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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1984
Accession Number
2009-9
Storage Location
W6 B8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 90
Accession Number
2009-9
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B8
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1984
Physical Description
1 videocassette
Scope and Content
VHS format videocassette containing 1984 transcription of film "125 Rooms of Comfort", originally released in 1974. Film is set in St. Thomas, Ontario and features many prominent landmarks, including the Grand Central Hotel, Ontario Psychiatric Hospital, the Canada Southern Railway Station and several streetscapes including Talbot Street.

"1952 Centennial Pageant"

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives134
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1952
Accession Number
2002-09
Storage Location
W6 B1
W6 B6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 6
Accession Number
2002-09
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Archives Reference Room
Storage Location
W6 B1
W6 B6
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1952
Physical Description
2 film reels: original; 16 mm.
2 videocassettes (00:15:00): duplicate, VHS.
1 videocassette (00:15:00): master, Beta.
3 DVD-videos
Custodial History
Picked up from Steve Peters' constituency office.
Scope and Content
Coverage of the 1952 Centennial Pageant, which was held at the Athletic Park in St. Thomas, 1952.
Name Access
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Related Material
Background information on this film can be found in Misc. Box 90, File 32

A-Channel News relating to the Elgin County Archives

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives23668
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2008
Storage Location
W6 B8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 89
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B8
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2008
Physical Description
1 DVD-video
Scope and Content
A collection of news broadcasts related to the Elgin County Archives.
Including:
-Elgin County Sesquicentennial celebrations: April 15, 2002
-Times-Journal story: June 5, 2003
-House of Industry story: August 23, 2004
-West Lorne Fire story: February 8, 2006
Subject Access
Fire Insurance Plans

Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives1906
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1974-2003
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Location
W6 B2- W6 B7
Other Title Info
Title based on content of the fonds
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds
Creator
Allview Cable Services Limited
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B2- W6 B7
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1974-2003
Physical Description
40 videocassettes
21 DVD-videos
History / Biographical
Allview Cable Services in St. Thomas, founded in 1963, produced a series of local history broadcasts from the mid-1970's to the mid-1990's. Guests were invited to share their expertise on local topics. The original host was George Thorman. In the early 1990's, Steve Peters took over as host. George Thorman was a local historian and vice-principal at St. Thomas Collegiate Institute at St. Thomas, Ontario. He also played an important role in the Elgin Historical Society. He died in 1997. Steve Peters was the Mayor of St. Thomas from 1991 to 1999. In 1999, he became the Member of Provincial Parliament for the riding of Elgin-Middlesex-London, and began serving as Minister of Agriculture and Food in 2003. He is very knowledgable about Elgin County history, and is active in the Elgin Historical Society. Allview Cable Services of St. Thomas was acquired by Shaw Cable in the mid-1990's. Currently, the station is owned by Rogers Cable Systems.
Custodial History
In 2001, the videocassettes were acquired from Rogers Television in St. Thomas by Mr. Bill Gliddon, who subsequently transferred them to the Elgin-St. Thomas Archives Association. The association then transferred them to the Elgin County Archives. A formal donation was made in 2004 by Rogers Television.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of recordings of the "Local History with George Thorman" series, which ran on the local Allview Cable 8 network. In each episode, George Thorman interviews guests about various aspects of the history of St. Thomas and Elgin Country. In the early to mid-1990's, Steve Peters took on the role of host. The show then became known as "The New Local History with Steve Peters". These shows examined a wide range of topics, such as: the military careers of local citizens, the history of St. Thomas businesses, and the natural history of Elgin County. The diverse and detailed expertise of the guests makes this fonds an important source of historical information.
Name Access
Thorman, George
Peters, Steve
Allview Cable Services Limited
Conservation
In 2003, the videocassettes were reformatted into DVD by Rogers Cable Inc. in London.

