Fonds MSS 477 (A2015-91) - Maurice Legault and Alexander Pereima fonds

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Maurice Legault and Alexander Pereima fonds

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CA UMASC MSS 477 (A2015-91)

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  • [ca. 1949]-1999 (Creation)

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0.06m of textual records -- 29 coloured photographs

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Alexander Pereima was born on 15 July 1922 in Montréal, Québec. In his early career, he was a ballet dancer and one of the founding members of Les Ballets Québec in the late 1940s. In 1958, he graduated from Sir George Williams University, now Concordia (Montreal), with a B.A. in economics. He and his partner Maurice Legault were long-time members of First Spiritualist Church of Montreal (FSCM), attending many lectures there and at St. James United Church in Montreal, with which there was a lecture exchange; later, they attended Springdale Church in Toronto. They knew a number of prominent Spiritualists, including British medium/SNU minister Mrs. Hilda Martin, and British direct voice medium Leslie Flint and his partner Bram Rogers. Pereima died on 18 March 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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This fonds was donated to the Survival Research Institute of Canada (SRIC) by Alexander Pereima and Maurice Legault in 1996 and 1999, and was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2015 by Walter Meyer zu Erpen (President, SRIC).

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This fonds contains Spiritualist correspondence, ephemera and publications, clippings, course material, and photographs of fellow Spiritualists, 1959-1996; many of the textual records are photocopies. It includes lectures/talks prepared by Mrs. Hilda Martin (ca. 1917- dd. between 1987/1994), Mrs. Charlotte Newlands (1907-2003), and other individuals at the First Spiritualist Church of Montreal and St. James United Church (Montreal), as well as tributes relating to Leslie Flint (1911-1994) and photographs of Flint and his partner Bram Rogers (dd. 1993).

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This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections transferred to the Archives by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. It is related to the various other Psychical Research and Spiritualist Collections that the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections has attracted since it acquired the Hamilton Family fonds. It is especially related to the Noreen Hodgson fonds, which is also associated with the Springdale Church, and the O. Jim Ellison fonds, which contains recordings of Leslie Flint.

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Created by Samantha Booth on 07 January 2016.
Quality checked by Mary Grace Golfo-Barcelona on 02 June 2017.

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  • English

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