Fonds F7 - A. E. Byerly fonds

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A. E. Byerly fonds

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    This fonds was previously known as the A. E. Byerly Collection.

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    CA ON00126 F7

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    • 1832-1961, predominant 1900-1950 (Creation)
      Byerly, Alpheus E.

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    71 cm of textual records
    ca. 246 photographs
    3 maps

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    Biographical history

    Alpheus E Byerly, a noted Guelph doctor, historian, and collector, was born in Anamosa, Iowa on September 9, 1894 and died in Guelph on June 13, 1960. Byerly immigrated to the Guelph area in 1921, and practiced medicine in Rockwood for a short period. He later moved his practice to Guelph, where he lived for the remainder of his life.

    Byerly is most noted for his interest in the history of southwestern Ontario, and as the author of historical works, a novel, and many newspaper articles. He wrote The Beginning of Things, Fergus, and The McCraes of Guelph, as well as the historical novel Janet Campbell. Byerly also wrote a regular column in the Guelph Mercury called Our History. His participation on the 1927 Centennial Mercury Edition was indispensable. Byerly also founded the Wellington County Historical Society, and was a vital member for many years.

    Custodial history

    The custodial history of these records, prior to their transfer to the Guelph Public Library archives, is not known or documented.

    Scope and content

    The fonds consists of records generated, collected and maintained during the course of his work as a historian, a collector of historical records, and as a doctor. Also included are records related to his family.

    The fonds is organized into five series.

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    The records were donated to the Guelph Public Library archives in August 1985 by a solicitor on behalf of the estate of the late Dr. A.E. Byerly.


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        Access to some of the records in this fonds is restricted for conservation reasons. See series descriptions for more details.

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        Copyright for these records has expired and the records are now in the public domain. Permission of the Guelph Public Library, however, is still required for publication.

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        See series descriptions for more details on available listings for these records.

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        Associated materials

        Records created and accumulated by A. E. Byerly can also be found in the A. E. Byerly Collection, XR1 MS A264, University of Guelph Archives.

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        Further accruals of records are expected.

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        Revised title headings for series completed March 2019.

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