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Description found in Archives
Fonds consists of
1. Bronson Company collection [graphic material]
2. Bronson Company collection [graphic material]
3. Bronson Company collection [graphic material]
4. Bronson Company collection [graphic material]
5. Bronson family collection [graphic material]
6. Bronson company collection [graphic material]
7. Bronson Company fonds [textual records] (120-020171-X)
Place of creation
1,097 photographs b&w.
ca. 546 and 1 portfolio of architectural drawings.
ca. 223 cartographic items.
3 prints line and stipple steel plate engravings.
3 objects 2 metal plates, 1 electroplated wood engraving block.
Language of material
Scope and content
Fonds consists of minutes, account books, correspondence, memoranda, legal files and other records relating to: Bronson Company and its predecessors; Little River Redwood Company, California; Adirondack Match Company, Ogdensburg, N.Y.; Eclipse Manufacturing Company; Ottawa Carbide Company; People's Gas Company; General Illuminating Company Limited; Ottawa Power Company Limited; Quinze and Blanche Railway Company; Otter-Blanche Creek Improvement Company; Burley Gold Mining Company; Ottawa Gold Milling and Mining Co.; Bronson Fibre Corporation Ltd.; Ottawa Electric Company; Ottawa Electric Sheet Railway Co.; as well as personal papers of eleven members of the Bronson family and miscellaneous legal papers. Fonds consists of photographs, 1860-1960, dealing with Bronson Company activities; interior of Bronson House, Ottawa, Ont. Fonds consists of cartographic material, 1822-1946, predominantly lot plans, from the legal files of the Bronson Company and the Ottawa Power Company Limited, both companies owned by the Bronson family. Fonds contains three engravings, two metal plates, one electroplated wood engraving block,[ca. 1890-ca. 1910]. Fonds also contains three prints dealing with Bronson Company activities. Fonds consists of architectural drawings, 1822-1971, related to apartment buildings, residences, shopping centres, and warehouses in the Ottawa-Hull; steamship "Vesta". Fonds also includes one portfolio, 1970, of specifications and plans for Beacon Hill lodge.
Conditions of access
from 765 to 830
from 832 to 866
from 868 to 870
Photographs: No donor restrictions. Various copyrights on items less than 50 years old. Copyright expired on items more than 50 years old. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.
Prints, objects (2 metal plates, one wood block): No donor restrictions. Copyright: Expired. Credit: National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.
Cartographic items and other material: There are no restrictions concerning access to or reproduction of these materials.
Architectural drawings and other material: There are no restrictions concerning access to or reproduction of these materials.
Textual records The finding aid is a file list, with two appendices comprising copies of the company index to the legal files. MSS0186 90 (Electronic)
Photographs: See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number." FA-500 (Other)
Cartographic items and other materials: Itemized lists are available. (Paper)
Architectural drawings and other materials: Itemized lists are available. (Paper)
Creator / Provenance
Biography / Administrative history
The founder of the Bronson Company was Henry Franklin Bronson, a New Englander, who along with his business partner John J. Harris set up the Harris and Bronson Company in Ottawa during the 1850's. By the turn of the century the company had undergone three reorganizations which transferred complete control to the Bronson Family. In 1867 the company changed its name to the Bronsons and Weston Company, in 1888 to the Bronsons and Weston Lumber Company and in 1899 to the Bronson Company.
Erskine Henry Bronson and Walter Goodman Bronson carried on the family business after the death of their father in 1899, followed by Frederick Erskine Bronson after the death of Walter Goodman Bronson in 1932. In the sixties, Frederic Bronson donated a large portion of the Bronson Company's land holdings to the National Capital Commission. A few years later, the National Capital Commission expropriated the rest of the company.
The Bronson family also had an interest in several other business concerns including the Ottawa Power Company Limited which they owned outright. Separate series have been created for the records of these companies.
Received in 1966 and 1976 from the Bronson Company through its president, A.M. Laidlaw; in 1979 from Mrs. Genevieve B. Laidlaw; and in 1980 from Eileen Mitchell Thomas, Q.C., of Ottawa, Ont.
Associated material note
1. Transportation - Canada, 1902-1933
2. Upper Ottawa Improvement Company, 1833-1963.
3. Business enterprises - Canada, 1809-1874
4. Canada. Federal District Commission, 1947-1959.
5. Lumber trade - Canada, 1809-1874
6. Ottawa Maternity Hospital, [1833-1963]
7. Lighting - Canada, 1904-1921
8. Harris, Bronson and Company, [1809-1874]
9. Electric power - Canada, 1888-1952
10. Bronsons and Weston Lumber Company, [1809-1874]
11. Gas companies - Canada, 1902-1908
12. Little River Redwood Company (Cal.), 1874-1933.
13. Family records, 1833-1963
14. Adirondack Match Company (Ogdensburg, N.Y.), 1892-1903.
15. Mines and mineral resources - Canada, 1897-1901
16. Eclipse Manufacturing Company, 1893-1920.
17. Street-railroads - Canada, 1892, 1894
18. Ottawa Carbide Company, 1892-1911.
19. Politicians - Ontario, 1833-1963
20. People's Gas Company, 1902-1908.
21. Cabinet ministers - Ontario, 1833-1963
22. General Illuminating Company, Ltd., 1904-1921.
23. Railroads - Canada, 1902-1933
24. Ottawa Power Company, Ltd., 1888-1952.
25. Commerce, 1809-1974
26. Quinze and Blanche River Railway Company, 1902-1923.
27. Stockholders' meetings, 1892-1920
28. Otter-Blanche Creek Improvement Company, 1912-1922.
29. Patents, [1892-1911]
30. Burley Gold Mining Company, 1897-1901.
31. Gold mining, 1897-1929
32. Ottawa Gold Milling and Mining Company, 1901-1929.
33. Municipal officials and employees, [1833-1963]
34. Bronson Fiber Corporation, 1940-1949.
35. Ottawa (Ont.) - Minicipal government, [1833-1963]
36. Ottawa Electric Company, 1908, 1909.
37. Ottawa Electric Street Railway Company.
38. Ottawa River Forest Protective Association Ltd., [1833-1963]
39. Ottawa Women's Canadian Club, [1833-1963]
40. St. Andrew's Church (Ottawa, Ont.), [1833-1963]
41. J.R. Booth, 1898, 1900.
42. Bronson Company, [1809-1974]
Other system control no.
Related control no.
1. 1966-059 NPC
2. 1979-072 NPC
3. 1979-082 NPC
4. 1979-180 NPC
5. 1980-033 NPC
6. 1982-064 PIC
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