Fonds 97-003 - Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds. 1997 additions

Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds. Additions  97-003  Transcriptions

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Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani fonds. 1997 additions

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  • 1662-1997 (Creation)
    Bagnani, Gilbert and Stewart

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3m 55 cm of textual records and other materials
ca. 550 photographs

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Gilbert Forrest Bagnani was born April 26, 1900, in Rome, to General Ugo Bagnani, of Rome and later London as military attache at the Italian Embassy, and Florence Dewar, daughter of Dr. James Dewar of Cobourg, Ontario. Gilbert spoke both English and Italian and later learned to speak Greek, Latin, Arabic, French and German. He was educated at the Nobile Collegio del Nazzareno in Rome and at a preparatory school called Gibbs' in London. His schooling was interrupted by World War I. He served as a Second Lieutenant of artillery towards the end of the War. After the War he returned to the University of Rome where he received his doctorate. Instead of entering law as he had planned, he turned to the Italian School of Archaeology in Athens to study antiquities which were becoming a strong interest of his.

In 1929 Gilbert married Mary Augusta Stewart Houston of Toronto, daughter of Stewart Houston (editor of "The Financial Post") and Augusta Robinson (daughter of John Beverley Robinson, Lieutenant-Governor of Ontario, and granddaughter of Sir John Beverley Robinson, Chief Justice and Attorney-General of Upper Canada). Stewart's father died while she was young and her mother took her to Europe for a more cosmopolitan education than she could receive in Canada. Gilbert and Stewart had an apartment in Rome and for seven seasons worked, in the Sahara Desert, with the Royal Archaeological Mission to Egypt.

In 1937 they fled fascist Italy and purchased a 200 acre farm and house built around 1845 near Port Hope, Ontario and named it "Vogrie". They added a large, forty foot long, two storeys high addition in which they housed their library, oil paintings, drawings, tapestries and ceramics. In 1945 Gilbert was invited to teach ancient history at the University of Toronto and in 1958 he became a Professor. He retired from the University of Toronto in 1965. During the time that the Bagnanis were in Toronto, Gilbert was a founding member and president of the Oriental Club of Toronto, a supporter of the Art Gallery of Ontario and an active member of the Archaeological Institute of America, of which he was vice-president from 1951 to 1954. Stewart was head of Extension at the Art Gallery of Ontario from 1951 to 1963. In 1965 the Bagnanis returned to "Vogrie". In the same year, Gilbert was asked to accept a term-appointment at Trent University. He was honoured with a LL.D. by Trent in 1971 and he continued to teach as a Professor of Ancient History until 1975. During the period between 1965 and 1975 Stewart remained active, lecturing on art in various venues and developing the Mackenzie Gallery at Trent University. Gilbert and Stewart did not have children. On February 10, 1985 Gilbert Forrest Bagnani died. Stewart moved to their Toronto home. In May of 1996 Mary Stewart Houston Bagnani died. The "Vogrie" property was inherited by Trent University after the death of Gilbert in 1985. Antiquities, art works, furniture, books and documents were bequeathed to a number of institutions, including Trent University, after the deaths of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani.

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The fonds was bequeathed to Trent University Archives by Professor Gilbert Bagnani and was transferred to the Archives via the estate of Stewart Bagnani.

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This fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, etc. of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani and their families. Important historical materials relating to the John Beverley Robinson family are included. The fonds also consists of Gilbert's research material as an archaeologist, Stewart's research material relating to her work as an art lecturer, photographs and materials relating to the Bagnani estate, "Vogrie", located in Port Hope, Ontario, and materials concerning Gilbert and Stewart's association with Trent University.

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This fonds was bequeathed to Trent University through the estate of Stewart Bagnani.


This fonds has been arranged in chronological order subsequent to its acquisition. No perceptible order was apparent at acquisition.

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  • French
  • Greek
  • Italian
  • Latin

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Associated material is found in the Archives of Ontario (RG 24: Office of the Lieutenant Governor), John Beverley Robinson Papers (9 reels of microfilm copied from the National Archives holdings) and microfilm copies of the Peter Robinson Papers. Other associated material is located at the National Archives, the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Toronto Public Reference Library, the Peterborough Centennial Museum and Archives, and the Peterborough Law Association Library.


This fonds is an addition to 94-016.

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Outsized materials located in Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36.

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Box 1



Subseries a: Correspondence of the family and ancestors of Stewart Bagnani, including Stewart's correspondence prior to her marriage to Gilbert Bagnani (See Series A Subseries b for Stewart's correspondence following her marriage to Gilbert) Note: See Box 2 Folder 3 for 5 handwritten transcripts of letters written 1834-1836 to John B. Robinson, Chief Justice, Toronto, from Thomas Talbot, Port Talbot 1830's - 1850's


1: September 10 1832, Niagara - Judge Hagerman to his daughter, Mary Jane (Note: Mary Jane later married Hon. John Beverley Robinson)

June 5 1847, Cobourg - John Beverley Robinson to his wife (re their 30th wedding anniversary, their children, etc.)

Note: Two letters were attached to a letter dated June 7 1927 (enclosed in this folder with the two letters) from Henrietta Tupper to Augusta Houston - Tupper refers to the two letters dated Sept. 25 1854 and Dec. 21 1857, and says "...thinking of your grandfather Sir John Beverley Robinson, and of my dear father's correspondence with him. I remembered that a Miss Robinson, his daughter, had come over to Guernsey... resulted in my finding the two letters which I now enclose for your perusal..."). Links to transcriptions of the two letters follow:

Sept. 25 1854, Toronto - John Beverley Robinson to "My Dear Sir" (political matters "My Dear Sir" may be Henrietta Tupper's father see June 7 1927 letter (Transcript)

Dec. 21 1857, Toronto - John Beverly Robinson to "My Dear Sir" (re the delicate state of health of his young daughter and his wish to send her to Guernsey; also the upcoming general election - "My Dear Sir" may be Henrietta Tupper's father - see June 7 1927 letter) (Transcript)


2: 2 letters from Strathallen, one dated 1874 and the other undated, to Miss Gussie Robinson from her "sister cousin & friend" [M___] Allen, written on birch bark


3: Invitations, etc. to Captain and Mrs. Forsyth-Grant from Hawaiian Royalty: invitations [to Captain and Mrs. Forsyth-Grant] from Princess Ruth [Keelikolani], Honolulu 1882 (2 invitations); invitations to Captain and Mrs. Forsyth-Grant from The King and Queen of Iolani Palace, plus dance programme card 1883 (2 invitations); invitation to Captain and Mrs. Forsyth-Grant from Iolani Palace [1883]; blank envelopes & place cards for Mrs. Grant and Capt. Grant [from Iolani Palace], Royal monogram of the Queen of Hawaii

Jan. 7 1883, Toronto - Napier Robinson to his sister, Minnie

March 18 [1883], Government House, Toronto - Augusta Robinson to her sister, Minnie Forsyth-Grant

April 23 1883, New York - Gustavus Robinson (Augusta Robinson's son) to Minnie Forsyth-Grant

August 7 1883, Government House, Toronto - Augusta Robinson to her sister, Minnie Forsyth-Grant in Hawaii

July 4 1984, Toronto - Napier Robinson to his sister, Minnie

February 18 1888, The Aurania, Cunard Line - covering letter plus diary of events, from Mary Jane Robinson to "My dear boys & girls - for this note is to do duty for all" (describes her trip from Toronto to Liverpool, February 12-21 1888, aboard the Aurania, Cunard Line)

