Collection P129 - Philip Harry Scowen collection

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Philip Harry Scowen collection

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  • 1794-[1997?] (Creation)

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10 textual records. - 4 maps. - 31 pictures. - 17 postcards. - 6 photographs.

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Philip Harry Scowen was born in Ipswich England on September 13, 1906. In 1909, Philip's parents (Herbert H. and Cordelia) brought the family to Canada. In 1930 he married Eulah Annis Reed. They had three children, son Reed, daughter Lee (Campione) and son Philip. Mr. Scowen's first job was as a factory hand at the Brompton Pulp and Paper Company. Over the years he rose through the ranks to become the company's general manager. In the early sixties he left Brompton Pulp and Paper, to found his own company, Perkins Paper Products. From 1946 to 1967, Mr. Scowen served on the executive Committee for the corporation of Bishop's University. In 1961 the chancellor conferred the D.C.L. on him in recognition of his services to Bishop's. He had a love for the history of the Eastern Townships; he collected and donated to the library, a large number of books and historical documents on the Townships. Furthermore, he co-authored, with Charles de Volpi, a book on the history of the Eastern Townships, featuring many rare prints of the region. Philip Harry Scowen passed away in 1989.

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The collection contains source material on the Eastern Townships, the Province of Lower Canada, the British American Land Company, St. George's Club and the Lake Massawippi area from 1794 to about 1997. It consists of 4 maps, 31 pictures (reprints) of Eastern townships and Lower Canada scenes, 1 deed of conveyance, 1 list of unsold land and 1 list of members, 6 photographs, 17 postcards, a few brochures, and 2 programmes for plays. The collection is comprised of the following series: British American Land Company (1836-1842), St. George's Club (1963), Maps (1794-1905), Reprints (1865-1881), Deed of Conveyance (1933), and Lake Massawippi and North Hatley ([192-?]-[1997?]).

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Researchers may also consult the Philip Harry Scowen fonds (MG 092) at Bishop's University Archives.

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The documents were donated in four accessions (2000, before 2004, 2007, 2010, 2014) by Philip Scowen, Philip Harry Scowen's son.
The documents are in English.

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28 janvier, 2016

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