Elizabeth Ritchie family collection

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Elizabeth Ritchie family collection

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  • 1807-1986 (Creation)
    Ritchie, Elizabeth, 1941-2001

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30 cm of textual records
2 cm of photographs
2 paintings

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Elizabeth Stewart Ritchie was born in 1941, the daughter of Hon. Roland Ritchie, former Judge of the Supreme Court of Canada, and Mary (Wylde). She was descended from a long line of prominent Nova Scotia families, including the Ritchies, Almons, Stewarts and Byles. She was educated at McGill University and Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, and completed a doctorate at the Sorbonne in Paris and did post-graduate studies there. She was an art history professor for many years at the University of Ottawa. She died on 9 December 2001 at the age of 60.

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Collection consists of original documents, photographs, printed materials, art works, and other items that were inherited and/or collected by Elizabeth Ritchie from other family members. It includes the war-time correspondence of Elizabeth's father, Roland Ritchie, 1938-1947; letters from J. W. Ritchie to John C. Halliburton, barrister, of Halifax, 1830-1832; and documents concerning Elizabeth Johnston Lichtenstein (1764-1848). The latter include a copy of the introduction to her memoirs, Recollections of a Georgia Loyalist (1836) by Hon. William J. Almon, her grandson, and original documents concerning Lichtenstein's husband's and father in-law's activities in Jamaica and Georgia. Collection also includes typescript copies of the writings of Susie (Susanna) Almon and Dr. James R. Robertson, and files on several related families such as the Wylde family (Elizabeth's mother's family); Harry King Stewart, of the Gordon Highlanders, who served in the Egyptian campaign; and Harry King (1807-1865), a prominent barrister of Windsor. Also includes information regarding the importance of the King-Stewart letters, which are held in the Library and Archives of Canada. The collection includes two large framed oil paintings, a portrait of Harrry King, believed to have been painted by William Valentine, and a portrait of James S. Stewart (1803-1860) by Albert Gallatin Hoit. FInally, the collection includes a Victorian-era "Scrap Album", created by Captain Arthur C.T. Boileau, Royal Artillery (Woolwich, England), containing various notes, cards, ephemera and memorabilia.

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Donated by the executors of the estate of Elizabeth Ritchie in 2004.


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The Archives also has papers of the related Almon, Byles, Stewart, and Johnston families. Additional records relating to the Almon family are held at W.K. Kellog Health Sciences Library, Dalhousie University, Halifax. Byles family papers are held at Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston. The Library and Archives of Canada, in addition to the King-Stewart letters, has papers of Senator William J. Almon, Roland Ritchie and Charles Ritchie.

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Women of Nova Scotia

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