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Flora MacKinnon (left) and the Duke of Connaught, 1912
PA-3008-39

MacKinnon / Sage family fonds

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Table of Contents

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Series 1 Flora MacKinnon - Diaries. — 1957-1973
Series 2 Scanned Document Flora MacKinnon - Personal papers. — 1905-1967
Series 3 Flora MacKinnon - Family correspondence and papers. — 1910-1970, predominant 1955-1970
Series 4 Donald Sage - Personal papers and family correspondence. — 1931-1968
Series 5 Donald Sage - Second World War military activities. — 1943-1946
Series 6 Donald Sage - Post-war military activities. — 1946-1958
Series 7 Scanned Document Donald Sage - History of the Irish Fusiliers. — 1916-1963

Inventory

 

Series 1 Flora MacKinnon - Diaries. - 1957-1973. - 15 cm of textual records. - Flora Grace MacKinnon, 1891-1975, was born in Finch, Ontario, the daughter of Donald Patterson MacKinnon, 1848-1919, and Flora McLean, ?-1917.  She had five siblings, Jennie (Leitch), Mrs. K.M. Wiggens, Hugh D., John A., Christina , and Donalda (Sage).  The family moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1909.  Flora attended Central High School in Calgary, then trained as a teacher at the Calgary Normal School.  She completed her BA at the University of British Columbia in 1921. She began to teach school in Calgary in 1915 and continued until her retirement in June 1956.  She specialized in Social Studies (history), and was teaching at Western Canada High School when she retired. She loved to cook. - The series consists of diaries which Flora kept after her retirement as a teacher. The diary entries describe her daily activities, baking, calls and visits from friends and relatives, and her travels.
M-7699-1 Diaries. - 1957-1958. -3 volumes
M-7699-2 Diaries. - 1959-1960. - 2 volumes
M-7699-3 Diaries. - 1961-1963. - 4 volumes
M-7699-4 Diaries. - 1964-1967. - 4 volumes
M-7699-5 Diaries. - 1968-1970. - 4 volumes
M-7699-6 Diaries. - 1971-1972. - 3 volumes
M-7699-7 Diary. - 1973. - 1 volume
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Series 2 Flora MacKinnon - Personal papers. - 1905-1967. - 7 cm of textual records. - 101 photographs. - The series consists of a small amount of material about her early life and teaching career, tributes on her retirement, outlines of a proposed textbook she hoped to write, and a draft of her will. Includes photographs of the MacKinnon family and the Rockies.
M-7699-8 Miscellaneous personal papers. - 1908-1959. - Consists of a farewell from the citizens of Finch, Ontario when the MacKinnon family moved west to Alberta (1908); invititation to meet the Duke of Connaught (1912); Christmas cards from Calgary friends (ca. 1909-1920s); a postcard from her brother Hugh (1915); and miscellaneous postcards, lottery tickets, programs, calendar, etc. (ca. 1920s-1959).
PA-3008-(1-25, 27-31, 34-59) MacKinnon family photos. - 1906-1913. - 56 photographs. - Consists of photos, probably taken by Flora's father, D.P. MacKinnon, of the country west of Calgary, including mountain scenes, Kananaskis, Stoneys, Banff, and Exshaw. Also consists of photographs of D.P. MacKinnon in his office, the Duke of Connaught presenting Flora with a diploma in music, and various family members (almost all unidentified).
NB-45-(1-40) MacKinnon / Sage family photos. - [ca. 1905-1920]. - 40 negatives. - Consists of views of the D.P. MacKinnon family in Finch, Ontario before they moved to Calgary; views of the family and parades in Calgary; and views of the family in Vancouver. Some of the family photos have been scanned.  View now.
PB-734-(1-5) MacKinnon family and home. - [ca. 1908-1909]. - 5 photographs. - Consists of a photo of the family home in Finch, Ontario, before they moved to Calgary; and four formal portraits of the family taken by Calgary photographer MacGregor.
M-7699-9 Teaching-related certificates. - 1910-1957. - Consists of her Public School Teacher certificate (1910), graduation program when she finished her BA (1921), a high school inspector's report of her teaching skills (1947), and her Alberta Teachers' Association life membership (1957).
M-7699-10 Annotated social studies curricula and exams. - 1950-1960s
M-7699-11 Student notebook, assignment, and marks book. - [1950s]
M-7699-12 Tributes and newspaper articles on her retirement. - 1956
M-7699-13 "The Canadian Economy". - 1957-1958. - Consists of outlines and correspondence with a publisher about a proposed textbook to be written by Flora MacKinnon and her niece, Elizabeth Leitch, a prominent economist.
M-7699-14 Life membership certificate in the Women's Missionary Society of the Presbyterian Church. - 1964
M-7699-15 Handwritten draft of her will. - 1967
Series 3

