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General Steel Wares fonds. Third accrual. – 1928-2005. – 35 cm of textual records and graphic material. – 4 photographs.

Series 1
Company records. – 1928-2004. – 24 cm of textual records. – Series is composed of documents created by GSW through the various business, administrative, media, legal, and other internal activities of the company, with associated material. Also included are secondary reference materials which aided the company’s operations. Title from content of series. An alphabetical file arrangement according to subject matter has been imposed.

BOX 75
F. 1 Annual reports, 1928-1938, 1953-1959. Printed. For intervening years, see first accrual.
F. 2 Annual reports, 1969-1975. Printed.
F. 3 Annual reports, 1976-1983. Printed.
F. 4 Annual reports, 1984-1992. Printed.
F. 5 Annual reports, 1993-1999. Printed.
F. 6 Annual reports, 2000-2004. Printed.

BOX 76
F. 1 CAMCO, 1976, 8 pp. Typescript and photocopied.
F. 2 Circulars and interim reports to shareholders, 1971-2002. Printed. Includes handwritten notes.
F. 3 Circulars and interim reports to shareholders, 2002-2005. Printed.
F. 4 Companies Act (R.S., 1952, c. 53), pp. 1879-1993. Printed.
F. 5 “Compromise or Arrangement,” 1937. Printed.
F. 6 Correspondence, 1968-1995. Printed and typescript.
F. 7 Correspondence and management notes, 1960-2005. Printed, typescript and handwritten.
F. 8 Faxes, 2004, 5 pp. Facsimile.

F. 9
GSW News, Mar.-Apr. 1952, 6 pp. Printed.
GSW Review, 1967 [Special Centennial Issue], 12 pp. 2 copies of issue. Printed.
GSW Review, Fall 1967, 8 pp. Printed.
GSW Review, Spring 1968, 8 pp. Printed.
GSW Review, Summer 1968, 8 pp. Printed.
GSW Review, Spring 1976, 8 pp. Printed.
GSW Review, Summer 1980, 8 pp. Printed.

F. 10 Promotional material, n.d., 1 folder. Printed.
F. 11 Prospectus, 1937-1958, 4 pamphlets. Printed.
F. 12 Share option agreement, GSW Ltd and R.M. Barford, 1968. Printed.

Series 2
Media Records. – 1962-1997; predominant [197-]-1982. – 5 cm of textual records. – Series consists of newspaper articles ands reports concerning GSW, its administrative staff, and its business activities. Title from content of series. Files arranged chronologically.

BOX 76
F. 13 Newspaper articles, 1962-1982. Printed. Clippings, some pasted to paper and cardboard.
F. 14
Newspaper sections:
Financial Post, 11 Aug. 1962. Printed. Contains several articles on GSW on pp. 1, 15.
Globe and Mail: Report on Business, 22 Jan. 1981. Printed. Contains article on GSW on p. B1.
Globe and Mail: Report on Business, 9 Jun. 1982. Printed. Contains article on GSW on p. B1.

BOX 77
F. 1 Newscards and historical report [published by Financial Post], 1990-1997, 12 reports. Printed and photocopied.

Series 3
Company History. – [2003?]-2005. – 6 cm of textual records. – Series reflects the efforts of the company to publish an account of its own history, The Pioneering Spirit: 150 Years at GSW. (Oakville, ON, 2005). Title from content of series. Files arranged chronologically.

BOX 77
F. 2     Notes, with list of presidents, chairmen, and chief executive officers, [2003?], 19 pp. Printed and handwritten.
List of presidents, chairmen, and chief executive officers, [2003?], 2 pp. Printed.
“History of GSW” [draft of Pioneering Spirit], [2003?], 7 pp. Printed.
“History of GSW” [draft of Pioneering Spirit], [2003?], 7 pp. Printed. Fax copy dated 20 Jan. 2004.
“History of GSW” [draft of Pioneering Spirit], [2003?], 9 pp. Printed, with handwritten annotations and addenda.
“History of GSW” [draft of Pioneering Spirit], [2003?], 8 pp. Printed.

F. 3
“GSW History draft 1A” [of Pioneering Spirit], 9 Dec. 2003, 65 pp. Printed with handwritten annotations and corrections.
“RMB [ie Ralph M. Barford]’s comments, marked by page reference to the draft” [2003-2004]. Printed, with photocopy of handwritten corrections. Marked “first draft” at top.
“RMB [ie Ralph M. Barford]’s comments, marked by page reference to the draft ...” [2003-2004], 16 pp. Printed, with handwritten annotations and corrections.
“RMB [ie Ralph M. Barford]’s comments, marked by page reference to the draft ...” [2003-2004], 19 pp. Printed, including photocopies of handwritten pages of comments by DGF [ie Doug Fixter?].
“Breaking Ground: A History of GSW draft 2” [of Pioneering Spirit], 24 Mar. 2004, 76 pp. Printed. Marked “9 June” at top.

F. 4
“Breaking Ground: A History of GSW” [draft of Pioneering Spirit], 18 Jun. 2004, 121 pp. Printed.
“GSW History Book” [galley proofs of Pioneering Spirit], 15 Dec. 2004, 90 pp. With correspondence.

Series 4
Photographs. – [197-]-[200-]. – 4 photographs. Title from content of series. Photographs arranged alphabetically by name of subject.

F. 5 Photographs:
1. [Ralph M. Barford?], [ca. 1970s?]. – b&w.
2. Ralph M. Barford, [ca. 2000s?]. – b&w.
3. [Doug Fixter], n.d. – b&w.
4. General Steel Wares Ltd. sign, n.d. – colour.

A copy of The Pioneering Spirit: 150 Years at GSW (Oakville, ON, 2005), which was included with this accrual, has been removed and catalogued for Research Collections post-1800 monograph collection.

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