Fonds Fonds 70 - Larry Becker fonds

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Larry Becker fonds

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ON00386 Fonds 70

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  • [ca. 1800]-1998 (Creation)

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ca. 23 m of textual records ca. 1,300 photographs : b&w and col. ca. 6,500 postcards : b&w and col. ca. 4,000 tickets ca. 170 prints ca. 300 philatelic records ca. 515 advertisements ca. 50 cartographic items ca. 50 artifacts 2 paintings

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Fonds consists of a wide range of records documenting the history of Toronto, Ontario, Canada between about 1800 and 1998, as well as the nature of collecting and collectors. Among the records included are about 23 m (or about 90 boxes) of diverse textual records that range from parchment property records and rare books to early Toronto newspapers and diverse Toronto business catalogues; about 1,300 photographs that range from 1870s albumen prints of life at Fort York and late nineteenth century cartes-de-visit to amateur snapshots of twentieth century life; about 6,500, mostly Edwardian, postcards; about 4,000 transit tickets and transfers documenting public transit from horse-drawn streetcars to late-twentieth century subways; about 170 prints and posters, mostly from diverse publications such as Canadian Illustrated News in the 1870s and Picturesque Canada in 1882; about 300 philatelic records postmarked from 1832 York to 1990s Toronto; about 300 Victorian chromolithographic advertising cards; about 115, mostly Edwardian, advertising blotters; about 200 mid-twentieth advertising matchbooks; and extensive, diverse ephemera. Following Mr. Becker's collecting habits, the materials are arranged into 16 series according to format (e.g., photographs, postcards, stamps, prints & drawings, newspapers) and/or according to subject matter (e.g., sports, militaria, education, property records, advertising). Material is still being acquired and processed, so this description will change over time. Fonds is comprised of the following series: Series 306, Larry Becker sports collection. -- 1869-1997 Series 327, Larry Becker photographs. -- [ca. 1850-1990] Series 329, Larry Becker property records. -- 1824-1991, predominant 1824-1910 Series 330, Larry Becker postcards. -- [189-]-[199-], predominant 1905-1930 Series 340, Larry Becker militaria. -- 1857-1996 Series 470, Larry Becker advertising collections. -- [188-]-[199-], predominant 1885-1925 Series 496, Larry Becker prints, drawings, and documentary art. -- 1870-1997 Series 546, Larry Becker philately. -- 1832-1990 Series 547, Larry Becker public transportation collection. -- 1880-1995 Series 600, Larry Becker education collection. -- 1826-1996 Series 636, Larry Becker atlases, plans and maps. -- 1800-1990 Series 640, Larry Becker broadsides, posters and handbills. -- 1892-1994 Series 654, Larry Becker library and rare books. -- 1833-1997 Series 655, Larry Becker newspapers. -- 1838-1996 Series 682, Larry Becker business records. -- 1882-1997 Series 756, Larry Becker Canadian National Exhibition collection. -- 1864-1997

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Fonds has been acquired from Larry Becker's widow, beginning shortly after his death.


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Reproduction of any of these records for a purpose other than research or private study may require the authorization of the copyright owner of the work in question. For those materials in the public domain or in which the City of Toronto Archives owns copyright you must request authorization by calling the Research Hall at (416) 397-0778 or writing to City of Toronto Archives, Permissions, 255 Spadina Road, Toronto, Ontario, M5R 2V3. For materials whose copyright is owned by others, it is your responsibility to locate the copyright owner and obtain any necessary authorizations. Please refer to our handout “City of Toronto Archives Copyright Guidelines for Researchers.”

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Series, subseries, and file level descriptions are available at the City of Toronto Archives.

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Further accruals are expected.

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The virtual exhibition is based on an exhibit that was mounted in 2002 at the Market Gallery in Toronto of 500 items from Larry Becker's collections of documentary material and artifacts entitled, Collecting Toronto: Through the Eyes of Larry

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