Series UR-022-3 - Correspondence

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2 cm of textual records

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Plans for the creation of the Family Life Institute were set in motion after a meeting by the Nova Scotia Advisory Committee regarding family life education in 1970. On July 2nd, 1971, program registration for the first Family Life Institute began at Xavier College (as permitted and facilitated by St. Francis Xavier University) and ended on August 14th, 1971. This program was then followed by that of Mount Saint Vincent University from July 4th to August 12th, 1972, and the Institute would continue to operate between early July and late August until 1979, when the last Institute was held. During this time, courses on marriage, sex education, personal development, social life, finance, nutrition, birth, aging, death, and the relationship between an individual and their immediate family were provided. These courses were delivered to students of various ages, ranging from grades 1 and 2 to higher grades (i.e., grade 11), as evidenced by the sophistication of written work produced.

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Deposited with Mount Saint Vincent University Archives in 1985. Previously, they were in the custody of Sister Mary Olga McKenna, Director of the Family Life Institute.

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Series consists of correspondence between members of the Family Life Institute, as well as correspondence between the Institute and other corporate bodies. The series includes letters regarding employment, such as curriculum vitae records, as well as payment for offering services at the Family Life Institute. There are also letters between Sister Mary Olga McKenna and those who would present a topic of significance to the institute, such as ‘Living Together’ or Adolescent Behavior.’ The letters also occasionally only thank the participant for attending. Rather than offering payment. Some letters in this series were created in response to earlier conversations, such as the interview potential of future employees at the Institute. The series also contains correspondence between Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada and Sister Mary Olga McKenna regarding the availability of educational booklets. Other letters discuss speeches by Margaret Mead, reflections on participation in the Family Life Institute of summer 1973, and receipts indicating membership in receiving copies of the Transaction magazine. There are also several incomplete letters addressed to various corporate and government bodies, such as the Department of Public Health and Ortho Pharmaceutical (Canada) Ltd. The series also includes letters that confirm the receipt of demonstration kits from the ‘Growing Up’ series of lectures.

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Sister Mary Olga McKenna, Director of Family Life Institute


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  • English

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  • Arabic

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Copyright Mount Saint Vincent University Archives.

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Accession number: 1985-91

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K Ringer 2023-05-02

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  • English

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  • Arabic


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