Fonds 0152 - Harriet Starr Stewart fonds

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Harriet Starr Stewart fonds

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  • Textual record

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CA MtA 0152

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  • 1876-1897 (Creation)
    Stewart, Harriet Starr, 1862-1931

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2 cm of textual records (consisting of 2 volumes ; 13 x 19.5 x 1 cm or smaller)

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Biographical history

Harriet “Hattie” Starr Stewart was born on 3 April 1862 in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. She was the daughter of Rev. Charles Stewart (1827-1910) and Harriet Augusta Starr (1822-1893). She attended public school in Sackville, New Brunswick graduating in 1878. Next, she attended Mount Allison University and in 1882 became the first woman in Canada and the British Empire to receive her BA. After further study, she was also conferred with her MA in 1885. When the Women’s Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) was formed in New Brunswick she was a charter member. She served as an editor of the Women’s Missionary Society of the Methodist Church publication “The Palm” and for a number of years was involved with the Dominion Board of that organization. Following her sister-in-law’s death in 1917 she moved to Regina and assisted her brother, Charles David Stewart, with rearing of his children. While in Regina she was again active with Women’s Missionary Society work serving as President of the Auxiliary, Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Branch and representative to the Dominion Board. She died in Regina, Saskatchewan on 1 November 1931. She is buried in the Sackville Rural Cemetery

Custodial history

The contents of the fonds were located in the Mount Allison University Archives autograph album collection in 1995 and the item was accessioned separately at that point once the provenance had been determined. Based on notations in the volume it appears that Raymond Clare Archibald has annotated the item. If that’s the case the album would have been in the collection of the archives in the Memorial Library before his death in 1955. It is possible that he approached a member of the family to acquire the item after Stewart’s death in 1931.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of two volumes of autograph albums. The contents of the fonds are predominantly populated with signatures and salutations from fellow Allisonians and members of her wider family. The contents of the albums frequently indicate whether the person had died or in the case of women who they married.

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Source unknown, found in Archives Autograph Book Collection


Arrangement was imposed by the original processing archivist and is chronological.

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  • English

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Internal reference no: Accession 9539

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