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Janet Anna Hall fonds [textual record, graphic material]. 


1876-1917, 1983

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

328 photographs b&w.
3 cm of textual records.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of photographs depicting various views in Canada and the United States, ca. 1908-1910. The fonds also contains Janet Hall's diary, original; and a thesis entitled "The Diary of Janet Hall, 1876-1882", written by Kobus de Boer, photocopy.

Textual records
90: Open
Graphic (photo)
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Photographs: No donor restrictions.Copyright expired.Credit: Name of photographer / National Archives of Canada / Copy negative no.

Biography / Administrative history

Janet Anna Hall, born in 1857 at Perth, Ont., was the daughter of Mary Workman Hall and Francis Gemmill Hall. Her mother's family the Workmans, were Irish Protestants who had immigrated to the Canadas in several stages during the period 1819-1829. The family was prominent in mercantile, political, and social circles in Montreal, Toronto, and Ottawa. Mary Workman Hall's parents, Alexander and Mary Workman, had moved to Ottawa from Montreal in 1845 and three years later opened a hardware store in partnership with Edward Griffin.

Following the death of her father in 1857, Janet Hall, her mother and her sister moved to Ottawa to live with her maternal grandparents. Janet Hall lived the rest of her life there. She never married and, as her 1933 obituary noted, was "a lady of quiet retiring nature, but ... well known and held in high esteem by a select circle of close friends in the city."

Additional information

Janet Hall's diary was originally attributed to her mother, Mary Workman Hall and was first listed under the title Mary Workman. The diary has been attributed to Janet Hall through the research of Mr. de Boer.

Janet Hall's diary was received in 1969 from Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Forbes of__

Ottawa through Mrs. Joan Mooney. The thesis, "The Diary of Janet Hall,

1876-1882" was received in 1983 from the author, Kobus de Boer, Amsterdam,

Netherlands. Photographs acquired in 1974 and 1984.

Subject heading

1. Janet Anna Hall - Diaries, 1876-1882 Alexander Workman, [1876-1882]
2. Janet Anna Hall - Autobiography, 1876-1882 Mary Workman, [1876-1882]
3. Workman family - Genealogy, 1983 Mary Workman Hall, [1876-1882]
4. Dissertations, Academic - Netherlands, 1983 "The Diary of Janet Hall, 1876-1882", 1983.
5. Vriji Universiteit - Dissertations, Academic, 1983 Kobus de Boer, 1983.
6. Ottawa (Ont.) - History, 1876-1882.
7. Ottawa (Ont.) - Social life and customs, 1876-1882.
8. Gossip, 1876-1882.
9. Politics and government Canada
10. Politique et gouvernement Canada


Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1974-451 NPC
2. 1984-186 NPC