Collection RC0522 - Wilson MacDonald collection

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Wilson MacDonald collection

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  • 1927-1952 (Creation)

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13 items.

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Wilson MacDonald, poet, etcher, and public speaker, was born in Cheapside, Ontario on 5 May 1880 and educated at Woodstock College and McMaster University. He published his first book of romantic poetry Song of the Prairie Land, and Other Poems in 1918. He died in Toronto on 8 April 1967.

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Date of acquisition and provenance of the first accrual are unknown. The second accrual (77-2009) was acquired from Morris Norman in 2009. The third accrual (48-2011) was acquired from Morris Norman in 2011. The fourth accrual (2013-044) was acquired from Elizabeth Ramsay Shanahan in 2013. The fifth accrual (2013-047) was acquired from Don Bailey in 2013.


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Box 1 – 1st-3rd Accrual

  1. Eight cards, one of them framed. Although all contain handwritten poems, some, but not all of the cards, are printed. On one of the cards is the note, "hand-coloured by Wilson MacDonald for Arthur Huddleson". One is written to Ann Meriden, a child. Her photograph is pasted on the card.
  2. "Elizabeth the Second" written "for Percy Gardiner". Although not dated, it was presumably written on Queen Elizabeth's succession to the throne.
  3. Two printed cards and a book, "An Ode on the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation" (1927). The printed cards each contain a handwritten poem by MacDonald -- one is titled "Immanence" while the other is not titled. It begins "i never think of God".

Box 2
4th Accrual (2013-044)
F.1 MacDonald Correspondence. 1951-1957.
F.2 Original pieces by MacDonald. Nine items, only one item is dated. 1958.
F.3 Photographs. Two photographs of Wilson speaking to a group. Ken E. Muma, photographer. 1960.
F.4 The Wilson MacDonald Poetry Society. 1956-1961.
F.5 Clippings. 1952-1967.
F.6 Programs. 1955-1957.

5th Accrual (2013-047)
F.6 Programmes.
F.7 Book, “An Ode on the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation”, including an inscription to Mary, Jessie, Anna, and Helen. 5 August 1927. Includes a pamphlet about Macdonald and the Ode.
F.8 Correspondence. Three letters from Macdonald to Mary Bailey Marshall. 1939-[1951]. And a letter from Jessie Marshall Jones to Don Bailey about Wilson Macdonald. 2000.
F.9 “Strangest Man I Ever Met”, The Star Weekly Magazine, 11 January 1958.

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