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TITLE: Agricultural fair prize lists collection

Accession Number: 93-003
Description: This collection consists of eighteen prize lists from agricultural fairs in Ontario including the Canadian National Exhibition, the Ontario Provincial Winter Fair, the Central Canada Exhibition in Ottawa, the Western Fair in London, Ontario; the Dominion Exposition in Regina, Saskatchewan; the Canadian Industrial Exhibition in Winnipeg, Manitoba; the Central Exhibition in Cobourg, Ontario and various small town agricultural societies lists.
Inclusive Dates: 1878-1929
Extent: 5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Alvin Bee account book

Accession Number: 89-1051
Description: This item is an account book of Alvin Bee, Concession 1, Lots 26, 27, 28 of Hope Township, relating to expenditures for his farm. Also included is a 1907 tax notice.
Inclusive Dates: 1907-1912
Extent: 1 item
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Sidney Bellingham fonds

Accession Number: 69-1003
Description: This fonds consists of typewritten transcripts of some of the pages of from the Memoirs of Sidney Bellingham which relate to his experiences and thoughts of life in the pioneer days.
Inclusive Dates: 1824-1827
Extent: 19 pp.
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Boyd family fonds

Accession Number: 88-011
Description: This fonds consists of records encompasing three generations of the Boyd family of Bobcaygeon. The fonds has been divided into the following series: photographs and glass negatives; Reverend Henry C. Avant; Mossom Boyd; Mossom Martin Boyd (Mossie); Lillian de Grassi Boyd; the De Grassi papers which are records of Dr. Alex De Grassi, Lillian Boyd's father, a physician from Lindsay, Upper Canada; Gardiner Cust Boyd; Mildred Boyd; Winnett (Brownie) Boyd; Laurence Chadwick Boyd; Mossom de Grassi Boyd; A. Sheila Boyd; stamps; artifacts; business which deals with the Boyds interests in lumbering; agricultural papers which deal with the Boyd's farming interests in buffalo and cattle; and, estate papers. The strength of this fonds lies in its completeness. Nothing was thrown away and there are grocery lists, laundry lists, staff salary books, furniture receipts, party and wedding invitations, school report cards, ship and railway timetables, diaries and approximately 20,000 pieces of correspondence. This has resulted in a remarkable record of a large household from the 1880s to the 1980s and an invaluable source for social and business historians.
Inclusive Dates: 1857-1982
Extent: 20 m
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Sheila Boyd fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 97-1013
Description: This fonds consists of two certificates: a Horticultural Service Diploma dated 1952, awarded to Sheila Boyd by the Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society for "meritorious service to horticulture"; and, a Canadian Legion certificate dated 1955, awarded to Sheila Boyd as an expression of appreciation for her work with Bobcaygeon Branch 239.
Inclusive Dates: 1952 1955
Extent: 2 items
Restrictions: N


TITLE: W.T.C. Boyd fonds

Accession Number: 01-019
Description: Fonds consists of 27 diaries of William Thornton Cust Boyd dated 1878 through 1917. Five of the diaries, 1884-1888, include financial records. The diaries recount the private and public life of Boyd, and include references to his wife, Meta, and their children, and social activities with family and friends including boating excursions and picnics. He refers throughout to Richard Birdsall Rogers (1857-1927), superintending engineer of the Peterborough Lift Lock, in social and business terms, and the two often conduct business relating to the Trent Valley Canal. Activities which Boyd participated in regularly include yachting and boating (on the "Calumet", "Ogemah", and "Ajax"), curling, hunting, gardening, tree planting, playing cards, skating, canoeing, and attending the theatre. He recounts details of the illnesses, deaths and funerals of acquaintances and family members, including his step-brother, Mossom (Mossie) Martin Boyd. Boyd recounts in detail the building of his house by John E. Belcher ([184-]-1915), architect, civil engineer, and surveyor. This house is now operated as Case Manor Nursing Home. The diaries speak of local and federal politics, World War I, and the activities of the church. They also detail the activities of the Lindsay, Bobcaygeon and Pontypool Railway Company, the Trent Valley Navigation Steamship Company, and the day-to-day operation of the family lumbering and cattle/buffalo enterprises.
Inclusive Dates: 1878-1917
Extent: 14 cm of textual records
Restrictions: N


