Fonds 2

Title: Edmison family fonds

Creator: The Rev J.H. Edmison, Presbyterian minister, 1857-1928 and J.Alex Edmison, Montreal, Ottawa and Peterborough lawyer

Dates of material: 1690-1990, predominantly 1920’s-1980’s

Physical description: 6 metres

Repository: Trent Valley Archives

Reference number: Fonds 2

Scope and content:

This collection consists of papers relating to the Edmison family. Rev J. H. Edmison, Presbyterian minister, 1857-1928 includes sermons, news clippings and correspondence chiefly in Chelteham Ontario. Correspondence of J Alex Edmison and family, including ephemera, photographs and memorabilia of McGill, Trent University, Jarvis Collegiate, Broadview YMCA and Queen’s University in the 1920s. Some papers related to Montreal politics (1938-40); research materials related to Camp Ahmek, the Taylor Statten Memorial Fund, and camping reunions (1920s to 1970s); research materials and incidental correspondence relating to the history of Peterborough, Douro Township and other local matters (1960s and 1970s); including incidental correspondence on criminology, penal history, as well as Vercoe family history.

Access Conditions:
Open to researchers.

Finding aids:
Available on site.

None expected.

Custodial history:
The materials were donated by J. Alex Edmison and the estate; materials not otherwise duplicated and relating to Queen’s University were sent to the Queen’s University Archives.

Biographical sketch / Administrative history

The Edmison family included several generations of Presbyterian clergy and lawyers, interconnected notably with the Fitzgerald and the Vercoe families. The Rev J.H Edmison (1857-1928) was a minister, notably at Cheltenham Presbyterian Church. J.Alex Edmison was a student at Jarvis Collegiate, Queen’s University, camper at Camp Ahmek, lawyer, alderman in Montreal 1938-40, university official at McGill, Queen’s; director of National Parole Board, professor of criminology at the University of Ottawa on boards of directors of various institutions including Broadview YMCA, Taylor Statten Memorial Fund, National Parole Fund, Trent University. Appointed to the Order of Canada. He married Alice Vercoe, a librarian and bibliophile, and they had three children. He was editor of Through the Y ears in Douro, and was a frequent writer for speeches and pamphlets on criminology, public speaking and fund-raising, and a major organizer of reunion events related to the Taylor Statten camps, Lakefield College and Queen’s University. He had strong research interests in local and family history.

Access points

Edmison (family)
Edmison, J. Alex ()
Edmsion, the Rev J. H.(1857-1928)
Edmison, Alice ()
Fitzgerald Family
Vercoe Family
Taylor Statten camps
Queen’s University
Trent University
University of Ottawa
Montreal, Quebec

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