The Way We Were: Archives Collection and Image of the Month Series

The main role of the City Archives is to manage government records with long-term business value. The City of Vaughan Archives also collects, preserves and makes available for research permanently valuable non-government records from the Vaughan community that document the rich and diverse heritage of the City of Vaughan. Every month we’ll share pieces of Vaughan’s heritage in a regular feature called The Way We Were.

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Image of the Month: Vellore Women’s Institute Programmes, 1897-1988
Produced by the Vellore Branch of the West York Women’s Institute, these programmes outlined the scheduled meetings for the upcoming year, as well as the Officers of the Branch for each term. Topics covered at these meetings included home economics, Canadianization, peace and health, and each programme reminded members to “be present, be punctual and be prepared to do your bit.”

Collection of the Month: H.D. ADAMS FONDS
The H.D. Adams fonds reflects the work of Vaughan resident and pigeon-racing enthusiast Mr. H.D. Adams. As an active member of the Canadian Flying Tippler Association, Mr. Adams participated in numerous Canadian and North American Tippler pigeon competitions in the hopes of setting a new endurance record. As the goal of these competitions is to see how long a bird can stay in flight for an extended period of time in a prescribed area, this sport requires patience and significant time commitment as demonstrated by detailed notes and research within the fonds.

Overall, this collection captures 26 years (1921-1947) of Mr. Adams involvement with Tippler racing and consists of a pigeon flight-time ledger, certificates, notes on breeding, pigeon purchase orders and material originating from the Canadian Flying Tippler Society. Though small and fragmented, this fonds captures the unique details of Tippler competition and shows the fastidious research and training that is required in this pigeon sport.

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