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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 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 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 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
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 62
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
62
Material Format
textual record
Date
1984-2005
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Admin History/Bio
Max Altshuller was the great-grandfather of Saul Cowan's first wife Lillian Rosenthal.
Scope and Content
File consists of corrspondence between family members concerning reminiscences and genealogy, a family tree of Saul Cowan's parents Harris and Annie Cohen, two descendant family trees of Mayer Gollom (father of Annie Gollom Cohen), and a memoir titled "Altshuller Family Tree". Included in this document are photocopies of photographs, maps, a report on a 2005 reunion in Pontypool, Ontario, and a memoir of Belle Ewart by Al Sherman, which mentions the activities of the Rosenthal, Altshuller, Goldman, and Aiken families, as well as a 24-page descendant family tree of Max Altshuller.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Accession Number
2010-5-9
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
2010-5-9
Material Format
graphic material (electronic)
textual record (electronic)
Physical Description
12 photographs : b&w and col. (jpg)
1 cm textual records (jpg)
Date
[ca. 1942] - 2007
Scope and Content
Accession consists of photographs, certificates, newspaper clippings, military routine orders and ephemera that document Harold Kates's service in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War.
Administrative History
Harold Kates was born in Toronto on August 4, 1921 to Rose and Sholom Katz. The family lived on Roberts Street and Harold went to Lansdown school. He enlisted in the army in September 1939, but left in 1940 to join the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airplane mechanic after realizing his regiment would not be going overseas. While serving overseas, Harold was stationed in England, Africa and Greece. After the war, Harold returned to Toronto and received his auto mechanic license. He soon became interested in electricity and opened his own business, Kates Elect, which he operated for sixteen years. In addition, Harold was a member of Toronto's Auxillary Police Force. On October 20, 1954 he married Terry Rafalove.
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.
Descriptive Notes
Last name was previously Katz
Related material note:See also oral history 391
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-6-1
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1990-6-1
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
1 photograph : b&w ; 20 x 26 cm
Date
1929-1970
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a photo and material relating to the life of Kate Devor and her family. Included are press clippings, certificates, donation cards, correspondence and publications documenting her association with Jewish organizations in Toronto such as Mizrachi Hapoel Hamizrachi, State of Israel Bonds, Shaarei Tefillah Synagogue, and Hadassah in St. Catharines, Ontario. There are also letters from her son David who served with the Irish Regiment of Canada during the Second World War and lost his life in December 1944, as well as the telegram to his mother from the Minister of National Defence announcing his passing.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-8-3
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1995-8-3
Material Format
graphic material
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
12 photographs : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm or smaller
Date
[ca. 1900]-1979
Scope and Content
Accession consists of a number of items in Yiddish including a notebook, a newspaper clipping from New York, and several programs, small brochures, and a scrapbook of clippings. Among these are an issue of the periodical "Der Poiker" (March 1937) and an event program for the yahrzeit of renowned Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem.
There is material pertaining to Sholem Katz consisting of his Canadian Naturalization Certificate, correspondence, and share certificates from organizations including the Toronto Labour Lyceum, Poale Zion, and the Jewish National Workers Alliance Home in Montreal.
As well there are documents for Rubin Rocklin (Rochlin, Rachlin, Roklin) and his wife Rebecca Binsky and family including a marriage certificate, naturalization certificate and immigration papers and photos of Rochlin family members.
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-2-5
Source
Archival Accessions
Accession Number
1989-2-5
Material Format
textual record
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Date
1895-1966
Scope and Content
Accession consists of personal documents of Kate Risidore Devor including registration of her birth in 1895 in London, England; immigration inspection card issued at the Port of Quebec (1912); New York State marriage certificate for Harry Devor and Kate Risidore of St. Catharines, Ontario, married in 1914 in Niagara Falls, and their ketuba (Hebrew marriage certificate). As well, there is a newspaper clipping from the St. Catherines Standard of a speech by her son John, correspondence from two of her sons, Sydney and John serving in the military, and clippings and messages of condolence on the death of her son David while fighting in Italy (1944). These include cards and letters from King George of England, George Drew of Ontario, the Toronto War Memorial Committee, and Sam Bronfman, President of Canadian Jewish Congress. Finally there is Jewish National Fund correspondence documenting the planting of a tree by St. Catherines Hadassah in honour of Kate (1933), and a number of trees by Kate in memory of her brother and son (1966).
