Laidlaw Foundation fonds

Reference Code: Fonds - F 4699
Title: Laidlaw Foundation fonds
Date of Creation: 1947-2014
Physical Description:

6.25 metres of textual records and other material

Scope and Content:

Fonds consists of records created and assembled by the Laidlaw Foundation. The records include: meeting minutes, correspondence, annual reports, financial reports, publications, grant project files, and other materials created by the Foundation's Board of Directors, committees, and grant recipients. The materials document the philanthropic and operational activities of the Foundation from its inception in 1949 until 2014. Additionally, the fonds also includes records produced by Nathan Gilbert in his capacity as Executive Director of the Foundation.


The fonds has been arranged into 10 series.


Administrative History or Biographical Sketch:

The Laidlaw Foundation was established in 1949 by Walter C. and Robert A. Laidlaw to benefit charitable, educational, conservation and cultural organizations in Ontario. As of 2017, it is still in existence.

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Finding Aid:

Please see series descriptions for more information.

Structure of Collection:

View how this material is structured within its collection. Select items to navigate through the different available levels of description, including online series, sub-series and listings.

Restrictions on Access:

Access to some of the files in sub-series F 4699-1-2 and the entirety of series F 4699-4 and F 4699-5 are restricted due to personal and financial information. To access these records, permission must be obtained from the Executive Director of the Laidlaw Foundation. Please see series descriptions for further information.

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Reading Rooms: Please see series descriptions for more information on how to access these records.

Terms For Use and Reproduction:

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Immediate Source of Acquisition: The records were donated to the Archives of Ontario in 2017 by the Laidlaw Foundation.
Custodial History: The Laidlaw Foundation hired the consulting firm, Heritage Professionals, to undertake the archival appraisal, selection, processing, preservation and description work. Only records possessing archival value have been retained. The materials have been arranged according to archival standards and placed in acid-free folders and boxes. A finding aid in the form of a file list was produced by the same firm and is available online.
Related Material:

F 230 Laidlaw family fonds consists of records created and accumulated by the Laidlaw family which includes series F 230-10 Philanthropy records of the Laidlaw family and the Laidlaw Foundation.

Accruals: Additional accruals may be expected in the future.