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Correspondence, 1912-1923

Correspondence and other textual material, received and assembled by Rev. Andrew MacDonell, and arranged as a file in chronological order perhaps by Clare Lawrence. Material relates to settlement schemes for Scottish immigrants to Canada and particularly to the settlement in 1926 of the Clandonald Colony in Alberta. The file includes correspondence retained by MacDonell beginning with letters of introduction in 1912 from British Benedictines to the Archbishop of Vancouver, some early 1920s letters related to MacDonell's efforts to bring Scottish settlers to farm in Ontario and 1920s letters regarding potential for Hebrideans to settle in the Atlantic provinces of Canada, correspondence regarding the industrial farm established in 1923 at Ard-Moire, Alberta, and other concerns of the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society.

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Clippings book of newspaper articles relating to the Clandonald settlement

Clippings book consists of newspaper articles predominantly from the Edmonton Bulletin and the Edmonton Journal during the period leading up to the settlement of Clandonald and during its settlement--between 1923 and 1925. Also includes one issue of The Western Scot, the newspaper of the 67th Battalion "The Western Scots", based in Willows Camp, Victoria.

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Personal correspondence

Correspondence written and received by Rev. Andrew MacDonell including one to his sister Annie Lawrence in Clandonald, Alberta, and arranged chronologically as a file perhaps by Clare Lawrence. Includes letters sent to MacDonell by Scots expressing interest in his settlement plans, letters of reference for settlement applicants, requests for information by relatives of settlers, and letters from immigrants and from friends of MacDonell in Great Britain and Canada. The file also includes some correspondence with Alberta Member of Parliament Alfred Speakman and with the Archbishop of Toronto, and a few letters regarding MacDonell's interest in Scottish genealogy.

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Diary

MacDonell's "Letts's Quikref" 1919 diary is sparsely used. MacDonell set sail for Canada on the RMS Ordima on July 31, 1919 and arrived on August 8 in Halifax. Interleaved is a letter about stolen goods.

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Histories of Clandonald

Five accounts relating to the history of Clandonald, Alberta, including histories written by Father Andrew MacDonell: a 1925 manuscript "Report of the Hebridean Delegation", a 1930s manuscript and typescript history of Clandonald, and 1930s manuscript and typescript entitled "Clandonald" that reflects on colonization schemes, and a post-1945 typescript history of Clandonald also by MacDonell is addressed to "Father Ninian", which was later edited and published as "British Immigration Schemes in Alberta" in the Alberta Historical Review in 1968. The copy of this article is signed by MacDonell's sister, Annie Lawrence. Also included by other authors are a 1950s typescript "History of Clandonald by Mr. John McMorrow", postmaster at Clandonald, that includes the views of various community members, and a copy of a 1979 university graduate level history paper titled "Clandonald : a Rural Catholic Community".

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Diary

MacDonell's "Daily Journal for 1923" was infrequently used. MacDonell spent the beginning of the year in Ontario; he arrived in Winnipeg on April 8 and in Red Deer on May 11. Includes cash accounts at back of book.

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Correspondence, 1924

Correspondence written or received in 1924 by MacDonell on behalf of the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society. Correspondents include the Minister of Immigration and Colonization and the ministry's London office, the Deputy Minister of Public Health of Alberta, Wallace Fisheries on Vancouver Island, the Imperial Oversea Settlement Office, the Archbishop of Edmonton. Correspondence from Colonel Dennis of the Canadian Pacific Railway Company regards planning for Scottish settlers in Alberta for a training farm for Public School boys, a settlement for women, and the 3000 Family Scheme. The letters pertain to the establishment of the Clandonald settlement including the recruitment of settlers, applications and letters from Scottish emigrants, assessment and sale of land to immigrants, construction of farm buildings and supplying provisions for immigrants settling in Alberta. The file also includes copies of 1924 forms for application to the Agricultural Training Scheme, Alberta, and a sectional map of Red Deer, Alberta.

