Fonds MS-2-82 - Archibald MacMechan fonds

Correspondence between George P. Baker and A. MacMechan A lecture on capital and labour in modern literature Letter from Sara Jeannette Cotes to Archibald MacMechan Letter from Sara Jeannette Cotes to Archibald MacMechan Letter from Sara Jeannette Cotes to Archibald MacMechan

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Archibald MacMechan fonds

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  • 1860-1955 (Creation)
    MacMechan, Archibald McKellar

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10 meters of textual records ; 421 photographs : b&w ; various sizes

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Archibald McKellar MacMechan was a Munro Professor of English at Dalhousie University and a prolific writer of essays, article and books, including an official history of the Halifax Explosion. He was born in 1862 in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, son of the Reverend John and Mary Jean MacMechan. He earned a BA at the University of Toronto in 1884, then taught school in Brockville and Galt for two years before entering Johns Hopkins University as a doctoral candidate in modern languages, receiving his PhD in 1889. That same year he married Edith May Cowan, with whom he had had three daughters, Jean, Grace and Edith.

MacMechan was appointed professor of English at Dalhousie University in 1889, where he remained until 1931, helping to establish the Dalhousie University Marine Museum and briefly serving as University Librarian. He also served as president of the Nova Scotia Historical Society (1907-1910) and was awarded a fellowship in the Royal Society of Canada (1926). He was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Toronto (1920) and Dalhousie University (1933). He died on 7 August 1933.

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MacMechan's papers were donated between 1970-1974 by his daughter Jean Willets; in 1983 by his daughter Edith Dobson; and in 1990 by his granddaughter Joan Cervin.

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Fonds contains diaries, correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished writings, research notes, materials related to MacMechan's research and teaching and other university-related activities, artwork, memorabilia, scrapbooks, photographs and financial papers.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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