RG 177

Title: Jean C. Argue fonds. -- 1960-1972; predominant 1963-1972. -- 7.5 cm of textual material

Biographical Sketch: Jean Campbell Argue was born in Ottawa where she attended Lisgar and Glebe Collegiates. Later she enrolled at McGill University, graduating in 1932 with first class honours in English literature. In her senior year she was president of the women undergraduates in Royal Victoria College. While at McGill she was a member of the rifle team and played intercollegiate basketball for the university. When she made her home in Fredericton, she excelled in badminton and golf.

During her 40 years in Fredericton, Mrs. Argue took an active and leading part in university, local, and national organizations. She was a charter member and the first president of the University of New Brunswick Faculty Wives' Club. She also served a term as eastern vice-president of the National Federation of University Women and was a charter member and later president of the Fredericton chapter of the National Council of Women.

Mrs. Argue was president of the Fredericton branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses and one time president of the Hospital Aid Society. She was also a member of the Fredericton Library Board at the time of its formation.

She was married to Charles William Argue , professor and head of the University of New Brunswick Biology Department (1930-1967) and Dean of Science (1945-1969). Mrs. Argue died on July 29, 1972 at the Saint John General Hospital after a long illness.

Source: UNB Scrapbook, July 1, 1972-September 30, 1972.

Scope and Content: This fonds consists of diaries of trips taken overseas by Bill and Jean Argue. Volume one ranges from 1963-1968 and volume two ranges from 1969-1972. Volume one also includes a daily planner. This appears to be a rough draft of the 1963 diary that Jean Argue kept during their stay in London. This planner also contains two pages that Bill Argue wrote regarding New Year's Eve, December 31, 1960.

Within these diaries, Jean Argue comments on the tours that she and her husband take, noting historical buildings and churches, scenery, colleges, and old houses. She also comments on the motels where they stay and the weather conditions that they encounter. Of particular interest were the sheep dog trials in Chester, London, August 28-30, 1969. Jean Argue discusses the sheep dog trials in her diary, noting the training and judging of the dogs. She also kept a programme for these sheep dog trials, which can be found in volume two at the back of the binder.


Title: Title is based on name of creator.

Immediate Source of Acquisition: Material received from the C.W. Argue Estate in 1975.

Access: Unrestricted.

Volume Listings:

Volume One -  1963 (England and London)
                        1964 (Scotland, England, and London)
                        1965 (England)
                        1966 (Ireland, Scotland, and London)
                        1967 (England, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, and London)
                        1968 (Hawaii, New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, Italy, and England)

Volume Two - 1969 (England and London)
                        1970 (Scotland, Channel Islands, and London)
                        1971 (Netherlands, Belgium, and England)
                        1972 (Switzerland, Austria, and England)

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