Fonds F 4600

Katie Strowbridge fonds

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Katie Strowbridge fonds
Dates of Creation
Physical Description

1 volume of textual records

3 photographs : one tintype, one black and white print, one hand-coloured print

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of one keepsake album, one publication, and three photographs.

The keepsake album was won by Katie for "diligence" while a student at school in Alberton, Ontario in 1885 and presented by her teacher, J. Kerr. She won the album in December 1885 and it was dedicated by her mother in June of the next year. The album was originally made in Belfast, Ireland.

The album contains pasted-in items including pictures cut out from newspapers, advertisements from retail stores, business cards, greeting cards, and other items of unknown origin. The album also contains inscriptions from various individuals, dated from 1885 to 1899.

The inscriptions, mostly involving humorous poetry, were written by her relatives, schoolmates, and other individuals she met from Alberton, Dundas, Delhi, Cainsville, and St. Thomas Ontario. These include members of the Strowbridge, Van Sichel, Van Sickle, Applegat, Edy, Massen, and Cohoe families. Many of these families were, like the Strowbridges, of German extraction.

The companies mentioned in the album include J.V. Dynes of Hamilton; Grafton and Company, Dundas; J.W. Schram Boots and Shoes; Edwin G. Burt Fine Shoes; Oak Hall Clothes of Hamilton; and W.G. Boyes, stationer, of Woodstock.

The photographs include an unidentified tintype (most likely of Katie's parents John and Hannah), a carte de visite in a cardboard enclosure (produced by Park and Company of Brantford and inscribed on the back, "Mrs. William S. Brett, nee Katie Strowbridge"), and a hand-coloured photograph of Katie Strowbridge.

The fonds also contains a copy of "Nyal's Yearbook 1912" which was placed in the album, most likely by Margaret Strowbridge.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Catherine "Katie" Strowbridge Brett was a farm woman in Wentworth and Brant Counties, Ontario in the late 19th and early 20th century.

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Strowbridge, Katie, 1871-1910

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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.
Custodial History

It is assumed that the album remained in the possession of Catherine Strowbridge Brett until her death in 1910, at which point it passed to her daughter, Margaret. Margaret took this item with her to Cleveland, Ohio. After Margaret's death in 1980, the item passed into the Conway family and was presented to Professor Christopher Conway of Duncanville, Texas by his father. Professor Conway donated the items to the Archives of Ontario in 2010. To date the relationship between the Conway and Strowbridge/Brett family has not been established.


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