Kingston Emigrant Agent's letterbook Help

Ontario Government Record Series RG 11-2

Kingston Emigrant Agent's letterbook

About these records

Kingston Emigrant Agent's letterbook
Dates of Creation
1849-1850, 1865, 1870-1874
Physical Description

1 volume of textual records

Scope and Content

Series consists of a single volume used at different periods to record various types of information relating to emigration to the Province of Canada and later, Ontario.

Between 1849 and 1850, the volumes contains transcribed copies of outgoing correspondence from the Emigrant Agent at Kingston (A.B. Hawke Jr.), including letters to the Chief Emigrant Agent for Canada West (A.B. Hawke Sr.) which summarize expenditures and characteristics of arriving immigrants, and to the Chief Emigrant Agent at Quebec, A.C. Buchanan, regarding policy matters, problems, and details on arriving immigrants. Subjects include: labour and transportation conditions, orphaned children, cholera outbreaks, and the emigrant hospital at Kingston. The entries for this period are chronological.

In 1865, the volume was used in the Toronto Emigrant Office for recording several types of information, including: a one-page register of Home Children ("Number of Boys sent out from [illegible] and Middlesex and other Schools", including dates, names, and destinations); a two-page register of immigrants arriving via Quebec, New York, and Boston who received assistance (no names are given); and a one-page register of immigrants arriving via Boston and New York who intended to settle in Canada (names of family head are given).

Between 1870 and 1874 the volume was used to record a listing of available accommodations (1871-1874) and employment (1870-1874) in Toronto and the surrounding areas. Such listings were used by emigrant agents to assist newly-arrived immigrants in finding lodgings and employment. The various sections are scattered throughout the volume, not always in chronological order, and appear both upside-down and right-side up.

Restrictions on Access
Original records are closed for conservation purposes, researchers must use microfilm.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright is held by the Crown. There are no restrictions on reproduction. Permission of the Archives of Ontario is required for publication; submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Records were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from the Butler Library, Columbia University, in December, 2000.
Availability of Other Formats

Series is available on microfilm.
Former Codes

Volume RG 11-2 was formerly Toronto Emigration Office Records, X325 T63, volume 4.

Finding Aid
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Agency or agencies that created these records

These records were created by the following Ontario government agency or agencies. Click on the agency reference code for information about this agency and other records it created.

1849-1850 :

Emigrant Office (BA586)

1865 :

Bureau of Agriculture (BA73) Emigration Office (CA1575)

1870-1874 :

Department of the Commissioner of Agriculture and Public Works (AA70) Immigration Branch (CA612)

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