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Elgin County House of Industry/ Elgin Manor fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/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
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.
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Birds of Elgin County fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives55230
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Birds of Elgin County fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
2000-2004
Storage Location
C9 Sh4 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Birds of Elgin County fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C9 Sh4 B3
GMD
textual records
Date Range
2000-2004
Physical Description
1 box of textual records
Custodial History
Prior to donation, records were in the care and custody of William J. Rayner, a photographic contributor and member of the project's Fundraising Committee.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various records relating to the publication "Birds of Elgin County" (2004), including research materials, project proposal/ prospectus, correspondence and financial data, promotional materials and reviews, and two copies of the book - one unsigned softcover copy of the first printing, and one hardcover copy of the first printing signed by most but not all book contributors and members of the project coordinating committee.
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County of Elgin fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives1575
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
County of Elgin fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Storage Location
R3-R4
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
County of Elgin fonds
Creator
County of Elgin
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R3-R4
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Physical Description
ca. 40 metres of textual records
ca. 300 photographs
History / Biographical
The Corporation of the County of Elgin was established as a "provisional" county of the County of Middlesex in April 1852. It became a completely separate county by November of 1853. The county was initially comprised of the following constituent municipalities as part of a two-tier system of local government: Townships of Aldborough, Dunwich, Southwold, Yarmouth, Malahide, South Dorchester and Bayham; Villages of St. Thomas and Vienna. St. Thomas separated from the county to become a stand-alone municipality in 1861. Other incorporated villages gained representation on County Council in the following order: Aylmer (1871), Port Stanley (1875), Springfield (1878), Dutton (1891), West Lorne (1908), Rodney (1908), Port Burwell (1949) and Belmont (1961).
Effective January 1st, 1998, local restructuring created the following seven following municipalities within the county: Municipalities of West Elgin, Dutton-Dunwich, Central Elgin and Bayham; Townships of Southwold and Malahide; Town of Aylmer.
The county has held a wide range of powers common to upper-tier municipalities under the terms of the Municipal Act. This has included (and in many cases still includes) a system of roads and bridges, court administration, school supervision, library services, homes for the aged, a house of industry, financial services, civic addressing, emergency measures, land division, a museum and archives. Planning is not done at the county-level but is instead a responsibility of the local municipalities. County Council is chaired by a Warden who is elected on an annual basis by secret ballot from the existing members of Council.
The County's administrative offices have had three principle locations over time: The former Yarmouth Township hall in St. Thomas from 1852 to 1854; the Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas from 1854 to 1985; and the Elgin County Administration Building just south of St. Thomas (originally built as the nurses’ residence for the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital), 1985 to the present day.
Custodial History
Records were originally stored in the basement of the Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas. Elgin County Council authorized a transfer agreement with the Regional Collection at the University of Western Ontario in late 1969. Records were subsequently arranged and catalogued by staff at Regional Collection. In 1988, the records were transferred back to the County of Elgin and stored on the fourth floor of the County's "new" accomodations at the Elgin County Administration Building just south of St. Thomas (the former nurses' residence for the Ontario Psychiatric Hospital). Records were subsequently transferred to the Elgin County Archives within the same building in 2002. A project is on-going to re-box and re-house the records from the original containers provided by the university. A re-description project is also on-going.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records of all departments from the County's incorporation in 1852 until 2002. The fonds is subdivided into the following sous-fonds: County Council County Clerk/Administrative Services Treasurer/Financial Services Homes for the Aged/Long-Term Care Engineering Services Library Services Human Resources Many departmental records are incorporated into the County Clerk sous-fonds given that office's traditional role as keeper of corporate records and its role in supporting County Council's proceedings. This is especially true for the period prior to the 1970's. As a result, approximately eighty per cent of the fonds was filed and maintained by this one office, although the records document all aspects of the corporation. The proceedings of County Council are also well documented. This includes Council minutes and by-laws beginning in 1852, as well as minutes and reports of standing and ad hoc committees.
Name Access
Elgin (Ont.: County)
Related Material
House of Industry / Elgin Manor fonds
Terrace Lodge fonds
Bobier Villa fonds
County of Elgin Soldiers' Aid Commission fonds
County of Elgin Sesquicentennial fonds
Elgin County Clerk fonds
Elgin County Council fonds
Arrangement
Chronological within a central filing system for all departments until ca. 1970; filing system by department or committee from the 1970's to the present day.
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County of Elgin Sesquicentennial fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives138
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
County of Elgin Sesquicentennial fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
2002
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh1 B5
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
County of Elgin Sesquicentennial fonds
Creator
County of Elgin
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh1 B5
GMD
graphic material
textual records
Date Range
2002
Publication
Published on Facebook: March 5, 2021.
Physical Description
ca. 200 photographs / negatives : col.
2 photographs : b&w
8 cm of textual records
History / Biographical
Fonds was compiled by the County Archivist as events took place.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the County of Elgin's Sesquicentennial celebrations in 2002, including photographs and textual records pertaining to the following events:
Commemoration of the first meeting of Elgin County Council, April 15th 1852 (took place April 15th, 2002).
The Provincial Town Crier's contest and Sesquicentennial Ball (August 2002).
Elgin County Archives' grand opening (November 2002).
The County Archivist's Warden's Banquet-- the speaking notes provide an overview of the year's events (November 2002). Also included are the following records:
Letters of greeting from Prime Minister Jean Chretien, Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson, Gar Knutson, M.P., and Steve Peters, M.P.P., on the occasion of the Elgin County Sesquicentennial celebrations (2002).
Photographs of Gar Knutson and Steve Peters.
St. Thomas Times-Journal 150th Anniversary Special Edition (2002).
