Fonds MG 4294 - Lemon-Scott-Philips Fonds

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Lemon-Scott-Philips Fonds

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  • Textual record
  • Graphic material
  • Moving images
  • Object
  • Multiple media

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the content of the fonds.

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CA MUA MG 4294

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  • approximately 1850-1930 (Creation)
    Scott Family
  • [approximately 1840-199-] (Creation)
    Lemon Family
  • approximately 1838-196- (Creation)
    Philips Family

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Physical description

0.3 m of textual records
12 publications
17 graphics
1295 photographs
341 slides
823 negatives
1 photographic dry plate
16 rolls of film (exposed, undeveloped)
5 moving images (16 mm)
23 objects
1 mixed media scrapbook

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(approximately 1960-1990)

Biographical history

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(approximately 1838-196-)

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(approximately 1850-1930)

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Custodial history

Materials were donated to the McGill University Archives in 2014 by Nancy Lemon. The materials were transferred between various members of the Philips and Scott family to Nancy Lemon (née Philips).

Scope and content

The fonds consists of photographs, documents, graphic materials, and moving images relevant to the Lemon, Scott and Philips families. The scope predominantly covers the personal and professional lives of the Philips and Scott families from 1905 to 1950s, their time at McGill University and the Scott’s Presbyterian Mission to China. The textual documents consist of travel diaries, biographical publications, genealogical research and evidence, personal ephemera often accompanied by relevant newspaper articles, and correspondence, much of which was during the periods of the Boer War, WWI and WWII. There is graphical content significant to McGill University Medical School and the University of Dalhousie. Similarly, the collection contains graphical, published material and objects related to McGill University, it’s Medical School for men, the School of Occupational Therapy, and McGill’s relation to women students in the 1900-1950s. The photographs, which include some by Notman, comprise the bulk of the collection have significant informational, evidential, associational and artefactual value. The photos span from the 1840s-1990s (predominantly between 1905 and 1940s) capturing the daily life of these families, their association with McGill and their travels across Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

The Fond is comprised of three Sous Fonds: Lemon, Scott and Philips.

Philips (ca 1838-1960s)
This sous fonds predominantly covers the personal life of the Philips family after the marriage of Dorothy Anne Scott to JR Philips. Additionally it covers: the professional life of JR Philips at Philips Cables and OMEA, Nancy Philips’ school days and her time at McGill University, Jack Philips and his service in the Boer War and WWI, biographical texts both written and transcribed by Nancy Philips, and considerable genealogical research into the combined family histories of the Philips, Scott and Lemon families. This fonds consists primarily of photographic records.

Scott (ca 1850-1930)
This sous fond covers the personal and professional lives of the Scott family. A large portion covers the medical training of both Dr. William J. Scott’s and Alfreda Lee Jowsey, and their time as missionaries in China just after the Boxer Rebellion. Fred A. Scott is also heavily featured, mainly his time training with the R.C.A.F and while fighting in WWII. Records for Dorothy Anne Scott and her mother Alfreda are the predominant portion of the collection, displaying a vibrant picture of their lives in Montreal and of their travels.

Lemon (ca 1960-1990)
This sous fonds is primarily records of the family life of Nancy Philips and Robert Lemon. Also featured are numerous slides related to Robert’s work in ornithology. Most records related to Nancy Philips are in the Philips sous fonds.

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Deposited by Nancy Lemon


There was no natural arrangement so one was imposed by the archivist based upon the content of the fonds.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Some material in French.

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Some files are restricted under the An Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information (R.S.Q., chapter A-2.1).

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No further accruals are expected.

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Rachel Black 25/09/2018

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