This historical collection contains primarily of secondary source information pertaining to a number of subject areas including churches, industries, institutions, historical events and celebrations. Includes research files, subject files, publications, clippings and ephemera. There is some original material within the collection; of particular note is a polling book for the election between John A. Macdonald and Mowat when they ran against each other for a legislature seat in Kingston in 1861; a boat-building contract (in french) from 1808; specifications for the Richardson Bath House (1918), and material pertaining to visits, royal and otherwise, to the City over the years.
The fonds consists of correspondence, legal documents and printed material from 1800-1872, relating to politics in Upper Canada and the Upper Canada Rebellion. These records were predominantly created by Barnabus Bidwell and his son, Marshall Spring Bidwell. Also included is some correspondence to the decendants of Marshall Spring Bidwell, extending as far as 1942.
The collection consists of an album and a number of loose photographs relating largely to members of the Duff family, including Christina Duff, a military nurse, and others, before, duirng, and after World War One.
The fonds consists of a number of inscribed chapbooks (Flute, Grey Knitting, White Comrade), some newspaper clippings pertaining to Katherine Hale, and a number of inscribed books to Marie McPhedran from Katherine.
Collection consists of steam packet announcements (newpaper clippings, 1833), a payroll sheet for the Nova Scotia Railway (1859), published memos on the CPR and the laying of the Atlantic telegraph cable, and a published train itinerary for the visit of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (1901).