October 25 (2 letters), and October 26 [1888 or 1889] - Mary Jane (Hagerman) Robinson to 3 acquaintances in London (3 letters to introduce Augusta to acquaintances in London)

April 20 [1888 or 1889], Leamington - [Augusta Robinson] to her mother, [Mary Jane Robinson]

188[], The Queens, Toronto - Agnes Macdonald to Mrs. Robinson (re invitation to tea at Government House; references to her brother "Sir John")


4: October 26 [189_], Sleepy Hollow - Mary Jane Robinson to her daughter, Augusta Robinson (attached is an envelope with title "JBR: Names of songs - sung in bye gone days - by [Mrs.] Beverley Robinson - a copy made by her husband", plus a list of songs)

[189_] - Mary Jane Robinson to her daughter, Augusta Robinson (6 letters (Jan. 17, Sunday, Oct. 27, March 4, October 19, and undated), all of which are addressed to "Gussie" except for one which is to "My sweet little pet")

May 17 [189_], Worcestershire - Augusta Robinson to her mother

February 1 1890 - Mary Jane Robinson to her daughter, Augusta Robinson

August 16 1890, Highlands, Reading [Lady Emma's home - Highlands, Berks, England] - Augusta Robinson to her sister, Minnie Forsyth-Grant

December 13 1890, Toronto - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

February 5 1891, Paris - Augusta Robinson to her mother

April 13 1891, Waterloo, P.Q. - incomplete letter to Hon. John Beverley Robinson (re ancestral research and the "Robinson book")

January 18 [1892], Arlington Hotel - letter from [Minnie (Robinson) Forsyth-Grant] to her sister, Augusta Robinson (re the death of their mother)

January 18 1892 - "Bev" [John Beverley Robinson] to his sister, Augusta Robinson (re the death of their mother)

January 19 1892, The Arlington, Toronto - Minnie (Robinson) Forsyth-Grant to her sister, Augusta Robinson (re the death of their mother)

February 11 1892, Toronto - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson (re death of his wife)

1892, etc. - letters, notes, autographs, etc. relating to Miss Robinson's [Augusta Robinson] association with music celebrities (2 letters are dated 1892; another is addressed to Mrs. Stewart Houston)

March 11 1893, Hamilton, Ontario - copy of letter to Sir John [Thompson] from ? (re reasons to consider the "conferring of the honor of knighthood on our former Lieutenant Governor, The Honourable John Beverley Robinson"; also note written at end of page 3 to "Dear Captain Grant" from [S]. [T]. Bastedo)

March 16 1893 - unknown to Augusta Robinson (incomplete penciled copy of letter re dispersal of family belongings)

March 29 1893 - Hamilton, Bermuda - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

August 15 1893, Chicago Beach Hotel - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

September 18 1893, Toronto - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

August 14 1894, Bank of Commerce Building - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

Nov. 10 1894, Bank of Commerce Building - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

March 9 1895, Toronto - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

March 25 1895, Toronto - John Beverley Robinson to his daughter, Augusta Robinson

May 5 1898, The Elms, Rollingdean, Brighton - Rudyard Kipling to Stewart Houston (re lecturing in Canada in the fall)

October 6 1898, London, Ontario - Stewart Houston to his cousin, Herbert Houston (re his upcoming marriage); Herbert is the son of Rev. Houston who performed the marriage ceremony of Stewart Houston and Augusta Robinson - Stewart Houston is the father of Stewart Bagnani


5: June 9 1903, Government House, Ottawa - Mary [ ] to Mrs. [Stewart] Houston (re request to be a godmother)

May 9 1909, May 26 1909 - 2 letters from Stewart Houston to his daughter, Stewart (note: Stewart Houston often addresses his daughter, Stewart, as Baby, Babe, Babs, Babbikins)

May 31 1909, Massey Music Hall, Toronto - Stewart Houston to his wife, Augusta (Robinson)

June 8 1909 - Stewart Houston to his wife, Augusta (in this letter, there is a reference to A. Kelly Evans; attached are related newspaper clippings, chairman's notes, a program/menu, a ticket response, and two speeches)


6: June 11 1910, Toronto - Arthur Houston to his sister-in-law, Augusta (Robinson) Houston

November 3 1911 - Christopher W. Robinson to Augusta (Robinson) Houston

August 22 1912 - S.H. Blake to The Reverend Professor Wrong (re genealogy of his family)

January 16 1913, Chateau Laurier, Ottawa - A.H.U. Colquhoun to Griffin [ ] (re article written by Napier Robinson entitled "A Question of Morals"; article attached)

December 25 1913, Vice Regal Lodge, Dublin - [ ] [Aber___] to Minnie Forsyth Grant (letter is attached to a Christmas card which was sent in [1971] to Andrea [ ] from Stewart Bagnani - re person of noble status going to Ireland]

November 2 1915, Broadway, Worcestershire - Mary Anderson de Narasso to "Little Stewart Houston" (re de Narasso's autograph)

January 23 1915, Savile Club - [ ] to Mrs. Stewart (Robinson) Houston (re happy days in the Muskokas)

September 5 1916, Scotland - Christopher W. Robinson to Minnie (re a sketch of Forts Point Henry and Point Frederick at Kingston, Upper Canada, 1815, by Sir F.P. Robinson; copy of sketch attached)

December 27 1916, Beverley House - Christopher Robinson to (Augusta Robinson) Houston (see letter above - similar content)

1917-1918 - several letters (11) referring to World War I from Cyril T. Houston and Alan Houston to their aunt, Augusta Houston, and to their cousin, "Baby" Stewart Houston (Cyril was in the Royal Air Force and Alan, the Army; while Stewart and her mother were in England, the brothers made their headquarters with them on their leaves; Cyril was killed in a plane crash in Belgium; Stewart visited his grave in 1929 on a visit through Belgium; note: attached to one letter are two unidentified photos of a young woman, and one hand embroidered Christmas card)

1920s & 1930s

7: July 19 1922 - Lang [ ] to Stewart Houston (re cows trampling trees on the property, and "Houston Breweries")

June 7 1927, Loretto Place, [Candie] - Henrietta Tupper to Augusta Houston (this letter is located in 97-003 Box 1 Folder 1)

Dec. 11 1927, Toronto - letter and article on lamps addressed to Miss [Stewart] Houston

May 8th 1929, Bruxelles - Helene Scherbaton to Miss [Stewart] Houston (re her job making costumes for the theater, etc.)

March 3 1934, Toronto - J.W.L. Forster to Augusta Houston regarding a commissioned portrait he did of her father, John Beverley Robinson, 1934


8: Letter from Clara Butt to Mrs. Houston [Augusta]; letter to Baby [Stewart] from her father; letter to Baby [Stewart] from Edward Parry-Jones; letter to Mary Jane [Robinson] from [Annie Merry], Highlands (attached are two photos; one identified as "Mrs. Wm [Merry], 94 age", and the other as "Mrs. [Merry]"; letter which mentions Allan [Houston?], Babs [Stewart], from Mother); fragment of a letter from mother; letter to Signora Bagnani from mother

Subseries b: Correspondence of the Family and Ancestors of Gilbert Bagnani, including Stewart's correspondence after her marriage to Gilbert (See Series A Subseries a for Stewart's correspondence prior to her marriage to Gilbert). Note: Correspondence relating to specific topics may also occur in other series.

