Fonds F 4142

Ferranti-Packard Limited fonds

About these records

Ferranti-Packard Limited fonds
Dates of Creation
1862-1989, 1991-1996, 2006
Physical Description

26.5 metres of textual records

1.34 metres of textual records (includes 2019 technical drawings)

36 volumes of textual records

17 centimetres of textual records (includes 12 photographs : colour prints)

30792 photographs

8941 technical drawings

37 reels of microfilm (textual records)

4 audio reels (11 hrs.)

5 videocassettes (5 hr. 30 min.)

21 film reels (4 hr. 40 min.)

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created by Ferranti-Packard Limited, and its predecessors.

Included in the fonds are textual records and lists, repair and maintenance files relating to transformer specifications, various trade publications, in-house handbooks and reference guides, staff recreation and Union files, as well as commemorative and historical pamphlets. Also included are financial records, including audited accounts, statements, wage books and stock order books. Corporate files of Ferranti, Packard, Ferranti-Packard Limited, and subsidiary companies are included, as are stock records, Ferranti subject files and Value Improvement Proposals. As well, on seven microfilm reels are inter-office memos, correspondence, pricing charts and guides, price quotes and tender bids to various customers and potential buyers. These seven reels were produced in 1954 by the Federal Restrictive Trade Practices Commission, Department of Justice, Ottawa, as part of an investigation into alleged price fixing in the transformer manufacturing industry in Canada.

Fonds also includes technical drawings and blueprints of various prototypes and products, as well as 30 microfilm reels of numbered drawings.

The fonds also contains photographs, which include prints, glass plate, cellulose nitrate and safety film negatives of plant operations, manufactured products such as transformers, plant sites, meters, automobiles and computers, portraits of staff members, a panorama depicting the employees of the Power Transformer Division of Ferranti-Packard Limited with the largest auto-transformer manufactured by the Division and shipped on November 13th, 1972 to Clover Bar Generation Station in Edmonton, Alberta, of worker activities and sales promotions. The photograph series are arranged numerically, alphanumerically and by subject, with several of the series having chronological indexes.

As well, the fonds contains videotaped interviews of former workers, which were conducted in 1987 and 1988 by John Vardalas. Personnel interviewed consisted of engineers and plant workers, including Bill Cook, Tim Cooper, Ray Dillard, Tom Edmonson, Carl Grey, Barry Hercus, Joe Hermans, Wardie Hetherington, Tito Messonda, Frank Squires, Robert Veitch, Jack Webb, Al White, and two men by the names of Roy and Stan, whose last names are not known. The discussions dealt with changes in Ferranti-Packard's operations as a result of World War Two, the merger between Ferranti and Packard, market forces, and organized workforces, as well as more specific issues such as the use of PCBs, and their attendant health concerns in the manufacture of transformers.

Other sound and moving image materials in this fonds include four audio reels consisting of recordings from a 1956 Packard Electric sales conference, and which deal with sales and marketing strategies and management concerns prior to the merger with Ferranti Electric Company in 1958. As well, there are 21assorted training films (1930-1975) produced by the Ferranti Film Unit in England, dealing with numerous technical production aspects as well as product specifications. In addition, three of the films deal with the Ferranti-Packard factories in Ontario, and there are several promotional films included, along with a film biography of Sebastian Ziani de Ferranti entitled, "A World Transformed."

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Ferranti-Packard Limited was a transformer and electronics manufacturing firm, with Canadian operations based in the Ontario cities of Toronto and St. Catharines.

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Restrictions on Access
Some materials are restricted due to conservation reasons. Access to management meeting minutes is closed for a 30 year period from date of creation. Consult the individual series descriptions for details.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright transferred to the Archives of Ontario by donor. No restrictions on reproduction or publication of material for which the donor is authorized to transfer the copyright to the Archives. Other material may require permission of third-party copyright holders. Consult the individual series descriptions for details.
Custodial History

Most of this fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in three accessions in 1991 by Rolls Royce Industries Canada.

Additional records were donated by Paul Colman in 2002 and by Siemens Canada Limited in 2006.

Associated Material

For associated material pertaining to Ferranti-Packard refer to the Science Museum, London, and the National Museum of Science and Technology, Ottawa.

Availability of Other Formats

1500 prints, consisting of duplicates of some of the photos in series 4142-14-2, are included as photo reference guides. Audiocassette reference copies of the 1956 Packard Electric sales conference recordings are available for use by researchers. Two films have been reformatted to DVD 188 - F 4142-17-0-1 (Ferranti-Packard no. 1 bay) and -3 (Cruise Muskoka.

Title based on contents of fonds.


Further accruals are anticipated.

Former Codes

Accession numbers 24347, 24402, 24423.

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