Flora MacKinnon - Family correspondence and papers. - 1910-1970, predominant 1955-1970. - 15.5 cm of textual records. - 3 photograph. - The series consists of letters from, and personal papers about, the relatives described below:

Flora’s sister Jennie, 188?-1967, married John Strickland Leitch, 1882-?, in Calgary in 1910.  They had two children, Jeanne Elizabeth Leitch, known as Elizabeth, and John MacKinnon Leitch, ?-1970.  The family moved to Toronto.  Elizabeth, 1913-2001, became a well-known economist who worked for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, the United Nations, and the Ontario Economic Council.  She worked on two royal commissions, the Fowler Commission on broadcasting and the Bladen Commission on the automotive industry.

Flora’s sister Donalda, 1889-1981, known as Nelda, married Walter Noble Sage.  Walter Sage, 1888-1963, was born in London, Ontario and educated at the University of Toronto and Oxford University.  He taught at Calgary College, 1913-1914, then at Queen’s University, and finally at the University of British Columbia, 1918-1953. He was active in the United Empire Loyalists’ Association, Vancouver branch. The Sages had two children, Walter Donald MacKinnon Sage, known as Donald (see Series 4-7), and Flora Margaret (Hayward), known as Margaret.

Flora’s niece, Margaret Sage, 1919-  , was born in Vancouver, British Columbia.  She married Doug Hayward in 1956.  They spent a year in Sweden when Doug was a guest professor at Uppsala University.  Margaret was a social worker who specialized in reading therapy, and she taught at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University.

