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A.E. McKenzie fonds
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39 cm textual records
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A.E. McKenzie was born in Wilcox Lake, Ontario in 1870 to F.B. and Maria (Carley)McKenzie. His family came to Manitoba in 1883. He was educated in Brandon, Manitoba and graduated from the Collegiate Institute at age 21. In 1902, McKenzie married Laura Bell. Together they had two daughters, Marjorie Bell and Kathleen. Throughout his life in Brandon, Mr. McKenzie was the principal figure in the A.E. McKenzie Seed Co. Ltd. Mr. McKenzie was very involved in the life of Brandon College. For many years he was a member of its Board of Directors. In 1931, McKenzie organized the Brandon Board of Trade to help save Brandon College when the Baptist Union of Western Canada threatened to withdraw its financial support of the College. When the Baptist Union did withdraw its support in 1937, Mr. Mckenzie's personal and financial interventions saved the College from failure.In 1941, Mr. McKenzie received an honorary L.L.D. from the University of Manitoba. Mr. McKenzie died at the age of 94 on September 25, 1964.
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The records in this fonds were transfered to the S.J. McKee Archives by the President's Office of Brandon University in 1981 as part the administrative records of Brandon College (RG1 MG1).
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A.E. McKenzie's records in the Brandon College collection provide an important perspective on College development.The bulk of this collection contains records from 1940 to 1960. There is correspondence between McKenzie and various individuals regarding College and Board of Director business. There are Brandon College financial statements and letters regarding the A.E. McKenzie Foundation. Fonds also contains newspaper clippings, pamphlets and lists of names of members of various Brandon organizations, correspondence regarding building expansion in the 1940's and minutes of Board of Director meetings. There are also several photographs.
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An item level inventory for this fonds is available from the McKee Archives as part of RG1 MG1.
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Related material: Further information regarding Brandon College Inc., the McKenzie Foundation and the involvment of A.E. McKenzie and the McKenzie Company with Brandon College can be found in the A.E. McKenzie Company fonds (RG3McS).
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