Fonds P072 - John Loye fonds

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John Loye fonds

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  • 1819-1949 (Creation)
    Loye, John

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50 cm of textual records
337 postcards
37 photographs
5 drawings
2 objects

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John Loye was born in Montreal around 1880. He lived as a bachelor in Montreal and died there in November 1962. He was educated at Bishop School. Loye was an historian and an authority on early Montreal, railway history, stamps, and coins. He worked as a draftsman for H.R. Ives Co. and Meldrum Iron Works until his retirement around 1940. Loye founded the Canadian Railway Historic Association. He was also a member of the Montreal Antiquarian and Numismatic Society.

Loye was a founding member of Montreal's United Irish Societies (U.I.S.), which was established in 1928. The United Irish Societies was an amalgamation of Catholic and Protestant Irish Montrealers. Since 1928, the U.I.S. has organized the Montreal St. Patrick's Day Parade. Loye designed the majority of floats in the parade prior to 1933. Loye served as president of the U.I.S. from 1933 to 1957. An expert in pen-and-ink artistry, John Loye designed the metallic leaves on McGill University's Roddick Gate and the headstone for D'Arcy McGee's gravesite (1946).

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The fonds was transferred from Concordia University's Records Management and Archives Department to Concordia University Libraries' Special Collections March 17, 2016, April 6, 2016, May 18, 2016, and May 25, 2016.

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The fonds provides information on the Irish community of Montreal in the 19th and early 20th century, and its view of Ireland and Irish culture. Some documents relate to the United Irish Societies (U.I.S.) of Montreal and the Saint Patrick’s Society of Montreal, as well as to Thomas d’Arcy McGee and John Loye, whereas others are standing in connection to James McAran, a Montreal merchant. The fonds also gives information on the Irish Question and reactions to it in Canada, through an album of newspaper clippings collected by James Albert Whittaker during 1920 to 1923, augmented by correspondence and small brochures from the same time period.

The fonds consists of four albums and several separate documents. The albums contain collections of greeting cards, Irish songs and poetry, family photographs, and newspaper clippings on the Irish Question. Furthermore, the fonds includes without limitations newspapers, sheet music, brochures, correspondence, a map of Ireland, drawings (including original artwork for the United Irish Societies of Montreal logo), and the text of an address on Irish-Canadian history given at the St. Patrick's Society Ball in 1872 by John O'Farrell, president of the Hibernian Benevolent Society of Quebec.

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The four albums were water-damaged in a fire in 1982.

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    Reproduction for scholarly purposes is permitted.

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    Photographs and postcards have been removed from the albums.

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