J. Ross Robertson family fonds Help

Fonds F 1174

J. Ross Robertson family fonds

About these records

J. Ross Robertson family fonds
Dates of Creation
1776-1976, predominant 1858-1959
Physical Description

40 centimetres of textual records

44 photographs : black and white ; 24 x 20 centimetres

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records of the Robertson family, mostly pertaining to John Ross Robertson and his son Irving Earle Robertson.

Records consist of correspondence, clippings, and genealogical data relating to the Robertson and Gillbee families. There are also records documenting J. Ross Robertson's activities as a journalist, founder of the Toronto Telegram, and president of the Toronto Press Club.

Fonds also contains two photo albums, one of which has loose pages, and two illuminated manuscripts.

As well, the fonds contains handwritten correspondence (incoming and outgoing) of John Graves Simcoe, his wife Elizabeth, and their friends and family.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

The J. Ross Robertson family founded and owned the Toronto Telegram in the late nineteenth and twentieth century.

John Ross Robertson (1841-1918) was a publisher, historian, journalist, politician and philanthropist who founded the Toronto Telegram newspaper in 1876.

Irving Earle Robertson (1882-1932), son of J. Ross Robertson, was a journalist and took over ownership of the Toronto Telegram in 1918.

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Robertson, J. Ross (family)

Robertson, J. Ross (John Ross), 1841-1918

Robertson, Irving Earle, 1882-1932

Restrictions on Access
Textual records are restricted for conservation reasons. Self-service microfilm must be used. There are no restrictions on access to the graphic materials.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
See series descriptions for terms governing use. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use any of this material for other than research and private study, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired from Colin MacKenzie of Warkworth, Ontario in 1977, who was a nephew of Irving Earle Robertson. Some correspondence with George Brown and W.T. Hewett, and the subscription book for the Upper Canada College newsletter were received from Dr. Alan Bruce Robertson of Toronto in 1982.
Associated Material

The John Ross Robertson collection at the Toronto Public Library contains more than 4,000 pictures and pictorial material illustrating the history of Canada, which were donated to the Library in 1990.

Availability of Other Formats

Textual records are available on self-service microfilm MS 8756 and MS 8757.

Title supplied from contents of fonds.

Former Codes

Accessions 11887, 14815.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 1174-1 Robertson family personal papers and photographs
F 1174-2 Robertson family genealogy
F 1174-3 J. Ross Robertson's Simcoe papers
F 1174-4 Robertson family journalism records
F 1174-5 Robertson family legal and land papers