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1710-2000, predominant 1850-1940 (Creation)
- McLennan family
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79 photographs : b&w
1 screw : metal
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The fonds consists of photographs and textual records spanning the period 1710-1984, predominantly 1850-1940, related to business and personal lives of five generations of the McLennan family (immediate and extended), as well as to the work of Montreal lawyer, Frederick Griffin. McLennan family materials consist of photographs; incoming and outgoing correspondence; genealogical information and family histories; diaries and remembrances; newspaper clippings and ephemera; official documents; obituaries and tributes; drafts of writings, research notes, and sketches; and other documents.
The McLennan family materials includes a series reflecting William McLennan’s writing career, personal interests, and family life. William McLennan’s materials include full and partial drafts of published and unpublished works; research and reference materials; incoming and outgoing correspondence; legal and official documents; collected historical materials and documents; notes; sketches; journals; newspaper clippings and ephemera; photographs; and other materials.
The fonds also consists of a series reflecting Frederick Griffin’s occupation as a lawyer and his role as founder of the Canadian Loan Company. Frederick Griffin’s materials include incoming correspondence and draft responses; various financial and legal documents; legal research notes and drafts of legal documents; memoranda; meeting minutes; land and property documents and surveyors reports; newspaper clippings and ephemera; and other documents.
Finally, the fonds contains a series consisting of William Durie McLennan’s records, which were primarily created between 1914 and 1915 and pertain to his military service during the First World War. Record types in this series include the following: a handwritten, personal notebook; a typescript of this notebook; correspondence; service records from the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Forces; news clippings; black and white photographs; collected signatures from Canadian dignitaries; and materials from the 5th Battery Association of 1914.
Immediate source of acquisition
The first accession of records was donated to Rare Books and Special Collections at UBC Library by Neil McLennan, son of Hugh McLennan (1927-2004) in May 2014.
The second accession (an accrual) was donated in May 2017 by Neil McLennan.
The fonds comprises two accessions, the first of which was donated in 2014. This accession spans boxes 1-9. The second accession (an accrual) was donated in 2017 and spans boxes 10-11.
First accession: While some of the materials in the fonds had clearly been arranged by members of the McLennan family, there was no order apparent to the majority of the materials received by RBSC. Some materials had been organized by Hugh McLennan in the 1980s, and materials belonging to the “Writing, research, and publications” sub-series of the William McLennan series appeared to retain much of their original order. However, most of the materials in the fonds were stored loosely in metal trunks for a number of years and became disordered and interfiled over time. Where no discernible order was present, the archivist provided an order to increase ease of use by researchers.
Given the lack of order, it was difficult in some cases, particularly in the case of collected historical materials and documents, to distinguish whether materials were collected by William McLennan or other members of the McLennan family or by Frederick Griffin. Given the connection of the McLennan family to Glengarry County and William McLennan’s interest in scholarly antiquarianism, historical materials originating from that area were arranged in the William McLennan series. Additionally, historical documents without any obvious connection to Griffin’s legal work were arranged in the William McLennan series.
While there seems to have been a number of tenuous connections between the McLennan family and Griffin, it is unclear how Griffin’s materials came to be included in the fonds. As a fellow lawyer with an interest in history, William McLennan may have collected Griffin’s materials at some point, perhaps after Griffin donated his papers and books to McGill University, where McLennan was librarian and later honorary librarian.
In addition to providing an order to some of the materials, the archivist weeded some material such as duplicate copies of newspapers and clippings or other published materials without any annotations.
Second accession: Similar to the first accession, materials from the second accession had no apparent order. Given this, it was difficult to ascertain the provenance of particular records. The archivist assigned records to series after analysis and in consultation with members of the McLennan family. In keeping with the order determined by the first archivist to work on this fonds, the second archivist created a series to reflect new records originating from William Durie McLennan. No materials were removed from the second accession.
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Contains the following photographs from the second accrual (see boxes 10-11): RBSC-ARC-1717-PH-41 to RBSC-ARC-1717-PH-79
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- McLennan, Bartlett (Subject)
- McLennan, Hugh (Subject)
- McLennan, Francis (Subject)
- McLennan, Hugh, 1887-1915 (Subject)
- McLennan, Hugh, 1927- (Subject)
- McLennan, Isabella Christine (Subject)
- McLennan, J. S. (John Stewart), 1853-1939 (Subject)
- McLennan, John, 1789-1866 (Subject)
- McLennan, William Durie (Subject)
- McLennan, William, 1856-1904 (Subject)
- Griffin, Frederick (Subject)
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Finding aid updated by Gillian Dunks (July 2017).