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Fonds F 4392

St. Lawrence Starch Company fonds

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St. Lawrence Starch Company fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

86.7 metres of textual records

ca. 4500 photographs

ca. 700 items of documentary art and printed artwork

1005 architectural drawings

1 map

1426 metres of motion picture film

3 videocassettes

8 film strips

80 radio transcription disks

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the records created, received and collected by the St. Lawrence Starch Company Limited and its associated operations.

The records are comprehensive in scope and span the company's history from its beginnings to the late 1990s. Included among the textual records are minutes from the Board of Directors of St. Lawrence Starch, its subsidiaries, and the parent W.J. Gray Holdings Company. There is also extensive executive level correspondence, financial statements, corporate tax returns and ledgers; factory orders; correspondence with suppliers, customers and competitors and various levels of government; internal committee minutes; records relating to labour relations; and records relating to legal matters, including litigation over supply of corn syrup to the Dionne quintuplets in the 1930s and the Countervailing duty in the 1980s.

There are also records documenting product research and development, production processes, planning and expansion proposals, and files documenting the company's relations with the community and its involvement in sponsoring sporting events. Finally there are records on the Company's downsizing and plant closing, and the demolition and redevelopment of the factory lands, including environmental assessments.

The fonds also includes special media such as photographs, architectural drawings and moving images. Among the special media highlights are numerous photographs and architectural drawings of the company's facilities and machinery, photographs of company sponsored sporting events and of the Gray family, original art work and advertisements for Bee Hive, Durham Starch. St Lawrence Corn Oil and other St. Lawrence products (a number of the Bee Hive ads featuring the Dionne quintuplets and well-known Canadian athletes such as hockey legend Frank Mahovolich, and Olympic medallists Karen Magnussen (figure skating) and Nancy Green (skiing)). There are a few examples of Bee Hive hockey cards of Toronto Maple Leaf players from the 1950s and 1960s. Finally there are sound recordings, transcripts, films and videos of St. Lawrence advertisements. Of particular interest are sound recordings and transcripts pertaining to the 1930s radio program 'What Price Loyalty?' which highlighted the St. Lawrence versus Canada Starch rivalry.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

St. Lawrence Starch Company Limited was a major Canadian manufacturer of corn based starch, glucose and feed products, established in 1889 by John Gray, Archie Hutchison, Robert Kilgour, Joseph Kilgour and Jessie Malcolm and based in Port Credit, Ontario.

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St. Lawrence Starch Co.

Restrictions on Access
Certain records are closed for 25 years from their date of creation. Please contact a Reference Archivist for more information.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor, although there may be third party copyright in some materials. The trademarks Bee Hive Golden Corn Syrup, Durham Starch, and St. Lawrence Corn Oil were sold by the Company and are owned by ACH Food Companies Inc. 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.
Custodial History

The records were transferred to the Archives of Ontario through numerous accessions in 2001 and 2002. The records were stored in the personal residences of the Gray family and the head office of St. Lawrence Starch. An earlier donation of sound and moving image material (featuring additional What Price Loyalty scripts and Bee Hive Giant Slalom film films) was received from William Gray in 1986.

Related Material

See also C 105, St. Lawrence Starch Company collection.

Availability of Other Formats

Several films have been reformatted to DVD 54, 184, and 240.

Title based on contents of fonds.

Former Codes

C 105: St. Lawrence Starch Company Collection; Accession Number 16798

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4392-20 St. Lawrence Starch Company and subsidiaries official corporate records
F 4392-21 W.J.A. Gray and Company Limited corporate records
F 4392-22 St. Lawrence Starch Company and subsidiaries financial statements
F 4392-23 St. Lawrence Starch Company and subsidiaries financial records
F 4392-24 St. Lawrence Starch Company miscellaneous ledgers and record books
F 4392-25 St. Lawrence Starch Company and subsidiaries budget files
F 4392-26 St. Lawrence Starch Company and subsidiaries tax records
F 4392-27 St. Lawrence Starch Company insurance files
F 4392-28 Subject files St. Lawrence Starch President, Ian Gray
F 4392-29 Subject files of John C. Gray
F 4392-30 Correspondence and subject files of W.T. Gray
F 4392-31 St. Lawrence Starch general legal files
F 4392-32 St. Lawrence Starch Company deeds, contracts and agreements
F 4392-33 St. Lawrence Starch Company files relating to minority shareholders dispute
F 4392-34 St. Lawrence Starch Company files relating to property redevelopment
F 4392-35 St. Lawrence Starch Company packaging design and lawsuit files
F 4392-36 St. Lawrence Starch Company patent and trademark files
F 4392-37 Manager of alcohol operations correspondence and subject files
F 4392-38 Correspondence and subject files of the President of St. Lawrence Grains
F 4392-39 St. Lawrence Reactors records
F 4392-40 Cellcor, Plastistarch and St. Lawrence Transport records
F 4392-41 Treasurer's files of St. Lawrence Starch and subsidiaries
F 4392-42 St. Lawrence Starch Company factory orders
F 4392-43 St. Lawrence Starch Company Management Committee meeting minutes
F 4392-44 St. Lawrence Starch Company Safety Committee and 1989 accident files
F 4392-45 St. Lawrence Starch Company general plant operations files
F 4392-46 St. Lawrence Starch Company plant manuals
F 4392-47 St. Lawrence Starch Company valuation and market studies files
F 4392-48 St. Lawrence Starch Company labour relations files
F 4392-49 Proposed corn wet milling plant feasibility study project manager's files
F 4392-50 St. Lawrence Starch Company strategic planning files
F 4392-51 St. Lawrence Starch Company files relating to countervailing duty and free trade
F 4392-52 St. Lawrence Starch Company plant closure files
F 4392-53 St. Lawrence Starch Company - A.E. Staley strategic alliance files
F 4392-54 St. Lawrence Starch Company property management files
F 4392-55 St. Lawrence Starch Company real estate division files
F 4392-56 Files of Development Concepts Inc. relating to St. Lawrence Starch redevelopment
F 4392-57 St. Lawrence Starch Company property redevelopment consultant's reports
F 4392-58 St. Lawrence Starch Company Dionne quintuplets files
F 4392-59 St. Lawrence Starch corn record books
F 4392-60 St. Lawrence Starch engineer's log books
F 4392-61 St. Lawrence Starch flo-bin record forms
F 4392-62 St. Lawrence Starch Company gas supply correspondence
F 4392-63 St. Lawrence Starch Company Ministry of Environment and Energy search files
F 4392-64 St. Lawrence Starch Company corporate policies and community activities records
F 4392-65 Workers' Compensation Board files
F 4392-66 St. Lawrence Starch Company journals of accident reports
F 4392-67 St. Lawrence Starch Company miscellaneous records