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Accession Number: 76-010


Gavin A. Gibson fonds. -- 1888-1914. -- 8 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

G.A. Gibson was a farmer in the Lindsay, Ontario who at one time ran a general store on Kent St., Lindsay. His wife was Alice K. Gibson, daughter of James Kerr, and they had at least one son, A.E.M. Gibson.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of B.K. Van Buren before it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of an account book of the general store of G.A. Gibson, Kent Street in Lindsay, Ontario for the period of May 1888 to December 1888; four diaries, May 1898 to July 1906, in which Gibson records the chores performed daily by himself and his family as well as money received (for the sale of produce) and money spent. The fonds also contains one additional diary, January 1910 to April 1914, which records chores and events on the farm. It is possible that the diary was written by Gibson's wife, Alice, but written as if Gibson had written it himself.


Title based on the contents of the fonds.

The fonds was donated by B.K. Van Buren of Port Hope, Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Finding Aid


1. Daybook of general store of Gavin A. Gibson 30 May to 31 Dec 1888

2-6. Diaries, recording everyday events on the farm. The first four are interspersed with personal accounts which record all incoming and outgoing money. The diaries cover the following dates:

2. 10 May to 30 May 1902

3. 31 May to 8 Sept 1903

4. 8 Sept 1903 to 3 March 1905

5. 4 March 1905 to 14 July 1906

6. 10 Jan 1910 to 13 April 1914