The Northern Scot newspaper - October 25th, 2002 edition. The paper contains an article regarding a delegation that attended the Roman Catholic Church's World Youth Day celebrations, part of which took place just south of St. Thomas in July 2002. A delegation from the City of Elgin, District Moray, Scotland participated in a cultural exchange with the Warden during these festivities.
File R4 S1 Sh1 B5 F1 contains colour photograph taken August 3, 2002, with caption "Representing 150 Years of Democracy in Elgin County", showing, seated, Ronald K. McNeil; standing, left to right, John R. Wilson, sesquicentennial Warden of Elgin County; Steve Peters, MPP; Peter Ostojic, Mayor, City of St. Thomas; Gar Knutson, MP.
File R4 S1 Sh1 B5 F2 contains photograph taken November 15, 2002 at the County of Elgin Sesquicentennial held at John Wilson's Warden's Banquet at the Springfield Lions Community Hall, showing past wardens of Elgin County: first row, left to right, K.C. Emerson 1963, J.R. Wilson 2002, R.K. McNeil 1952, C.D. Phillips 1962, R.N. Johnston 1973; second row, left to right, R.J. Lavereau 1985; J.C. Wise 1969, H.J. Mezenberg 1996-1997, R. Vandierendonck 1993, A.B. McCallum 1968, A.K. Ford 1989, R. VanBrenk 1999, H.F. Lyle 1992; third row, left to right, R.L. Lake 1974, E.H. Marr 1993-1994, M.A. Schafer 1976, D.J. McPhail 2000-2001, K.E. Monteith 1981, L.J. Shaw 1982, R.F. Purcell 1986-1987, D.K. Cook 1977.
Name Access
McNeil, Ron
Wise, John
Monteith, Ken
Peters, Steve
Subject Access
Municipal Officials
Elgin County Council
Elgin County Municipal Officials
Arrangement
Chronologicial
Images
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County of Elgin Soldiers' Aid Commission fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives95
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
County of Elgin Soldiers' Aid Commission fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917-1919
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh1 B4
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
County of Elgin Soldiers' Aid Commission fonds
Creator
County of Elgin Soldiers' Aid Commission
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh1 B4
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1917-1919
Physical Description
2 volumes (bound)
History / Biographical
The Soldiers' Aid Commission was established by the Province of Ontario through Order-in-Council in 1915 to provide emergency financial assistance to Ontario veterans and/or dependents of the First World War. The Soldiers' Aid Commission Act of 1916 subsequently established a series of local boards under the administration of the Department of the Attorney General to review applications and disburse funds. The County of Elgin administered one of these local boards.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of alphabetical registers listing the name, rank, address, place of enlistment, battalion, areas of service, wounds and date of return to Canada. These registers were compiled for the purposes of determining eligibility for assistance for returning soldiers from the First World War. Details of amounts received or particulars of individual applications are not included in these registers. Residents of both the County of Elgin and the City of St. Thomas are listed. An alphabetical index exists at the front of each register.
Name Access
County of Elgin Soldiers' Aid Commission
Subject Access
First World War
Soldiers
Veterans
Access Restriction
Blanket access restricted under the terms of the Access to Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Requests for access to specific individuals will be reviewed on a case by case basis. Access will be permitted to individuals deceased more than 30 years.
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Elgin County 4-H Association fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives158687
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County 4-H Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1947-2015
Accession Number
2013-08
2014-21
2016-07
2017-26
Storage Location
W4 Sh1 B1-6
W4 Sh2 B 1-3
W5 Sh1 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County 4-H Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2013-08
2014-21
2016-07
2017-26
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Storage Location
W4 Sh1 B1-6
W4 Sh2 B 1-3
W5 Sh1 B3
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1947-2015
Physical Description
1.52 m of textual records ; 3 volumes ; 80 photographs, col.
Extent
1.52 m of textual records ; 3 volumes
History / Biographical
The Elgin County 4-H Association is a regional division of 4-H Ontario. They are responsible for running selected clubs throughout the county, and each club focuses on completing a specific project over the course of at least 12 hours of instruction. Originally, clubs were focused on either homemaking or agriculture, but in modern times the clubs have expanded to include other projects, such as finances and job searches, in order to foster the personal development and responsibility of youth. At its height, Elgin County 4-H offered many clubs throughout the county, often with regional markers to distinguish them from identically-named clubs in other parts of the county (such as the West Elgin Dairy Club and the East Elgin Dairy Club), but reduced membership in modern times lead to consolidation into single, county-wide clubs. The 4-H Program arose from agricultural roots. The idea began in the United States: in 1901, President Orwell of the Farmer’s Institute of Macoupin County, Missouri, offered a bag of seed corn to local boys with the hope of encouraging youth leadership in agriculture. 500 boys signed up for that project with the intention of displaying their produce at the 1903 St. Louis Fair. The project drew praise from educators and agricultural leaders alike The idea came to Canada in 1913, when the Department of Agriculture donated one dozen poultry eggs, potatoes, and seed to the youth of Roland, Manitoba, with the intent of having them plant, raise, and grow them over many months. During this time they would be guided by leaders who would teach them the best ways for raising their livestock and crops. This established the basic framework used by 4-H today, which is the completion of a project by youth of a certain age, under the supervision of a leader. These were originally dubbed Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs, and were headed by the Department of Agriculture. The first recognized club in Ontario was founded by Stanley Knapp of Waterloo in 1915, and spread from there. In Elgin County, the first recorded clubs date to 1935, alongside the newly founded Homemaking division of the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs. Both Homemaking and Agriculture were well represented in Elgin County. In 1952, the Boys’ and Girls’ Clubs were renamed to 4-H Canada (head, heart, hands, and health), and under this new moniker, the focus began to shift from goal-oriented pursuits, such as completion of projects, to the personal development of its’ members. Starting 1985, the Homemaking and Agricultural divisions, previously separate, merged to become one entity, with John R. Lyle as president. In 1988, 4-H Ontario separated from the provincial Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs to become an independent organization.
