Fonds MSG 651 - Rhodes and Tudor Hart Family Fonds

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Rhodes and Tudor Hart Family Fonds

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  • Variations in title: Rhodes and Tudor-Hart Papers

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  • between approximately 1774 and 1975 (Creation)
    Rhodes and Tudor Hart Family, 1774-1975

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672 cm of textual records and graphic materials

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The Rhodes family of Yorkshire, England and Bergerville (Sillery) Québec, included Col. Godfrey Rhodes of the 94th Regiment and the 60th Rifles (in the Crimea); Lieut. Col. William Rhodes, 68th Light Infantry, and minister of Agriculture for Québec; and Catherine (Rhodes) Tudor Hart, wife of the artist Percyval Tudor Hart.

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The fonds consists of papers of the Rhodes family of Yorkshire and Quebec, approximately 1774-1975, and Percyval Tudor-Hart and family, approximately 1920-1970, including business and personal correspondence. Rhodes family, approximately 1850-1970, business and personal correspondence. Tudor-Hart family, approximately 1920-1950, Crimean war military papers, Col. Godfrey Rhodes, approximately 1850-1858, diaries and notebooks, Rhodes family, approximately 1774-1970, business and estate papers including accounts, receipts and inventories for Rhodes and Tudor-Hart properties, family history material for Rhodes family, including charts and pedigrees, drawings and sketches, mainly by Catherine and Percyval, approximately 1890-1920, and photographs and Rhodes family members and residences, Yorkshire and Quebec, approximately 1850-1968.

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Given to Rare Books and Special Collections by Executors of estate of Catherine (Rhodes) Tudor-Hart, 1972.


The arrangement of the papers follows 200 years of the Rhodes family, generation after generation, beginning with Mr. and Mrs. Peter Rhodes in the 1770s and ending with Catherine (Rhodes) Tudor-Hart in the 1970s.

It should be noted that the papers of an individual within the arrangement comprise letters written to him/her, that is, ‘in-letters’, and copies (not the ones sent) of letters written by him/her. Although there are exceptions, the usual procedure is to place letters by a family member with the papers of the person to whom a letter is written. In other words, letters by William Rhodes to Peter Rhodes are arranged and listed with the papers of Peter Rhodes.

An exception to this procedure is the correspondence of Catherine (Rhodes) Tudor-Hart. She had organized and titled her correspondence according to her own needs and this system, under the heading ‘Correspondence files, Catherine and Percyval Tudor-Hart and Family’ has been maintained.

In cases where the papers and those of an estate that is, when the person has died, they are included with those papers of the executor of the estate, in the Rhodes papers the executor being a family member. Therefore, for example, the papers of the William Rhodes II estate are arranged and listed with the ‘Business and Estate’ papers of Godfrey W. Rhodes, who was executor of his father William’s estate.

The additional category at the end of the papers (boxes 20 and 21) contains miscellaneous business letters and receipts of Godfrey Rhodes and Catherine and Percyval Tudor-Hart, mainly relating to the running of the estate ‘Cataraqui’ during the period 1910-1970.

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Also donated toMcGill's Rare Books and Special Collections by Catherine (Rhodes) Tudor-Hart was an 18th-century gentleman’s library of over 7000 volumes, as well as some nineteenth-century books and scrapbooks (kept by Sarah Rhodes and Catherine Rhodes), postcards and a modern reading library of the first half of the 20th century.

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