TITLE: W.T.C. Boyd fonds. Additions

Accession Number: 02-014
Description: Fonds consists of diaries, notebooks, and "cash books" of W.T.C. Boyd relating primarily to business matters, with occasional references to personal matters. Also included are photographs of family members; letters written during WWI by Boyd's son, Thornton; letters and documents related to the building of Boyd's house by architect, John E. Belcher; and letters and documents relating to the family cattle/buffalo cross-breeding enterprise.
Inclusive Dates: 1863-1917
Extent: 12 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: George Campbell fonds

Accession Number: 72-1000
Description: The fonds consists of photocopies of letters to George Campbell, mostly from Alex. and James Campbell from Manitoba, outlining working and living conditions in the aftermath of the Red River Rebellion. The letters contain comments on the ethnic nature of the population, farming prospects, and the election riot of November 1871. The letters were written between October 30, 1870 and October 5, 1874.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [ca. 1972]
Extent: 5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Canada. Parks Canada Transcripts fonds

Accession Number: 80-017
Description: This fonds consists of photocopies of 43 interview transcripts of residents of the Trent Valley area. The interviews were conducted by Daniel Francis under contract, in 1979, to Parks Canada and focus on such themes as transportation, commerce, settlement, tourism, and resource development. They relate to the section of the Trent-Severn waterway stretching from the mouth of the Otonabee River to Bobcaygeon.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied 1980
Extent: 25 cm
Restrictions: Permission from the interviewees is required to quote from interviews.


TITLE: Canada West. Peterborough County Census

Accession Number: 77-028
Description: The microfilms are copies of the 1861 decennial nominal census for Peterborough County and parts of Prescott and Prince Edward Counties. Also included (reel 4) is the 1851 census for the Townships of Minden, Stanhope, and Dysart. Genealogical resource.
Inclusive Dates: Microfilmed 2 Nov. 1970
Extent: 4 reels
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper fonds

Accession Number: 86-010
Description: This fonds consists of 45 issues of the magazine: Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper which was published in Peterborough, Ontario from 1881. Four additional issues (March, 1897, November, 1897, March, 1898 and January 1899 were donated in 1993 by Jean Cole via the Friends of the Bata Library) and in 1994, additional issues (May 1890-June 1896, scattered) were added courtesy of the Friends of the Bata Library.
Inclusive Dates: 1890-1899; 1913-1921
Extent: 45 issues plus 4 issues
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Patrick Daniel collection

Accession Number: 02-018
Description: Collection consists of pamphlets, flyers, newsletters, and government reports regarding agricultural policy, issues, and regulations, especially pertaining to the Durham County region. Subjects include soil conditions, pesticide and herbicide use, etc.
Inclusive Dates: 1984-2000
Extent: 12 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Deed of sale, Manvers Township

Accession Number: 91-1012
Description: This item is a deed of the sale of land to John Wilson, a yeoman of the Township of Manvers, in the County of Durham.
Inclusive Dates: 1861
Extent: 1 item
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Upper Canada diaries collection

Accession Number: 84-018
Description: This is a microfilm collection of farmers diaries from Upper Canada dating from 1799 to 1894.
Inclusive Dates: Microfilmed Nov. 1957
Extent: 8 reels
Restrictions: Not to be reproduced without the permission of the Ontario Archives.


TITLE: The Hambletonian Stallion, "Boxer"

Accession Number: 89-1036
Description: This item is a broadside advertising stud services of the Hambletonian Stallion "Boxer" from Springville. On the front part of the page is a description of the stallion and the dates of what towns he will be going to and when. On the back of the page is a tabulated pedigree chart.
Inclusive Dates: 1889
Extent: 1 page
Restrictions: N


TITLE: George Stevens advertisements

Accession Number: 05-1007
Description: Items include two George Stevens flyers and one envelope that advertise the export of Canadian unleached hardwood ashes, to be used as plant food.
Inclusive Dates: [194-?]
Extent: 3 items
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Gavin A. Gibson fonds

Accession Number: 76-010
Description: The fonds consists of an account book of the general store of G.A. Gibson, Kent Street in Lindsay, Ontario for the period of May 1888 to December 1888; four diaries, May 1898 to July 1906, in which Gibson records the chores performed daily by himself and his family as well as money received (for the sale of produce) and money spent. The fonds also contains one additional diary, January 1910 to April 1914, which records chores and events on the farm. It is possible that the diary was written by Gibson's wife, Alice, but written as if Gibson had written it himself.
Inclusive Dates: 1888-1914
Extent: 8 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: William Howden notebook

