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Accession Number: 86-015


Walter Nichol Davidson family fonds. Additions. -- 1909-1946. -- 36.5 cm of textual records. -- 48 photographs.

Biography / History

The family of Walter Nichol Davidson resided in Brighton, Ontario. Walter Davidson (?-1936) was a merchant-tailor. He married Isabella Massie D. McDonald (?-1946). They had two daughters: Annie Helen (1878-?) and Jessie Isabella. Annie was a school teacher and she took correspondence courses through the University of Toronto Extension Branch. She married a dentist by the last name of Harnden. This Davidson family may be related to the Davidson family (77-003) of Cobourg, Ontario. One letter in this fonds is addressed to a W.N. Davidson and speaks of a "Lizzie", perhaps Elizabeth, and a "Jim", perhaps James.

Custodial History


Scope and Content

This addition to the fonds consists of deeds, correspondence, school workbooks and records from a correspondence course offered in 1933-34 by the University of Toronto. There is excellent correspondence relating to the lives of Annie and Daisy Davidson which describes the lives of young women at the end of the nineteenth century struggling to educate themselves and to find appropriate employment.


Title based on content of fonds.

This fonds was donated by an unknown source.

Restrictions: N

Finding aids: Y

This fonds is an addition to 83-1008.

For related records see: 87-010 (Brighton Photographic fonds)

Over-sized items located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 31.

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Box 1


1: Mortgages and related material

2: Insurance policies, receipts and related correspondence, also tax notices

3: Miscellaneous receipts

4: Last Will and Testament of Isabella M. Davidson August 1946, also Funeral Home Bill, 3 copies of "In Memoriam" for above copies of Last Will and Testament for Walter N. Davidson, 12 December 1935.

5: Correspondence addressed to Mrs. Annie D. Harnden (1917 - 1931).

6: Correspondence addressed to: Mr. Walter N. Davidson (1909 - 1931).

7: Correspondence addressed to: Miss Isabella Davidson (1909 - 1954).

8: Wedding Invitations; Annie Helen Davidson wedding photo (Annie and bridesmaid, black and white, 3x5)

9: Miscellaneous material: including wedding invitation and Marriage Certificate for Annie Helen Davidson and Harry Ralph Harnden D.D.S.

- Also 1 photo of wedding (bride and bridesmaids)

- Birth Certificate for Annie Helen Davidson

- 9 empty envelopes

- 1 envelope containing 10 stamps

- 1 letter to Mr. Davidson and brochure regarding the United Lodge

- 2 bills (February 1918) addressed to Mr. Jos. H. Baulch

- Clipping of poem entitled "A Laugh in Church"

- One "D" applique

- One wallet

- One handwritten menu by Isabella Davidson

- One small personal account book

- Illustrated booklet "The Town of North Battleford", 2 x 3

- 2 envelopes from "Freemans Drugstore" Brighton

- Business card for London calendars

- 2 cards "Village of Brightons' Citizen's War Fund"

- 1 road permit for "Ben Nevis Obsewatorg"

- 1 photo - group of tailors

10: Ontario Ladies College, Whitby

- Memorabilia

- Commencement programs

- Invitations

- Autograph book 1907-08

- Receipts for supplies

- Report cards

- Monthly cards

- Exam in Music Theory

- Miscellaneous personal notes

- Six negatives - [commencement ceremony?]

- 14 various sized small black and white photos possibly commencement ceremony at Ontario Ladies College, Whitby.

11: Miscellaneous

- Northumberland and Durham Geography Exam 1915, 1918

- Certificate for Typing from Clarke's shorthand college

- Brochure from Clarke's

- Receipt for tuition fees Mrs. Annie Harnden 1925

- Composition by Annie Harnden "His Answer"

- Program for Meeting of Teacher's Institute 1914

- Agreement for the "Engagement of a Public School Teacher for Annie Davidson Harnden 1913

- Refund slip for contributions to Teachers and Inspectors' Superannuation Fund 1928

12: Miscellaneous

- Extension Services, University of Toronto

- Textbook lists

- Instructions for correspondence students

- Some empty envelopes

- Correspondence

13: Upper School French Authors, French Grammar

14: Upper School English Literature

15: Miscellaneous

- Poster advertising W.N. Davidson's "Going out of business sale"

- British American Standard Oil Corporation Ltd. advertisement

- Proposed map of "Leaside" a high class suburb of Toronto

- Map for "Township of Lake" - Marmora

In top of box - one 8 x 10 black and white portrait of Dr. Harry Ralph Harnden, and reproduction of "The Rehearsal" from a W.N. Davidson, Tailor, calendar. Also in box, ten workbooks.

Box 2


1: 26 unidentified photographs various size and subject matter, 3 photographs, identified, Dr. Robert (Bob) Conroy, W.N. Davidson, W.N. Davidson's shop Brighton and 1 newspaper photo June 11, 1916 "The officers of the 80th Battalion, of Belleville"

2: Correspondence to Mrs. W. N. Davidson, 1907.

3: Correspondence to Mrs. W. N. Davidson, 1908 - 1909.

4: Miscellaneous

- Membership ticket, Brighton Canadian Club.

- Blank postcards

- Christmas cards, 1923 to Isabel Davidson

- Address by Annie Davidson Harnden, "Some Factors in Child-Training"

- Membership certificate of Isabella Massie Davidson to the Women's Missionary Society

- Letter, 1939 to Mrs W.N. Davidson from grand-daughter Marjorie

- Letter from Elizabeth A. Arthur-Owen to Isabel 24th December 1920 with poems of T. Arthur-Owen.

5: 3 notebooks:

- I. Davidson Personal Expenses 1929 - 1931

- I. Davidson Personal Expenses for 1923 - 1925

- Looseleaf notebook listing different types of oils.

Large Materials Cabinet: Diploma of General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in Canada to Daisy Davidson for having recited correctly the whole of the shorter catechism 1903.

A related accession 83-1008 contains one family photograph of a picnic.