Fonds F 45

Arthur W. Roebuck fonds


About these records

Title
Arthur W. Roebuck fonds
Dates of Creation
1870-1969
Physical Description

16 metres of textual records

118 photographs

2 drawings

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of personal and political records of Arthur Roebuck, including family correspondence, correspondence and subject files relating to Roebuck's political career, records arising from his time with the Hydro-Electric Power Commission, and records created during election campaigns.

Personal records consist of a single large series of chronologically arranged correspondence to and from Arthur Roebuck and many other family members. The series also contains other documents, such as invitations, insurance records, club membership records, passports and clippings.

Correspondence relating to Roebuck's political career is chronologically arranged, and concerns all of Roebuck's career as a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Minister in the Ontario government, Liberal Party organizer, Member of Parliament, Commissioner and Senator. Some of the correspondence is with constituents. Subject files consist of clippings, memoranda and pamphlets relating to a wide variety of subjects maintained by Roebuck.

Records relating to the Hydro-Electric Power Commission include agreements, financial statements, engineers reports, administrative documents, legal advice and litigation documents. There is also correspondence relating to the proposed cancellation of Quebec Power Companies contracts from 1935.

Records relating to election campaigns consist of campaign literature, platforms, advertisements, speeches, clippings, and press releases relating to Roebuck's election campaigns of 1911, 1914, 1917, 1923, 1934, 1937 and 1940. It also include files created while Roebuck was the Ontario Liberal Party's campaign manager in 1945 federal election.

Photographs consist of portraits of Arthur Wentworth Roebuck and other family members, and of Roebuck's activities as a member of the Ontario and Federal Governments and the Senate. Activities include a baseball game between M.P.P.s and municipal politicians from Toronto, and a visit by Roebuck and N.W. Rowell to the Government Experimental Farm, Monteith in 1912. Fonds also contains photographs of some of the most prominent individuals of the time, including: William Lyon Mackenzie, Sigmund Samuel, Mitch Hepburn, John Diefenbaker, and a 1940s banquet attended by C.D. Howe, David Croll, L. St. Laurent, Paul Martin and A.C. Hardy.

Fonds also contains two hand drawn caricatures of A.W. Roebuck.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Arthur Wentworth Roebuck (1878-1971) was a newspaper owner and provincial and federal Liberal politician active in Ontario between 1934 and 1940.

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Roebuck, Arthur W. (Arthur Wentworth), 1878-1971

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Fonds was acquired by the Archives of Ontario from Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Patterson of Baltimore, Ontario, daughter and son-in-law to Arthur Roebuck. The acquisition occurred in 1972.
Former Codes

Accession 9511.

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