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

Catharine Anne Wilson, F.R.S.C. 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 for making diaries in their possession available for this project.

The Archives of Ontario

Archival & Special Collections, University of Guelph

Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre

Buxton National Historic Site & Museum

Dundas Museum and Archives

Dufferin County Museum & Archives

Elgin County Archives

Guelph Civic Museum
 
Grey Roots County Museum and Archives
 
Harrow Early Immigrant Research Society
 
Huron County Museum & Historic Gaol
 
Leeds and 1000 Islands Historical Society
 
Markham Museum
 
McMaster University Archives
 
Mennonite Archives of Ontario Conrad Grebel University College
 
Middleville and District Museum
 
Niagara Historical Society
 
Norwich and District Archives
 
Peel Art Gallery, Museum and Archives (PAMA)
 
Prince Edward County Archives
 
Queen's University Archives
 
Simcoe County Archives
 
Tavistock and District Historical Society
 
Toronto Public Library
 
University of Western Ontario
 
Upper Canada Village
 
Uxbridge Historical Centre
 
Waterloo Region Museum
 
Wellington County Museum and Archvives