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 Junior Farmers Club Song Book, 1953

This song book, produced by the Junior Farmers’ Association of Ontario, was distributed to junior farmers as an attempt to disseminate information about agriculture as well as provide a social outlet for youth.

Collection of the Month: Kerr Family Fonds 

The Kerr Family fonds consists of records collected by Robert and Elizabeth Kerr upon their arrival in Vaughan ca. 1847. A teacher by trade, Robert was placed at both Pine Grove School (S.S. No. 12) and Vellore School (S.S. No. 9), and the Kerr’s eventually purchased a parcel of land on Lot 23, Concession 7 (present day Kleinburg area), where they raised their seven children. The Kerr Family fonds consists primarily of photographs contained within four decorative photo albums, collected over a span of seventy years by the family unit. The photos depict various generations of the Kerr Family, as well as members of the family acquired through marriage, including various members of the Wilson, Kinnee, Seed, Watson and Robson families.

Jill Shaw
Archival Records Analyst
City of Vaughan Archives
City Clerk’s Office



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