1900s & 1910s (& 1 undated)

9: One undated tiny note from Florence (as a child) to her mother, attached is a "little needlebook"; several letters, most of which are written in Italian (many are addressed to Gilbert Bagnani, to Ugo Bagnani, Gilbert's father, and to his mother, Florence (Dewar) Bagnani; one letter has attached two photos, one dated 1915 of two young men and a woman, and the other of two young men; also a copy in English of a letter dated 1917 and addressed to Heart from Charles in which there is reference to General Bagnani's death - refers also to General Bagnani's wife who is "from Port Hope! ...a Dewar..."); unidentified letter to Signora Bagnani


10: Letters to Gilbert from The Morning Post, London, re contributions he has made to the paper, 1922; letters from Gilbert to his mother, 1922 & 1926; letter from Lt.-Gen. Sir Aylmer Hunter-Weston, Ayrshire, re Bagnani lecture, 1922; letter from [W ] Murray to Gilbert re his analysis of [Stewart's] handwriting, knows Gilbert's mother and sends his regards, 1925; letter to Mrs. Strong from [C. __loney] re the Cross in the S. Pudenziana mosaic, also photo of [___] Strong, 1925; letter from Cath[ryn] Merritt to Florence Bagnani, 1926; postcards from Gilbert to Stewart which did not meet with approval from Stewart's mother (Gilbert's mother had not disapproved) plus 2 letters regarding the postcards, one from Mrs. Houston to Gilbert and one from Gilbert to Mrs. Houston, 1926; letters from Stewart to Gilbert, 1929; letter to Gilbert and Stewart on their wedding day from Gilbert's mother, June 27 1929 (three newspaper clippings attached re the wedding); letter to her mother from Stewart in Rome re the engagement of the Crown Prince, 1929; plus other miscellaneous letters, some of which are written in languages other than English

1926 - Gilbert to Stewart

11: Letters from Gilbert to Stewart (the letters dated January to March are from Gilbert while he is doing a lecture tour in the U.S. and Canada, he is 26 years old, Stewart is in Rome; the letters dated June to October are from Gilbert in Rome, Stewart is in Europe)

1929 - Gilbert to Stewart

12: Letters from Gilbert to Stewart

[1927-1929] Stewart to Gilbert (Folders 5,6,7 contain a set of letters numbered #1-#173)

13: Letters from Stewart to Gilbert (#1-60)

14: as above (#61-120)

15: as above (#121-173) Note: #'s 166, 167, 168, 169 are missing; included is one unnumbered telegram re wedding plans


16: Letter to Augusta Houston from her brother-in-law, Arthur Houston, 1931; letter from R.H. [ ] possibly to Augusta Houston (mentions the reader's blindness and suggests that Stewart will read the letter), 1932; instructions "in case of accident" from Augusta Houston, 1932; letter to "Carissimo" Bagnani from Nello Zein, photo of man and dog attached, 1933; letters to Stewart from friends; letter to Stewart form J.B. Maclean of Maclean's magazine re Canadian content of their publication, 1934; letters to Gilbert from his mother, 1935 (one expresses her "last wishes" to him, ie, disbursement of her belongings, etc., Jan. 13, 1935); letters of condolence to Gilbert on the death of his mother, Jan. & Feb. 1935; letter from Neilson Bridger to Gilbert re the fireplace which was placed in the drawing room at Vogrie when the house was altered in 1936-1937, 1937; letter to Gilbert from Alan Gardiner; plus other miscellaneous letters, some of which are written in languages other than English

1930 - Stewart to Gilbert

17: Letters from Stewart to Gilbert

1930-1931 - Gilbert to Stewart

18: Letters from Gilbert to Stewart

1932-1934 - Stewart to Augusta Houston

19: Letters from Stewart to Augusta Houston (her mother) Note: these letters are written in large print as Augusta was afflicted with an eye problem and needed large letters in order to read


20: Letters from McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, to Gilbert, re a lecture he gave there, 1940; letter from Dr. -Ing. Carl von Seemann to Gilbert, re his opinion on certain Egyptian objects, 1941; letter to Stewart from Jessie Eagleson re Cavan Blazers, 1944 (also newspaper clipping re Cavan Blazers); letter to Stewart from Audrey Hollis re her new pup, mentions the Bagnani's dogs, 1945; letter from Gilbert to "Philip" re his criticism of T.C.S. [Trinity College School], 1945; letter from Gilbert Norwood to Gilbert re returning to classes [in Toronto]; plus other miscellaneous letters


21: Letters from Gilbert to Stewart, [1951]; letter to Gilbert from The Institute for Advanced Study, New Jersey, re tomb inscriptions, 1952; letter to Gilbert and Stewart from Ron and Vivien Williams re their life at Oxford (includes 3 photos: the Williams family and one unknown girl; Gilbert and Stewart, one unknown girl and the Williams children; Gilbert and Stewart and one dog (Note: all the people in the photos are in Arab dress), 1953; letter from Vers [Verschoyle Blake] regarding property ownership in Newmarket [& Whitechurch Township] in the late 1700's and early 1800's (attached is a copy of the will of Elisha Beeman, "second husband of Esther, widow of Christopher Robinson... who died in 1798"); letter from William Ronald (member of Painters Eleven, and creator of the murals in the "Ronald Room" at Vogrie) to Stewart asking her to be a referee for his application for a Guggenheim, 1955; Archives of Ontario to Stewart requesting that she donate John Beverley Robinson papers in her possession to the Archives, 1956; University of Toronto to Gilbert re his salary, etc., 1957; letters and speech re "Paleologue's book", [1957]; letter re property in 128 Mount Pleasant Road, Toronto; plus other miscellaneous letters, some of which are written in languages other than English


22: Letters to Gilbert re book donations, manuscript evaluations, etc.; letter to Gilbert from possible relatives, Bagnani Brothers Hauling, 1962; letters to Stewart from friends; letter from antique store regarding two antiques the Bagnani purchased from them, 1967 (two photographs of the antiques attached); letter to Gilbert from John Ecclestone, 1967; plus other miscellaneous letters


23: Letters to Stewart from Lakefield College School re a lecture she gave there, 1971; letter from Stewart to Miss Abbott re their Cobourg connection and restoration of the Cobourg town hall, 1972; letter to the Bagnani's from their nephew, Michael, 1973; letters from "Peter" to Stewart re his upcoming trial, 1973-1974; letter to Stewart from David Blackwood re her nomination for the medal of the Royal Canadian Academy, 1978; letter to Gilbert re banking arrangements; plus numerous miscellaneous letters from friends and acquaintances


24: Letter from Patrick Brode to Stewart re his historical research on Sir John Beverley Robinson, 1980; letter to the Bagnani's from a former Trent student who was gay, 1983; letters of condolence to Stewart re Gilbert's death, 1985; letter from University of Toronto re Gilbert's Memoir, 1985; card from Jean Murray Cole with a copy of her "The Old Doctor: A Backwoods Sketch by Catharine Parr Traill" attached, [1985]; letter to "Sally and Michael" re their residency in Vogrie while Stewart is away, 1985; letter from Molly Mackenzie to Stewart re Stewart's "horrid accident at the Art Gallery", 1987; letter to Stewart from Helen Davidson, 1987, with attached paper called "The Bagnani Residence - 1939" by Florence Davidson; letter and clipping re University of Toronto's exhibition of books donated from Gilbert's estate, 1987; letters from the University of Toronto Malcove Collection re Stewart's donation of three icons, 1989; letter to Stewart from Budge, 1989; plus other miscellaneous letters


