Item MS-2-30, SF Box 16, Folder 4, Item 2 - Letter from Archibald McKellar MacMechan to Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey

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Letter from Archibald McKellar MacMechan to Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey

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MS-2-30, SF Box 16, Folder 4, Item 2

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  • April 3, 1928 (Creation)
    MacMechan, Archibald McKellar

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4 pages of textual records ; 17 cm x 13 cm (folded)

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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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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.

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Signature in letter is Archibald McKellar MacMechan's.

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2006. Item level descriptions and linked digital objects added May, 2019.

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  • English

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