Fonds F 2131
8.2 metres of textual records
79 volumes of textual records
2 presentation panels
Fonds consists of personal diaries, correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs concerning William Edward McKeough (1860-1929) and family.
Most of the diaries were kept by William Edward McKeough from 1886-1927, and offer a comprehensive view of social life in Toronto and Chatham at the turn of the 20th century. One diary belonged to Major William Stewart McKeough, and pertains exclusively to his military training in England in 1915.
In 1979, William Edward McKeough's daughter-in-law Florence Sewell Woodward McKeough (1900-1990), and her daughter Sewell Ann Stewart McKeough Carruthers (1923-), published the William Edward diaries in three volumes, entitled "My Life - The W.E. McKeough Diary". These volumes are contained in the fonds and are accompanied by an index.
The fonds also includes diaries written by Florence Sewell Woodward McKeough (1900-1990). The diaries, dating from 1944 to 1989, comprise four volumes and document events of importance in the McKeough family. Also included is a typewritten transcription of the diaries that was privately published by the McKeough family in 1994.
Family correspondence, both the original letters and two published volumes of same (2006), additionally comprise the fonds. Newspaper clippings, certificates of military qualifications as well as some additional letters from acquaintances and various military departments accompany these records.
Fonds also includes correspondence created and accumulated by W. Darcy McKeough. The correspondence touches upon various topics such as the McKeough family, the McKeough family business and W. Darcy McKeough’s various political roles, including the activities and projects undertaken in his role as a Progressive Conservative member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, representing the riding of Chatham-Kent.
Photographs include two portraits thought to depict Henry Woodward and Henrietta Rushout Sewell Woodward on their wedding day, and the same Mrs. Woodward some years later.
The majority of photographs depict W. Darcy McKeough in his various political roles and activities.
The majority of the scrapbooks were created by W. Darcy McKeough primarily from 1963 to 2008. These scrapbooks mainly document W. Darcy McKeough’s political career (1963-1978) as well as his various roles in the private sector. A few of the scrapbooks were created by W. Darcy McKeough’s father, George Grant McKeough from 1935 to 1975, and one scrapbook was created by W. Darcy’s mother, Florence Sewell McKeough.
The speeches were made by W. Darcy McKeough from 1967 to 1985, the majority of which document the period that McKeough was a Member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for Chatham-Kent from 1963 to 1978 and held various ministerial roles in the Ontario government. The later speeches were primarily made by W. Darcy McKeough to universities, associations, conferences, and committees in his capacity as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Union Enterprises Limited and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Redpath Industries Limited.
While contents of the fonds represent several McKeough family members, records primarily relate to William Edward McKeough, his father William McKeough, his two sons, William Stewart McKeough and George Grant McKeough and his grandson William Darcy McKeough. George Grant McKeough's wife, Florence Sewell Woodward McKeough, also has prominence in the fonds.
The latest accrual to the fonds consists primarily of records created and accumulated by donor W. Darcy McKeough. The first part of the accrual consists of his speeches from 1991-2013, personal correspondence from 2005-2013, and personal schedules and diaries from 1966-1978 and 1994-2013. The schedules, created by W. Darcy McKeough and his assistant, range from 1967 to 1978 and were created during the period that McKeough was a Member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for Chatham-Kent.
The second part of the same accrual consists of records created or accumulated in relation to W. Darcy McKeough's book The Duke of Kent: The Memoirs of Darcy McKeough, which was published in 2016. The files correspond to different chapters and contain early drafts, research notes, newspaper clippings, correspondence, as well as commentary and draft edits from McKeough's former colleagues and editor. Also included is McKeough's full and final manuscript, which differs from the edited and published book. The chapter names found in the files differ from the chapter names in the published version of McKeough's memoirs.
Materials in the fonds have been arranged into eight series.
The McKeoughs are an Ontario family of Irish origins, with a long connection to the military and closely associated with the history, business and politics of the city of Chatham. William Edward McKeough (born in Chatham, February 12, 1860; died in Chatham, December 3, 1929) was the grandson of Thomas McKeough (1791-1874), who had arrived in Canada circa 1829.
William Darcy McKeough was a Progressive Conservative member of the Ontario Legislature for West Kent in 1963, and later served as Minister of Municipal Affairs (1967-1972), Treasurer of Ontario and Minister of Economics (1971-1972), Minister of Energy (1973-1975), and Treasurer of Ontario and Minister of Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs (1972, 1975-1978).
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McKeough, William Darcy
Copies of the transcribed diaries "My Life - W.E. McKeough Diary" and its accompanying index can be found at the Local History Room of the Chatham-Kent Public Library.
The book One Hundred and Sixty Years: From J. & W. McKeough to McKeough Supply Inc., The McKeoughs 1847-2007 (Chatham, Ontario: Chamberlain/Mercury Printing, 2007), authored by Win Miller, is available from the Archives of Ontario Library.
For records related to W. Darcy McKeough’s official position as Minister of Municipal Affairs, consult RG 19. For records related to W. Darcy McKeough’s official position as Treasurer of Ontario and Minister of Economics, which subsequently became Minister of Economics and Intergovernmental Affairs, consult RG 6. For records related to W. Darcy McKeough’s official position as Minister of Energy, consult RG 45.
W. Darcy McKeough's memoir, the book The Duke of Kent: The Memoirs of Darcy McKeough, published in 2016, is available from the Archives of Ontario Library.
The records are in good condition.
Title based on contents of fonds.
Further accruals are expected.
Accession Number: 13557 (MU 3689 - MU 3692)
Lead Numbers: 1011-048; 1213-062; 1415-032, 1617-027.
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|Reference Code||Series Title|
|F 2131-1||William Edward McKeough family diaries|
|F 2131-2||William Edward McKeough family correspondence|
|F 2131-3||William Edward McKeough family photographs|
|F 2131-4||William Edward McKeough family scrapbooks|
|F 2131-5||W. Darcy McKeough speeches|
|F 2131-6||W. Darcy McKeough correspondence|
|F 2131-7||W. Darcy McKeough schedules and diaries|
|F 2131-8||Materials related to W. Darcy McKeough's book The Duke of Kent|