Fonds F 971

Alexander Macdonell fonds

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Alexander Macdonell fonds
Dates of Creation
[ca. 1803-1923]
Physical Description

1 metre of textual records

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of typewritten copies of correspondence created and accumulated by Bishop Alexander Macdonell.

The records concern: religious, educational, economic, and political activities; relations with the clergy of Upper and Lower Canada; numbers of churches and priests in Upper Canada; attempts to improve Catholic education; relationships among various religious groups in Upper Canada; governmental policy with regards to salaries for priests; travel conditions in Upper Canada; the proposal of the Union of Upper and Lower Canada; the election of 1827; the problems of the Clergy Reserves; Indian affairs around Sandwich, Amherstburgh, and Penetanguishene; the influence of Dr. John Strachan on education; immigrants to Upper Canada in 1830; autobiographical information on Alexander Macdonell; the Rebellion of 1837-1838; and the defence of Upper Canada in 1838-1839.

Administrative History or Biographical Sketch

Alexander Macdonell (1762-1840) was the first Catholic Bishop for Upper Canada, serving in that capacity from 1826 to 1840.

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Macdonell, Alexander, 1762-1840
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Terms For Use and Reproduction
Copyright held by creator. These materials cannot be published without permission of the copyright holder. There are no restrictions on reproduction for research and private study. If you wish to use other than for research and private study any of this material, submit a Request for Permission to Publish, Exhibit or Broadcast Form.
Custodial History

Copies of letters and printed writings of Macdonell were made in 1916 from the letter books in the Archbishop's Palace, Kingston, by Victoria R. Morrison, a staff member of the Archives of Ontario

The photostat typescript copies of Macdonell's letters (1836-1839) were made by R. Laedlaw of Ottawa in 1910 from the originals in the Archives of the Bishop's Palace at Kingston.

Related Material

Records relating to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto's early administration and bishop's papers belonging to Macdonell can be found in F 963 in the Archives of Ontario's Reading Room on self-serve microfilm MS 228, reels 1 to 8.

Availability of Other Formats

This fonds is available on microfilm (MS 709, reels 1 and 2)

Fonds consists of records written in French and Latin.


No further accruals are expected.

Former Codes

Accession Number: 541. MU 1770 - MU 1775.

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