last dated entry is 8 June [1915] which notes orders to proceed to Malta. The next section, titled "Our Food Supply" covers the same time period. The third section contains some reflections on the ship's officers.

Parr, Richard

Frederick Niven collection

  • RC0744
  • Colección
  • 1913-1915

Collection consists of three letters all written to Martin Secker of Secker and Warburg by Niven on 2 and 16 August 1913 and 17 June 1915.

Niven, Frederick

Academic Robes: Their Usage and History

  • RC0730
  • Colección
  • 1916

The compilation on academic robes by McNairn has eight chapters: Academic Finery; The Code for British Hoods; Oxford Robes; Cambridge Robes for Doctors and Graduates (a pamphlet by A. G. Almond); Robes In Other Universities; Cap and Gown in America (a pamphlet by Gardner Cotrell Leonard published in 1896); American System of Academic Robes; College Colours, an article by McNairn published in the University of Toronto Varsity, 19 November 1901.

McNairn, W. Harvey

Napoleon and French Revolution collection

  • RC0501
  • Colección
  • 1789-1916

This collection of prints and drawings visually documents France and its imperial ambitions, notably the end of the Ancien Régime (Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette), the French Revolution, Napoleon reign’s as Emperor and his defeat in 1815, and Napoleon III and the Second Republic. Descriptions of each print or drawing consists of the title (sometimes supplied), measurement, the names of the artist, engraver, publisher or printer, and the source (sometimes a previous collection or from a museum or publication).

Iroquois Falls fire of 1916 collection

  • RC0520
  • Colección
  • 1916

Iroquois Falls is a town in Northern Ontario, home to the Abitibi Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd. The Great Fire took place on 28-29 July of 1916. Over one hundred people died.

The collection consists of three photographs all stamped on the verso “British and Colonial Press Ltd., Toronto”. One is of the Abitibi Pulp and Paper Co. Ltd plant. The second has a handwritten caption on the verso: “#18 Iroquois Falls – Bldgs. constructed in 3 weeks with Govt. Relief lumber by voluntary labor by employees of Abitibi Pulp & Paper Co. Standing on the steps are are Messrs. A.J. Hodgson & F.K. Ebbits, members of the Relief Committee at Iroquois Falls.” The third has a handwritten caption on the verso: “#19 General view burned area of Iroquois Falls. Abitibi Pulp and Paper Co. in background.” There is also a postcard photograph of the plant.

J.N. Weekes fonds

  • RC0554
  • Fondo
  • 1914-1916

The fonds consists of Weekes's journal, a bound manuscript, 88 pages in length. The first entry is dated 4 August 1914 when the ship was "laying in Medway at Sherness". The last entry is dated [June] 9, 1916 when the ship left Brindisi.

Weekes, J. N.

James R. Allan fonds

  • RC0558
  • Fondo
  • 1915-1916

The fonds consists of letters that he wrote to his mother in London, Ont. One of the letters contains detailed information on military actions.

Allan, James R.

George M. Kennedy

  • RC0851
  • Unidad documental simple
  • 1912-1916

This album was given to Kennedy, who lived in Collingwood, Ont., for Christmas 1912. The album contains b&w photographs that depict life there as well as trips to Wasaga Beach and the Nottawasaga River, Peterborough, Niagara Falls and Port Dalhousie, and Porcupine. The album arrived unbound so the order of the pages may not be correct. Notable photographs include Wahnapitae Camp, the 1912 flood, lakes ships such as the Turret Chief, the City of Midland and Dalhousie City, as well as the Bank of Ottawa in Porcupine. Some of Kennedy’s friends or family are identified in the album : various members of the Beasley family, Leila Ironside, Nettie McLeod, Leon Bosdet, V. Fitzgerald., Grace Stubbs, Miss Whalen, O.W. Wylde, Miss Richardson, Dorothy Mair, MacKay family, and Josephine White. Presumably it is Kennedy who appears with the caption “And now I wear the kilts”; there is another photograph where he is with V. Fitzgerald. Most photographs are not captioned.

Shipboard engines fonds

  • RC0545
  • Fondo
  • [1914-1916]

Fonds consists of a notebook on shipboard engines kept by unidentified person, 172 p. with diagrams. The notebook begins with "Working and Installing Boldiners Crude Oil Engines". At the end of the notebook, the note-keeper turned it over and began a new section titled "Notes on Starting Running and Maintenance of Bon-Accord Paraffin Engine Pumping Set".

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

Dominion Steel Foundry Company collection

  • RC0689
  • Colección
  • 1913-1917

One certificate of deposit was issued in 1913 before the company was incorporated; two certificates were issued in 1917; the two stock shares are undated. All documents are stamped "cancelled".

Dominion Steel Castings Company Limited

Maintenance Log Book for M-Class Destroyers in the British Royal Navy

  • RC0855
  • Unidad documental simple
  • 1917

Bound log book titled “Information concerning P.V. Gear in 13th Flotilla”. There is an index of the 26 ships listed in the log: Medway, Moresby, Narborough, Nepean, Nictator, Nereus, Norseman, Obdurate, Octavia, Oracle, Onslow, Oriana, Orpheus, Oriole, Orsis, Oberon, Pelican, Paladin, Penn, Petard, Pigeon, Paisley, Pylades (all Admiralty M-Class); Nerissa and Rival (Yarrow M-Class) and Patrician (Thornycroft M-Class). Following the index, beginning on page 100 are entries about each ship. Paravanes (P.V.) are devices towed behind a vessel at a regulated depth, so that the cable to which it is attached can cut the moorings of submerged mines. It was a new weapon in World War I. In addition to information about the paravanes, the log also contains maintenance and circuit test notes. Two of the destroyers, Oracle (p. 149) and Pasley (p. 169) had collisions with submarines.

Gerald Blake fonds

  • RC0542
  • Fondo
  • 1914-1917

The fonds consists of letters that Gerald Blake wrote to his mother and to his brother, Clive Blake, of London, England, concerning his experiences on the Western front. There are also a few letters from Angus Macmillan to Clive Blake. Macmillan was also at the front.

Blake, Gerald John

Mrs. Bromley collection

  • RC0595
  • Colección
  • 1916-1917

The collection consists of the letter to Mrs. Bromley and well as two photgraphs of presumably Canadian troops. One is a postcard photograph. The other is identified as "C sub-section, A.S.C. Section, G.H.Q., 3rd Echelon" and was taken in Rouen, France in September 1916. On the verso of the photograph are signatures of the soldiers -- some of them have very small pasted photographs beside their signatures.

Bromley, Mrs.

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

  • RC0566
  • Colección
  • 1917

The photographs have been pasted into a scrapbook. Some of the subject matter of the photographs is as follows: dugouts at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and other locations, wounded soldiers being assisted, Trump-Line, Maple Leaf Concert Party, athletic events including a horse show, baseball, track and field, boxing, tug-of-war, General Currie, Little Theatre in London, and Khaki University of Canada (London Branch).

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

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