Custodial History
Fonds is a collection of four separate accessions: 2017-26, 2016-07, 2013-08, and 2014-21. 2016-07 and 2013-08 were gifted by Roberta Gillard, Treasurer for the Elgin County 4-H. 2014-21 was donated by Cathy Cocchio. 2017-26 was donated by Cheryl Gauthier to the Elgin County Museum on August 23, 2017, and was transferred to the Elgin County Archives on the same day.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and maintained by both the Elgin County 4-H Association and individuals within the 4-H program. It includes the 4-H Constitution, annual reports, minutes of meetings, financial records, correspondence, lists of members, project records and workbooks done by 4-H members, newsletters, and scrapbooks. The fonds is arranged into the following series:
Administration
Members
Projects
Name Access
Elgin County 4-H Club
Subject Access
4-H Clubs
Agriculture
Youth
Arrangement
Alphabetically; Projects series is arranged chronologically
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Elgin County Archives fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172046
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Archives fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1967-2019
Storage Location
C6 Sh6 B6-7
C11 Sh2 B1-3
C11 Sh3 B5
W1 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Archives fonds
Creator
Elgin County Archives
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C6 Sh6 B6-7
C11 Sh2 B1-3
C11 Sh3 B5
W1 B1
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1967-2019
Physical Description
70 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and maintained by the Elgin County Archives and is arranged into the following series:
-Accession Records series, 2001-2018
-Researcher Records series, 2004-2019
Fonds also contains digitized material related to commemorations of the fiftieth and sixtieth anniversaries of Vimy Ridge in 1967 and 1977.
Name Access
Elgin County Archives
Access Restriction
Access to some records is restricted to Archives staff.
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Elgin County Atlas Collection

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172047
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Atlas Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
Date Range
1867-1971
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Atlas Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
Date Range
1867-1971
Physical Description
16 volumes
Scope and Content
Collection consists of a number of atlases, largely produced in the late nineteenth century, showing Elgin and nearby counties, Ontario and Canada.
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Elgin County Court fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives2853
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Court fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1852-1965
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh4-6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Court fonds
Creator
County of Elgin
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R4 S1 Sh4-6
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1852-1965
Physical Description
4 m of textual records
History / Biographical
The first courts for the County of Elgin began in St. Thomas upon the County's incorporation in 1852. Beginning in 1854, cases were tried at the Elgin County Courthouse in St. Thomas. Over the years, various divisional courts were operated by the County. Early cases formed part of the Third Division Court of Ontario. The County of Elgin was responsible for the administration of the court, maintenance of the building and payment of accounts. Most records in the fonds were maintained by the Elgin County Clerk and Elgin County Treasurer, although the court operated with a measure of autonomy with respect to the offices of Senior County Judge, Junior County Judge, County Sheriff and court clerks.
Custodial History
Fonds was originally part of the Elgin County Clerk sous-fonds and/or Elgin County Treasurer sous-fonds but segregated due to the court's level of autonomy and accessibility/privacy issues. Most individual account records were preserved from a larger series of records called the Elgin County Voucher collection during an appraisal and selection project completed over summer 2004.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of court proceedings and statement of accounts under the following series:
1. Third Division Court (St. Thomas) Statement of Claims, 1852-1857 - Consists of decisions rendered by the court on small claims matters and settlement of accounts. Date range pertains to the period when cases were tried, although in some instances the settling of accounts took place at a later date. R4 S1 Sh5 B1
2. Third Division Court (St. Thomas) Constable's Accounts, 1911-1959 - Consists of payment of accounts to police constables as a result of judicial responsibilities. Accounts outline their involvement in criminal proceedings on case by case basis. Records are predominantly pre-1940. R4 S1 Sh5 B2&3
3. Third Division Court (St. Thomas) Coroner's Accounts and Inquests, 1911-1965 - Consists of payment of accounts for witnesses, police constables and medical officials as a result of their involvement in coroner's inquests. Verdict of the coroner's jury is often indicated. Records are on a case by case basis. R4 S1 Sh6 B1
4. Third Division Court (St. Thomas) Prisoner's Accounts, 1920-1964 - Consists of Justice of the Peace accounts, quarterly return of prisoners (made to the provincial government) and Sheriff's accounts for prisoner discharges. Names of prisoners, convictions and sentences are listed. R4 S1 Sh4 B2
5. Fourth Division Court (Dutton) Cash Book, 1909-1933 - Consists of ledger entries documenting the settlement of claims as a result of court decisions. R4 S1 Sh6 B3
Name Access
Ontario. County Court (Elgin)
Access Restriction
MFIPPA applies; records can only be released if individual(s) have been deceased for at least 30 years.
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Elgin County District Women's Institute fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives169986
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County District Women's Institute fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1907-2007
Storage Location
C1 Sh4 B8
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County District Women's Institute fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C1 Sh4 B8
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1907-2007
Physical Description
4 volumes
3 certificates
Scope and Content
Fonds contains records created by the Elgin County District Women's Institute (East and West Elgin), including the following volumes and other records:
-Minute and Cash Book, 1907-1912
-Minute and Cash Book, 1912-1918
-Minute and Cash Book, 1956-1959
-Minute and Cash Book, 1998-2004
-Certificates in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the branch (from Elgin County Council, the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario and Joe Preston, MP, Elgin-Middlesex-London, 2007.
Name Access
Elgin County District Women's Institute
Subject Access
Women's Institutes
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Elgin County Fire Insurance Plans Collection

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172066
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Fire Insurance Plans Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
Date Range
1894-ca. 1960
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Fire Insurance Plans Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
cartographic material
Date Range
1894-ca. 1960
Physical Description
30 maps
Scope and Content
Collection consists of fire insurance plans of St. Thomas, produced in 1894 and 1903. Also included is a map of highways in Elgin County, dated ca. 1960.
