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Alexander Cavalié Mercer and family fonds [graphic material, textual record (microform)]. 

1. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
2. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
3. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
4. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
5. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
6. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
7. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
8. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
9. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
10. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
11. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
12. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
13. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
14. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
15. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
16. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
17. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
18. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
19. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
20. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
21. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [grapgic material]
22. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
23. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
24. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
25. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]
26. Alexander Cavalié Mercer collection [graphic material]

Date(s)

1824-1842

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

105 watercolours : watercolour and pencil.
1 print : engraving.
1 drawing : pencil.
1 microfilm reel : negative and positive.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of numerous watercolours, prints and drawings. Watercolours depict various views of cities and landscapes in Eastern Canada, while Mercer was stationed in Halifax, Nova Scotia as commander of the Royal Artillery, between 1838 and 1842 and while in Quebec, 1824-1833. Included are watercolours of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, St. Lawerence River, Lake Huron, Nottawasapa River and Maine. In addition, there is an engraving of a portrait of Le Marquis de Vaudreuil and a pencil drawing of the Halifax Citadel. A portrait of Colonel Mercer by James Pattison Cockburn exists in the Cockburn fonds. The fonds also contains microfilmed "Military Reminiscence, Diary," 1789-1816, a text on the Battle of Waterloo, 1815 and souvenirs of Alexander Cavalié Mercer and his son, Dr. Cavalié A. Mercer (1860-1889) written by the latter's adopted son, Thomas Mercer. This material is located on microfilm reel A-885.

Graphic (art)
99: Closed pending processing
Watercolours (Accessions 1989-394 DAP, 1
989-395 DAP, 1989-397 DAP, and 1932-372 PIC.): Access to be determined. All remaining graphic art accessions: Access at 90, Open.
Textual records: microform
Textual records
Microfilm reel A-885
18: Restricted
Textual records
99: Closed pending processing
Volume
1
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

Terms of use

Watercolours (accessions 1989-394 DAP, 1989-395 DAP, 1989-397 DAP, 1932-372 PIC, 1968-067 PIC, 1973-083 PIC), drawing and print (accession 1968-067 PIC): No donor restrictions. Copyright expired. Credit the National Archives of Canada.
Watercolours (all remaining accessions): No restrictions. Copyright expired; crown copyright on reproductions. Credit the National Archives of Canada.

No finding aid

Additional name(s)

Biography / Administrative history

Alexander Cavalié Mercer, military officer and topographical artist, born in 1783, obtained his commission in the Royal Artillery at 16 and served in Ireland, 1808, South America and during the Waterloo campaign. He was sent to Canada in 1824 and 1837. He commanded the artillery in Nova Scotia at the time of the Maine Boundary dispute. He executed sketches of the places visited in the Maritime provinces and in Quebec. His account of the Battle of Waterloo was published by his son in 1870.

Additional information

Military reminiscences and other textual records were microfilmed in 1972 from the originals held by the Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich, London, England.

Location of originals note
Textual records: Originals with Royal Artillery Institution, Woolwich, London, England.

Dates of creation note
Textual material microfilmed in 1972.

Subject heading

1. Mercer family, [1783-1889] "Military Reminiscence, Diary", 1789-1816.
2. Souvenirs (Keepsakes), [1783-1889] Dr. Cavalié A. Mercer, [1783-1889]
3. Waterloo, Battle of, 1815, 1816, 1783-1889.
4. Napoleonic Wars, 1800-1815 - Campaigns - Belgium, 1816, 1783-1889.
5. Journaux intimes.
6. Diaries.
7. Mercer, Thomas, ca. 1783-1889.

Private

Other system control no.

Related control no.

1. 1932-372 PIC
2. 1932-373 PIC
3. 1932-374 PIC
4. 1932-399 PIC
5. 1932-400 PIC
6. 1932-401 PIC
7. 1932-402 PIC
8. 1932-403 PIC
9. 1932-404 PIC
10. 1932-405 PIC
11. 1932-406 PIC
12. 1932-407 PIC
13. 1932-408 PIC
14. 1932-409 PIC
15. 1932-410 PIC
16. 1932-411 PIC
17. 1932-412 PIC
18. 1932-413 PIC
19. 1932-414 PIC
20. 1932-415 PIC
21. 1932-416 PIC
22. 1968-067 PIC
23. 1973-083 PIC
24. 1989-394 DAP
25. 1989-395 DAP
26. 1989-397 DAP