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Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to Loew's Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1-9
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1959-1961
Physical Description
14 drawings : blueprints and blueline prints ; 79 x 121 and 73 x 103 cm
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series includes orchestra, mezzanine and balcony floor plans, longitudinal sections, reflected ceiling plan and details.
Notes
Project reference no. 59-K-25.
Title is derived from the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to entrance of Loew's Theatre, 189 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1-6
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
drawn by S.H.H.
Date
1949-1950
Physical Description
2 drawings : blueprints ; 59 x 130 cm
Notes
Project reference no. 49-K-79.
Name Access
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1
Material Format
architectural drawing
textual record
Date
1913-1959
Physical Description
57 drawings : pencil on tracing paper, blueprints and other reproductions ; 72 x 114 cm or smaller
1 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Built in 1913, Loew's Yonge Street Theatre and Winter Garden Theatre complex was the flagship of Marcus Loew's Canadian theatre chain. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb as a "double-decker" theatre, with the Winter Garden located seven-stories above the street-level Yonge Street Theatre. This was the only double-decker theatre built in Canada and one of less than a dozen built internationally. The design was considered economical in that it provided a greater amount of seating on a given piece of real estate while allowing the theatre operator to present the same daily show in two theatres. The shows included both vaudeville acts and silent movies.
In 1928, there was a major fire on the site and the Winter Garden Theatre was closed due to the decline in popularity of vaudeville. By 1930, the Yonge Street Theatre was solely a movie theatre, equipped for sound movies. Over the years it gradually fell into disrepair, but continued as a movie theatre until 1981. It was renamed the Elgin Theatre in 1978.
In 1981, the Elgin and Winter Garden were purchased by the Ontario Heritage Foundation, and in 1987 the foundation began a two and half year, $30 million restoration of the theatres. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989 exclusively for theatrical productions.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, and floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, basement, etc.) of the theatre. The sub-series includes a copy of a city building permit dating from 1934 for renovations carried out by Loew's Theatres Engineering Division. Some of the blueprints date from the original construction of the theatre in 1913.
The sub-series is organized into 9 sub-sub-series, corresponding to project dates of 1913, 1919, 1934, 1939, 1949 (two projects), 1952, 1957 and 1959. The earliest materials, such as those from 1913 and 1919, were not created by Kaplan & Sprachman, but were no doubt used as reference materials for their work at the theatre.
Please note that the blueprints of structural details such as columns and roof reinforcing beams may apply to the theatre complex as a whole, including the Winter Garden Theatre.
Notes
Title is derived from the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Subjects
Theaters
Physical Condition
Some drawings are torn & damaged.
Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Second exit from second floor of Loew's Theatre, 189 Yonge Street sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1-8
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1957
Physical Description
3 drawings : pencil (1 on tracing paper) ; 59 x 89 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
1 floor plan of 1st and 2nd floors of theatre and 2 rough sketches with annotations.
Notes
Project reference no 57-K-10.
Title is taken from the formal title of one of the drawings.
Name Access
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Proposed alterations to store basement, 191 Yonge Street, Toronto, adjoining Loew's Theatre sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1-5
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1949
Physical Description
3 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 52 x 91 cm and 41 x 81 cm
Notes
Project reference no. 49-K-41.
Name Access
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to entrance to Loew's Uptown Theatre, Yonge St. near Bloor St., Toronto, Ont. sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-4
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1948-1950
Physical Description
22 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 61 x 148 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series includes floor plans, elevations and cross-sections for lobby and drawings of details of new doorways, door hardware, and ticket booths.
Notes
Project reference no. 49-K-30.
Drawn by S.H.H. and A.B.
Name Access
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) sub-series
Loew's Theatre, Toronto : [floor plan of street-level entrance and lobby] sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1-4
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1939
Physical Description
1 drawing : pencil on tracing paper ; 46 x 106 cm
Notes
Title is derived from the formal titles of the drawings.
Project reference no. AU 1754.
Name Access
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 1282
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
1282
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1927]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Name Access
Alter Furs
Subjects
Fur trade
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1977-5-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Alterations to Loew's Uptown Theatre sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-3
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1943-1948
Physical Description
11 drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 67 x 79 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series includes floor plans and elevations for alterations to outer lobby and lobby floor, public washrooms and washroom in manager's office.
