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Accession Number: 86-010


Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper fonds. -- 1890-1899; 1913-1921. -- 15 cm of textual records.

Biography / History

The Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper was a periodical published by the Horticultural Publishing Company in Peterborough, Ontario. The Canadian Horticulturalist was published as early as 1881. In May of 1913 the title was changed to The Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper after the Canadian Bee Journal was purchased and incorporated into the Canadian Horticulturalist. These periodicals were the official publications for the Canadian Horticultural Societies and the Ontario Bee Keeper's Associations. In 1914 it became the official publication for the New Brunswick Bee Keeper's Association. At a later date the periodical appeared to come out in three different editions--the Floral Edition, the Fruit Edition and the Beekeeping Edition--which were inserted into special sections into the "Horticulturalist". It was published once a month. The managing director was H. Bronson Cowan. In 1918 A.B.A. Cutting B.S.A. was described as a former editor and in 1921 an W.A.W. was editor. In 1918 there were two co-editors who seemed to have a little bit of difficulty getting the magazine out to its subscribers since the co-editors were in France during World War I. The magazine contained articles and illustrations pertinent to horticulture and beekeeping. It also contained advertisements for nurseries, suppliers, greenhouses, farm machinery and tools. In the later issues there were advertisements for cars.

Custodial History

Part of this fonds (1913-1921 issues) was purchased from the Old Post Office Gallery in Grafton, Ontario and then donated to the Trent University Archives. The provenance of the the fonds before it was purchased is unknown.

Scope and Content

This fonds consists of 45 issues of the magazine: Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper which was published in Peterborough, Ontario from 1881. Four additional issues (March, 1897, November, 1897, March, 1898 and January 1899 were donated in 1993 by Jean Cole via the Friends of the Bata Library) and in 1994, additional issues (May 1890-June 1896, scattered) were added courtesy of the Friends of the Bata Library.


Title based on content of the fonds.

All early issues are fragile. Some covers are off the publication but still with the proper issue. The years of 1897-1899 have inactive mold on them and are enclosed in mylar sleeves. Gloves should be worn at all times and the 1897-1899 issues should not be photocopied.

This fonds was donated by the Friends of the Bata Library in 1986 and 1994, and in 1993 by Jean Cole via the Friends of the Bata Library.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

Associated materials located at the Archives of Ontario, Toronto.

Finding Aid

Box 1

The Canadian Horticulturalist:

May 1913, v.36 #5

June 1913, v.36 #6;

July 1913, v.36 #7;

Sept. 1913, v.36 #9,

Oct. 1913, v.21 #10,

Nov. 1913, v.21 #11,

Christmas 1913, v.36 # 12

The Canadian Horticulturalist and Beekeeper:

Jan. 1914, v.37 #1

Feb. 1914, v.37 # 2

April 1914, v.37 #4

May 1914, v.37 #5

June 1914, v.37 #6

July 1914, v.37 #7

Sept. 1914, v.37 #9

Oct. 1914, v.37 #10

Nov. 1914, v.37 #11

Dec. 1914, v.22 #12

Jan. 1917, v.25 #1

Feb. 1917, v.25 #2

March 1917, v.25 #3

April 1917, v.25 #4

May 1917, v.25 #5

June 1917, v. 25 #6

July 1917, v.25 #7

Aug. 1917, v.25 #8

Sept. 1917, v.25 #9

Sept. 1918, v.26 #9

Oct. 1918, v.26 #10

Nov. 1918, v.26 #11

Dec. 1918, v.26 #12

Jan. 1919, v.27 #1

March 1919, v.27 #3

April 1919, v.27 #4

May 1919, v.27 #5

June 1919, v.27 #6

July 1919, v.27 #7

Aug. 1919, v.27 #8

Sept. 1919, v.27 #9

Jan. 1920, v.28 #1

Feb. 1920, v.28 #2

Jan.-Feb. 1921, v.29 # 1 and 2

March 1921, v.29 #3

April 1921, v.29 #4

May 1921, v. 29 #5

4 additional issues from Jean Cole via The Friends of the Bata Library received in 1993: 1897, 1898, 1899.

Additional issues received via Jean Cole and the Friends of the Bata Library in Dec. 1994: May 1890, Aug. 1890, April 1891, May 1892, June 1892, Jan. 1893, June 1895, May 1895, April 1895, March 1895 and June 1896.


- for issues with v.21 and v.22 on the cover, the correct Vol. (i.e. v.36 and v.37) is inside.

- 1913 - issues of the Canadian Horticulturalist run 128 pps., then a new masthead appears: "The Beekeeper" v.1 #1.

- v.37 #1 - "The Beekeeper" masthead states that the Beekeeper has been incorporated with the "Canadian Bee Journal".

- index included in Dec. issues for the proceeding year.

- no "Beekeeper" in the following issues: "The Canadian Horticulturalist" Sept. 1913, v.36 #9, Oct 1913, v.21 #10, Nov. 1913, v.21 #11 and Christmas 1913, v.36 #12.