Multicultural History Society of Ontario fonds

Reference Code: Fonds - F 1405
Title: Multicultural History Society of Ontario fonds
Date of Creation: [ca. 1890]-1989
Physical Description:

ca. 170 metres of textual records

1446 reels of microfilm (textual records)

ca. 84,000 photographs

11 film reels

61 videocassettes

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of records collected by the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

The first 53 series are comprised of photographs. Each series represents a different ethnic group and each sub-series a different donor or subject based collection. The remainder of the fonds (Series 54 to 85) is made up of textual materials, with each series also arranged by ethnic group, each group representing a series.

Photographs in the fonds include original prints, copy and contact prints, photocopies, slides, original and copy negatives. The photographs depict people, activities and events representing fifty-three ethnic and cultural groups within Ontario, from the late nineteenth century to 1980. Subjects include portraits of individuals, employment activities, religious activities, entertainment and organizations.

The fonds includes textual records of individuals and organizations, arranged according to ethnic or cultural group. This material consists of correspondence, diaries, newspapers, organisational files, certificates and ephemera pertaining to nationalist, religious, political, and social activities of individuals and organizations of the various ethnic groups.

Fonds also includes a small amount of motion picture film and video.

Ethnic groups represented in the fonds are arranged under the following series headings: Americans, Armenians, Austrians, Belgians, Blacks, Bulgarians, Byelorussians, Chinese, Croatians, Czechs, Danish, Dutch, Estonians, Filipinos, Finnish, Franco-Ontarians, Germans, Greeks, Hungarians, Islamic, Italians, Japanese, Jewish, Koreans, Latvians, Lebanese, Lithuanians, Macedonians, Maltese, Melkite, Mennonite, Miscellaneous, Native Peoples, Norwegians, Pakistani, Polish, Portuguese, Romanians, Russians, Scandinavians, Scottish, Sephardic, Serbians, Slovaks, Slovenians, Spanish, Sri Lankans, Swedish, Swiss, Turkish, Ukrainians, Vietnamese, and Welsh.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch:

The Multicultural History Society of Ontario (MHSO) is a not-for-profit educational institution which collects, describes and maintains material related to the ethnic and cultural development of Ontario.

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Multicultural History Society of Ontario

Restrictions on Access:

Some access restrictions apply for photographic portion of fonds. Consult sub-series descriptions for details.

Terms For Use and Reproduction:

Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder. See sub-series descriptions for copyright statements.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Material has been acquired by the Archives of Ontario from the MHSO through a series of transfers between 1982 and 1993.
Availability of Other Formats:

Fonds includes 1446 reels of microfilm arranged according to ethnic group. Please consult series level descriptions for details. Microfilm is shelved in the Reading Room according to an "MFN" number series.

Some of the photographs from this fonds are available in digital format in the Archives of Ontario Visual Database. Consult the series level descriptions for more information.

Other/Former Codes:

Accession numbers 14955, 15203, 21210, 25983

Finding Aid:

Inventories, based mainly on ethnic group, have been created for various portions of this fonds. Descriptions of photographic series and sub-series are available in the Archives Descriptive Database. Refer to individual sub-series for the availability of online lists. Textual records have several inventories based on ethnic group, and an overall appended index.

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