Mount Allison's Head Librarians

Samuel Avery, Jr.
1852–1853


The Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy calendar of 1851 lists as a student Samuel Avery Jr. of Halifax Nova Scotia. The 1852 calendar lists him as an Assistant Teacher and Librarian. Click Here for More...

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Arthur McNutt Patterson
1853–1854


Arthur McNutt Patterson began his career at Mount Allison as an English tutor in 1852, and became University Librarian in 1853, remaining as an English tutor. In 1854, Patterson became a Teacher in the Intermediate Click Here for More...


Photograph courtesy of Esther Clark Archives, Acadia University

 

George Smith
1872–1874


George Smith, born ca 1845 and from Sackville, New Brunswick, taught English at the Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy in 1871/72, was an assistant teacher and librarian in 1872/73, taught in the intermediate... Click Here for More...


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Richard Chapman Weldon
1881–1883

Richard Chapman Weldon (1849 - 1925) was born in Sussex, New Brunswick and attended Mount Allison Wesleyan College (later Mount Allison University). He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1866 and subsequently taught school near Sussex, NB for Click Here for More..

Photograph cropped from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/185

 

Frank Walter Nicolson
1883-1884

Frank Walter Nicolson was born in Sackville, New Brunswick on 4 November 1864. His post-secondary education began at Mount Allison Wesleyan College (now Mount Allison University), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1883. Click Here for More...

Photograph cropped from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection folder 20

 

Sidney Walker Hunton
1884-1914


Sidney Walker Hunton was born in Ottawa, Ontario on 4 July 1858. He studied mathematics at McGill University for two years, winning a scholarship each year. He was also awarded two prestigious Click Here for More...


Photograph from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/948

 

Frederick William Wallet DesBarres
1914–1942


Frederick William Wallet DesBarres was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on 10 March 1867 but grew up in Guysborough, Nova Scotia. He came to Mount Allison in 1885 and graduated in 1889 Click Here for More...

Photograph from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/949

 

Winifred Snider
1943-1945


Winifred Snider came to Mount Allison University with her Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Library Science. Snider was an Assistant Librarian at the Mount Allison Libraries from 1935 through to 1942. Click Here for More...

Photograph taken from the Allisonian (yearbook), 1944

 

Mary D. Falconer
1945-1949


Mary Falconer received her early education in Canada, then left to study for three years in Scotland, followed by two terms in Switzerland. Upon her return, she attended Dalhousie University and graduated with Click Here for More...

Photograph courtesy of Dalhousie University Archives

 

Olga Bernice Bishop
1949 - 1953


Olga Bernice Bishop was born in Dover, New Brunswick on 24 June 1911. She attended all three Mount Allison institutions – the Ladies’ College (MLS, 1930), the Mount Allison Academy(secretarial certificate) and Click Here for More...

Photograph from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/950

 

Laurie MacCallum Allison
1953–1967


Laurie Allison was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on 28 February 1925. He served in the Royal Canadian Navy in 1944 and 1945 and after the war attended Dalhousie University, graduating with Click Here for More...

Photograph cropped from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/1174

 

Eleanor Eileen Magee
1967 - 1979

Eleanor Eileen Magee received her Bachelor of Arts and Science from Sir George Williams University (1951), and a Bachelor of Library Science (1954) and Master’s of Library Science (1966) from McGill  Click Here for More...

Photograph from Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/951

 

Ruth Miller (Acting University Librarian)
1979 - 1980; 1985 - 1987; 1992 - 1993


Ruth Miller was born in Montreal in 1937 and received her early education there. She then attended Mount Allison University where she received a BCom degree in 1958. While at Mount Allison. Click Here for More...

Photograph courtesy of Ruth Miller

Theodore D. Phillips
1980-1985


Theodore D. “Ted” Phillips received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of New Mexico in 1956 and a Master’s degree in 1957. He then became a Librarian for the Federal Reserve Bank of Click Here for More...

Photograph cropped from Mount Allison Archives, Information Office fonds 8805/6/5/63

 

Thomas Eadie
1987-1992


Thomas “Tom” Eadie (1941- ) received his Bachelor of Arts (1968) and Master of Arts (1971) in Philosophy from Queens University. He then attended the University of Western Ontario and graduated in 1972 with a Master of Library Science degree.Click Here for More...

Photograph cropped from Mount Allison Archives, Information Office fonds 8805/6/5/63

 

Sara Lochhead
1993-2002

Sara Lochhead (1953 - ) graduated with a BA from Dalhousie University in 1975 and a MLIS from the University of Alberta in 1980. After graduation she held a number of positions: Head Librarian for the Association of Métis and Non-Status Indians of Saskatchewan   Click Here for More...

Photograph courtesy of Sara Lochhead

 

Ruthmary MacPherson (Acting University Librarian)
2002 - 2003

Ruthmary MacPherson was born in England but raised in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She attended Mount Saint Vincent University and after receiving a BScHEc in 1979, worked as a dietician in Newfoundland. Click Here for More...


Photograph credit: Rhianna Edwards

 

Bruno Gnassi
2003 - present

Bruno Gnassi was born and raised in Montreal, QC. He completed a BA from Loyola College/Universite de Montreal, and then a MLS from McGill University in 1978.  Click Here for More...


Photograph credit: Rhianna Edwards

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