Notes
Project reference no.'s: 44-2 and 45-K-85.
Plans labelled 44-2 were found rolled up with those for 45-K-85, suggesting they were used in the course of 45-K-8 and so they have been left together.
Title is based on the formal titles of the drawings.
Name Access
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Physical Condition
Edges of the larger drawings are damaged and torn.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Franklin family legal documents series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 22; Series 2; File 30
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Franklin family legal documents series
Level
File
Fonds
22
Series
2
File
30
Material Format
textual record
Date
1947
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file contains a store lease for a property at 376 Yonge Street, owned by the Franklin family.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Proposed alterations to Loew's Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-3
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1946, 1968
Physical Description
5 drawings : blueline and blackline prints ; 60 x 101 cm
Admin History/Bio
The Winter Garden Theatre was built in 1913-1914 and opened on 16 Feb. 1914, the upper half of a double-decker theatre complex which included Loew's Yonge Street Theatre at street-level. The theatres were designed by Thomas Lamb and were the flagship of Loew's theatre chain in Canada.
The Winter Garden was an "atmospheric theatre", with a simulated sky and stars, columns painted to resemble tree trunks, garden scenes painted on the walls, and lanterns, blossoms and beech leaves hung from the ceiling. Performers would appear at both theatres, but the Winter Garden was considered more exclusive than Loew's Yonge Street Theatre, with fewer seats (approx. 1400), higher ticket prices and reserved seating.
With the decline in popularity of vaudeville during the 1920s, the Winter Garden was closed in 1928. It remained closed and unused until 1981, when it and the Elgin (as the Yonge Street Theatre had been renamed) were purchased and subsequently restored by the Ontario Heritage Foundation. The theatres re-opened in Dec. 1989.
While histories of the Winter Garden typically describe it as a "time capsule" which remained sealed and undisturbed from the time of its closing in 1928 until it was restored, the architectural drawings in this sub-series document two proposed renovations of the Winter Garden during those decades.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of drawings for 2 proposed renovations of the theatre, by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1944, and by Harold Kaplan in 1968.
Notes
Project reference codes 44-K-160 (Kaplan & Sprachman), and 68-6 (Harold S. Kaplan).
Name Access
Lamb, Thomas
Winter Garden Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 64
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
64
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1935
Physical Description
6 architectural drawings : 3 blueprints, 2 pencil on tracing paper, 1 pencil and hand col. pencil crayon on verso of blueprint ; 56 cm length or smaller and 5 cm diam.
Scope and Content
File consists of architectural drawings of alterations to a two storey building located at 123-125 Yonge Street for Arcade Florists Limited, which was owned by George and Ben Yavner. Sections, elevation drawings and floor plans are included.
Notes
One drawing is located on the verso of a discarded blueprint.
Formerly listed as Commission XIII.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Theatre (189 Yonge St., Toronto) architectural plans and drawings sub-series
Alterations to lobby and new opening to main theatre mezzanine sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-1-3
Material Format
architectural drawing
textual record
Date
1934
Physical Description
7 drawings : blueprints ; 71 x 84 cm and 38 x 81 cm
11 p
Scope and Content
Sub-sub-series consists of blueprints and building permits for alterations made for a new store in the lobby area at street level on Yonge Street. The building permit contains a detailed description of the work to be done. Includes a seating plan for the theatre.
Notes
Title is derived from the project description in the building permit.
Name Access
Elgin Theatre (Toronto)
Physical Condition
1 drawing, of theatre seating plan, is torn and in poor condition.
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 55; Series 2; File 139
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Julius P. Katz fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
55
Series
2
File
139
Material Format
textual record
Date
1941
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
This file consists of correspondence from The Kehilla of Toronto, Inc.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 4497
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
4497
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Notes
From the Benjamin Brown Collection : Commission CLV.
