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Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 37
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
37
Material Format
textual record
Date
[ca. 1958]-2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of material documenting the life of Trudy Cowan from high school in Toronto to retirement in Calgary. Included are programs for a high school drama performance and a Historic Sites and Monuments Board Canada event honouring explorer Alexander Henry, membership cards for the Canadian Club and Hadassah-Wizo, a Canadian passport, a high school alumni bulletin, a Father's Day card written by Trudy to her father Saul Cowan, and a speech she delivered at a Hadassah-Wizo annual meeting. In addition, there is email correspondences and newspaper clippings related to Trudy's association with historical organizations such as the Lougheed House Conservation Society, the Glenbow Museum, Fort Calgary, and the Jewish Historical Society Calgary.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 39
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
39
Material Format
textual record
Date
1992-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of handwriiten and typed correspondence between Trudy Cowan Luker and her father Saul Cowan and his second wife Libbie, and between Trudy and her aunt Rivka Lieberman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 90
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
90
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1942-[ca. 2001]
Physical Description
32 photographs : b&w and col. ; 28 x 32 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs documenting the life of Trudy Cowan Luker from infancy to age 60. Included are pictures of Trudy as a baby with her parents Saul and Lillian Cowan and brother Michael Cowan, as a young child with family and friends at Wapaska Lodge, and in group photos at Homewood Elementary School. Photographs of Trudy as a teenager include those taken with the Bathurst Heights Collegiate Drama Club, group photos of campers and staff at Camp Ogama, several photos taken in front of the family home on Brucewood, and her high school graduation portrait. There are images taken at her graduation in Physical and Occupational Therapy from the University of Toronto in 1962, and a studio portrait taken in 1980. Later photographs showcase her involvement in cultural, civic, and historical pursuits including activities at Fort Calgary and a heritage event in Markham, Ontario attended by Prince Charles. As well, there is a photograph of Trudy wlcoming the family of her husband Leonid Luker when they landed at Mirabel Airport, Montreal as immigrants from the former Soviet Union.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 102; File 89; Item 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
102
File
89
Item
2
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1939?]
Physical Description
1 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lillian "Lil" Cowan with her maternal grandmother, maternal great-grandmother, and two children. From left to right: Trudy Cowan, Nessie Soren (née Altshuler), Lillian "Lil" Cowan (née Rosenthal), Celia Rosenthal (née Soren), and Michael Cowan.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 27
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
27
Material Format
textual record
Date
1999
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of a diary handwritten by Saul Cowan's daughter Trudy, from January 27, 1999 to February 8, 1999 while visiting Toronto from her home in Calgary. She relates his physical and mental struggles.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 41
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
41
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1950]
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. (slide) ; 35 mm
Scope and Content
File consists of a colour slide of Saul Cowan, his wife Lillian, and their children Michael and Trudy taken outside of their home at 420 Vaughan Road, Toronto.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 102; File 89; Item 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
102
File
89
Item
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[1939?]
Physical Description
1 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lillian "Lil" Cowan with her maternal grandmother, maternal great-grandmother, and two children. From left to right: Trudy Cowan, Nessie Soren (née Altshuler), Lillian "Lil" Cowan (née Rosenthal), Celia Rosenthal (née Soren), and Michael Cowan.
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 38
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
38
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1982-1992
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm and 10 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of four copies of a 1982 wedding invitation for Trudy Cowan and Leonid Luker in Calgary, Alberta, a photograph of the bride and groom, and a group photograph of the couple and their guests during their tenth anniversary celebration. In addition there is an itinerary for an eleven day "Second Honeymoon" with relatives in Calgary and the rockies and several speeches delivered during the celebrations.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 35
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
35
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1948-1998
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm
Admin History/Bio
Morris and Celia Rosenthal (the parents of Saul's wife Lillian) purchased Wapaska Lodge on Muskoka Bay just outside Gravenhurst and ran it as a family resort from 1948-1965.
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Michael Cowan and a cousin in front of a Wapaska Lodge truck, four postcards featuring photographs of the lodge at ground level and from the air, and two envelopes with the hotel's letterhead and an aerial photograph.
Name Access
Cowan, Michael
Rosenthal, Celia
Rosenthal, Morris
Places
Gravenhurst (Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 50
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
50
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca.1976]-[ca.1996]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Rebecca Cowan is the daughter of Saul Cowan's son Michael and his wife Nancy.
