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Textual documents about Sir Wilfrid Laurier centenary

This file contains textual material related to Sir Wilfrid Laurier centenary. Includes essay "Sir Wilfrid Laurier and Lord Minto" by H. Pearson Gundy, a letter to Dr. Lomer, and a speech "Address to be given by Honourable C.G. Power, Minister of National Defence for Air, at McGill University."

Letter to Jacob from Anne Lawford

This file contains a letter from Anne Lawford recounting news of acquaintances and well-wishes for Christmas and the New Year, addressed to Anne's cousin, Reverend Jacob Low of Brockville, mentioning her son John Bowring Lawford.

Lawford, Anne, active 1885

Hellmuth Wolff Organ Collection

  • CA MDML 022
  • Collection
  • 1969-2009

The Hellmuth Wolff Organ Collection consists primarily of organ plans, pamphlets, photographs, books and periodicals, and personal correspondence. The majority of these documents are associated with or represent one of the fifty organs in Wolff’s opus. In addition to depicting Wolff’s instruments, the collection of organ plans also includes Wolff’s drawings for proposed but not-constructed organs, plans by other organ builders, and plans drawn by Wolff that are based on historical models and treatises by writers such as Dom Bédos. Of the photographs, most are associated with specific Wolff organ projects and represent a span date of the late 1960s to the early 2000s. Also in the photograph collection are images of historical organs in Europe, which Wolff presumably used in modelling and designing several of his instruments, as well as images associated with other organ projects by builders such as Casavant Frères, Karl Wilhelm, and Rieger, all of whom Wolff worked with before establishing his own workshop in Laval. The collection of pamphlets includes programs, program notes, and concert series information for several of the Recitals and concerts performed on Wolff’s instruments. Of the periodicals and books, titles include The American Organist, Choir & Organ, and Orgelforum. Also in the collection are several three-dimensional models, or maquettes, of Wolff organs.

Wolff & Associés Ltée

Percy Erskine Nobbs Fonds

  • CA CAC 1
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1960

The Nobbs fonds consists of the work of Percy Erskine Nobbs, George Taylor Hyde, Nobbs and Hyde, Nobbs and Valentine, and Nobbs and Nobbs. 526 projects are documented in the Percy Erskine Nobbs Fonds. Architectural drawings form the core of the fonds, providing a comprehensive listing of the drawings by Percy Nobbs and his associates. Arranged chronologically, the inventory reflects respectively the development of the partnerships Nobbs and Hyde (1910-1944), Nobbs and Valentine (1945-1950), and Nobbs and Nobbs (1950-1960). Hugh A. I. Valentine worked only briefly with Nobbs, spending the bulk of his career with the Bell Telephone Company of Canada. His commissioned drawings and student notebooks cannot be directly related to his work with Nobbs, but are nonetheless described in subfonds 8. Subfonds 6 and 7 describe Percy Nobbs's personal papers and three-dimensional objects designed by him which are in the Canadian Architecture Collection.

Nobbs, Percy E. (Percy Erskine), 1875-1964

Research and writing

This series consists of research, writing, and correspondence files relating to Casey Wood's major and minor publications and unpublished works, as well as, others assisting in Wood's publications, research, or writing about Wood. The majority of the research and writing materials for Wood's published and unpublished works were created between 1920-1940, while other materials collected during Wood's life, those associated with his memoir and obituary, date from approximately 1850-1943.
Some prominent writings by Wood include “Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology” (1921-1956), his unpublished memoir (ca. 1850-1939), “Fundus Oculi” (1911-1934), Wood family history (1920-1940), “Birds of Fiji” (1920-1928), “Through Forest and Jungle in Kashmir and North India” (1921-1934); Persian, Arabic and Hindustani manuscripts (1927-1934); and “The Art of Falconry” (1942).
The series consists of many volumes and files containing a number of record types including manuscripts, typescripts, proofs, publications, photographs, correspondence, clippings, printed material, postcards, journals, administrative and financial records, and artwork. Some of the volumes are scrapbooks containing many of these materials mounted within, while others include similar materials bound within. These volumes do not necessarily have a clear organization but are sometimes arranged chronologically or by correspondent.

There are 2230 incoming and outgoing pieces of correspondence including letters, postcards, notes, telegrams, and cards. Subseries 1) Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology includes 1313 pieces of correspondence, the largest number of correspondence within the collection.

