Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00261 - Head Collection of Watercolours and Drawings

Zone d'identification




Head Collection of Watercolours and Drawings


  • [ca. 1849]-1859 (Production)

Niveau de description

Manuscript Collection

Étendue matérielle et support

23.4 metres

Zone du contexte

Nom du producteur


Notice biographique

Sir Edmund Walker Head was born in 1805. He was an Oxford scholar and tutor, and published several books. His success as Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick between 1848 and 1854 led to his appointment as Governor-General of Canada in 1854, a position he held until 1961. He faced difficult problems during his administration, primarily caused by the antagonism between French and British inhabitants, but he retired from office before the political issues that led to confederation in 1867 reached a peak. He died in 1868.

Histoire archivistique

Source immédiate d'acquisition ou de transfert

The collection was presented by Sir Edmund’s heirs, Madame Yvonne Mahuzies and her daughter, Marguerite Mahuzies, to the University of Toronto in 1977 and placed on deposit in the Thomas Fisher Rare book Library in 1988.

Zone du contenu et de la structure

Portée et contenu

A collection of fifty-one watercolours and drawings of Canadian scenes by Sir Edmund Walker Head and Lady Head. They were made when Sir Edmund was Lieutenant-Governor of New Brunswick (1848-1854) and Governor-General of Canada (1854-1861). A fragment in Lady Head's hand from the cover of the portfolio in which many of the sketches were kept is also included.

Évaluation, élimination et calendrier de conservation


Mode de classement

Zone des conditions d'accès et d'utilisation

Conditions d’accès

Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

Conditions de reproduction

Langue des documents

  • anglais

Écriture des documents

Notes sur la langue et l'écriture

Caractéristiques matérielle et contraintes techniques

Instruments de recherche

Instrument de recherche téléversé

Zone des sources complémentaires

Existence et lieu de conservation des originaux

Existence et lieu de conservation des copies

Unités de description associées

Descriptions associées

Zone des notes

Identifiant(s) alternatif(s)


Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

Mots-clés - Genre

Identifiant de la description


Identifiant du service d'archives

Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

Règles et/ou conventions utilisées




Zone des entrées

Instrument de recherche



Sujets associés

Personnes et organismes associés

Genres associés

Lieux associés