Accession Number: 89-1038
Description: This item is a notebook written by William Howden and kept between 1860 and 1903 on the subject of animal husbandry. It contains various recipes for horse medicine and newspaper articles on stallions available for stud.
Inclusive Dates: 1860-1903
Extent: 1 item
Restrictions: N


TITLE: The Indian wild rice harvest at Rice Lake

Accession Number: 89-1064
Description: This item is a photograph album with captions describing the harvesting of wild rice by Indians on Rice Lake.
Inclusive Dates: [19?]
Extent: 1 album
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Katchewanooka Herald fonds

Accession Number: 83-004
Description: This fonds consists of a number of issues of a handwritten newspapers, written weekly by agricultural students of Colonel Samuel Strickland of Lakefield, Canada West. The issues are scattered and topics covered include agriculture, local events, local gossip, and politics. Also included are four letters of correspondence to and from George M. Douglas.
Inclusive Dates: 1855-1859
Extent: 7.5 cm
Restrictions: Researchers to use photocopies copies shelved in archives' office.


TITLE: Norman R. McBain manuscript

Accession Number: 97-1019
Description: This 73-page typewritten manuscript is an anecdotal record of the information McBain amassed about the properties in northeast Cavan Township. It includes a record of the hamlet of Springville west of the Cavan-Monaghan boundary and of Fairmount (formerly Morrow), a crossroads on the 12th Line, and references to Ida and Mount Pleasant on the middle road. There are in-depth references to properties and families on the 11th, 12th, 13th and 14th lines east of the middle road to the Monaghan boundary.
Inclusive Dates: 1985
Extent: 1 folder
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Clan McIntyre of Otonabee / Keith McIntyre

Accession Number: 83-1025
Description: This item is a spiral bound, privately printed genealogy of the McIntyre family of Otonabee.
Inclusive Dates: [ca. 197?-1982]
Extent: 2.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Robert McKay document

Accession Number: 98-1002
Description: This document is a contract covering the sale of a lot in the township of Zorra to Robert McKay, signed by Peter Robinson and dated August 18, 1835.
Inclusive Dates: 1835
Extent: 1 item
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Alexander Geerardt Mörzer Bruyns fonds

Accession Number: 11-003
Description: Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings and manuscripts related to the life of Alexander Geerardt Mörzer Bruyns.
Inclusive Dates: 1926-1958; 2009
Extent: 6.5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Horses for sale

Accession Number: 89-1043
Description: This item is a broadside advertising Horses for Sale by the Patterson Brothers of Millbrook, Ontario.
Inclusive Dates: [ca. 189?]
Extent: 1 item
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Rosemary McConkey collection

Accession Number: 12-002
Description: Collection consists of an inventory of land locations for early settlers and inhabitants of Ops Township from the initial survey of the township in 1825 to 1872. It includes census information and assessments of households, various voter's lists, many Ops Township documents and one map for the 1839 Assessment Roll. The collection also includes a variety of cookbooks, recipes, food preparation manuals for specific cooking devices, and research notes.
Inclusive Dates: 1825-1994
Extent: 50 cm of textual records; 1 map
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Nill family fonds

Accession Number: 12-011
Description: Fonds consists of correspondence, tax receipts, pamphlets, and invitations found in a home purchased by Martha Hendriks in 2001. The home is located at 1202 Morton Line, Cavan, Ontario and was owned previously by a farmer named Daniel Nill (1915-[1985]). Included are letters written by Frances [ ], New York, to Daniel Nill between 1933 and 1940. Also included are letters, agreements, pamphlets, etc. associated with John Mason, William Mason, Orlie Mason, and G.A. Mason. These items are dated between 1886 and 1915.
Extent: 1886-1940
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Orgill family collection

Accession Number: 11-008
Description: Collection consists of nine Boyd family photograph albums, 14 glass plate negatives, and several strip negatives. The images depict the lives and activities of the Boyd family of Bobcaygeon, Ontario, and include lumbering scenes, Trent Canal steamboats, buffalo/Hereford animals, and travel excursions. Also included are copies of the wills of WT.C. Boyd and Mossom Boyd.
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1888-1910
Extent: 9 photograph albums. -- 14 glass plate negatives : ca. 100 strip negatives. -- 1 cm of textual records.
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Pugets Sound Agricultural Society collection