Subject Access
Fire Insurance Plans
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Elgin County Junior Farmers and Junior Institute Association fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives174
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Junior Farmers and Junior Institute Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1928-2014
Accession Number
2006-32
2007-18
2017-28
Storage Location
R7 S5 Sh2 B2-3
M2 S1 Sh1 B2
M2 S1 Sh1 B4-6
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Junior Farmers and Junior Institute Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2006-32
2007-18
2017-28
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
R7 S5 Sh2 B2-3
M2 S1 Sh1 B2
M2 S1 Sh1 B4-6
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1928-2014
Physical Description
1m of textual records
History / Biographical
Junior Farmers started in 1914 with Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Short Courses. The Junior Farmers Organization started in Elgin County in 1922. This organization became active in agricultural judging competitions in the county. The Elgin County Junior Farmers' Association evolved in 1945 after new branches were formed in Elgin County.
In 1923, a few girls held a meeting at Hillcrest Inn, Port Stanley, and the Elgin Girls Institute was formed. This group was involved mainly with Home Economics, county judging competitions, garden competions and community service. In the 1940's, it became known as the Elgin County Junior Institute.
The two organizations held many of their meetings together and participated in joint projects.
In 1954, the Elgin County Junior Farmers and Junior Institute Association was formed. As stated in its' constitution, the main objectives of this association were to plan, organize and extend farm youth programs, and to cooperate with other farm organizations to develop agriculture, home life, community spirit and citizenship.
Scope and Content
Consists of administrative records from the following organizations:
Elgin County Junior Institutes: Central Elgin Junior Institute, West Elgin Junior Institute, East Elgin Junior Institute.
Elgin County Junior Farmers Associations: Central Elgin Junior Farmers, West Elgin Junior Farmers, East Elgin Junior Farmers.
Fonds is divided into the following series:
1. Financial series, 1928-1940; 1955-2014
2. Planning, activities and special events series, 1933-2013
3. Minutes series, 1935-2014
4. Correspondence series, 1959-1979
Name Access
Central Elgin Junior Institute
West Elgin Junior Institute
East Elgin Junior Institute
Central Elgin Junior Farmers
West Elgin Junior Farmers
East Elgin Junior Farmers
Elgin County Junior Farmers' Association
Elgin Girls' Institute
Elgin County Junior Institute
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Elgin County Land Division Committee fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives124526
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Land Division Committee fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1971-2018
Storage Location
R4 S4 Sh3 B1-5
R4 S4 Sh4 B5
R4 S4 Sh3
R14 S4
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Land Division Committee fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Archives Storage Rm. 110
Archives 4th Floor Storage Room
Storage Location
R4 S4 Sh3 B1-5
R4 S4 Sh4 B5
R4 S4 Sh3
R14 S4
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1971-2018
Physical Description
9.4 m of textual records
History / Biographical
The Elgin County Land Division Committee was established in 1971 and is responsible for reviewing and making decisions relating to petitions for land severance. Most lower-tier municipalities in Elgin County opted to divest their responsibility for adjudicating land severance applications to the Elgin County Land Division Committee in 1971, with the exception of the Township of Southwold, Township of Yarmouth, Village of Port Stanley, and Village of Belmont, which continued to operate their own Land Division Committees/ Committees of Adjustment until finally joining the Elgin County Land Division Committee on January 1, 1974.
Scope and Content
The fonds is arranged in two series:
Application Files series, 1971-1994
Minutes series, 1971-2018
Accruals
Expected
Access Restriction
Provisions of the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act apply.
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Elgin County Library fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives8658
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Library fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1874-2005
Storage Location
R7 S3 Sh5 B2-3
R7 S3 Sh4 B1-3
R7 S3 Sh3 B1-2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Library fonds
Creator
Elgin County Library
Elgin County Library Co-Operative
Elgin County Library Association
Lake Erie Regional Library System
Lake Erie Regional Library Co-Operative
St. Thomas Public Library
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S3 Sh5 B2-3
R7 S3 Sh4 B1-3
R7 S3 Sh3 B1-2
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1874-2005
Physical Description
2.49 m of textual records
117 photographs : b&w and col.
15 negatives : b&w
History / Biographical
The Elgin County Library system was originally formed in 1936 as the Elgin County Library Association, and was composed of existing libraries in Bayham, Rodney, Shedden, Sparta and West Lorne. The Association was formed largely as a result of the organizing efforts of Mrs. Della Ludy and Mr. G.V. Thornicroft, respectively the secretary-librarian and chairman of the Rodney Library Board. As early as March 1935 they began encouraging the several independent municipal libraries in Elgin County to form an association to pool collective resources for mutual benefit.
The formation of county-wide or regional library associations in Ontario began in the early 1930s as a result of Ontario government policies and financial incentives (in the form of annual grants) designed to promote the more effective and cost-efficient delivery of library services to rural communities. The Elgin County Library Association was the third such collaboration in Ontario, following the establishment of the Lambton County Library Association (1931) and the Middlesex County Library Association.
The Elgin County Library Association was formed and its constitution adopted at its inaugural meeting in the auditorium of the St. Thomas Public Library on April 28, 1936, and at a subsequent meeting on May 15, 1936 elected a Board of Directors and established membership fees. Mr. Thornicroft and Mr. W.I. Rogers were elected respectively as chairman and secretary-treasurer. In its early days, Mr. Rogers often kept the Association solvent by providing small personal loans when grant cheques or members' fees were late in arriving and frequently contributed his truck for making book deliveries. The Association operated by purchasing books, processing them with the assistance of professional librarians at the St. Thomas Public Library, and making them available at its member libraries in a quarterly series of distributions or exchanges.
