Fonds C 302
2331 photographs : 1620 glass plate negatives, 665 black and white prints, 45 glass plate positives, 1 acetate negative
1 centimetre of textual records
Fonds consists of glass plate negatives, glass plate positives, prints and textual material produced and accumulated by Alexander Thurtell Brown.
The subject matter of the fonds pertains primarily to events, scenes and people of Acton, Ontario, ca.1890-ca.1920. The photographs document a wide range of locations, themes and activities, including town buildings and other sites in Acton, agriculture, nature, transportation and industry in Acton and the surrounding area, special events celebrated at Acton, informal portraits of individuals and groups from Acton, and selected sites from other towns in southwestern Ontario and Toronto.
Included in the fonds are two photographer's notebooks that were used to record the dates and subject matter of photographs taken. Unfortunately only one of these, a photocopy covering the period November 1896 to April 1905, relates directly to negatives and prints in the fonds (see series C 302-10).
Consistency of photographic format, style, and subject, concentration on local subjects, the inclusion of various photographs documenting Brown's family and store, and the survival of the two photographer's notebooks suggests that most, but not all, of the photographs were actually taken by Brown. There are occasional records in the notebooks indicating that other photographers were responsible for photographs in the fonds, most notably Brown's friend and fellow amateur photographer Charles Speight (often abbreviated as "Sp8").
The contents of the fonds have been arranged into eleven series based on subject matter. Prior to 2015, the fonds had been arranged in four series according to physical format (glass plate negatives, glass plate positives, prints and textual records). The former reference codes are provided in the file listing for cross-referencing purposes.
Alexander Thurtell Brown was a druggist and stationer in Acton, Ontario who also was an amateur photographer.
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Brown, Alexander Thurtell, b. 1872
Title based on contents of fonds.
Consistency of photographic format, style, and subject; concentration on local subjects; the inclusion of various photographs documenting Brown's family and store; and the survival of two photographers' notebooks indicate that all, if not most of the photographs were actually taken by Brown.
Some C 302-1 photographs are stored in CTS under the reference code C 59.
Accruals are not anticipated.
Accession numbers 9339, 22942.
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|Reference Code||Series Title|
|C 302-1||Photographs of Acton, Ontario|
|C 302-2||Photographs of agriculture in Acton, Ontario, and surrounding areas|
|C 302-3||Photographs of methods of transportation in Acton, Ontario, and surrounding areas|
|C 302-4||Photographs of industry and labour in Acton, Ontario|
|C 302-5||Photographs of military, firefighting and law enforcement in Acton, Ontario|
|C 302-6||Photographs of special events, primarily in Acton, Ontario|
|C 302-7||Photographs of bridges, canals and waterways in Acton, Ontario, and surrounding areas|
|C 302-8||Photographs of nature and outdoor recreational activities in Acton, Ontario, and surrounding areas|
|C 302-9||Portraiture photographs|
|C 302-10||A.T. Brown studio photographs and business records|
|C 302-11||Photographs of towns in southwestern Ontario|