Mary Mellish Archibald Memorial Library (MMAML)
From 1900 to 1907, the librarian of the Ladies' College Library was alumnus Raymond Clare Archibald who was also teaching mathematics and was head of the violin department. Beginning in 1905, he began to develop a special section in the Ladies' College library. He named it the Mary Mellish Archibald Memorial Library (MMAML) in honour of his mother, a former Ladies’ College Vice-Principal who died in 1901. His purpose was to build a collection that would supplement the classical and theological emphasis of the University’s library collection, with books and journals of interest to those studying music, art, household science, and modern literature at the Ladies’ College. He focused on English and American poetry and drama and related subjects. In addition, he purchased early and rare sound recordings of authors reading their works, and of musicians and actors performing. His interest in folk-lore produced an excellent collection of folk songs, children’s and students’ songs, as well as a reference collection of folklore texts and journals.

Archibald also collected historical documents and publications of the three Mount Allison institutions, holdings that were the genesis of the University Archives. Archibald’s interest in and contribution to this collection continued to his death even though by 1908 he had accepted a position in the mathematics department at Brown University.

The MMAML was located in the Ladies' College until 1927 when it was moved to the new Memorial Library and given its own quarters. At this time there were 1,000 volumes and 117 recordings (Record, Spring 1970). By the time Archibald died in 1955, the collection included 23,000 volumes, 2,700 records, and 70,000 songs. The MMAML also contained a unique selection of magnetic tapes and disks from which the voices of poets and dramatists could be heard.

 

Mary Mellish Memorial Library, Memorial Library, [btw 1927 - 1930]

Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/878


Mary Mellish Memorial Library, Memorial Library, [btw 1927 - 1930]

Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/879


Mary Mellish Memorial Library, Memorial Library, [btw 1927 - 1930]

Mount Allison Archives, Picture Collection 2007.07/880