Collection MG4 - Grand Manan Natural History Collection

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Grand Manan Natural History Collection

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  • [n.d.] - 1993 (Creation)
    Ingersoll, L. Keith
  • 1900-1982 (Creation)
    Wilcox, Elmer
  • 1853 - 1995 (Creation)

Physical description

30 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Elmer Wilcox (1900-1982) was born on Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick. He loved his home, and spent many hours photographing its birds, flowers, and unique rock formations. Around 1962, Elmer and L. Keith Ingersoll (d. 1993) began a collection of natural history materials. Together they were the force behind the building of the Grand Manan Museum in 1967 to display their collections. Both men held positions on the Museum Board and worked in the museum on displays.

The collection continues to grow as articles are donated by curators, archivists, and board members as new research is published.

Name of creator

([n.d.] - 1993)

Biographical history

L. Keith Ingersoll and Elmer Wilcox were responsible for creating a collection of natural historical materials (which they began to assemble around 1962), and were largely responsible for the creation of the Grand Manan Museum in 1967. Keith became a well-known historian, newspaperman, author, museologist, teacher, and friend of many. Additionally, he served on the Museum Board and worked on museum displays. After leaving Grand Manan, Keith worked for the New Brunswick Museum in Saint John.

Custodial history

The Grand Manan Natural History Collection was started by Grand Manan Museum Curators - Elmer Wilcox and Keith Ingersoll in their positions as curators at the Grand Manan Museum. The files were collected and preserved as part of their work. The collection is open to new accruals as the natural history of Grand Manan is recorded.

Scope and content

The collection contains correspondence and publications about the geology, ornithology and biology of Grand Manan and particularly the marine invertebrates. There is also material relating to conservation. Some of the correspondence discusses the display of natural history specimens in a museum. There are also brochures, pamphlets and books from various natural history organizations, published between 1853 and 1995.

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  • English

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No restrictions.

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Available upon request.

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Further accruals are expected

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Accession number M86.4

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