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: Holiday Cards, 1967-1968

Holiday Cards - Mackenzie fonds (M010.7)

A selection of holiday cards from 1967-1968, from the Mackenzie Family fonds.

Collection of the month: Janet Watt Fonds

Watt Family fonds (M996.15)

Born and raised in Vaughan, Janet Watt lived in Maple and was quite involved with local history and the Vaughan Township Historical Society. As a direct descendant of the T.D. Keffer Family, Janet retained and collected items of genealogical and historical significance, relating to the maternal side of her family. The Janet Watt fonds, consists of records collected by the Watt and Keffer families during their residence in Vaughan. Items span from ca. 1870-1934 and include black and white photos, an albumen print and postcards. Although fragmented, the fonds captures some unique and early photos of the Keffer house and Dr. Keffer himself. Additional material was also donated by Ms. Watt to the Vaughan Archives, and resides within the Vaughan Township Historical Society fonds.


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

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