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- Armer, John Russell
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b. May 24th 1884 on his father's farm, Grey [or Bruce?] County, ON. Worked in Grand Trunk Pacific Railway drafting office in Montreal beginning 1902 as a machinist apprentice. Became supervisor of the apprentice classes in Toronto, 1905. In 1910 he was Chief Draughtsman with Grant Trunk Western at Battle Creek, Michigan. In 1912 he transferred to the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway as Chief Draughtsman, Mechanical Department in Winnipeg. Worked at CNR Transcona until retirement in 1949. Married Jennie May Henderson. Travelled extensively and kept up lifelong hobbies of photography, painting, and history. d. 18 October 1983.
Note: biographical data extracted from obituary. Many other materials such as oral history interview tapes, interview summary, and copies of diaries are available in THMA research file. Biographical and family information also available in archival documents.
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his fonds consists of a large collection of material related to Armer’s travels, including 22,540 slides, tour books, art works and scrapbooks. Also included is a diary, family trees, railway technical drawings, railway correspondence and Armer’s personal library books.
The textual material consists of five series as follows.
Trip Series consists of 22,540 slides, tour books, comment books, scrapbooks, and index books for some of the tour books. Artwork featured in slides consists of approximately 822 slides or 4% of the slide collection. Transcona related slides number to approximately 511 slides or 2% of the collection.
Artworks Series consists of originals or photographs of original watercolours. Mainly subjects relate to Armer’s travels. Approximately 5% - 10% original art.
Correspondence Series consists of letters between the Canadian Locomotive and Engine Company and the Northern Pacific and Manitoba Railway Company regarding the purchase of a locomotive.
Armer Family History Series consists of a copy of Armer’s diary and Fraser and Henderson family trees.
Books Series consists of Armer’s personal library. Many of these books contain notes and photographs entered by Armer.
The graphic material consists of two series as follows.
Photograph Series: 1928, 1 photograph : b&w print; 25.3 X 15.2 cm on mount 35.5 X 25.3 cm: consists of group portrait of men and boys who were Motive Power Department apprentices at Transcona CNR.
Technical Drawing Series consists of drawings of locomotives from the Canadian National Railways, the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway and the Intercolonial Railway.
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Textual Material and Map Series: File List Available.
A handwritten copy prepared by Museum staff provides a table of contents for the scrapbooks and the comment books. A second handwritten finding aid has been prepared which lists the subjects for each group of slides.
John Russell Armer has completed several finding aids for his own collection (TH84.17 only). Some of the information is not relevant since the organization of the collection has changed since it was in Armer's possession. Guides to how the finding aid is used are available.
Visual Finding Aid categories: Railway - CNR - Staff. Item List available.
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