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Fonds F 4354

Lois Darroch fonds


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Title
Lois Darroch fonds
Dates of Creation
1849-2002
Physical Description

4 metres of textual records

ca. 275 photographs

4 maps

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Lois Darroch in the course of researching, writing, publishing and publicizing three of her four published books: (1) Robert Gourlay, Gadfly : the Biography of Robert (Fleming) Gourlay, 1778-1863, Forerunner of the Rebellion in Upper Canada, 1837, published in 1971; (2) a historical novel, Four Went to the Civil War, published in 1985; and (3) a novel, Time Between : Akuningini, published in 1998.

These records related to her writing career are arranged into three series, one for each book. Each series provides evidence of her own activities and struggle to publish her books, a career which she did not launch until later in her life.

The fonds also includes research files on the Wolverton family and the village of Wolverton, some of which contain original photographs and letters; research files on her father's family, the Darrochs; correspondence of the Wolverton family (Lois Darroch's mother's family) dating from the American Civil War era -- four Wolverton brothers served in the Union Army; and published works by her relatives Ida E. Baker, Eva Rose York, and Ray Palmer Baker which reflect a Christian (Baptist) faith and piety. The Wolverton family letters and Wolverton family research files are directly related to her historical novel, Four Went to the Civil War, which were based on the original Wolverton family letters.

Fonds is arranged into 7 series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Lois Darroch (1912-2004) was an author of four books, perhaps best known for her 1971 biography of political reformer, Robert Gourlay, and a historical novel, titled Four Went to the Civil War, which was based on the letters of her grandfather and three of his brothers who participated in the American Civil War.

The Wolvertons were an early settler and entrepreneurial family in Blenheim Township, Oxford County; the village of Wolverton, Ontario is named after its founder, Enos Wolverton.

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Darroch, Lois, 1912-2004

Wolverton family

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor with respect to both donations in 1997 and 2003. Permission of the Archives is required for publication, broadcast or exhibit; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Broadcast and Exhibit form. Regarding the second donation, there are no restrictions on reproduction of material for research and private study. Permission of the Archives is required for publication, broadcast or exhibit; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Broadcast and Exhibit form. In addition, permission of the donor is required for publication, broadcast or exhibit of material until 31 December 2012.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
The bulk of series F 4354-1, records related to her biography of Robert Gourlay, was donated to the Archives of Ontario by Mrs. Lois Darroch on 16 June 1997. A second donation was made by Lois Darroch on February 12, 2003, including the Wolverton family correspondence during the Civil War period; Wolverton family and village research files; Darroch family research files; and research and writing files related to Lois Darroch's two published books, Four Went to the Civil War and Time Between : Akuningini. Some additional material related to her first book, Robert Gourlay, Gadfly, was also included in this donation.
Associated Material

Lois Darroch's research and writing files for her book, "Bright Land : A Warm Look at Arthur Lismer" are available at the Art Gallery of Ontario Archives in Toronto.

Availability of Other Formats

Series F 4354-6 (Wolverton family correspondence) is available on self-service microfilm MS 10252.
Notes

Title derived from the creator of the fonds.

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4354-1 Robert Gourlay, Gadfly correspondence and research files
F 4354-2 Four Went to the Civil War files
F 4354-3 Time Between Akuningini files
F 4354-4 Wolverton family and village research files
F 4354-5 Darroch family research files
F 4354-6 Wolverton family correspondence
F 4354-7 Collected published works by Ida Baker, Ray Palmer Baker and Eva Rose York