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Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 109
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
109
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1914–1974
Physical Description
71 cm of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
John Judah Glass was born in England on 31 October 1897 to Morris and Pearl Glass. In 1907, he immigrated to Toronto—two years after his father. In 1917, he graduated from the University of Toronto. During the First World War, he served overseas in the 58th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and was awarded the Military Medal for bravery. In 1921, Glass he earned his law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School. That same year, he was called to the Ontario bar. Glass became a practicing barrister and solicitor and was a member of the Canadian Bar Association.
Glass went on to have a political career that spanned fifteen years. From 1928 to 1930, he served as trustee for the Toronto Board of Education. From 1931 to 1934, he represented the former Ward 4 as alderman in Toronto City Council. From 1934 to 1943, he represented the St. Andrew riding as Liberal MPP in the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. In 1943, he left the world of active politics.
A significant portion of Glass' life was devoted to Jewish community work. For more than ten years, he was national president of the Canadian Federation of Polish Jews. He was also a member of Beth Tzedec Congregation's board of governors, a past president of the Toronto Zionist Council, a member of the Zionist Organization of Canada's national and regional executive, a founder of the Canadian Jewish Congress, a past president of Toronto B'nai Brith, and a founder and first president of the General Wingate Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. His affiliations included the Toronto Council of Christians and Jews, the Palestine Lodge, the Jewish Home for the Aged and Baycrest Hospital, the Jewish Historical Society, United Jewish Appeal, the Jewish National Fund, and State of Israel Bonds.
In addition to his involvement in various Jewish organizations, Glass was a Mason and past-president of the Scarborough Liberal Association. He died on 22 September 1973 and was survived by his wife, Anne Ethel Glass (née Horowitz), and two sons, George and Jesse.
Scope and Content
Fonds documents the life of John Judah Glass (1897-1973), including his involvement in the military, politics, and the Jewish community. The fonds is divided into three series: Artifacts, Documents, and Photographs.
Of note are those records documenting Glass' military service in the First and Second World Wars and his progression through the ranks of public service from lawyer to trustee of the Board of Education, Toronto City Council alderman, and Liberal member of the Parliament of Ontario.
Records also document Glass' participation in the unveiling of the Vimy Ridge Memorial as representative of the Government of Ontario and his role in the purchase of a historic building on Spadina Avenue for a new Zionist headquarters. (The chain of ownership of that property since 1883 is detailed in the records.)
Name Access
Glass, John J., 1897-1973
Subjects
Politicians
Repro Restriction
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Physical Condition
Some of the textual records are in poor condition and are enclosed in plastic. Panoramic photos are in fragile condition.
Creator
Glass, John J., 1897-1973
Places
Canada
France
Israel
United States
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Series
Fonds
109
Series
1
Material Format
object
Date
1914–1968
Physical Description
32 objects
Scope and Content
Series comprises thirty-two artifacts that belonged to John J. Glass. Included are military medals and medallions, commemorative coins, and other objects such as an alderman pin.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
1
Material Format
object
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 pin : gold
Scope and Content
Item is a gold alderman pin. The words Canadian National Exhibition are on the top and bottom of the pin; the name John J. Glass is engraved on the back.
Name Access
Canadian National Exhibition
Subjects
City council members
Physical Condition
Pin is in good condition but is missing the red ribbon. The red of the maple leaves are turning green in the corners.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
2
Material Format
object
Date
1932
Physical Description
1 pin : gold
Scope and Content
Item is a gold alderman pin for the year 1932. The words Canadian National Exhibition are on the top and bottom of the pin; the name John J. Glass is engraved on the back.
Name Access
Canadian National Exhibition
Subjects
City council members
Physical Condition
Pin is in good condition but is missing the red ribbon. The red of the maple leaves are turning green in the corners.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
3
Material Format
object
Date
1933
Physical Description
1 pin : gold
Scope and Content
Item is a gold alderman pin for the year 1933. The words Canadian National Exhibition are on the top and bottom of the pin; the name John J. Glass is engraved on the back.
