Fonds SC180 - Archibald Pride fonds

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Archibald Pride fonds

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CA ON00259 SC180

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1 notebook

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Biographical history

Archibald Pride was the Curator of the University of Toronto Biology Museum. Pride was born in Dublin, Ireland September 25, 1845. According to census data, Pride immigrated to Canada sometime in the 1870s. He married Margaret Rosbourough and they had four children: Agnes, Margaret, Archibald Wilson, and William John. Pride died November 26, 1923 in Toronto. On his death registration, he was listed as a Curator, Natural Arts & Science.

His son, Archibald Wilson Pride may have been responsible in part of for the February 14, 1890 fire at the University of Toronto.

Custodial history

It is not clear when the notebook was acquired by the ROM nor when it was transferred to the ROM Archives. At some point the notebook was incorporated into SC76 Early Naturalists, but was misfiled and was never added to the finding aid. The notebook was found misfiled with RG 76 Textiles Department and re-described as a separate fonds in April 2017.

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The fonds consists of a notebook containing records of donations of biological specimens to the University of Toronto Museum (Biological Museum?). Mentions of J. H. Fleming, Oliver Spanner (just his letterhead), the New Museum (ROM). The notebook is extremely fragile; the papers are crumbling.

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The notebook is fragile. Researchers must take care not to further damage the materials. Appropriate supports should be used when consulting the materials.

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2/28/2023 E. Thomas (Creation)

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