Monday, 28 October 2019

ARCAT needs your help!

Archivists often know a little bit about everything, especially when it comes to the subject areas of their holdings. The archivists at the Archdiocese of Toronto are no exception as they collect facts, names, dates, faces and places as quickly as they collect materials pertaining to the history of the Archdiocese. However, archivists can't know it all, which is why we need your help!
 
Back in November 2018, we received a panoramic photograph with zero contextual information. We found very little success in our attempts to identify the location, date, and the names of many of the individuals in the photograph.
 
As you can see, many Bishops and priests are present, indicating a large special event of some kind. We believe we have identified former Archbishop Neil McNeil, who was Archbishop of Toronto from 1912 to 1934. This gives us an indication of the date range.
 
Take a look at the photograph below and see if you recognize the building or any of the individuals pictured.
 
If you're confident in your detective skills, comment your responses on this post or email us at archives@archtoronto.org 

Photograph Collection
PH 36/12P

See below for close-up sections of the photograph:




We believe the individual in the bottom right hand corner is Neil McNeil, Archbishop of Toronto from 1912 to 1934.


Could the man in the middle row on the far left be Fr. Charles Coughlin?




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