Fonds F 329

James Richardson family fonds

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James Richardson family fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

15 centimetres of textual records

1 album (56 photographs : black and white prints)

43 photographs : black and white prints

3 photographs : black and white cabinet cards

1 photograph : black and white carte de visite

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the records created, received and compiled by the Richardson family, predominantly James and his son, James Henry. Fonds includes a list of baptisms conducted by James Richardson and his obituaries. Fonds also contains family correspondence, predominantly of James Henry, relating to his medical and literary activities. Also included are James Henry's essays and lecture notes on topics such as crystals, Electro- Biology, evolution, Darwinism, Christian Science, William Shakespeare and Francis Bacon. Fonds further contains genealogical information on the Richardson and Skirving families.

Fonds also includes photographs of members of the Richardson family, including Bella (Isobel) McNutt, mother of Robert Edward "Rex" Richardson; Bella McNutt's mother; Ernest McNutt, Robert's uncle; Bishop James Richardson; Robert Dennis Richardson, and Robert Edward "Rex" Richardson and his wife, Alexandra Georgina Margaret Fraser. Fonds also includes one album consisting of photographs taken at the Richardson family cottage on Double Island in Georgian Bay and one group of photographs originally placed in an album of a family visit to Pari Mahal, which may be the Richardson family.

The records also include some textual records documenting the Richardson family including a typescript memoir of Bishop James Richardson; a lease between James Henry Richardson et al. and the Gurney Foundry Company Limited; and handwritten notes and a poem written on birch bark by members of the Richardson family.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The Richardson family were involved in the Methodist Episcopal Church, the military, and medicine during the nineteenth century.

James Richardson D.D. (1791-1875) was a sailor, officer holder and Bishop of the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ontario.

James Henry Richardson (b. 1823) was a medical doctor and professor in Toronto during the nineteenth century.

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Richardson, James (family)

Richardson, James, 1791-1875

Richardson, James Henry, b. 1823

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor insofar as he/she owns copyright. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in 1977 from Mrs. G.H. Richardson. An accrual was donated by Nicholas Ignatieff in 2012 along with an accrual to the Alexander Fraser fonds, F 1015.
Related Material

The Archives of Ontario also holds the Alexander Fraser fonds (F 1015) to whom the Richardson family are related by marriage, through his daughter Alexandra to Robert Edward “Rex” Richardson in 1937. Specifically, Series F 1015-10 Alexander Fraser's photographs, drawings and maps and Series F 1015-11 Alexander Fraser's biographical and genealogical information, contain material related to the Richardson family.

Physical Condition

The records are in good condition.


Title based on contents of the fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 11953.

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