Fonds F 2082

General Engineering Company (Canada) fonds

About these records

General Engineering Company (Canada) fonds
Dates of Creation
[194-]-1948; 1976-1977
Physical Description

1.5 metres of textual records

1 plan

ca. 600 photographs

4 prints

2 drawings

1 audio cassette (30 min.) : digital

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of textual records, photographs, one audiocassette, and documentary art created and received by the General Engineering Company and by Robert Hamilton.

Textual records in this fonds include some financial records, personnel records, product design and manufacture records, company histories, procedure manuals, copies of the employee magazine "Fusilier," and newspaper clippings.

Fonds also contains correspondence and notices regarding work Hamilton performed as a member of the American Arbitration Association and also of the Arbitrator's Institute of Canada. This material primarily pertains to a dispute between VIA GmbH and Hankison Corporation, in which Hamilton served as an arbitrator. Other correspondence deals with membership in the organizations, speaking engagements, and conferences.

Included in the fonds are photos taken 1941-1944, mainly portraits of Scarboro plant staff members, plant operations and visiting dignitaries.

As well, one diazo plan showing the layout of the plant is included, along with an accompanying list of buildings identifying the structures numbered on the plan. Also, four photomechanical prints are included, consisting of cartoons promoting plant safety in the munitions industry. The artwork is by Lou Skuce, cartoonist for the Toronto "Telegram" during World War Two.

Fonds also contains one digital audiocassette, containing a recording of a radio broadcast entitled "Let's Visit," describing a visit to the Scarboro plant in 1945. The broadcast is produced by Hartley McVicar, who also is one of its hosts.

Fonds has been arranged into two series.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The General Engineering Company (Canada) Limited (GECO) designed, built and operated mining and industrial plants, airports and munition works. They operated a plant in Scarborough, Ontario.

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General Engineering Company (Canada)

Restrictions on Access
No access restrictions.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright primarily held by the donor. There are no restrictions on reproduction. These materials cannot be published without permission of the donor. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, please submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Custodial History

Fonds remained in possession of Robert McLean Prior Hamilton until 1980, when he deposited them with the Engineering Heritage Records Foundation. The Foundation donated the records to the Archives of Ontario in 1981. A subsequent donation was received by the Archives in 1998 from Robert Hamilton's widow Elizabeth Hamilton of Toronto, Ontario. Two further items were donated by Barbara Dickson in 2009 after being found in an attic belonging to Ken Bott.

Related Material

An audiocassette interview of Robert Hamilton regarding his involvement with GECO is found in fonds F 1062. See series F 1062-3-0-2.

Availability of Other Formats

Reference audiocassette of the "Let's Visit" broadcast is available.

Some of the photographs from this fonds are available in digital format in the Archives of Ontario Visual Database. Search using reference code F 2082.

This fonds was previously known as the Robert M.P. Hamilton fonds.

Material in this fonds originally was part of F 1062, the Ontario Engineering Heritage Records Foundation fonds. For a listing of fonds separated from that fonds, please consult inventory for F 1062.

Former Codes

Accession numbers: 14154, 34613. Lead 0809-074.

Finding Aid
An inventory for this fonds is available, containing series and sub-series descriptions accompanied by lists.

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Online Images

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