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Rebecca as an infant and a programme of a concert titled "Musica Orbium Requiem op. 9", in which she sung as a soprano.
Subjects
Sopranos (Singers)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2002-10-46
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2002-10-46
Material Format
object
Physical Description
1 trophy
Date
1960
Scope and Content
Accession consists of an Arts Theatre Club Trophy. This trophy has a wood base, on the left are theatrical masks in gold, on the right is a taller wood block with a plaque on the front, on top is a silver statue. This item has been deaccessioned and removed (11/24/15)
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 80; Series 1; Item 4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Sylvia Schwartz fonds
Portraits of Prominent Jewish Torontonians series
Level
Item
Fonds
80
Series
1
Item
4
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[between Jan. and May 1953]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative) ; 11 x 8 cm and 13 x 18 cm
Admin History/Bio
Norman Cowan was the B'nai Brith's Toronto Lodge President in 1947.
Scope and Content
The item is a portrait of Norman Cowan.
Repro Restriction
Copyright is held by the Ontario Jewish Archives. Please contact the Archives to obtain permission prior to use.
Related Material
See Fonds 17: 2: 1309, and Fonds 28 : 6 : 307.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 46
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
46
Material Format
textual record
Date
1980-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of handwritten correspondence between Saul, Libbie and Trudy Cowan and between Saul and Libbie Cowan and Saul's sister Jean Kalman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Berg fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 41; File 12
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Maurice Berg fonds
Level
File
Fonds
41
File
12
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1965-1970
Physical Description
1 book
5 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 18 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
This file consists of one book entitled Ajalon Lodge : a chronicle of achievements, 1929-1979, published to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of Ajalon Lodge. It contains a history of the Lodge, photographs, and articles by members about Lodge activities.
This file also consists of photographs of Maurice Berg and members of Ajalon Lodge. The events include the Ajalon Executive, including Ben Marks, Mark Zimmerman, and Willie Zimmerman among others, at their March 1965 anniversary; an Ajalon party for John Devor in 1966; and Ajalon dinners. There is also a photograph of Ajalon presidents taken in 1970.
Notes
Some of the photographs in this fonds have been included in the book. See book for identifications.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 91; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
B'nai Brith Lodge No. 1154 fonds
Level
File
Fonds
91
File
1
Material Format
textual record
Date
31 Dec. 1931-15 Apr. 1932
Physical Description
2 certificates : 57 x 46 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of certificates documenting the lodge's founding. Included is a certificate of incorporation from New York's Grand Lodge No. 1, and one certificate from the Order of Aleph Zadik Aleph documenting the lodge's charter members.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 17; Series 5-3; File 69
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Canadian Jewish Congress, Ontario Region fonds
Community Relations Committee series
Anti-Semitism Cases sub-series
Level
File
Fonds
17
Series
5-3
File
69
Material Format
textual record
Date
1957
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of letters related to signs describing the Gateway Lodge as "Ontario's Largest Jewish Summer Resort", and a request to change this description.
Notes
Previously processed and cited as part of MG8 S.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1967-1970
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of attendance, membership and birthday lists, a programme of the 38th anniversary dinner, slate of officers nominated for the year 1968-1969, copies of the Ajalon Lodge News, a schedule of lodge meetings, Kovod Night participants, announcements of meetings and events, and general correspondence between members.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28; Series 5; File 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28
Series
5
File
3
Material Format
textual record
Date
1971-1976
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of notices of events and meetings, general correspondence, lists of members, copies of the Ajalon Lodge news letter.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 2
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
2
Material Format
textual record
Date
1961-1964
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of notices of meetings, invitations to Lodge events, reports and correspondence.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 102
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
102
Material Format
multiple media
Date
1902-2002
Physical Description
90 cm of textual records and other material
Admin History/Bio
Saul Cowan (1910-2002) was the seventh of nine children born to Zvi Hirsh (Harris) Cohen (1872-1954) and Chana Leah (Annie) (née Gollom) Cohen (1873-1960). His siblings were Woolf Cowan (Colvin) (1896-1987), Kate Cowan (b.1898) (m. Wener), Jack Cowan (1900-1992), Rivka (Reva) Cowan (1902-ca.2002) (m. Lieberman), Moe Cowan (b.1904), Jeanne Cowan (b.1906) (m. Kallman), Norman Cowan (b. 1909) and Miriam Cowan (b. 1919) (m. Rose).
