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Ontario Library Association

Annual meeting at Toronto, 16 April 1906

The Ontario Library Association was founded in 1900 by a small group of librarians and trustees. Its early meetings were held in Toronto during Easter, normally at the Canadian Institute on Richmond Street East. At this time, membership was small and few women attended. Open meetings were quite formal: minutes, presentations, papers, motions, and discussions were conducted on business lines. This atmosphere is reflected by the clothing and attire attested by this early photograph. Although the delegates are not listed, a few people in the front row can be identified: The first vice-president, Norman S. Gurd (Sarnia), is third from left; the president, William J. Robertson (St. Catharines), is in the centre; and a councillor, James Bain, Jr. (Toronto), is at the far right.

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