Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00234 2B Annex - J.A. McNeil Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00234 2B Annex


J.A. McNeil Papers


  • 1927-1942 (Creation)

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Manuscript Collection

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1 box

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Biographical history

John Alexander (Jack) McNeil, born in Angus, Ont., in 1876, was a journalist who worked for various newspapers, including the Toronto Mail and Empire and the Montreal Gazette. While he made his living as a newspaperman, his real love was the theatre. He collected books, records and photos, many of which were autographed by the world's leading actors. He was a renowed authority on Gilbert and Sullivan's operettas, as well as eighteenth century music and plays. He died in 1964.

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Gift of Dora Mavor Moore, 1977.

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Scope and content

The collection consists of photos, manuscript notes and ephemera relating to Gilbert and Sullivan, and especially to the D'Oyley Carte Company across Canada in 1927. There is also some biographical material relating to J.A. McNeil.

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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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