The Cowan family immigrated to Toronto from England with their six oldest children circa 1908. Harris worked as a tailor in England and as an operator in men's clothing factory Tip Top Tailors in Toronto.
Saul graduated from the University of Toronto in 1931 in honours philosophy.
In 1932, Cowan married Lillian Rosenthal (1910-1978), the daughter of Morris (1883-1967) and Nessie (Celia) (née Soren) Rosenthal (1881-1969). Together, they had two children, Michael (b. 1939) and Trudy (b. 1941). The Rosenthal family ran a boarding house on Hanlan's Point and had a place at Belle Ewart. In 1945, Morris and Celia purchased Wapaska Lodge on Muskoka Bay just outside Gravenhurst and ran it as a family resort from 1948-1965.
Lillian, who was a public school teacher, passed away in 1978 and the following year Saul married Libbie Aiken (d. 2006). Libbie had been the head physiotherapist at the Toronto General Hospital during the late 1940s.
Saul pursued a career with the North York Board of Education serving as both trustee and chairman from 1958 to 1976. He was also very involved with the Jewish community and the growing North York community. He was also involved with organizations such as B'nai Brith, Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (CPPNW), and the North York Social Planning Committee. He was a founder of the York Finch General Hospital.
Trudy studied physical and occupational therapy at the University of Toronto but changed career direction when she moved to Calgary in 1969 and became involved in historical organizations such as the Glenbow Museum, the Alberta Historical Resources Foundation, and the Lougheed House Conservation Society. She married Leonid Luker (b. 1937) in 1982.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of records documenting the Cowan (Cohen) family and their connected branches including the Rosenthal, Soren, Gollom, Aiken, and Altshuller families. The records originated from Saul Cowan, his first and second wives, Lillian Rosenthal and Libbie Aiken, and his daughter, Trudy Cowan Luker. Records include photographs of family members at graduations, weddings, school, religious events, camping activities, and milestone celebrations. Textual records include traditional and email correspondence, marriage certificates, passports, immigration documents, family histories, theatre and concert programmes, and newspaper clippings. Many of the records document Saul Cowan's personal and professional activities. The majority of the material relates to the Cowan and Rosenthal families.
Notes
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION NOTE: Includes 386 photographs, 2 audiotapes, and 6 objects.
Four books from the collection have been removed and integrated into the OJA's library holdings. These include titles Have I Ever lied To You Before? by Jerry Goodis, My Outlook by Jack Cowan, When Partners Become Parents by Carolyn Pape Cowan and Philip A. Cowan, and Front Page Challenge: History of a Television Legend by Alex Barris.
Name Access
Cowan (family)
Subjects
Families
Accession Number
2008-6-11
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1926-1995
Physical Description
8 photographs : b&w and col. ; 15 x 10 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Saul Cowan. Included are images of Saul on Maria Street in Toronto, at Humber River, Saul's University of Toronto Honours of Philosophy graduation portrait (1931), Saul at a cottage in Jackson's Point, in Mexico and at other locations. Identified in the photograph from Cancun, Mexico is Trudy Cowan and Nancy [Wargny?].
Name Access
University of Toronto
Subjects
Universities and colleges--Alumni and alumnae--Ontario--Toronto.
Places
Jackson's Point (Ont.)
West Toronto Junction (Toronto, Ont.)
Humber (Toronto, Ont.)
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 40
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
40
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1911-[197-]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
25 photographs : b&w and col. ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Lillian Rosenthal from infancy, through childhood, young adulthood, motherhood and as a teacher and grandmother. She is shown with her husband, children, other members of her family, and students. As well, there is a draft copy and three printed copies of a booklet entitled "The Story of Purim" written by Lillian Cowan, and a programme for a joint graduation ceremony for three elementary schools at which Lillian presented school pins to graduates.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 51
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
51
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1916-[ca.1997]
Physical Description
11 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of the nine Cowan (Cohen) siblings from childhood to senior adulthood. Their spouses are included in many of the images, and the children and grandchildren of Norman Cowan in one group picture. Highlights include studio portraits of five of the siblings in 1916, a family seder on Henry Street in the 1930s, and Saul Cowan and his sisters Rivka and Jean in Florida in the late 1990s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 54
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
54
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1970-1992
Physical Description
1 photograph : col. ; 13 x 9 cm
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Jack Cowan was the third of the nine Cohen (Cowan) siblings, and the second boy. His son Bernard Cowan was the announcer's voice on the television show " Front Page Challenge".
