Fonds F 9

George S. Henry family fonds

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George S. Henry family fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

10.7 metres of textual records

220 photographs : negatives and prints

3 posters

116 metres of motion picture film (11 minutes) : black and white print, silent film ; 16 mm

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, pamphlets, reports, photographs, and 1 motion picture film created or accumulated by George S. Henry, his son George W. Henry, and his son's wife, Margaret Dodds Snell Henry.

The largest portion of the fonds documents the political activities of George S. Henry, and also includes a considerable amount of correspondence and other documents illustrating the family's activities within itself and in business. Besides family matters, subjects covered include the administration of Oriole Lodge Farm and the Henry dairy herd of Holstein cattle, as well as the participation of the Henry family, particularly George W., in the activities of the Holstein-Friesian Association of Canada.

Many of these records were gathered while Henry was Premier and Minister of Education between 1930 and 1934, although they include earlier material which was evidently kept there because of its relationship to contemporary problems. Other records were gathered during Henry's tenure of office as Minister of Highways and Public Works. These materials consist, for the most part, of files which were arranged under rough geographical titles dealing with routine matters of road or Public Works construction, including the related problems of patronage, purchase, settlement of claims, expropriation, and sectional pressure. All these records have since been re-arranged into a strict chronological order and are now described in Series F 9-1.

Scrapbooks documenting the activities, speeches, and career of George S. Henry also form part of the fonds. Photographic records accumulated by George S. Henry include a photo album on the progress of the Whitney block, and photos relating to his political career and his family.

The records of Margaret Henry document her genealogical work, especially the history and genealogy of the Webb, Dodds, Snell and Sibbald families, with some additional information about Matthews, Doan and Haines family connections. They also contain a number of photographs of the Dodds family of Bolton, Ontario.

George W. Henry's records within the fonds consist of genealogical data pertaining to George W. and Margaret Henry and 1 motion picture film featuring the family, and possibly George S. Henry.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Henry family were prominent in the agricultural industry and provincial politics in Ontario during the early twentieth century.

George Stewart Henry (1871-1958) was involved in farming in the early twentieth century before turning to provincial politics, where he became Minister of Agriculture for Ontario and eventually Premier.

George William Henry (1905-1992) was a prominent farmer who was very active in the agricultural industry in Ontario.

Margaret Dodds Snell Henry (b. 1903) was the wife of a prominent Ontario farmer, George W. Henry, and wrote a family history entitled "From Devon to Ontario", which was published in 1973.

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Henry, George S. (family)

Henry, George S. (George Stewart), 1871-1958

Henry, George William, 1905-1992

Henry, Margaret Dodds Snell, b. 1903
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Most of the papers in this fonds were transferred to the Archives of Ontario by Mr. George S. Henry on 7 December 1951. Mrs. Margaret Henry donated materials to the Archives of Ontario relating to her genealogy in November 1977. A subsequent donation has come from Mr. George W. Henry in May 1992. A fourth accrual of records was received in June 1994 from Mrs. Colleen Howard. A further accrual was received from Mrs. Colleen Howard in 2009. The film was donated to Archives of Ontario in 2016 by John Williams, who was the Member of the Ontario Legislature for the North York Riding of Oriole. He obtained the film from George W. Henry in 1977.
Custodial History

The papers relating to Margaret Henry were originally arranged as a separate fonds at the Archives of Ontario (formerly entitled the Margaret Henry Papers); they were merged with those of George S. Henry (formerly entitled the George S. Henry Papers) in 1992 when additional materials were received from George W. Henry. The title of the fonds was changed to the George S. Henry family fonds to reflect both the merger and the new accession.

Related Material

See also records of the Department of the Prime Minister (Series RG 3-8), and records of the Department of Education.

Margaret Dodds Snell Henry's pamphlet, "From Devon to Ontario," is available from the Archives of Ontario Library, call number PAMPH 1973 #49.

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Some of the photographs from this fonds are available in digital format in the Archives of Ontario Visual Database. Search using reference code F 9.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 9-1 George S. Henry chronological files
F 9-2 Margaret Dodds Snell Henry files
F 9-3 Photographs and documentary art : George S. Henry
F 9-4 George W. Henry materials
F 9-5 George S. Henry scrapbooks, clippings and notes
F 9-6 Photographs : Margaret Dodds Snell Henry
F 9-7 Louisa Henry correspondence
F 9-8 Henry family general records
F 9-9 George S. Henry subject files