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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 31 to 39 of 39 from your search: MacLean, Sinclair family

Letter from Kenneth G. MacKenzie, New York City

Date: 27 January 1896

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 498


Invoice, Haszard & Moore, Charlottetown, PEI

Date: 31 December 1900

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 523


"Clan Maclean Association" leaflet

Date: May 1901

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 551


Letter from Archibald Sinclair, Glasgow

Date: 29 March 1875

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 578


Memorandum — Subscribers to Rev. A.M. Sinclair, Maclean Bards, Vol. 1

Date: 6 July 1898

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 582


Christmas postcard from Charlotte Cameron, Minnesota

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 596


Canadian Contributions to Gaelic Literature

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 627


"A new collection of Gaelic Songs"

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 628


Letter from Rev. R. MacGillivray, Arisaig

Date: 27 March 1892

Reference: MacLean, Sinclair family  Nova Scotia Archives MG 1, vol. 2660, no. 256


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