Alma College: 1986-1987 Kindergarten Class

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives1616
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Alma College fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1986-1987
Storage Location
R6 S3 Sh2 B6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Alma College fonds
Creator
Alma College
Description Level
Item
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R6 S3 Sh2 B6
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1986-1987
Series
Alma College fonds- Miscellaneous records series
Physical Description
1 videocassette (01:55:00): VHS, col.
Scope and Content
This video portrays the 1986-1987 Kindergarten Class at Alma College. It includes the 1986 Christmas Pageant, the children attending classes, the 1987 May Day Celebrations, the swimming pool, and the 1987 Kindergarten Graduation.
Name Access
Alma College
Alma Ladies College
St. Thomas Ladies College
Subject Access
Education
Schools

Alma College Kindergarten Class, 1986-1987

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives27473
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
June 25, 2009
Storage Location
W6 B8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B8
GMD
moving images
Date Range
June 25, 2009
Physical Description
2 DVD-videos
Scope and Content
This video portrays the 1986-1987 Kindergarten Class at Alma College. It includes the 1986 Christmas Pageant, the children attending classes, the 1987 May Day Celebrations, the swimming pool, and the 1987 Kindergarten Graduation.
Name Access
Alma College
Subject Access
Education
Schools

Alma College May Day & Commencement Exercises, 1948-1949

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives175233
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1948-1949
Accession Number
2019-02
Storage Location
W4 Sh2 B5
  1 video     1 website     1 document  
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Creator
Filmed by Thomas Jack Branton.
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 108
Accession Number
2019-02
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W4 Sh2 B5
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1948-1949
Physical Description
1 film reel : col. ; 16 mm
mp4 file
History / Biographical
Thomas Jack Branton's daughter, Frances Branton, was a student at Alma College.
Scope and Content
A silent, 16 mm film reel.
An mp4 file, which has been produced from an original 16 mm film.
Name Access
Alma College
Video Tracks

Websites / Street View
Documents

MayDayFilmtranscription.pdf

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"Bill Stewart: Botany" and "Hugh Sims: Ghost Towns of Elgin"

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives1950
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2003 (Originally broadcast in late 1970's)
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Location
W6 B7
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 56
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm.110
Storage Location
W6 B7
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2003 (Originally broadcast in late 1970's)
Series
Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds
Physical Description
1 DVD-video
Scope and Content
"Local History with George Thorman" series
Episode One: The topic is "Botany", with guest Bill Stewart
Episode Two: Topic is "Ghost Towns of Elgin", with guest Hugh Sims.
Name Access
Thorman, George
Sims, Hugh
Stewart, Bill
Subject Access
Botany
Natural History
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1996
Storage Location
W6 B2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 8
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm.110
Storage Location
W6 B2
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1996
Publication
St. Thomas [Ont.]: Rogers Cablesystems (Cable 13)
Publisher Series
"People and Places" series
Series
Bobier Villa fonds
Bobier Villa fonds - Miscellaneous records series
Physical Description
1 videocassette (ca. 00:23): col.
Physical Condition
Excellent
Scope and Content
With host Carolyn Cameron, this installment of the "People and Places" series is a panel discussion on the situation of the Bobier Convalescent Home in Dutton, Ontario, including panelists Pat Vandevenne (Director of Nursing, Elgin County Homes); Leta West (Chairperson, "Caring for Seniors"); and Nancy Hunter (Activity Director, Bobier Home). The focus of the discussion is on the need for and fundraising efforts to support the construction of a new long-term care facility for senior citizens to replace the Bobier Convalescent Home in Dutton, Ontario.
Name Access
Bobier Villa
Bobier Convalescent Home
Dutton (Ont.)
Subject Access
Homes for the Aged
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Bobier Villa fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
moving images
cartographic material
objects
Date Range
ca. 1947-2001
Accession Number
2003-27
2007-25
Storage Location
C7 Sh3 B2
R4 S1 Sh1 B3
W6 B2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Bobier Villa fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2003-27
2007-25
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
C7 Sh3 B2
R4 S1 Sh1 B3
W6 B2
GMD
textual records
graphic material
moving images
cartographic material
objects
Date Range
ca. 1947-2001
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
112 photographs : col.
14 photographs : col. negatives
1 map
1 tag
1 videocassette
History / Biographical
The Bobier Convalescent Home was established in 1950 in Dutton, Ontario as a nursing home for elderly residents and dependents of residents of the region of West Elgin.
The Home was established at 265 Shackleton Street, Dutton, Ontario in the former private residence of Edward Bobier (d. November 1947), who bequeathed his property to the municipal councils of the Township of Dunwich and the Town of Dutton for this purpose. The Home was licenced as a nursing home by the Ontario Ministry of Health and originally included 17 resident beds. The Home was governed by a Board of Trustees comprising two members appointed by the Township of Dunwich and one member appointed by the Town of Dutton.
On May 29, 1963, the newly constructed McKellar Wing was opened, adding ten resident beds and new service areas. This addition was made possible by a $30,000 bequest from the estate of Mary Katherine McKellar, a former resident of the Home.
In 1968, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario passed a bill confirming the Home's status as the only municipally-owned nursing home in the Province of Ontario.
A second addition, the new West Wing, was opened on May 27, 1970, with an additional 20 resident beds.
In 1980 a new two-storey structure was added at the rear of the Home, with two dining rooms, an activity room, a sitting room, two semi-private rooms and sufficient space to allow for the redistribution of exisiting beds to alleviate crowding.
In 1988, the Elgin County Homes for Seniors Committee of Management completed a seniors' needs study to the year 2010, recommending the provision of a satellite facility in the west end of Elgin County in conjunction with a redeveloped Bobier Home. The Board of the Bobier Convalescent Home purchased a 25-acre site in the Township of Dunwich adjacent to the Village of Dutton. The redeveloped, 57-bed Bobier Villa facility was completed in 1997.
The Bobier Convalescent Home was closed on July 22, 1997 following the opening of Bobier Villa, a newly constructed nursing home operated by the County of Elgin in Dutton, Ontario. The former Bobier Convalescent Home property was declared surplus to needs by the County of Elgin in 1997 and sold in 1998. The 57 nursing home beds licenced to the Bobier Convalescent Home by the Ontario Ministry of Health were retained by the County of Elgin at the time of the Home's closure and subsequently sold by the County in 2001.
Custodial History
The records composing the fonds were in the custody of the Director of Seniors Services, Bobier Villa, Dutton, Ontario and the Deputy Clerk for the County of Elgin prior to their transfer to the Elgin County Archives in 2003 and 2007.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the administration of Bobier Villa, a long-term care facility for senior citizens in Dutton, Ontario, and of its predecessor institution, the Bobier Convalescent Home, Dutton, Ontario. Fonds includes financial statements and auditor's reports; administrative records including administrators' reports to the Board of Trustees, reports submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Health, and external consultants' reports; photographs; legal records; correspondence and miscellaneous records.
The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Administrative records, 1962-1996
Financial records, 1950-1995
Legal records, 1949-1991
Photographs, 1986-2000
Correspondence
Miscellaneous records, ca. 1947-2000
Name Access
Bobier Villa
Bobier Convalescent Home
Dutton (Ont.)
Dunwich (Ont. : Township)
Subject Access
Homes for the Aged
Senior Citizens
Access Restriction
Records relating to County of Elgin sale of the Bobier Convalescent Home and sale of surplus nursing home beds are restricted to Archives' staff.
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1978
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Location
W6 B2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 15
Accession Number
2003-05
Library Catalogue Number
(Rogers Cable No.: LH 49)
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B2
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1978
Series
Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds
Physical Description
1 videocassette (00:58:46): b&w, VHS
Scope and Content
"Local History with George Thorman" series The topic is "Botany", with guest Bill Stewart.
Name Access
Allview Cable Services Limited
Thorman, George
Stewart, Bill
Subject Access
Botany
Natural History
Conservation
Reformatted onto DVD

