Fonds consists of one keepsake album, one publication, and three photographs.
The keepsake album was won by Katie for "diligence" while a student at school in Alberton, Ontario in 1885 and presented by her teacher, J. Kerr. She won the album in December 1885 and it was dedicated by her mother in June of the next year. The album was originally made in Belfast, Ireland.
The album contains pasted-in items including pictures cut out from newspapers, advertisements from retail stores, business cards, greeting cards, and other items of unknown origin. The album also contains inscriptions from various individuals, dated from 1885 to 1899.
The inscriptions, mostly involving humorous poetry, were written by her relatives, schoolmates, and other individuals she met from Alberton, Dundas, Delhi, Cainsville, and St. Thomas Ontario. These include members of the Strowbridge, Van Sichel, Van Sickle, Applegat, Edy, Massen, and Cohoe families. Many of these families were, like the Strowbridges, of German extraction.
The companies mentioned in the album include J.V. Dynes of Hamilton; Grafton and Company, Dundas; J.W. Schram Boots and Shoes; Edwin G. Burt Fine Shoes; Oak Hall Clothes of Hamilton; and W.G. Boyes, stationer, of Woodstock.
The photographs include an unidentified tintype (most likely of Katie's parents John and Hannah), a carte de visite in a cardboard enclosure (produced by Park and Company of Brantford and inscribed on the back, "Mrs. William S. Brett, nee Katie Strowbridge"), and a hand-coloured photograph of Katie Strowbridge.
The fonds also contains a copy of "Nyal's Yearbook 1912" which was placed in the album, most likely by Margaret Strowbridge.
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