Name Access
Canadian National Exhibition
Subjects
City council members
Physical Condition
Pin is in good condition but is missing the red ribbon. The red of the maple leaves are turning green in the corners.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
4
Material Format
object
Date
1934
Physical Description
1 pin : gold
Scope and Content
Item is a gold alderman pin for the year 1934. The words Canadian National Exhibition are on the top and bottom of the pin; the name John J. Glass is engraved on the back.
Name Access
Canadian National Exhibition
Subjects
City council members
Physical Condition
Pin is in good condition but is missing the red ribbon. The red of the maple leaves are turning green in the corners.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
5
Material Format
object
Date
1936
Physical Description
1 medallion : bronze ; 5 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze medallion. Canada and France are written vertically on both sides of a woman looking to the ground and dangling a wreath by her side. She is standing on a stage that has the text VIMY. Text on the statue reads: "Canadian Pilgrimage." The other side of the medallion has an image of the Canadian war memorial at Vimy Ridge with a dedication underneath it that reads: "In memoriam sexacinto millum Canadiensium oui annon domini MCMXIV-MCMXVIII arms vitra mare vitam pro patria vitro dediderunt."
Subjects
Monument commémoratif du Canada à Vimy (Pas-de-Calais, France)
Places
Vimy (France)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
6
Material Format
object
Date
May 1962
Physical Description
1 medallion ; bronze
Custodial History
Item is a bronze medallion with Hebrew and English writing along its border. There is a Hebrew expression in the centre that is surrounded by a star pattern. There is an inscription on the other side of the medallion with the State of Israel's crest in the top right hand corner. The date on the back reads: May 29-31 1962.
Name Access
World Council of Synagogues
Physical Condition
Good condition. The metal is tarnishing and darkening around the letters and symbols. Oxidization.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
7
Material Format
object
Date
1939
Physical Description
1 medallion : oval ; 5.5 cm wide
Custodial History
This medallion was given to Rt. Hon. Mackenzie King at the Royal York in August 1939.
Scope and Content
Item is an oval-shaped medallion with three faces (Canadian prime ministers?) on the front and the years 1919–1939. On the back is written the following:
1939-1939
ANNIVERSARY BANQUET TO
RT. HON. MACKENZIE KING
ROYAL YORK HOTEL
AUGUST 8, 1939
TORONTO
Name Access
Canada. Prime Minister (1935-1948 : King)
Royal York Hotel (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Dinners and dining
Hotels
Prime ministers
Physical Condition
Fair. Ribbon has fold lines and is darkened. Medallion is oxidizing and tarnished on both sides.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 8
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
8
Material Format
object
Date
1936
Physical Description
1 medal : silver
Scope and Content
Item is a silver medal hanging from a blue-and-yellow ribbon, which is attached to a silver Canadian Legion pin with a beaver on it.
Name Access
Royal Canadian Legion
Physical Condition
Fair. Medal is worn and has white plaque.
Places
Vimy (France)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
9
Material Format
object
Date
1952
Physical Description
1 coin : bronze ; 3 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze coin with the profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on one side and writing on the other side. The writing, which is found beneath a crown, reads:
E II R
CANADA.
Around the circumference of the coin are the following words: "ELIZABETH II REGINA CORONATA MCMLII.
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
Subjects
Queens--Great Britain
Physical Condition
Fair. There is white plaque around "E II R" and the coin is quite marked up. Red markings. The raised face of the sovereign's profile is also darkened.
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
10
Material Format
object
Date
1930
Physical Description
1 coin : copper ; 3.5 cm in diam.
Admin History/Bio
The coin was a welcome coin for the Shriners 1930 convention in Toronto.
Scope and Content
Item is a copper coin. On one side, there are flags behind a maple leaf with writing around the border. In the centre of the maple there is writing that reads:
PEACE
JUNE 1930.
Around the border the writing reads: 36th IMPERIAL COUNCIL SESSION [?]WN-OVV.
On the other side of the coin, there are two people shaking hands. The writing around the border reads: CONVENTION TORONTO 1930 WELCOME.
