Manuscript Collection MS Coll 00193B - William Smellie Papers

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CA OTUTF MS Coll 00193B


William Smellie Papers


  • 1879-1916 (Creation)

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1 flat box containing 15 folders.

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Biographical history

William Smellie (1836-1919) immigrated to Glenelg Township, Ontario from Scotland with his father, William Smellie.

Archival history

The diaries of William Smellie (1836-1919) were passed down through the Smellie and later Flowers and Hogan families and donated to the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library by George Walker and Michelle Hogan-Walker in 2022. Michelle inherited the diaries from her mother, Joan Hogan-Flowers. The Hogans are direct descendants of William Smellie (1836-1919)—his daughter Maggie married Albert Flowers, and Michelle’s grandfather, E. E. Flowers, was their youngest son.

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Gift of George Walker and Micelle Hogan-Walker, 2022.

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One-line-a-day farm diaries kept by William Smellie (1836-1919) of Glenelg Township, Ontario. Smellie’s handwritten diaries date from 1883 to 1916, with his earlier diaries dating from 1879-1882, here reproduced in photocopy. Through his daily entries, Smellie offers a glimpse into farm life in Ontario at the turn of the century. He not only documents livestock, crops, and weather on the farm, but also records important events in his family and community. The diaries also include numerous newspaper clippings and loose notes kept by Smellie.

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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