Fonds IN-7 - John MacKay Papers

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John MacKay Papers

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  • 1916 - 1940 (Creation)
    MacKay, John

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48 cm of textual records.

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Biographical history

John MacKay (1870-1938) served as the principal of Manitoba College and taught in the theology department from 1920 until his death in 1938.

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In 1982, the University of Winnipeg Archives acquired the papers. No other record of its custodial history was retained.

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The papers are arranged into three series, which include correspondence, publications and examinations. The correspondence primarily relates to MacKay’s work as principal of Manitoba College. The correspondence series has been arranged either alphabetically according to the sender’s last name, or chronologically, and includes both incoming and outgoing correspondence from 1916 to 1940. The correspondence series consists of five sub-series, which includes correspondence related to Manitoba College’s faculty, business, general and MacKay’s personal correspondence 1919-1939; correspondence with and about students 1919-1938; miscellaneous correspondence 1919-1940; correspondence about the Carnegie Foundation 1925-1933; and correspondence related to the Christian and War Emergency Educational Funds 1916-1921.
The first sub-series contains correspondence related to a variety of matters, including discussions on faculty appointments and concerns, the finances of Manitoba College, student concerns and admittance, staff and student recommendations, the union of Methodist, Presbyterian and other Protestant denominations into the United Church, and the union of Wesley College and Manitoba College. The second sub-series consists of correspondence with and about students, and includes discussion on enrollment, references, missionary work, and the theology department. The third sub-series contains miscellaneous correspondence that largely overlaps with the previous two sub-series. The content of the correspondence includes financial records, curriculum, reports and histories on colleges and churches in Manitoba, reports and correspondence with churches, Manitoba College Senate meeting minutes, reports on immigration, and discussion on ministerial work. The fourth sub-series contains Manitoba College financial records, discussions about the College's affiliation with the University of Manitoba, and grant requests to the Carnegie Foundation. The fifth sub-series contains correspondence related to the Christian and War Emergency Educational Fund, and includes fundraising, and correspondence with the federal Department of Soldiers’ Civil Re-Establishment (which occupied Manitoba College during the First World War).
The second series consists of various publications and addresses written by MacKay from 1919-1940, which mainly relate to Christian theology and the First World War. It includes “Canada’s Attitude to War and Armaments,” “The Manifesto of Altruism: The Answer to the Challenge of Russia,” “Brass Tacks on the Peace Question,” “Modernism,” “The Changing Map of Canada,” “British Israel,” and “Corpus Christie.” The series also includes correspondence about his publication sales.
The third series contains examination questions from the theological department from 1936 to 1938.

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No record of the papers original order was created. The papers were likely arranged alphabetically, chronologically and according to perceived subject matter.

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  • English

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There are no restrictions on access.

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Researchers are permitted to photocopy and publish in accordance with standard copyright procedures.

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A hard copy finding aid is available in the Archives Reading Room.

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August 8, 2012

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