Personal records and memorabilia

Title: Personal records and memorabilia
Dates of Material:
12 cm of textual records
1 photograph album : b&w
Scope and content

Series consists of memorabilia and personal records collected and created by A.J. Bell.  Includes a photograph album of the students and professors from the University of Breslau, a photograph of Bell and a cartoon of him taken from the Bob programme of 1914 (Victoria College production), invitations, programmes from events, souvenir booklets, a personal diary,copies of passports, etc.

Series also includes a series of letters belonging to Charles G.D. Roberts and Pelham Edgar.  These letters were possibly purchased by Bell.

Custodial history

The Correspondence between Pelham Edgar and Charles G.D. Roberts contained in Box 3, File 1, was probably purchased by A.J. Bell. The custodial history of the material transferred from Victoria University Archives is unknown.



Box 1
127 Five essays: (holograph, undated, signed “A.J. Bell”), [school or college exercises, by Andrew James Bell?, including Friendship; Honesty is the best policy; Patriotism; Success in life; William Cowper][186?]

Contains a note related to the attribution of the essays to A.J. Bell from 1977.

128Letter from Victoria University to University of Melbourne in Latin[19-?]


129Memorial cards, Conrad Bitzer ; Memorial card, Samuel S. Nelles1887, 1903
130Archaeological Institute of America membership certificate1919
131New York University Department of Latin Language and Literature Retrospect and Survey1919

 Signed by Ernest G. Sihler, addressed to A.J. Bell 

Box 3
31Correspondence of Pelham Edgar and Charles G.D. Roberts [possibly purchased by Bell; see custodial history]1901, 1902, 1902, 1905, 1905, 1905, 1907

including: 1 letter from L.J. Maxse (of National Review) to Pelham Edgar (1905); 1 letter from William McDuncan to Edgar (1901); 1 letter from Henry Newbolt to Edgar (1901?); 1 from William Osler to Edgar (1902); 1 letter from Gilbert Parker to Edgar (1905); 1 letter from [George William Ross?], (Canadian Authors’ Association) to Edgar (1905); 1 letter from Alice Meynell to Mrs. Pelham Edgar (1907?); 1 letter from Charles G.D. Roberts to “my dear Scott” [Duncan Campbell Scott?], (1902)  

32 Souvenir booklet and programs relating to events at the Margaret Eaton School of Literature and Expression (Toronto), n.d., 1905–09; the University of Ottawa, 1904; other institutions1904-1909
33 Invitations, programs, other items relating to events at McMaster University; the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario;...1896-1915

...Trinity College (University of Toronto); Wycliffe College (University of Toronto); the University of New Brunswick; several collegiate institutes and schools in Ontario; and several universities and other institutions in the United States  

34 Personal calendar diary (pocket-sized) for 19101910

[Very fragile condition]

35Canadian passport - Andrew James Bell, Esquire1906

Includes accompanying letter from the Secretary of State, Canada.

36 Album, Breslau1889

[Includes portraits of professors, classmates, friends?] Fragile.

Box 4
49Photograph portrait of Dr. Bell and cartoon "Faculty Recruiting Station"1914, [193?]

offprint. Cartoon is from Bob Programme, 1914

Box 6
6 /OS6Passport - England1896