"Cameron Collection, Part One" and "Cameron Collection, Part Two"

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives1939
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2003 (Originally broadcast in 1994)
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Location
W6 B8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 50
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B8
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2003 (Originally broadcast in 1994)
Series
Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds
Physical Description
1 DVD-video
Scope and Content
"The New Local History with Steve Peters" series. Parts One and Two of "Old St. Thomas". With guest Don Cosens. An historical account of St. Thomas, using slides from the Cameron Collection.
Name Access
Allview Cable Services Limited
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Conservation
Reformatted onto DVD from VHS

Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, November 2013 (John Wise)

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives148626
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Vertical File Collection
Description Level
File
GMD
textual records
moving images
Date Range
2013
Storage Location
Box 245, File 9
(R11 S2 Sh6 B5)
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Vertical File Collection
Description Level
File
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
Box 245, File 9
(R11 S2 Sh6 B5)
GMD
textual records
moving images
Date Range
2013
Physical Description
1 dvd disc (multiple copies)
0.5 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
dvd disc containing video tribute to John Wise shown at the 2013 Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony held November 3, 2013 at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Toronto. Includes several images from Archives' collections. File also includes induction ceremony program, biographies of John Wise and other inductees, Elgin County Warden's speaking notes.
Name Access
Wise, John
Subject Access
Agriculture

