Fonds PR-2317 - Watt family fonds

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Watt family fonds

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  • [ca. 1910]-2009 (Creation)
    Watt (family)

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10 m of textual records and other material

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The Watt family consists of Robert D. and Alison J. Watt, their children Michael and Catherine and Robert's parents George Cuthill Watt and Mary Amelia Watt.

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The fonds consists of the records of the Watt family from ca. 1910 to 2009 and documents the family activities in Ontario, British Columbia and England. There are seven series in the fonds as follows:

George and Mary Watt files: These files consist of records created by George and Mary Watt while living in Wellington, Ontario and West Vancouver, British Columbia. They include family correspondence (including some audio letters), family photographs, pocket and travel diaries, Christmas card lists, scrapbooks and clippings from ca. 1910 to 2004.

Alison Logan files: These files consist of records created by Alison Logan (later Watt) during her childhood and young adulthood in London, England and her first years in Vancouver, BC. They include diaries, correspondence with friends and family (including an audio letter), school and university papers and certificates, programs, cards, photographs and travel diaries from 1952 to 1973.

Robert Watt files: These files consist of records created by Robert Watt during his childhood in Ontario and West Vancouver and young adulthood in West Vancouver and Ottawa. They include a baby book, notes and clippings, school and university papers and certificates, correspondence with family and friends, cards, photographs and diaries from 1945 to 1973.

Robert and Alison Watt files: These files consist of records created by Robert and Alison Watt during their married life in Vancouver, BC and Ottawa, Ontario. They include diaries, correspondence with family and friends, household papers and correspondence, wedding and travel files, cards, financial files, employment files, photographs, family heraldry information and files and West Vancouver High School reunion files. These files span the years 1971 to 2009. They also include family history files created by Robert during the research and writing of family history.

General heraldry files: These files consist of records created by Robert Watt during his life in Vancouver to manage Vancouver based heraldry projects and Heraldry Society of Canada activities. They include correspondence, publications, bibliographies, subject files, project files, certificates, photographs, video and audio recordings, artwork and convention files from 1971 to 1993.

Canadian Heraldic Authority files: These files consist of records created by Robert Watt in his capacity as Chief Herald of Canada from 1988 to 2007, based in Ottawa, Ontario. The files include correspondence, subject files, coats of arms and letters patent for individuals and institutions, travel and conference files, appointment books, photographs, video and audio recordings, framed certificates and other framed works from 1986 to 2008.

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Donated by Robert D. and Alison J. Watt in 2013.


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Access is restricted. Researchers are required to obtain permission of the donor until donor restriction expires at the end of 2048
Conservation restriction: A-V material and some graphic material is in cool and cold storage and is inaccessible.

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Permission must be obtained from the donor for reproduction.

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Accession number(s): 2013.149


Graphic material may be in cool or cold storage.

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Includes graphic material, audio material, moving image material and objects.

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