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Eastern Townships Resource Centre Textual Records collection
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Volunteer Militia

The subseries contains primary source information on the volunteer militia units in the Eastern Townships from 1888 to 1895. It consists of a logbook used during the military camps held at different locations in the Townships, which includes lists of those responsible for specific duties during the camp as well as notes on activities.

Diary of a Canadian Teacher

The file consists of the diary of a young teacher named Mabel during the time of the settlements in the Eastern Townships. The diary is titled "Leaves from the Diary of a Canadian Teacher in 1836". It follows the twelve weeks period in which Mabel travels to a town or village to be a teacher (maybe Bondville, Knowlton). It contains information on everyday life, such as the way the houses were built in that area, the accommodations where Mabel was boarding, the type of food she ate and the way religion was celebrated and perceived by some. The author also gives information on many families such as the Furniss', the Burtons, the Carnes, the Murrays and the Wests. She also speaks of a Mr. Gardner, who is later arrested and thrown in the Sherbrooke jail and of a "brother Clifton" who owns a small grist mill. There is also a passage on the economy of the region, in which Mabel explains the process of making "Salts" (a.k.a. potash and pearlash). She mentions some of her students and their academic background, but all in all, there is little information on school life.

Writings

The sub-series consists of writings that inform about everyday life in the Eastern Townships. It contains the following files : Diary of a Canadian Teacher (1836), Reminiscent and Otherwise by Dr. George McAleer (1901), and Reminiscenses of Student Life and Practice by E.D. Worthington (1897).

Theatre

The subseries contains source material on theatre in the Eastern Townships from approximately the late 19th century to 1912. It contains the following files: Programmes and Advertisements (1912-1954, 2005), and Plays and Skits ([189-?]).

Programmes and Advertisements

The file consists of five theatre programmes and two advertisements: MM. P. Paul-Marcel, 2-4 September 1912, at His Majesty's Theatre, Sherbrooke; posters for "Too Much Married", by the West Brome Dramatic Club; "Not Guilty" and "Silent Woman !", Town Hall, Lennoxville, by the Boston Comedy Company; a programme for "Quality Street" presented by the Sherbrooke High School in 1943; a programme for "Captain Applejack" presented by the Sherbrooke High School; a programme for "Merrie England" presented by the Sher-Lenn Operatic & Choral Society; and the summer 2005 programme for Townships Stage, performed at The Piggery Theatre.

Forests and Clearings

The file contains a thoroughly annotated version of B.F. Hubbard's "Forests and Clearings," by Walter F. Beattie with additional family information and updated histories pertaining the Stanstead County area. The volume also includes original photographs of: Albert L. Knight, P.B. Wilcox, Abel Johnson, Wilder Pierce, Benjamin Pomeroy

Joseph R. Ball family

The file consists of a book of poems by Joseph Rice Ball and Lillian Stuart Ball, titled "Greetings from Mapleside", which also includes photographs, from around 1900 and a custom Christmas greeting card from Henry S. Ball, dated 1907. Mapleside was the Ball family property in Waterville.

Businesses

The subseries contains source material on business in the Eastern Townships from 1830 to around 1940. It is comprised of the following files: Joseph Edwin George General Store (1900-1913), Boynton Store (1830), Megantic General Store (1893-1897), J. Selby (1862-1864), John McCammon General Store (1890-[1938?]), Gleason's Shorthand and Business College (1913), Charmeuse Hosiery ([194-?]), Vilas Furniture Company ([196-?]), and James A. Barrie (1911).

Industry

The subseries contains source material on the development of industries in the Eastern Townships copied approximately in the 1980s. It is comprised of the following files: Sherbrooke Cotton Factory ([photocopied 198-?]), and Magog Manufacturing Company ([photocopied 1983]).

Students Related Materials

The file consists of a catalogue of the officers and students from Stanstead Seminary (now Stanstead College), for 1841-1842; one manuscript school notebook dated 1854; a poem, dated April 1900; an autograph book, dated 1924; and a baccalaureate programme, dated 1926. The poem, called "Vive Montjoie", is by Dolor Biron, a philosophy student at the Séminaire Saint-Charles Borromée of Sherbrooke. The file provides information on geology, geography, religion, and literature as school subjects. The autograph book provides information on Florence Mead's time as a student at Macdonald College, School for Teachers, including entries from numerous students from the Eastern Townships, lesson plan assignments, observation lessons and a timetable. The programme is for the Sherbrooke High School baccalaureate service held at Plymouth Church in Sherbrooke.

Education

The series contains source material on education in the Eastern Townships from 1839 to 1998. It contains the following subseries: School Accountancy (1830-1914), Supervision(1830-1904), Students (1842-1998), Associations (1917-1965), Professors (1998), and Buildings and property (1953).

Students

The subseries contains source material regarding students from various educational institutions throughout the Eastern Townships from 1854 to 1998. It contains the following files: Examination Reports (1909-1936), Students Related Material (1854-1923), Leisure Occupations (1973-1998), Student's Council of Lennoxville High School (1935), and School Newspapers (1986-1994).

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