Scope and Content
File consists of two copies of Jack Cowan's 1989 memoir, an announcement of his 70th birthday party hosted by Toronto United Jewish People's Order, newspaper clippings about the 60th and 65th anniversaries of Jack and his wife Anne, and an invitation to their 60th anniverary party. As well there is an obituary for Jack and two speeches about the couple delivered by their grandchildren at a memorial event in 1992 and a photograph of Anne taken in the 1970s or 1980s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 55
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
55
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[195-]-1990
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 10 cm or smaller
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Bernard Cowan was the only child of Jack Cowan (the third of the nine Cowan siblings). Bernard predeceased both his parents, passing away at 68 years of age. He had a notable career in radio and television and was well known as the announcer on CBC's "Front Page Challenge". He was also a founding member of ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Television and Radio Artists).
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Bernard Cowan in the 1950s and 1970s, and with his wife and children in the 1950s or 1960s, as well as a newspaper clipping about his career, obituaries, and a funeral card from Benjamin's Park Memorial Chapel.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 57
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
57
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1949-[197-]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w and col. ; 13 x 9 cm and 9 x 12 cm
Admin History/Bio
Moe Cowan was the fifth of the nine Cowan siblngs and the third boy.
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Moe and Eunice Cowan's daughter Pearl at Wapaska Lodge in 1949 for the anniversary of her grandparents, and a photograph taken in the 1970s of Moe and Eunice with their three children Don, Pearl, amd Joan.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 61
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
61
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1923-2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : colour and sepia ; 14 x 9 cm and 13 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Miriam Cowan Rose was the youngest of the nine Cowan siblings and the fourth girl.
Scope and Content
File consists of family correspondence, two copies of a single page memoir about her parents written by Miriam, and photographs of Miriam as a toddler and in her 40s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 63
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
63
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
1944-2001
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : col. ; 8 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of miscellaneous Cowan family correspondence including a copy of a handwritten letter from the patriarch Harris Cohen to his children and grandchildren, and correspondence to and from the extended family in Canada, United States, and Britain. There is also a note to Trudy Cowan and her husband Leonid from Shelley Wolkin, the daughter of Saul's second wife Libbie, with a photo of Shelley's baby son Jay.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 64
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
64
Material Format
textual record
Date
[1975?]-[1995?]
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of miscellaneous undated correspondence between Cowan family members, relatives and friends. Included are Christmas, Hanukkah, and sympathy cards, a birthday poem for Saul Cowan, a valedictory speech written as a Yiddish poem, and a letter in Hebrew sent from Israel to Rivka Lieberman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 68
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
68
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1972-2001
Physical Description
5 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm and 9 x 13 cm and 8 x 6 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a portrait of Mark Samuels, a group photo of Cowan and Rose cousins including Trudy Cowan, a photo of Jules and Pat Ross, a photo of Trudy and a few relatives at a simcha, and a photo of Trudy, two cousins, and her aunt Miriam Rose on the deck of an indoor swimming pool in New Jersey. The group had gathered to celebrate the 99th birthday of Rivka Lieberman in 2001.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 77
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
77
Material Format
object
Date
1965-1978
Physical Description
2 plaques
Scope and Content
File consists of an acrylic plaque with an embedded key presented to Saul Cowan, Chairman of the North York Board of Education on the opening of Downsview Heights Junior High School by Irving D. Bogdon Associates, Architects, 1965 and a glass or acrylic plaque inscribed as the D. B.(Bing) Caswell Award presented to Saul Cowan in 1978.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 83
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
83
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
[ca. 1910]-1990
Physical Description
73 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 25 cm or smaller
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of an album of photographs and some textual material. Photographs are black and white and colour and feature a number of generations of the Cowan extended family in multiple locations. Textual material includes a letter from the Lawrence Heights Medical Centre of which Saul Cowan was a member of the Board of Directors, a York-Finch Hospital publication, two CPPNW newsletters (Canadian Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War), and a Manor-Metropolitan Lodge of B'nai Brith publication "Harmony".
