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1908-2009, predominantly 1960-2009 (Creation)
- Harbron, John D.
450 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 30 or smaller
1 photograph : sepia ; 20 cm x 100 cm
ca. 300 photographs : b&w and col. slides ; 35 mm
2 photographs : negatives ; 12 x 9 cm
56 audio cassettes
7 audio reels
1 video cassette (1 hr.) : VHS, EP
1 film reel (ca. 4 min) : col. ; 8 mm
3 objects : pennants and flag
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In 1950, Harbron married Sheila E. Harbron (1926-2005), a resident of Toronto and a descendent of the United Empire Loyalists (Joseph Ryerson) and of John Pritchard (one of the original settlers in Rupert's Land).
Sheila E. Harbron (1926-2005), married John D. Harbron in 1950. Born in Toronto, she was a descendent of the United Empire Loyalists (Joseph Ryerson) and of John Pritchard (one of the original settlers in Rupert's Land). Her mother, Letitia Matheson Lester (1896-1982), was the daughter of Rev. John R. and Dr. Elizabeth B. Matheson. Her father was Egerton H.H. Lester. Sheila Harbron graduated from the University of Toronto with a B.A. in 1948 and a B.Ed. in 1976. She was a teacher and a researcher with a particular interest in local history and genealogy. In 1998 she was awarded the Volunteer Service Award for her fifteen years' work for the Governor Simcoe Branch United Empire Loyalists.
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Tom Harbon, an administrative medical officer, joined RAMC in Darlington in northern England in 1909. He immigrated to Toronto from Britain in 1912. Despite never completing high school, he joined the local militia, the 13th Cavalry Field Ambulance, and in 1916, he was promoted from non-commissioned rank to quartermaster becoming one of the very few World War I medical corps officers who was not a doctor or surgeon.
As a part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, he was in charge of administering the military hospitals in the large Toronto Military District of 1917-1919. In 1919, Tom officially enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Givens Street Barracks in Toronto, retaining his rank of Captain and still being based at the Training depot. He remained there until demobilisation in July 1920.
In 1921, he married Sarah Lilliane Peace whom he met in 1917 at Knox College building on Spadina Avenue which was converted into a military hospital. The same year, he bought a defunct company called Diamond Cleaners and Soaps Ltd. and ran the business which manufactured and sold industrial cleaning material in bulk to hospitals and other institutions.
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Sarah Lilliane Harbron, dietician, graduated from Lillian Massey in 1912 and was a pupil of Ms Violet M. Riley. She was one of the first college-trained dietitians (University of Toronto) in Ontario. She served as an organizing dietitian during the First World War in the Soldiers’ Civil Re-establishment Commission, Department of Militia, for returned and crippled soldiers in military hospitals. Harbron also supervised the menus for all of the Military Hospitals Commission’s western Canadian units.
In 1917, Harbron opened the first working women’s cafeteria in Toronto in the old YWCA building in downtown Toronto which was used by young business women. In mid-1918 she established the YWCA’s national working camps for women workers on farms. In 1921, she married Tom Harbron who she met in 1917 at Knox College building on Spadina Avenue which had been converted into a military hospital.
During the Second World War, she was the Director of the National Board of the YWCA and helped the organization of the Farm Service Force camps for teenage girls who were harvesting crops in the Niagara Peninsula. She continued to be an active member of the North Toronto YWCA Board.
Harbron also served as the first woman alternate delegate to the Toronto Synod of the church of England and in 1954 she was vice chairman of the advisory council.
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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.
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2002/04/04 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2003/04/29 Shannon MacDonald. Added URL for online finding aid. Updated wording in accruals, access restrictions. Removed note re: supplied title.
2012/04/04 Updates for new accession
2012/04/04 Rachel Lebkovich. updates
2015/02/18: Last date of revision in ESS.
2017/04/21 KCP. Migrated series level descriptions from ESS and added immediate source of acquisition.
2018/04/04 KCP. Cleaned up metadata at fonds level
2018/06/05 KCP. Migrated accessions to AtoM.
2017/08/15 KCP. Added 2016-043 description.
2018/11/23 KCP. Added 2016 accession in accruals note.
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