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Bagg, Abner and Stanley fonds (P070)

1810-1845. - 150 cm of textual records.

Administrative History - Biographical Sketch:

The Bagg family emigrated from England at the end of the 18th century. Two brothers, Stanley (1786-1853) and Abner (fl. 1820-1850) came to Montréal in the early part of the 19th century. By the 1820's both brothers were engaged in a number of business ventures including a haberdashery.

Abner owned a brewery in Laprairie and was a major contractor for the Lachine Canal. Stanley was also a contractor and like his brother very involved in the weat and flour staple trade with the United States. Stanley was associated with the formation of the City Bank in 1831 and stood as the Conservative candidate in a 1832 by-election held in Montréal.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.2, p.164.)

Scope and Content:

The Abner and Stanley Bagg fonds consists of business records. The fonds is separated in four series: Business, Evelyn Stanley Bagg, Letterbook and Miscellanous books.

The haberdashery is represented by account books, daily records and a daybook and the Laprairie Brewery, with account books, a cash book and a customers' accounts book. From the Bagg's activities as contractors for the Lachine Canal can be traced by workmens' workbooks and time sheets, receipts from other contractors, a day book, a cash book, store accounts, a treasurer's waste book and an account book . Other records of the Bagg's business ventures include account books, day books, receipt books, cash books, ledgers and letterbooks. The personal records of the Baggs consist of Abner Bagg's personal account book and an estate inventory , a personal notebook and a household expense book.

(Source: Guide to Archival Resources at McGill University : Private Papers At McGill University. McGill University Archives. 1985. Vol.2, p.164.)