25: Miscellaneous letters


26: Unfinished letter to Phil [from Gilbert] re his will and T.C.S. [Trinity College School]; letter from Stewart to Gilbert, she refers to "Vers" (Verschoyle Blake), who is a descendent of the Honourable Edward Blake, "Ardfree" in the address is the name of Vers's residence in Port Hope, in the letter it is evident that Stewart is staying there while Vogrie is being renovated, April 27 (Blake also designed the library which was added to Vogrie in the 1930's); Christmas note from Robertson and Brenda Davies; unfinished letter [from Stewart] re the Robinson arms; letters from Trinity College School to Gilbert; plus several letters from friends and acquaintances

Telegrams - [1910-1929]

27: Telegrams - numerous telegrams sent between Stewart and Gilbert; several telegrams expressing congratulations on their wedding, 1929; plus several other miscellaneous telegrams (Note: on several telegrams the date is indecipherable)

Box 2



Subseries a: Aunt Minnie's Diary
Note: Aunt Minnie was Stewart Bagnani's aunt, her mother's elder sister.


1: Minnie's original diaries: -1. "Minnie Robinson, Sleepy Hollow, October /74", covering October 3 1874 - January 3 1876 -2. "Minnie Robinson, February /8 76", covering February 1876 - January 1880

2: Green coil scribbler containing handwritten "Transcript of Minnie Robinson's Diary, Sleepy Hollow, October /74"

3: Notes, partial manuscripts for "My Aunt Minnie" written by Stewart Bagnani; also two letters to Stewart from the typist of the manuscript Note: Included within the notes of this folder are 5 handwritten transcripts of letters written to John B. Robinson, Chief Justice, Toronto, from Thomas Talbot, Port Talbot; one written in 1834, three in 1836, and one in 1837

4: Green binder containing typed manuscript of "My Aunt Minnie" by Stewart Bagnani (includes introductions to the diaries and transcripts of the diaries; also at the front of the binder is a handwritten copy of a poem by Kate Greenaway, 1883)

5: Letters to Stewart Bagnani about the draft of the "My Aunt Minnie" manuscript from Budge & Alan Wilson, 1978

6: Photographs - reproductions of 2 photographs -1. Minnie Robinson -2. Beverley House, Toronto, c.1867

Subseries b: Augusta Houston - Gardening Job Note: Augusta was Stewart Bagnani's mother.

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1: Notes and papers relating to Augusta's employment as an under gardener at the Glass Department, Eton, Windsor 1. Letters, 1919-192, written to Augusta from government agencies and agricultural companies re medicinal plants 2. Booklet with title "Old English Herbs from the Olitory at Stonehurst, Shanty Bay, Ontario, Canada" (contains uses of herbs, and recipes) 3. Augusta's diary, January 24 - February 5 1918, Eton, Windsor (9 pages of entries), mentions her work at the Royal Gardens at Frogmore; also, 1 page in book with title "Bees: Preventing of Swarming" Inserted loosely in the diary are the following: - "Particulars of Under Gardener's Post in Glass Department at Bryanston" - The Gardener: A Practical Journal for all interested in Gardening, July 13 1918 issue (published in London) - Miscellaneous papers 4. Envelope with title "Garden items" with newspaper articles, etc. relating to gardening; also, letter dated 1917 to Augusta from Winifred Lewis, Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Roehampton, re a joint "enterprise" they are considering 5. Handwritten notes on pruning, fruit trees, grafting, bees, melons, water, pears (dated 1917)

Subseries c: Prayers

2: Prayer found inside an envelope with title "Prayer written out by the first Mrs. Hagerman found among old papers, June 25, 1896"; 5 other prayers, one of which is dated 1877; newspaper clipping with title "Home Sweet Home"

Subseries d: Governor's Camp, St. Mary's Isle

3: "Governor's Camp, St. Mary's Isle: A Daily Chronicle" journal, dated 1885-1888; loosely inserted are the following: ink drawing of the camp with title "Governor's Island, Muskoka"; pencil room plan of a building, ink drawing of a building, pencil drawing and 2 water colours of buildings with titles "Napiers idea", "Captain Wise's idea", and "Katie Merritts idea"; ink sketch of an artist; also silhouettes glued into the inside of the front and back covers (the silhouettes indicate that the journal was compiled by a member or acquaintance of the Robinson family - to name a few, the silhouettes are labeled "Augusta Robinson", "Napier Robinson"; also loosely inserted page dated 1891 and written by M. Forsyth Grant (Minnie Robinson, Stewart Bagnani's aunt)

Subseries e: Hair

4: Hair - locks of hair: Envelope 1. Envelope with title "Minnies & Gussies hair, a lock of each, Minnies dark - Gussies light" Note: this envelope has one lock of darkish hair wrapped inside a piece of paper, and another lock of hair wrapped inside a piece of paper with title "Beverley's hair cut off when he was 2 years & 2 months old" Envelope 2. Envelope with title "The First Mrs. Hagerman's Hair Found among old papers etc., June 25th 1896" (inside are long reddish locks) 3. Envelope with title "Mrs. Strachan" (inside are numerous envelopes containing locks of hair: - "Lock of Babie's hair cut July 29th 1903, Born April 10th 1903 - Mrs. Stuart Houston, Cluny Ave." - "Hair for locket - return spare hair" - "Miss Augusta Robinson, Kentworth House, Leamington, Warwickshire, England" - "Baby's hair at 5 years old, Barrie, 1908[5]" - "[Will care] - "Baby's hair" - "Our Mother's hair - 1892" - included with lock of hair is a photograph of two children with inscription "[S--] & Margaret" 4. M.J.B.R. 1894 5. "Mother's hair" 6. "Hair out of brush"

Subseries f: Minnie Forsyth-Grant articles

5: Typed versions of published articles written by Minnie Forsyth-Grant: - "Memories of Government House: Passing of a Famous Social Shrine", The Globe, Toronto, Saturday, April 27, 1912 - "Bygone Days in Toronto", parts 1,2,3,4,, The Canadian Magazine, January, February, March, and April 1914 - "Servants of Bygone Days", Canadian Magazine, April 1917 - "Old-Time Politics and Elections", Canadian Magazine, November 1917

Subseries g: Miss [Augusta] Beverley Robinson: Opera

6: Opera programmes, listing "Miss Beverley Robinson" as one of the performers, 1885, 1886; also enclosed with one of the programmes is an unidentified photo of a woman [possibly Augusta Robinson] (Note: a press notice in this folder indicates that "Miss Beverley Robinson" is "Miss Augusta Beverley Robinson", [Stewart Bagnani's mother], daughter of the Hon. John Beverley Robinson, and granddaughter of Sir John Beverley Robinson)

Subseries h: Robinson/Houston Family Genealogy

7: Handwritten notes with genealogical information concerning the Robinson and Houston families

Subseries i: Miscellaneous Robinson/Houston Papers

8: "Character & fortune, [Mrs.] Robinson, 1894" - fortune teller's account

Pedigree chart of [cat] named "Sledwich", born Aug. 1918 (photo of mother cat with 5 kittens attached), owner Miss Stewart Houston

