Project Participants and Acknowledgements
This website would not be possible without the generous financial support of the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History.
Founder and Project Director
Catharine Anne Wilson holds the Francis and Ruth Redelmeier Professorship in Rural History and teaches Canadian History at the University of Guelph. Her passion for diaries began when she read her great, great grandmother’s diary and used it in her award-winning article “Reciprocal Work Bees and the Meaning of Neighbourhood,” Canadian Historical Review, which has been reprinted in six anthologies. She is now using hundreds of diaries to write a book on barn raisings and quilting bees and they inspired this website. Research for her book was funded by a Social Science and Humanities Research Grant. More is available about Cathy and others working on Rural History at https://www.uoguelph.ca/ruralhistory.
Current Team Members
Past Team Members
We benefitted greatly from the expertise of various individuals at the McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph and College of Arts, University of Guelph.
Kathryn Harvey, Chief Archivist of Archives and Special Collections Universityof Guelph, reviews diary donations and cares for original diaries in the University of Guelph collection. The archives have many other collections of interest to rural scholars including farm magazines and cookbooks.
Adam Hammond, holder of the Michael Ridley Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Digital Humanities, has guided and encouraged this project from its inception.
Wayne Johnston, Head of Research Enterprise & Scholarly Communications, coordinates technical assistance.
Heather Martin, University Copyright Officer, advises on licensing and copyright issues as they arise.
Melissa McAfee, Special Collections Librarian, has advised us on website design and best practises.
Paul Forrest, Media Design & Producer in the College of Arts, looks after artistic design.
We would like to thank the following repositories and individuals for making diaries in their possession available for this project.
The Archives of Ontario
Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph
Toronto Public Library
Buxton National Historic Site & Museum
Dufferin County Museum & Archives
Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
Middleville and District Museum
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
Gail Spanier, Laure Jansen & Catharine Wilson
Queen's University Archives
Norwich and District Archives
Wellington County Museum and Archvives
Uxbridge Historical Centre
Grey County Museum and Archives