Fonds P021 - William E. Foster fonds

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William E. Foster fonds

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    CA ETRC P021

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    • 1855-1953 (Creation)

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    0,12 m of textual records. - 102 photographs. - 2 drawings. - 1 print. - 3 maps. - 1 postcard.

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    William E. Foster was born in 1905. He attended school in Lennoxville and spent his holidays at Darley Place in Knowlton, the home of his great-uncle, Hiram Sewell Foster (occupied at that time by Hiram's son Thomas Knowlton Foster). William E. Foster collected documentation about railroads, probably motivated by his nineteenth-century forebears' tradition of railway building: Dr. Stephen S. Foster, Samuel Willard Foster, George Green Foster, Hiram Sewell Foster, and Asa B. Foster were promoters, organizers, and builders in the Eastern Townships, across Canada, and in New England. Foster died in 1954 and was buried in the Knowlton Cemetery.

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    The fonds contains source material on railroads in the Eastern Townships in the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, and on the role of the Foster family in their development. It also provides information on these topics: lakes Memphremagog and Massawippi; the first physicians in the Eastern Townships; Captain John Savage; Jefferson Davis; the army and the militia; and steamboats. The fonds is comprised of the following series : Correspondence (1932-1949), Historical Writings ([193-?]-[195-]), Canadian Railroad Historical Association (1936-1953), Government Documents (1876-1903), Booklets and Press Clippings (1855-[1953?]), Miscellaneous Documents ([193-?]-[195-]), Photo Album ([188-?]-[195-?]) and Railroad Maps (1874-1953).

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        Negatives: 96-01, 97-01-1, 97-01-3, 98-01.

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        No more accruals are expected.

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        Title based on contents of fonds.
        Donor unknown.
        The documents are in English.

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


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        28 janvier, 2016

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