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Fonds F 2082

General Engineering Company (Canada) fonds

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General Engineering Company (Canada) fonds
Dates of Creation
1915-1977, predominant 1940-1951
Physical Description

1.5 metres of textual records

1 plan

ca. 600 photographs : black and white prints

4 prints

2 drawings

1 audio cassette (30 min.) : digital

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records 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.

Also included are photographs of Scarboro plant staff members, plant operations and visiting dignitaries.

Also included is one diazo plan showing the layout of the plant, 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.

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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 restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
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Custodial History

The records 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

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 was originally part of F 1062, the Ontario Engineering Heritage Records Foundation fonds.

Former Codes

Accession numbers: 14154, 34613.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 2082-1 General Engineering Company Scarboro Munitions Plant records
F 2082-2 Robert M. P. Hamilton's American Arbitration Association files