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S.J. McKee Papers

  • CA MCK RG 1 MG1 1.1 McKee
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1937

S.J. McKee's files are very unique. He has records detailing many aspects from Rapid City Academy and the desire for educating the West. He has a lengthy document entitled "The Beginning of our Educational Work in the West" in the collection. It details the creation of Prairie College, its demise, and the building of the Rapid City Academy. There is a lot of correspondence, not just to and from S.J. McKee, but to and from his children as well. There are Land Titles papers, Mortgages, Last Will and Testaments, and various other legal documents dealing with the McKee family. There is a ninety page paper that his son, Carey, wrote in 1915 entitled "Immigrants and Their Assimilation". There are several files dealing with Carey McKee, and also with the death of Mildred's husband, Robert Alexander Cunningham. The Minute Book of the Brandon College Literary Society from 1903 to 1905 is located at the moment in the McKee files. McKee also kept various newsclippings and certain issues of "The Western Baptist", "The Northwest Baptist" and "The Sunday School Times". As well, there are some used account and receipt books. His collection is extremely interesting in that McKee was really one of the founding fathers of Brandon College. The documentation that still exists with regards to Rapid City Academy is quite astounding, down to the legal agreement he and G.B. Davis made with Duncan L. McLaren regarding using some of his land to build the school on. His recollections on the beginnings of education in the west are clear and concise. As well, the sense of family and devotion to God are evident in almost all of the letters between family members.

S.J. McKee

Thomas H. McLeod Papers

  • Fonds
  • 1995

Thomas McLeod's collection consists of a paper written in 1995 entitled "S.J. McKee of Brandon College: A Biographical Note on a Man and an Institution." This paper is a brief history of Brandon College and S.J. McKee's role in the formation of it. Beginning with the foundation of the short-lived Canada Baptist College, as well as the foundation of the Canadian Literary Institute, McLeod traces the history of Baptists and higher education. The paper is a fairly good guide to researchers wanting to know a bit of the background behind Brandon College. The bibliography in the back also gives researchers several ideas on where to look for information.

Thomas H. McLeod