Introduction to the literature of vertebrate zoology

This subseries consists of 11 volumes, correspondence files, and a box of notecards dated from 1921-1956 relating to Wood's publication “An Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology” published in 1931 and collection development within the Emma Shearer Wood and Blacker Libraries at McGill University. The volumes and files contain correspondence, handwritten and typed annotated manuscripts, proof sheets, the publication, notecards listing recipients of the publication, prints, printed ephemera, clippings, financial and administrative records, book reviews, and McGill Library catalogue listings related to the works within “An Introduction to the Literature of Vertebrate Zoology.” Additional professional projects are also represented in the subseries including “Coloured Plates of the Birds of Ceylon,” the Passing of John III, and Wood’s translation of Benevenutus Grassus’ de Oculis.
There are 1313 incoming and outgoing correspondence letters, telegrams, and cards; the largest volume in the collection. The correspondents are located internationally and include public, academic, government, and army libraries; museums, clubs and societies, literary journals, publishers, etc.. Some individuals and companies addressed include Lillian Bates, William Henry Mousley, Gerhard R. Lomer, W. W. Francis, Robert de Resillac Roese, S. R. Burrell, Robert Blacker, Miss Hanington, Elizabeth E. Abbott, John and Edward Bumpus Ltd., Oxford University Press, Sun Engraving Co., Parker & Sons Ltd., Herbert Putnam, George Iles, Colonel F. H. Garrison, Dr. Melville Black, W. J. Belcher, Smithsonian Institute, Dr. Maude Abbott, Dr. A. D. Blackader, R. R. James, Pierpont Morgan Library, Humphrey Milford, Basil H. Soulsby, William F. Petersen, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Natural History Museum, Dr. Robert A. Millikan, Douglas H. Campbell, A. J. Swann, Sir Arthur W. Currie, Alexander Wetmore, E. Cowles Andrus, and John Johnson.

Miscellaneous undated student organization ephemera

This file contains student organization ephemera, including a poster for a screening of "Something beautiful for God" a documentary about Mother Teresa of Calcutta (14 February ca. 1980s); poster for McGill Engineering blood drive (2-5 February); congratulatory handwritten letter from the Sons of Zadok to "The Teacher of Righteousness" (undated); poster or flyer for a teach-in about the Balfour Declaration and the Palestinian Resistance Movement (5 November); poster or flyer with program for South Africa Solidarity Day (13 March); poster for a revolutionary meeting to denounce the racist and anti-communist policies of the Canadian Immigration Department (18 Sept); poster or flyer for a talk organized by the Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought Discussion Group (29 August); flyer promoting FRAP (Front d'action politique) McGill (23-24 September ca. 1969); poster for a conference to depend the rights of the Quebec Nation organized by the Student Circles of the Workers Communist Party (2 April); invitation or ticket for "College Teas" with the names "Mrs. Gould, Miss Gould, Miss De Witt" written on it (3 February 1900, 3 March 1900); flyer opposing visit of Ian Smith to McGill "The New Zimbabwe" organized by the McGill Circle of the Workers Communist Party (1 October); poster advertising McGill Men's Squash Club and Squash Teams (24 September); booklet "The Universal Fee" with information about proposal for a fee levy to support student societies including the McGill Daily, McGill Students Council, and the Union (1911-1913).

Letter to Frank G. Gale, 10 November 1872

This file contains a letter to Frank G. Gale (then a freshman at Dalhousie University) from J.[V.] Brown, a McGill student, about the "Medicals," 10 November 1872. Accompanied by correspondence from McGill about the letter.

Gale, Frank G.

Research trips

This series consists of 23 volumes and 6 files focusing on travel, research, and expedition activities conducted during Casey Wood's ornithological research trips from 1920-1937, including periodical and newspaper publications written by Wood during this time. This series consists of manuscripts and articles relating to letters to friends and family providing accounts of his travels, clippings, photographs, printed ephemera, photostats, artwork, and feathers from John III. Some of the volumes contain manuscripts, notes, and/or photostats, while others are scrapbooks containing multiple record types seemingly curated, arranged and mounted by Wood or as directed by him.
Within this series are 209 incoming and outgoing correspondence including letters, notes and cards. Individuals in correspondence with Wood include Cora Raymond, G. R. Lomer, E. V. Sanderson, Sir George Perley, Sir Charles Major, H. Kirke Swann, Edith Hayes, Emma Shearer Wood, W. E. Wait, Sun Engraving Co., Taylor and Francis, Bitty and Seaborne Ltd., Stuart Baker, G. M. Henry, and Allan Brooks. Other individuals present in this series include Mabel Satterlee, L. F. Struthers, W. J. Belcher, J. Sutton, G. M. Henry, F. Marjorie Fyfe, J. C. Harrison, Alexander Wetmore, and Dr. Andreas Nell.
Places referenced within this series' files include South America (1920), British Guiana (1922), Fiji (1923), Oceania, New Zealand, Australia (1923-1924), England and Scotland, Ceylon (1925-1934), Colombo, Kandy, and Italy (1934-1936). Some topics and research areas of note include ornithology, zoology, bird protection, travelling, nightingales (1920-1934), John III (1924, 1937), “Coloured Plates of the Birds of Ceylon” (1925-1927), Emma Shearer Wood and Blacker Library collections, Sinhalese weights, Wood’s heath, Ali ibn Isa, and political printed material on Italy during the late 1930s.
There are also a number of photostats of publications or manuscripts copied approximately in 1937 related to Emperor Frederick II’s “de Arte Venandi cum Avibus.” These photostats were used for reference during these research trips for Casey A. Wood and F. Marjorie Fyfe’s published translation “The Art of Falconry.”

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