Fonds MS-2-615 - Ronald St. John Macdonald fonds

Photograph of Wang Tieya and his wife walking near the Nameless Lake, Peking University Photograph of Wang Tieya Photograph of Duanmu Zheng and Wang Tieya near the Nameless Lake, Peking University Photograph of Chen Tiqiang, Ronald St. John Macdonald, and Wang Tieya at Beijing University Photograph of Wang Tieya as a student at Tsinghua University, Beijing Photograph of Wang Tieya and Ronald St. John Macdonald Photograph of Wang Tieya and Ronald St. John Macdonald Correspondence between Ron Macdonald and Mariska Duindam, regarding inclusion of photographs in a...

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Ronald St. John Macdonald fonds

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  • 1823 - 2006 (Creation)
    Macdonald, Ronald St. John

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15.64 m of textual records
290 photographs ; b&w : 28 x 21.5 cm or smaller
235 photographs ; col. : 25.4 x 20.2 cm or smaller
2 contact sheets ; col. : 15 x 10 cm
19 contact sheets ; b&w : 27.7 x 21.5 cm or smaller
10 negatives : 10 x 12.5 cm or smaller
71 negative strips
8 slides ; col. : 5 x 5 cm
14 portraits ; col. : 12.5 x 17.5 cm
12 paintings ; 28.5 x 18.8 cm or smaller
37 prints ; 25.6 x 37.2 cm or smaller
1 drawing ; 20 x 25 cm
3 art pieces
4 posters ; 59.5 x 89 or smaller
11 maps ; 90.5 x 57 cm or smaller
2 mini-cassette tapes ; 30 min.
5 floppy disks
1 mini-floppy disk

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Biographical history

Ronald St. John Macdonald was an internationally recognized legal scholar and jurist. He was born 20 August 1928 in Montreal, the son of Col. Ronald St. John Macdonald and Elizabeth Marie (Smith) Macdonald. After finishing his secondary education, he served with the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve until his discharge in 1946 as a sub-lieutenant. He earned a BA from St. Francis Xavier University in 1949 and an LLB in 1952 from Dalhousie University. He furthered his legal education at the University of London (LLM, 1954) and Harvard Law School (LLM, 1955). From 1955-1957 he lectured in law at Osgoode Hall (York University), then moved to the University of Western Ontario from 1959-1961. He was appointed to the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto in 1961, and served there as Dean of the Law from 1967-1972. From 1972-1979 he was Dean of Law at Dalhousie University Law School, where he taught international law from 1979-1990.

He served as a consultant with the Republic of Cyprus from 1974-1978, and was a Canadian representative to the United Nations General Assembly in 1965, 1966, 1968, 1977 and 1990. From 1980-1998 he was the only non-European judge to sit on the European Court of Human Rights, Strasbourg, and in 1984 he was made a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration, The Hague. He was appointed an Honorary Professor of Law at Peking University from 1986-1998. Other roles included President of the World Academy of Arts and Science (1983-1986). In 1984 he was made an officer of the Order of Canada and in 2000 a Companion of the Order of Canada. Ronald St. John Macdonald died 7 September 2006 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is buried in the family plot in the St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church parish cemetery in Lismore, Pictou County.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by Ronald St. John Macdonald in 17 accessions between 1990 and 2006.

Scope and content

Fonds comprises Ronald St. John Macdonald's records regarding his personal, academic, and professional activities as a jurist, judge, and professor. Records include those related to Macdonald's involvement with Osgoode Hall, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the European Court of Human Rights, the Hague, Peking University, World Academy of Arts and Science, Canadian Council of International Law, United Nations, Institute of International Law, African Society of International Law, British Institute of International Law, Canadian Institute of International Law, International Law Association, and others. Records types include correspondence; meeting minutes and agendas; research materials; photographs; newsletters; newspaper clippings; manuscripts; and off-prints.

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Some of the documents are in poor conservation condition. Careful handling is required.

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Fonds is arranged alphabetically and/or chronologically within series and sub-series developed by the processing archivist to retain the creator's record-keeping practices to the greatest possible extent.

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  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dutch
  • English
  • French
  • German
  • Hebrew
  • Italian
  • Latin
  • Portuguese
  • Russian
  • Spanish

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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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See the Ronald St. John Macdonald fonds held by the Nova Scotia Archives, Nova Scotia, Canada. Information about the fonds is available in:

Relates materials may be found in the Dr. R. St. John Macdonald collection at St. Francis Xavier University Archives, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Ronald St. John Macdonald fonds, MS-2-615, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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