Name Access
Brown, Benjamin
Subjects
Architecture
Streets
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Cumberland Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1987-9-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family Welfare Bureau fonds
Liaison with other social welfare organizations series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 87; Series 16; File 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Jewish Family Welfare Bureau fonds
Liaison with other social welfare organizations series
Level
File
Fonds
87
Series
16
File
4
Material Format
textual record
Date
1932-1938
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of correspondence between the JFWB and the Poppy Fund of Toronto Inc.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Scheuer family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 47; File 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Scheuer family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
47
File
7
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1930]
Physical Description
9 photographs : b&w (3 strips of 3 photographs) ; 6 x 8 cm (photo) 20 x 9 cm (strip)
Scope and Content
File consists of snapshots taken of Isadore Scheuer walking along Yonge Street in Toronto. There are three strips of photographs with three photographs on each strip. Isadore is shown walking along the street and sidewalk and there are passersby, shops, and cars in the background.
Subjects
Streets
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1989-4-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
ID
Item 3772
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3772
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between 1940 and 1945]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lazer "Louis" Rottenberg taken at the corner of Yonge and Queen Streets in Toronto.
Notes
Photo by Newsreel Snaps, Yonge St. Arcade, Toronto.
Name Access
Rotenberg, Lazer
Subjects
Portraits
Streets
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Queen Street East (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1985-7-5
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 27; Series 1-2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1919-1968
Physical Description
132 architectural drawings : pencil (some on tracing paper, some hand col. using pencil crayon), blueprints and other reproductions ; 76 x 106 cm or smaller
5 photographs : b&w ; 44 x 55 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
One of sixteen theatres in Canada designed by the well-known architect Thomas W. Lamb, the Uptown Theatre opened in 1920 as a movie and vaudeville theatre of almost 3000 seats, and was later the first theatre in Toronto equipped for sound movies. In 1960 the Uptown's main auditorium was destroyed by a major fire. Kaplan & Sprachman participated in the theatre's subsequent renovation.
In 1969 the Uptown was split into a five screen theatre through conversion of the theatre's balcony, backstage and basement areas. The Uptown was closed and demolished in late 2003 following the 28th Annual Toronto International Film Festival after the cinema operator, Famous Players, decided to close it and other theatres rather than comply with an Ontario Human Rights Commission order to make the theatres fully wheelchair-accessible.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of seating plans, blueprints of structural details, floor plans, sections and elevations for successive alterations (to the entrance, lobby, escalator, etc.) of the theatre, as well as several photographs of the Uptown's entrance and auditorium. The sub-series includes a number of hand-coloured drawings of the main auditorium dating from 1962, with paint and fabric samples attached, apparently associated with the re-building of the auditorium following the fire of 1960. The sub-series also includes a set of photo-reproductions of Thomas Lamb's original 1919 plans for the theatre, acquired by Kaplan & Sprachman in 1960.
The sub-series is arranged in 9 sub-sub-series corresponding to project dates of 1919, 1936, 1945, 1949, 1960, 1962, and 1968. The final sub-sub-series relates to work done by Kaplan after the dissolution of Kaplan & Sprachman.
In several cases, a sub-sub-series includes drawings and plans from earlier projects, used as reference materials for the current project.
Name Access
Lamb, Thos. W. (Thomas White), 1871-1942
Uptown Theatre (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Theaters
Physical Condition
Some drawings torn or water-damaged. Some are discoloured or damaged by deteriorating pressure-sensitive tape.
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 72
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
72
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
[ca.1940]
Physical Description
5 architectural drawings : 2 blueprints, 3 pencil on tracing paper ; 78 cm length or smaller and 6 cm diam.
Admin History/Bio
The Jolly Miller Hotel is a designated heritage building that was built in the late 1850s by the Hogg family. It is currently known as the Miller Tavern.
Scope and Content
File consists of architectural drawings of additions and alterations to the two storey Jolly Miller Hotel at 3885 Yonge Street. Elevation drawings, sections, floor plans and a foundation plan are included.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2008-8-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2008-8-2
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
Physical Description
9 photographs : b&w (jpg)
Date
1930-1977
Scope and Content
This accession consists of nine scanned copies of original photographs documenting the Samuel and Marcus families of Belleville. Pictured in the photographs are: Harry Samuels, Rose (née Samuels) Berman, Sidney Samuels, Dorey (née Samuels) Safe, Helen (née Samuels) Sussman, Reta (née Samuels) Marcus, Max Marcus, Percy Marcus, Sidney Marcus, Sophie Marcus, Samuel Springer and Thomas Samuels.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 13; File 1; Item 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Solway fonds
Photographs file
Level
Item
Fonds
13
File
1
Item
17
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1989
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 11 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
Solway leads a procession with his violin on a crowded city sidewalk, in Toronto. The event is the 20th anniversary (4 Jun. 1989) of the Inner City Angels. The day involved performing works by and for inner city youths.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 22
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
22
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
[ca. 1935]
Physical Description
1 architectural drawing : pencil and hand col. pencil crayon on tracing paper ; 53 cm length and 4 cm diam.