Physical Condition
Material is on sticky pages in album.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 91
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
91
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Date
1956-1989
Physical Description
1 scrapbook ; 32 x 31 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a scrapbook documenting the participation of Trudy Cowan, her brother Michael Cowan, and cousin Phil Cowan in dramatic productions in high school, university, and beyond. Included are events staged by the drama group at Bathurst Heights Collegiate, B'nai Brith Youth, Simpson's Collegiate Drama Festival, the Ontario One Act Play Festival, and the Univerity College Follies at Hart House, University of Toronto. Trudy played leading roles in many of the productions and Michael acted as musical director and played piano at rehearsals. Memorabilia in the scrapbook includes tickets, programmes, newspaper clippings, photographs, and correspondence. The last event is a 1989 production at Heritage Park Calgary in which Trudy Cowan portrayed Nellie McClung as well as producing the event.
Subjects
Scrapbooks
Source
Archival Descriptions
Passenger Names
Cowan, H. T.
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Passenger Names
Cowan, H. T.
Page Number
498
Date Range
June 6, 1911 to January 19, 1915
Photographer
Harvey and Adena Glasner
Source
Rotenberg Ledger
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 28
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
28
Material Format
textual record
Date
2000-2002
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of email correspondence between Trudy Cowan and her brother Michael Cowan concerning their father's illness, financial issues, funeral arrangements and death on May 11, 2001.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 102; File 89; Item 3
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
Item
Fonds
102
File
89
Item
3
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1939
Physical Description
1 photographs : b&w
Scope and Content
Item is a photograph of Lillian "Lil" Cowan with her maternal grandmother, maternal great-grandmother, and son Michael. Back row: Celia Rosenthal (née Soren), Lillian "Lil" Cowan (née Rosenthal). Front row: Michael Cowan, Nessie Soren (née Altshuler).
Subjects
Portraits, Group
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 42
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
42
Material Format
textual record
Date
1959-1971
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of handwriiten correspondence between Lillian and Saul Cowan and Saul's sister Rivka Lieberman and her family, and between Lillian and Saul and their daughter Trudy and her husband Michael Soby in Calgary.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 53
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
53
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1918-[ca.198-]
Physical Description
5 photographs : b&w and col. ; 14 x 9 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Kate Cowan was the second child (and first daughter) of the nine Cohen (Cowan) siblings.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Kate Cowan and her husband Joe Wener, and their oldest daughter Ruth and her husband Mickey Bush.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 58
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
58
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1918]-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
2 photographs : b&w and col. ; 15 x 10 cm and 14 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Jeanne Kallman was the sixth of nine Cowan siblings and the third girl.
Scope and Content
File includes family correspondence, two copies of Jeanne's "Memoirs of the Past", a newspaper biography of Jeanne from a Pinellas County Florida publication, and an article in an Orange County Florida Fire Safety Education Bulletin written by her grandson Lieutenant Clay Kallman. In addition, there are photographs of Jeanne and a friend as young girls about 1918, and of Jeanne at about 94 years of age with a corsage and a bouquet of flowers, honouring her participation in a musical event and giving a book review.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 59
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
59
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
Date
[194-]-1989
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
8 photographs : b&w and col. ; 20 x 15 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
Norman Cowan was the eighth of the nine Cowan siblings and the fifth boy. He worked as an estate planner with Imperial Life.
Scope and Content
File consists of family correspondence and photographs of Norman Cowan and his wife Bertha from the 1940s to the 1980s in locations such as Wapaska Lodge, Gravenhurst, and Heritage Park, Calgary, as well as a photo of their son Phil as a young man. There are three greeting cards decorated with photographs of Norman's photography and Bertha's paintings, a speech delivered by Norman to the Toronto Jewish Historical Society on Ward 4 (Kensington) in Toronto during the depression years, and an article from the Canadian Jewish News about the presentation, as well as newspaper clippings about the couple's retirement activities, and an advertisement for an exhibit of their art at the Koffler Gallery in Toronto. Finally, there is a sympathy acknowledgement card for a donation to Baycrest written by Saul Cowan following the passing of his brother Norman.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 60
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
60
Material Format
textual record
Date
1978-1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Philip Cowan is the only child of Norman and Bertha Cowan. Both he and his wife Carolyn are clinical psychologists in California.
