Fonds MS-5-3, SF Box 17, Folder 17 - Alfred Whitehead fonds

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Alfred Whitehead fonds

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  • Textual record

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MS-5-3, SF Box 17, Folder 17

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  • 1937 (Creation)

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2 pages 1 file

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Alfred Ernest Whitehead was born in 1887 in England. He immigrated to Canada and became a choirmaster, an organist, a teacher and a composer. In his adult life he taught at Mount Allison University as well as McGill University. Whitehead was a community and church leader while he lived in Montreal. Ill health forced him to retire to become the head of Mount Allison University’s Music Department from 1947-1953. When he retired from the university he moved to Amherst, Nova Scotia, where he resumed his organist and choirmaster activities at Trinity United Church until 1971. Whitehead was a distinguished recitalist as well as a prolific composer. In addition, he was a painter, and just before his death in early 1974 he completed the third edition of his book “The Squared-Circle Cancellations of Canada”.

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Fonds was donated to Dalhousie University in 1972. Prior to that it was in the custody of Alfred Whitehead.

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Fonds contains two letters: one written by Carleton Stanley to Archibishop Arthur Carlisle; and one to Alfred Whitehouse from Duncan Scott.

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Ink on the blue letter from Duncan Scott is faded.

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  • English

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Alfred Whitehead fonds, MS-5-3, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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