Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00182 - John Emerson Langdon Papers (Downsview Offsite)

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John Emerson Langdon Papers (Downsview Offsite)


  • 1914-1981 (Creation)

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62 boxes and items

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Biographical history

John Emerson Langdon was born in Ottawa in 1902. In 1928, he was appointed Editor for Eastern Canada for the Financial Post, based in Montreal. He began visiting antique stores while buying items for his new home and started to notice that a silver hallmark attributed to a Channel Islands silversmith has been used extensively in Canada. This led him to do research on the topic, and he eventually became a leading authority in the field. His books include Clock and Watchmakers and Allied Workers in Canada, 1700-1900 (1976) and Canadian Silversmiths, 1700-1900 (1966).

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Presented to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library through the Ontario Heritage Foundation by J.E. Langdon, and gift of the estate of Stella Langdon.

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The collection includes research notes on silver, chiefly compiled for his four books on North American silver and silversmiths, along with related correspondence, typescripts and galleys. It also includes secondary materials used for lectures and articles, photographs and slides used as illustrative matter in the books and articles, as well as other correspondence, notes, invoices, photographs and awards.

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

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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