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Gordon Conant fonds

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Gordon Conant fonds
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Physical Description

5.3 metres of textual records

1 photograph: print

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of correspondence, memoranda, drafts of speeches, scrapbooks, and clippings, created or assembled by Gordon Conant, reflecting both personal and political aspects of his life. Correspondence includes congratulatory messages, invitations, speaking engagements, as well as correspondence arranged by subject, including: Liberal Party Organization; Oshawa Hydro; St. Lawrence Seaway Development; the Legal Profession of Ontario; Illness; Ontario Liberal Party Convention of 1943; Liquor Control; Civilian Defense and Air Raid Precaution; and Crime in Ontario.

Fonds also includes records arising from the Attorney-General's department, including correspondence, expense accounts, and records regarding the Incorporated Canadian Racing Association.

Also included are records from Conant's Ontario County riding, including correspondence, executive lists, election expenses, election returns, records regarding the Ontario Hospital at Whitby, and correspondence arranged by various subjects, including: Oshawa, Oshawa Hydro, Oshawa Housing Loans, Oshawa Relief, Oshawa Highway, Port Perry Peterborough Highway, Port PerryReach- Scugog Highway, Pickering, Government Contracts, and the Ontario Shore Gas Company.

Fonds also contains records of a personal nature, including student notes, exam papers, essays, and miscellaneous documents such as permits, licences, and other materials.

Fonds also contains transcripts and drafts of speeches made by Conant, notes, exam paper, and essays from Conant's days at the University of Toronto and Osgoode Hall, and miscellaneous broadsides, election announcements, programmes, an unidentified photograph, and other items.

Fonds also includes newspaper clippings on a number of different subjects, and several scrapbooks. The scrapbooks numbered one to seven relate to Conant's career from the time of his university graduation to his death in 1953. The scrapbooks numbered eight and nine relate to the lives of the Dionne Quintuplets from 1936 to 1972. The scrapbooks numbered ten to twenty-one relate to a number of topics, including: federal legislation on automobile tariffs, reports of the proceedings of the Ontario Legislature, the proceedings of the Rowell-Sirois Federal Royal Commission on Federal Provincial relations, Hydro contracts, crime prevention and detection awards, federal customs tariffs, constitutional matters, federal Minister of Customs Hon. Esioff- Leon Patenaud, railways, statistics, and the federal Minister of Finance Hon. Charles Dunning's budget of 1930.

Fonds has been arranged into six series.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Hon. Gordon Daniel Conant (1885-1953) was a lawyer, a Mayor of Oshawa, and Premier of Ontario from 1942 to 1943.

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Conant, Gordon, 1885-1953

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Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1961 and 1972 by Mrs. Vera R. Conant of Oshawa, Ontario.
Custodial History

Mrs. Conant's first donation of ten volumes of scrapbooks in 1961 was originally included in the Scrapbooks Collection, and has since been returned to the Gordon Conant fonds.

Related Material

Additional records relating to Gordon Conant can be found in the records of the Office of the Premier (Series: RG 3- 15, RG 3-88)


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Former Codes

Accession Number: 9550

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