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Accession Number: 76-038

Title

Canada Company fonds. -- Microfilmed [before 1976]. -- 12 microfilm reels.

Biography / History

The Canada Company which was created by John Galt, was established in late 1824, and incorporated by the British Parliament on July 27, 1825. The purpose of the Company was to obtain land in Upper Canada and to promote the sale of such land to prospective settlers. In 1826 the Company purchased 2.5 million acres (1 million hectares) from the government for $295 000. Approximately half of the land lay within the Huron Tract and the rest of the land consisted of scattered crown reserves. The company was dissolved on December 18, 1953.

Custodial History

The microfilm was created by the Archives of Ontario, which has custody of the original fonds, and the microfilm was purchased by the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of 12 microfilm reels of records from the Canada Company located in the Archives of Ontario. It includes correspondence, 1824-1904: letter books, correspondence with Commissioners, shareholders, H.M. Government, etc.; Minutes, 1824-1869: Court of Directors and committee minutes; and Reports, 1841-1864: as well as reports on tracts of land.

Notes

Title based on the creator of the fonds.

This fonds was purchased from the Archives of Ontario.

The original items are located in the Archives of Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Associated material located at the Archives of Ontario, the National Archives of Canada (MG 24 I 46), the Metropolitan Toronto Reference Library, Lennox Addington Historical Society, University of Western Ontario Library, McGill University Library, and Queens University Archives.

The microfilm is not a complete set of the records located within the Canada Company Records at the Archives of Ontario.

Microfilm. Set 17.

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Reel No. 1

Correspondence

1. Canada Company letter book, 9 February 1824 - 31 March 1852; includes index, 381 pages

Correspondence with H.M. Government, August 1826 - November 1842, index, 117 pages

2. Correspondence with the Commissioners
22 May 1834 - 18 October 1842, 390 pages, index
3 November 1842 - 22 March 1850, 418 pages, index (to page 258; continues on next reel)

Reel No. 2

2. Correspondence with the Commissioners (continued)

3(a). Commissioners' letters and reports
23 November 1826 - 30 December 1828, 338 pages, index

Reel No. 3

3(a). Commissioners' letters and reports (continued)
2 January 1829 - 8 May 1834, 382 pages, index

3(b). Letters to Court of Directors from Frederick Widder
12 October 1839 - 25 July 1845 (continued on next reel)

Reel No. 4

3(b). Letters to Court of Directors from Frederick Widder (continued)
June 1843 - July 1845

4. Other letters of the Board of Directors
10 March 1834 - 20 January 1848, 389 pages, index
24 January 1848 - 31 December 1904, 394 pages, index

5. Miscellaneous correspondence
Correspondence with shareholders
14 May 1831 - 2 December 1831, 60 pages, index, list of shareholders

Minutes

2. Minutes of Court of Directors
Vol. 1: 30 July 1824 - 30 May 1826, 242 pages, index

Reel No. 5

Minutes of Court of Directors (continued)
2.
30 May 1826 - 17 November 1826, pp. 208-242
Vol. 2: 26 August 1826 - 26 July 1832, 369 pages, index
Vol. 3: 30 August 1832 - 31 December 1840, 379 pages, index
Vol. 4: 8 July 1841 - 20 January 1848, 381 pages, index

3. Minutes of the Committees of Correspondence (et al)
Vol. 1: 17 August 1824 - 28 July 1826, 104 pages, index

Reel No. 6

3. Minutes of the Committees of Correspondence (et al) (continued)
Vol. 2: 31 August 1826 - 31 December 1829, 368 pages, index
Vol. 3: 19 April 1827 - 2 August 1827, 37 pages
Vol. 4: 5 January 1830 - 23 January 1834, 381 pages, index
Vol. 5: 6 February 1834, 13 September 1838, 389 pages, index
Vol. 6: 20 September 1838 - 18 July 1839, pp. 1-69, index (continued on next reel)

Reel No. 7

3. Minutes of the Committees of Correspondence (et al.) (continued)
Vol. 6: 18 July 1839 - 3 May 1843, pp. 70-433
Vol. 7: 11 May 1843 - 11 November 1847, 431 pages, index
Vol. 8: 18 November 1847 - 12 August 1869, 429 pages, index
"Special single Volume appearing nowhere in catalogue: 'Agreements with His Majesty's Government, Act of Parliament, etc.'", 354 pages, table of contents

Reel No. 8

Correspondence with Commissioners
Vol. 3: 5 April 1850 - 26 September 1856, 442 pages, index
Vol. 4: 3 October 1856 - 26 October 1865, 451 pages, index

Letters to the Directors from Frederick Widder, Commissioner
Vol. 4: 13 March 1852 - 18 November 1852
Vol. 5: 7 January 1853 - 31 December 1859 (ends 25 July 1857, continued on next reel)

Reel No. 9

Letters from Widder (continued)
Vol. 5: continued from 25 July 1857 to 31 December 1859
Vol. 6: 7 January 1860 - 31 December 1864

Correspondence with Shareholders
Vol. 2: 14 May 1841 - 2 December 1841, index
Vol. 3: 20 May 1845 - 14 July 1852, 167 pages, index

Minutes - Proceedings of the General Court
Vol. 1: 20 December 1826 - 21 December 1854, 377 pages, index
Vol. 2: 28 March 1855 - 31 December 1868, index (continued on next reel)

Reel No. 10

Minutes - Proceedings of the General Court (continued)
Vol. 2: 24 June 1869 - 23 December 1869 (continued from Reel No. 9)

Minutes of the Court of Directors
Vol. 5: 20 January 1848 - 31 March 1852, 327 pages, index
Vol. 6: 7 April 1852 - 4 August 1854, 338 pages, index
Vol. 7: 31 August 1854 - 15 January 1857, 329 pages, index
Vol. 8: 22 January 1857 - 10 February 1859, pp. 1-270, index (continued on next reel)

Reel No. 11

Minutes of the Court of Directors (continued)
Vol. 8: 10 February 1859 - 18 August 1859, pp. 271-340
Vol. 9: 25 August 1859 - 19 June 1862, 352 pages, index
Vol. 10: 25 June 1862 - 17 June 1865, 329 pages, index

Miscellaneous Minute Books: Toronto and Lake Huron Railway Company
1. 19 May 1845 - 12 July 1845, 56 pages, index
2. 14 July 1845 - 3 April 1846
3. 1 May 1846 - 18 December 1851
4. Secretary's Rough Minute Book, 2 January 1846 - 14 January 1847

Reports:
Strickland's Journal, 1841, 2 volumes. Report by lot and concession of land owned by the Canada Company

Reel No. 12

Reports (continued):
Charles Widder's Report, 1864, 2 volumes. Report on the Huron Tract
Canada Company Amendment Acts, 1856
Charter of the City of Toronto and Lake Huron Railroad Company; Act of Incorporation passed 20 April 1836

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