Name Access
Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine for North America
Subjects
Congresses and conventions
Fraternal organizations
Physical Condition
Poor. The writing on the coin is hard to read due to dirt. Oxidization.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
11
Material Format
object
Date
1914-1968
Physical Description
1 pin ; silver : 7 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a silver pin holding four ribbons: blue; white and red; purple, yellow, blue, green, orange, and yellow; and white and blue. At the end of each ribbon is a coin approximately one-and-a-half centimetres in diameter. All have writing on one side and an image on the other. Images include a man riding a horse, a goddess with wings, King George V and Queen Mary, and King George VI and Queen Elizabeth.
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952
Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Great Britain, 1867-1953
Subjects
Monarchy
Physical Condition
Fair. Medals are severely oxidized and tarnished, particularly near the top portion that connects to the ribbons.
Accession Number
1979-12-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
12
Material Format
object
Date
25 Dec. 1957
Physical Description
1 pin : white ; 6 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a white circular pin with blue writing commemorating the State of Israel Bonds Channukah Festival. The writing on the pin reads:
State of Israel Bonds Channukah Festival
Coliseum, C.N.E.
Dec. 25, 1957
Israel 10th Anniversary.
Subjects
Anniversaries
Hanukkah
Israel
Physical Condition
Good.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
13
Material Format
object
Date
[ca. 1935]
Physical Description
1 pin ; 11 cm long
Scope and Content
Item consists of three ribbons hanging from a pin with a gold or silver coin at the bottom. The coins have images on both sides. On one medal is a profile of King George V and Queen Mary. On the second medal is an image of an angel with wings; on its opposite side, there is writing that reads: The War for Civilization, 1914-1919. The third ribbon has an image of King George V on one side and a man on a horse on the other.
Name Access
George V, King of Great Britain, 1865-1936
Mary, Queen, consort of George V, King of Great Britain, 1867-1953
Subjects
Monarchy
World War, 1914-1918
Physical Condition
Fair. Ribbons are fraying slightly and have fold lines. Medals are tarnished.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
14
Material Format
object
Date
1914-1968
Physical Description
1 medallion : silver ; 8 cm long
Scope and Content
Item is a silver pin with a blue, red, and white ribbon that is attached to both the pin and a coin. On the coin there is an image of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II; on the coin's other side, there is the monarchs' names, the year they were crowned, and a royal crown. Around the circumference it reads: GEORGE VI QVEEN ELIZABETH.
Name Access
Elizabeth II, Queen of Great Britain, 1926-
George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952
Subjects
Monarchy
Physical Condition
Fair. Medal is tarnished and ribbon is stained. The pin attached to the ribbon has residue on the back.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
15
Material Format
object
Date
[193-]
Physical Description
1 pin ; 14 x 1 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a long, thin, rectangular pin with four different ribbon/rayon patterns sewn around the pin.
Physical Condition
Good. Ribbon is stained and darkened in parts.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 15
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
15
Material Format
object
Date
[between 1914 and 1918]
Physical Description
1 medal ; 2 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a circular medal. There is an inscription that reads: "For Service at the Front." On the reverse side there is an inscription that reads: "Penalty for misuse 500 dollars or six months imprisonment."
Subjects
World War, 1914-1918
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
17
Material Format
object
Date
[ca. 1918]
Physical Description
1 medal : silver ; 5 cm long
Scope and Content
Item is a silver coin with a loop at the top for the ribbon to attach the coin to the pin. On one side of the coin is a profile of King George V with the following writing around the circumference: "GEORGIVS V BRITT. OMN REX ET IND. IMP." On the coin's other side, there is an image of a man on a horse with the years 1914-1918 above him.
Physical Condition
Fair. Missing ribbon. Tarnished around lettering.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 18
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
18
Material Format
object
Date
1927
Physical Description
1 medal : bronze ; 3 cm long
Scope and Content
Item is a circular bronze medal. There is a bronze crown on top, a British flag in the background, and a maple leaf in the foreground. Writing around the border reads: "British Empire Service League, Canadian Legion."
