Fonds F 4372

Salomon ("Sal") Chernia fonds

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Salomon ("Sal") Chernia fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

13 centimetres of textual records

95 photographs : black and white prints

116 photographs : black and white negatives

72 photographs : colour slides

8 photographs : colour prints

3 photographs : photomechanical reproductions

39 photographs : black and white prints on 3 contact sheets

1 reel of motion picture film : colour ; 8 mm

1 audio cassette (ca. 30 minutes)

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Salomon (Sal) Chernia, which document his career teaching people with physical disabilities how to drive in Ontario. Records relate to his role as a driving instructor and owner of his own driving school. Records also document Chernia's expertise in modifying cars to accommodate people with physical disabilities.

Fonds contains correspondence to and from Chernia, newspaper articles, certificates, price lists for specialized equipment, reference material, a sound recording, a film reel, and photographs collected and taken by Chernia.

Photographs depict students that Chernia taught, hand controls and other specialized driving equipment. Photographs also depict Chernia’s exhibition booth for his driving school at tradeshows.

The film reel titled "Driving" relates to the driving school that was operated by Chernia in Toronto.

The audio cassette tape was created by Mr. Chernia and was used in teaching driving courses titled "Standard Gear", "Advanced Left Turn", and "Following Too Close".

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Salomon (Sal) Chernia (1917-1988) was originally from Denmark but moved to Mississauga, Ontario in 1956. Sal taught handicapped people in Ontario how to drive and modified cars for people with disabilities in the 1960s and 1970s.

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Chernia, Salomon, 1917-1988
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
This fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Ruth Chernia in 1989. An accrual was also donated by Ruth Chernia in 2013.
Physical Condition

Some of the newspaper clippings are a little brittle and are turning brown but are still legible.


No further accruals are expected.

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