Fonds F 150

Gillies Brothers Company fonds

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Gillies Brothers Company fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

9.6 metres of textual records

1 audio disc (15 min.)

17 maps and 1 volume of maps

1 plan

8 architectural drawings

9 technical drawings

131 photographs

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of various materials created or received by the Gillies Brothers lumbering company between 1866 and 1979. Documentation about the company includes correspondence, timber limit records, records concerning properties owned by the company, shanty records, employment records, and financial records. Also included are records on a variety of media such as photographs, sound recordings, and architectural and cartographic records.

There are also several other small groups of records that document activities beyond Gillies Bros. These include financial and other personal records of various members of the Gillies family, records of a mill run by John Gillies which was a predecessor to Gillies Bros. and Co., records of Forbes Galena Mines Limited, and a small number of records that have been attributed to the firm of Carswell, Thistle and MacKay of Calabogie. These were all received by the Archives of Ontario alongside records of Gillies Bros., and have been kept as part of the same fonds.

Although the Archives of Ontario has acquired a wide variety of records from Gillies Bros., few of the series could be described as complete. Many of the series cover a small period of time very well but fail to reveal trends over a long period. The fonds is strongest with respect to financial records and to records detailing timber limits and the day to day production of the timber.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Gillies Brothers Company was a lumber company which functioned from the mid nineteenth century to 1978, primarily in eastern Ontario.

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Gillies Brothers Company
Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright varies. See series descriptions for copyright statements.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The records described in this inventory were donated to the Archives of Ontario in several accessions between 1976 and 1991. Most of the donations were made by Arnold Gillies Muirhead of Arnprior, Past President of Gillies Bros. & Co.
Related Material

Two fonds located at the Archives of Ontario contain material closely related to the documents in this fonds. The first is the Madawaska Improvement Company Papers (F 137), which at one point was owned by Gillies Bros., and the Carswell & Thistle Invoice Book (F 1476).

Availability of Other Formats

A reference copy of the sound recording is available on audiocassette.

Title based on content of fonds.

Some administrative history information (to 1942) was gathered from Charlotte Whitton's, A Hundred Years A-Fellin' (Gillies Bros. : 1942). An annotated version of this text is available at the Archives of Ontario on microfilm B17.

Please note that a ten-minute videotape from a broadcast of CBC Ottawa giving information about the final closing of the paper mill at Braeside, Ontario in May 1992 forms part of the collection file for this fonds, and may be consulted at the discretion of a reference archivist. Please contact a reference archivist for more details.

Former Codes

Accession numbers: 11317, 12018, 12509, 13672, 14675, 16162, 16222, 16654, 24093, 24250, 24392, 24407.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 150-1 Corporate records of Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-2 Files of the President of Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-3 Correspondence of the President of Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-4 Gillies Brothers Company Correspondence
F 150-5 Gillies Brothers Company letterbook
F 150-6 Gillies Brothers Company property files
F 150-7 Gillies Brothers Company court and legal documents
F 150-8 Gillies Brothers Company contracts and agreements
F 150-9 Gillies Brother's Company engineer's report
F 150-10 Gillies Brothers Company timber records
F 150-11 British Columbia records of Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-12 Shanty records of Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-13 Gillies Brothers Company employment records
F 150-14 Gillies Brothers Company investment records
F 150-15 Gillies Brothers Company financial records
F 150-16 Gillies Brothers Company notes and memos
F 150-17 Gillies Brothers Company clippings
F 150-18 Gillies Brothers Company centennial history files
F 150-19 Gillies Brothers Company cartographic records
F 150-20 Carswell, Thistle & MacKay financial records held by Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-21 Gillies Brothers Company sound recording
F 150-22 Gillies Brothers Company architectural records
F 150-23 Gillies Brothers Company photographic records
F 150-24 Gillies family personal papers
F 150-25 Gillies family financial records
F 150-26 Forbes Galena Mines records of the Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-27 John Gillies' mills records
F 150-28 John Gillies estate letterbooks of the Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-29 Arnold Gillies Muirhead's biographical sketches of John Gillies of the Gillies Brothers Company
F 150-13-7 Gillies Brothers Company workplace accident reports
F 150-15-11 Gillies Brothers Company miscellaneous financial documents