Scope and Content
File consists of floor plans of a three storey rooming house at 1077 College Street.
Physical Condition
Material is fragile.
Places
College Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Material Format
graphic material
Date
9 Nov. 1929
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Yonge Street looking south from Wilton Square.
Subjects
Streets
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Related Material
The City of Toronto Archives has the same image in Fonds 16, series 71, item 7435.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1980-12-14
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 103
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
103
Material Format
textual record
Date
1922
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Publisher
Publishers Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Source
1925 Toronto Jewish Directory
Date
1925
Publisher
Publishers Advertising Agency
Format
Directory
Subject
City Directories
Genealogy
Language
English
Source
1925 Toronto Jewish Directory
ALWAYS SAVE THE WRAPPERS FOR PREMIUMS Premium Store 80 King St. W., Toronto PEARL SOAP, containing as it does the correct
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 52
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
52
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Nov. 1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph depicting a large line-up of people waiting to get into the first Lady Ellis Shop located at the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets in Toronto. The photograph was taken on opening day.
Name Access
Lady Ellis Shop
Subjects
Consumers
Storefronts
Women's clothing
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Adelaide Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
53
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Nov. 1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the interior of the first Lady Ellis Shop located on the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets in Toronto. The photograph depicts many customers inside the store being shown merchandise by the sales women behind the counter.
Subjects
Consumers
Stores, Retail
Women's clothing
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Adelaide Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 68; Item 54
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ethel Mehr fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
68
Item
54
Material Format
graphic material
Date
15 Nov. 1946
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Scope and Content
This item is a photograph of the interior of the first Lady Ellis Shop located on the corner of Yonge and Adelaide Streets in Toronto. The photograph depicts many customers inside the store looking at merchandise.
Subjects
Consumers
Stores, Retail
Women's clothing
Repro Restriction
Copyright is in the public domain and permission for use is not required. Please credit the Ontario Jewish Archives as the source of the photograph.
Places
Adelaide Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1988-12-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2019-5-11
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2019-5-11
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1920
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two 1920 shares for the Toronto Labor Lyceum Association, Limited. One share is made out to David Desser; the other is made out to A. Desser.
Subjects
Associations, institutions, etc
Name Access
Labor Lyceum (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Harold S. Kaplan fonds
Architectural projects series
Loew's Uptown Theatre (Toronto) sub-series
Proposed escalator for Loew's Uptown Theatre, Toronto sub-sub-series
Level
Sub-sub-series
Fonds
27
Series
1-2-5
Material Format
architectural drawing
Responsibility
Kaplan & Sprachman
Date
1 June 1954
Physical Description
1 drawing : pencil ; 38 x 115 cm
Notes
Project reference no. 54-K-13.
Name Access
Uptown Theatre (Toronto)
Accession Number
2003-6-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 22; Item 101
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Morris Norman collection
Level
Item
Fonds
22
Item
101
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1911]
Physical Description
1 item
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Affiliated organizations sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 3-4; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Committee for Soviet Jewry series
Affiliated organizations sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
3-4
File
13
Material Format
textual record
Date
1977-1979
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains petitions, correspondence, news releases and articles related to the committee's efforts on behalf of their Soviet Jewish peers and efforts to garner support for a ban on collaborative research between Canadian universities and the Soviet Union.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Administrative Committee (Inner Executive) minutes series
Level
Series
ID
Fonds 17; Series 7
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Administrative Committee (Inner Executive) minutes series
Level
Series
Fonds
17
Series
7
Material Format
textual record
Date
1952-1959
Physical Description
6 cm of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Originally the "Inner Executive", the name of this body was changed to Administrative Committee because the old name sounded too conspiratorial. It consisted of all regional committee chairmen, those national officers of Canadian Jewish Congress resident in Ontario and individuals named by the regional chairman. It met between meetings of the Regional Executive, its duties being to prepare legislation for the latter. It usually comprised about twelve individuals.
