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John D. Harbron family fonds

  • F0319
  • Fonds
  • 1908-2010, predominant 1960-2009

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by John D. Harbron, his wife Sheila E. Harbron, and some other members of their extended family. The collection mainly consists of John D. Harbron's correspondence, newspaper articles, and his personal, professional, and academic research and writings about Cuba and Latin America. The files also include essays and speeches by Harbron, as well as correspondence with editors and dignitaries, both national and international. The fonds also includes a large number of articles written by John D. Harbron for Canadian and international publications. The files belonging to Sheila Harbron contain personal records as well as genealogical research files, which include records and photographs tracing the Buck, Harbron, Hardy, Lester, Matheson, and Ryerson families.

Additionally, John D. Harbron's Cuban and Latin American book and pamphlet collection has been added to the Special Collections.

Harbron, John D.

John N. Smith fonds

  • F0096
  • Fonds
  • 1951-2009

The fonds consists of material related to John Smith's personal life and to his professional career as a writer, producer and director. It includes screenplays, draft notes for works in progress, shot lists, story boards, call lists and shooting schedules, casting and contact lists, correspondence, research files, press clippings, financial records, and selected printing elements for 16mm and 35mm productions, rough assemblies, rushes and outs on VHS and Beta videocassettes and DVDs.

The fonds is organized into the following series:

Smith, John Newton, 1943-.

Personal files

The series consists of correspondence, certificates, articles, contracts and other financial documents, clippings, newsletters, diaries, note books and photographs created and/or accumulated by John Smith and relating to his personal life and interests.

Accession 2018-049

Accession consists of records pertaining to the history and activities of St Mark's Coptic Orthodox Church in Toronto, including photographs documenting the role of Father Marcos A. Marcos and an article written by Father Marcos entitled "The Copts of Canada". Other records in this collection include event programs, pamphlets, booklets, photographs of special visits, and issues of church newsletters "Hosanna", "The Way", "The Word of Life", "The Building", and "Cathedral". Also included is a copy of a site plan of St. Mark's.

Ziad Gadou_oral history_video.mp4

27-year-old Ziad was born in Egypt, migrated with his family to Saudi Arabia at the age of five then to Oman at the age of 12, and now lives in the UAE. Ziad discusses memories of trips home to Port Said, anti-Egyptian racism in the Gulf, and the transformative experience of re-connecting with Egypt during his mandatory military service.

Shereen Elshafei_oral history_video.mp4

37-year-old Shereen was born in Saudi Arabia, returning to Egypt at the age of 10 before migrating to Oman to work as a teacher at the age of 31. Shereen discusses the challenges of living abroad as a single woman, the importance of financial independence, and why parents shouldn't hesitate to let their daughters live abroad.

Hassan Abozeid_oral history_video.mp4

55-year-old Hassan was born in the Philippines, and his parents' diplomatic career moved him between Egypt, Afghanistan, and the UK. Hassan discusses his experiences of migrating straight out of university to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Bahrain, nepotism in the workforce in the GCC, and maintaing roots at home.

Tatjana Sandrault_oral history_video.mp4

Tatjana Sandrault, 85 years old, was born in Alexandria in a Catholic family. Her family story gives testimony to the diverse communities that lived in Egypt in the first half of the twentieth century—her ancestors were Irish, Italian, and Yugoslavian. The Egypt she describes is one of exceptional opportunities for some until the 1950s, when many Europeans migrated.

Egypt's Migrants in the Gulf

File consists of oral histories that explore the motivations, journey, challenges, and settlement of Egypt’s migrants in Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. Alya Osman conducted the oral histories which sought the perspectives of first-generation immigrants from urban centers across Egypt who migrated in the second half of the 20th century.

Tareq Mesbah_oral history_video.mp4

Tareq Mesbah, 28 years old, was born in Mansura in a Muslim family. His parents worked as government employees and owned a farm. Mesbah decided to move to Brazil in 2017 in search of opportunities. Mesbah says he was also looking for a less conservative country. From the restaurant that he opened in São Paulo, he talks about his passion for Pharaonic history.

Tareq Mesbah_oral history_video.mp4

Tareq Mesbah, 28 years old, was born in Mansura in a Muslim family. His parents worked as government employees and owned a farm. Mesbah decided to move to Brazil in 2017 in search of opportunities. Mesbah says he was also looking for a less conservative country. From the restaurant that he opened in São Paulo, he talks about his passion for Pharaonic history.

Silvana Tinelli_oral history_video.mp4

Silvana Tinelli, 83 years old, was born in Alexandria in a Catholic family of Italian and Yugoslavian origins. She narrates her migration to Brazil in 1957, when she was 17, as an adventure of her youth years. When she went back to Alexandria and saw her childhood home, Tinelli thought everything there looked like a miniature, if compared to the dimensions of Brazil.

Anonymous 1_oral history_video.mp4

Anonymous, 30 years old, was born in Banha in a Muslim family. He worked as a poet and a journalist in Cairo. He left Egypt in 2014 after his disillusionment with the outcomes of the 2011 protests. In Brazil, he created a company to export coffee and black pepper. Covid, however, has hit him hard. Even with his current financial challenges, he says that Brazil is his true home.

Moha ElGendy_oral history_video.mp4

Moha Elgendy, 69 years old, was born in Cairo in a Muslim family. She migrated to Brazil in 1975 with her husband, an agronomist. At that time, there was a high demand for such professionals in Brazil. They lived in the state of Goiás, in the mid-west. Moha narrates her struggle to adapt to a new, less conservative culture—and also her feeling of belonging there.

