Fonds F 4586
2.51 metres of textual records
39 volumes of textual records
693 MB of photographs (tif, jpg)
19 architectural drawings
2 audio reels
ca. 20 cloth swatches
Fonds consists of records, predominantly from 1931 to 2007, created, received and accumulated by the the executive and members of the Toronto and North York Hunt. A number of records pre-dating the Hunt's 1933 incorporation additionally comprise the fonds.
Records of the Toronto and North York Hunt fonds include: minutes; reports to the Annual General Meeting; financial statements; permissions from land owners to hunt on or cross private land; maps of hunting territories; charts of hound pedigrees; real estate records of property purchases and sales; records documenting the history and traditions of fox hunting; and material concerning hunting attire. The fonds also includes general correspondence and records relating to hunt balls, fundraising, dinner dances, and hunter pace and trial events.
Photographs, including electronic records, depict Toronto and North York Hunt events, including hunts, balls, hound shows, hunter trials, dinner dances, and other social activities. Aerial photographs and topographical maps outline the Hunt's hunting territory.
A 1910 fire destroyed the earliest records of the Toronto and North York Hunt including photographs and trophies. In the 1950s, Colonel Clifford Sifton, MFH (Master of Foxhounds), interviewed members to capture recollections of earlier Hunt events. Recollections are recorded on two audio reels. Newspaper articles as well as other material gathered under this initiative are included within three large scrapbooks.
The fonds additionally includes newsletters, written by journalist Eithne Lant under the pseudonym 'Lady Vixen'.
Founded in 1843, the Toronto and North York Hunt is the first organized fox hunt association formed west of Montreal and the second oldest continuously run hunt in North America.
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The fonds was in the custody of the Toronto and North York Hunt until its donation to the Archives of Ontario. The records were kept at the Hunt clubhouse at Beverley Farm in Aurora until the sale of this property in 1986, at which time the records were moved to the home of the Hunt's Secretary in Toronto.
The book 150 Years in the Field: Toronto and North York Hunt 1843-1993 (Erin, Ont.: Boston Mills Press, 1993), authored by W.M. (William Melville) Gray, is available from the Archives of Ontario Library.
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|Reference Code||Series Title|
|F 4586-1||Toronto and North York Hunt photographs|
|F 4586-2||Toronto and North York Hunt hunting maps and aerial photographs|
|F 4586-3||Toronto and North York Hunt annual general meetings and board of directors' files|
|F 4586-4||Toronto and North York Hunt financial records|
|F 4586-5||Toronto and North York Hunt membership files|
|F 4586-6||Toronto and North York Hunt correspondence|
|F 4586-7||Toronto and North York Hunt real estate files|
|F 4586-8||Toronto and North York Hunt landowner files|
|F 4586-9||Toronto and North York Hunt ball and social events files|
|F 4586-10||Toronto and North York Hunt auction files|
|F 4586-11||Toronto and North York Hunt hunter pace and trial files|
|F 4586-12||Toronto and North York Hunt etiquette and hunting attire files|
|F 4586-13||Toronto and North York Hunt hound, pedigree and hound show files|
|F 4586-14||Toronto and North York Hunt historical research files|
|F 4586-15||Lady Vixen's (Eithne Lant) reports|
|F 4586-16||Toronto and North York Hunt publications, newspaper and magazine articles|