Scope and Content
Series consists of minutes of the Administrative Committee.
Notes
Series formerly described and cited as RG201.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1995-11-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-11-7
Material Format
graphic material
Physical Description
13 photographs : b&w ; 17 x 12 cm or smaller
Date
1943-1955
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs showing the Hotel Casa Loma with Star of David designs on the balcony, vacationers at Victory Cottage, Jewish servicemen in London and Toronto (see Bill Stern fonds for similar images), and a furrier shop.
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 48; Series 2-4; File 108
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Board of Jewish Education fonds
Executive director series
Teacher files sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
48
Series
2-4
File
108
Material Format
textual record
Date
1960-1972
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2013-10-2
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2013-10-2
Material Format
multiple media
Physical Description
60 cm of textual records and other material
Date
1964-2005
Scope and Content
Accession consists of records related to the National Council of Jewish Women, London Section. Included are board and committee meeting minutes and correspondence, general correspondence, program material, publicity records, committee and membership lists, publications, anniversary records, newsletters, newsclippings, cookbooks, photographs and slides, audio cassetees documenting the "Jewish Family Life" series, as well as one promotional video in BETA format.
Administrative History
The London Section of the National Council for Jewish Women of Canada was founded in the late 1940s. The section was presented its charter in 1950. Dev Fox was the section's first president. The section was involved in fundraising for various causes through events such as raffles, bingo nights, fashion shows and dinner-dances. They also organized discussion groups, programs and campaigns around topics of social interest such as mental and physical health, education, poverty, women's equality, women's health, child abuse and others. The London Section is no longer active.
Descriptive Notes
Physical Description note: includes ca. 500 photographs and slides, 8 audiocassettes, and 1 videocassette.
Name Access
National Council of Jewish Women, London Section (subject)
Alter, Ronnee (creator)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-6-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-6-9
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
71 cm of textual records
36 photographs : b&w and col. (9 negatives) ; 13 x 18 cm and smaller
Date
1951-1996
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the National Council of Jewish Women, London Section. Included are: board and committee meeting minutes and correspondence, general correspondence, program material, publicity records, event invitations, committee and membership lists, membership recruitment materials, directories, by-laws, publications, anniversary records, newsletters, newsclippings, financial and budgetary records, and leadership training material. Program themes include women's health, women's equality, childcare, children's health, babysitting, and home care. Publications include issues of the national journal Council Woman, the newsletter National Newsletter, the London Update, the NCJW Bulletin, and the NCJW London Section Bulletin from 1951-1978.
Administrative History
The London Section of the National Council for Jewish Women of Canada was founded in the late 1940s. The section was presented its charter in 1950. Dev Fox was the section's first president. The section was involved in fundraising for various causes through events such as raffles, bingo nights, fashion shows and dinner-dances. They also organized discussion groups, programs and campaigns around topics of social interest such as mental and physical health, education, poverty, women's equality, women's health, child abuse and others. The London Section is no longer active.
Use Conditions
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Subjects
Women in nonprofit organizations
Name Access
Alter, Ronnee (creator)
National Council of Jewish Women, London Section (subject)
Places
London, Ont.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2017-8-7
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
12 photographs : b&w and col ; 26 x 21 cm or smaller
Date
1929-[198-]
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the life of Debby Alter (née Speyer). Included are: certificates and diplomas for Alter and her brother Lloyd; newspaper clippings relating to Alter and her family; photographs of Alter and her family, and a small amount of correspondence addressed to Alter, primarily from her father.
Custodial History
Debby Alter's daughter, Bonnie, donated the records to the Archives following her mother's death in May 2017.
Administrative History
Debby Cecil Speyer was born on 18 Aug. 1918 to Boris Speyer and Etta Speyer (née Prager). Debby's father worked as an insurance broker in Toronto. Years later when he became ill, Etta went into real estate, becoming Toronto's first female commercial and industrial real-estate agent in 1935. Debby was one of three children, having two brothers: Mark and Lloyd. Lloyd died in 1943 fighting in the Second World War.
