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Accession Number: 89-1010


Charles Vincent Massey fonds. -- 1922-1967. -- 1 folder.

Biography / History

Charles Vincent Massey was born in Toronto on February 20, 1887. Grandson to Hart Massey who developed the farm-implement company to an international corporation. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Balliol College, Oxford, England. He was a lecturer at Victoria College, University of Toronto, in history from 1913 to 1915. He joined the army and served as staff officer in Canada and eventually worked for the war committee of the Cabinet. He was President of the Massey-Harris Co. from 1921 to 1925. At this point he joined Prime Minister Mackenzie-King's Cabinet. From 1926 to 1930 he was Canada's first minister to the United States. He became High Commissioner to Britain from 1935 to 1946. After World War II, the Prime Minister placed Vincent Massey in charge of the Royal Commission on the National Development in the Arts, Letters and Sciences. In his 1951 report he recommended the establishment of the Canada Council which became a reality in 1957. In 1952 Vincent Massey became Canada's first Canadian-born Governor General. He retired in 1959. Charles Vincent Massey died in London, England on December 30, 1967. (Taken from: "The Canadian Encyclopedia." Edmonton: Hurtig Publishers, 1985.)

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Scope and Content

This fonds consists of manuscripts of three poems by Wilson MacDonald: "The Song of the Undertow", "A Song to the Valiant", and "Graduation Day". There are ten pages of play titles with short critiques and names of publishers. Also included in the fonds are two letters from A. Maclaren giving lists of plays and authors, dated 1922 which are addressed to Vincent Massey.


Title based on creator of fonds.

This fonds was donated by an unknown source.

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Associated material located at the Public Archives of Canada and the Archives of Ontario in Toronto.

For related records see: 75-1031, 75-1032, 77-024 and 89-1008.

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