"Celebrating the Pleasure of Healthy Eating" videocassette

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives21
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1995
Storage Location
W6 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Creator
Parkside Productions
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 1
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B1
GMD
moving images
Responsibility
Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit, Elgin-St. Thomas Home Care Program
Date Range
1995
Physical Description
1 videocassette: col.
History / Biographical
The Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit is dedicated to building a healthy community by promoting and supporting the health of the people who live, work and play in Elgin County through the delivery of effective public health programs and services. The Health Unit is a public body funded by the Ministry of Health & Long-Term Care, the County of Elgin, and the City of St. Thomas.
Scope and Content
Video promotes healthy eating through a description of recipes. Scenes taken from local restaurants, including Port Stanley.
Name Access
Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit
Subject Access
Nutrition

"Clark McDougall: Outline In Black"

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives1947
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1979
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Location
W6 B6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Creator
Produced by John Stirling
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 49
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B6
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1979
Physical Description
1 videocassette (00:53:00): U-matic
Scope and Content
Clark McDougall discusses his career and artwork.
Name Access
McDougall, Clark
Subject Access
Painters

"Colonel Thomas Talbot"

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives1790
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
September 1976
Accession Number
2003-05
Storage Location
W6 B2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 18
Accession Number
2003-05
Library Catalogue Number
(Rogers Cable No.: J 66)
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B2
GMD
moving images
Date Range
September 1976
Series
Allview Cable 8 Local History Video fonds
Physical Description
1 videocassette (00:56:31): col., VHS
Scope and Content
"Local History with George Thorman" series. The topic is "Colonel Thomas Talbot", with guest John Kerr.
Name Access
Allview Cable Services Limited
Kerr, John
Talbot, Thomas
Thorman, George
Conservation
Reformatted onto DVD

County Exhibits Committee - Video

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives11978
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Local Committee for the 1985 International Plowing Match and Farm
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1985
Storage Location
R5 S2 Sh5 B3 F42
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Local Committee for the 1985 International Plowing Match and Farm
Description Level
Item
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R5 S2 Sh5 B3 F42
GMD
moving images
Date Range
1985
Series
Local Committee for the 1985 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show fonds - County Exhibits Committee series
Physical Description
1 videocassette
1 dvd disk
Scope and Content
VHS videocassette containing videorecording (approximately 15 minutes duration) and dvd transfer created June, 2009 featuring exhibit booths and exhibitors in the County Exhibits tent at the 1985 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show held September 17-21, 1985 in the vicinity of St. Thomas, Ontario. Exhibits shown include those of the following organizations and institutions: County of Elgin, Township of Malahide, Township of Yarmouth, Township of Aldborough, Township of Dunwich, Village of Dutton, Village of Port Burwell, St. Thomas Public Library, Elgin County Library, Alma College, Victorian Order of Nurses, Canadian Cancer Society, YMCA/YWCA, Elgin-St. Thomas Health Unit, Elgin County Catholic Schools, Ontario Alliance of Christian Schools, Elgin County Wheat Committee, Elgin County Soybean Producers, Aylmer Fair, Middlesex-Elgin Cream Producers, Elgin Fruit Growers Association, Elgin County Milk Committee, Middlesex-Elgin Milk Producers, St. Thomas Chamber of Commerce, Elgin County Women's Institute, St. Thomas Police, St. Thomas Fire Department, Elgin County Board of Education, St. John Ambulance, St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, St. Thomas Psychiatric Hospital, Elgin County Beekeepers Association, 4-H Clubs of Ontario, Junior Farmers Association of Ontario, Elgin-Lambton-Middlesex Jersey Cattle Club, Elgin County Holsteins, Elgin Goat Club.
Subject Access
Agriculture
Plowing Matches

"Dutton High School Reunion"

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives132
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2002
Accession Number
2003-10
Storage Location
W6 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 4
Accession Number
2003-10
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B1
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2002
Physical Description
1 videocassette
Custodial History
Donated by John and Mary Kirkland.
Scope and Content
"Dutton High School Reunion"- May 3-4, 2002 (1 videocassette).
Name Access
Dutton (Ont.)
Subject Access
Schools

Elgin County Heritage Minutes

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives30192
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2009
Storage Location
W6 B8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Audio-Visual Collection
Description Level
Item
Item Number
AV 92
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W6 B8
GMD
moving images
Date Range
2009
Physical Description
1 dvd disk
Scope and Content
DVD disk containing Elgin County Heritage Minutes series, prepared July 2009 by Tony Bendel for Rogers Cable Television. Series of one-minute vignettes on various topics relating to the history of Elgin County for broadcast on Rogers Community Access Cable Television.

