Fonds 00954 - Donald William Adams fonds

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Donald William Adams fonds

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CA ON00131 00954

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  • 1930-1939 (Creation)
    Adams, Donald William

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24 cm of graphic materials (2 boxes)
403 photographs: 240 negatives and 163 prints; 12 x 9 cm or smaller

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Donald William Adams was born June 4, 1922 in Louth Township to Stanley William Adams and Dorothy Serena (Kerr) Adams. The family moved to Hamilton a few years later. They lived with Charles Staple Kerr and Mary Alberta (Knight) Kerr, his maternal grandparents. C.S. Kerr was a high school teacher employed at Central Collegiate Institute. They lived at 92 Blake Street until about 1938 then moved to 36 Maple Avenue. Don Adams attended Hamilton Technical School and was then employed by the Bell Telephone Company. He was a member of the Cedar Springs Ski Club and the Model Engineer's Club. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in about 1942 and became a Pilot Officer with the Atlantic Transport Group. While at the Ellenburg Depot in New York State he was killed in a flying accident on June 22, 1944 along with three other men. He is buried in Woodland Cemetery.

Custodial history

The custodial history of the material is unknown. Envelopes containing the prints and negatives were found in a box of assorted photographic material in the office of the Manager for Special Collections, following his retirement. Original envelopes indicate that "Mr. Don Adams" had photographs developed at Thompson's Camera and Art Store (later known as Thompson's Camera Sales and Exchange) at 458 Barton St. East. No dates are provided.

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The fonds consists of 7 envelopes of photographic prints and negatives all relating to the railways in and around Hamilton. Based on their content, the photographs and negatives appear to have been taken in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Image subjects include: the Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway Company; various Canadian National trains, including passenger coaches; the Hamilton Street Railway; and the CNR Royal Train, which carried King George VI and Queen Elizabeth across Canada on their royal tour in 1939.

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Use of gloves required for handling photographs.

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A finding aid with item-level description is available in Local History & Archives.

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The images were identified by Mr. Carl Riff.

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Revised by Jennifer Dell 09/21/2016

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Houghton, M. (2015). Donald William Adams Fonds. Local History & Archives, Hamilton Public Library.

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