This is a collection of documents and correspondence pertaining to four generations of the Ryerson Family and assembled and organized, scrapbook-style, in a leather-bound volume measuring 37 x 28.5 centimetres. Approximately 130 of the volume's 173 pages are filled.SCrapbook is divided into several sections:
The first section is entitled "Documents Relating to the Ryerson Family" and consists of several reproduced documents relating to Joseph Ryerson.
The second section is entitled, "Col. Jos. Ryerson Papers".
The third section is entitled, "Rev. Egerton Ryerson, D.D. Papers". It contains the largest number of items in the volume.
The fourth section is entitled, "Charles Egerton Ryerson". Charles Ryerson (1847-1909) was Egerton Ryerson's son.
The fifth section is entitled, "George Egerton Ryerson".
Among the many documents found in this collection are the following items:Joseph Ryerson's military commissions and appointments, including a document signed by Sir Isaac Brock on the eve of the War of 1812.A letter from the Governor of Upper Canada allowing Joseph Ryerson's niece to transfer furniture to New Brunswick in 1791.Letters to Egerton Ryerson from prominent figures such as Robert Baldwin, the Earl of Dufferin and Lord Stanley, a distinguished British statesman and the father of Canada's sixth governor-general.Letters to Egerton Ryerson from the private secreatry to King William, the Duchess of Kent, the secretary to Sir Robert Peel (Prime Minister of Great Britain), and other highly-placed British and European officials. This correspondence relates, in large part, to Ryerson's trips to Europe to: study educational systems, plead his case for free public education and petition for a charter and grant for the Upper Canada Academy in Cobourg (later Victoria University and today's Victoria College at the University of Toronto).A phrenology manual and phrenological charts relating to Egerton Ryerson. Phrenology was a 19th-century "psychological theory or analytical method based on the idea that certain mental faculties and character traits are indicated by the configurations of a person's skull."Ryerson's Doctor of Divinity degree from the Wesleyan University in Middleton, Connecticut, conferred in 1842 and Ryerson's certificates of appointment as Chief Superintendent of Schools in Upper Canada, including the first in 1846.