Fonds P048 - Stanstead and Sherbrooke Fire Insurance Company fonds

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Stanstead and Sherbrooke Fire Insurance Company fonds

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  • 1835-1973 (Creation)

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13 photographs. - 0.145 l.m of textual records.

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The Stanstead and Sherbrooke Fire Insurance Company was founded in 1835 in Charleston. Some Sherbrooke-area businessmen (Samuel Brooks, William Walker, L.-C. Ball, F. Loomis, Guy-C. Colclough, Geo.-D. Innes, C.-F.-H. Goodhue, Daniel Thompson, G. De Tonnancour, and Otis King) met in Sherbrooke to discuss the possibility of founding a mutual insurance company. A few weeks later, at a meeting in Charleston, the Mutual Fire Insurance Company of the Counties of Stanstead and Sherbrooke was created. First located in Charleston, the Company moved to Lennoxville in 1836 and to Sherbrooke in 1844. In 1882, the company name was changed to The Stanstead and Sherbrooke Mutual Fire Insurance Company and, in 1927, to The Stanstead and Sherbrooke Fire Insurance Company. Through the years, the company's activities became national in scope, as branches were opened in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, and other cities. In the 1980s, the company was absorbed by the Commercial Union of Canada whose head office is in Toronto.

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The fonds contains source material on the activities of the Stanstead and Sherbrooke Fire Insurance Company from 1835 to 1935. It consists of three registers and two booklets. The registers contain by-laws, minutes of Board of Directors' meetings, annual reports, financial statements, statements of receipts and disbursements, and data on complaints by the insured. The commemorative booklets were published on the occasions of the company's 75th and 100th anniversaries. The fonds consists of the following series: Administration (1835-1973), Financial Resources (1865-1915), and Photographs.

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The documents were donated in 1976 by Jean Prosper Gauthier, then President of the Stanstead and Sherbrooke Fire Insurance Company. An accrual was received in 2005 by Suzanne Gauthier, Mrs. Jean Prosper Gauthier. Three records were transferred to the fonds in 2023 from a donation made by Frederick E. Hurd.


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The records are mainly in English, and the 100th anniversary booklet is in French.

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Registers are also available on microfilm: 'Manuscript Records of the Bishop's University Series', reel no 8.

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Researchers may also consult the Fonds Stanstead & Sherbrooke Mutual Insurance Fire Company (P54) conserved by the Société d'histoire de Drummond.


No more accruals are expected.

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Finding aid prepared using Rules for Archival Description (RAD).


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28 janvier, 2016, revised 2 July 2023

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