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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elda Mae Patterson fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1973-1993
Accession Number
2003-18
Storage Location
R6 S6 Sh5 B1 F25
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Elda Mae Patterson fonds
Description Level
Series
Accession Number
2003-18
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R6 S6 Sh5 B1 F25
GMD
textual records
Date Range
1973-1993
Physical Description
20 newspaper clippings
5 pamphlets
3 booklets
2 plastic bags
1 bumper sticker
Scope and Content
Pamphlet: "Jumbo"
Pamphlet: "Jumbo: Schedule of Activities"
Pamphlet: "The Jumbo Story"
Pamphlet: "The Great Jumbo" (2 copies)
Booklet: Newspaper flier, Elgin Mall.
Booklet: "Jumbo Days: A Mammoth 6-Day Celebration with Tons of Fun for Everyone".
Newspaper clippings about Jumbo.
Name Access
Jumbo the Elephant
Documents

R6 S6 Sh5 B1 F25 1.pdf

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Scott Studio- Photographic negatives series

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Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Scott Studio fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1890 - 1981 (predominant 1910 - 1955)
Storage Location
R1-R3
Museum / Archive
Elgin County Archives
Part Of
Scott Studio fonds
Creator
Scott Studio
Description Level
Series
Storage Room
Archives Storage Rm. 107
Storage Location
R1-R3
GMD
graphic material
Date Range
ca. 1890 - 1981 (predominant 1910 - 1955)
Publication
The Scott - Sefton Collection: Elgin's History Through a Photographer's Lens - Volume I (St. Thomas: Elgin County Library, 2001)
Series
Scott Studio fonds- Photographic negatives series
Physical Description
ca. 100,000 photograph negatives
Physical Condition
Glass plate negatives in excellent condition. Cellulose acetate negatives from 1940's to 1960's have broken down considerably with "vinegar syndrome" clearly apparent.
History / Biographical
Thomas Hunter Scott commenced business as a photographer in St. Thomas on March 1st, 1879. He initially opened a studio at 265 Talbot Street under the name "Scott and Company" in partnership with William Lindop, a partnership that lasted until November 1881. In July 1882, he entered into another partnership with his brother-in-law James. H. Hopkins at the same location, this time under the name "Scott and Hopkins". This partnership lasted until April 1890. By 1894, Scott was at new location at 585 Talbot Street under the name "Scott Studio". The Scott Studio subsequently remained at this location until its closure in 1989, although it also operated a tourist studio in Port Stanley during the early 1900's. Scott's son, W. Murray, apprenticed with his father beginning in 1900. In 1911, and after a two-year break when he left to go prospecting in Northern Ontario (with camera nevertheless in-hand), Murray took over the Scott Studio from his father. Murray exceeded his father's reputation for exceptional craftsmanship, winning five awards from the International Association of Photographers for his work and artistry. He was a fixture on the streetscapes of St. Thomas and Elgin County. He is credited with several innovations in local photography, including a "Children's Studio" replete with many fixtures to produce a smile. Murray Scott operated the studio until 1955 when the business was sold to Frank Sefton and his son Clifford, previously of Montreal. The Seftons maintained the studio's reputation for innovation, becoming the first studio to offer colour reproductions in St. Thomas. Clifford and his wife Margeruite successfully operated the business until its closure in 1989. Thomas Hunter Scott died at his home, Burnside, in Union in 1918. William Murray Scott died at Elgin Manor, Fingal, in 1967.
Custodial History
Fonds was transferred to the custody of the Elgin County Library between 1983 and 1986. It was initially processed by volunteers from the North Yarmouth District Historical Association. In 1992, the Elgin Photographic Heritage Society was formed to continue this work. This society under the direction of its Chairman Mr. Ken Verrell remains active with the fonds and has completed the transfer of negatives to acid-free sleeves and was responsible for compiling an item-level database.
Scope and Content
Series consists of approximately 100,000 photographic negatives in glass-plate, nitrate and cellulose-acetate form. Most negatives correspond to Murray Scott's tenure with the studio between 1911 and 1955. Included within the few early negatives that do exist is perhaps the most famous photograph to come from St. Thomas and Elgin County, the death of Jumbo the Elephant shortly after being hit by a Canada Southern Locomotive in 1885. The Scott Studio was the official or unofficial photographer for a number of organizations within the community, including Elgin County Council, Alma College, the YMCA, , the Elgin Regiment, local schools (such as St. Thomas Collegiate Institute) and the Technical Training School of the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Railway photographs are particularly abundant within the fonds. The studio was commissioned to take photographs on behalf of the Pere Marquette Railway, Michigan Central Railway and New York Central Railway, including stations and crossings throughout the lines (and therefore extending throughout southern Ontario). The most abundant shots in this regards date to the 1930's and 1940's. The majority of the series (perhaps ninety per cent) consists of portrait photography of local weddings, special events and individuals.
Name Access
Scott, Thomas Hunter
Scott, William Murray
Scott, Murray
Sefton, Clifford
St. Thomas (Ont.)
Elgin (Ont.: County)
Alma College
Royal Canadian Air Force
Subject Access
Railways
Photography
Finding Aid
Item-level database available in Archives' reference room.
Arrangement
Original order was largely maintained. Negative numbers correspond to an indexing system established by the studio and are not based on a chronological arrangement.