Fonds F 1060

J.L. Morris family fonds

About these records

J.L. Morris family fonds
Dates of Creation
1838-[ca. 2005], predominant 1838-1947
Physical Description

8 volumes of textual records

35 centimetres of textual records

46 photographs : black and white prints (includes 20 sepia toned)

9 photographs : nitrate negatives

19 postcards

60 maps

36 technical drawings

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records relating to the professional and personal life of James L. Morris and the Morris family, particularly James L. Morris' father, James Morris, Jr., his son, James Ramsey Morris, and James L. Morris' father-in-law, John Menzies.

James L. Morris' professional records pertain to his work as an engineer and land surveyor, notably for the Ontario Department of Lands and Forests. Some records also document Morris' service as Mayor of Pembroke, Ontario, his membership on the Board of Examiners for the University of Toronto's engineering programme, and his research interests as an amateur historian.

James L. Morris' personal records document his family relationships, Morris family history, and some personal legal and financial matters.

Fonds also includes records created or accumulated by J.L. Morris' son, James Ramsey Morris, specifically in relation to his military service during World War I.

Additionally, fonds includes records created by J.L. Morris' father, James Morris, Jr., particularly relating to his professional appointments in the County of Renfrew.

Lastly, fonds includes records created or accumulated by J.L. Morris' father-in-law, John Menzies, in relation to his professional and personal life.

Fonds consists of correspondence, publications, engineering specifications, photographs, maps and other related documentation.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Morris family, originally immigrants from Scotland, were involved in municipal affairs in Renfrew County in the mid nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

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Morris, J. L. (family)
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records were received by the Archives of Ontario in a number of different accessions from 1978 to 2005. The donors were Mr. Bruce Craig, Grace Morris (Mrs. James H. Craig) and Mrs. Margaret Cameron.
Related Material

The book entitled "But this is our war" by Grace Morris Craig (1981) is held in the Archives of Ontario Library. It contains many World War I letters written by James Ramsey Morris and Basil Morris to family members.

Physical Condition

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Title supplied from content of fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 1060-1 J.L. Morris professional files
F 1060-2 J.L. Morris personal files
F 1060-3 James Ramsey Morris military service files
F 1060-4 James Morris, Jr. professional and personal files
F 1060-5 John Menzies professional and personal files