The Association grew steadily in the late 1930s and early 1940s, welcoming additional member libraries in Port Stanley (1937), Port Burwell (1939), and Aylmer, Dutton and Springfield (1940). Between 1941 and its closure in 1945, Association membership privileges were extended to the library of the R.C.A.F. Technical Training School in St. Thomas. In September 1944 the Association began providing book distribution/deposit services to rural schools throughout Elgin County.
From 1936 until 1946 the Association maintained no assets other than its books, and employed no staff, relying on the efforts of its Directors, staff at its member libraries, and in particular the honoraria-compensated assistance of St. Thomas Public Library staff Florence Cameron, Winnifred Reed and Margaret McKay who contributed countless hours ordering, cataloguing, repairing and boxing books, preparing reports and budgets, and writing correspondence. In 1946 Eileen Wallace was appointed part-time County Librarian, operating from office space in the basement of the St. Thomas Public Library and splitting her services between the County and City libraries.
In May 1947 the Association was re-organized under the Ontario Public Libraries Amendment Act 1947, Section 5 as the Elgin County Library Co-Operative and immediately used the additional government funding provided to hire Miss Wallace as full-time County Librarian. On January 23, 1948 Elgin County Council enacted By-Law number 1516, A By-Law...to Establish a County Library Co-Operative. Under the terms of the By-Law the Board of Directors of the Co-Operative was appointed by Elgin County Council and composed of the Warden, three County Councillors and three other appointees, not necessarily Councillors.
In 1948 the Co-Operative's most pressing need was for a larger vehicle with which to transport its books between member libraries and schools. For a short time in 1948-1949 the Co-Operative used a truck belonging to the Elgin County Home, kindly driven by the Superintendent of the Home, Mr. Turnbull. In May 1949, with a grant of $3700 from Elgin County Council, the Co-Operative purchased its first "Bookmobile." In July 1949 the Co-Operative's office was relocated from the St. Thomas Public Library to the Elgin County Court House.
The 1950s were a period of great achievement and challenge for the Co-Operative. 1950 saw its further expansion, with the addition of member libraries in Avon, Belmont and Vienna, and Ruth Prowse was appointed Assistant Librarian, launching a career that was to last 37 years until her retirement in 1987. Eileen Wallace retired in 1954 and was succeeded as County Librarian by John Wilson. In April 1954 the Co-Operative office was relocated within the Court House to two rooms formerly occupied by the Ontario Provincial Police and conveniently situated so as to allow loading the Bookmobile through the office windows. In November 1954 the Co-Operative initiated a new service - regular "Bookmobile Stop" service for smaller communities without library facilities: the new service was launched in Wallacetown and soon extended to other communities, including New Sarum, Copenhagen, Yarmouth Centre, Union and Cowan Park. John Wilson resigned as County Librarian effective June 30, 1957 and for the next year Ruth Prowse ran the Co-Operative single-handedly until the appointment of a new County Librarian, Mr. J. David Pocock, who assumed office on July 1, 1958. A new, larger Bookmobile was purchased in August 1958 from Butterworth Motors in St. Thomas and put in service. Mr. Pocock resigned in December 1958 and Miss Prowse was again pressed to serve as acting librarian.
In 1961 a new headquarters building for the Co-Operative was constructed on the grounds of the County Court House in St. Thomas. The new offices, situated at 9 Gladstone Avenue, were officially opened October 28, 1961.
The early 1960s saw the continuation and expansion of existing programs and the introduction of new services: reference collections were established in Aylmer and West Lorne in 1963 and in October 1964 a film-strip circulation service was begun which proved immensely popular, especially with teachers eager to use films as educational aids in their classrooms. The latter service was made available through the Lake Erie Regional Library Co-Operative (later known as the Lake Erie Regional Library System and a predecessor of the Southern Ontario Library Service), a resource-sharing consortium of County Library systems in Middlesex, Elgin, Norfolk and Oxford established in 1963.
Ironically, the Elgin County Library Co-Operative's greatest efforts in the early 1960s would result in its disestablishment. In 1960 the Public Libraries Act was revised to allow the formation of tax-supported County Library systems in Ontario, but the benefits of public funding came with a price - loss of fiscal and administrative independence for existing libraries, most of which could trace their histories back to the 1890s. Moreover, the terms of the revised Public Libraries Act required that at least seventy-five percent of the County's constituent municipalities formally request the establishment of a county public library system. Between 1960 and 1965 the staff and members of the Board of the Co-Operative attended many meetings and spent hours convincing representatives of these libraries, their patrons, municipal officials, teachers and the general public of the benefits of a publicly funded County Library system. Finally, on September 21, 1965, with the unanimous consent of its constitutent municipalities, Elgin County Council enacted By-Law number 1898, A By-Law...to Establish a County Library Service Within the County of Elgin, to come in force effective January 1, 1966. The Elgin County Library was the third county public library established in Ontario and the first with all constituent municipalities participating.
The newly formed Elgin County Library functioned as a separate corporation under the law (Revised Statutes of Ontario 1966, Chapter 128) and not as a committee of County Council. Council was empowered to appoint all members of the Elgin County Library Board, including the Warden, ex officio, three members appointed to three-year terms, and three members appointed to one-year terms.
In December 1966 the Elgin County Library purchased the first of a series of delivery vans, initially to supplement the Bookmobile, and following its decommissioning in 1972, for all inter-branch transfers of books and other library materials.
In May 1968 Mr. Elgin Arthur Wells was appointed County Librarian, ending a nearly ten-year period since December 1958 during which Ruth Prowse directed the enterprise as Acting Librarian. Miss Prowse continued with the Library in the position of Assistant Librarian.
