Document Box

A large wooden box. On the front it says 1833. and 1834. In the background there are books and in the foreground writing tables.
John's document box in the Eldon House collection

Country of Origin: Canada 
Year: ca. 1840 
Materials: Wood and Paint  

The Harris Family left behind a great amount of written material in the form of diaries and letters. This document box is a legacy of John Harris’ work as Treasurer of the London District, where he collected annual documentation as well a fees from taxpayers.   This box is a historical equivalent of a file cabinet, but designed for an individual who had a huge area to travel – In John Harris’s case from the shore of Lake Erie in the south all the way to the tip of the Bruce Peninsula in the north.