Fonds MS-2-299, SF Box 36, Folders 12-16 ; SF Box 36, Folders 1-11, 17-24 - Avis (Marshall) McCurdy fonds

University-community dialogue on the future of our universities Invitations to dances, at homes, and a gift sale Tickets and dance cards from dances Speeches delivered during the hazing of freshettes

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Avis (Marshall) McCurdy fonds

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MS-2-299, SF Box 36, Folders 12-16 ; SF Box 36, Folders 1-11, 17-24

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  • Bulk, 1924-1927 (Creation)
  • 1924-1977 (Creation)

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6 cm of textual records (24 folders)

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(1906-?)

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Avis Hunter Marshall was born in 1906 in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia the daughter of G. Ross Marshall and Nellie Blanche Taylor. A member of the class of 1927, Avis was very involved in the Dalhousie University student community. She was a member of the women’s debating team and the Council of the Students, serving as vice-president in 1925-6. Avis became an associate editor of the Dalhousie Gazette and was awarded a “D” for her work. Notably, Avis was the editor of Dalhousie’s first yearbook in 1927. She was also involved in social activities, such as establishing a University theatre night. Avis was chosen to be a member of the Malcom Honor Society in her senior year, as was also elected Life Vice-President of the Class for 1927. She remained active as an alumna as part of the reunion committee. In 1929, Avis married William Jarvis McCurdy, a fellow Dalhousie alumnus who had also been involved in student’s council and was the Life President of the Class of 1926. The couple had four children and lived in Toronto, Ontario. Avis was active in many social and political causes, including running for office as a Cooperative Commonwealth Federation (CCF) candidate. She was a longtime member of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto and was vice president of her local Dalhousie reunion committee for the Class of 1927.

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Fonds was donated by Avis McCurdy in 1977 and 1987.

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Fonds comprises exam questions, debating notes, dance cards, invitations, sorority notes, pins and other memorabilia from McCurdy's student years at Dalhousie University. There are also records (correspondence, financial statements, clippings, menus) from university reunions in 1938, 1967 and 1977.

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  • English

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English.

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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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], Avis (Marshall) McCurdy fonds, MS-2-299, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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July 2012

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  • Box: MS-2-299, SF Box 36