File RG 114.03 - Rowsell's City of Toronto and County of York Directory

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Rowsell's City of Toronto and County of York Directory

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RG 114.03

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  • 1850 - 1851 (Creation)

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1 book (383 p.)
less than 0.5 cm of textual records

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The directory belonged to noted architect, William Thomas, who built Oakham House as his residence in 1948. 115 years later, it was found in June 1965 under floorboards of the faculty washroom by a workman during a re-modelling to enlarge the living quarters of the Kerr Hall warden. The senior don, Ted Brock, rescued it from the garbage and soon donated to the Library's rare book collection. In 1988, the Library donated the Directory to the Ryerson Archives.

During a 1965 renovation of Oakham House, at the time called Kerr Hall,

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This file contains one copy of the Rowsell's Toronto City Directory (1950-1951). Also included are two articles, photocopies of selected pages, and the Library Circulation book card set in place when the book was removed from the shelf.

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Closed. Part of the records are currently not accessible for conservation reasons. Contact the Archives for information on access.

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No further accruals are expected.

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