Hannah Mary MacPherson fonds

Call Number: Mss 301, Pc 252 (A.09-21)

Title: Hannah Mary MacPherson fonds.

Dates: 1916-2008.

Extent: 0.76 m of textual records. -- 2 photographs.

Biographical sketch: Hannah Mary McKenna was born in South Africa in 1888.  She and her family moved to Canada in 1910.  Hannah Mary married Evan MacPherson four years later and they had three children.  Evan and Mary were actively involved in the spiritualist movement throughout the 1930s.  Evan died in 1938, followed four years later by his two sons.  Mary continued to be actively involved in spiritualism and held séances throughout her life.  She died in 1971.

Custodial history: The fonds was donated to University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections by Evan and Hannah Mary MacPherson’s granddaughters, Pamela Smith and Deborah Bingman, in 2009.

Scope and content: The fonds is related to Evan and Mary MacPherson’s instigation and recording of many séances during the period 1933 to 1936, as well as recordings and transcriptions of a number of séances from 1939 to 1952.  In addition, the fonds contains recordings of Mary MacPhersons personal musings, reflections, and inspirational writings throughout the early 1960s.  The records are in various formats including handwritten notebooks and loose pages, typed pages, newspaper clippings, published material, lists of spirit visitors, poetry, correspondence, printing on squares of fabric and artwork and channeling on 251 index cards.  The majority of the records are from séances held in their home in Winnipeg.

Restrictions: There are no restrictions on this material.

Accruals: No further accruals are expected.

Finding aid: An online finding aid is available at the link below:

MSS 301, PC 252 (A.09-21).