Fonds F 126 - Alexander Albert MacLeod fonds

Title and statement of responsibility area

Title proper

Alexander Albert MacLeod fonds

General material designation

Parallel title

Other title information

Title statements of responsibility

Title notes

Level of description

Fonds

Repository

Reference code

CA ON00009 F 126

Edition area

Edition statement

Edition statement of responsibility

Class of material specific details area

Statement of scale (cartographic)

Statement of projection (cartographic)

Statement of coordinates (cartographic)

Statement of scale (architectural)

Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)

Dates of creation area

Date(s)

  • 1929-1980 (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

1.2 metres of textual records
206 photographs
16 drawings

Publisher's series area

Title proper of publisher's series

Parallel titles of publisher's series

Other title information of publisher's series

Statement of responsibility relating to publisher's series

Numbering within publisher's series

Note on publisher's series

Archival description area

Name of creator

(1902-1970)

Biographical history

Alexander Albert MacLeod (1902-1970) was a steelworker, soldier, politician, and human rights advocate active in Ontario.

He was born in Black Rock, Nova Scotia, and in his early teens went to work in the Sydney Mines steel plant. At the outbreak of World War I, he enlisted and served with the 185th Battalion Cape Breton Highlanders. After the war, he resumed his work in the steel plant, and later worked at the company's munitions plant at Trenton, Nova Scotia. He attended public school at Sydney Mines and King's Collegiate, in Windsor, Nova Scotia.

MacLeod later moved to Chicago and edited various left-wing journals. When the civil war in Spain began, he returned to Canada and spent much of his time raising funds and support for the anti- fascist cause. He was involved in the founding of the Canadian Committee to Aid Spanish Democracy, and in September of 1936 he led the Canadian delegation at the Collective Security Congress in Brussels. In 1937 he organized a campaign to send medical relief to China.

He was elected as a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly for Toronto Bellwoods in 1943, and served as the Labour-Progressive member for that riding until 1951.

MacLeod was closely associated with the Communist Party of Canada until he quit at the time of the Soviet suppression of the Hungarian uprising in 1956. He also was involved in the establishment of the Human Rights Commission. MacLeod also worked for Education Minister William Davis on several subjects concerning Canadian history.

Custodial history

Scope and content

Fonds consists of records arising from MacLeod's political and advocacy activities, including correspondence, Legislative Assembly notes, speeches, press releases, biographical material, and printed material. Materials in this fonds relate to various activities, topics and organizations, including: the Toronto-Bellwoods riding, the Atlantic Provinces Economic Council, the Canadian League for Peace and Democracy, the Civil Rights Union, the League for Democratic Rights, the Cooperative Commonwealth Federation, the Ontario Department of Education, various subjects in Canadian history, mining, the Ontario Human Rights Commission, the National Council for Canadian-Soviet Friendships, and the Trades and Labour Congress of Canada.

Fonds also includes photographs of MacLeod family members, Norman Bethune, areas of China and Russia, and of the Spanish Civil War.

Also included are drawings done by children evacuated during the Spanish Civil War.

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:
http://ao.minisisinc.com/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/PROV/PROV/REFD+F+126?SESSIONSEARCH

Notes area

Physical condition

Immediate source of acquisition

Fonds was donated to the Archives of Ontario in 1985 by Mrs. Virginia MacLeod.

Arrangement

Language of material

Script of material

Location of originals

Availability of other formats

Restrictions on access

No restrictions on access.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Copyright for some of the photographic portion of this fonds has expired, and some photographs can be reproduced and/or published. Copyright for other portions of this fonds rests with the creator. These materials cannot be published without permission from the copyright holder.

Finding aids

For a more detailed description, use this link to the Archives of Ontario's descriptive database:
http://ao.minisisinc.com/scripts/mwimain.dll/144/PROV/PROV/REFD+F+126?SESSIONSEARCH

Associated materials

Related materials

Accruals

General note

Title based on content of fonds. Alexander A. MacLeod is not to be confused with Captain Alexander McLeod, who was Deputy Sheriff of Niagara in the nineteenth century, and whose records are also available at the Archives of Ontario.

General note

Alexander A. MacLeod is not to be confused with Captain Alexander McLeod, who was Deputy Sheriff of Niagara in the nineteenth century, and whose records are also available at the Archives of Ontario.

Alternative identifier(s)

Standard number area

Standard number

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Control area

Description record identifier

Institution identifier

Rules or conventions

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation, revision and deletion

Rev. Apr/12.

Language of description

Script of description

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related places

Related genres