Fonds F 37

Mackenzie - Lindsey family fonds

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Mackenzie - Lindsey family fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

20 metres of textual records

40 posters

20 maps

4 plans

3 drawings

1 volume of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and received by members of the Mackenzie - Lindsey family, predominantly William Lyon Mackenzie, Charles Lindsey, George Lindsey, and Charles Bethune Lindsey. The records include correspondence, accounts, maps, sketches, speeches, genealogical information, invitations, programmes, photographs, newspaper clippings, telegrams, minutes and reports of associations and committees, printed material, and other records.

Records of William Lyon Mackenzie include: correspondence (involving activities as a journalist, involvement with Patriots at the United States - Canada border, and the publication of the records of Jesse Hoyt, former American customs chief); clippings from various Canadian, British, and American newspapers, with some notations of Mackenzie's on the clippings; records arising from Mackenzie's career as a journalist with the Mackenzie's Gazette, the Volunteer, and Mackenzie's Weekly Message (including account books, a mailing list, an order book, subscription lists, orders and receipts, and a record of bills payable); the records of Robert Randall, an Upper Canada merchant involved in a legal dispute with the courts of Upper Canada, a cause Mackenzie took up as executor of Randall's estate after his death in 1834 (includes correspondence, and notes and newspaper clippings made by Mackenzie involving the case); other writings of Mackenzie, arranged chronologically; some records of the government of Upper and Lower Canada (including an appendix to the Journals of the House of Assembly of Lower Canada, Votes and Proceedings of the Legislative Assembly, and Minutes of Proceeding of the Legislative Council); newspaper clippings regarding railroads; and maps (including a plan of the Welland Canal, a map of the Wisconsin territory, a map of disputed Maine territory, and Dawson's Map of the Dominion of Canada).

Records of Charles Lindsey include: correspondence (arising mainly from his position as editor of The Leader, and with correspondents including John A. Macdonald, Robert Spence, A.T. Galt, Henry Smith, Sidney Smith, P.M. Vankoughnet, and Francis Brown); drafts of various articles written by Lindsey; pamphlets concerning various issues in Canada; copies of some books written by Lindsey; scrapbooks and newspaper clippings; and government records (including reports, bills, returns, messages, statements, dispatches, extracts, resolutions, and minutes of proceedings).

Records of George Lindsey include: correspondence (concerning politics, mining in China, the Canadian Mining Institute, and the sale of the Journals of Upper Canada to the Legislative Library); maps (of China, Asiatic Turkey, and the Persian Gulf); newspaper clippings concerning Lindsey's involvement in mining, as well as clippings regarding his family; records arising from a cricket tour of Great Britain (including a scrapbook, correspondence, programmes, and invitations); various printed materials; records arising from Lindsey's attendance at the 12th International Geological Conference in 1913 (including a scrapbook, programmes, pamphlets, and copies of Lindsey's speech to the delegates); records arising from a legal case between George Lindsay and William D. LeSueur (includes the LeSueur manuscript, Lindsey's biography of Mackenzie, newspaper clippings on the Makers of Canada series, notes of both Lindsey and LeSueur, correspondence, clippings on the trial, court documents relating to the trial between W.D. LeSueur and Morang and Company, and between G. Lindsey and W.D. LeSueur, and records relating to the Makers of Canada series).

Records of Colonel Charles Bethune Lindsey include: correspondence (including personal correspondence, correspondence with Mackenzie researchers, and correspondence with his cousin William Lyon Mackenzie King); newspaper clippings relating to Charles Lindsey, George Lindsey, Colonel Charles Bethune Lindsey, William Lyon Mackenzie, and W.L. Mackenzie King; some records relating to the Gzowski family; collected material (including printed material, material regarding the opening of Mackenzie House at 82 Bond St., Toronto, in 1950, the opening of the Mackenzie print-shop and gallery in 1966); a copy of an unpublished manuscript on William Lyon Mackenzie by Dr. Lillian F. Gates; and a copy of an index to Mackenzie's correspondence, prepared by C.B. Lindsey.

Fonds also contains election posters, handbills, addresses, and proclamations.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Members of the Mackenzie - Lindsey family were involved in politics, law, journalism, writing, and the military throughout the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in Upper Canada and Ontario.

William Lyon Mackenzie (1795-1861) was a journalist, Mayor of Toronto, Member of the Legislative Assembly of Upper Canada, and leader of the Rebellion of 1837 in Upper Canada.

Charles Lindsey (1820-1908) was an author and journalist in Toronto during the nineteenth century, and was a son-in-law of William Lyon Mackenzie.

George Goldwin Smith Lindsey (1860-1920) was a lawyer and president of the Toronto Reform Association in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Charles Bethune Lindsey (1889-1975) was a Canadian soldier from Toronto, serving in World War I and World War II. He was the son of G.G.S. Lindsey.

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Mackenzie-Lindsey (family)

Mackenzie, William Lyon, 1795-1861

Lindsey, Charles, 1820-1908

Lindsey, G.G.S. (George Goldwin Smith), 1860-1920

Lindsey, Charles Bethune, 1889-1975

Restrictions on Access
Access to posters is restricted for conservation purposes. Photostat copies are available for consultation.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario on indefinite loan from Charles Bethune Lindsey in 1953, 1956, 1968, and 1976. These loans became a gift in 1984. One item (Accession 43305), an 1851 election circular, was purchased from a private dealer in 2003 and added to this fonds.
Availability of Other Formats

Most records in the fonds are available on microfilm.

Title based on content of collection.

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 1724, 4924, 6185, 11115.MU 1805 - MU 1949.MS 516.

Finding Aid
A detailed inventory is available for this fonds. In addition, an online item listing is available for the general correspondence of William Lyon Mackenzie.

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