Order of proceedings for the installation of Christopher Robinson as chancellor of Trinity University, January 15 1902 (Note: Mrs. Stewart Houston sang at the installation ceremony); invitation to the installation to Mr. and Mrs. Houston attached (Christopher is Stewart Bagnani's uncle)

Statement of assets relating to the estate of Stewart Field Houston, undated

Two Ontario Blank Writing Books - inside each book is a listing of items for sale and who bought them [sale took place at the home of Augusta Houston on Augusta 15 1934]

Character sketch of "Miss Beverley Robinson"

Eulogy for Stewart Houston (Stewart Bagnani's father) by "CTR" [Christopher Robinson]

Tiny silver presentation plate inscribed as follows: "Presented to Mrs. John Beverley Robinson by the Rector and Congregation of St. Johns Church, Darlington as a token of their respect and regards - 15th January 1857"

"In Commemoration of Sir John Beverley Robinson, Bart". Pamphlet of the plaque unveiling ceremony, Toronto, October 6, 1988, Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada

"Letters from Thomas Talbot to John Beverley Robinson"/ edited by J.M.S. Careless. Reprint from Ontario History, Vol. xlix 1957, No.1 (note on front says "Sir JBR's letters donated by Stewart Bagnani to Ontario Archives)

"Sir Isaac Brock. The hero of Upper Canada"/ by Major-General C.W. Robinson, C.B. Reprint [source]: Royal United Service Institution, J.J. Keliher & Co., Ltd. Marshalsea Road, London, S.E. (note on front says "With love from C.W.R.")

Miscellaneous items

Box 4



Subseries a: Classical (Birthday) Conference in Honour of Gilbert Bagnani, April 26, 1975


1: Conference held at Trent University: "The Mediterranean World: Papers presented in honour of Gilbert Bagnani..., April 26, 1975"; related correspondence, birthday cards, etc.

Subseries b: Fiftieth Wedding Anniversary of Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani, June 27, 1979

2: Anniversary party held at the home of Tom Symons: guest lists, letters and cards (includes numerous letters addressed to the Symons'); invitation, congratulatory message to the Bagnani's from Edward Schreyer, Governor General of Canada

Subseries c: Correspondence between Stewart Bagnani and Trent University, 1965-1975, 1988-1989 (Note: Stewart's lecture notes on art and other art-related materials are found in Series D)

3: Correspondence between Stewart and Trent University re her position as special lecturer in art and as director of Mackenzie Gallery, lecture schedules, etc. (also included is a sketch of the building which housed Mackenzie Gallery before it opened as a gallery, by David Woods, 1971; also wedding photo of Mr. & Mrs. Gengembre-Curwood, 1970); miscellaneous letters to Stewart regarding the Bagnani medal, etc.; also financial records, etc. relating to Mackenzie Gallery

Subseries d: Miscellaneous Trent-related Material (including letters to Gilbert)

4: Two letters to Gilbert, 1964 & 1965, re his teaching appointment at Trent University; miscellaneous Trent-related notices, invitations, etc.; proposal re introduction of music at Trent; other miscellaneous material



(Note: See Series C Subseries c for correspondence related to Stewart's position at Trent University as art lecturer and Mackenzie Gallery director)

Subseries a: National Gallery of Canada

5: Correspondence, flyers, etc., 1968-1971

Subseries b: Art Gallery of Ontario

6: Flyers, brochures, correspondence, loan agreements, minutes, miscellaneous negatives, etc., 1959-1990

7: Materials relating to seminars, conferences, exhibits, etc. 1967-1970

Subseries c: Art Gallery of Toronto

8: Flyers, brochures relating to exhibitions, etc. 1944-1964

Subseries d: Art Gallery of Cobourg (See Box 5)

9: Flyers, brochures, correspondence 1979-1980

Subseries e: Miscellaneous Galleries

10: Correspondence, brochures, receipts, etc. relating to Peterborough Centennial Museum & Archives, The Art Museum (Princeton University), Art Gallery of Northumberland, The Art Gallery of Peterborough, The Robert McLaughlin Gallery (attached is a photo of Ray Mead, Robert Fulford, and Stewart Bagnani, 1979), The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Edmonton Art Gallery, ROM; History of Medicine Museum; etc.

Subseries f: Correspondence from Artists

11: Correspondence from artists

Subseries g: Art Exhibit Announcements & Invitations, Artists' Biographies, etc.

12: Art exhibit brochures, biographical sketches of artists, newspaper and magazine clippings pertaining to art, etc.

Subseries h: Magazine & Newspaper Clippings, etc.

13: Magazine and newspaper clippings pertaining to art, etc.

Subseries i: Christmas Cards from Artists

14: Christmas cards from artists

Subseries j: Lecture Notes, etc.

15: Lecture notes on art, notes referring to artists and specific pieces of art, transcripts of lectures given, etc.; (Note: in this folder, 2 photos of paintings, one of which is by Hercules Seghers)

Box 5


1: as above; also 4 notebooks

2: as above

3: as above; also 9 notebooks

Subseries k: Miscellaneous

4: Miscellaneous papers pertaining to art, etc.




5: Bishop Strachan School exercise book with handwritten poems, etc. by various poets

History of furniture - lecture notes, etc.

6: Published articles, including articles published in Bishop Strachan School publications; also "Bishop Strachan School Jubilee Record - 1867-1927" commemorative book

7: Stewart Bagnani's watercolours of the textile patterns from the Coptic Church, all contained in a watercolour sketchbook labelled "Blocco per acquarello", 31 cm x 25 cm

8: Opera programmes: "Opera in Vienna" paper; several programmes, etc. related to performances by Robert Soetens and Minka Roustcheva; etc. (Note: Stewart was a committee member of The Opera Committee of the Royal Conservatory of Music of the University of Toronto, c.1954; she was also a member of the Wardrobe Committee of the RCM, c.1948)

9: Theater programmes, 1950's-1970's, 1991 (includes The Peterborough Summer Theater programs for 1950); photographs, transparencies, and watercolours of characters of the play "Antigone", 1947 (Note: Stewart was connected with the Ontario Classical Association); handwritten notes [about a play]

10: Visitor's Book with signatures given to Stewart on the occasion of her birthday in 1991; instructions from a doctor to Stewart, unsigned and undated



(Note: See Box 4 Folder 9 for related material; Stewart Bagnani was a director of The Society for the Restoration of Victoria Hall)

11: Newspaper clippings, fundraising plans, correspondence, programmes, etc. re the restoration and reopening of Victoria Hall, Cobourg; also Cobourg Daily Star souvenir edition, September 30 1983, commemorating the opening of Victoria Hall



(Note: In the interest of maintaining the provenance, photos which were originally found together inside envelopes, etc. have been kept together. While some of these are identifiable, others are not)

Subseries a: Stewart Bagnani's Family

Box 6


1: #1. young girl holding baby, unidentified, presumed to be Stewart's cousins in England, c.1910-1918

  1. Hon. John Beverley Robinson, Toronto, 1820-1896

  2. Hon. Justice Hagerman

  3. Stewart Houston (Bagnani), with her father, Stewart Houston

  4. Louisa Robinson, daughter of Sir John B. Robinson (Note: she was the first wife of George Allan) - daguerreotype, 6th plate

