Fonds MS-2-707 - Edith Archibald (MacMechan) Dobson fonds

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Edith Archibald (MacMechan) Dobson fonds

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25 volumes ; 19 x 22 x 3 cm and smaller
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25.5 cm

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(1897 - 1990)

Biographical history

Edith "Polly" Archibald Dobson was born in Halifax on 17 November 1897, the youngest of three daughters of Edith MacMechan and Dalhousie professor Archibald MacMechan. Educated at Wakefield Girls' High School in Yorkshire, England, and then Halifax Ladies' College, she became the social secretary to Mrs. Alexander Graham Bell, at times living with the Bell family at Beinn Bhreagh, their Cape Breton estate. It was there that she met her husband, Commander C.C. (Tommy) Dobson, a member of the Admiralty Commission sent to evaluate Bell's hydrodrome invention. The couple married in 1920 in England and had twin daughters. They traveled extensively, following Dobson's posts. After his death in 1940, Edith returned to Canada and served in the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service. In 1947, she settled in Nova Scotia and founded the Red Cross Lodge at Camp Hill Hospital, which she ran until her retirement in 1972. She died in 1990 following a short illness.

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Records were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by Dr. Cathy Cervin, granddaughter of Edith Dobson, in accession (15-97) in 1997.

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Fonds contains 23 volumes of Edith Dobson's personal diaries, written between 1948-1989, as well as two volumes of her travel diaries and a photograph of her at the time of her engagement in 1920.

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There are no 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], Edith Archibald (MacMechan) Dobson fonds, MS-2-707, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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