Fonds consists mainly of the business records of the Whelpley family, particularly James A. Whelpley. There are deeds and legal agreements relating to family and business properties, including agreements with the Keene Manufacturing Company about manufacturing Whelpley patented skates. There are patents and applications for patents in United States, Canada, Britain, Germany, France and Hungary.
The business correspondence deals mainly with orders for skates from Canada, United States and Scotland. There are financial records and accounts, including a mortgage and an insurance policy for the family business. There is also a group of records dealing with participation in exhibitions, including Canada's International Exhibition in 1890 in Saint John and the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, 1893.
This fonds contains personal correspondence between William Brydone Jack and his wives, Marian Ellen Peters and Caroline Disbrowe. In letters to Marian Jack mentions his astronomical work with Drs. J.B. Toldervy and James Robb. Also included are newspaper clippings and a sketchbook belonging to Blanche Jack, Dr. William Brydone Jack's daughter.
This fonds contains correspondence from A.Y. Jackson (1882 - 1974) to H. Mortimer Lamb and his daughter Molly Lamb Bobak regarding the Canadian art scene. Topics covered include Jackson's exhibitions, sketching trips, his involvement in the Royal Canadian Academy of Art and his health problems. There is also a letter from Jackson's niece, Naomi Jackson Groves, to Bruno Bobak regarding the purchase of one of his paintings and a letter from Groves to Molly Bobak regarding the health of Alex Jackson.
The fonds also includes one photograph, "A Canadian Soldier" taken by H. Mortimer-Lamb" which was exhibited at the London Salon of Photography in 1939.
This fonds documents various aspects of Malcolm MacKenzie Ross's literary and scholarly activities. It includes originals and copies of correspondence, invitations, newspaper clippings, copies of citations, copies of speeches and addresses (delivered by Ross), and copies of published articles and reviews (by Ross). The fonds also includes published articles about Ross and reviews of his work as well as biographical information.
This collection consists of the correspondence relating to railway history involving requests for information on specific trains to/from George Brown. Some correspondence is printed with company letterhead. A few pieces of correspondence have documents attached which relate to railway history. There is a letter referring to a trip around the world by Nellie Bly, a New York City newspaper reporter with the remark that some portions of her trip were done by train.