Fonds PR-006 - Blossom Davison fonds

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Blossom Davison fonds

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PR-006

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  • 1915-1916 (Creation)
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    Davison, Blossom

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51 photographs (b&w)

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(1903-unknown)

Biographical history

Lena Florence Bennett Davison was born in Halifax on April 14th 1903 to Robie, a lumber merchant, and Celina Davison. She was known to all her friends and peers as Blossom, a name her father gave to her because he thought she was pretty like a flower. Likely, this name also helped distinguish herself from her mother Celina who was also known as ‘Lena’, for short. She had a brother named Ronald.

Blossom was a student at Mount Saint Vincent Academy, graduating in the class of 1921. During her time at the school, Blossom was recognized as an accomplished musician. She was the star violinist at the May 1921 Recital, though she also excelled at the piano. Blossom was also a great athlete, and won the top prize at the school’s 1920 tennis tournament.

When Blossom was 18 years of age, census records note that her family sometimes used the last name ‘Davis’.

When Blossom married, she took the last name Agnew.

Custodial history

The photographs belonged to Blossom Davison and were passed along to her daughter Sybil Agnew Butterfield. Sybil donated the photographs to the Mount in 2022.

Scope and content

The fonds contains 51 photographs taken by or taken of Blossom Davison and her friends at Mount Saint Vincent Academy and possibly other locations in the Halifax region. At least one picture was taken in Charlottetown at the legislative buildings.

The photographs depict the MSVA campus during winter. Students can be seen doing various activities and sports including ice hockey, tennis, baseball and a music recital. Some are team photos, while other are action shots.

There is also a photograph of the girls with various people, including a soldier and young men. We can only assume that these were friends or family of Blossom.

There are also a number of pictures taken off campus, and these include pictures taken at the beach, in front of various buildings around town, on a boat, in cars, on a hike in the forest and cross-country skiing.

Some of the photographs are annotated on the back with names and captions, however the majority of people in the photographs are unidentified.

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Photographs donated by Sybil Agnew Butterfield in 2022.

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Copyright Mount Saint Vincent University Archives.

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Accession number: 2022-01

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Created: 2022-03-08 ARUIZ

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