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
19
Material Format
object
Date
[193-?]
Physical Description
1 medal
Scope and Content
Item is a medal feauring a silver lion's face surrounded by a blue border. There is bronze writing that reads: "BRITISH LEGION."
Physical Condition
Poor. The blue enamel is coming off and the silver on the lion is scuffed.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 20
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
20
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 pin : gold
Scope and Content
Item is a gold shield with a crown at the top. There is an inscription on the shield that reads: QUEEN'S RANGERS 1st AMER.NS.
Name Access
Canada. Canadian Army. Queen's York Rangers (American Regiment, 1st) (RCAC)
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
21
Material Format
object
Date
1916
Physical Description
1 pin : gold ; 4.5 cm long
Scope and Content
Item is a gold pin in the shape of a banner with "CANADA" written across it.
Physical Condition
Fair. Tarnished and oxidized.
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
22
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 pin : copper ; 4 cm long
Scope and Content
Item is a copper pin with the following inscription:
2DBQ
CANADA.
Physical Condition
Fair.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 23
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
23
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 pin : gold
Scope and Content
Item is a gold shield with leaves and flowers bordering it. There is a crown at the top and an inscription on the shield that reads: "Queen's Rangers 1st AMERns." The decoration around the sides is elaborate.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 24
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
24
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 pin : bronze
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze shield with a purple enamel background and bronze lettering in the centre.
Physical Condition
Good. Pin does not fit into clasp. Tarnished.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 25
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
25
Material Format
object
Date
[ca. 1939]
Physical Description
1 coin : bronze ; 3 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze coin. On one side is an embossed image of Queen Elizabeth II and King George VI's profile. On the other side is an embossed map of Canada with writing along the border.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 26
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
26
Material Format
object
Date
19 Feb. 1918
Physical Description
1 coin : bronze ; 4 cm in diam.
Custodial History
The coin belonged to the Mount Sinai chapter, one of many in Ontario.
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze coin. On one side is the Masonry logo in the centre. On the other is a Star of David surrounded by symbols that are unique to the Royal Arch Masons of Canada in the Province of Ontario.
Physical Condition
Good. Coin is slightly tarnished and marked up.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
27
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 medal : bronze
Scope and Content
Item shows a bronze lion standing on a banner with its claws reaching outwards. The banner reads: "Veterans Guard of Canada."
Subjects
Veterans--Canada
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
28
Material Format
object
Date
1939
Physical Description
1 pin : bronze ; 4 cm long
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze flattened penny turned into a pin. There is writing on the front: "New York's World Fair" and "The World of Tomorrow." The main symbols of the fair—the sphare and the spire—are shown.
Physical Condition
Good. Metal has faded. Pin is warped/dented.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 29
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
29
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 medal : bronze ; 2 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a bronze, circular medal with a blue, white, and red border. There is bronze writing along the border. There is a blue, red, and white shield in the middle.
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
30
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 medallion : gold ; 5 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a gold circle with an image of a moose and the initials I.O.F. L.B.C. written around it. Coming out of the circle are four gold bands forming a cross. There are symbols in them and a loop at the top for hanging the medallion on a chain.
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 31
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
31
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 letter : silver
Scope and Content
Item is a sterling silver letter A with four gems lined up side-by-side across the letter.
Physical Condition
Fair.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 1; Item 32
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Artifacts series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
1
Item
32
Material Format
object
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
1 pin : copper ; 2 cm in diam.
Scope and Content
Item is a copper circle with unidentified letters in the centre. The pin has a long stem that sticks out by two centimetres.
Physical Condition
Good.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
Series
Fonds
109
Series
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1915-1974
Scope and Content
Series consists of documents pertaining to Glass' personal life and political career. Included are speeches and essays, personal correspondence, clippings, letters to newspaper editors, political correspondence, and miscellaneous military materials.
