Fonds F 1012

William D. Lyon fonds

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William D. Lyon fonds
Dates of Creation
[Microfilmed 1968-1973] (originally created 1860-1918)
Physical Description

8 reels of microfilm (textual records)

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of microfilm copies of records created and accumulated by William D. Lyon, mainly during his tenure as Stipendiary Magistrate at Rat Portage.

Includes letterbooks containing hand copies and blotter copies of outgoing correspondence; loose papers, including correspondence, agreements, letters of appointment, oaths of office, mortgage assignments, receipts, statements, waybills, petitions, and other records; and several journals and notebooks.

During William D. Lyon's term as Stipendiary Magistrate, the area of Rat Portage was the subject of jurisdictional negotiations between the federal and Ontario governments and a boundary dispute between Manitoba and Ontario. Some of Lyon's correspondence makes reference to these matters, but the majority of the records concern the routine administration of law and order and, for the period when Lyon was secretary-treasurer of the Public School Board, with the administration of schools at Rat Portage. Some personal correspondence is found throughout the fonds.

The letters at the end of the last letterbook, from November 1893 to 1899, were written by William D. Lyon's son, also William Lyon, after the Magistrate's death in 1893. They concern the Lyon estate and other family matters.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

William Durie Lyon (1825-1893) was an Ontario merchant and politician who served as a Member of Provincial Parliament for Halton from 1875 to 1879 and as stipendiary magistrate at Rat Portage from 1879 to 1893.

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Lyon, William D., 1825-1893

Lyon, William D., 1825-1893
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The original records were loaned to the archives for copying by the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora, Ontario, in 1969 and 1973.
Associated Material

Original records are the the William D. Lyon papers, located at the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora, Ontario.

Physical Condition

The microfilm reproduction is as clear as the original records. Several of the letterbooks contain blotter copies which are faint and at times impossible to read in the original form. Legibility is also hindered by the occasional blotting of one letter over another. On some pages, offset images appear transferred to the faces of neighbouring letters.


Title based on content of fonds.

The copies of correspondence in the letterbooks are arranged in chronological order, with an index of correspondents at the beginning of each volume. The loose papers were arranged in folders chronologically by year and numbered sequentially by the Lake of the Woods Museum. Appearing on the film after the loose papers are miscellaneous papers (not in any order) and several notebooks and journals.

A list of the loose papers was prepared by the Lake of the Woods Museum. This list has also been microfilmed, and can be found just prior to the loose papers on the microfilm reel.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 6285, 9996.MS 177.

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