Collection RC0514 - James Slater and Frank Haviland collection

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James Slater and Frank Haviland collection

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  • 1890-1953 (Creation)

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64 items.

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Slater was a barber and made parasols. He emigrated from England to Canada in 1890, settling in Hamilton, where he lived until his death, 10 November 1931.

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The collection consists of James M. Slater's diary and bible and Frank Haviland's photographs of steel structures.

The photographs are black and white, approximately 145 x 90mm of steel structures. The majority of them are related to the Standard Steel Construction company. Many of the photos have notations on the back, most of it in short form; it is assumed the notations are related to the construction. There is one photo of a group of nine men, none of them are identified, but it is titled “Standard Steel, Port Robinson Ont.” The photo is circa 1912. There are three photographs of the Falls View Bridge when it collapsed in 1938 which were taken by John A. Cowan of Welland and sent to Haviland. A few of the older photos also bear his initials.

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The collection (2014-030) was donated by Margaret Haviland Kennedy in July 2014.


The collection is arranged as follows:
Series 1 - James M. Slater diary and bible
Series 2 - Frank Haviland photographs of steel structures

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Box 1

  1. James Slater’s personal diary for January 1899-December 1903.
  2. Comprehensive Teacher’s Bible, presented to Slater in 1890.
  3. Frank Haviland's photographs.

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