Family papers. Baroness Macdonald [textual record]
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Family papers. Baroness Macdonald [textual record]
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Series consists of the personal and financial papers of the Baroness Macdonald. Baroness Macdonald was born Susan Agnes Bernard in Jamaica in 1836. She married John A. Macdonald in 1867 and they had one child, Mary, born in 1869. On 14 August 1891 she was created Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe, a title she held until her death in 1920.
Included among the papers are Baroness Macdonald's general correspondence for 1845 and 1884 to 1910. The series also contains her personal diary which describes the Macdonalds' daily life and political events of the time for 1867-1872, 1875 and 1883 (Vol. 559A). The diary begins just four days after Confederation, when John A. Macdonald became Canada's first Prime Minister. Additional records include letters of sympathy following the death of Sir John (Vols. 560-561). One of these letters was sent by Queen Victoria. There are also many addresses of condolence from communities and organizations across Canada. (Vols. 561 to 566A, oversize addresses in Vols. 766 to 800). The warrent which created Lady Macdonald Baroness Macdonald of Earnscliffe is available in Vol. 566B. Baroness Macdonald's recipe book and a notebook on church history are located in Vol. 567. Financial records, including household accounts, bank books and cancelled cheques, as well as documents relating to Lady Macdonald's marriage settlement, will and estate are located in Vols. 567 and 568. The series also includes an account book of Sir John A. Macdonald for the years 1879 to 1881.
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(Electronic) All or some of the documents described have been digitized and are available at the following address: (90: Open)
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- Also available on microfilm, reels C-1822 to C-1828 and C-1447., A digital copy of diary entries 5 July to 7 December 1867 and 23 April 1868 is available.
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Exhibition Title: Assassination on Sparks Street! The Story of Thomas D'Arcy McGee and James Patrick Whelan. Curator: Carolyn Cook, Bytown Museum, Ottawa, Ontario; 2006.04.19 - 2006.11.30 (Lady MacDonald Diary - Open Page April 12, 1868), Exhibition Title: Treasures of the National Archives. National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1992 - (MG26 A vol. 559 A, page 1; First page of Lady Macdonald's diary, 5 July 1867), Exhibition title: 1867: Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau, Quebec; 2014.11.27 - 2015.09.13., Venue: Canada History Centre Announcement. Curator: Martin Tétreault and Paulette Dozois, Government Conference Centre, Ottawa, Ontario; 2003.05.26 - 2003.05.26 (special event - one day only - 2003.05.26 - Diary of Lady Macdonald, 5 July 1867. MG 26 A, v. 559A), Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 1: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition [125th Anniversary of the National Archives]. Curator: Martin Tétreault, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1997.05.14-1998.01.31 (MG 26 A Vol. 559 A, Lady Macdonald Dairy, 1867), Titre d'exposition: Treasured Memories 2: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition. [125th Anniversary of the National Archives]. Conservateur: Martin Tétreault, Archives nationales du Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1998.02.01 - 1998.09.30 (MG 26 A Vol. 559 A, Lady Macdonald Dairy, 1867 - new page), Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 3: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition. [125th Anniversary of the National Archives]. Curator: Martin Tétreault, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 1998.11.10 - 1999.11.30 (MG 26 A v. 559 A - new page - April, 22, 1868), Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 4: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition. Curator: Michel Anne Crawley, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2000.03.22 - 2000.12.31 (Easter Sunday - April 12, 1868 - MG26A - vol.559 - page 3), Exhibition Title: Treasured Memories 5: A National Archives of Canada Exhibition. Curator: Michel Anne Crawley, National Archives of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario; 2001.01.22 - 2001.11.12 (Lady Macdonald Dairy - MG26-A - vol. 559 A - April 23, 1868 - page 10), Exhibition Title: 1867: Rebellion & Confederation. Curator: Jean-François Lozier and Jodi Giesbrecht. Canadian Museum for Human Rights, Winnipeg, Manitoba; 2016.12.13-2017.05.07 (Diary of Lady Macdonald - July 5th, 1867)
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