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Date Range
[1910-1960]
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records primarily reflect McDonell’s time as a Fisheries Inspector and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, tax records and photographs. This series also includes records collected by McDonell, which pertain to his son, John Donald McDonell. These records include photographs and c…
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
S1
Accession No.
1984.3
1990.105
2009.22
2017.46
2017.5
Physical Description
11 b&w photographs
12.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1910-1960]
History / Biographical
Alexander Roy McDonell (Jr.) was born in Orillia, Ontarion on January 2nd, 1885, to parents Alexander Roy McDonell (Sr.) and Catherine Campbell. While McDonell first worked as a teacher in Ontario, he decided to move west to pursue other career options, moving to Hazelton, B.C., around 1910. Once in Hazelton, McDonell played for the Hazelton Hockey Team (1912-1913) and coached the Hazelton Baseball Team (1913), while also working as a timekeeper for the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway near Hazelton. He later pursued work as a prospector, working in the Rocher de Boule Mine. He returned to Ontario briefly to marry his fiancée, Nellie Geneveive Cavanagh (born January 4, 1886) and together they moved back to Hazelton, B.C. On August 21, 1921, their son John (aka Jack) Donald McDonell was born. On June 8, 1923, the McDonells prematurely lost their daughter, May Geneveive McDonell, one day after her birth. Nellie passed away shortly after, leaving Roy to raise his then two-year old son, John. Thus, McDonell asked his sister, Margaret, a music teacher, to move to Hazelton to help care for his son. Roy McDonell was heavily involved in the local sports teams, coaching hockey teams and umpiring baseball games. He also worked as a fisheries inspector for the Department of Fisheries in Smithers, B.C. until his retirement around 1948. In May 16, 1943, McDonell’s son, John, was killed in a flying accident while serving as a pilot for the Royal Canadian Air Force (R.C.A.F.) in Scotland. On January 1, 1963, McDonell passed away in Smithers, B.C.
Scope and Content
Records primarily reflect McDonell’s time as a Fisheries Inspector and include correspondence, newspaper clippings, receipts, tax records and photographs. This series also includes records collected by McDonell, which pertain to his son, John Donald McDonell. These records include photographs and correspondence. Photographs depict Roy and John together, John in the R.C.A.F. and John’s funeral and grave.
Arrangement
Files 10 and 11 held numerous receipts kept by Roy McDonell. Considering the repetition of purchases and volume of such records, a sample of was taken and the rest destroyed. As well, files 10 and 11 contain tax records related to properties held in Mary McDonell’s name. However, these are arranged under Roy McDonell as the records seem to have been collected and held by him.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1912-1954]
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Records were collected by Mary McDonell and reflect her career as a teacher and time in the Naval Service. Records include University and Department of Education certificates, Smithers Cemetery deed of land, certificate of service and photographs.
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Series
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
S2
Accession No.
2017.5
Physical Description
1 b&w photograph
2.5 cm of textual records
Date Range
[1912-1954]
History / Biographical
Mariam (Mary) Uriel McDonell was born in Orillia, Ontario on February 18, 1896, to parents Alexander Roy McDonell (Sr.) and Catherine Campbell. She received a B.A. at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, and taught primarily in Saskatchewan, specializing in Commercial Work. She would frequently accompany and travel with her brother, Alexander Roy, on fishing trips in the summer. McDonell served in the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service from 1943 to 1945. She permanently moved to British Columbia in 1955. Mary passed away in Smithers, B.C., on November 17, 1979.
Scope and Content
Records were collected by Mary McDonell and reflect her career as a teacher and time in the Naval Service. Records include University and Department of Education certificates, Smithers Cemetery deed of land, certificate of service and photographs.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
[1910-1960]
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily consists of records created and collected by Alexander Roy McDonell (Jr.) and Mariam Uriel McDonell. Records include newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, correspondence and financial records, primarily tax records.
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Fonds
GMD
graphic material
textual record
Fonds No.
PF12
Accession No.
1984.3
1990.105
2009.22
2017.46
2017.5
Physical Description
15 cm of textual records
17 postcards
825 b&w photographs
Date Range
[1910-1960]
History / Biographical
The McDonell Family consisted of ten members, including parents Alexander Roy McDonell and Catherine Campbell and siblings Mariam Uriel, James John, John Joseph, Alexander Roy, Donald Chesholm, Kenneth Andrew, Margaret Mary and Norman Vincent.
Custodial History
Before the records came to Joan Sandilands, Mary Uriel McDonell (the last surviving member of eight siblings) kept all records related to the family. When she passed away in 1979, Josephine Marie McDonell (daughter of John Joseph McDonell) inherited the records until her death in 2004, which then given to Joan Sandilands (the daughter of a cousin of Josephine). Records were donated to the Archives on January 25, 2017 by Joan Sandilands, the daughter of a cousin of Josephine’s.
Scope and Content
Fonds primarily consists of records created and collected by Alexander Roy McDonell (Jr.) and Mariam Uriel McDonell. Records include newspaper clippings, photographs, postcards, correspondence and financial records, primarily tax records.
Arrangement
No original order exists, and records have been artificially arranged.
Type of Record
Archival Description
Date Range
May 23, 1943
Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Scope and Content
Item is a letter from group captain J. W. Colquhoun to Roy McDonell, offering his condolences regarding the accidental death of Roy's son, John.
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Collection
McDonell Family fonds
Description Level
Item
GMD
textual record
Name Access
John Donald McDonell
Fonds No.
PF12
Series No.
S1
File No.
File 3
Item No.
2017.5.1
Accession No.
2017.5
Physical Description
1 cm of textual records
Scan Resolution
300 dpi
Date Range
May 23, 1943
Scope and Content
Item is a letter from group captain J. W. Colquhoun to Roy McDonell, offering his condolences regarding the accidental death of Roy's son, John.
Type of Record
Archival Description
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