Fonds RC0685 - Dickens Fellowship (Hamilton, Ont.) fonds

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Dickens Fellowship (Hamilton, Ont.) fonds

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  • 1907-1940 (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records

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The Dickens Fellowship is an organization devoted to the study and appreciation of the works of Charles Dickens. It also has a philanthropic side in charitable causes related to children. Numerous branches of the Fellowship have been established throughout the world. The Hamilton branch (no. 47) was founded on 5 February 1908. It suspended its activities in 1912 and resumed meetings on 26 January 1931. The last known activity of the branch was at the Annual Conference held in Bath, May 1939, though it was still listed in the Dickensian, the Fellowship's journal, in the 1946/47 Winter issue. The Hamilton chapter is among the list of branches "lost during the war" in the Fall 1947 issue of the Dickensian.

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The fonds consists of the original scrapbook of the corresponding secretary, Mrs. F. W. Gates, and material gathered together by Albert E.S. Smythe, a member of the Fellowship after the Hamilton branch had been revived.

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The fonds was acquired in the 1940s when Albert E.S. Smythe donated his book collection to the library.


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