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Don Cosens Collection

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Don Cosens Collection
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual records
cartographic material
objects
Date Range
ca. 1817-2015
Accession Number
2018-58
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Don Cosens Collection
Description Level
Fonds
Accession Number
2018-58
GMD
graphic material
textual records
cartographic material
objects
Date Range
ca. 1817-2015
Physical Description
128.7 cm of textual records
3,577 photographs
668 postcards
245 greeting cards
107 volumes
53 scrapbooks
119 programs
87 tickets
81 trade cards
81 sketches
67 invitations
39 business cards
38 documents
37 membership cards
27 booklets
22 posters
16 brochures
15 prints
9 calendars
5 fire insurance plans
5 objects
4 ribbons
126 newspapers
newspaper clippings
1 album
History / Biographical
Donald "Don" Leroy Cosens was born in St. Thomas, Ontario, on April 4, 1935, to Charles Roy Cosens and Viola Lulu Cosens (nee Smith). Cosens attended Myrtle Street Public School and St. Thomas Collegiate Institute in St. Thomas, and later, Westervelt Business School in London, Ontario. He married Lynda Karen Gloin of Yarmouth Centre, Ontario, on July 20, 1968, and they had two children, Mark and Josie (married Mike Nichol). Don worked for about three years at Clevite Corp, then became a law clerk at Stafford and Fanjoy Law Firm in St. Thomas, in 1960. A few year later, in October 1962, Cosens began working at the Elgin County Registry Office. He was appointed Senior Deputy Registrar three years later, and retired from the registry office in 1994 after a 31-year career. In 1969, Cosens also established an auction business, from which he retired in 1989, and his son, Mark Cosens continued this business. Cosens was involved in many local organizations in various capacities, including various masonic fraternal organizations and the Independent Order of Oddfellows. He served on various boards, including as a Member of the Board of the Canadian Red Cross, Member and President of the Board of Directors of the St. Thomas Cemetery Company, Member and Vice-President of the Board of the St. Thomas Mausoleum Board, and Trustee of the Talbotville Cemetery Board. He was also an active member on the Resoration Committee of the Old St. Thomas Church. Cosens had an interest in genealogy and local history, and was a member of the Backus-Page Tyrconnell Heritage Society, Heritage Port, the Elgin Historical Society and the Elgin County Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society. He also served as Director of the St. Thomas Jumbo Foundation and was Vice-Chairman of the St. Thomas Jumbo Centennial Committee. Don Cosens died on March 15, 2019, shortly before his 84th birthday. He is buried at Union Cemetery.
Custodial History
Collection was purchased from the Estate of Don Cosens.
Scope and Content
Collection contains historical material pertaining to the history of Elgin County, which was collected by Don Cosens throughout his lifetime. Material includes photographs, postcards, business records, records from local families and individuals, ephemera, land records, estate records, scrapbooks, newspapers and newspaper clippings, fire insurance plans, art and reference material and books. The collection also contains material that reflects Don Cosen's personal involvement in a number of local organizations, as well as personal photographs. The collection is arranged into the following series: Photographs series
Postcards series
William Hendershott series
Cameron Family Records series
Paddon Family Records series
David Fleming Hunter Records series
Wallace Verne Ferris Records series
St. Thomas Jumbo Centennial Committee series
St. Thomas Collegiate Institute Reunion series
Edna Bennett series
Estates Files series
Land Records series
Municipal World Inc. series
Reference files series
Scrapbook series
Carolyn Curtis Records series
Directories and Gazetteers series
Elgin County Local History series
Ephemera series
Fire Insurance Plans series
Subject Access
Fire Insurance Plans