Debby's connection to Hadassah-WIZO goes back to an early age. She attended the first Hadassah-WIZO Bazaar in 1924, for example, when she was five years old. As a youth, she attended the Goel Tzedec Congregation's religious school and later the Toronto Normal Model School, receiving her diploma in June 1933. She went on to marry Gabriel Alter, with whom she had two children: Bonnie and Lloyd (named after his late uncle). Their daughter, Bonnie, was entered in a lovely child photo-contest as part of the annual Hadassah Bazaar.
In 1969, Debby was named chairman of the Women's Division of 1969 State of Israel Bonds in Toronto. By that point, she had been a member of Toronto Hadassah's executive board for years. Debby remained involved in Hadassah until her later years, attending the very last Bazaar in 2008, where she was honoured along with other long-time volunteers at a special cake-cutting ceremony. She passed away at her home on Friday, 12 May 2017. A service was held at Holy Blossom Memorial Park the following Sunday. She is survived by her two children, two children-in-law, and three grandchildren.
Use Conditions
Partially closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing some of the records.
Copyright may not be held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Name Access
Alter, Debby, 1918-2017
Hadassah Organization of Toronto
Hadassah-WIZO Organization of Canada
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 49
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
49
Material Format
architectural drawing
graphic material
Date
1929
Physical Description
10 architectural and technical drawings : 1 blueprint, 9 pencil, 1 hand col. pencil crayon, 1 on tracing paper ; 55 cm length or smaller and 7 cm diam
1 photograph : b&w ; 25 x 20 cm
Admin History/Bio
Cumberland Hall was built in the late nineteenth century. In the late 1920s, the first floor was renovated by Benjamin Brown. At that time, the building was home to Uptown Cleaners and Dyers, Rosedale Sweets Tea Rooms and the Canadian Brotherhood of Chauffeurs. The building was torn down and replaced by a large commercial building around 1967.
Scope and Content
File contains architectural drawings of alterations to the first floor of Cumberland Hall at 824 Yonge Street for University Investments Limited. Floor plans, elevation drawings and technical drawings of structural elements of the building are included. A photograph of the building exterior is also included.
Related Material
See File 49-3-101 for architectural drawings of a store and office building at the N.E. corner of College and Spadina for University Investments Limited.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
1977-12-4
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1977-12-4
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
ca. 120 cm of textual records
Date
1904–1969
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the First Narayever Congregation of Toronto. Included are membership books, minute books, insert cards used to record aliyah pledges, correspondence, ledger sheets, contracts, and other material.
Administrative History
In 1914, Jews from eastern Galicia (now in modern Ukraine) established the First Narayever Congregation in Toronto as a landsmanshaf, i.e. a society of Jewish immigrants from the same town or region. The synagogue takes its name from the small market town of Narayev, which is located in eastern Galicia. The synagogue's founders belonged to the working class and many worked in Toronto's garment industry.
Initially, congregation members met in different locations, but by 1923 their numbers and financial means had grown such that they were able to rent a small house at 70 Huron Street at the corner of Huron and Dundas. This house served as the congregation's home for twenty years.
The congregation's first president was Israel Chaim Katz and its first meeting was held at the Katz home at 156 William Street. The congregation's first rabbi was Solomon Langner, who was hired by the congregation in 1923. He retained this affiliation despite serving the Kiever Synagogue as a full-time rabbi from 1929 until he died in 1973.
In 1943, the congregation purchased property at 187-189 Brunswick Avenue from Bethel Church. This is where the the synagogue is located today.
In 1950, Henry Young became president of the congregation. He occupied that position until his death in 1976. Shalom Langner, the son of Rabbi Solomon Langner, succeeded Young as president.
As Toronto's Jewish population began to move north, the First Narayever continued to serve Orthodox Jews living downtown. In the 1980s, the congregation struggled to balance the needs of this older generation with the young generation's desire to make the synagogue more egalitarian with respect to gender. In 1983, the congregation's new leadership team successfully advanced a proposal to allow the full participation of women in traditional services. This innovation led to several long-standing members taking legal action, but their case was dismissed on the grounds that it was not a matter for civil law.
The First Narayever's identity continued to evolve. In 2009, its membership voted to allow its rabbi, Edward Elkin, who began serving the congregation in 2000, to officiate at same-sex marriages.
