Fonds 10.010 - J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company fonds

Zone du titre et de la mention de responsabilité

Titre propre

J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company fonds

Dénomination générale des documents

  • Document textuel

Titre parallèle

Compléments du titre

Mentions de responsabilité du titre

Notes du titre

Niveau de description



CA UWA 10.010

Zone de l'édition

Mention d'édition

Mentions de responsabilité relatives à l'édition

Zone des précisions relatives à la catégorie de documents

Mention d'échelle (cartographique)

Mention de projection (cartographique)

Mention des coordonnées (cartographiques)

Mention d'échelle (architecturale)

Juridiction responsable et dénomination (philatélique)

Zone des dates de production


  • 1888 - 1970 (Production)
    J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company Limited

Zone de description matérielle

Description matérielle

0.66 m of bound textual records
1 copper etching plate

Zone de la collection

Titre propre de la collection

Titres parallèles de la collection

Compléments du titre de la collection

Mention de responsabilité relative à la collection

Numérotation à l'intérieur de la collection

Note sur la collection

Zone de la description archivistique

Nom du producteur


Histoire administrative

The J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company began on 11th September 1869 when the recent immigrant to Winnipeg, James Henry Ashdown, purchased George Moser’s tinsmith shop at Portage and Main. Soon after in 1871, the original shop inadequate for his growing business, Ashdown erected a structure at the corner of Bannatyne and Main. Winnipeg’s 1873 incorporation as a city and the arrival of the railway in 1878 brought waves of immigration, and between 1875-1885, Ashdown expanded his building several times to accommodate its success and patronage.

Ashdown saw the trend of western expansion and launched Ashdown Hardware stores across Canada – including Portage la Prairie and Emerson (1881), Calgary (1889), Saskatoon (1912), Edmonton (1923), and Regina (1929). Back in Winnipeg in 1896, he started construction on his warehouse close to the docks in order to better receive shipments via river traffic and to launch distribution for more stores. Business was booming – in 1900, he launched the “Ashdown Special,” a promotional spectacle consisting of an entire train of goods shipped west with specially marked cars.

In 1902 the business was officially incorporated as the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company Limited with the Province of Manitoba, and they released their “Diamond A Brand” – the company’s mark of quality – in 1904. The same year, his Main Street store burnt and was rebuilt within a few months; that building still stands at the corner of Main and Bannatyne to the present day.

The founder J.H. Ashdown passed away in 1924, and was succeeded as owner of the business by his son, Harry C. Ashdown. When Harry Ashdown passed away in 1970, the company was sold to the local liquidation outlet Big 4 Sales.

Historique de la conservation

Records in this fonds were kept by the Ashdown family until their donation to the Archives in 2010 by James Ashdown, great-grandson of James Henry Ashdown who founded the company.

Portée et contenu

Fonds consists of several catalogues and price lists published by the J.H. Ashdown Hardware Company, advertising the wide range of goods they sold including tools, furnishings, hardware, household wares, and industrial equipment. Includes the first fully illustrated catalogue published by the company in 1888, ranging to one of the last made before the company was sold with pages dating from 1968. The fonds also includes a copper etching plate bearing the image of the company’s store in Edmonton.

Zone des notes

État de conservation

Catalogues are in fair to poor condition.

Source immédiate d'acquisition

James Ashdown


Langue des documents

  • anglais

Écriture des documents

Localisation des originaux

Disponibilité d'autres formats

Restrictions d'accès

Délais d'utilisation, de reproduction et de publication

No privacy or other access concerns

Instruments de recherche

Instrument de recherche téléversé

Éléments associés

Éléments associés


Identifiant(s) alternatif(s)

Zone du numéro normalisé

Numéro normalisé


Mots-clés - Sujets

Mots-clés - Lieux

Mots-clés - Noms

Mots-clés - Genre

Zone du contrôle

Identifiant de la description du document

Identifiant du service d'archives

Règles ou conventions



Niveau de détail


Dates de production, de révision et de suppression

Description created 22 November 2018 -- Daniel Matthes
Finding aid created 21 November 2018 -- Daniel Matthes

Langue de la description

  • anglais

Langage d'écriture de la description


Zone des entrées

Sujets associés

Personnes et organismes associés

Lieux associés

Genres associés