File consists of the typescript of the short story The Gift by Budge Wilson with hand-written revisions and notes. This short story is included in the book The Best/Worst Christmas Present Ever by Budge Wilson.
Item is a single sheet of paper, folded to form four pages, excerpted from a diary or journal. The excerpt is a sample of shorthand notes taken by Thomas McCulloch relating to sermons. Language on the page is most likely Latin, except for the dates that McCulloch was recording.
Item is a glass plate of a drawing of Rev. Thomas McCulloch, D.D. The drawing by Arthur Lismer itself is based on a painting of McCulloch by Daniel Munro. The drawing was commissioned and used for history books on Dalhousie University, like One hundred years of Dalhousie 1818-1918 (1920), and Daniel Cobb Harvey's, An introduction to the history of Dalhousie (1938).
Item is one sheet of paper. The letter is from George W. Robinson (representing the Committee on Fellowships, and Dean Haskins of Harvard University), who thanks Archibald McKellar MacMechan for his praise of Daniel Cobb Harvey. Robinson says his qualifications are great enough to bestow upon Harvey the Bayard Cutting Fellowship, even though Harvey hadn't completed a period of residence at Harvard.
File contains a typed manuscript essay entitled "Magic", written by Kenneth Leslie on October 8, 1913, when he was a student at the University of Nebraska. File addresses the role of sympathetic magic and mimetic magic in "modern scientific methods and principles". File discusses the notions of "post hoc ergo propter hoc", "similia similibus", and "Homo mensura", with examples.
File contains an undated (presumably 1913 or 1914, while a student at the University of Nebraska) typed manuscript entitled "The problem of the bridge", written by Kenneth Leslie, and submitted to his professor as part of a course in philosophy. The "bridge" of which Leslie writes is discussing the "problem of metaphysical knowledge". File discusses the Eleatics, Aristotle, Descartes, Spinoza, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant in relation to metaphysical knowledge.
Item is three sheets of paper. The first sheet is folded to make two additional pages. The letter is Archibald MacMechan's recommendation to Edwin Laftus, that Daniel Harvey should receive the position of lecturer in History at Dalhousie University. A P.S. note by MacMechan also recommends an article that Harvey wrote for the Rhodes Foundation.
File contains a typed manuscript of an essay entitled "The continuity between instinct and intelligence", written by Kenneth Leslie while he was a student at Harvard University, likely in 1915. File also contains handwritten notes and remarks from Leslie's professor, "E.B.H.", presumably Edwin Bissett Holt, lecturer in Psychology.
File contains an undated typed manuscript entitled "The social aspect of the idea of truth and reality", presumably written in 1915, by Kenneth Leslie, when he was a student at Harvard University. File addresses Leslie's notions of perception, conception, and interpretation.
Item is one sheet of paper. Sheet is folded to make two additional pages. The letter, sent from Halifax, is Archibald McKellar MacMechan's congratulating Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey for his recent successes and completion of his apprenticeship.
Item is one sheet of paper. The item is folded to create two additional pages, with only the right page having any text. The letter is from Edith MacMechan, Archibald MacMechan's wife, to Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey.
File contains a typed letter unsigned by Kenneth Leslie, written on March 19, 1931 to be sent to Mary Davis of Summit, New Jersey. File addresses outlining an evening of Gaelic dance and music, organized by Kenneth and his first wife, Elizabeth Moir, mentioning the potential of his three young daughters assisting in the dancing. The goal of the program is to display the "instrumental music, song, and dance, expressive of the classic culture of Gaeldom. File also contains a facsimile of Leslie's letter.
Fonds consists of a draft typescript of Baird's "Doctor Archibald MacMechan: An Estimate and an Appreciation," commissioned by The Halifax Chronicle for their 1923 New Year's edition and withdrawn at Archibald MacMechan's request. Also present are three letters from MacMechan concerning the article and a later letter from Stanley MacKenzie regarding an essay by Baird rejected by The Dalhousie Review.
Fonds consists of a printed copy of Ritchie's thesis, completed in 1889 at Cornell University; two essay offprints from The Dalhousie Review; and a hand-bound catalogue of Ritchie's book collection, with her personal bookplate on the endpapers.
File contains a two-page undated (likely early-1930s) handwritten letter written to Kenneth Leslie by his mother, Bertha Starratt Leslie. File addresses Bertha's thoughts on God and Beauty, stating that "I never could / kneel and worship God as we are expected / to -- God in the abstract -- but Beauty is / something in the abstract I can worship / because there are as many re- / membered places where she has shown a / radiance in almost blinding flashes.". File also expresses her admiration of her son's accomplishments, as well as being thankful that his first wife, Elizabeth is feeling better. Letter is signed "Mother". File also contains a copy of the letter in facsimile.
File contains Kenneth Leslie's personal copy of his collection of poems, 'Such a din!', published in 1936. Leslie used this copy as a working copy when compiling his anthology of poems, 'O'Malley to the Reds and other poems" in 1972. File contains inked corrections, additions, and excisions in Leslie's hand (addition of dedications -- largely to Robert Norwood -- for a few poems, as well as a few title and spelling changes, with poems not be included in the anthology crossed out).
File contains a handwritten manuscript of a song entitled "My love she walks not with me", with words and music by Kenneth Leslie, undated (but written presumably in the mid-1930s, after the collapse of his first marriage). The song is written in F-major, contains 24 bars of music in treble, and begins with the lines "The fragrance of the hawthorn and the rose after rain / Makes my misery completer". Music and words are written on only one page.
File contains an undated and incomplete self-portrait, drawn and painted by Kenneth Leslie, likely from the late-1930s. Leslie's head has been fully painted while the rest of his body and the background remain unpainted, a penciled drawing. On the verso of the painting, Leslie has written the following: "This is a self-portrait of / myself when in misery from / the loss of my family. / Ken". It relates to the collapse of his first marriage, wherein his first wife, Elizabeth Moir, left Leslie, taking their children with her.
File contains a bound notebook used by Kenneth Leslie for the purposes of writing musical notations and scores, presumably from the 1930s. The notebook is largely blank, with only four pages used by Leslie. The first page contains an untitled melody fragment four bars long in the F-major key, written in pencil, with notations in both bass and treble. The second page contains a fragment of a song entitled "Sheep and Lambs", with music by Kenneth Leslie and words by Katharine Tynan (misspelled "Katherine"), with treble notations, in 3/4 metre and the F-major key. The third entry is a song entitled "So It Rises So It Soars", with words and music by Leslie, written in G-major key, the first two lines being "Builder of my growing soul / Found in deeply as you must". The fourth and final entry is an eight-bar fragment, in G-major, following a leaf that was torn out.
File contains a watercolour painted and signed by Kenneth Leslie, presumably in the late-1930s. The painting depicts a rural setting -- quite likely of somewhere in Pictou County -- with a brown fence in the fore-ground, a narrow peninsula stretching into a river, with low hills in the distance.
File contains two fragments of radio interviews (one dated March 14, 1940, the other undated) involving Kenneth Leslie. The first, titled "Radio Script : Leslie-Merchant" -- discusses Leslie's involvement in the Protestant Digest, and Protestantism in general. The second untitled and undated fragment discusses science and mathematics.