Fonds P0089 - Timothy P. Slattery fonds

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Timothy P. Slattery fonds

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  • 1957 - 1971 (Creation)
    Slattery, Timothy P.

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0.70 m of textual records

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Timothy Patrick Slattery, lawyer, author, and historian was born in Montreal on February 4th, 1911 and died in Montreal in August 1985. He was educated at St. Leo’s, Westmount, and came to Loyola College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1931. The same year, he entered the law faculty at McGill University and graduated in 1934. During his last year at McGill, he received the Alexander Morris Exhibition award for highest standing, as well as the Lieutenant-Governor's Silver Medal for Roman Law. With his graduation, he won the Macdonald Travelling Scholarship, which entitled him to a year's study in France 1934-1935. Back in Montreal, he commenced the practice of law in association with Col. Trihey. In the early in 1940s, he formed his own law firm “Slattery, Bélanger & Fairbanks”.

As legal advisor to Loyola College, member of its Board of Directors and later of its Board of Governors, Timothy P. Slattery contributed in the 1960s to the College’s attempts to get a university charter from the Quebec Legislature. He was also instrumental in drawing up the legal documents for the 1974 merger of Loyola College and Sir George Williams University to form Concordia University. He was appointed to the Advisory Board of the Concordia Board of Governors on October 10, 1974.

Timothy P. Slattery was referred to as the historian of Loyola College and a biographer of Thomas D’Arcy McGee. He was also a long-time historian of the St. Patrick’s Society of Montreal. He was the author and illustrator of the following works: Loyola College and Montreal (Montreal: Palm Publishers, 1962), The Assassination of D'Arcy McGee (Toronto: Doubleday Canada, 1968), and They Got to Find Mee Guilty Yet (Toronto: Double Day, 1972).

Timothy P. Slattery married Patricia O’Brien, they had three children, Maureen, Brian, and Patricia.

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The fonds provides information on Timothy P. Slattery’s various legal services to Loyola College, through his law firm, particularly on Loyola’s bid to change its status from college to that of university in the 1960s. There is also a file of correspondence (1961-1963) related to his research on the history of Loyola which includes a few letters from Father William Hingston and Dr. Emmet J. Mullally.

The fonds consists of legal documents, correspondence, and clippings.

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The documents were donated to the Archives by Timothy P. Slattery, in 1974.


The fonds was processed around 1974, and exclusively described at the item level.

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  • English

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Most of the material is in English. Some documents are in French.

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No further accruals expected.

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