Fonds MC255 - Fredericton Business College Ltd.

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Fredericton Business College Ltd.

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  • Source of title proper: Title based on the name of the incorporated company.

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  • 1945-1970 (Creation)
    Fredericton Business College Ltd.

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1.5 m of textual records

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(Founded in 1894)

Administrative history

The Fredericton Business College was founded in Fredericton, New Brunswick, in 1894 by a Mr. and Mrs. Young and was run by Colonel W.J. Osborne for 25 years. In 1937 it was destroyed by fire and moved to a more modern facility on Carleton Street. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Pond, the new chief administrators, renamed the institution the Pond Secretarial School.

Eventually, well-respected business educator A.B. Lumsden took over management, with the Bank of Nova Scotia acting as chief sponsor and managing partner. The school was incorporated in 1950 as Fredericton Business College Ltd. J. Chester MacRae served as principal from 1955 to 1970. The business college continued until 1978 when it surrendered its charter. Over the period of its existence, the college taught courses and degrees in business and secretarial skills to over 10,000 students, with additional work in accounting and commercial arts.

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

Scope and content

The fonds consists of administrative records of Fredericton Business College Ltd. and its predecessor Pond Secretarial School. It includes correspondence, applications from teachers and students, financial records, student registers (1945-1969), enrolment lists, and individual student record cards arranged alphabetically. In addition, there are student newspapers, newspaper clippings, and other printed material relating to the school.

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Donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by the last principal of the Fredericton Business College, J. Chester MacRae, of Fredericton, in 1980.


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  • English

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Associated materials

See MC3316 for 2 pamphlets relating to Modern Business College, Saint John and Success Business College Limited, Moncton.

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