Fonds 0153 - Lavinia M. Stewart fonds

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Lavinia M. Stewart fonds

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  • Textual record

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CA MtA 0153

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  • 1872-1891 (Creation)
    Stewart, Lavinia Margaret, 1857-1907

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2 cm of textual records (consisting of 2 volumes ; 20 x 16 x 0.75 cm or smaller)

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Biographical history

Lavinia “Vene” Margaret Stewart was born on 17 August 1857 in Saint John, New Brunswick. She was the daughter of Rev. Charles Stewart (1827-1910) and Harriet Augusta (Starr) Stewart (1822-1893). She attended the Mount Allison Ladies’ College between 1870 and 1876 where she completed a diploma in piano in 1874. Between 1876 and 1881 she was an assistant teacher in the piano department of the College. During 1881-1882 she undertook further studies in Glasgow, Scotland with Emil Burger (piano) and J.J. Findlay (organ). She died in Kingston, New Hampshire, where on account of ill health she had been living eleven years prior to her death on 23 May 1907. She is buried in the Sackville Rural Cemetery in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Custodial history

Information about the custody of these records prior to acquisition is incomplete. 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 related volumes it appears that Raymond Clare Archibald compiled the original Autograph Album Collection. 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 Miss Stewart’s death in 1907.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of two volumes of autograph albums; one of which is referred to as a Philopoena Album. 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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The items are in good condition.

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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 9540

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