Fonds MG 598 - Ross Family Autograph Album

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Ross Family Autograph Album

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MG 598

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  • [ca. 187-?] – 1981 (inclusive); [187-?]-1915 (predominant). (Creation)

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5 cm of textual records. Album: 110 pages, approximately 362 autographs; 5 letters; clippings and ephemera.

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This album was initiated Jessie Flora Ross (1839-1937) and maintained by three generations of the Ross family. Some of the entries have specific references to Donald, her son; it is his name in the frontispiece. Toward the end of her life, Jessie Ross resided with her son, Donald Aynsley Ross. With the death of both his siblings, the album was passed first to Donald Aynsley Ross and his wife, Maude Elizabeth Dwight (1880-1966); then to their son Arthur Dwight Ross (18 March 1907-22 September 1981) and daughter-in-law, Marguerite Wynn (31 December 1908-16 April 2003); and finally to their two daughters, Susan Wynn Ross and Nancy Alice Ross.

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This album contains over 360 autographs from prominent individuals of the time, including six Prime Ministers (all those who served between 1878-1911); eight Governors-General; 25 cabinet ministers; and over 100 members of parliament, predominantly those who served in the first 10 parliaments [first sitting date to dissolution] between 1867 and 1905. Other individuals of achievement and/or fame in various fields are also represented: scientists; public officials from other countries; diplomats; religious leaders; those in the performing arts. Uniquely, the album also contains several signatures from members of the Royal Family: extremely rare in an album of this kind.

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The album and several of the documents within it are fragile. Additionally, some items have been glued or taped to the album pages.

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Access to the originals may be limited to help ensure their preservation. Digital or other surrogates will be provided.

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