Ilana Radetich_oral history_video.mp4

Ilana Radetich, 71 years old, was born in Alexandria in a family of Italian and Yugoslavians origins. Her mother was Jewish, but Ilana was raised Catholic. She recalls the traumatic journey to Brazil in 1957, wearing all the clothes and jewelry she could. “Like a Christmas tree,” her grandmother had instructed her. With time, Ilana says, Brazil became her new homeland.

Ibrahim Soliman_oral history_video.m4v

Ibrahim Soliman, 71 years old, was born in Cairo in a Coptic family. He served in the Egyptian army. In 1994, concerned with the rise of violence against Christians, he moved to the U.S. There, he met his wife, a Brazilian woman, and moved to her country. Soliman found work as a priest at the local Antiochian Church, where he also learned how to paint religious icons.

André Toueg_oral history_video.mp4

Andre Toueg, 72 years old, was born in Cairo in a Jewish family. His family hailed from countries like Libya, Syria, Italy, and Spain. They migrated to Brazil in 1958 due to Gamal Abdel Nasser’s policies against the Jewish community. Toueg narrates his life in São Paulo, where he joined local youth Zionist movements and found new identities. He never went back to Cairo.

Egypt’s Migrants in Brazil

File consists of oral histories that explore explored the motivations, journey, challenges, and settlement of Armenian, Italian, Jewish, Muslim, and Coptic individuals in Brazil. Interviewees are first-generation immigrants from urban centers across Egypt who migrated in the second half of the 20th century. Interviews conducted by Diogo Bercito, a doctoral student at Georgetown University who joined Egypt Migrations as a summer intern in June 2021. Records include audio and video oral histories, transcripts, and consent forms. Records include audio and video oral histories, transcripts, consent forms, and photographs.

Markus Michel Zechariah_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Marcus Zacharia, 35, is a first-generation migrant who hails from South West Egypt. He left Egypt in 2011 for Washington, DC and then Canada 2014, where he was offered a professional opportunity. After facing some struggles at first, he now finds Canada a multicultural and diverse society (something that he finds lacking in Egypt). He currently works to help settle immigrants and newcomers and is invested in building bridges with other communities around Canada. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Nelly Fanous_oral history_audio.m4a

Interview with Nelly Fanous, 64, is from Israel and emigrated to Canada in 1980. She married into a Coptic family who descend from Egypt. The Fanous family are very well known in Palestine because her husband’s grandfather was a scribe for the Coptic Church in Egypt, and he was sent to Palestine to write copies of the Bible. Her husband’s uncle, who lived in Egypt, was a well-known iconographer for the Coptic Church. In this interview, Nelly talks about reasons for leaving Israel for Canada, her connections with Israel, her experiences settling in Canada, and her relationship with the Coptic Church. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Lobna Hassan_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Lobna Hassan, 22, is a first-generation immigrant. She was born in Cairo and moved to Toronto, Canada with her sister in 2011. During Egypt’s Revolution, Lobna talked about how unstable and unsafe it felt, and how that drove her parents to decide she continue her education in Canada. When Lobna first arrived, she felt nostalgic. As time passed in Toronto, she has come to learn how to be grateful for the opportunity of being where she is now. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Ahmed Ghaly_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Ahmed Ghaly, 23, was born in Cairo and immigrated to Mississauga, Canada in 2008 because his parents wanted a better lifestyle and education. Ahmed shares memories of school, friends, and sports before and after migration. Even though he lives in Canada, all his peers are Egyptian or Arab and he still listens to Arabic music. He remains closely connected to his homeland and frequently visits Egypt. He wishes to move back one day. Interviewer is Sarah Al Naqeeb.

Stephanie Alexander_oral history_audio.m4a

Interview with Steph Alexander. Steph Alexander, 21, is a first generation immigrant, who was born in Alexandria and migrated to Canada with her family at 8 years old. In this interview she speaks about home, Canada and why they chose Toronto specifically, how family and the Coptic church played a huge role in settling and assimilate into Canadian culture. Interviewer is Karen Abdelsaid.

Monica Shafik_oral history_video.mp4

Interview with Monica Shaik, 23 year old. This interview was with a first-generation immigrant, who was born in Sudan, lived in Egypt briefly, and moved to Canada at the age of three. In this interview, she spoke about why her family came chose to Canada, Coptic persecution in Egypt, and the importance of community when moving to a new country. Interviewer is Karen Abdelsaid.

Hussein Fathall_oral history_audio.m4a

Interview with Hussein Fatahallah, 24 year old. This interview is with a first-generation immigrant, who was born in Alexandria, Egypt, grew up in Dubai, and moved to Canada right before the revolution in 2011. In this interview, he spoke about the complexities of assimilating to a new culture and familial experience with back home. Interviewer is Karen Abdelsaid.

Anonymous 1_consent form.pdf

Interview with Jacky Bekhit. This interviewee is a 28 year old first generation immigrant, who was born in Egypt, raised in Kuwait, and moved to Canada at the age of 15 in 2008. In this interview, she speaks about her experience living in several countries and the importance of her parents’ prioritization of their children's education.

Egypt’s Migrants in Canada: Past and Present

File consists of oral histories that explore the motivations, journey, challenges, and settlement of individuals and groups in Ontario, Canada. Interviewees are first- and second-generation immigrants from Cairo and Alexandria. Interviews conducted by Karen Abdelsaid and Sarah Al Naqeeb from York University as part of their undergraduate public history student placements. Records include audio and video oral histories, transcripts, and consent forms.

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