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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 16 to 30 of 39 from your search: MacLean, Sinclair family

Letter from Rev. J.A. MacLellan

Date: 31 May 1905

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 193


Letter from D.C. Fraser, Ottawa, Ont.

Date: 7 August 1899

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 206


Letter from J.G. MacKinnon, Sydney

Date: 12 December 1899

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 209


Letter from D. MacGillivray, Manse of Petty, Inverness, Scotland

Date: 25 May 1906

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 235


"Oran do na 'Lovat's Scouts'"

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 257


Untitled Poem

Date: 13 February 1903

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 275


Letter from Murdoch MacIntyre, West Bay, Cape Breton

Date: 1 March 1886

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 283


Letter from Jessie N. MacLachlan

Date: 20 October 1902

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 290


Letter from Alexander MacDonald, Antigonish

Date: 9 January 1901

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 326


Letter from Donald McMillan, Lake Ainslie

Date: 22 January 1891

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 340


Letter from C.R. Morison, Isle of Mull

Date: 5 July 1894

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 398a


"Oran"

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 427


Letter from D.D. McDonald, Alexandria, Ontario

Date: 9 March 1906

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 428


Gaelic song, "Aighean Don Nau Gobnai"

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 429


Letter from James Allan McMillan

Date: 28 June 1904

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 432


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