Fonds C 286
316 photographs : black and white negatives and prints
28 centimetres of textual records
The Connon family fonds consists of photographs and textual records that document the work of Thomas Connon and John R. Connon in Elora, Ontario. Particular subjects include buildings, the surrounding landscape, village life and prominent residents. There are views of the mill, the Elora Falls, the Grand River and the Elora Gorge, shop fronts, churches, bridges and events. There are also numerous portraits of people connected to Elora's history and to the Connon family.
Fonds includes photographs in many formats such as collodion and gelatine glass plate negatives and stereograph negatives, tintypes, albumen and early gelatine prints (on cabinet cards). Included are some of Thomas Connon's earliest negatives which are probably the oldest glass negatives in the Archives' holdings. The textual records include correspondence, patents, clippings, a notebook and financial records of the Connon family.
Fonds is arranged by format into 6 series.
The Connon family were resident in Elora, Ontario in the late nineteenth century and early twentieth century. They operated a general store and a photographic studio.
John R. Connon (1862-1931) was a professional photographer and inventor of photographic equipment active in Elora, Ontario in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Thomas Connon (1832-1899) was a professional photographer active in Elora, Ontario between 1859 and 1899.
Click on the link(s) below for more information.Connon (family) Connon, John R., 1862-1931 Connon, Thomas, 1832-1899
The Connon family fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in a number of installments and from a few different sources. The major Connon acquisitions were a 1965 accrual (including most of the glass plate negatives and lantern slides) and a 1974 accrual (including most of the glass stereographs and textual material). One glass stereograph was acquired in 1967 and a few letters and copy prints were acquired in 1976.
The 1965 accrual was originally acquired as part of the Kay Marston collection, which included Connon photographs, Elora newspapers, municipal records and the papers of a few other individuals. The Connon material from this accrual was separated and grouped with other Connon acquisitions for the purpose of restoring provenance.
Additional material related to both Thomas and John R. Connon is available at the Regional Collection of the D.B. Weldon Library, University of Western Ontario.
Copies of John R. Connon's published works may be found in the Archives of Ontario library.
Title based on contents of fonds.
No further accruals are expected.
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|Reference Code||Series Title|
|C 286-1||Glass plate negatives|
|C 286-2||Glass stereograph negatives|
|C 286-3||Lantern slides|
|C 286-4||Panoramic prints and negatives|
|C 286-5||Prints, tintypes and documentary art|
|C 286-6||Textual records|