The collection was created by Margaret Pugh who organized and preserved the family's history. The fonds consists of materials from four families linked to the Pugh Family: Broderick, Wilson, Stewart and Pawling. The fonds includes a large amount of correspondance and other textual material dating back to the mid 19th century up to 1998. A large quantity of Postcards from the late 1800s to the post-war period make up the niche portion of the collection. Margaret's father, Frederick Pugh, worked in the Research Bureau of the T.E. Eaton Company through the early 1900s until 1938, included in the collection is correspondance between him and executives of the company. Also contained in the collection are textual records of Margaret's career at Deer Lodge Hospital. These records provide some insight into the administrative activities of the dietary department at the veteran's institution. In addition, Margaret's collection of cookbooks and recipes provide a comprehensive insight into gendered domestic consumption and advertising in the post-war period. Overall, the records provide a vivid illustration of the activities of a family clan that lived in Southern Ontario during the 19th century and Winnipeg during and after the Edwardian period.
Photographic postcard of a memorial monument for Edith Cavell and Marie Depage in front of the Edith Cavell Nursing School in Brussels. The monument is comprised of two stone angels laying flowers on a memorial stone for Edith Cavell and Marie Depage.
Photographic postcard of four men and one boy standing behind a monument for Gabrielle Petit in Brussels. Flowers lie beneath the statue. The card reads, in French, "Monument Gabrielle Petit fusillée le 1 avril 1916, a l'age de 23 ans" (Gabrielle Petit Monument, shot on April 1, 1916, at age 23).