M-7699-16 Letters from Jen Leitch. - 1951, 1955-1960
M-7699-17 Letters from Jen Leitch. - 1961
M-7699-18 Letters from Jen Leitch. - 1962, 1964
M-7699-19 Letters from Jen Leitch. - 1965
M-7699-20 Letters from Jen Leitch. - 1966
M-7699-21 Jennie MacKinnon Leitch estate papers. - 1967. - Includes a copy of her will.
M-7699-22 Letters from Jack Leitch. - 1955-1970
M-7699-23 Jen and Jack Leitch miscellany. - 1910-1967. - Consists of an invitation to their wedding (1910); Christmas card from Jack at the University of Toronto (ca. 1916); article written by Jack about his surveying experiences (1966); and a church program re flowers placed in Jen's memory (1967).
NA-3897-(1-2) Wedding photos of Jennie MacKinnon and Jack Leitch. - December 29, 1910. - 2 photographs  View now.
M-7699-24 Letters from Elizabeth Leitch. - 1959-1969
M-7699-25 Articles about, and speech by, Elizabeth Leitch. - 1961-1963. - Consists of a speech on the Canadian economy by Elizabeth Leitch (1963), and newspaper and magazine articles about her career as an economist and member of Royal Commissions.
M-7699-26 Letters from Margaret Hayward. - 1961-1968. - Consists of letters primarily written from Uppsala, Sweden (1964-1965).
M-7699-27 Invitation to the wedding of Margaret Sage and Doug Hayward. - 1956
M-7699-28 Article by Margaret Hayward about her year in Sweden. - 1965
M-7699-29 Letters from Tina MacKinnon. - 1957-1961
M-7699-30 Letters from Walter and Nelda Sage, and Donald and Elsie Sage. - 1961-1962
M-7699-31 Walter Sage miscellany. - 1936-1963. - Consists of his article about Calgary College from 1912-1915 (nd); a greeting card (1936); proposal for a course on Calgary history (1939); and University of British Columbia senate elections brochures (1960, 1963).
M-7699-32 Obituaries and tributes to Walter Sage on his death. - 1963
PA-612-1 Photograph of Walter Sage and his dog. - 1914
M-7699-33 Top O' the World. - 1929. - Consists of published book of poems by Nelda Sage.
M-7699-34 Flora McLean's estate papers. - 1956, 1957, 1963. - Consists of a copy of her will, and correspondence abou t the settling of the estate. Includes a brief note written to Flora MacKinnon prior to her death.
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Series 4 Donald Sage - Personal papers. - 1931-1968. - 12.5 cm of textual records. - 5 photographs. - Donald Sage, 1918-1983, was born in Kingston, Ontario, the son of Walter and Nelda Sage.  He obtained his BA from the University of British Columbia in 1940, and his MA from Clark University in 1941.  He worked for the Historical Section of the Canadian Army during the Second World War.  He taught school in Calgary, 1951-1956, and then in Vancouver through the 1960s and 1970s.  In 1947 he married Elsie Dunnet, 1915-[after 1985], and they had five children, Danny, Donnetta, Elspeth, Suzanne and Barbara.  He wrote a history of the Irish Fusiliers of Canada (Vancouver Regiment).  In the 1960s he was president of the United Empire Loyalists’ Association, Vancouver branch. - The series consists of boy scout and travel memorabilia; his Master's degree dissertation about the Second World War; personal correspondence, primarily letters from his parents, while working for the Historical Section of the Canadian Army in Ottawa and England; correspondence he received as president of the UEL Association; and miscellany.
M-7699-35 Boy scout membership cards and diary. - 1931-1933
PA-3008-(26, 32-33) Photographs of Donald and Margaret Sage. - [ca. 1926]. - 3 photographs. - Consists of views of Donald and Margaret as children in Vancouver.
M-7699-36 Menus and memorabilia of trip to Europe with his father Walter. - 1937
M-7699-37 Clark University exam booklets. - October-November 1940. - Consists of booklets with Donald's exam answers.
M-7699-38 Abstract of dissertation. - 1941. - The dissertation, entitled "Canada in the Second World War", was completed as part of the requirements of his MA degree from Clark University.
M-7699-39 Dissertation, "Canada in the Second World War", chapters 1-3. - 1941
M-7699-40 Dissertation, "Canada in the Second World War", chapters 4-6. - 1941
M-7699-41 Dissertation, "Canada in the Second World War", chapters 7--8. - 1941
M-7699-42 Income tax return. - 1943
M-7699-43 Letters from father Walter Sage, sister Margaret, and others. - 1943-1944
M-7699-44 Letters to Donald in Ottawa, primarily from his parents Walter and Nelda Sage. - March-April 1945
M-7699-45 Letters to Donald in England, primarily from his parents. - September 1945
M-7699-46 Letters to Donald in England, primarily from his parents. - October 1945
M-7699-47 Letters to Donald in England, primarily from his parents. - November 1945
M-7699-48 Letters to Donald in England, primarily from his parents. - December 1945
M-7699-49 Letters to Donald in England, primarily from his parents. - January 1946
M-7699-50 Letters to Donald in Ottawa from family and friends. - May-September 1946
M-7699-51 Letters to Donald in Ottawa from family and friends. - October 1946
M-7699-52 Application for job at University of British Columbia (unsuccessful). - 1946
PB-734-14 Wedding photo. - 1947. - 1 photograph. - Consists of a view of the newly-marriaged Donald and Elsie Sage descending stairs between an honour guard in kilts.
M-7699-53 Certificates of Post-war Credit. - 1948
M-7699-54 Elsie Dunnet Sage (Donald's wife) miscellany. - 1942-1962
PA-3008-60 Rideau Park Junior High School class photo. - 1951 or 1952. - 1 photograph. - Donald Sage was the teacher.
M-7699-55 Correspondence of Donald Sage as president of the United Empire Loyalists' Association, Vancouver Branch. - 1963-1969.
M-7699-56 Templeton School field trip. - May 1968. - Consists of a preliminary itinerary written by Donald Sage, who taught at the school.
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Series 5 Donald Sage - Second World War military activities. - 1943-1946. - 33 cm of textual records. - 1 photograph. - Donald Sage was initially turned down for military service for medical reasons, but in July 1943 received a commission in the Historical Section, General Staff as a narrator. His first assignment was to prepare an analysis of the Canadian Army's role in Sicily. From October to December 1943 he attended the Royal Military College of Canada in Kingston to take the Canadian War Staff Course (Junior Wing). While in the Historical Section he wrote a history of Trades Training for the Canadian Army, and also helped build up the library. He served in England from August 1945 to February1946, and while there wrote a narrative of the Canadian Forestry Corps. - The series consists of his assignments and course materials for the Canadian War Staff Course; his Field Service Pocket Book; narratives written for the Historical Secion; and war memorabilia. - For his personal correspondence during the War see Series 4.
