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Webster Manuscript Collection

DATES OF CREATION:
1759 - 1949

PHYSICAL EXTENT:
7.10 m of textual records and other material

ADMINISTRATIVE HISTORY/BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH:
John Clarence Webster, C.M.G., M.D., D.Sc., LL.D., F.R.S.C. (1863-16 March 1950) was born in Shediac, New Brunswick. He was educated at Mount Allison University (B.A. 1882) and also studied in Edinburgh, Leipzig and Berlin. Webster had careers as physician, author and historian and was a member (1923) and Chairman of the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada (1943-1950), President of the New Brunswick Museum and Curator of the Fort Beausejour Museum. Dr. Webster was instrumental in having part of the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border area near Aulac designated as a national park and museum facility. Given his well-known interest in New Brunswick history, local people brought family papers and assorted manuscript material to Dr. Webster to be held at the Fort for safe-keeping and research purposes. These documents, along with others created, collected, and used by Dr. Webster as he carried out his own research and museum work, comprise the Webster Manuscript Collection.

CUSTODIAL HISTORY:
The collection is the property of Her Majesty and the Government of Canada. It was housed at the Fort Beausejour Museum, Aulac, New Brunswick until 1970 when Mount Allison University entered into an agreement to take custody of the library and manuscript collections on long term loan and to make these materials available to the public for reference and research purposes in the Mount Allison University Archives. Materials arrived at Mount Allison between the years 1970 and 1979. In 1998 the library books included in the original agreement were returned to Fort Beausejour due to the lack of available storage space at Mount Allison.

Parks Canada is the Canadian government agency responsible for the administration of this Collection and the Mount Allison University Archives acts as local custodian and administrative agent.

SCOPE AND CONTENTS:
Collection consists of town books, crown grants, registers, marriage certificates, account books, correspondence, deeds, family records, maps, plans, military records, business records, logbooks, and photographs. Some secondary material such as clippings, articles, etc, are also included. Most of the documents focus on the New Brunswick-Nova Scotia border area of Chignecto and relate to early families, businesses and life in this region.

Collection retains its original arrangement. Files are not arranged by function, subject or series but probably simply as they were (chronologically) received and filed at the Fort Beausejour Museum.

SOURCE OF TITLE:
Title based on contents of fonds.

ACCRUALS:
Not expected

ASSOCIATED MATERIALS:
The New Brunswick Museum Archives also holds a Webster Collection and researchers should contact that repository directly in this regard.

FINDING AIDS:
Inventory available at repository. Prepared by Parks Canada and based on a William. Naftel inventory 1969, this document was compiled prior to receipt of the materials by the Mount Allison University Archives. Descriptions are brief and file titles are general and often do not reveal actual contents. However the Archives staff has carried out some limited expanded description and some selective indexing to improve access.

IMMEDIATE SOURCE OF ACQUISITION:
Deposited by Parks Canada 1970-1979

LANGUAGE:
English

LOCATION OF ORIGINALS:
Mount Allison University Archives

PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION:
A significant portion of the collection is in fragile condition

RELATED RECORDS:
Not available

ALL OTHER NOTES:
Not applicable

RETRIEVAL NO.:
7001

REPOSITORY:
Mount Allison University Archives

RESTRICTIONS ON ACCESS, USE AND REPRODUCTION:
Open for research purposes. Copyright is held by Her Majesty and the Government of Canada. Copying and/or publication is permitted only with written permission of Parks Canada through Mount Allison University Archives.

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