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.

To view more from the City’s archival collections, visit the City of Vaughan’s Facebook page.


Image of the month: Hawman Brothers’ Corporations Fonds 

Hawman Brothers Fonds (M997)

Originally known as “Hawman Motors & Electric”, the Hawman Brothers’ Corporation is a family run automobile dealership located in Woodbridge at Kipling and Highway 7. Established by Henry Hawman, the dealership became a family-run business when sons Stewart and Henry Raymond (Ray) came of working age. Spanning the years of ca. 1945-2000, the collection consists of photographs and several calendars that the dealership produced throughout the 1990s. The calendars, which contain anecdotal stories about Ray, Stewart and members of the Hawman family, chronical the evolution of the business since its inception over 71 years ago.

Collection of the month: City of Vaughan Celebration Items, 1991

City Celebration Collage

On January 1st, 1991, the Town of Vaughan officially gained City status and became the City of Vaughan! The City’s Designation, captured in By-Law 167-91, as well as celebratory flyers, photos and commemorative newspapers, reminds us of this exciting achievement as we celebrate the 25th Anniversary of Vaughan’s City Status throughout the year.


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

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