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Charles William Jefferys fonds [multiple media] 



Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1454 drawings : pen and ink, pencil, watercolour, collage
1244 photographs : b&w.
3.9 m of textual records
ca. 100 film reels (ca. 40h)
8 prints : reproductions
2 postal covers
1 album : 42 photographs, b&w
31 maps

Scope and content

Fonds consists of correspondence, 1916-1918, 1941-1948; notes and notebooks consisting of research notes relating to specific Jefferys' publications, n.d.; and general research notes, n.d.; manuscripts of short essays by Jefferys, n.d., and essays, short stories and manuscripts by other authors, n.d.; research files consisting of Jefferys' own research files, 1896-1950, and unorganized research material, 1896-1950; publications including pamphlets, magazines and historical publications, 1897-1949; and Imperial Oil files, compiled by Imperial Oil and containing illustrations, bibliographies and miscellaneous material, n.d. Fonds contains research photographs for Jefferys' art works, unidentified portraits, portraits of Jefferys, and views of Canada, n.d., 1880-1945. Fonds contains graphic art consisting of five watercolour paintings, 1900-1933. Fonds also includes a drawing known as "The Rail Splitter", [1958]; and a drawing by Jefferys entitled,"Sketches Made This Week In The Post Office", containing three inset sketches, depicting four groups of people carrying out various activities in a post office, n.d. Fonds includes two postal covers sent to Jefferys, York Mills, Ont., by correspondents in Hamilton, Ontario, during 1946.

Graphic (photo)
96: Restrictions vary
Cartographic material
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative C-010687
Restrictions not set
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative C-010686
Restrictions not set
Graphic (photo)
Copy negative C-010690
Restrictions not set
Philatelic records
90: Open
90: Open
Philatelic records
90: Open
90: Open
Graphic (art)
96: Restrictions vary
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No restrictions. Various copyright. Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no. Watercolours: No restrictions. Various copyright. Postal covers: No restrictions: Copyright unknown: Credit: National Archives of Canada. Drawings: No restrictions on sketch of post office; contact the C.W. Jefferys Estate, c/o Robert Stacey, Toronto, Ont., for permission to publish "The Rail Splitter".
Cartographic material: No restrictions. Credit Library and Archives Canada.

Textual records: The finding aid is a file list. MSS1376 (Paper)

Photographs: See "Photographic inventories, indexes, and caption lists arranged by accession number". FA-500 (Other)

Cartographic material Please consult lower level descriptions. 90 (Other)

Biography / Administrative history

Born in Rochester, England, C.W. Jefferys settled with his family in Toronto, 1880-1881. He attended the Winchester and Lord Dufferin School and apprenticed with the Toronto Lithography Company from 1885-1890. Jefferys joined the Toronto Art Students' League in 1888 and studied watercolour painting under Charles MacDonald Manly. From 1889-1982, Jefferys worked with the Toronto Globe, sketching daily news events. He worked for the New York Herald, 1893-1901.

Jefferys returned to Toronto in 1899 and began a long career as a magazine and book illustrator, producing among other works the illustrations for The Chronicles of America, Sam Slick in Pictures, Episodes in Canada's Story, and Canada's Past in Pictures, as well as the texts for the two latter. This career culminated in his work, 1940-1950, on the three volume Picture Gallery of Canadian History. From 1912-1939, Jefferys taught painting and drawing in the Department of Architecture at the University of Toronto. During W.W.I, he was employed by the service for Canadian War Records.

See: Canadian Encylopedia, 1985, p. 915: Encyclopedia Canadiana, vol. 5, p. 346.

Additional information

Textual records, photographs, and postal covers, received in 1972 and 1976 by the Picture Division from the Imperial Oil Company.

Subject heading

1. Artists - Canada, 1896-1950 Sam Slick in Pictures.
2. Artists - Correspondence, 1916-1918, 1948 Sam Slick in Pictures, n..d.
3. Canada - History - Pictures, n.d. Sam Slick in Pictures, n.d.
4. Plan for Pictorial Companion to Canadian History, n.d.
5. The Picture Gallery of Canadian History, n.d.
6. Landscape in English Fiction, n.d.
7. Data for Petit Canada, n.d.
8. Canada.
9. Canada's Past in Pictures, n.d.
10. G. H. Markham, [between 1916 and 1948]
11. Canada. Overseas Service for War Records, 1916-1918.
12. Eric Brown, 1918.
13. B.E. (Byron Edmund) Walker, 1916-1918.
14. The chronicles of America, 1916-1918.
15. Haliburton Drawings, 1916-1918.


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1979-093 NPC
2. 1982-199 NPC
3. 1990-568 DAP
4. 1992-183 DAP
5. 1993-072 DAP
6. 1995-105 DAP
7. 1998-026 VSA
8. 118-080248-9
9. 123-040072-9
10. 1997-00158-6