Fonds - Hamilton Business College fonds

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Hamilton Business College fonds

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  • 1888-1901 (Creation)

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1 volume of textual material.

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Established in 1882 and located at 2½ James Street South at King Street, the Hamilton Business College was Canada’s representative commercial and shorthand school. Courses included book-keeping, commercial law, contracts, business correspondence, penmanship, spelling, telegraphy and shorthand. The objective of the school was to prepare young men and women for a career in business by giving them practical experience in various aspects of commercial education. The teachers were specialists in their fields and the quality of the education and practical skills obtained by the students made them highly sought after by employers, and gave the school an exceptional reputation nationwide.

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The Hamilton Public Library has no record of how this material was acquired. The volume has a library date stamp of May 18, 1950, but it is unclear whether that was the date of acquisition, as there is no donor information.

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The fonds consists of a Hamilton Business College Register of Students, dated October 1888 to May 1901. The register records the names and addresses of the students, and their choice of course to enroll in, [business, shorthand or spec?]. Later entries also included the length of time the students were enrolled, their experience of the course, and whether they returned to the course at a later date.

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The volume is in good condition.

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The material is open to researchers. There are no restrictions on access.

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Records are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study.
Preferred citation: Hamilton Business College fonds, 00141, Hamilton Public Library, Hamilton, Ontario.

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Associated materials

The following related material can be found in the Local History & Archives (LH&A) department at the Hamilton Public Library pertaining to the Hamilton Business College fonds:

CF – Hamilton – Schools – Hamilton Business College

H.F. Gardiner Scrapbook, Vol. 67, pp.14-15. – Library Call Number: 971.351G168

Hamilton, The Birmingham of Canada, 1893. Published by The Times Printing Company, Hamilton, Ontario, p.95. - Library Call Number: 917.1352HAM

Industries of Canada, Historical and Commercial Sketches, 1886. Published by M.G. Bixby & Co., Toronto, Ontario, p.52. – Library Call Number: 917.13521In2

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Title is based on the Hamilton Business College fonds.

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The fonds was processed in 2023 by Archives Technician Kelly Bucci.

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