In 1969 the Library began an "experiment" in circulating paperback books, beginning in July with the placement of 600 titles in the Port Stanley branch, and continuing in November with a further 800 titles each placed in Dutton and Aylmer branches. By 1972 paperback collections had been established in all branches. Also in 1969 the Library began providing direct service to Elgin Manor home for the aged with regular distributions of large-print books. In 1970 this service was extended to residents of Bobier Villa in Dutton and soon, with the assistance of Women's Institute volunteers, quasi-branches with semi-permanent collections were operating in these institutions. Also in 1970 the Library's popular Puppet Show program for children was launched.
1970 also marks the advent of one of the Library's most ambitious and successful programs - to raise awareness and promote the preservation of and public access to vital resources for the study of local history in Elgin County. Local history collections were established in several branches, most notably in Aylmer, and the Library began microfilming local newspapers, beginning in 1970 with the Dutton Enterprise (1881-1889) and the Dutton Advance (1892-1924). In 1975 the Library introduced a service whereby patrons could borrow positive copies of microfilm and portable microfilm readers to conduct research at home, and by 1978 most branches were equipped with portable, circulating microfilm readers. Beginning in 1971 and continuing through 1982, the Library altered the format of its annual reports to include re-prints of reports, articles and essays on subjects of local historical interest in addition to the standard report data. Beginning in 1977 and continuing in the 1980s the Library applied for and received grants to complete several projects involving the transcription and/or indexing of archival documents. As early as October 1981 the Library was championing the need for a formal archives program for Elgin County, commissioning a study investigating the feasibility of using the old County Jail as an Archives, and at its January 1982 meeting the Elgin County Library Board adopted the first of what would become a series of resolutions passed in the 1980s and 1990s recommending that "County Council adopt the policy that a County Archives be formed." During the 1980s and 1990s the Library continued to accumulate archival records from public and private sources, acquiring the core of the collection of the Elgin County Archives, which was officially opened on November 8, 2002 and is administered as a discrete unit within the Department of Library Services.
In 1972, as a result of the increasing availability of library services within individual public schools, the Library ceased distributing books to County schools, a service it had inaugurated in September 1944, and consequently decommissioned its aging Bookmobile, thereafter relying on a series of delivery vans to transport library materials between branches. Also in 1972 the Library began providing direct service to Sunnyside Nursing Home in Aylmer, expanding its service commitment to shut-ins. In 1973 the Library introduced a new service, establishing circulating collections of cassette tapes in its Aylmer (June) and Dutton (December) branches.
In 1974 a new 25,000 square-foot Elgin-St. Thomas Public Library building was erected at 153 Curtis Street, St. Thomas, with the County of Elgin and City of St. Thomas sharing the cost of construction. The new building was to be shared by the St. Thomas Public Library and the Elgin County Library, whose respective Boards signed a lease agreement in June 1974. The Elgin County Library received 3,000 square feet of space on the top two floors and 2,000 square feet on the bottom floor. The Library's head offices were relocated here from 9 Gladstone Avenue, St. Thomas in September 1974 and the new building was officially opened at a ceremony held October 4, 1974 attended by Ontario Lieutenant Governor Pauline McGibbon.
On April 7, 1976 Ruth Prowse was honoured for completing 25 years' service with the Library, and in February 1980 she was appointed Deputy Librarian. Ms. Prowse's lengthy career with the Library was to last until her retirement in November 1987 after more than 37 years' service.
1986 was a momentous year for the Library. Effective January 1, as a result of a private member's bill passed in the Ontario Legislative Assembly on December 6, 1985, the Elgin County Library Board was dissolved, its assets and liabilities vested in the County of Elgin, and governance of the Library's operations devolved to the newly-formed Library Committee of Elgin County Council. Also in January the Library's head office was relocated from the St. Thomas Public Library building to the new Elgin County Administration Building on Sunset Drive, St. Thomas. The non-administrative staff of the Library were unionized as the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Local 841 and signed an agreement with the County of Elgin on April 16. In June the Library's first computer was installed, in the County Librarian's office.
In October 1988 the Library began establishing circulating collections of videotapes in its branches, and soon thereafter, effective March 31, 1989, phased out its film strip collections.
In 1992, the Library, in tandem with several other Ontario county library systems, began the process of automation. After more than a year of consultation, planning, development and training the INFONET and MultiLIS systems were installed in the Library's head offices by suppliers under contract with the Ontario Library Consortium. The Library's branches were then automated on schedule over the next several years.
On December 19, 1994 Elgin Wells retired as Chief Librarian after more than 27 years' service. He was succeeded in January 1995 by Cathy Bishop, Manager of Library Services. At a meeting held October 31, 1995 Elgin County Council passed By-Law 95-39 streamlining its standing committee structure: effective January 1, 1996 the Library Committee was dissolved and policy and financial supervision of the Elgin County Library devolved to the Community Services Committee of Elgin County Council. At a meeting held March 18, 1997 Elgin County Council approved the County of Elgin Municipal Restructuring Proposal to take effect January 1, 1998 pending the approval of the Ontario Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. As a result of this restructuring, all standing committees of County Council were dissolved effective January 1, 1998 and department heads, including the Manager of Library Services, began reporting directly to Council.
In 2004 the Library replaced its original technical and public services systems with the Unicorn Library Management System from Sirsi Corporation.
Administrative histories of the Elgin County Library system's branch libraries are found in relevant series descriptions. However, it may be noted here that most of the independent public libraries eventually amalgamated within the Elgin County Library system can trace their origins to the mechanics' institute movement of the 19th century.
Formed to provide adult education, particularly in technical subjects, to working-class men, mechanics institutes typically organized evening classes, ran lecture programs, organized weekly information sessions and maintained a subscription library and reading room. The first mechanics' institute was established in Glasgow, Scotland in 1821. By the mid-19th century, there were over 700 institutes in towns and cities across the United Kingdom and overseas. The first mechanics' institute established in continental British North America was formed in 1828 in Montreal.