Physical Condition
The panoramic photographs are in very fragile condition.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
Item
Fonds
109
Series
2
Item
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
1950
Physical Description
1 certificate : b&w and col. ; 31 x 36 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a Zionist Organization of Canada charter certificate certifying that the Canadian Israel Club is an affiliated society of the Zionist Organization. The certificate is dated February 10, 1950.
Name Access
Canadian Israel Club
Zionist Organization of Canada
Subjects
Societies
Places
Canada
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
26 Nov. 1915
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of one issue of the Evening Blast, a four-page student newspaper produced at the University of Toronto.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1930-1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of speeches and essays on a range of topics including: Zionism; the death of Arthur Balfour in 1930; Rosh Hashana; the meaning of Passover; Remembrance Day; the B'nei Yehuda youth movement, a St. Andrew riding campaign speech; and a speech titled "Comparative Jurisprudence: Roman, English, and Jewish."
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1936-1937
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of invoices and receipts for transportation and utilities, for both office and residence, and receipts for charitable donations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1937-1969
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of miscellaneous personal correspondence sent and recieved by John Glass concerning a variety of subjects including: sympathy notes; charitable donations; banking; financial matters; insurance claims; attendance at civic, social and sports events; family travel; and correspondence with Rabbi Samuel Sachs, who was the rabbi at Goel Tzedec Congregation before returning to the United States.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
5
Material Format
textual record
Date
1930-1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of biographies of John Glass; newspaper clippings; the Constitution of Toronto Central Liberal Association with Ward 4 by-laws; a newsletter to to the electors of the St. Andrew riding; and invitations to events honouring John Glass, Lillian Freiman of Hadassah's 50th birthday party; the Annual Banquet of Former Members of Toronto City Councils' and a garden party in Jerusalem for delegates to the World Council of Synagogues.
Physical Condition
Newspaper clippings are in fragile condition as is the cover of the banquet programme.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 6
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
6
Material Format
textual record
Date
1936-1974
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of newspaper clippings on subjects such as provincial taxation, subversive organizations, and the Six-Day War in Israel. Publications include issues of the Canadian Jewish Chronicle ("The Jewish State" by A.M. Klein), Saturday Night (address by Chaim Weizmann before the formal establishment of Israel), and Canadian Jewish Congress Bulletin (story about Chaim Weizmann on his 10th yahrzeit).
Physical Condition
The newspaper clippings are in fragile condition.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967-1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of John Glass's correspondence with editors of the Toronto Daily Star and the Globe and Mail with comments on third party articles in their publications that are critical of Israel. There is also a racist and antisemitic unsigned letter and a newspaper clipping about a claim of desecration and looting in holy places in Jerusalem by the Israeli army. The accusation is being investigated by international organizations including churches and government agencies.
Physical Condition
The edges of the newspaper clipping are torn.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
9
Material Format
textual record
Date
1937
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a newspaper clipping naming the recipients of the Ontario 1937 King's Counsel Christmas appointments. There is a list of the honourees and the message that John Glass sent to a number of this cohort whom he wished to congratulate personally, as well as correspondence from these lawyers thanking Glass for his good wishes.
Physical Condition
Several of the documents are in poor condition.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 10
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
10
Material Format
textual record
Date
1919-[ca. 1945]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of publications entitled Jews of the Empire and the Great War (1919), The Jew in Battle, and Jewish War Heroes, an invitation to an annual Remembrance Day dinner held by the Jewish Branch Canadian Legion, and two certificates from Buckingham Palace accompanying medals for John Glass to wear in commemoration of royal events. Also included is Glass's membership card for the Canadian Legion of the British Empire Service League, and his 1943 certificate of military qualification for the Canadian Army issued at National Defence Headquarters, Ottawa.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
12
Material Format
textual record
Date
1941-1942
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
The mandate of the Citizens' Victory Council was to publicize, support, and coordinate activities of existing war service organizations. It was a non-partisan organization.
