Fonds F 21

George Brown family fonds

About these records

George Brown family fonds
Dates of Creation
1844-[193-?], [199-?]
Physical Description

80 centimetres of textual records

10 volumes of textual records

122 photographs : black and white cartes de visite

55 photographs : black and white cabinet cards

17 photographs : black and white prints

2 photographs : black and white photomechanical reproductions

1 photograph : black and white photogravure

1 postcard

1 print : lithograph

9 drawings : pencil and watercolour on paper

24.2 grams of metal shavings

19 locks of hair

3 wallets : leather

1 bound set of dried flowers

1 dried flower

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, notes, photographs, financial records and other records created, accumulated or used by George Brown and his family. George Brown created records as a minister in the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Canada, as Senator for Lambton Ontario, as the Editor of the Globe, and as a private citizen. His family lived in Toronto, Ontario and Edinburgh, Scotland and primarily created records through correspondence, social functions and travel.

The textual records primarily document the Brown family communicating with each other, although they also refer to their more public lives, particularly in the case of George Brown, where letters, scrapbooks and news clippings document his public identities. Fonds also contains notebooks full of sermon notes, taken by George Brown and his wife, Anne, and genealogical records accumulated in part by George Brown's grandson, George Brown Barbour.

The fonds also contains photographs of the family and their cousins the Nelson family, as well as other acquaintances and political figures. Also included are sketches done by Anne Brown, wife of George Brown.

Fonds also contains artifacts including locks of hair from the Brown family, metal shavings from the statue of George Brown by Charles Bell Birch in Queen's Park, Toronto, Ontario, and dried flowers preserved by the Browns.

Fonds is arranged by author and subject.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Brown family was a prominent in Ontario in the 19th century, involved in political matters as well as publishing.

George Brown (1818-1880) was a journalist and statesman in Upper Canada, Canada West and Ontario.

Anne Nelson Brown (1828-1909), lived in Edinburgh, Scotland and Toronto, Ontario, and was the wife of George Brown.

Margaret Nelson Brown (1864-1930) lived in Toronto, Ontario and in Scotland, and was one of the first female graduates of the University of Toronto, the wife of Alexander Hugh Freeland Barbour, and the daughter of George Brown.

Catherine Edith Brown (born March 19, 1866) lived in Toronto, Ontario and Scotland, was one of the first female graduates of the University of Toronto, and was the daughter of George Brown.

George Mackenzie Brown (1869-1946) lived in Toronto, Ontario and Scotland, was the son of George Brown, was a publisher, and was a member of the House of Commons in Great Britain from 1901 to 1906.

John Gordon Brown (1827-1896) was born in Scotland, immigrated to Toronto, and was an author and editor of The Globe after the death of his brother, George Brown.

George Brown Barbour (1890-1977) was the son of Margaret Nelson Brown and Alexander Hugh Freeland Barbour.

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Brown, George (family)

Brown, George, 1818-1880

Brown, Anne Nelson, 1828-1909

Brown, Margaret Nelson, 1864-1930

Brown, Catherine Edith, b. 1866

Brown, George Mackenzie, 1869-1946

Brown, John Gordon, 1827-1896

Barbour, George Brown, 1890-1977
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
With the exception of series F 21-15, and one letter in series F 21-1, the records were purchased by the Archives of Ontario from Jack Brown in 1987. Series F 21-15 was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1987 from D and E Lake, Limited of Toronto.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Former Codes

Accession numbers 3614, 16996

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 21-1 Correspondence of George Brown
F 21-2 Correspondence of Anne Brown and her family
F 21-3 Correspondence of Margaret Nelson Brown
F 21-4 Correspondence of Catherine Edith Brown
F 21-5 Correspondence of George Mackenzie Brown
F 21-6 Correspondence of Gordon Brown
F 21-7 Correspondence regarding the lease and sale of Lambton Lodge
F 21-8 Brown family invitations, programs, passenger lists and travel related records
F 21-9 Flower paintings by Anne Brown (née Nelson)
F 21-10 Brown family photographs
F 21-11 Scrapbook and news clippings relating to George Brown
F 21-12 Brown family financial records
F 21-13 Brown family religious notes and diaries
F 21-14 Brown family genealogical records
F 21-15 William Henderson letters
F 21-16 Brown family hair and other artifacts