Fonds P219 - Andrew R. McMaster fonds

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Andrew R. McMaster fonds

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  • 1912-1937, [1983?], 2005 (Creation)

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0.4 l.m. of textual records.

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Andrew Ross McMaster was born the 6 November 1876 in Montreal to Captain John Andrew McMaster and his wife, Amelia. He was educated at Montreal High School, Montreal Collegiate Institute, McGill University and the University of Edinburgh, graduating with a law degree. He was admitted to the Quebec bar in 1901 and eventually was appointed the King’s Counsel in 1910. He also served as a school commissioner in Westmount. McMaster married Florence B. Walker (1877-1960) on 25 June 1902 and together they had 6 children: Frances Ross (1903-2002), Amelia Wilkes (1904-1990), Florence Walker (1906-1990), Margaret Mona (1908-1999), John Andrew (1911-1999), and Helen Leeming (b. 1916).

A.R. McMaster began his political in 1917, when he was elected as a Liberal to the House of Commons as the Member of Parliament for Brome, a position he held until 1925. In 1929, McMaster entered provincial politics as he was appointed Provincial Treasurer for the Louis-Alexandre Taschereau government. Shortly thereafter, he ran for the Quebec Liberal Party in the riding of Compton in 1929, which he won. In 1930, McMaster resigned from cabinet. He passed away on 27 April 1937 in Westmount, Quebec and is buried at the Mount Royal Cemetery.

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The fonds contains primary and secondary source information on the personal and political lives of Andrew Ross McMaster from 1912 to 1937, around 1983, and in 2005. It consists largely of scrapbooks containing correspondence and newspaper clippings. It also consists of a manuscript on the McMaster family history by Helen McMaster Paulin, written around 1983. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Professional Life (1912-1937, 2005), Personal Life ([1983?]).

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Bindings of scrapbooks are fragile. Some newspapers flaking.

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The fonds was donated by David M. Irvine, grandson of Andrew R. McMaster, in 2016.


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The fonds was processed and described by Jazmine Aldrich, archival technician, in 2018 courtesy of funding received from Canadian Heritage.

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Some newspaper clippings have been photocopied for preservation purposes

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