Collection MC369 - W.O. Raymond

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W.O. Raymond

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  • Copied [ca. 1967-1983] (Creation)
    Raymond, William Odber

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10 cm of textual records and 4 reels of microfilm

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Biographical history

William Odber Raymond, the son of Mary Elizabeth Carman and Charles William Raymond, was born 3 February 1853 at Woodstock, Carleton County, New Brunswick. Educated at local schools, in 1872 he enrolled in the University of New Brunswick, graduating with a B.A. (1876) and an M.A. In 1902 he received an honourary LL.D. from UNB. He later studied theology under Bishop John Medley at Fredericton and was ordained deacon in the Anglican Church in December 1877 and priest the following year.

W. O. Raymond had a long and distinguished clerical career. In 1877 he was appointed missionary at Stanley, N.B. He married Julia Nelson in 1879, and they had several children, including a son William Odber Raymond, who followed his father into the priesthood. W. O. Raymond, Sr. also served St. Mary's and St. Bartholomew's churches in Saint John, and was appointed canon of Christ Church Cathedral and, in 1908, the archdeacon of Saint John.

Outside his church ministry, W. O. Raymond was an active researcher, a respected historian, a public lecturer, and a prolific writer. He produced a "History of the River St. John" and other monographs; edited the "Winslow Papers" and "Kingston and the Loyalists of the 'Spring Fleet' of 1783," and published numerous articles on early New Brunswick historical themes, notably, the Loyalists, the Acadians, and the progress of the Anglican Church. His writings appeared in journals and local newspapers, including "Acadiensis," the Saint John "Daily Sun," the St. Croix "Courier," and the Woodstock "Dispatch." He also collected copies of his newspapers articles and those written by others in a number of scrapbooks. Towards the end of his life, W. O. Raymond lived in Vancouver and Toronto. He died on 23 November 1923.

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Scope and content

This collection consists of 4 microfilms of W. O. Raymond's scrapbooks containing copies of his writings clipped from newspapers (1884-1916). There is also a photocopy of another 289 page scrapbook created by Raymond from clippings from the Woodstock " Dispatch", 1894-1896 and the Saint John "Telegraph" ca. 1897. The original, which is in the L.P, Fisher Public Library in Woodstock, had become fragile and difficult to read. R.W. Hales made a photocopy and reproduced the most illegible clippings, adding an index and table of contents.

Also included is a photocopy of a two volume genealogy of the Raymond family, compiled by Raymond and including information on the Carman, Moore, Hallet, Lamb, Horsfeld Beardsley, Dibblee, Barlow and Jarvis families.

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Immediate source of acquisition

Four scrapbooks on microfilm (1884-1916) were donated to the Provincial Archives by the Free Public Library of Saint John before 1983. Another scrapbook (1920) was prepared by Marion Lindsay, Librarian (Woodstock, NB?) and assistants Ann Elles and Catherine Fox as a centennial project in 1967. It was indexed and later a photocopy was donated to the Archives by R. Wallace Hale in 1983. The genealogy was donated by Raymond's grandson, C.W.Raymond in 1981.


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  • English

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Microfilm nos. F120-F123

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Associated materials

The Provincial Archives holds other material relating to W. O. Raymond on film -- his history of New Brunswick (F120) and two articles, one each on names and bears in New Brunswick that appeared in the collections of the New Brunswick Historical Society, volume 12, (F792). As well, the Archives holds a microfilm copy of the W.O. Raymond collection housed at the L. P. Fisher Library in Woodstock, 1699-1936, (F346)

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