Series - Diaries and Private Memos

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Diaries and Private Memos

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  • 1867-1933 (Creation)
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    MacMechan, Archibald McKellar

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12 diaries; 12 private memos ; 1 address book

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(1862-1933)

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Archibald McKellar MacMechan was born in 1862 in Berlin (now Kitchener), Ontario, son of The Reverend John and Mary Jean MacMechan. He began his university education at the University of Toronto in 1880 and graduated in 1884 with a Bachelor of Arts. He 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). MacMechan was a prolific writer of essays, articles and books throughout his lifetime. He died 7 August 1933.

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This series contains Archibald MacMechan's private journals. It also contains on journal by Mary Jean MacMechan, Archibald MacMechan's mother. Also contains private memos and one address book.

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