Fonds F01363 - Kingston Whig-Standard fonds

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Kingston Whig-Standard fonds

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  • 1938-2001 (Creation)
    Kingston Whig-Standard

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Physical description

ca. 600,000 photographs, 4 m of textual records, 1 audiocassette (60 min.)

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During the early 1830's Dr. Edward John Barker, a graduate of the London College of Medicine arrived with his family in Kingston. In his spare time he wrote for relaxation and Noble Palmer, publisher of the Spectator, a weekly with liberal leanings, persuaded Barker to edit his paper. Barker accepted and enjoyed the work so much he decided to establish his own paper. In 1833 he announced that a new publication, to be called The British Whig, would be published and on New Year's day, 1834, the first issue was produced. Originally a weekly, the paper soon changed to semi-weekly publication and eventually became a daily. Edward John Barker Pense, grandson of the founder, took over the paper in 1872, modernizing the printing equipment and erecting a new building to house the publication. In 1925, Senator William Rupert Davies purchased The British Whig and amalgamated it in 1926 with the Kingston Daily Standard, to become the Kingston Whig-Standard. Today the Kingston Whig-Standard remains the oldest continuously published newspaper in Canada.

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The fonds consists of photographs by staff and freelance photographers, correspondence, employee paybooks (1926-1933), news clippings and subject files (ca. 1955-1975) and an interview, conducted by staff reporter Murray Hogben, with James Alexander Corry, former Principal of Queen's University at Kingston (1980). Also includes souvenir edition of the Whig in honour of Queen's University's second century (October 16, 1964).

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Physical condition

A section of the negatives suffered from a water leak in the original storage space. As a result, a number of the negatives in 1980 were damaged or destroyed.

Immediate source of acquisition

Donated by James Sutcliffe, 1981, Murray Hogben, 1992, and the Kingston Whig-Standard, 2007.


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  • English

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F3 A3.3 005 I1

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Copyright resides with individual photographers.

Associated materials

See also the Davies family fonds (5118), Jack Chiang and Cathy Lincoln-Chiang fonds (V110 and V035), George Lilley fonds. Negatives missing from the Whig-Standard fonds after 1980 may be located in the Jack Chiang and Cathy Lincoln-Chiang fonds.

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Description created on 1999/08/27. Last updated 28/06/2016.
Archivist(s): Pamela Thayer, Paul Banfield, Ken Willmott, Jeremy Heil

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  • English

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  • Shelf: 2310
  • Shelf: 2309
  • Shelf: 3710
  • Shelf: F3 A3.3 005 I1
  • Shelf: SR1059
  • Shelf: V142
  • Shelf: V142.1