In 1868, the Ontario government offered grants to chartered mechanics’ institutes. To be eligible for government funding, institutes were required to maintain significant scientific and technical collections and to provide evening classes and lectures. ‘Light’ publications, such as works of fiction, were not considered eligible acquisitions, and were purchased with monies raised from local sources. In 1880, administration of mechanics’ institutes, previously within the Bureau of Agriculture, was taken over by the Department of Education. In 1883, the Ontario Free Public Libraries Act enabled the conversion of many larger Mechanics’ Institutes into public libraries. Supplementary legislation enacted in 1895 allowed chartered institutions to change their official names to “Public Library”. By the early 20th century and certainly following the First World War, most Canadian mechanics’ institutes had either closed or merged into public library systems. Elgin County Library branches in Aylmer (1874), Belmont (1887), Shedden (1890), Dutton (1892), Rodney (1893), Springfield (1897), and Port Stanley [189-?] were originally established as mechanics' institutes.
Custodial History
Over time, records from the Elgin County Library branches were collected and maintained along with records from the main library administration. These records were transferred when the Elgin County Archives was established in 2001.
Scope and Content
The fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained in the course of conducting normal business operations by the Elgin County Library, its predecessor bodies the Elgin County Library Co-Operative and the Elgin County Library Association, and the various independent public libraries amalgamated to form the Elgin County Library system effective January 1, 1966. The fonds also contains records created by the St. Thomas Public Library, and by the Lake Erie Regional Library System and its predecessor body the Lake Erie Regional Library Co-Operative, as collected and maintained by the Elgin County Library.
The fonds will be of particular interest to researchers concerned with the formation, development and continuing administration of the Elgin County Library system and its constituent branch libraries in particular, and with the establishment of Ontario county and regional library systems in general. The fonds will also be of interest to students of government funding and administration of public libraries in Ontario, and those concerned with the organization and development of mechanics' institutes in Ontario.
The fonds comprises the following series:
1. Administration
2. Planning and Development
3. Elgin County Library Association
4. Elgin County Library Co-Operative
5. Annual Reports
6. Financial Statements
7. Minutes
8. Addenda to Minutes
9. Public Library Reports to Ontario Department of Education
10. Branch Libraries - Aylmer
11. Branch Libraries - Bayham
12. Branch Libraries - Belmont
13. Branch Libraries - Dutton
14. Branch Libraries - Port Burwell
15. Branch Libraries - Port Stanley
16. Branch Libraries - Rodney
17. Branch Libraries - Shedden
18. Branch Libraries - Springfield
19. Branch Libraries - Vienna
20. Branch Libraries - West Lorne
21. Branch Libraries - Avon
22. Photographs
23. Newspaper Clippings
24. Memorial Books
25. Lake Erie Regional Library System
26. Histories
27. St. Thomas Public Library
Name Access
Elgin County Library
Elgin County Library Co-Operative
Elgin County Library Association
Lake Erie Regional Library System
Lake Erie Regional Library Co-Operative
St. Thomas Public Library
Aylmer (Ont.)
Bayham (Ont. : Township)
Belmont (Ont.)
Dunwich (Ont. : Township)
Dutton (Ont.)
Port Burwell (Ont.)
Port Stanley (Ont.)
Rodney (Ont.)
Shedden (Ont.)
Springfield (Ont.)
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Vienna (Ont.)
West Lorne (Ont.)
Subject Access
Libraries
Accruals
Expected
Related Material
Vienna Village fonds (Vienna Library Board series)- Archives Storage Rm. 110, R15 S2 Sh2 B1
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Elgin County Museum Collection

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172073
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Museum Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
records in electronic form
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Museum Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
records in electronic form
Custodial History
In the collection of the Elgin County Museum.
Scope and Content
Collection consists of digital copies of a variety of documents, photographs and other objects in the Elgin County Museum collection, primarily relating to the First World War. These include correspondence of the Aylmer Travel Club, photographs taken at the Wolseley Barracks in London and a bible owned by Victoria Cross recipient Ellis Wellwood Sifton of Wallacetown as well as a photograph album kept by his family.
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Elgin County Museum fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172074
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Museum fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1980-1997
Storage Location
C6 Sh4 B1-6
C6 Sh5 B1-2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Museum fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 105
Storage Location
C6 Sh4 B1-6
C6 Sh5 B1-2
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1980-1997
Physical Description
18 volumes
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of scrapbooks compiled by Elgin County Pioneer Museum staff members and volunteers to document their own activities as well as significant events in St. Thomas and Elgin County. Fonds also contains a scrapbook dedicated to information about Jumbo the Elephant.
Name Access
Elgin County Museum
Elgin County Pioneer Museum
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Elgin County Plowmen's Association fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives10885
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Plowmen’s Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1958-1985
Storage Location
R5 S2 Sh6 B2 F16-34
R4 S1 Sh4 B4 F18-20
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elgin County Plowmen’s Association fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R5 S2 Sh6 B2 F16-34
R4 S1 Sh4 B4 F18-20
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1958-1985
Physical Description
12.5 cm of textual records
4 photographs : b&w
History / Biographical
The Elgin County Plowmen's Association was established in late August, 1922 at a meeting held in the offices of the Elgin County Representative of the Ontario Department of Agriculture and Food, C.W. Buchanan. At this meeting the following executive officers were elected: Alex Anderson, President; William Wadland, First Vice-President; Sam Garton, Second Vice-President; and Fred Carr, Secretary. At the same meeting, the following directors were appointed: Roy Evely; J.J. Ashton; C.W. Buchanan; J.R. Teeple, Reeve, Yarmouth Township; and R.A. Penhale, President, Elgin County Board of Trade.