Scope and Content
File consists of a review of an academic book on an aspect of clinical psychology by Phillip, a newsletter with family updates, and wedding invitations for Philip and Carolyn's three children.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 65
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
65
Material Format
textual record
Date
1995-2001
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of email correspondence between Cowan relatives, mainly Trudy Cowan Luker and her brother Michael Cowan. These messages deal with the health and financial issues of their father Saul Cowan, in a care facility in Montreal. In addition, there are emails to and from other relatives, friends, and business associates.
Access Restriction
Closed. Researchers must receive permission from the OJA Director prior to accessing the records.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 66
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
66
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[195-]-1961
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm on matte 27 x 20 cm and 9 x 9 cm
Admin History/Bio
Ruth Bush was the daughter of Kate Cowan Wener, the eldest sister of Saul Cowan. Trudy Cowan was a bridesmaid at the Firestone-Weintraub wedding.
Scope and Content
File consists of two photographs of an unidentified elderly couple, a photograph of Ruth Bush in London, England, and a 1961 wedding portrait of Phyllis Firestone and Allan Weintraub.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 67
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
67
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-]-[199-]
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and col. (1 photocopy) ; 16 x 14 cm and 12 x 6 cm and 10 x 10 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of an unidentified photograph of a teenage girl, of a young woman and baby taken at Hanukkah 1988 at 46 Braemar, and a photocopy of a couple holding wine glasses.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 78
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
78
Material Format
textual record
Date
1995
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
File consists of handwritten and typed notes (in a hardcovered notebook and on sheets of paper) of Saul Cowan's memoirs tentatively called "Pictures In My Mind".
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 82
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
82
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1916]-[ca. 1946]
Physical Description
32 photographs : b&w ; 18 x 13 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph album with pictures of Michael and Trudy Cowan as babies and young children with their parents, grandparents, and other relatives. Many were taken at the family resort Wapaska Lodge. Identification is provided on stick-it notes.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Negev dinners series
Dinner honouring Nathan Silver file
Level
Item
ID
Fonds 37; Series 1; File 3; Item 21
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gilbert Studios fonds
Negev dinners series
Dinner honouring Nathan Silver file
Level
Item
Fonds
37
Series
1
File
3
Item
21
Material Format
graphic material
Date
1967
Physical Description
1 negative : b&w ; 11 x 13 cm
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.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ajalon Lodge fonds
Level
Fonds
ID
Fonds 72
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Ajalon Lodge fonds
Level
Fonds
Fonds
72
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
object
Date
1929-1986
Physical Description
ca. 1.25 metres of textual records
ca. 15 scrapbooks
ca. 20 objects
Admin History/Bio
The Ajalon Lodge was first organized on 10 March 1929 as the Ajalon Club of Young Judaea. The founding members were Abe Bohnen, Hyman Cohen, Isaac Gringorten, George (Hamell) Himmelstein and Lou Hochman. The group met at the Zionist Institute at 206 Beverley Street in Toronto. The name was selected by Abe Bohnen and Mark Zimmerman, the Young Judaea supervisor, from a map of Palestine which hung in the Young Judaea library.
The first leader of the club was Morris Kertzer followed by Al Zimmerman. In 1930 the lodge began to record its activities in scrapbooks, which it later named the Ajalon Archives. The archivists over the years included Max Schwadron, Ben Marks, Myer Bromberg, and Willie Zimmerman.
The club was actively involved in Young Judaea literary, social, and fundraising activities. In 1935, the club graduated from the Young Judaea movement and become a lodge of the Zionist Order Habonim. By 1939 however, the Ajalon, Balfour, Bialik, and Jaffa lodges merged into the Toronto Habonim Lodge due the waning membership as many men went off to war. After the war, the four lodges returned to their original state. In 1940, the lodge acquired club rooms on the third floor of the Zionist Building and in 1944 several wives of lodge members organized the Ajalon Ladies Auxiliary. By 1953, Habonim became the Zionist Men’s Association of Canada, an affiliate organization of the Zionist Organization of Canada and by the 1960s, Ajalon Lodge became directly affiliated with ZOC. Over the course of its existence membership in the lodge has been between 40 and 90 members.
Ajalon Lodge participated in many fundraising campaigns for Jewish organizations in Toronto, such as the Jewish National Fund and the United Palestine Appeal. Many of its members also served on the board of directors for organizations such as the Toronto Zionist Council and Young Judaea. The lodge was involved in several fundraising initiatives, including the establishment of a kindergarten in Ashkelon, Israel in 1972. In later years the Ajalon Lodge was affiliated with the Zionist Organization of Canada.
