Collection AC06 - Raymond Hart Massey Collection

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Raymond Hart Massey Collection

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  • Textual record
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CA ON00416 AC06

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  • [1861, 1865], 1910s, 1932, 1938-1940 1953-1955, 1963-1964, 1971, 1973, 1976, 1981-1985 (Creation)
    Creator
    Massey, Raymond Hart

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3.6 cm of textual material.
2 sketches
6 b&w photographs
4 award bowls

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(1896-1983)

Biographical history

Raymond Hart Massey was born August 30, 1896 in Toronto, Ontario to Anna (nee Vincent) and Chester Daniel Massey, owner of Massey-Harris Tractor Company. His older brother was Vincent Massey, a Canadian lawyer and diplomat who became the first Canadian-born Governor General of Canada. Raymond briefly attended the Preparatory School at Upper Canada College before coming to Appleby School (now College) from 1911-1914. While at Appleby, Raymond was Head Prefect, played on the First Rugby, Hockey, and Cricket teams and performed in the Appleby Dramatic Club’s productions. Raymond went on to attend the University of Toronto but his education was interrupted by his service in the Great War; he served in the Canadian Field Artillery, where he rose to the rank of Captain. At the end of the war, Raymond attended Oxford University. Raymond is among the first Canadian-born actors to attain international stardom and is best remembered for this portrayal of Abraham Lincoln in both the stage and film versions of Robert Sherwood’s Abe Lincoln in Illinois; his popular movies include The Scarlet Pimpernel, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Arsenic and Old Lace, Things to Come, and East of Eden. Raymond received 7 honourary doctorates from universities in Canada and the United States and attributed his former Appleby master Vernon Harcourt de Butts Powell for his love of drama. Raymond Massey died on July 29, 1983.

Custodial history

Raymond bequeathed part of his library and a selection of memorabilia pertaining to his performance as Abraham Lincoln to Appleby College on May 9, 1984.

Scope and content

Collection consists of material pertaining to Raymond’s portrayal of Abraham Lincoln on stage and film and includes photographs of Abraham Lincoln, sketches of Raymond as Lincoln, framed playbill on the night of Lincoln’s assassination, framed republican national ticket for president Lincoln, TV Guide awards for Raymond’s performance in "Tyger, Tyger" and "Dr. Kildare", and correspondence.

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Open

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  • English

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