Collection 132 - Allison M. Coll collection

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Allison M. Coll collection

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CA MtA 132

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14 leaves of textual records

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Biographical history

Norman Coll was born in Wigan, Lancashire, England on 15 May 1895, the son of Peter Coll and Nancy (Brierley) Coll (1860-1926). His parents and siblings (Aaron, James, Arthur, Lillian, and Ivy) are believed to have immigrated to Canada in 1904. Norman was educated in public schools in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 7 May 1917 and served in France during the First World War with the Third Canadian Siege Battery from Montreal. At the conclusion of the war he returned to Mount Allison University where he received his BA (Honours in Philosophy) in 1920 and MA in 1921. He received his BD from Victoria College at the University of Toronto in 1922 and was ordained in Sydney, Nova Scotia. He was married to Beulah Grant McLean in Eureka, Nova Scotia on 2 July 1923. His first congregation was in Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia where he remained until 1924 when he began graduate studies in religious education at Yale University while serving at the Second Congregational Church in West Cornwall, Connecticut. He received his PhD in 1926 and on July first was appointed Field Secretary of Religious Education for the Montreal and Ottawa District of the United Church. He served during the Second World War rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. For his service he was awarded the Military Order of the British Empire. He was also conferred with an honorary Doctor of Divinity by Mount Allison University during the special convocation held in the fall of 1945. He died on 16 December 1990 in Ottawa, Ontario.

Custodial history

Rev. Norman Coll biographical material was sent to the Mount Allison Federated Alumni Office following his death, by his son Allison M. Coll, and was later transferred to the University Archives.

Scope and content

Collection consists of items accumulated or acquired relating to Allison M. Coll’s father, Rev. Dr. Norman Coll, including an autobiography and related biographical information.

Item list:

  1. Mount Allison University programme from the inauguration of William Thomas Ross Flemington as President of the University – Norman Arthur Hesler, Chairman of Board of Regents, presiding. – 18 October 1945. – 2 affixed leaves of textual records

  2. Clipping from the Ottawa Journal of an article by Charles Lynch entitled “Ottawa’s Dr. Coll nominated for high United Church post”. – 22 June 1956. – 1 leaf of textual records

  3. Bulletin for a Service of Thanksgiving for the Rev. Dr. Norman Coll at Parkdale United Church, Ottawa, Ontario. – 19 December 1990. – 1 folded leaf of textual records

  4. Clippings from the Ottawa Citizen including the obituary for Rev. Dr. Norman Coll and an article entitled “Veteran minister served Parkdale for 31 years”. – 18 December 1990. – 1 leaf of textual records

  5. Typescript of an autobiography entitled “This is my story” / Norman Coll. – 1980-1985. – 9 leaves of textual records

    Note: This item was edited with additions by A.M. Coll between April and October 1993.

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Donated by Allison Coll, through Sheila Blagrave, Alumni Office, 1994


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  • English

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Internal reference no: Accession 9417

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