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Fonds F 4529

Thomas Millman fonds

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Thomas Millman fonds
Dates of Creation
1869-[ca.1985], predominant 1869-1921
Physical Description

61 volumes of textual records

20 centimetres of textual records

23 postcards

222 photographs : 66 black and white prints, 47 sepia prints (46 mounted), 103 cartes de visite, 4 cabinet cards, 2 tintypes

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of the personal diaries of Dr. Thomas Millman describing his day to day life as a medical physician in Ontario during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

Includes a pocket diary for each year (1869-1921) accompanied by memorabilia that Dr. Millman kept inside the diaries. Also included are typewritten transcriptions for the diary entries. A separate diary documents Dr. Millman's assignment as Assistant Surgeon with the British North American Boundary Commission from 1873-1874.

The diaries predominantly document Dr. Millman's social commitments and family life. However, they additionally chronicle: his educational studies in Toronto, England and Scotland from 1869-1873; his medical career in London (England), Woodstock, London (Ontario), Kingston and Toronto from 1872-1921; and, his work with the Independent Order of Foresters (IOF) from 1878-1921.

Typical diary entries contain information on Dr. Millman's waking and bed times, the weather, family members, friends, as well as the Millmans' after-work leisure activities, travels and social commitments. At times, Dr. Millman also reflects upon his day's work as a physician, noting events at the asylums, the number of medical claims examined for the IOF, and other related duties. The diaries also include references to historical events, such as the First World War, the 1914 sinking of the Empress of Ireland, and the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic.

In addition, Dr. Millman's diaries document local news such as weddings, births, and deaths. He also makes occasional mention of the social and technological developments of the time noting women's rights, bicycles, electricity, train travel, and telephones.

Additionally, includes certificates awarded to Dr. Thomas Millman in recognition of his medical training and practice as well as his diploma from Trinity College, University of Toronto.

Accrual to fonds consists of an album of photographic prints titled "North-West Boundary Commission 1872-1875;" a photograph album titled "T. Millman" containing prints of people, buildings, and scenery; and ca. 8 centimetres of textual records, consisting of family wills, land deeds, financial records, personal correspondence, and other text.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Thomas Millman (1850-1921) was a physician who practiced medicine, primarily in Ontario, between the years 1873-1921.

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Millman, Thomas, 1850-1921

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Custodial History

Records were donated to the Archives of Ontario in 2007 by Professor Richard Fuke, grandson of Dr. Thomas Millman, and son of Marjorie Millman, the youngest child of Dr. Millman.

Genevieve Holden, Thomas Millman's granddaughter-in-law, transcribed the diaries and separated most of the memorabilia that was originally tucked in between the diaries pages. The memorabilia was arranged in chronological order corresponding with the diaries from which they were taken.

An accrual donation was made by Richard Fuke in 2015.

Associated Material

Library and Archives Canada holds the Thomas Millman fonds, 1872-ca.1890 consisting of a microfilm of the diary that Dr. Millman kept while serving with the British North American Boundary Commission (The Archives of Ontario holds the original diary). The fonds also consists of 181 photographs taken by the Commission's Official Royal Engineers as well as by Dr. Millman. The photographs include portraits of Dr. Millman.

The Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology at the Royal Ontario Museum holds Dr. Millman's personal collection of Canadian flora, which consists of over 3000 specimens.

Related Material

The Archives of Ontario holds the records of Dr. Hugh McKay (F 2189), Dr. Richard M. Bucke (F 1356), and the records of Dr. Charles K. Clarke in series RG 10-295 (Kingston Psychiatric Hospital records of the Medication Superintendent).

For related records pertaining to the London and Kingston psychiatric hospitals see series RG 10-279 to RG 10-283 and series RG 10-291 to RG 10-296.

The Archives of Ontario Library holds a copy of the Annual Report and Transaction No. 26 of the Women's Canadian Historical Society of Toronto, 1927-1928, which contains an address read by Mrs. Thomas Millman entitled “Impressions of the West in the Early Seventies, from the Diary of the Assistant Surgeon of the B.N.A. Survey, Dr. Thomas Millman”.

The Archives of Ontario Library's copy of Dr. Oronhyatekha's History of the Independent Order of Foresters (Toronto: Hunter, Rose & Company, 1894) contains Dr. Millman's reports to the IOF Supreme Court (chapter IV, pp. 132-409).


Title is based on the content of the fonds.


No further accruals are anticipated.

Former Codes

0607-133, 1516-06

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Reference Code Series Title
F 4529-1 Thomas Millman diaries with related memorabilia
F 4529-2 Thomas Millman's certificates and diploma
F 4529-3 North-West Boundary Commission 1872-1875 photograph album
F 4529-4 T. Millman photograph album
F 4529-5 Millman family records