MG_RG
MG3 A55
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
First Narayever Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1987-7-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1987-7-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
30 cm of textual records
Date
1929-1985
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting Hillcrest Progressive School. Included are minutes, financial statements, letters, and other documents.
Descriptive Notes
Central Jewish Institute.
MG_RG
MG2 G1w
Subjects
Schools
Name Access
Hillcrest Progressive School (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-9-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1976-9-3
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 text
Date
1910, 1928
Scope and Content
Accession consists of two copies of the constitution of Congregation Shaarei Tzedec, printed in 1910 and 1928 and a copy of the book, Fun folks moil = 1000 Yiddish Proverbs.
MG_RG
MG 3 A 36
Subjects
Religion
Name Access
Congregation Shaarei Tzedec (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-11-12
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1979-11-12
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 volume
Date
1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a Shaarei Shomayim jubilee book, the First Fifty Years.
MG_RG
MG3 A31
Subjects
Synagogues
Name Access
Shaarei Shomayim Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1980-6-1
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1910
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a memorandum of agreement beween the trustees of Machziki Hadas and A. Eisen concerning the sale of two seats in the synagogue and a Hebrew prayer book belonging to the congregation.
MG_RG
MG 3 A 6
Subjects
Prayer books
Synagogue seating
Name Access
Machziki Hadas Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-5-7
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2018-5-7
Material Format
object
textual record
Physical Description
1 object
1 folder of textual records
Date
[197-?]-2017
Scope and Content
Accession consists of material documenting the Beth Torah Congregation in Toronto. Included are a stole (sash) from the synagogue choir and the summer 2017 issue of the Jewish Review, which features a profile of Yossi Sapirman, the senior rabbi of Beth Torah.
Subjects
Choirs (Music)
Rabbis
Synagogues
Name Access
Beth Torah Congregation (Toronto, Ont.)
Sapirman, Yossi
Places
Toronto (Ont.)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 79
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
79
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
1937
Physical Description
7 architectural drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 76 cm length or smaller and 5 cm diam.
Scope and Content
File consists of architectural drawings of two attached, two storey buildings for Mr. Bebell at 2014-2016 Yonge Street. The building contained a fur storage vault, several stores and several apartment suites. Floor plans, sections, elevations and a block plan are included.
Related Material
See File 49-3-74 for architectural drawings of a building at Avenue Road and Bernard Avenue for Mr. Bebell.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 82; Item 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sammy Luftspring fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
82
Item
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
29 Mar. 1985
Physical Description
1 photograph : col.
Scope and Content
Photograph of Sammy Luftspring riding down Yonge Street in the Canadian Cancer Society Parade with Earl Walls, Jim Proudfoot, and Stan Brock. This photograph was taken the same year Sammy was inducted into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame.
Notes
Image is located on page 53 of the 34 x 30 cm scrapbook.
Name Access
Canadian Cancer Society
Subjects
Parades
Repro Restriction
Copyright is not held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Yonge Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
2009-10-3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 3; File 17
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Commercial building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
3
File
17
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
[ca. 1925]
Physical Description
1 architectural drawing : pencil and hand col. pastel on verso of blueprint ; 47 cm length and 3 cm diam.
Admin History/Bio
Mrs. Celia Cherry was the wife of Isadore Cherry, who was the owner of several ladies clothing shops along Dundas and Bloor. Mrs. Cherry died in 1927, aged 39.
Scope and Content
File consists of architectural drawings of Cherry's clothing store at 1014 Bloor St. West. Contained within are a floor plan and a high quality pastel drawing of the front exterior, on the back of a previously used blueprint.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Places
Bloor Street West (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Residential building plans and drawings series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 49; Series 2; File 13
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Benjamin Brown fonds
Residential building plans and drawings series
Level
File
Fonds
49
Series
2
File
13
Material Format
architectural drawing
Date
[ca.1925]
Physical Description
2 architectural drawings : pencil on tracing paper ; 43 cm length or smaller and 3 cm diam.
Scope and Content
File contains architectural drawings of alterations to the rear of the single storey home of Mrs. D. Jaffey. Contained within are a floor plan, an elevation drawing, and a block plan.
Notes
The name that appears on the project is Mrs. D. Jafey.
Places
Richmond Street (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
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