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Richard Thorne McCully fonds

DATES OF CREATION:
1931 - 1939

PHYSICAL EXTENT:
464 photographs: b&w, 12.5 x 17.5 cm

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
R. T. (Dick) McCully, (19?? - 1974?) who lived in Moncton, New Brunswick from the early 1930s until his death, was an accomplished aerial photographer and aviation pioneer. About 1929 he earned his pilot's licence from International Airways of Hamilton, Ontario and then convinced this company to establish a pilot training program, the Maritime Flying School, in Moncton, New Brunswick. McCully took on the position of assistant to the school's flight instructor. Between 1931 and 1939 McCully photographed much of Atlantic Canada from the air. In 1936 McCully established Eastern Canada Airlines which provided passenger services between Moncton, Halifax, Sydney and Charlottetown. Following damage to three of his aircraft during the first year of operations and the announced intention of Trans Canada Airlines to establish operations in Moncton, McCully was forced to suspend his business. McCully then moved to work in sales with the Asbestosis company. He was an avid outdoorsman and curler and was involved in the establishment of the Beaver Curling Club, Moncton, New Brunswick.

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CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The glass negatives of these images were obtained by Ray Mabee of Moncton, teacher and local history collector, from their owner, Mrs. Susan Good, daughter of R. T. McCully. In 1977 Mabee brought the negatives to E. Magee, Librarian, Mount Allison University, who agreed to copy them for research purposes and place the copyprints in the Mount Allison University Archives. The glass negatives were returned to Mabee with the exception of eleven which were inadvertantly left behind at the Library. In 1999, as Mr. Mabee had died and Mrs. Good could not be traced, these glass negatives were transferred to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, the repository which now owns the bulk of the original negatives.

SCOPE AND CONTENTS:
Fonds consists of aerial images which document the 1930s landscape of much of southeastern New Brunswick and northern Nova Scotia with particular interest in buildings, businesses, private homes and outbuildings.
Photographs are arranged according to the numbering system of the photographer.

SOURCE OF TITLE:
Title based on contents of fonds.

ACCRUALS:
Not expected

ASSOCIATED MATERIALS:
Many of the glass negatives of these images are held at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

FINDING AIDS:
Inventory available at repository

IMMEDIATE SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:
Loaned by Ray Mabee to Mount Allison University for reproduction, 1977

LANGUAGE:
English

LOCATION OF ORIGINALS:
Many of the glass negatives of these images are held at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
Not available

RELATED RECORDS:
Not applicable

ALL OTHER NOTES:
Not applicable

RETRIEVAL NO.:
7776

REPOSITORY:
Mount Allison University Archives

RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS, USE AND REPRODUCTION:
Open for research. Researchers should contact the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick, owner of original negatives in regard to copying and publication.

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