Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00210 - Louis Melzak Collection of Canadian Historical Documents

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Louis Melzak Collection of Canadian Historical Documents


  • 1800-1899 (Creation)

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45 boxes and items (6 metres)

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Biographical history

Edmund Morris was a Canadian artist and descendant of the McLean and Morris families who settled in Elizabethtown (present day Brockville) in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

Archival history

The collection arrived in the form of a scrapbook assembled by Canadian artist Edmund Morris who had added numerous notes and headings. For preservation reasons, the volume was disassembled and the documents were removed. A microfilm was made of the original scrapbook. The numbers penciled on each document refer to the page number in the scrapbooks.

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Consists of various documents, maps, letters and bound volumes acquired by Louis Melzak. The majority of the items relate to the Morris and McLean families which had been collected in a scrapbook by Edmund Morris. The letters and documents had been arranged by Morris in two groups: those of the Alexander McLean family and those of the Alexander Morris family. He included a brief outline of the history of the McLean family and an index of those documents.
The bound volumes include an early printer's pay-book, the diary of a British soldier series in Upper Canada and material relating to the settlement of the Eastern Townships of Quebec.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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