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PR-014 · Collection · 1673-2015

The William MacDonald archival collection contains accompanying material to the Mount's rare book collection. This includes correspondence between Head Librarians Sister Francis de Sales and Sister Francis Delores with William MacDonald, inventory books of books received at the Mount, research and work done with the collection by Mount Librarians, and information on a high-profile theft that took place in the Reading Room of the collection. Finally, the collection also contains damaged books that have been removed from the main reading room for conservation purposes.

MacDonald, William
Informational records
PR-014-3 · Series · 1942-2013
Part of William MacDonald archival collection

The informational records series contains files about the MacDonald Collection. The series highlights research that has been conducted by librarians, faculty, journalists and others about the collection. It includes examples of articles that have been published in journals and newspapers. Many of these pieces recount the history of the collection and highlights its specific attributes. The series also contains prints of some photographs taken of the MacDonald collection, notably of fore-edge paintings. There are also files about the various iterations of cataloguing for the collection and another file related to the theft of books in the collection which occurred in the mid 2000s.

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Correspondence
PR-014-4 · Series · 1942-1990
Part of William MacDonald archival collection

The correspondence series contains letters from various senders about the MacDonald Collection and/or special collections in general at the Mount. The bulk of the correspondence is between William MacDonald and Sister Francis de Sales and were written in the 1950s. These letters, which are predominantly written by MacDonald to Sister de Sales, usually accompanied shipments of books to the College or were sent separately at roughly the same time as a package of books. In these letters, Mr. MacDonald typically sends greetings and brief life updates. More significantly however, these letters also highlight or comment on a few books within a particular shipment, noting interesting physical details about the books, commenting on the topics of the books or its authors, their origin and their price. It is interesting to note that while these mentioned books may represent the personal literary tastes of MacDonald, he approaches many of his descriptions from an economic lens, reflecting his profession as an accountant and investor.

There are also letters written by and received by William MacDonald from various persons. These include correspondence with booksellers, mainly informing William of requested books that have already sold, or offering the first selection on new acquisitions. There is also correspondence with and about the author George Bernard Shaw, in regards to an Engles book Shaw had inscribed and signed. William MacDonald’s family are also within the correspondence which includes a letter to his sister Teresa (also known as Sister Mary Aquinas), and letters from his sisters Katherine and Minnie written to the librarians of the Mount thanking them for their condolences on the occasion of William’s death. The original death notice via telegram is also within the records.

The series also includes two letters from Katherine McLennan to Sister Francis de Sales regarding two books she donated to the Mount to be included in the Special Collections (i.e. the MacDonald Collection). One of these books is a handwritten manuscript of prayers written in Mi’kmaq ideograms which is currently housed in the MacDonald Room pending repatriation.

Other letters include more modern correspondence from Mount librarians on topics related to the MacDonald collection, such as research inquiries or research conducted about the collection.

MacDonald, William
UR-024 · Fonds · 1862-2023, predominant 1951-2023

The Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds consists of records pertaining to and accrued by MSVU’s Library and Archives. Fonds contains administrative records, including information on building management, written histories of the Library, newsletters and bulletins, annual reports, surveys produced by the Library, licence agreements, cataloguing information, circulation statistics, acquisitions, purchases, and budgets as well as collective agreements.

Fonds also consists of meeting minutes and notes from various internal and external committees and associations the Library has participated in, including the Novanet Management Committee, the Senate Library Committee, CanCopy, the Faculty Association, Internet Society, and College and University Systems Exchange (CAUSE). Records contain library associations as well, including the Association of Atlantic University Librarians’ Council (AAULC), the American Library Association (ALA), the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) among others.

Fonds also consists of records pertaining to staff, including general information on positions and staffing as well as materials from previous University Librarians and Collections Librarians. Fonds also contains correspondence between various library staff with MSVU faculty members, administrators, and other staff.

Mount Saint Vincent University. Library and Archives
Administrative files
UR-024-1 · Series · 1951-2010
Part of Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

Series consists of administrative files pertaining to MSVU Library and Archives. Series is divided into seven sub-series: management records, collections and circulation, systems and technologies, financial records, surveys, publications, and collective agreements.

Mount Saint Vincent University. Library and Archives
Management records
UR-024-1-1 · Subseries · 1985-2008
Part of Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

Management records include information on general building management, annual reports (1991-1992), strategic planning documents (1999, 2007), correspondence with Archives and Art Gallery (1994-1996), MSVU Library Award recipients and papers, as well as licences and contracts (1994-1996).

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Collections and circulation
UR-024-1-2 · Subseries · 1951-2005
Part of Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

Collections and circulation sub-series consists of records on the Canadian Drama Collection catalogue, information on the MacDonald Collection (1951-1991), cataloguing reports (1993-1996), information on circulation and select statistics (1993-1996), deaccessions (1994-1995), and course- or department- specific acquisitions and proposals, including Women’s Studies and Witchcraft. Sub-series also consists of records detailing Inter-University Services Inc. (ISI) and Inter-Library Loans (ILL).

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Systems and technologies
UR-024-1-3 · Subseries · 1985-1997
Part of Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

Sub-series consists of records pertaining to various systems and technologies utilized by MSVU’s Library, including Geac, Dialog, Envo, Educom, Bibliofile, Coutts, M.T.&T. (Maritime Tel & Tel), Microcat, and administration systems.

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Surveys
UR-024-1-5 · Subseries · 1985-2008
Part of Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

Sub-series consists of surveys conducted by or about MSVU Library, including the Second Canadian Off-Campus Library Services survey (1988-1989) and the MacDonald Room survey (2008).

Mount Saint Vincent University. Library and Archives