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Marion Reid Smith collection

  • MS-2-829
  • Fonds
  • 1907 - 1973
Collection comprises records collected by Marion Reid Smith during her time as a student at Dalhousie University.

Smith, Marion Reid

Correspondence with Ted and Anna Leighton

File contains cards and primarily printed emails between Jane Murphy and Ted and Anna Leighton. There is also correspondence between Jane Murphy and Doreen (Leighton) Walker and Jane Murphy and Margaret Leighton (Ted and Anna's daughter).

Letters written by Ted Cross to his mother during a trip to Alaska with Dorothea and Alex Leighton

File contains four sets of paginated letters written by Ted Cross to his mother during a 1940 trip to Alaska, during which his sister Dorothea and Alexander were doing field work in St Lawrence Island. The first set, dated July 11-21, is composed of unsigned hand-written pages that appear to be written alternately by Ted and Dorothea, and is primarily an account of their voyage aboard the SS Denali from the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Nome, Alaska. The second set is dated August 4-17 and ends with a note from Ted to his mother. The third set, dated August 17-24, alternates between handwritten and typed entries, the last of which is signed by Ted. The final set is dated August 30-September 7. The file also contains two hand-drawn maps of St Lawrence Island. There is also a set of notes in Dorothea's hand titled "Birds & animals, Seattle to Nome."

Family tree of John A. Leighton (b. 1775)

File contains a family tree for John A. Leighton (b. 1775) with details of some of the descendants of John Alexander Leighton (b.1841) and Caroline Wilson. There are brief biographical sketches of John Alexander Leighton (b. 1775), John Murray Leighton, Margaret Currie, John Alexander Leighton (b. 1841), Caroline Wilson, William Leighton and Christine Wilson.

Colored moving pictures of "Porpoise Oil"

File contains two posters for Alex Leighton's teenaged presentation of his "motion pictures in color of a Porpoise Hunt ... taken locally, and of great interest," with the 25 cent admission ticket benefitting the Digby community hall, where the film was shown.

Correspondence to Alex Leighton, 1950s

File contains letters to Alexander from correspondents including Harold C. Jones ("Stub"); Margie Black; Ade; Bill (Russell's father); Tom and Adelaide Cumming; Freddie Johnston; Clayton Woodman; Sydney; and Morris Opler. Included in the file are some copies of Alex's return correspondence.

Correspondence to Alex Leighton regarding his dog, Fusby

File contains letters from Florence McCann, a dog breeder in Manchester, England, from whom Alexander Leighton acquired his Newfoundland dog, Fusby. File also contains poems written in Fusby's honour; prize ribbons; correspondence regarding his importation and quarantine; 1923 correspondence from a Detroit kennel regarding an Irish Wolfhound puppy, and a 1925 note from a veterinary hospital advising A.O. Leighton of the death of the family cat.

Alexander Leighton's educational records and related correspondence

File contains two monthly report cards and a letter from the Haverford Friends' School; correspondence and entrance examination results from the University of Pennsylvania; College Entrance Examination Board records; Princeton University term reports and correspondence from Alex's tutor, George Priest; correspondence regarding his application and acceptance to Corpus Christie College, Cambridge University; and correspondence regarding his application to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

Correspondence to Alex Leighton, 1940s

File contains letters to Alexander from correspondents including Louis Giddings from the University of Alaska; the United States Committee for the Care of European Children, Maryland Division, in response to his enquiry about housing relatives from Britain; Johns Hopkins regarding various appointments; and Yoshiharu Yamada.
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