  5. Augusta (Robinson) Houston, wife of Stewart Houston, and mother of Stewart Houston (Bagnani) (on back of photo "Victoria Era")

7-10. [Augusta Robinson]

  1. Augusta (Robinson) Houston, with black spaniel (2 copies)

  2. [Stewart F. Houston], with black spaniel

  3. Black spaniel (see 11 & 12)

  4. [Stewart F. Houston] (see 11 & 12)

  5. Stewart F. Houston, husband of Augusta, and father of Stewart Houston (Bagnani)

16-28. Augusta (Robinson) Houston in Cairo, 1933 (also one negative-#28)

  1. silhouette of woman facing right (on back of frame "Sam'l Johnson, LLD" - framed)

  2. silhouette of man facing left

  3. silhouette of man facing left (on back "Hagerman or MacCauley"

  4. Augusta (Robinson) Houston, 1920?

32a. Augusta (Robinson) Houston (on back of photo "A.L.H. 1919"

32b. Alan Houston

32c. [Bill and Barbara Houston], 1965

32d. Houston tombstone [Louisa's grave, Rome?] (Note: negative only)

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36: 32b. [Augusta & Stewart Houston wedding photo] (Note: This photo is unidentified but the woman in the wedding gown appears to be the same woman as in photos #7-10)


2: 33. "Cyril T. Houston" photo album - several photos, many of which were taken during W.W. I (Cyril was a cousin of Stewart's & was killed in a plan crash in Belgium; Stewart visited his grave in 1929 on a visit through Belgium)

Subseries b: Stewart Bagnani

3: 34 Stewart as a child dressed in a ballerina costume (framed)

35-59. Stewart as a child

60-84. Stewart as a young girl (#73 is an accompanying photo, not of Stewart; #80-82 are negatives)

4: 85-98. Stewart with others at the beach in Towyn, Wales

99-165. Stewart as a young girl, several of which are with other people, ie. soldiers, etc. (Note: several accompanying photos, not of Stewart; photos #120-156 are inside a smaller envelope with title "Sledwich, August 1918"; #157-163 are negatives of Stewart with soldiers, etc.)

5: 166-179. Stewart as an adult (Note: #177-179 are prints taken of a portrait painted by Edward Halliday, 1936

6: 180-184. Stewart & others at a school (Note: Stewart appears to be giving a lecture; #184 has a list of names on the back identifying the students in the photo)

185-186. Stewart and "Master Ames", who won the silver Cup for "the best pony outfit driven by a small owner"; the Cup was a "memorial to the late Mr. Stewart Houston" and was presented by Stewart, 1910 (newspaper clipping attached)

187-190. Stewart and others on sleighs in the snow

  1. Stewart presenting Glen Park School with a reproduction of Dutch art

  2. Stewart at Shanty Bay (enclosed in a Christmas card [1972]

193-194. S. [Stewart] Houston and M. McLaren, Bridesmaids, wedding of [G.] Houston to [G.] Nordheimer, 1909

194a-194e. Stewart Bagnani passport-size photos

194f. Stewart Bagnani with an iguana

Subseries c: Stewart and Gilbert Bagnani's Wedding (includes copperplate for wedding invitation)

7: 195. Stewart and Gilbert wedding photo, inside an embroidered frame

196-199. "Ethel in Montreal on our honeymoon...", "Me at the Casino Monte Carlo", etc. [These photos may have been taken on Stewart and Gilbert's honeymoon]

200a-200c. Copperplate for the invitation to Stewart and Gilbert's wedding reception, June 27 1929, plus 2 copies of invitation

Subseries d: Stewart and Gilbert with their Dogs

Box 7


1: 201-267. Stewart and Gilbert with their Suluki dogs (Note: #266-267 are of Stewart and Gilbert dressed in what may be Arabic dress, with their dogs, possibly in [Egypt]; also several negatives)

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36: #267a-267k. Oversized photos of Stewart and Gilbert with their dogs

Subseries e: Vogrie, Port Hope


2: 268-380. Stewart and Gilbert's home in Port Hope, called "Vogrie after another, ancestral home" (City & Country Home, March 1987, p.80) - several photos of the exterior of the house, the grounds, the barn raising, the building of the library, farming, stump pulling, 3 aerial photos, several unidentified photos of a baby on the grounds of Vogrie [1959], etc.; also several negatives

Subseries f: Strathallan (near Barrie)

3: 381-386. Strathallan, 1909 and 1926 (Note: Strathallan was Stewart's family home before she married; one the photos is on the front of a post card which was sent by Augusta, Stewart's mother, to Mrs. (Minnie) Forsyth-Grant, Augusta's sister) - also several negatives

Subseries g: World War I

4: 387-461. World War I photos of soldiers (most are unidentified, while some appear to be Gilbert and General Bagnani, Gilbert's father)

Subseries h: Stewart Bagnani's Birthday Party

5: 462-497. This party was held at Vogrie in Stewart's honour - Stewart is an elderly woman

Subseries i: Gilbert Bagnani

6: 498-525. Gilbert Bagnani (Note: #515 is of Gilbert at a Trent University convocation; #516 has attached to it a newspaper clipping and letter, re tomb findings in Greece; #517-519 are thought to be Gilbert - also 2 negatives; #520-521 are of Gilbert and numerous others inside a large auditorium - Gilbert gave an address about reliefs discovered at Tebtunis in Egypt, 1931; #522-524 are characters of Gilbert - 2 are mounted behind glass; #525 is a photo of a painting of Gilbert)

Subseries j: Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani - Miscellaneous

7: 526-541. Gilbert and Stewart (Note: #538-539 are of Gilbert and Stewart at Trent University)

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36: #542 is an oversized photo of Gilbert and Stewart's 50th wedding anniversary - 5 photos inside a frame

Subseries k: Gilbert Bagnani's Family


8: 543. Young man, presumed to be James Dewar; inscribed on backcard: "John [F.] Dewar from his brother James Dewar" (ambrotype - framed in "ninth plate", gold colored, oval mat, metal frame, glass)

544-546. [James Dewar] (Note: #545-546 are ambrotypes in framed leather cases, gold colored fancy edged mats, inner covers faced with red silk, cases close with hook and eye fastening)

  1. Young woman (in octagonal frame case, elaborate design on outer faces of the case, inner cover faced with velvet stamped design, "gold" mat has elaborate edge)

547a. A photograph of 2 photos: photo #547, and a framed photo of a woman

  1. Older woman (tinted ambrotype, case of leather has "G.& D. Hay photographists, 68 Princess St., Edinburgh" on back, inner cover faced with velvet, portrait is within gold oval mat)

  2. "500 Dufferin Ave, London, Ontario - photo taken by Major Bagnani - his son Gilbert is in the foreground" - C.J.S.B.", 1906

  3. "Malcolm Dewar aged six 1921 at Binley, Hampshire"

  4. "Gertrude Dewar (Staple Bretherton) 1921 Binley, Hampshire"

  5. Gilbert in arms of his mother, his grandmother on the left, Rome

  6. Mme. Bagnani & volunteers rolling bandages during World War I

  7. Photocopy and negative of Florence Ruby (Dewar) Bagnani (Gilbert's mother), Annie Jane (Hughes) Dewar, Gilbert Forrest Guiseppi Bagnani (Stewart's husband) aged 5 or 6

