Inglis-Quinlan family fonds

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Inglis-Quinlan family fonds

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    • 1863-1988 (Creation)
      Inglis-Quinlan (family)

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    1.5m of textual records
    710 photographs

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    Charles and Cassandra Inglis were prominent Mahone Bay, N.S. residents who lived on the town's main street and operated the C.J. Inglis store. The couple had two children, Clara Grace (Grace) and Percival Wellington (Percy). Both children resided in the family home in Mahone Bay for the majority of their lives. Grace married John Quinlan and the couple had only one child, Clara Grace (Clara) who was born in 1895. Percy never married, nor did his niece Clara. As an adult Percy became an avid antique china and furniture collector. The focal point of the Inglis/Quinlan family was the Mahone Bay home and store, where three generations were raised, worked and entertained.

    Custodial history

    Approximately 3.75 meters of textual records were originally salvaged from the Inglis-Quinlan house by Mahone Bay Settlers Museum in 1988, after the death of Clara Quinlan, when the remaining contents were being sold or discarded. In 2023-2024, a re-appraisal of the items was completed. Many of the textual records were unrelated to Mahone Bay history and therefore only 1 meter of textual records related to Mahone Bay were selected, arranged and described in a detailed Finding Aid.

    The accrual processed in 2020 comprises both textual records (Acc. No. 2017.1.425) donated by the philatelist Roger Burton Greer (who obtained the documents c. 1986 as part of a larger auction lot) and Clara Quinlan documents and photographs (Acc. Nos. 1985.1.1 - 1985.1.442) that were found in the Mahone Bay Museum’s backlog (Acc. Nos. 1986.33,, and 1985.1.1-1985.1. 446).

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    Fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, legal documents, academic records, photographs, collection records, and diaries pertaining to the lives of members of the Inglis-Quinlan family.

    The fonds comprises six main series: Photographs, Inglis-Quinlan Store Records, Charles and Cassandra Inglis Records, Grace Quinlan Records, Percy Inglis Records, and Clara Quinlan Records. The accrual processed in 2020 consists of photographs accumulated by Clara Quinlan and the following textual documents: two volumes of Cara Quinlan’s diaries as well as her correspondence with Tom Forrestall, Will R. Bird, and others; notes on a controversial Inglis family adoption and other genealogical information; miscellaneous records relating to the Percy Inglis China Collection, including two guest books, draft articles, miscellaneous correspondence, and other documents; and notes and memoranda concerning Mahone Bay.

    The selection of items re-appraised in 2023-2024 cover local topics such as business records for the Inglis store, the Ernst Hill Gold Mine, Eisenhaur Carriage Factory, marketing ephemera, visitor books, and shipping orders for the Inglis store. The fonds also includes topics such as Calling Cards, Park Cemetery, Church Confirmation, property deeds, Clara Quinlan’s diaries, School Related Documents, local signatures, other organizations, and Clara’s World War II ration book.

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    The fonds also included records of the Mahone Bay Agricultural Society which have been removed, arranged and described as a separate fonds.

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        Box and file lists available. An item-level finding is available for the Photographs Series.

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