Accession Number: 97-1009
Description: This collection consists of a copy of the pamphlet "Deed of Settlement of Pugets Sound Agricultural Society" [printed in 1912], a photocopy of pages of an article with the title "Exile in the Wilderness" by Jean Murray Cole, University of Washington Press, 1979, which refers to this Society, and a letter dated January 6, 1994 from Anne Morton to Hugh Anson-Cartwright with enclosures which establish the date of printing of the pamphlet as approximately 1912.
Inclusive Dates: [1912?] 1994
Extent: 1 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Fern Rahmel collection

Accession Number: 98-006
Description: This collection consists of issues of the Canadian Rose Annual, The Rosarian, and The Canadian Rose Book.
Inclusive Dates: 1965-1997
Extent: 6 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Harold Reid collection

Accession Number: 97-1029
Description: This collection consists of a ledger dated 1880-1905 created by Robert Henry Reid which records transactions for goods sold or services exchanged for goods. The merchandise involved appears to be that of a general store or farm supply depot. Also included is a journal (and typscript) created by Frederick Reid describing his move west from Ontario to Edmonton between 1907 and 1909. A biographical note about Fred by his son is included at the end. Collection also includes a letter to Harold A. Reid from Florence Reid and two copy photographs: one of Fred and Louise Reid, 1949 and one of the school house which Frederick Reid attended, 1946.
Inclusive Dates: 1880-1997
Extent: 2 cm
Restrictions: None


TITLE: Rush photographic fonds

Accession Number: 88-019
Description: This fonds consists of three photograph albums. The bulk of the photographs are unidentified however some of the photographs are apparently members of Sawers, Crawford and Beck families. There are some photographs of ranching and farming in Western Canada.
Inclusive Dates: ca. 1915
Extent: 13 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Henry Ruttan report

Accession Number: 92-1000
Description: This item is a photocopy of an 1840 report written by Henry Ruttan, Sheriff of Newcastle District, as a response to the circular letter of Lord Sydenham. Discussed in the letter are the militia, the roads and other internal improvements, the land granting system, the state of education; the (projected) union of the two provinces and responsible government.
Inclusive Dates: Photocopied [between 1990 and 1992]
Extent: 113 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Emmett F. Sheehy fonds

Accession Number: 77-1011
Description: The fonds consists of correspondence received by Emmett Sheehy relating to cases of various prisoners in which Sheehy was interested and to the sale of Canadian wheat to Britain, from 1931 to 1939. Correspondents include W.L. Mackenzie King, Mitchell Hepburn, Maurice Dupre and Hugh Guthrie. Also included is a crown land grant to Joseph Aiott, Smith Township, 1852.
Inclusive Dates: 1931-1939 1852
Extent: 8 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Agricultural show

Accession Number: 91-1016
Description: This item is a large broadside advertising the first annual Agricultural Show, in Bridgenorth, for the Smith Branch Agricultural Society on October 6, 1855. It lists exhibit and competition categories and prizes as well.
Inclusive Dates: Aug. 1855
Extent: 1 Broadside
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Smith Township Agricultural Society minute book

Accession Number: 76-013
Description: This item is a minute book of the Agricultural Society of the Township of Smith. This item includes minutes of meetings from January 1855 to October 1904; lists of officers; lists of successful competitors at agricultural shows; and broadsides advertising agricultural shows.
Inclusive Dates: 1855-1904
Extent: 5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: William Standen fonds

Accession Number: 87-006
Description: This fonds consists of diaries written by W.J. Standen concerning life on his farm near Barrie, Ontario. The fonds also contains a photocopy of the Standen family history.
Inclusive Dates: 1879-1895
Extent: 5 cm
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Gabriel Switzer account book

Accession Number: 76-1010
Description: This item is an account book of Gabriel Switzer showing expenses and money received from 1883 to 1884. Also included is a list of officers and directors of the Emily Branch Agricultural Society, 1876.
Inclusive Dates: 1876-1884
Extent: 40 pages
Restrictions: N


TITLE: Trotter family photographic fonds

Accession Number: 81-016
Description: The fonds consists of 25 black and white photographs (8"X10") of scenes, in and around Lindsay, Ontario, which cover such topics as parades and processions, military, industrial, farm scenes, social and family gatherings. The photographs were created by the Trotter family.
Inclusive Dates: 1880-1913
Extent: 3 cm
Restrictions: N