Fonds MG28 - Jean Dalzell fonds

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Jean Dalzell fonds

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  • 1916-1925 (Creation)
    Dalzell, Jean

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6 cm of textual records
1 photograph

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([n.d.] - 1925)

Biographical history

Jean Dalzell, daughter of Samuel Dalzell of Saint John, New Brunswick, lived much of her life on Grand Manan Island. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, Clarence and Minnie (Dalzell) Newton. She trained for a nurse at Chipman Memorial Hospital in St. Stephen, NB. During her training period she became interested in missions. Shortly after completing her work at St. Stephen, she applied for a position with The International Grenfell Association to work as a nurse at the Mission Outpost Hospital in St. Anthony, Newfoundland.

She began work at the hospital on 27 July 1925. She enjoyed both her working and non-working hours; however, late in September she became ill, though she would not admit it until she no longer could perform her duties. She died 16 October 1925 of pneumonia.

Custodial history

The diary was returned to Jean Dalzell's family after her death and donated to the Genealogical Society by Dalzell's nieces, Peggy Cronk and Jean Guptill.

Scope and content

This fonds contains a diary about Jean Dalzell's trip to the Grenfell Mission and her experiences at work, finishing on September 4, telling of a wedding she attended - nothing of her sickness. There is also private correspondence regarding her job application and personal correspondence between family and friends and between her family and the hospital during her illness - including telegrams, a photograph of her in nurses uniform upon completion of her training, and her high school certificate dated 1916.

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Deposited in the Archives for storage by the Genealogical Society of Grand Manan.


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  • English

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Diary is a photocopy done ca. 1989. No record of who holds the original.

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