Collection MC216 - Kathleen Willis Williston

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Kathleen Willis Williston

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  • 1813-1948 (Creation)
    Williston, Kathleen Willis

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1.05 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

Kathleen Willis (Kell Willis) (1896-1969) the daughter of Charles and Louise Willis, was born in Sackville, New Brunswick, December 4, 1896. She lived in Sackville until 1921 when she married Beaumont Williston, a Newcastle businessman, and moved to the Miramichi. There she researched the history of the area, much of it with Dr. Louise Manny, with whom she co-founded the Miramichi Historical Association.

Kathleen Williston was also interested in Miramichi artists. In conjunction with the Miramichi Art Club, she helped arrange the art exhibits sent to the Miramichi by the National Gallery and organized the first exhibitions of Richard Howe's paintings. From her own collection, she gave portraits of William Abrams (an early shipbuilder at Nordin) and his wife, painted by a noted Boston artist, Albert Gallatin Hoit, to the New Brunswick Museum. Williston was also interested in antiques and amassed a notable collection. During World War II, she worked with the Red Cross Thrift Shop. Kell Williston died in 1969.

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Donated by Louise Manny

Scope and content

This collection consists mainly of research notes and writings by Kathleen Williston and others. Her research notes reveal her particular interest in the early history of the Miramichi and surrounding area and its people, the Acadians and First Nations. The remainder of the collection consists of copies of records (with some originals) collected by Mrs. Williston from many sources, several of them relating to the Anglican Church. There are also some originals of early printed publications about the Church.

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Dr. Lousie Manny donated this collection in August 1970 and April 1974.


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  • English

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Includes a photograph album, one reel of microfilm and a print.

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