Fonds consists of the records created, received and collected by the St. Lawrence Starch Company Limited and its associated operations.
The records are comprehensive in scope and span the company's history from its beginnings to the late 1990s. Included among the textual records are minutes from the Board of Directors of St. Lawrence Starch, its subsidiaries, and the parent W.J. Gray Holdings Company. There is also extensive executive level correspondence, financial statements, corporate tax returns and ledgers; factory orders; correspondence with suppliers, customers and competitors and various levels of government; internal committee minutes; records relating to labour relations; and records relating to legal matters, including litigation over supply of corn syrup to the Dionne quintuplets in the 1930s and the Countervailing duty in the 1980s.
There are also records documenting product research and development, production processes, planning and expansion proposals, and files documenting the company's relations with the community and its involvement in sponsoring sporting events. Finally there are records on the Company's downsizing and plant closing, and the demolition and redevelopment of the factory lands, including environmental assessments.
The fonds also includes special media such as photographs, architectural drawings and moving images. Among the special media highlights are numerous photographs and architectural drawings of the company's facilities and machinery, photographs of company sponsored sporting events and of the Gray family, original art work and advertisements for Bee Hive, Durham Starch. St Lawrence Corn Oil and other St. Lawrence products (a number of the Bee Hive ads featuring the Dionne quintuplets and well-known Canadian athletes such as hockey legend Frank Mahovolich, and Olympic medallists Karen Magnussen (figure skating) and Nancy Green (skiing)). There are a few examples of Bee Hive hockey cards of Toronto Maple Leaf players from the 1950s and 1960s. Finally there are sound recordings, transcripts, films and videos of St. Lawrence advertisements. Of particular interest are sound recordings and transcripts pertaining to the 1930s radio program 'What Price Loyalty?' which highlighted the St. Lawrence versus Canada Starch rivalry.
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St. Lawrence Starch Co.