Scope and Content
File consists of a letter to John Glass from the City of Toronto Victory Loan Committee regarding his acceptance of an invitation to address representatives of the Superior Cloak Company. There is also documentation of a conference on April 15, 1942 of the Citizens' Victory Council including an invitation to John Glass to attend, his response, and a publicity announcement (described as "conference call") detailing the speakers and topics to be discussed.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967-1968
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records,
Admin History/Bio
Jewish voluntary military units formed during the First World War to fight with British troops for the liberation of Palestine from Turkish rule after Turkey entered the war in 1914 on the side of Germany and Austria-Hungary. The legion was conceived and promoted by Vladimir (Ze'ev) Jabotinsky, a Russian-Jewish intelectual and Zionist. The units were gradually demobilized after the war and during the interwar years Haganah was born and eventually the Israel Defense Forces.
Scope and Content
File consists of a a booklet titled History of the Jewish Legion on the 50th Anniversary of the Jewish Battalion 1917-1967 by Dr. J. Schechtman and two typed excerpts from the Story of the Jewish Legion by Zeev Jabotinsky. There is correspondence from Shlomo Perla of the Zionist Revisionist Organization of Toronto to John Glass concerning the donation to Glass of the publications mentioned above. Finally, there is material prepared by Glass including Preface to the History of the Jewish Legion, notes, and a detailed essay "The Unique Saga of the Jewish Legion."
Physical Condition
One of the Zeev Jabotinsky excerpts is badly stained.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 16
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
16
Material Format
textual record
Date
1937-1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
Folder consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence between John Glass and a number of individuals including Samuel Factor, W. G. La Marsh, Isadore Levinter, W. L. Miller, M. F. Hepburn (prime minister of Ontario), Colin Campbell, J. Louis Shannon, Gordon Conant, Mitchel Sharp, and W. Ross Macdonald.
Correspondence is generated by Ontario government departments and institutions including the Department of the Attorney General, Legislative Assembly, Office of the Prime Minister (now Pemier), Minister of Health, Ministry of Works, Department of Property, Treasury Department, and the Toronto Historical Board.
Of note is a letter from the Department of Public Welfare confirming that John Glass will be in charge of the memorial wreath presentation at the 1937 City Hall Remembrance Day Service. As well there is correspondence concerning a 1971 reunion of survivors of the 1919 Veterans Class at Osgoode Hall Law School. This small group of about eight men included John Glass.
Physical Condition
Many of the letters are copies in poor condition.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
17
Material Format
textual record
Date
17 Aug. 1937-7 Oct.1937
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
St. Andrew was a provinicial electoral district in downtown Toronto that stretched from Yonge to Bathurst and included Spadina Avenue and Kensington Market. It was created in 1926 and existed until 1967 when it was merged with an adjacent riding to form St. Andrew: St. Patrick.
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence related to the re-election of John Glass as a Liberal member of the Ontario parliament for the riding of St. Andrew. Campaign organization is documented with letters requesting and acknowleddging support from Liberal organizations and individuals hosting meetings and making endorsements on the radio. There is also information regarding publicity material and staff appointments. Telegrams and letters from friends, colleagues, and other supporters congratulating John Glass on his victory.
Physical Condition
Many of the copies are in poor condidtion and are housed in plastic.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 109; Series 2; File 19
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
John J. Glass fonds
Documents series
Level
File
Fonds
109
Series
2
File
19
Material Format
textual record
Date
1937-1967
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence in 1937 from John Glass congratulating successful candidates in the Toronto municipal election to positions including the city council, board of control and the board of education. Ralph Day is congratulated on his appointment as mayor of Toronto. Lastly Glass congatulates Allan Lawrence on his appointment to the provincial legislature in 1967.
Thanking Glass for their 1937 election victories are members of the board of control, board of education, Mayor Ralph Day, and the assisstant registrar.
In 1963 Vernon Singer thanks Glass for recognizing his election to the Ontario legislature, and in 1964 Philip Givens, newly elected mayor of Toronto, expresses his appreciation to Glass for his message.
Physical Condition
Some of the copies are in poor condition and are housed in plastic.
Source
Archival Descriptions
71 records – page 1 of 2.

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