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Alexander E. MacDonald Canadiana Collection [cartographic material]. 

Collection consists of


[ca 1508 - 1964]

Place of creation


ca. 764 maps, 30 atlases.
Cartographic material
90: Open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC191029
90: Open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC191044
90: Open
Cartographic material
Microfiche NMC191028
90: Open
Archival reference no.
Other accession no.
80101/245 CA

Terms of use

Credit Library and Archives Canada.

An itemized listing of the collection prepared by the estate is available. A number of entries also appear in the Carto Database . Atlases are described in AMICUS. 90 (Paper)

Biography / Administrative history

Dr. Alexander E. MacDonald, ophthalmologist, graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine in 1916 and specialized in ophthalmology. The author of over fifty papers which have appeared in international, American and Canadian ophthalmological journals, he has also maintained executive positions in the International, American, and Canadian Ophthalmological Societies. During the mid-1940s, he was instrumental in establishing certificates of specialization in ophthalmology under the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and has been the ophthalmological consultant for the Toronto General Hospital and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.

Additional information

Custodial history
Collection was purchased by the Public Archives of Canada from the estate of the late Dr. Alexander E. MacDonald in 1981. Dr. MacDonald had spent 55 years acquiring the maps in his collection which date between the 1500's up until the twentieth century.

Related materials
843 books and articles acquired as part of the collection were transferred to the National Library of Canada. For a complete list of the material search in AMICUS under the name: MacDonald, Alexander Edward, 1892-1977.

Arrangement note
The collection is arranged following the order assigned by the estate prior to coming to LAC. All items in the collection were assigned to series and given individual map numbers.