Fonds F 1032

Featherstone Osler family fonds

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Featherstone Osler family fonds
Dates of Creation
1738-1968, predominant 1820-1950
Physical Description

1.31 metres of textual records

128 photographs : black and white prints

1 photograph : hand-coloured print

1 photograph : cyanotype

1 photograph : colour print

1 photograph : black and white negative

18 paintings : silhouette portraits

12 architectural drawings : ink drawings

3 architectural drawings : blueprints

1 etching

1 artifact : metal plate

1 map

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by the family of Featherstone Osler over four generations. The fonds consists chiefly of the personal and business correspondence of various Osler family members, arranged chronologically. Correspondence includes bound volumes containing the letters of Featherstone Lake Osler, his parents and children, and the Bath and Lake families. In addition, the fonds includes loose correspondence, consisting predominantly of letters written or received by (Justice) Featherston Osler and Britton Bath Osler, as well as business letters to George Rawson Penfold of Ancaster, Ontario from W.R. Smily, Penfold's agent based in London, Ontario. Also included are the letters of Marion Wyld Osler and Isobel Osler, a letter from a Canadian Pacific Railway official in London, and a report of Conductor Hall to Edmund B. Osler regarding the company's mission to the Continent.

The fonds also contains journals, diaries, and notes kept by members of the Osler family, including an autobiography written by Featherstone Lake Osler, Britton Bath Osler's notes and expense accounts for business trips, Featherston Osler's and Britton Bath Osler's pocket diaries, and notebooks kept by Featherston Osler and John Britton.

The fonds also includes records pertaining to the commissions and appointments of Featherstone Lake Osler, Featherston Britton Osler, and Herbert Charles Gwyn. Also included are an honorary degree and an honorary scroll presented to Mrs. Marion Pickton Gwyn Osler.

Other records include genealogical material, consisting of charts, notes, books of family records, crests, and correspondence relating to the Oslers' genealogy and the genealogy various relating families, including the Smith, Phillips, Vaughn, and Gwyn families.

In addition, the fonds contains legal records, including correspondence and documents pertaining to the trial of Louis Riel in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1885, as well as notes on various other legal cases dating from 1857 to 1901.

Also included are photographs and portrait silhouettes of various members of the Osler family, including photographs taken at the Osler family's cottage in Muskoka, Ontario, and those from a trip to India and Pakistan. Other photographs document people and locations associated with Louis Riel's trial.

Other records include newspaper clippings pertaining to or accumulated by the Osler family; Britton Bath Osler's essays and presidential addresses to the Pro Bono Club; miscellaneous books, reports, and programmes; architectural drawings; and various other printed materials.

The fonds has been arranged into eight series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Featherstone Osler family were involved in the military, law, the clergy, finance and politics in Upper Canada throughout the nineteenth century.

Featherstone Lake Osler (1805-1895) was an officer in the British Royal Navy, and later a clergyman in Tecumseth and West Gwillimbury, Ontario during the nineteenth century.

Featherston Osler (1838-1924) was a lawyer, and a judge of the Supreme Court of Ontario during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Britton Bath Osler (1839-1901) was a lawyer from Upper Canada, and a prosecuting counsel in the Louis Riel trial in 1885.

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Osler, Featherstone (family)

Osler, Featherstone Lake, 1805-1895

Osler, Britton Bath, 1839-1901

Osler, Featherston, 1838-1924
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1963 by Mrs. Britton Osler, and in 1970 by the executors of the estate of Mrs. Britton Osler. Additional materials were donated to the Archives in 1978 by Mr. C.R. Osler of Toronto, Ontario. Additional materials were donated to the Archives in 1993 by James M. O'Reilly of Toronto, Ontario, and Susan I.M. Davis. Further materials were donated and loaned to the Archives for copying purposes in 1993 by C.R. Osler.

Title based on content of fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 3392, 6876, 12449, 25127, 25128, 27403.

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Reference Code Series Title
F 1032-1 Featherstone Osler family papers and correspondence
F 1032-2 Featherstone Osler family diaries and journals
F 1032-3 Featherstone Osler family commissions, appointments, and certificates
F 1032-4 Featherstone Osler family genealogical materials
F 1032-5 Featherstone Osler family legal records
F 1032-6 Publications accumulated by the Featherstone Osler family
F 1032-7 Featherstone Osler family photographs and silhouette portraits
F 1032-8 Featherstone Osler family newspaper clippings, essays, and miscellaneous records