Fonds 119 - Amos Henry Chandler

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Amos Henry Chandler

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CA MtA 119

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  • 1856-1918 (Creation)
    Chandler, Amos Henry

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12 cm of textual records

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(b. 1837)

Biographical history

Amos Henry Chandler, born 8 August 1837, was the son of Edward Baron Chandler of Dorchester, New Brunswick. He attended the Fredericton Grammar School and then Mount Allison Wesleyan Academy, for two terms - January to June and August to December, 1854. Dr. Chandler received his medical degree at the University of Pennsylvania, and practised his profession in small communities of New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. He married Miss Kirk of Saint John, New Brunswick. He published jointly with the Rev. C.P. Mulvany, "Lyrics, Songs, and Sonnets," Toronto, May 1880. His poems appeared frequently in local newspapers, often under the pseudonym “Sylvius”.

Custodial history

The Amos Henry Chandler fonds was donated to the Mount Allison University Archives by Mrs. Joan Robinson, Whitwell, Hitchin, England, and transported from England to Sackville, New Brunswick, by Dr. Gwendolyn Davies, who acted as intermediary, 1993. In 2001 the fonds was sent to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick for conservation treatment, At the same time, it was microfilmed.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of personal papers belonging to A.H. Chandler, including his published and unpublished poems, correspondence and criticisms; letters, manuscript stories and a poem by Silas T. Rand; a letter by Sir Charles G. D. Roberts with a signed and inscribed copy of his publication "Later Poems"; printed works of other writers; and a letter to Edward Baron Chandler from Charles W. Upham, Salem, Massachusetts, 1869. There is also a microfilmed copy of the fonds.

Physical condition

The papers are in poor condition. It appears that they had been exposed to dampness, and molds have formed, leaving deposits on many items. A few notebooks appear to have another substance between the pages, which fused them together. Each page that could be separated was dusted with a fine brush to remove surface dirt (some pages had already been forced, causing slight tears). Notebooks which were damp were left open for several days to dry. Due to the presence of mildew, wrinkled items were placed under weights for straightening, rather than placing them in the humidification tank.

Throughout the papers there appear to be four different examples of handwriting. Two are Amos Chandler’s - a very neat, leisurely written script, and another that is carelessly and probably hastily written, with portions barely decipherable. In the notebook containing the poem “Songs of immortality” 1887(file 1/1/9), the annotations are by Professor Roberts (C.G.D. Roberts, see file 1/1/11). The fourth example of handwriting appears throughout the papers and are often in pencil. Rather than editorial comments or annotations by a critic, the writer appears to be making revisions, lengthy additions, or re-writing portions of the poems. It is not possible to determine conclusively if these were by AH Chandler, or if a third individual may have been the author of these revisions.

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Donated by Mrs. Joan Robinson, 1993


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  • English

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The fonds of Edward Baron Chandler can be found in the New Brunswick Museum ID353

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