Fonds F 103

Carnegie family fonds

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Carnegie family fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

30 centimetres of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of textual material created, received and collected by members of the Carnegie family.

Fonds includes chronologically-arranged correspondence (1781- 1940) written to various members of the Carnegie family over several generations. Prior to 1833, the correspondence originates from Scotland. After this date, much of the correspondence is written from Canada to Scotland, and is chiefly about family matters and experiences as immigrants to Canada. Also included are excerpts from a personal letter book containing copies of correspondence sent from James Carnegie in Edrom, Scotland to John Carnegie in Canada. Correspondence records also include a business letter book created by John Carnegie (1837-1910), consisting of copies of outgoing correspondence documenting his business transactions.

The remainder of the fonds consists of a variety of textual materials. These records include documents on the political career of Hillyard Cameron (1902); legal documents pertaining to a plantation owned by David Carnegie; documents regarding wills, the assignment of trustees, and estate settlements; and information about painters and art owned by the Carnegies (1850-1919).

Also included in the textual material is a Carnegie Family Genealogy, covering the period 1728-1974; a biography of John Hilliard Carnegie by Sir Charles G.D. Roberts (1939); copy of the baptism certificate for John Hilliard Carnegie; two birth records; two scrapbooks dating from 1878 to 1909; and a travel diary, written by an unidentified member of the Carnegie family.

In addition, the fonds contains two campaign books created by John Carnegie (1837-1910), one documenting his assistance to the Conservative candidate, George Hilliard, for the Peterborough West riding in the federal election of 1882, and the other recording his own candidacy in the provincial election of 1883 as the Conservative candidate for the same riding.

The fonds also consists of four election returns appointing John Hilliard Carnegie to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario (1894-1908), a copy of an order-in-council regarding the closing and sale of certain roads in the Township of Bexley, newspaper clippings, receipts, a cancelled cheque, two notes to the Conductor of the Farmers Magasine, a souvenir programme from a fundraising event organized by the Liverpool Seamen's Orphanage, and a brochure for seed corn.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Originally from Scotland, the Carnegie family came to Upper Canada in the early nineteenth century, where two of its members served as Conservative politicians in Ontario.

John Carnegie (1775-1843) was a magistrate, and lived in Edrom, Scotland during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

John Carnegie (1805-1871) was born in Edrom, Scotland and came to Canada in 1833, settling in Douro Township (Peterborough County), Upper Canada.

John Carnegie (1837-1910) was a municipal and provincial politician representing Peterboro West, Director of the County Agricultural Society, Director of the Ontario Mutual Assurance Company, and joint editor and proprietor of two newpapers.

John Hilliard Carnegie (1865-1937) was a farmer and an Ontario Conservative politician representing East Victoria during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century.

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Carnegie (family)

Carnegie, John, 1775-1843

Carnegie, John, 1805-1871

Carnegie, John, 1837-1910

Carnegie, John Hilliard, 1865-1937

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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 records were donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1984 by James Carnegie of Toronto, Ontario.

Title based on contents of fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession number 16464

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