Papers : 1794-1940; (predominant 1794-1867).
|Call Number:||HIL-MICL FC LFR .S7J6P3|
|Creator:||Strachan, John, 1778-1867.|
|Description:||13 microfilm textual records () ; 35 mm|
John Strachan was born in Aberdeen, Scotland, and educated at the Universities of Aberdeen and St. Andrews. He taught school in several locations in Scotland before emigrating to Upper Canada in 1799 where he was engaged as a tutor for the children of Richard Cartwright, Rev. John Stuart, and other prominent people of Kingston, Upper Canada. In 1803 this former Presbyterian became a deacon in the Church of England. In 1804, Strachan was ordained a priest by Bishop Jacob Mountain, and began his appointment to the Anglican Mission at Cornwall. Here he established a grammar school to which leading families in government and business sent their sons.
The collection contains John Strachan's correspondence, letterbooks, and sermons, documenting through them many of the important issues facing Upper Canada in its early development from 1794 through to the mid-eighteenth century. The challenges and events are seen at the community and provincial levels as Strachan's professional roles progressed through the years from a local teacher and clergyman in a new small community, member of government, and eventually, Anglican Bishop of Toronto. Many topics of concern to Upper Canada are covered, such as politics and the military (War of 1812 and militia), but religion and education were Strachan's main interests. The organisation of the material begins with Papers, 1794-1932, consisting of chiefly incoming correspondence, and including many letters addressed to the Rev. A.N. Bethune, 1835-1866; sermons written and delivered by John Strachan as Church of England minister in Upper Canada, Archdeacon of York, and Bishop of Toronto; and various documents such as reports; lists, memoranda on various topics of the day, minutes of meetings, and land grants.
The original records are held by the Archives of Ontario.
The original Strachan autobiography and diary, as well as correspondence and other documents, mainly the letters from Strachan to A.N. Bethune, 1835-1855, are held by Trinity College, Toronto. This material is found at the end of Reel 9.
|Archival Ref. No.:||OA MS 35|
An introduction to the Strachan Papers is located at the beginning of Reel 1 along with a calendar (document listing with summaries of content) of the Papers, 1794-1891. Calendars are included at the beginning of each letterbook, excluding the letterbook for 1862-1867 on Reel 13. The calendar for 1844-1849 is found at the end of Reel 11, with the documents beginning on Reel 12. These calendars provide the date of the document, author, recipient (when available), and a brief summary of the item. A microfilm shelf list, which correlates the reel numbers with the dates contained within, is available in print and online (see Electronic Finding Aid section below). Researchers interested in the study of education, should consult "Education in the John Strachan Papers" (see Electronic Finding Aid, below), which is a document listing with summaries extracted from the main calendar that referenced education. ONLINE
|Electronic Finding Aid Record:||
Education in the John Strachan Papers.pdf
Part of the letter book for 1854-1862, found on Reel 12, is illegible due to over exposure of the microfilm. The following dates are legible: October 1856 - June 1857, September 1858 - December 1859.
There appears to be incorrect dates in the Table of Contents on the microfilm.
This collection is complemented by the Metropolitan Toronto Library's collection of Strachan Papers, 1796-1839, which is included in the Loyalist Collection, and shelved at MIC-Loyalist FC LFR .S7J6P4.