Fonds MS-2-171, Box 1-3 - Vincent C. MacDonald fonds

The Canadian Constitution seventy years after : [manuscript] The Canadian Constitution seventy years after : [manuscript] Address to graduates [on] Commencement day, St. Francis Xavier University : [manuscript] Problems of the law : [manuscript] Functions of the legislature in a democracy : [manuscript] Functions of the legislature in a democracy : [manuscript] Address to graduates : convocation [at] Saint Mary's College : [manuscript] A national asset : [manuscript] The Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board : [manuscript] Address to the graduates of the Secretarial School, Mount St. Bernard College : [manuscript] Address to Harvard Legal Aid Bureau : [manuscript] Constitutional law : validity of provincial legislation Opening of Halifax Memorial Library, November 12, 1951 : [manuscript] Opening of Halifax Memorial Library, November 12, 1951 : [manuscript] Opening of Halifax Memorial Library, November 12, 1951 : [manuscript] Government and the law : [manuscript] Government and the law : [manuscript] The Massey Report in its relations to universities / by Justice Vincent MacDonald : [manuscript] Teaching and learning the law : [manuscript] Teaching and learning the law : [manuscript] Donald Alexander MacRae : [manuscript] The axioms of democracy : [manuscript] Elements of Canadian government : [manuscript] Vincent MacDonald 's address at the opening of the 1951 Highland Games : [manuscript] The intangibles in war : [manuscript] Legislative jurisdiction as to transportation : [manuscript] Address to the Lunenburg Board of Trade / by V.C. MacDonald, KC : [partial manuscript] Address to the Lunenburg Board of Trade / by V.C. MacDonald, KC : [manuscript] The method of the Common Law : [manuscript] Our Canadian Government / V.C. MacDonald, KC : [manuscript] The motorist and the law : [manuscript] Convocation address at Mount St. Vincent University Processes of social reform by legislation Problems in the administration of justice : [manuscript] Address given at St. Michael's College : [manuscript] Social problems and the Constitution Address given to the Victorian Order of Nurses The Commercial Club of Halifax luncheon program Royal Society dinner program Dalhousie University convocation program Department of Labour news release Opinions on constitutional law, no. 1 : the validity of war-time controls during the war and afte... Opinions on constitutional law, no. 2 : delegation of legislative powers by and to the Dominion P... Opinions on constitutional law, no. 3 : legislative powers to perform treaty obligations / By Vin... Notes regarding the British North America Act and Newfoundland's admission to Canada Vincent MacDonald's review of Justice According to the English Common Lawyers, by F.E. Dowrick Letter to University of Toronto Press with comments on Comparative Federalism by Edward McWhinney The regulation of insurance in Canada / by Vincent C. MacDonald Opinions on constitutional law, no. 4 : the regulation of insurance / By Vincent C. MacDonald, KC Opinions on constitutional law, no. 5 : jurisdiction as to municipal debt / By Vincent C. MacDona...
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Vincent C. MacDonald fonds

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26 cm of textual records
25 photographs : b&w ; 8.25 x 10 in. or smaller

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Vincent Christopher MacDonald was born in 1897 in Mulgrave, Nova Scotia, to Archibald and Clara MacDonald. He was educated at Dalhousie University where he received a BA (1930) and LLB (1920). In 1927 MacDonald married his first wife, Emily O’Connor, with whom he had three children, David, Peter, and Paul. After Emily’s death in 1937, MacDonald married Hilda Durney in 1938 and had two more children, Brian Henry and Alan Hugh.

MacDonald worked as a lawyer, educator, and civil servant. Called to the bars of Nova Scotia and Ontario in 1920 and 1927 respectively, he practiced law in both provinces; worked as a law clerk in the Nova Scotia Legislature; was a research assistant to the Royal Commission on Maritime Claims; served as secretary to Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King in 1927; and lectured in law at Dalhousie from 1920-1926 and Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto from 1929-1930. In 1930 he returned to Dalhousie to teach law and in 1934 became Dean of the Law School. He also served as Assistant Deputy Minister of Labour of Canada from 1942-1944. He remained at Dalhousie until 1950 when he was appointed a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia. MacDonald worked with numerous boards and commissions throughout his career, and served as an advisor to the Newfoundland government on union with Canada in 1948. He published numerous papers, frequently on topics related to constitutional and labour law, and edited a variety of publications, including the Dominion Law Reports and Canadian Criminal Cases (1924-1934). He also served on the Board of Governors of Dalhousie University and received honorary degrees from St. Francis Xavier, British Columbia, Dalhousie, and Columbia. MacDonald died in 1964.

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Material was received in five accessions from 1972 to 1978 from Vincent C. MacDonald’s son, Alan MacDonald.

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Fonds comprises record created or collected by Vincent MacDonald that primarily document his work as a legal scholar and lecturer. Record types include manuscript and printed copies of his writing and lectures about government, the Canadian Constitution, the British North America Act and other topics. There is also correspondence from colleagues, including letters from former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King; newspaper clippings; memorabilia; and photographs.

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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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Other records about MacDonald can be found in the Faculty of Law fonds (UA-13).

Additional records about Alan MacDonald and Vincent C. Macdonald can be found in the Alan H. MacDonald fonds at the University of Calgary Archives:

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Vincent C. MacDonald fonds, MS-2-171, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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