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Fonds C 8

James Kidd fonds

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James Kidd fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

92 albums (ca. 11,000 photographs : black and white and colour)

ca. 2300 aperture cards

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of 92 albums containing approximately 11,000 photographs of steam-powered vessels. These vessels were part of the American and Canadian Great Lakes fleet in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

Included are photographs of steamships, tugboats, barges, lighters, wreckers, government vessels as well as prints depicting the Welland canal and communities along the canal.

Although the prints in the albums do not necessarily possess identifying captions, Kidd prepared appendices / indexes to the albums themselves, which have been modified by the processing archivist.

Also included are miscellaneous photographs of unidentified individuals.

In addition, the fonds includes donor-created aperture cards, each of which includes an image of a vessel.

Fonds is arranged into eight series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

James M. Kidd was a Toronto area businessman employed in automotive sales and financing, and a Great Lakes steamship enthusiast.

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Kidd, James M.

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Records are in the public domain. 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
The James Kidd fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario in May 1985.

Title based on contents of fonds.

The albums were arranged by Kidd into four series: Albums of Canadian-owned vessels (Series 1); Albums of American-owned vessels (Series 2); Albums of the Old Great Lakes Fleet [Steamships], or what Kidd had termed 'has-beens' (Series 3); and Miscellaneous steamships, Albums of Tugs, Barges, Lighters, Wreckers, Government Vessels (Series 4).

Four additional series were added by the processing archivist: Albums of the Welland Canal (Series 5); Albums of Great Lakes steamships (Series 6); James Kidd's unidentified people photographs (Series 7) and Copy negatives of vessels (Series 8).

The original alphabetical / numerical order of the albums and aperture cards established by Kidd has been maintained.

Dates are based on the dates of the original images not necessarily the photographs in this fonds.


Accruals are not anticipated.

Former Codes

Accession Number : 16657

Finding Aid
The donor created several appendices / indexes, which are used as finding aids. See series descriptions for more information on how to view this material.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
C 8-1 Albums of Canadian-owned steamships
C 8-2 Albums of American-owned steamships
C 8-3 Albums of old fleet steamships
C 8-4 Albums of tugs, barges, lighters, wreckers, and government vessels
C 8-5 Albums of the Welland Canal
C 8-6 Albums of Great Lakes steamships
C 8-7 James Kidd's unidentified people photographs
C 8-8 Copy negatives of vessels