M-7699-57 Canadian War Staff Course (Junior Wng) - Timetable and syllabus. - 1943
M-7699-58 CWSC (JW) - Donald Sage's reports on course field trips. - 1943
M-7699-59 CWSC (JW) - Exercises and assignments, part 1. - 1943
M-7699-60 CWSC (JW) - Exercises and assignments, part 2. - 1943
M-7699-61 CWSC (JW) - Exercises and assignments, part 3. - 1943
M-7699-62 CWSC (JW) - Exercises and assignments, part 4. - 1943
M-7699-63 CWSC (JW) course materials - Organization (A). - 1943
M-7699-64 CWSC (JW) course materials - Organization (B). - 1943
M-7699-65 CWSC (JW) course materials - Q Organization. - 1943
M-7699-66 CWSC (JW) course materials - Staff Duties (A). - 1943
M-7699-67 CWSC (JW) course materials - Military Law. - 1943
M-7699-68 CWSC (JW) course materials - Student Lectures. - 1943
M-7699-69 CWSC (JW) course materials - Operations (A). - 1943
M-7699-70 CWSC (JW) course materials - Movement. - 1943
M-7699-71 CWSC (JW) course materials - Air Photo Interpretation. - 1943
M-7699-72 CWSC (JW) course materials - Home Defence. - 1943
M-7699-73 CWSC (JW) course materials - Intelligence. - 1943
M-7699-74 CWSC (JW) course materials - Training. - 1943
M-7699-75 CWSC (JW) course materials - Staff Duties. - 1943
M-7699-76 CWSC (JW) course materials - Map Reading. - 1943
M-7699-77 CWSC (JW) course materials - Intercommunication. - 1943
PB-734-6 CWSC (JW) class photo. - 1943. - 1 photograph. - Consists of a formal photographs of the students and staff, including identifications.
M-7699-78 Donald Sage's Field Service Pocket Book. - 1943. - Includes printed pamphlets on policy and procedure.
M-7699-79 Historical Section instructions for preparing narratives. - [ca. 1943]-1945
M-7699-80 "The Canadians in Sicily". - 1943. - Consists of Donald Sage's first assignment in the Historical Section. The report was used by the National Film Board for a Victory Loan film.
M-7699-81 Canadian Army Trade Training inspection trip and reports. - 1944. - Consists of Donald Sage's reports on The Canadian Army Trades School in Hamilton, Number Two Vocational Training School in Toronto, Canadian Army Motor Mechanics School in London, and Canadian Driving and Maintenance School in Woodstock.
M-7699-82 "Canloan". - 1945. - Consists of a report and working papers by Donald Sage on a program to loan Canadian junior officers to the British Army.
M-7699-83 "The Canadian Forestry Corps, 1944-45". - [ca. early 1946]. - Consists of a report written by Donald Sage while posted in England, about the Corps' work in northern Europe.
M-7699-84 Historical narratives and miscellaneous other writings by Donald Sage. - 1943-1946
M-7699-85 Canadian Military Headquarters narratives. [ca. 1942-1945]. - Consists of narratives written by others about the history of the Canadian Army in Europe from 1940 to 1945.
M-7699-86 War miscellany. - 1942-1946. - Consists of correspondence, programs and memorabilia kept by Donald Sage.
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Series 6 Donald Sage - Post-war military activities. - 1946-1958. - 17 cm of textual records. - Donald Sage returned from his London posting in February 1946, to the Hastening Park Ordnance Depot in Vancouver. In October and November of that year he attended the Ordnance Officers' Qualification Course in Regina. - The series consists of notes and course materials related primarily to his training as an Ordnance Officer.
M-7699-87 Handwritten notebooks regarding stores and ordnance policies. - 1946. - Includes 1945 policies.
M-7699-88 Historical narratives about Ordnance Services. - July- August 1946. - Consists of reports written by Donald Sage while working at the DOS (Provision).
M-7699-89 Log - Directorate of Ordnance Services (Provision). - October 17, 1946. - Prepared by Donald Sage.
M-7699-90 Historical narratives about Canada's waterways and industrial preparedness. -- 1946-1947. - 1946-1947. - Prepared by Donald Sage.
M-7699-91 Ordnance School review book. - 1946. - Consists of Donald Sage's handwritten notes.
M-7699-92 Ordnance School course materials, parts I-X. - October-November 1946
M-7699-93 Ordnance School course materials, parts XI-XX. - October-November 1946
M-7699-94 Ordnance School course materials, parts XXI-XXXIV. - October-November 1946
M-7699-95 Refresher Course and Conference for Ordnance Officers. - [ca. 1947]. - Consists of an itinerary for Donald Sage to this event, held at the Central Ordnance Depot in Ottawa.
M-7699-96 Professional Advancement Training exam. - [ca. 1947]. - Consists of Donald Sage's marked exam booklet.
M-7699-97 Post-war education. - 1947-1958. - Consists of course materials, registrations, etc. for courses taken by Donald Sage, including quartermaster training, organization and administration, Nuclear 1 militia, and paymaster. Includes correspondence about possible PhD studies financed by Veterans' Affairs.
M-7699-98 Canadian Army Manual for Personnel Officers - Technical Instrutions. - Amended to 1957
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Series 7 Donald Sage - History of the Irish Fusiliers. - 1916-1963. - 75.5 cm of textual records. - 80 photograph. - Donald Sage was the regimental historian for the Irish Fusiliers and in 1963 he completed Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History. During the course of his research he gathered together primary source material about the Regiment and its predecessors, including the Seaforth Highlanders and the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion. - Consists of the final manuscript of the history, and source material he collected to produce it and other historical writings.
M-7699-99 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Title and table of contents. - 1963. - Includes a regimental neck tie, tucked into the front. - 1963
M-7699-100 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Chapter 1. - 1963
M-7699-101 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Chapter 2. - 1963
M-7699-102 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Chapters 3-7. - 1963
M-7699-103 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Chapters 8-9. - 1963
M-7699-104 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Chapters 10-12. - 1963
M-7699-105 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Chapters 13-15. - 1963
M-7699-106 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - Appendices. - 1963
M-7699-107 Irish Fusiliers of Canada (The Vancouver Regiment) : A History - name index. - 1963
M-7699-108 Third Official List of Casualties, CEF. - 1916. - Consists of a list of Canadian war deaths reported October 1-December 31, 1915.
M-7699-109

