Fonds 80 - Dr. Alfred Goldsworthy Bailey

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Dr. Alfred Goldsworthy Bailey

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  • 1806-1994; predominant 1940-1994 (Creation)
    Bailey, Alfred Goldsworthy

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15 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Alfred Goldsworthy Bailey was born in Québec City in 1905 and died in Fredericton in 1997. He received a BA from the University of New Brunswick in 1927 and a doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1934. In the same year he married Jean Craig, daughter of Samuel Alexander Hamilton of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
As a young man he worked as a reporter on the Toronto "Mail and Empire". He became assistant director and associate curator at the New Brunswick Museum in 1935. In 1938 he returned to the University of New Brunswick to become head of the History Department. In 1946 he became Dean of Arts and Honorary Librarian of the Bonar Law-Bennett Library. From 1965 to 1969 he was vice-president academic and on his retirement in 1970, became the first professor emeritus in history.
He taught history, anthropology, psychology and sociology. He wrote poetry and was largely responsible for founding the "Fiddlehead", one of Canada's oldest literary journals. From 1936-1937, Alfred Bailey was president of the Saint John Art Club and president of the Friends of the Library Association, Saint John in 1937. He collected biographical information about members of his family. Joseph Marshall de Brett Marechel D'Avray, second baron d'Avray (1811-1871) and his son-in-law Loring Woart Bailey, (1839-1925) .

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Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete.

Scope and content

This fonds consists in large part of the official records of the various offices Dr. Bailey held during his career at the University of New Brunswick from 1938-1970. There is a large amount of material relating to his extensive literary contributions, including articles; manuscripts, published and unpublished books; and records from his editorial role in "The Literary History of Canada". There are also some personal papers and a small number of family papers.
The fonds is divided into 15 series:

  • Series 1 - University Committees, including the Creative Arts Committee and the Arts Faculty Committee, 1956-1958;
  • Series 2 - Arts Faculty, 1932-1966, including records of the Arts Faculty's activities;
  • Series 3 - Literary Works, 1806 - 1990; predominant 1923-1979, including published and unpublished writings, notes and records about and by his family. The series also includes photographs and correspondence with literary colleagues including Malcolm Ross, Roy Daniells, Elizabeth Brewster, Michael Gnarowski, Carl F. Klink and Jack McClelland. There is also some correspondence between Bailey and Lord Beaverbrook and between Loring Ewart Bailey and W. Ganong and George Parkin;
  • Series 4 - Miscellaneous 1946-1979; predominant 1968-1979; including bibliographies, records of Founders' Day (UNB), the Loyalists, and the Canadian Writers' Federation;
  • Series 5 - Graduate Students, 1943-1959, consisting largely of correspondence with graduate students in the History Department;
  • Series 6 - Library ,-1959 ; predominant 1948-1958, including correspondence and other records about the operations of the Library.
  • Series 7 - Societies and Associations, 1910, 1940-1969. Records and correspondence about various groups including:
  • Massey Commission
  • Canadian Social Science Research
  • Humanities Research Council
  • Humanities Association of Canada
  • Canadian Library Association
  • National Library Advisory Committee
  • Champlain Society
  • Canada Foundation
  • Royal Society of Canada
  • Historic Sites and Monuments Board
  • New Brunswick Historic Sites Advisory Board
  • New Brunswick Museum
  • New Brunswick Tree Commission
  • Series 8 - Correspondence (Individuals), 1927-1970 including Whitman Bailey, Premier J.B. McNair, W.K. - Lamb, Milton F. Gregg, T. F McIlwraith, D.C. Harvey, J. Bartlett Brebner, John Bassett, Colin B. MacKay, W.S. MacNutt, Diamond Jenness, Lorne Pierce;
  • Series 9 - Personal Correspondence, 1936-1994 including Ralph Gustafson, Raymond Souster, F.R. Scott, A.J.M. Smith, Frances Halpenny, Northrop Frye, Louise Manny;
  • Series 10 - Beaverbrook Correspondence, 1946-1964, including the University library, Beaverbrook Art Gallery, Playhouse, Beaverbrook Scholarships;
  • Series 11 - The Bailey Commission on the Future of the University, 1955-1966.
  • Series 12 - Vice President Academic, 1926-1970;
  • Series 13 - Lecture notes, 1927-1966;
  • Series 14 - History 3020 Lectures, 1966-1967;
  • Series 15 - Photographs, 18? - 1979;
  • Series 16 - Awards 1919, 1961-1992.

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Presented by Dr. Bailey between 1969 and 1994


The records have been arranged in series based on case and file contents and existing arrangements. Later accruals have been interfiled. All original photographs and negatives have been removed to series 15 and replaced by photocopies.

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  • English

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A small number of records relating to student marks and the Arts Council minutes are Restricted at the discretion of the University Archivist.

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Records of the Bailey family can be found in the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick MC 454.
There is also a Bailey Family fonds in the University of New Brunswick archives.

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