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The Maclean, Sinclair family fonds, acquired by Nova Scotia Archives in 1953, was described then as "the finest collection of original Gaelic material in Canada." It remains today as one of the country's most significant archival resources for the study of Gaelic literature, music, oral history, folklore and tradition; and the move to capture and preserve these fragile elements of Scottish cultural heritage, as it existed around the turn of the last century.

The items presented below have been selected as evidence of the role played by Alexander Maclean Sinclair in this cultural renaissance. His geographic location-perched on the remote eastern edge of North America between the New World and the Old — mirrored his pivotal role in communicating, sharing, publishing and promoting all things Gaelic.

Many of the cultural themes and trends captured in the image selection below are addressed in greater detail in Michael Linkletter's article, "The Alexander Maclean Sinclair Papers in Nova Scotia Archives ." For researchers interested in exploring this archival collection further, we've also provided a formal archival description, and a browsable list for that part of the holding containing Sinclair's personal correspondence.

Results 1 to 15 of 39 from your search: MacLean, Sinclair family

Letter from J. G. MacKinnon, Sydney

Date: 5 October 1903

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 17


Letter from Alex MacDonald, Antigonish, NS.

Date: 29 March 1899

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 23


Letter from R. M'Gillivray, Arisaig

Date: 4 March 1886

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 30


"Dhardaicheadh ar cis"

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 30b


Alexander Carmichael, Edinburgh to Rev. A. MacLean Sinclair, Belfast, PEI.

Date: 6 December 1898

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 54


Kegan Paul Trench Trubber and Co., Ltd., London, U.K. to Rev. A. MacLean Sinclair, PEI.

Date: 9 March 1895

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 85


Letter from Alex MacDonald, Antigonish

Date: 24 October 1900

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 88


Letter from Alex MacDonald, Antigonish

Date: 5 June 1902

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 88a


Letter from Alex MacDonald, Mabou Harbour Mouth

Date: 1 July 1902

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 89


Letter from Angus Cameron, St. Mary's, Richmond County

Date: 30 July 1902

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 94


Letter from M. McLeod, Englishtown, CB.

Date: 24 October 1902

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 98


Marbhrann

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 98a


Letter from D.J. McNeacail, Halifax

Date: 30 March 1905

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 103


Letter from J. MacKinnon, Sydney, Cape Breton

Date: 10 January 1902

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 104


Christmas card from D.C. Fraser

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 181


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