Fonds MG 2 volumes 1297; 1478-1537 - Angus L. Macdonald

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Angus L. Macdonald

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MG 2 volumes 1297; 1478-1537

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  • 11 m of textual records
  • 0.5 m of graphic material

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Angus Lewis Macdonald was born at Dunvegan, N.S. on 10 August 1890, the son of Lewis and Veronica (Perry) Macdonald. He was educated at Port Hood Academy, Saint Frances Xavier University (BA), Dalhousie University (LLB) and Harvard University (SJD). After serving overseas in World War One, he taught and practiced law in Halifax. Elected as a Liberal for Halifax South to the Nova Scotia Assembly in 1933, he was sworn in as premier and provincial secretary on 5 September 1933. He resigned in 1940 to become minister of national defence for naval services and was elected to the House of Commons for Kingston, Ont. In 1945 he resigned from the federal cabinet and resumed the premiership of Nova Scotia. He died in office on 13 April 1954. His wife was Agnes Foley; they were married at Halifax on 24 June 1924.

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Macdonald's records were donated by his wife Agnes in 1966 and 1977. As the records were processed, the archivist determined that most of Macdonald's personal correspondence for the years 1932-1937 was missing. A search in the attic of the Macdonald home "Winwick" in October 1977 by son Justice J.M. Macdonald produced several boxes containing additional Macdonald letters. After the death of Agnes Macdonald and the sale of "Winwick" in July 1979, her daughter discovered additional boxes while clearing out the house. These boxes, which also contained the missing letters for 1932-1937, were donated by Miss Macdonald and added to the material already at the archives.

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Fonds consists of correspondence and other records created and accumulated by Macdonald in the course of his political and legal career. Correspondence concerns controversies regarding the operation of the military during the Second World War, Ralston-McNaughton conscription issue, the War Cabinet Committee and Caucus meetings, Macdonald's constituency, and some legal cases. There is a small amount of family correspondence including letters written by Macdonald while in France during the First World War. Other records include diaries, newspaper clippings on various topics including provincial and national political figures and issues; Macdonald's speeches, debates, and law lectures; notes kept while at law school; financial statements; pamphlets and other published material; minutes of the War Cabinet Committee; and photographs taken during the period when he was naval minister and premier. Photographs depict Macdonald and other politicians, naval bases and ships, and various ceremonies and events.

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Records relating to Macdonald's premiership are found in the Office of the Premier fonds.

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