Fonds F00781 - Alfred Edward Lavell fonds

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Alfred Edward Lavell fonds

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  • 1801-1944 (Creation)
    Lavell, Alfred Edward

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0.25 m of textual records, 23 photographs

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Alfred Edward Lavell was born in Kingston in 1870 to Michael Lavell, M.D. and Betsy Reeve Lavell. He was educated at Queen's University and Victoria University, Toronto where he obtained a B.A. and D.D. In 1897 he married Laura Ethel Gillespie of St. Catherines, Ontario. They had two daughters. From 1916 to 1919 he served in World War I. He was appointed Parole Commissioner in 1919 and Provincial Historian in 1932. He was the author of The Convicted Criminal and His Reestablishment, A History of the Ontario Hospitals for the Insane and Mentally Defective, and A History of Penal and Reformatory Institutions in Upper Canada, 1792-1932. He was for eight years a member of the Board of Regents, Victoria University. He died in 1951.

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Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts and subject files relating to the history of prisons in Ontario, the parole Board of Ontario, Kingston penitentiary and the care of the mentally ill.

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  • English

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2214 (1974-015?)
3612 (2009-130)
F3 E3

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Public domain

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  • Shelf: 2214
  • Shelf: 3612
  • Shelf: F3 E3