J. D. Edgar family fonds Help

Fonds F 65

J. D. Edgar family fonds

About these records

J. D. Edgar family fonds
Dates of Creation
1680-1988, predominant 1840-1955
Physical Description

2.45 metres of textual records

170 photographs : black and white prints

8 photographs : colour prints

7 photographs : black and white negatives

8 photographs : colour negatives

7 albums (432 photographs : black and white prints, 0.5 centimetres of textual records, 38 postcards, 1 greeting card, other materials)

19 watercolours

69 postcards

5 greeting cards

1 leather photo album cover

2 medals

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Sir James David Edgar, his wife Matilda, and various other members of the Edgar family.

Their records include correspondence, both political and personal, speeches, lecture notes, invitations, published material, scrapbooks and photographs. As J.D. Edgar was actively involved in politics, correspondents includes many prominent politicians of his day, including Alexander Mackenzie and Sir Wilfred Laurier; there are also letters regarding important political events such as the North-West Rebellion.

Fonds also contains records from other family members, such as the diaries of Maud Edgar, a hand-written Shawnee-English dictionary compiled by Thomas Ridout, a typescript copy of Thomas Ridout's Old Memoir covering the period 1786-1788, photographs of various members of the Edgar family, genealogical material, and correspondence with family in the United States and overseas.

The fonds is divided into 11 series.

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Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Sir James David Edgar (1841-1899) was a lawyer, politician, and writer. His wife, Lady Matilda (Ridout) Edgar (1844-1910) was an historian, writer, and philanthropist.

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Edgar, J. D. (family)

Restrictions on Access
No restrictions on access.
Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright has been transferred to the Archives of Ontario by the donor. Fonds also contains material owned by various other copyright owners. To find out more about the copyright status of the particular material you wish to use, consult a Reference Archivist through the Reference Desk. 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
Materials in this fonds were acquired by the Archives of Ontario from several sources. Materials were acquired in 1951 from James Keithock Edgar; an additional accrual in 1956 came from Michael Hicks of Ottawa, Ontario; materials were acquired in 1958 by Professor R.H. Hicks of Toronto, Ontario; materials were obtained in 1963 from J.K. Edgar; materials were acquired in 1969 from Mrs. T. Hubbs of Don Mills, Ontario; materials were acquired in 1972 from Mrs. John D. McLean of Toronto, Ontario; materials were loaned to the Archives for copying purposes in 1982 by Margaret Wood of Peterborough, Ontario; and the most recent accrual in 2005 of the Katherine Beatrice Edgar diary was donated by Michael Hicks of Ottawa.
Related Material

The Archives of Ontario also has the Thomas Ridout family fonds (F 43). Lady Matilda Edgar was the daughter of Thomas Gibbs Ridout.

Physical Condition

Some letters, scrapbooks, photographs and albums are fragile. Some items contain red rot. Please see a Reference Archivist for handling assistance.


Title supplied based on content of fonds.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession Numbers: 1162, 1720, 1837, 2088, 3273, 6310, 9913, 15617, 48268.

Before 2009, series were arranged in an alphanumeric system.

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Records series that make up this fonds

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Reference Code Series Title
F 65-1 Correspondence of the Edgar Family
F 65-2 Speeches, lectures and notes of the Edgar family
F 65-3 Edgar family genealogy
F 65-4 Edgar family diaries
F 65-5 Scrapbooks and clippings of the Edgar family
F 65-6 Literary papers of the Edgar family
F 65-7 Ridout family records
F 65-8 Poems created and compiled by the Edgar family
F 65-9 Other documents, printed material and artifacts relating to the Edgar family
F 65-10 Edgar family photographs and related materials
F 65-11 Originals and reproductions of art with European subjects