Fonds 2015-035 - Allan E. Marble

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Allan E. Marble

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    • 1973-2006 (Creation)
      Marble, Allan E.

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    2.3 m. of textual and graphic materials.

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    Biographical history

    Allan Everett Marble, retired professor, author and researcher, was born in Truro, Nova Scotia in 1939 and educated at Colchester County Academy, Dartmouth High School and Dalhousie University, graduating with a doctorate degree in the early 1960s. From 1963 to 1966 he was a Lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Army. Starting in 1967, he taught at universities in Nova Scotia for over 40 years in the fields of physics, mathematics, surgery, and biomedical engineering, retired in 2010. In addition to teaching, Dr. Marble was actively involved in medical research with a focus on the cardiovascular system. His other research interests included the history of Nova Scotia and genealogy. He has written several books on the history of medicine in Nova Scotia, as well as biographies of early medical practitioners for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Dr. Marble is a certified genealogist for Canada, was President of the Genealogical Association of Nova Scotia in the 1990s and again 2010-2015, and a founding member of the Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes in 1982. He also served on the executives of the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society 1978-1982 and the Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine 1986-1993, and in 2016-2017 was chair of the Medical History Society of Nova Scotia.

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    Fonds consists of Allan Marble’s research notes and photocopies of historical records (collected 1985-2001) together with his manuscripts (1999-2006) for his 5 books on the history of medicine and physicians in Nova Scotia as well as correspondence to and from the book publisher (2001-2002) and information sources (1994-2002). Dr. Marble searched all 18th and 19th century archival sources available and noted all death records and records about medical doctors. He arranged his research notes by time period and type of primary source consulted, then by county. Early draft manuscripts of some chapters and correspondence with information sources are found within his research files.

    Also includes correspondence, reports and genealogy notes on the Frohnmayer family, to help locate a compatible bone marrow donor for their daughters’ rare blood disease (1987-1989).

    Also includes handwritten copies of the Death Register from the Lutheran Zion Church of Lunenburg, NS for 1773 to 1850, translated into English from German by Ruth Wolf in 1993 and 1998.

    The fonds documents Allan Marble’s research method and published conclusions on medical practices in NS in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as the process of publishing during the technological transition from paper-based to computer-based publishing in the first decade of the 21st century. Arrangement by creator.

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    Donated to Nova Scotia Archives by Allan E. Marble in 2014.


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        Original records copied in this fonds can be found at Nova Scotia Archives, Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, local church archives in Nova Scotia, Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, and the National Archives of the United Kingdom, London.

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        Manuscripts, photocopied images, and statistical tables are also available electronically.

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        Copyright held by Dr. Allan E. Marble and his heirs.

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        Many of Dr. Marble’s published books are in Nova Scotia Archives Library.

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        MG 1 volume 1461

        Textual Records

        MG 4 volume 308A

        Textual Records

        MG 50 volume 12 number 2

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