554a-554d. Photos on the face of postcards of people who may either be Bagnani relatives or acquaintances, dated 1910-1912 and references to Gilbert Bagnani and Mrs. Ugo Bagnani

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36:

  1. Oversized photo - "Al Colonnelo [] Ugo Bagnani..." (Gilbert's father)

  2. Florence Dewar Bagnani - court presentation portrait (Gilbert's mother)

Subseries l: Archaeological Sites, Architectural Structures and Buildings, Monuments, Pictures of Paintings & Sculptures, etc., presumably in Greece and Italy (Note: many are unidentified; many are identified in non-English languages such as Greek, Italian, etc.; many are in post-card format)

Box 8

Loose in the box: #557. Photo album, "1917"

  1. Photo album (album cover is leather and is engraved, inner surface of cover is faced with silk

  2. Photo album (contains postcards of English churches, etc.)

  3. Photo album (album cover is perhaps of handblocked printed card)


1: 561. 40 postcards, all of which were originally in a plastic album

2: 562. 39 postcards, all of which were originally in a plastic album

Box 9


1: 563-610. Aerial views of the archaeological site of Tebtunis, etc. (also miscellaneous notes attached)

2: 611. Numerous photos of famous paintings & sculptures, including 2 glass negatives [could be pictorial aids for Stewart's lectures]

3: 612. Numerous miscellaneous photos, including 1 glass negative

Subseries m: People in the Desert and/or at Archaeological Sites (Note: Some of the people in these photos may be Gilbert and Stewart Bagnani)

4 : 613-615. A delegation of people posing in front of archaeological ruins (Note: one of the members may be Gilbert)

616-624. People riding camels in the desert

625-627. [Gilbert & Stewart] standing beside a car on the desert, plus two accompanying photographs

  1. Numerous tiny photographs, three slides, and negatives of people in the desert and in front of some archaeological ruins (one of the people may be Gilbert)

628a. Twelve photographs plus negatives of a desert/foothill area

Subseries n: People (Miscellaneous) Identified

5: 629. George Kirkpatrick

630-632. Christopher and Alison Woodbury (#632 includes their parents)

  1. [Gihello Zyi]

  2. [Stewart]'s maid, [Idelma] with her first baby

  3. "Mrs. Charles Magrath, "Cousin Ann", lived in Peter Sr. & died aged nearly 100"

  4. "P.E. Gun, May 29th 1896"

637-638. "Proofs - Rev. & Mrs. R.G. Cox" (2 negatives only)


6: 639-716. (Note: #664 is of a woman, dated Dec. 1880, Government House, Toronto; #716 is of a man and is framed - the inscription is indecipherable, dated 1929)

Subseries o: Places (Miscellaneous)

7: Identified

  1. England - various photos of people and places (Note: a child is identified in one of the photos as Stewart - there are several photos of the same group of children)

  2. Convocation Hall, University of Toronto

  3. Rome - various photos and negatives

  4. Scenic photos of forest and lakeshore [Dummer Township?]

  5. England - various photos of people and places (Note: one of the photos may be of Stewart)

  6. Monzie Castle


8: 723. Numerous photos of unidentified places (includes photos and negatives of an unidentified modern tomb stone)

Subseries p: Unidentified Negatives

9: Numerous unidentified negatives (also 3 miscellaneous photos, one of a dog and two of a lunar moth)



Box 10


1: Sir John Beverley Robinson, Bart's bookplate

Jack Frost Christmas card booklet from Aunt Minnie [Minnie (Robinson) Forsyth-Grant]

[Christmas card from Margaret B. Robinson "Pearl"]

J.F. Dewar, M.D. bookplate (9 copies)

Florence Dewar/Ugo Bagnani wedding invitation, 1897

2: Gilbert Bagnani nameplates; Stewart Bagnani nameplates

3: 1900's (Note: all postcards to Miss Edith Prichard in Rome and Paris)

4: 1910's

5: 1920's

6: 1930's

7: 1950's

8: 1960's

9: 1970's (Note: includes a booklet form Christmas card from Robertson and Brenda Davies to Gilbert and Stewart - the booklet is comprised of a short story by Davies entitled "The Heart of a Merry Christmas" [1970])

10: 1980's

11: 1990's

12: Dates unknown

13: Dates unknown (Note: includes a booklet form Christmas card from Pat [Mearry] (The Macmillan Company of Canada Limited) - the booklet is comprised of an extract of the book entitled "The bear who stole the chinook" by Frances Fraser)

14: Dates unknown

15: Cards with backs removed, ie. front piece only (Note: these front pieces appear to be original paintings and sketches - artists unidentified, except for one which may say "Town - 50", and another which says "JW")

16: Blank postcards

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36: Bagnani Christmas card, blank - also two original photographs of the image used on the card, mounted (1971)


17: Initialed note paper "SB"

18: Envelopes (addressed to Robinsons, Houstons, Hagermans, Ugo Bagnani, Florence Dewar, etc.); also, several loose stamps



(Note: includes birth and baptism certificates, passports, wills, several documents and obituaries which reveal information pertaining to the Bagnani/Dewar family genealogies, etc.)

Subseries a: Stewart Bagnani

Box 11


1 :Two birth certificates, baptism certificate, 2 passports, wills, etc.

Subseries b: Gilbert Bagnani

2: Copy of birth certificate, 4 passports, 3 passport photographs, certificate of alien registration, military document, miscellaneous documents

3: Wills, plus related correspondence, etc.

4: Estate documents (addressed to Stewart), plus related correspondence, etc.

Subseries c: Ugo Bagnani and Florence (Dewar) Bagnani

5: Ugo Bagnani passport; Florence Bagnani passport and will, military documents, etc.

Subseries d: Bagnani/Dewar Family

6: Wills, obituaries, and other documents relating to John George Dewar, Gilbert Innes Dewar, John Forrest Dewar, Ann Jane (Hughes) Dewar (Florence's mother); Alfred Dewar's family tree, compiled 1909; letter written to Annie Hughes, Port Hope, from her brother, George Hughes (newspaper clipping attached of obituary of Geo. Hughes, son of Dr. Hughes of Port Hope - note on back says "Grandmother's brother"); Resolution of the Commissioners of the Port Hope Harbour, June 5 1868 - expression of sorrow at the [passing of the father of Mr. George Hughes, former secretary of the board], signed by Jas. H. Hagerman, Secretary to Harbour Commission (note on bottom says "Grandmother's father")



Subseries a: Childhood Memorabilia

Box 12


1: "Baby's Words and Whys" leather bound booklet, records Gilbert's birth date, first words and sayings, etc.; "Gilbert's curls cut off on the 21st June 1906 - Verona", hair in small envelope; school paper "The Balloon" from private school days in England, May 1913 (age 13)

Subseries b: University Memorabilia

2: University of Rome student card, 1917; [university degree certificates], 1921; letter of presentation/recommendation re research on codices, 1926; and other miscellaneous documents

Subseries c: Lecture Announcements, Academic Affiliations

3: Miscellaneous lecture announcements, 1926, 1957, 1964; Hatfield Hall School Magazine, Cobourg, June 1944 (Gilbert was a visiting teacher); University of Toronto Hart House debate, 1950 (Gilbert was the speaker and Prime Minister Louis St. Laurent was a guest): includes event schedule, a photo of the students in the Great Hall, Hart House (in Large Materials Cabinet), The Varsity, March 18 1952; Norwood District High School commencement exercises, 1972 (Gilbert presented a prize)

