Reference Library – Some great finds

The Reference Library at the Community Waterfront Heritage Centre has some great resources relating to Marine History and Railway History. There are also a few resources relating to Industrial History. All items are to be used in the museum. They are a resource for staff, volunteers and visitors. Thanks to a summer student this summer, the collection has been inventoried and arranged by category.

CWHC library cabinets

Here are some examples that caught my eye.

Know Your Ships: Seaway Issue : Guide to Boatwatching on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence. This illustrated booklet shows the different ships and their markings. The collection includes: 1968, 1973, 1974, 1975, 1979, 1982, 1989, 1992, 1997.

The Great Horseshoe Wreck by Ralph Beaumont & James Filby (1974) This illustrated booklet tells the story of the wreck of the Exhibition Special at the Caledon Horseshoe. The Orangeville Sun in the September 8, 1907 newspaper reported on this event where seven were killed and 114 injured. The booklet mentions the people who died. Hodges and Grimes, the conductor and engineer were declared not responsible for this tragic railway accident. (40 pages)

The Book of Wireless Telegraph & Telephone by A. Frederick Collins (1922). This illustrated books gives an insight into these two means of communication.

The Railway Law of Canada by H.E.B. Coyne (1947) This 760 page book tells what the laws relating to Railways were back in 1947.

A Work Unfinished : The Making of the Trent Severn Waterway by James T. Angus (2000). This heavily illustrated book takes the reader from before Confederation to 1920 telling the story of the creation of the Trent Severn Waterway. (168 p.)

Wind, Weather & Waves : A Guide to Marine Weather in the Great Lakes Region by Arjen Verkaik. (1998). This book while written for the boater, any reader interested in weather observation will find they will learn about the weather in different parts of the Great Lakes. There is a section on each port on Georgian Bay / Lake Huron.  (146 p.)

Canadian Industry in 1871 a University of Guelph Study  (1989-1990) CWHC doesn’t have the complete series. The study looked at the 1871 census, the first census of the newly formed nation.

 Report #13 included population information and the names of places in 1871 (also previous names and future names). It also includes in which township a place can be found.

Report #14 includes profiles of the different counties in Ontario. An interesting fact in this report is that more than half of the female industrial workers recorded in 1871 in Grey County were handloom weavers.