Fonds MS-5-1 - John Daniel Logan fonds

Mater coronata : an ode with lyrical interlude In Flanders Fields : [manuscript vocal score] The town is decked flags today : [manuscript vocal score] A Nocturne : [manuscript vocal score] Exiled : a Serbian lament : [manuscript vocal score] Going West : [manuscript vocal score] Britain calls : [lyrics] God bless our Canada : A national anthem : [choral score] Lover's meeting : [lyrics] If love were all : [sheet music] Mother's flag : [sheet music] Song of the Maritimes : [sheet music] Father in heaven : a prayer : [sheet music] Come unto me : [sheet music] On the Highway: concert sketch for the piano Song of the silver night, Op. 34, no. 2 Fill every glass : from The Beggar's Opera Rest Christian calmly : [choral score] God be with our boys tonight : [sheet music] The Arts and Letters Club Constitution : [choral score]

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John Daniel Logan fonds

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MS-5-1

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  • 1850-1932 (Creation)
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    Logan, John Daniel

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47 cm of textual records. - 36 photographs. - 20 prints. - 4 postcards.

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(1869-1929)

Biographical history

John Daniel Logan was a writer and professor of poetry, literary and music criticism, and literary history. Born in Antigonish, Nova Scotia on May 2, 1869 to Charles and Elizabeth (Rankin) Logan, he moved with his mother and siblings to Pictou, Nova Scotia in 1876 after the death of his father. He attended Pictou Academy where he developed an affinity for the Gaelic language and started a life-long love of Celtic culture in Canada. He then went to Dalhousie College, where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (1893) and a Master of Arts (1894), and Harvard University, where he received his PhD (1896). He remained in academia until 1902, holding several teaching positions in the United States. After 1902, he continued to publish papers and give lectures, predominantly on philosophy.

In 1902, he left his position at the State University of South Dakota to work as an advertising specialist with Siegel, Cooper and Company of Chicago, where he stayed until 1906, when he returned to Canada to take a position with Woods-Norris, Limited of Toronto. Two years later, Logan left advertising to become the first literary and music critic for the Toronto newspaper Sunday World (1908-1910), and then the News (1910-1914). In this role, he supported cultural and artistic endeavours in Canada. At the same time, he began to write for the Canadian Magazine, which he continued to do for the rest of his life. His work as a music and literary critic, however, did not result in much popularity or success, and in 1914, he left Toronto for Montreal in search of work. At this point, he also separated from his wife, Minerva Shepard Bromer of New York (married in 1897).

Logan stayed in Montreal for eighteen months before moving to Halifax in 1915 for a government position. During this time, he also worked part-time as a journalist for the Halifax Morning Chronicle. In 1916, he enlisted in the Army. He was discharged in April 1918 due to an injury and returned to Halifax, where he resumed his work in literary and music journalism. In 1918, he donated his library of Canadian literature to Acadia University (where he had given a series of lectures in 1915) and on May 28, 1918, his positions as "Special Lecturer in Canadian Literature" was formalized by the Board of Governors at Acadia. In Halifax, as in Toronto, he frequently clashed with the literary-intellectual community, and is known for arguing with Archibald MacMechan of Dalhousie University about the teaching of Canadian literature there, and with H.L. Stewart, head of the Philosophy Department at Dalhousie, about his teaching methods.

In 1924, he founded the Colonel William Ernest Thompson Library of Musical Literature in 1924 in memory of his classmate and to support a Faculty or Department of Music at Dalhousie University. In 1925, he was appointed Associate Dominion Archivist for the Maritime Provinces, after persistently campaigning for the position from Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King. He was not happy in Halifax, however, and resigned his position as Archivist to move to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he was elected Head of the English Department at Marquette University in 1927. He died there on January 24, 1929 and is buried at the Holy Cross Cemetery in Halifax.

Custodial history

Materials were accessioned in the University Archives in 1971 (accession number 1971-132) .

Scope and content

Fonds contains music manuscripts and published scores, photographs, and autograph letters written by well-known composers such as Jacques Offenbach, Giuseppe Verdi, and John Philip Sousa.

Through his work as a music critic and journalist in Toronto, Ontario and Halifax, Nova Scotia, Logan communicated with many prominent Canadian musicians in the early twentieth century. Many of the scores, photographs, and autographs included in this collection are a result of his contributions to music criticism. The music and theatre programs are frequently annotated with comments for reviews, and most of his correspondence with musicians and actors relates to his work as a music and theatre critic. Some of the scores were given to Logan as gifts from performers while others were sent to him for review or publication in newspapers. The fonds includes several manuscripts of songs by Edith Jessie Archibald, a prominent social activist and suffragist in Halifax.

Letters sent to Logan also concern his poetic contributions, and the manuscript of one of his books, "Preludes: Sonnets and other Verses," (1906) is part of the fonds.

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Materials were accessioned into the University Archives on September 13, 1971 (accession number 1971-132). They were donated in two parcels with inventory lists dated September 6, 1928 and March 25, 1929.

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  • English

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All files are open.

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See the John Daniel Logan Collection at Acadia University.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], John Daniel Logan fonds, MS-5-1, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Fonds completed in April 2018 by Rebecca Shaw.

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  • English

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