Fonds MS-2-762 - William Edward Maclellan and family fonds

Sarah Bruce Stewart MacKay's handwritten recipe book

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William Edward Maclellan and family fonds

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35.6 cm of textual records
108 photographs : b&w ; 25.5 x 20 cm or smaller
2 photograph : col. ; 17.5 x 12.5 cm
11 negatives ; 8 x 6 cm or smaller
2 tin plate photo : b&w ; 5.5 x 8 cm
2 paintings : col. ; 17 x 24.5 cm or smaller
1 postcard : col. ; 15 x 10.5 cm
5 microfilm reels : 16 mm
2 optical discs DVD-R : 70 min.

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William Edward Maclellan was a lawyer, writer, newspaper editor, and Post Office inspector. Born in 1850 in Durham, Nova Scotia, he was educated at Pictou Academy, Dalhousie College and Dalhousie University. After a brief stint working as a lawyer in Pictou, he moved to Winnipeg and was employed as an editorial writer and managing editor for The Manitoba Free Press. After returning to Nova Scotia, from 1900-1905 he was editor-in-chief of the Morning Chronicle and Halifax Daily Echo, then was appointed as Post Office Inspector for the Nova Scotia division. He served as chair of the Nova Scotia Government Commission on French language in common schools (1902), chair of the Commission on University Education in Nova Scotia (1912), and was a member of the Nova Scotia Legislative Library Commission. He was married to Margaret Jane Mackenzie, the first woman to receive a First Class Teaching license in Nova Scotia, with whom he had two sons: Robert William and Edward Kirkpatrick.

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Materials were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by Janet Maclellan Toole on June 9, 2009. Further information about custodial history is unknown.

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Fonds comprises the records of William Edward Maclellan and his family's records, including those of including William Edward and Margaret Jane (Mackenzie) Maclellan; Edward Kirkpatrick and Helen Stewart (Mackay) Maclellan; Robert (Bob) William and Delphine Caroline (Wallace) Maclellan; Jean Stewart Maclellan; Robert William Maclellan; and David Kirkpatrick Stewart Maclellan. Record types include correspondence, photographs, films, newspaper clippings, poems, certificates, booklets, periodicals, notebooks and genealogical charts.

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

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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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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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], William Edward and family Maclellan fonds, MS-2-762, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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