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Franklin Kenward

File contains a teaching contract between Franklin Kenward and the Public School Trustees of the Village of Watford, signed October 6, 1886.

Albert Odell

File contains a teaching contract between Albert Odell and the Public School Board of the Village of Watford, signed September 1, 1887.

Maggie J. Rae

File contains a teaching contract between Maggie J. Rae and the Public School Board of the Village of Watford, signed January 25, 1887.

School Administration

Series contains records related to the operation of schools. These records include meeting minutes, school accounts, student rolls, grades, correspondence, inspection reports, examination papers, contracts, insurance policies, leases, and bylaws.

Meeting Minutes - Township of Nelson

File contains a book of minutes from meetings held by the Trustees of School Area No. 1 Township of Nelson (a historic township in Halton County).

File also contains a letter from the Ontario Agricultural Museum.

Duties of Janitor for Watford Public School for 1875

File contains a page listing the duties assigned to the janitor at the Watford Public School in 1875. Duties include lighting fires to warm the classrooms and removing ashes from the stoves, ensuring an adequate supply of wood, sweeping, dusting, and scrubbing the privies.

Contract for Janitorial Services

File contains a handwritten contract between the trustees of the Watford Public School and Thomas Malone for janitorial services in 1900. Duties included general care of the school and its grounds, removing snow and ice during the winter, and ensuring an adequate supply of wood and attending to the school's furnace.

Indenture of Lease - Temperance Hall

File contains a handwritten rental agreement between the Trustees of School Section No. 6 in the Village of Watford and the Trustees of Watford Shield Lodge No. 394, Independent Order of Good Templars, for the rental of the "Temperance Hall" building.

Reports to Watford Public School Trustees by Teachers and Principals

File contains reports submitted to the Watford Public School trustees by teachers and principals. These reports contained information regarding pupil enrollments, attendance, the state of school property, and materials or equipment required by the school.

The reports in this file were written in 1874, 1885, 1888, 1890, and 1903. One additional report is undated.

Papers Relating to Construction of a New Public School in 1894

File contains papers related to the construction of a new, brick school building after the original Watford Public School building was destroyed by fire in 1894. Records include correspondence with manufacturers and merchants regarding the sale of school desks, heating equipment, and building supplies and tenders for excavation, drains, brickwork, cut stone work, tinsmith work, and carpentry work.

Class Card - Western University

File contains an undated class card from Western University. The card most likely dates from between 1878 (when the Western University of London Ontario was established) and 1923 (when the university was renamed the University of Western Ontario).

Copy of Testimonials

File contains a copy of testimonials given between 1861 and 1868, which assert the fitness of John Seath for the position of Headmaster at Brampton Grammar School.

Miscellaneous Papers - County of Wellington

File contains records from the county of Wellington. Records include examination papers from 1882, a booklet containing songs for school holidays, and a blank certificate issued to schools by school inspectors for maintaining schools in excellent condition.

School Accounts - Watford Public School Board

File contains a number of school accounts submitted to the trustees of the Watford Public School Board between 1874 and 1900. These accounts are related to a variety of matters, including janitorial services; firewood; window glass; repairing clocks, desks, windows, and pumps; stovepipes; stationery; chalk; printing; lumber; plastering; hardware; planting trees; telegrams; supply teaching; and accommodations for board meetings.

School Records - Brampton Grammar School

File contains a book belonging to Geoff Robinson, appointed Headmaster to Brampton Grammar School in August 1869. The records in this book date from 1869 to 1871 and include statistics, class lists, grades, and examination schedules.

Letter by a School Master

File contains a letter written by a school master in 1826 describing the troubles of early school life.

File also contains a transcription of the letter created in 1957.

Student Work

Series contains work produced by students at Ontario schools from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s. Student work includes compositions and examination papers written by students, artwork produced by students, and workbooks from across all subjects.

Series contains four subseries according to type of student work.

Lissa Thomas

File contains 20 compositions written by Lissa Thomas as a pupil at Oshawa High School (Forms I through III).

Norman Found

Files contain graded high school examination papers written by Norman Found circa 1910. These papers cover all subjects and Forms.


Series contains loose artworks produced by (elementary-aged) public school pupils at Ontario schools.


Subseries contains workbooks created by pupils in Ontario schools. These workbooks cover a range of subjects, and many of them contain graded work.

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