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Fonds Level Description

Accession Number: 82-024


Waddell business fonds. -- 1853-1928. -- 53 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

Robert Waddell and Hugh Waddell were brothers who were both businessmen in Durham County in the middle to late 1800's and the early 1900's. Robert Waddell resided in Balieboro and Hugh Waddell lived in Millbrook, Ontario.

Custodial History

This fonds was in the custody of descendants of the Waddell brothers until it was donated to the Trent University Archives.

Scope and Content

The fonds consists of day books, ledger books, dry goods receipts, and records of Robert Waddell of Bailieboro, Canada West and Ontario and Hugh Waddell of Millbrook, Canada West and Ontario. The records consists of property and chattel mortgages.


Title based on the creators of the fonds.

The textual records include six ledger books.

The collection is extremely moldy. Three of the ledgers are encapsulated in mylar and are unavailable for research. The records are fragile. Do not photocopy.

The fonds was donated by Mrs. Joan Waddell of Toronto, Ontario via Mr. Meredith Glassco of Peterborough, Ontario.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

For related records see: 95-1016.

Finding Aid

There are six large ledger books stored loosely on the shelves:

Volume 1: Robert Waddell of S. Monaghan Twp. - records of mortgages, bank receipts, store receipts. Also some records of Hugh Waddell - letters concerning property transfers, dry goods receipts. These are all pasted in a day book dated 1867 - 1870.

Volume 2: Robert Waddell. Ledger. 1907 - 1928.

Volume 3: Robert Waddell. Ledger. 1900 - 1924.

Volume 4: Robert Waddell. Ledger. 1911 - 1918.

Volume 5: Robert Waddell. Ledger. 1867 - 1902.

Volume 6: Cash Book. 1875 - 1919.

Smaller account books have been stored in document folders as follows:

Box 1


1: Index of names. n.d. Miscellaneous correspondence. 1918, 1924.

2: Journal. 1901 - 1911.

3: Expense Record Book. 1898 - 1911.

4: Register of Rents Due and Mortgage payments. 1853 - 1918.

5: Ledger. 1895 - 1907.

6: Ledger. 1876 - 1883. Business correspondence attached.

7: Sections of ledgers. 1859 - 1874.