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Dr. Robert James Morgan fonds

  • CA BI MG 12.82
  • Fonds
  • 1938-2011

This fonds consists primarily of textual records documenting the career of Dr. Robert J. Morgan. Over the span of almost five decades, Dr. Morgan held the position of historian, archivist, professor, author, and community leader. Records series documenting Morgan's early career at Xavier Junior College (1962-1966) and then as historian at Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site (1971-1976) are included as well as records connected with his time working at College of Cape Breton/University College of Cape Breton (now Cape Breton University - CBU) as professor of history and Director of the Beaton Institute. While at CBU, Dr. Morgan also held the first Dean of Research and Development position. Dr. Morgan was active in the heritage field both at a national and provincial level working with the Association of Canadian Archives (ACA) and the Council of Nova Scotia Archives (CNSA).

Other series in the fonds reflect Morgan's work with local historical societies and community organizations dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Cape Breton's built and documentary heritage. A substantial amount of research notes, index cards and manuscript drafts accompanying Morgan's publications are also included, as well as some evidence of post-retirement contract work.

Series featuring Dr. Morgan's personal and family history include a small portion of records related to Dr. Morgan's involvement with St. Anthony Daniel parish and the Diocese of Antigonish. Personal records and photographs of Dr. Morgan's wife, Barbara Ann Morgan (nee MacKinnon) and her parents (Justice A.H. MacKinnon and Annie MacKinnon nee Ryan) are also found in the collection. Dr. Morgan's love for gardening and botany are represented as well.

A small amount of artifacts including awards and family memorabilia are also included.

Morgan, Robert James

History of the Anglican Church in Sydney

File consists of talks delivered by Dr. Morgan for the dedication of Christ Church in Sydney on November 6, 1982. The file also includes an earlier talk given in Ontario in 1962 about the Hay Bay Church and an address commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of Christ Church on June 16 2001. A speech to mark the pilgrimage of the Bi-Centennial Cross in 1987 is also found in the file and contains a history of the St. George's Parish.

Mathews, David

File consists of research notes and drafts pertaining to Dr. Morgan's submission to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography about David Mathews. Also included in the file is correspondence between former Provincial Archivist Phyllis R. Blakeley and Dr. Morgan.

Articles and Speeches

Series consists of research notes, writing drafts, completed presentations, and published articles related to Dr. Morgan's academic research as well as community service. Some of this content would be found in published monographs by Dr. Morgan or in published anthologies related to Cape Breton history.

Loyalists of Cape Breton

File consists of multiple copies of Dr. Morgan's paper about Cape Breton Loyalists. The paper was presented as "The Trials and Tribulations of the Cape Breton Loyalists" on March 24th 1983 at the University of New Brunswick. Research notes and an imprint of the article is also included in the file.

Fortress of Louisbourg

File consists of a selection of newspaper clippings and photographs relating to the Fortress of Louisbourg, National Historic Site. File also contains a schedule for the Fortress of Louisbourg, NHS grand opening.

Built Heritage and Heritage Preservation

File consists of newspaper clippings concerning various built heritage projects and local heritage preservation initiatives including the excavation under St. Patrick's Church, Louisbourg renovations and Cossitt House.

Historical Anniversaries

File consists of newspaper clippings which pertain to cultural stories from the local community as well as celebration of anniversaries of various Cape Breton communities and organizations.

Fortress of Louisbourg - Selection of Presentations

File consists of a selection of talks prepared and presented by Dr. Robert Morgan about Fortress of Louisbourg. Included in the file is a talk given to the Western Historical Association Conference in Tulsa in 1975, and another delivered to the Sydney Kiwanis Club in 1976. Also included is a paper prepared for the Council for Abandoned Military Posts and delivered on January 21, 1976. (paper may have been forwarded and read) as well as lecture notes about Louisbourg that could have been used at the College of Cape Breton or for training interpreters working at the Fortress.

The Changing Face of Sydney

File consists of three copies of a paper delivered by Dr. Robert Morgan to the Old Sydney Society February 27, 1975. Also included is what appears to be a preface prepared for an address to the Rotary Club of Sydney on March 18, 1975. A hand-drawn sketch of early downtown Sydney is also found in the file and most likely accompanies the address.

Sister Margaret Beaton

File consists of newspaper clippings related to the memory of Sister Margaret Beaton, founder and former Director of the Beaton Institute.

Old Sydney Society

File consists of news clippings reporting on the activity of The Old Sydney Society dating back to the mid 1970s.

Politics

File consists of newspaper clippings covering Cape Breton political events and politicians.

Macarmick, William

File consists of drafts of Dr. Morgan's William MacCarmick biography for submission to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

History of Cape Breton

File consists of a speech delivered to the Atlantic Rotary Club Convention in Sydney on June 22, 1981. Two accompany drafts are also included.

Gibbons, Richard

File consists of research notes and materials related to Dr. Morgan's article about Richard Gibbons for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.

Early Masons and Masonry in Cape Breton

File consists of a paper delivered to the annual Cape Breton Lodge of Perfection (Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite) on November 3rd, 1978. Paper was also read for the 100th anniversary of the Sydney Lodge No. 84. Included in the file are programs and membership list for the lodge.

McKinnon, William

File consists of drafts in French and English of Dr. Morgan's article for submission to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography about William MacKinnon.

The Beaton Institute

File consists of a speech Dr. Morgan delivered to the Kiwanis Club of Sydney on November 22, 1979. The file also includes a paper about the resources at the Beaton Institute including materials related to labour history.

Nursing in Cape Breton

File consists of a paper delivered to the Registered Nurses Association of Nova Scotia on December 6 1989. Research notes and a graduation address are also included in the file. Also included in the file is a speech given to the 1990 Graduating Class of 1990, Sydney City Hospital.

Medical Care in the Sydney Area

File consists of a paper delivered to the graduating class of St. Rita's Hospital on July 26th, 1979 and a paper delivered at the V.O.N. anniversary banquet on April 12th, 1980.

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