Fonds MG 600 - Lorne and Mabel Connell Family fonds

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Lorne and Mabel Connell Family fonds

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MG 600

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  • nd, 1942-1979 (inclusive); 1951-1965 (predominant) (Creation)

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45.72 cm of textual records, 19 photographs, 1 audio cassette, library, memorabilia and artifacts; plus oversize.

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James Lorne Connell (1894-1965) was born in Manitoba; he enlisted in the CEF on 24 November 1915 (he was a dental student at the time). He married fellow dental student Mabel Gertrude Killins (1894-1963); they settled in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Both continued to practice dentistry; and they had two children, a son, George Edward Connell (1930-2015); and a daughter, Mary Louise Hose (d. 2 July 2001). Mabel Connell served for a time on the Board of Broadcast Governors.

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This fonds contains correspondence and photographs sent to members of the Connell family by John Diefenbaker (or his staff), Edna Diefenbaker and Olive Diefenbaker, together with material collected by the Connell family during elections and national conventions. Documents sent to Lorne and Mabel Connell passed to the custody of their daughter, Mary Louise; her husband, Ian Hose, was the direct recipient of some correspondence and donated all of the items some years following Mary Louise’s death.

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This fonds contains materials relating to John Diefenbaker’s political career and personal friendship with the Connells; and in particular, reflects Diefenbaker’s career following his election as leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada, and his constituency of Prince Albert.

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This fonds has been organized into five series:
I. Personal
II. Subject-Nominal
III. Memorabilia
IV. Library
V. Artifacts

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