George C. Roff's notebook on trench warfare. - 1917. - The notebook was given to Don Sage by J.W. Roff in 1974.

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M-7699-110 Official War Diary, 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion CEF. - August 1916-May 1919. - Consists of the triplicate copy of the diary, sent to Donald Sage in 1961 for use in his Irish Fusiliers research. - The original copy of the war diary is held by Library and Archives Canada, who have digitized it and posted it to their website.
M-7699-111 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada Nominal Register. - 1942-1944
M-7699-112 Daily Journal of the Irish Fusiliers. - 1944. - Includes journal entries and newspaper clippings about the Regiment.
M-7699-113 Irish Fusiliers (The Vancouver Regiment) scrapbook. - [ca. 1939-1944]. - Consists primarily of newspaper clipping. A few original photographs are included.
M-7699-114 Standing Orders, 3rd Canadian Infantry. - 1944-1945
M-7699-115 F.A. "Sandy" Vye's Officer Cadet training binder. - 1947. - Consists of course material kept while training at Currie Barracks in Calgary.
M-7699-116 "Report Covering Flood Control Operations". - June 1948. - Consists of a report of Irish Fusiliers' flood control work from May 30-June 12, 1948. The report has been in a fire and is scorched around the edges.
M-7699-117 Irish Fusiliers - Research material. - 1957-1959. - Consists of "The Shamrock" newsletter, a regimental gazette, unit orders, newspaper clippings, etc.
M-7699-118 Seaforth Highlanders - Potential militia recruits. - 1959
PA-3008-(61-89) Photographs of the Irish Fusiliers (Vancouver Regiment). - [ca. 1950s]. - 29 photographs. - Consists of views of the Regiment's actvities in Vancouver.
PB-734-(8-13) Photographs of the Irish Fusiliers (Vancouver Regiment). - [ca. 1950s]. - 6 photographs. - Consists of views of the Regiment's activities in Vancouver.
PA-3008-(90-108) Photographs of the Seaforth Highlanders, Vancouver. - [ca. 1916-1918] and [ca. 1950s]. - 19 photographs. - Consists of primarily of views of the Highlanders' activities in Vancouver in the 1950s. Includes one image of the members of the 72nd Battalion CEF during the First World War.
PA-3008-(109-1334) Miscellaneous military photographs. - [ca. 1916-1950s]. - 25 photographs. - Consists of unidentified views of military personnel and activities.
PB-734-7 Unidentified portrait of member of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. - [ca. 1914-1918]. - 1 photograph
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