Custodial History
The records were in the custody of both Willie Zimmerman and Meyer Bromberg before they were donated to the Archives in 1984, 1988, and 1994.
Scope and Content
This fonds primarily consists of the records collected and created by the Ajalon Archives Committee, under the direction of Max Schwadron, Ben Marks, Myer Bromberg, and Willie Zimmerman. The archives are organized into scrapbooks by year and relate first to activities of Ajalon Club as a chapter of Young Judaea and then to Ajalon Lodge as a chapter of the Zionist Order Habonim. Later scrapbooks represent the lodge’s activities as part of the broader Zionist network affiliated with the Zionist Organization of Canada. The scrapbooks consist of photographs, event invitations, pamphlets and flyers, correspondence, editorial writings, newsletters, newsclippings, meeting minutes, activity reports, and ephemera. They begin in 1929 and run to 1983.
Also included in the fonds are the meeting minutes, financial reports and general correspondence files of the lodge, as well as several artifacts collected by Meyer Bromberg while he was the acting archivist.
Name Access
Ajalon Lodge (Toronto, Ont.)
Subjects
Zionism
Physical Condition
Some of the early scrapbooks are in poor condition. The pages are brittle and are crumbling along the edges. As well, the scrapbooks require tissue-paper linings between the pages to separate the various media contained within and to prevent any further degredation, particularly of the photographs. Many of the photos in the later scrapbooks require rehousing in acid-free melanex.
Related Material
Related material can be found in the Zionist Organization of Canada fonds 28, the Meyer Bromberg fonds, the Maurice Berg fonds and the Willie Zimmerman fonds 41.
Creator
Ajalon Lodge (Toronto, Ont.)
Accession Number
1984-11-2
1988-6-5
1994-10-3
2005-4-4
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Sub-series
ID
Fonds 18; Series 3-1
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Gordon Mendly fonds
Events and organizations series
B'nai Brith lodges sub-series
Level
Sub-series
Fonds
18
Series
3-1
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1958]-1973
Physical Description
226 negatives : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm or smaller
Admin History/Bio
B’nai Brith is the oldest Jewish service organization in North America. It was founded on October 13, 1843 by a group of eleven men in New York City.
Originally called Bundes-Brueder [League of Brothers], with the alternate title of “The Independent Order of B’nai Brith”, they later shortened their name to simply “B’nai Brith”, meaning sons of the covenant.
In an attempt to unite Jewish communities, they developed an inclusive membership mandate that does not discriminate against ethnic or religious sects. The initial vision of the organization was to develop a national Jewish organization, which would provide aid to all Jewish citizens. These goals have long since been realized. The organization currently has lodges internationally and B’nai Brith membership is in the millions.
B’nai Brith cites its main goals to be: reaching out to those in need, fighting antisemitism and prejudice of any kind, and promoting human rights and world peace. One of their most recognized accomplishments is the formation of the Anti-Defamation League, which combats antisemitism and promotes human rights.
In Canada, the first B'nai Brith lodge was founded in Toronto, the Canada Lodge, in 1875, but it folded in 1894. Other lodges were formed in Montreal, in 1881, and Victoria, in 1886. These lodges were disbanded around the turn of the century and the organization did not have much of a presence in Canada until the outbreak of the first World War. Shortly afterwards, in Toronto, B’nai Brith had fifteen lodges and eleven chapters. The lodges were the men’s groups and the chapters were for the women; in addition, there was also the B’nai Brith Youth Organization, called the Hillel Foundation, which was located at the University of Toronto.
The lodges primarily work in the community in a fundraising capacity, but many of the lodges also support various causes, such as youth and senior programs.
Scope and Content
Sub-series consists of negatives documenting the events and activities of several B'nai Brith lodges in Toronto. The images depict meetings, installation banquets, special events, theatrical productions, and group photographs of the executive and officers of the various lodges. The negatives have been arranged chronologically by event and are described at the file or item level.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 9
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
Fonds
28-1
Series
7
File
9
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[196-?]
Physical Description
1 photograph ; b&w ; 21 x 26 cm
Source
Archival Descriptions
50 records – page 1 of 1.

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