Fonds F59 - Laura McLelland fonds

Graduation Class Five nurses on graduation platform Nurse on graduation day Five nurses at graduation exercises Guelph General Hospital graduation dance Millred Terry Two nurses at graduation Five women seated at 8 Durham street Group of unidentified women in uniform Portrait of an unidentified nurse graduate Portrait of an unidentified nurse graduate Train wreck Train wreck Train wreck Two unidentified nurses Portrait of an unidentified nurse graduate The Square Aerial view Guelph, Ontario Guelph parade Guelph parade
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Laura McLelland fonds

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CA ON00126 F59

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  • [193-?] – [196-], 1978, [198-], 2006 (Creation)
    McLelland, Laura

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ca. 79 photographs : b&w and col.
5 postcards : b&w and col.
ca. 2 cm of textual materials

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Laura McLelland was born in 1916 and died in 2009. She was raised in West Garafraxa, and for a time, lived in Elora before moving to Guelph where she lived at 8 Durham St. Laura McLelland worked at Colonial Dresses on Dublin St until it closed. She also worked briefly in Toronto, but returned to Guelph to work with Raven Knit on Fountain St. While she lived on Durham Street she rented the top floor of her home to nurses and university students. Laura McLelland also organized a nurse’s reunion and a reunion for employees of Colonial Dresses. Laura McLelland had an interest in local history. She never married.

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These records were held by Laura McLelland until her death in 2009. Later that year her estate donated these records to the Guelph Public Library Archives.

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Fonds consists of photographs and textual records created and or accumulated by Laura McLelland documenting her interests in local history. Included are photographs of graduates from the Guelph General Hospital School of Nursing participating in graduation ceremonies and social events. Other photographs are of a parade in downtown Guelph, a train wreck in Galt, Ontario, and employees of Colonial Dresses Limited. The bulk of the textual records consist of newspaper clippings relating to graduates of the Guelph General Hospital School of Nursing. Included is a program for graduating exercises and brief notes related to the history of Colonial Dresses limited.

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Loose photographs in this fonds have been separated for conservation reasons.

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Digital reference copies are available for some of the photographs in this fonds.

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Access to these records is restricted for conservation reasons. Please contact the Guelph Public Library archivist to gain access to these records.

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Donor-held copyright in these records has been transferred to the Guelph Public Library. Permission of the Guelph Public Library is required for publication.

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Additional accruals were received from the following accession 2009-11.

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