Administrative History
Four sons of Kate and William Harry Devor served in the Canadian forces during the Second World War - David, Berko, John, and Sydney.
Subjects
Canada--Armed Forces
World War, 1939-1945
Name Access
Devor, Kate
Source
Archival Accessions
Part Of
Zionist Organization of Canada fonds
Central Region sous-fonds
Subject files series
Level
File
ID
Fonds 28-1; Series 7; File 151
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
151
Material Format
textual record
Date
1965-1966
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
Scope and Content
The file consists of correspondence, statements of cash collection and income, campaign reports and memoranda.
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 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
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
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 34
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
34
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[199-?]
Physical Description
3 photographs : col. ; 10 x 15 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of 420 Vaughan Road, where Saul Cowan and his family lived from 1943-1946, and 268 Wychwood, the family home from 1946-1951. The third photograph is of a small apartment building at 425 Crawford Street where Celia and Morris Rosenthal (in-laws of Saul Cowan) lived in the 1940s and 1950s.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 43
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
43
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[197-]
Physical Description
1 photograph : b&w ; 9 x 13 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of the exterior of Lillian and Saul Cowan's family home at 39 Brucewood in North York, Ontario.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 45
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
45
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[193-]-1992
Physical Description
3 photographs : b&w and col. ; 10 x 13 cm and 12 x 8 cm and 8 x 7 cm
Scope and Content
File consists of a photograph of Libbie Aiken's family. Included is a photo of her brother Dr. Sidney Aiken in the 1930s, a photograph of Libbie Aiken as a physiotherapist at the Toronto General Hospital in the 1950s, and a group photo of Libbie and Saul with Libbie's children and grandchildren at a formal event in 1992.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 56
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
56
Material Format
textual record
graphic material
sound recording
Date
[195-]-1997
Physical Description
1 folder of textual records
4 photographs : b&w and col. ; 9 x 13 cm or smaller
1 audiotape
Admin History/Bio
Rivka (Reva) Cowan Lieberman was the fourth child (and second girl) of the nine Cowan siblings.
Scope and Content
File consists of photographs of Rivka with her daughter Ruth, with her husband Frank Lieberman, and of herself in later years. As well, there is family correspondence, two copies of her 1997 memoir, an invitation to her 90th birthday hosted by her family, an undated audiotape of an interview with her, and material pertaining to her son David's career as a psychologist at a university in Scotland.
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
ID
Fonds 102; File 89
Source
Archival Descriptions
Part Of
Cowan family fonds
Level
File
Fonds
102
File
89
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[ca. 1905]-[ca. 1946]
Physical Description
4 photographs : b&w and sepia with hand tinting ; 25 x 21 cm or smaller
Scope and Content
File consists of a group photograph of members of the Soren and Rosenthal families taken early in the twentieth century, a photo of Lillian Rosenthal Cowan with her baby son Michael and the two grandmothers Celia Soren Rosenthal and Annie Harris Cohen, and a photograph of Lillian Cowan and her children Michael and Trudy with the same grandmothers about seven years later.
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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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
Level
Item
ID
Item 3432
Source
Archival Descriptions
Level
Item
Item
3432
Material Format
graphic material
Date
[19--]
Physical Description
2 photographs : b&w (1 negative)
Notes
For identification, see accession record.
Photo by McLean.
Name Access
Sprachman, Kate
Subjects
Birthdays
Parties
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
Toronto (Ont.)
Accession Number
1982-7-4
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 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
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
Address
Dundas and Elizabeth Streets
Source
Landmarks

Dr. Max Kates was a Jewish dentist in Toronto. He was married to Lillian Kates, who was the founder of Camp Arowhon, a popular Jewish summer camp in Algonquin Park.
Address
Dundas and Elizabeth Streets
Time Period
ca. 1921-present
Scope Note
Dr. Max Kates was a Jewish dentist in Toronto. He was married to Lillian Kates, who was the founder of Camp Arowhon, a popular Jewish summer camp in Algonquin Park.
History
This building was designed by Benjamin Brown and was commissioned by Dr. Kates to house several stores and offices. It still stands today at the corner of Dundas and Elizabeth Streets in the heart of Toronto’s former St. John’s Ward; the area that first received the thousands of Jewish immigrants fleeing the pogroms in Russia and Eastern Europe.
Category
Architecture
Retail store
Source
Landmarks
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