Fonds MG006 - Christopher Rawson fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Christopher Rawson fonds

General material designation

  • Graphic material
  • Textual record

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description


Reference code


Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area


  • [18-] (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

  • 0,3 of textual records
  • ca. 20 photographs

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator


Biographical history

Christopher Rawson was born in England on October 20, 1842, and was educated at Eton. The family came to Canada in 1859 and settled in Lennoxville at Elmwood, the former residence of Rev. Lucius Doolittle. Christopher Rawson was a student in arts and theology at Bishop's College from 1861 to 1866. He won the Prince of Wales medal in 1865 and was Mountain Jubilee Scholar in 1866. He received his M.A. in 1868. On December 28, 1865 he married Jane Amelia Forsyth Grant, daughter of Charles Forsyth Grant of Montreal. A daughter, Mabel Rawson was born on November 1, 1866. Christopher Rawson was ordained in 1867. He served first as curate at Picton, Ontario, and in 1870 was appointed assistant minister at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, Quebec City, a position which he held until 1883, when he returned to England. He died at Brathay, in the English Lake District, on July 29, 1899.

Custodial history

This scrapbook was maintained over many years by descendants of the Rawson Family. Christopher Rawson, "Kit", was a graduate of Bishop's University.

Scope and content

The family papers of Christopher Rawson contain correspondence, pamphlets, photographs, and ephemera pertaining to Bishop's College and Quebec City in the 1860's, 1870's and early 1880's.

Notes area

Physical condition

Condition of items within the scrapbook vary from good to poor. The book is large and closed with a leather strap. Some pages are torn and have come apart from the binding due to the weght of the folded letters. All the correspondence remains folded and inside the original envelopes which are pasted to the pages.

Immediate source of acquisition

The fonds was donated by William R.M. Converse of Winnipeg and Naomi Rawson of Montreal in 1984.


The scrapbook as a whole is an interesting piece. It was decided to leave the correspondence folded in their original state, which may not be advisable for the long-term for conservation purposes. Due to the special nature of this item, original order has been maintained.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

    Location of originals

    The Rawson Family scrapbook is housed in the Old Library, McGreer Hall. Locked cabinet.

    Availability of other formats

    Restrictions on access

    Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

    Finding aids

    Generated finding aid

    Associated materials

    Related materials


    General note


    Alternative identifier(s)

    Standard number

    Standard number

    Access points

    Subject access points

    Name access points

    Genre access points

    Control area

    Description record identifier

    Institution identifier

    Rules or conventions


    Level of detail

    Dates of creation, revision and deletion

    Language of description

      Script of description


        Accession area