Elgin County House of Industry/ Elgin Manor fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/en/permalink/archives379
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County House of Industry/ Elgin Manor fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
moving images
cartographic material
Date Range
1876-2004
Accession Number
2001-04
2003-27
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh2
R4 S1 Sh3 B1
W6 B2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County House of Industry/ Elgin Manor fonds
Creator
Elgin County House of Industry
Elgin Manor
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2001-04
2003-27
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh2
R4 S1 Sh3 B1
W6 B2
GMD
textual records
graphic material
moving images
cartographic material
Date Range
1876-2004
Physical Description
1.2 m of textual records
174 photographs : b&w and col.
33 photographs : col. slides
2 maps
1 videocassette
Physical Condition
Physician's books poor. Elgin County House of Industry, Register of Inmates, 1876-1897 book- poor.
History / Biographical
In accordance with the provisions of By-Law Number 269 enacted June 18, 1875, Elgin County Council authorized the purchase for $3,000 of fifty acres of land in Lot 39 North on Talbot Road East, two miles west of St. Thomas in the Township of Southwold from John Cole for the purpose of establishing an "industrial farm" and "House of Industry and Refuge." By-Law Number 276, enacted December 30, 1875, appointed the following officers to administer the House of Industry and Refuge: William McKay, County Clerk, Inspector; Michael Hunsberger and his wife Sarah Ann Hunsberger, respectively Keeper and Matron; Leonard Luton, Physician. By-Law Number 276 also established rules for inmates, including provisions forbidding passage "beyond the limits of the Industrial Farm unless by the permission of the Keeper" and authorizing "punishment", including "solitary confinement" for rules violations. Attendance by inmates at Sunday religious services was compulsory: those absent without permission were subject to "prompt and severe punishment." The House of Industry and Refuge for the County of Elgin opened in February, 1876, making Elgin one of the first counties in Ontario to establish such a facility. The original building was enlarged in 1891 with the construction of a third wing, which was used to house the female inmates. Initially the facility housed 32 inmates, increasing to 50 by 1903 when an additional 50 acres of adjoining land were purchased at a cost of $4,250. Residence in the County of Elgin was usually required for admission, but "transients requiring immediate attention" were occasionally committed as well. Admissions were subject to the approval of the Inspector and a committee of three appointed annually by County Council. Inmates were committed for various reasons, including "idiocy", destitution, sickness, old age, physical disabilites such as paralysis and blindness, "intemperance" (drunkenness), homelessness (vagrancy), and pregnancy out of wedlock. Orphans and children whose parents were in jail or had abandoned them were also admitted. Inmates participated in maintaining the building, working the land, and making most of their own clothing and bedding. Expenses were partially offset by the sale of farm produce. In 1903, the farm produced, among other crops, 24 bushels of wheat, 50 tons of hay, 510 bushels of oats, 266 bushels of barley, 70 barrels of apples, 40 hogs, 22 turkeys, 100 chickens and 1,249 pounds of butter. In 1946 the facility was renamed the Elgin County Home. By 1954 the facility was a provincially certified home for the aged known as Elgin Manor. In 1962, it became apparent that the 86-year-old building was obsolete. In January 1963, Elgin County Council approved plans to build a new 90-bed facility on the same site, at an estimated cost of $650,000. Following the demolition of the original building, construction began on July 17th, 1963, and residents were transferred to the new 90-bed capacity Elgin Manor on May 26, 1964. Elgin Manor was enlarged by the construction of a 60-bed addition, which opened in October 1969. The 1964 building was replaced by a new facility, also on the same site, in August 2003.
Custodial History
Most of the fonds was transferred directly from Elgin Manor.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to the operation of the Elgin County House of Industry and Elgin Manor Home for the Aged. Elgin County House of Industry records include visitors' registers, 1876-1964; registers of inmates, 1876-1947; time books, 1894-1945; physician's books, 1890-1953; photographs of the building; and miscellaneous documents including a commitment certificate. Elgin Manor records include visitors' registers, 1964-1989; daily journals, 1984; records of staff and committee meetings, 1980-1989; 25th Anniversary material, 1989; photographs and slides of the building and staff; and copies of the facility's newsletter. Fonds is organized into the following series: 1. Elgin County House of Industry 2. Elgin Manor
Name Access
Elgin County House of Industry
Elgin Manor
Subject Access
Homes for the Aged
Access Restriction
Access to records identifying patients/inmates is restricted subject to provisions of the Ontario Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act and the Ontario Personal Health Information Protection Act.
Conservation
The photographs and slides were placed in archival album pages.

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