Fonds MG 53 - Ottawa Literary and Scientific Society fonds

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Ottawa Literary and Scientific Society fonds

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CA ON00075 MG 53

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  • 1864-1908 (Creation)

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50 cm of textual records

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The Ottawa Literary and Scientific Society was formed in 1869 through the amalgamation of the Natural History Society of Ottawa (1863) and the Ottawa Mechanics Institute (first formed 1847 and reformed 1856 after breaks and name changes). The club was disbanded in 1907, largely because of competition from the Ottawa Field Naturalist's Club (1879) and greater public access to information with the opening of the Ottawa Carnegie Library in 1906.

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Fonds was originally donated to the Ottawa Public Library, date unknown, before being transferred to the archives.

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Fonds consists of correspondence regarding guest appearances, society affairs, and donations (including an insect collection from Braddish Billings in 1871), annual, librarian, and executive reports, account books, legal documents, a selection of receipts and cheques issued, applications and resignations, membership lists, published material including the proceedings of the first regular meeting of the Association of Mechanics Institutes of Ontario (1868), society programs, and lecture topics.

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Fonds was transferred from the Ottawa Public Library in 1984.


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