Fonds - Ontario Business College collection

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Ontario Business College collection

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  • 1885-1967 (Creation)

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8 cm of textual records.

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(1868-1999)

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The Ontario Business College was established as the Ontario Commercial College in Belleville, Ontario, in 1868. William Byron Robinson (1846-1921) was the first Principal, and John Wesley Johnson was the President, later taking over from Robinson as the Principal. The College was in operation in various locations in Belleville until it went into receivership in 1999.

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Some of the contents of this fonds were acquired by former Principal I.L. Moore. The printed song, "The Boys of the O.B.C." and the correspondence to Miss Nightingale came from the Ponton papers, and the school records came from the Reeves family and Howard Frost. The letter from the Aylmer Railroad and Business School came from the Wise family. The certificate of appreciation was donated by Bob Brennan and Brant Cowie.

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This fonds is composed of folders of records containing documents relating to the Ontario Business College:

  • correspondence including letters between: F.C.A. Johnson and E.H. Best; a Miss Nightingale and Michael J. Finnegan; and Miss Nightingale and Fred Jarrett
  • publications containing programs, pamphlets, and catalogues
  • items donated by Principal I.L. Moore such as a catalogue, an advertisement, a cheque to the school from the Farthey family from Johannesburg, South Africa from the Bank of Africa, and a scholarship granted to Adam Johnson
  • the college's rules and regulations, a legal document discussing the trial over the name of the Belleville Business College between that school and the Ontario Business College, and one invoice book from the Business Department
  • ephemera file containing three student records from Geoff Reeves, Maud Reeves, and Howard Frost respectively, as well as a coupon and a copy of the school song,

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Entered by Nicholas VanExan, June 23, 2015.

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  • English

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