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Correspondence and records related to the Canadian Pacific Railway Company

Correspondence and other textual records, received and assembled by Rev. Andrew MacDonell, and arranged chronologically as a file perhaps by Clare Lawrence. Includes letters from the Canadian Pacific Railway Company Department of Natural Resources and Department of Colonization and Development regarding the settlement of Scottish immigrants in Alberta, particularly regarding the Clandonald settlement scheme. Includes several applications for farm work in Alberta and applications for settlement in Canada and for reduced rates for Scottish immigrants travelling via Canadian Pacific steamships to Canada and other related Canadian government Department of Immigration and Colonization forms completed by Scottish immigrants recruited by MacDonell.

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Correspondence, 1925

Correspondence and other textual material, including manuscript drafts of promotional texts by MacDonell, accounts received by MacDonell of Hebridean settlers travelling expenses, and memoranda by MacDonell regarding requirements for settlers. Also includes specifications for cottages constructed for settlers and farm workers in Alberta by the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society, a Scottish newspaper cartoon depicting Scots answering 'The Call of the West', a pamphlet copy of the Immigration Act and Regulations. Additionally, 'Months diary May 1925' is included along with other draft monthly and yearly reports to the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society prepared in 1925 by MacDonell, as well as minutes of Society meetings, and a copy of an agreement in 1925 between the Society and the Department of Immigration and Colonization.

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Correspondence and records related to the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society

Correspondence and other textual material relating to the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society, received and assembled by Rev. Andrew MacDonell, and arranged chronologically as a file perhaps by Clare Lawrence. Includes correspondence regarding the activities of the Society, especially regarding financing and settlement planning for the Society's settlement scheme in Alberta, Canada, minutes of 1925 meetings, printed reports for the years 1933 and 1939, and a 1926 field supervisor's report regarding Clandonald, Alberta. Includes an informal retrospective report by MacDonell in 1952, pamphlets, broadsides and other promotional material for the Clandonald settlement scheme, specifications from 1923 for farm workers' housing construction and settlers' cottages, copies of memoranda and requests for funds by MacDonell, correspondence with and copies of lectures in 1933 by Dr. Coady of the Extension Department of St. Francis Xavier University, and four indentures made in 1939 and the early 1940s by MacDonell with his relative Arthur Lawrence regarding property in Clandonald.

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Correspondence, 1926-1934

Correspondence and other textual material relating to the settlement of Clandonald, including immigration forms, correspondence regarding planning of the settlement, memoranda of the Scottish Immigrant Aid Society, and James Brennand's report on the 16,000 acres of land in the Wainwright District of Alberta.

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"The Estate Book and Diary 1933"

The majority of MacDonell's "Estate Book and Diary for 1933" is taken up by advertisements and reference material relevant to the country gentleman. The diary portion of the book is sparsely used. MacDonell was in Edmonton until February 6, when he left for Montreal and arrived February 15.

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"The Estate Book and Diary 1937"

The majority of MacDonell's "Estate Book and Diary for 1933" is taken up by advertisements and reference material relevant to the country gentleman. The diary portion of the book is sparsely used. MacDonell arrived in Victoria on November 5, went for a day trip to Esquimalt on November 12 and Nanaimo on November 16. Went on board the Empress of Canada November 27 for voyage Honolulu; arrived December 2. Includes cash accounts.

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Diary

MacDonell's 1938 diary is sparsely written in and recounts his travels, correspondence, and daily activities. He sailed from Honolulu to Victoria on February 4 and arrived February 10. Returned to Edmonton and visited Clandonald. Includes cash accounts in back of book.

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Diary

MacDonell used a 1925 "Daily Journal" for his 1941 diary. Includes three entries made in 1925: January 1st, September 3rd and 5th. On January 1st, 1925, MacDonell was in Ottawa with Mr. Conroy figuring out the Vermilion land deal; in September, he was in Montreal. 1941 entries exist only for the latter half of January when MacDonell was in Edmonton/Vermilion.

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Diary

MacDonell kept his 1942 diary consistantly while he lived in Ottawa. Includes data about religious demoninations in the Canadian Army in 1941. Cash accounts at back of book. Also includes Major Rev. Roderick Andrew MacDonell's bookplate.

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Diary

MacDonell kept his 1948 diary consistantly while he lived in Vermilion and Clandonald. Left for Montreal on October 15 and got off the train at Ottawa on October 19, 1948.

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