This fonds consists of personal records of both George T. Taylor and William P. Taylor. Included is a single diary (1869-1871) belonging to William P. Taylor in which he records details of his activities as a carpenter and joiner, as well as those of his sons, John and George. He also mentions George's work as a photographer and John's work as a builder and repairer of steam engines, along with local events, notably, fires, earthquakes, and hangings.
George T. Taylor's records include a diary (1901-1905) and a notebook (pre-1900) pertaining to his career as a photographer. The diary contains information on his daily activities, his business and personal finances, local and family events, and his travels, including his 1901 canoe trips in Oromocto Lake and French Lake.
His undated notebook records details of a photographic tour, which included stops at Sussex, Pointe-du-Chêne, Shediac, Richibucto, Chatham, Bathurst, Tobique, and Grand Falls. It also includes a sketch titled "North West," a listing of trip expenses, and listings of "card pictures" or photographs taken. There are also copies of issues of "Photographic Notes" (1860); "The Philadelphia Photographer" (1876-1868); "The Photographic Times" (1871, 1877); Anthony's "Photographic Bulletin" (1874); "The Photographic Journal", the "Journal of the Photographic Society" (1859-1867); indexes of the latter publication for the years 1859 and 1860; and George Taylor's copy of "The Painter, Gilder and Varnisher's Companion," published in 1868.
Also included are a pass issued in 1863 by Lieutenant-Governor Arthur H. Gordon to George Taylor granting him the authority to take photographs throughout the province; a letter to Taylor (1911) regarding a fire insurance policy; transcriptions of extracts of notices published in "The Sentinel and New Brunswick General Advertiser" (1939) relating to the Bank of British North America, the Bank of New Brunswick, and the Commercial Bank of New Brunswick; and a transcription of an extract of Edmund Ward's account of his 1839 tour through northern and eastern New Brunswick.
Lastly, the fonds contains a watercolour depicting hunters at a campsite, possibly by George T. Taylor, and more than 913 photographs or negatives taken by or credited to George T. Taylor. Photographs that may have been taken by a photographer other than George Taylor have been identified. Many of Taylor's photographs are of Fredericton and area (Oromocto, Marysville, Devon) landmarks, street scenes, commercial enterprises, residences, and special events. There are photographs of businesses, residences, scenes, and landscapes taken in the Grand Falls, Boiestown, Edmundston, and Tobique areas, as well as in other communities in the province. Also included are portrait photographs, photos of Taylor family members, and shots of construction sites (bridges and railways) and steamboats on the lower St. John River. The photographs are located in P5.
Taylor, George T.