The Association organized the inaugural Elgin County Plowing Match, held October 17-18, 1922 on the farms of James Todd and Alex Anderson near St. Thomas, Ontario. An estimated 4,000 people attended the event, won by William Wadland, Yarmouth Township.
The Second Annual Elgin County Plowing Match was organized by the Elgin County Plowmen's Association and held October 23-24, 1923 on the farms of Mrs. W.A. Hill and D.W. Bearss, just north of St. Thomas, Ontario. William Wadland, Yarmouth Township was declared champion for the second consecutive year.
The Third Annual Elgin County Plowing Match was held October 29, 1924 on the farm of J.H. Miller, just north of Dutton, Ontario.
The Elgin County Plowmen's Association continued to organize an annual plowing match in Elgin County for many years, although some years were missed as a result of economic conditions during the depression of the 1930s and the Second World War, 1939-1945.
The Elgin County Plowmen's Association was a key partner, with the Ontario Plowmen's Association, the County of Elgin and the Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, in organizing the International Plowing Match events held in Elgin County in 1940, 1960 and 1985.
Custodial History
The records comprising this fonds were originally in the custody of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Elgin County Branch. The branch was closed in the 1990s and the records were transferred to the custody of the Elgin County Library. The records were subsequently transferred to the Elgin County Archives.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created, collected and maintained by the Elgin County Plowmen's Association, including minutes of meetings, records relating to the annual Elgin County plowing match organized by the Association for the period 1979-1984, and records relating to the Association's bid to the Ontario Plowmen's Association to host the 1985 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Show in Elgin County. Fonds is organized into the following series: 1. Minutes 2. Annual Plowing Match 3. 1985 International Plowing Match Bid 4. Miscellaneous
Name Access
Elgin County Plowmen's Association
Subject Access
Agriculture
Plowing Matches
Related Material
Local Committee for the 1985 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery fonds
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Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario - Elgin County fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives172034
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario- Elgin County fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1930-1981
Accession Number
2003-26
Storage Location
R7 S5 Sh6 B3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario- Elgin County fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2003-26
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R7 S5 Sh6 B3
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1930-1981
Physical Description
6 volumes
8 newsletters
1 newspaper clipping
23 p.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records created and maintained by the Elgin County branch of the Federated Women's Institutes of Ontario, including newsletters, handbooks and reports.
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Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Elgin County Branch fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives12130
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Elgin County Branch fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1940-1984
Accession Number
2011-30
2011-35
Storage Location
R5 S2 Sh4 B1
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Elgin County Branch fonds
Creator
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Elgin County Branch
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2011-30
2011-35
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R5 S2 Sh4 B1
GMD
textual records
graphic material
Date Range
1940-1984
Physical Description
34.5 cm of textual records
119 photographs : b&w
History / Biographical
In 1907 the Ontario Department of Agriculture established its Extension Branch to set up and administer a network of branch offices in each county to provide advice and assistance to farmers and agricultural organizations at the local level. The Elgin County Branch office was established in 1911, largely as a result of the vigorous lobbying efforts of Wallacetown, Ontario resident John E. Pearce. Each Extension Branch office was headed by the resident Agricultural Representative. Fred Moore Clement of Lincoln County arrived in 1911 as the first Agricultural Representative for Elgin County. Mr. Clement was succeeded by Charles W. Buchanan, who served until 1927. Following Mr. Buchanan were Fletcher S. Thomas (1927-1945), A.O. Dalrymple (1945-1946), A. Victor Langton (1946-1972), Harold Buck (1972-1980), John A. Anderson (1980-[1985?]), and David Murray ([1985?]-[1996?]). By 1923 the Elgin County Branch office of the Ontario Department of Agriculture was situated at 371 Talbot St., St. Thomas, Ontario, subsequently known as the Royal Bank Building. The office relocated in early 1965 to 594 Talbot St., St. Thomas. In a press release issued May 22, 1996, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food announced the closure of its St. Thomas, Ontario branch office and the consolidation of its functions in a new regional Ministry office to be opened in London, Ontario.
Custodial History
Records comprising the fonds were in the custody of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Elgin County Branch, St. Thomas, Ontario until its closure in May, 1996. Records were transferred to the custody of the Elgin County Library and subsequently transferred to the Elgin County Archives.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of various records created, collected and maintained by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Elgin County Branch, St. Thomas, Ontario. Records include annual reports; records relating to the 1959-1960 Elgin Farmstead Improvement Contest and the Elgin Farmstead Improvement Centennial Contest (1965-1967); and miscellaneous records and photographs documenting agricultural events, activities and organizations in Elgin County.
Fonds is arranged into the following series:
1. Annual Reports, 1955-1965
2. Farmstead Improvement Contest, 1959-1971
3. Photographs, 1940-1979
4. Miscellaneous, 1954-1984
Name Access
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food. Elgin County Branch (St. Thomas, Ont.)
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Agriculture
Plowing Matches
Related Material
Local Committee for the 1960 International Plowing Match and Farm Machinery Demonstration fonds
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Central Elgin Collegiate Institute fonds

https://heritagecollections.elgin.ca/link/archives171972
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Central Elgin Collegiate Institute fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1960-1984
Accession Number
2002-25
2012-06
2013-14
Storage Location
R3 S3 Sh6 B2
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Central Elgin Collegiate Institute fonds
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2002-25
2012-06
2013-14
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R3 S3 Sh6 B2
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1960-1984
Physical Description
9 volumes
0.2 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records relating to student life at Central Elgin Collegiate Institute, including yearbooks, programs and a student directory, some of which were once in the possession of former principal G.W. Trevithick.
Fonds is arranged into the following series:
-Yearbooks series, 1960-1984
-Student Directory series, 1964
Name Access
Central Elgin Collegiate Institute
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Subject Access
Education
Schools
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