Subseries d: Plaques and Certificates

4: Classics Club of R.H. King Collegiate Institute pin and honorary life member plaque, 1958; Italian Community of Toronto in the Field of Education devoted service plaque, 1963; Ontario Heritage Foundation and Ministry of Citizenship and Culture appreciation plaque, 1984

Subseries e: Retirement Tributes; Memoirs

5: Gargoyle, University College March 24, 1966 issue with article "Prof. Bagnani Retires; University College Principal D.V. LePan's annual report in which he mentions Gilbert's retirement; "Observations on the Perils of Teaching Classics, presented to Professor Gilbert Bagnani on the occasion of his 70th birthday, April 26, 1970" by Quis L. Curwood and Susan Smith; "Gentleman-Scholar: A Memoir of Gilbert Bagnani" by Leonard Woodbury, 1985; "Gilbert F. Bagnani - 1900-1985", Proceedings of the Royal Society of Canada, 1985; "Memoire du Professor Bagnani", author unknown

Subseries f: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

On Shelf beside Box 12: "Bagnani: A Keepsake Album, 1987" - beautiful bound encased book presented "For Stewart Bagnani with the thanks and best wishes of the staff of the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, Dec. 22, 1987" re the donation of rare books from Gilbert's estate - book contains several mounted photographs of the rare books displays, and people, including Stewart; also copy of "Ex Bibliotheca Vogriana Gilberti Bagnani, Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, October - December 1987"

Subseries g: Gilbert's Writings

6: Published articles

7: Published articles

8: Articles in typewritten, unpublished format (the author of these has not been identified, but it is probable that Gilbert is the author)

9: as above

10: Working papers relating to his work in Egypt, written in Italian [1932]

Large Materials Cabinet - Drawer 36: Plan of Tebtunis by architect Fausto Franco, 1931


11: Notebook containing incomplete article on the Dreyfus affair; also contains some research into word changes

Subseries h: Research Materials

12: Notes

13: Notes on hieroglyphics

14: Notes and photographs, relating to archaeological sites, etc. (originally all contained in a small white box)

15: Notes and photographs, relating to archaeological sites, etc. (includes salary records for site employees, and one letter from an employee to Gilbert)

Subseries i: Archaeological Site Employee Records, etc.

16: Salary records for site employees, letter from an employee to Gilbert, etc., 1933-1936



Box 13


1: Published articles, author identified

2: as above

3: Articles in unpublished format, author identified



Box 14

Loose in box: (Note: These booklets all seem to have originated from Stewart or Gilbert Bagnani; several have loosely inserted enclosures) Diaries; address books; weather diaries; wedding presents list booklet (S. Houston); menu book; engagement books; small notebooks containing riddles and limericks, expense books; etc.

Envelope #1: [Florence Bagnani] "Clippings" envelope book - this volume contains bound envelopes rather than pages; some of the envelopes contain newspaper clippings, while others contain handwritten recipes (one card with a presumed recipe on the back (Italian) is addressed to Florence Bagnani, 1906)

Envelope #2: "Kate Greenaway's Birthday Book for Children" - this small publication contains illustrations and verses with blank, lined pages on which names are handwritten (some of these are Dewars, with dates ranging 1870's-1880's)

"Letter Register", presumed to be Augusta Houston's - visits paid, letters received, letters sent, expenses, etc.; dates include 1897, 1899, 1933 & 1934; several names mentioned including [Mrs.] Christopher Robinson, [1897], and Florence Bagnani, [1934]



Box 15


1: Farm employee records, including Ontario Youth Employment Program applications, payment records, etc. 1970's; also, "Rules & regulations & code of operation... as it applies to the "owner", "manager", and assistant manager", 1972

2: Farm account records: 6 black notebooks with labels dating 1947-1968; 7 additional notebooks listing income and general farm expenses, 1958-1969

Loose in box: Financial records: six duotangs of accounting records, with receipts attached, 1981-1986

3: Farm and equipment expenses and receipts, guarantees, etc.

4: Farm insurance documents, tax notices

5: Livestock records

6: Farm machinery instructions, miscellaneous brochures, etc. dealing with farming

7: Vogrie property mortgage documents, deeds, indentures, history of land, 1914-1966

Loose in box: [Vogrie] Guest book: "To Casa Bagnani from Mother - Rome, Thursday the 27th February 1930" (Note: the book has several pages of guest signatures, dated 1930-1961; the guest book appears to have been taken with the Bagnani's to Tebtunis as well, as several pages in the 1930's have the heading "Tebtunis"; included in the guest book are the signatures of King Victor Emmanuel III and Queen Helena and their royal party for the visit to the site March 6, 1933; loosely inserted in the book is a poem written in Latin.)

Large Materials Cabinet: Drawer 36: Stable floor plan, 1937

City and Country Home, March 1987 issue, which features the article "Vogrie: An Archaeologist's Find"; also, a set of proofs for the article (6 sheets), plus a letter from the editor



Box 16


1: Florence Bagnani - miscellaneous receipts, bank records, bank shares certificates, 1884, 1919-1935

2: Anne J. Dewar - bank statements, bank shares certificate; Toronto Stock Exchange transactions lists, 1897, 1902, 1903; Cassels, Son & Co. investment list, 1877

3: Mrs. Schwartz, Port Hope - miscellaneous receipts, 1901-1907

4: Gilbert and Stewart: receipts, animal vaccine records, miscellaneous tax notices, tax returns re Florence Bagnani Estate; Royalty Statement for Gilbert; municipal enumeration record, 1977 etc.

5: Gilbert and Stewart: records of assets, bank reports, records of bank transactions, etc.

6: Lease and purchase documents re: 128 Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto

7: Gilbert's Drivers Licenses

8: Stewart's Drivers Licenses

Loose in box: Bank books



9: Plan of Rome; maps of Ontario, Quebec and Central Europe



Box 17


1: Correspondence between Stewart Bagnani and Kevin O'Brien re Oscar Wilde's Canadian Visit, includes signed photo of Oscar Wilde, 1882



2: Inventories of furniture and receipts of art purchases, includes 5 notebooks from 1930's and list from 1900

3: Recipes

4: Miscellaneous pamphlets, brochures and museum tickets; etc.

5: Material relating to R.P. Vivian

6: Miscellaneous notes including: Verschoyle Blake's poem; fragments of letters, collection of bookmarks; etc.

7: Miscellaneous newspaper clippings re Bagnanis; etc.

8: Obituary of Mrs. Harriet A.M. Bethune; Death announcement of Admiral Edward W. Tournour

Box 18


1: Newspaper clippings from The Illustrated London News, 1860; programme re Festa Nazionale Italiana from Italian Consulate, Toronto, 1978; Ancestral tree of European Royal Dynasties; price list of antique books (Rome, 1957); A Century has Roots: Masque performed at Hart House, 1953; etc.

2: Miscellaneous art: Watercolours - [Triberg], Aug. [1885]; Flowers, [1888]; Ladies costume, undated; charcoal sketch of man's costume, undated; ink sketch of ships, [1910]

3: 3 unidentified documents [in Latin] from 1662; 1776; [1760]

Box 19

Books of Prayers (some with insertions and notes)

Alternative identifier(s)

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Standard number

Access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Language of description

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