Maurice Legault and Alexander Pereima:

An Inventory of Their Collection at the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections

Inventory prepared by Samantha Booth
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Finding aid encoded by Samantha Booth (7 January 2016)
Finding aid written in English.



Collection Summary

Repository:
University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections
330 Elizabeth Dafoe Library

Creator:
Maurice Legault
Alexander Pereima

Title:
Maurice Legault and Alexander Pereima fonds

Dates:
[ca. 1949]-1999

Quantity:
0.06m of textual records -- 29 coloured photographs

Identification:
MSS 477 (A2015-91)

English; Finnish

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Biography of Maurice Legault (1935-)

Maurice Legault was born on 4 February 1935. He and his partner Alexander Pereima were long-time members of First Spiritualist Church of Montreal (FSCM), attending many lectures there and at St. James United Church in Montreal, with which there was a lecture exchange; later, they attended Springdale Church in Toronto. They knew a number of prominent Spiritualists, including British medium/SNU minister Mrs. Hilda Martin, and British direct voice medium Leslie Flint and his partner Bram Rogers.

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Biography of Alexander Pereima (1922-2009)

Alexander Pereima was born on 15 July 1922 in Montréal, Québec. In his early career, he was a ballet dancer and one of the founding members of Les Ballets Québec in the late 1940s. In 1958, he graduated from Sir George Williams University, now Concordia (Montreal), with a B.A. in economics. He and his partner Maurice Legault were long-time members of First Spiritualist Church of Montreal (FSCM), attending many lectures there and at St. James United Church in Montreal, with which there was a lecture exchange; later, they attended Springdale Church in Toronto. They knew a number of prominent Spiritualists, including British medium/SNU minister Mrs. Hilda Martin, and British direct voice medium Leslie Flint and his partner Bram Rogers. Pereima died on 18 March 2009 in Ottawa, Ontario.

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

This fonds contains Spiritualist correspondence, ephemera and publications, clippings, course material, and photographs of fellow Spiritualists, 1959-1996; many of the textual records are photocopies. It includes lectures/talks prepared by Mrs. Hilda Martin (ca. 1917- dd. between 1987/1994), Mrs. Charlotte Newlands (1907-2003), and other individuals at the First Spiritualist Church of Montreal and St. James United Church (Montreal), as well as tributes relating to Leslie Flint (1911-1994) and photographs of Flint and his partner Bram Rogers (dd. 1993).

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Arrangement of the Papers

This collection is arranged according to the specifications provided by the transferring agent.

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Related Materials

This fonds is one of a series of fonds and collections transferred to the Archives by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, President of the Survival Research Institute of Canada. It is related to the various other Psychical Research and Spiritualist Collections that the University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections has attracted since it acquired the Hamilton Family fonds. It is especially related to the Noreen Hodgson fonds, which is also associated with the Springdale Church, and the O. Jim Ellison fonds, which contains recordings of Leslie Flint.

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Custodial History

This fonds was donated to the Survival Research Institute of Canada (SRIC) by Alexander Pereima and Maurice Legault in 1996 and 1999, and was transferred to the University of Manitoba Archives and Special Collections in 2015 by Walter Meyer zu Erpen (President, SRIC).

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Maurice Legault and Alexander Pereima fonds [ [ca.1949]-1999 ]

BoxFolder
11 Alexander Pereima [from Red Cloud, spirit] – psychic reading [ca. 1977]
2 Rose Gladden – correspondence to M. Legault & A. Pereima + pamphlet 1977
3 Marilyn Zwaig and John Rossner – marriage programme, Montreal 1974
4 tributes & articles re: Leslie Flint [ca. 198-?]-1994
5 newspaper clippings re: Hilda Martin [ca.1975]-1982

includes British, Canadian & Finnish publications (in Finnish)

6 Hilda Martin – typescript notes for six lectures [c.197-?], 1996
7 Norman Rawson – lecture “New Frontiers of Religious Thought,” St. James United Church, Montreal 1959
8 James C. Snook – address at St. James United Church, Montreal 1964
9 James C. Snook – address at Lily Dale 1963
10 Mae Potts – address at the First Spiritualist Church of Montreal [late 195-?]
11 George M. Lamsa – “Why So Many Revisions of the Bible?” [pamphlet] 1970, 1981
12 Charlotte Newlands – “Six Talks on Spiritualism” (1st series) [late 197-?]
13 Charlotte Newlands – “What Spiritualism Is - and What it is Not” + other typescript documents [nd]; 1996

Authorship attributed by Alex Pereima

14 Charlotte Newlands – series of Spiritualist lectures [nd]

Authorship attributed by Walter Meyer zu Erpen, based on previous folder

15 Notes for Spiritualist church services [nd]
16 “Suggestions for a Reading” handout [nd]
17 “Colour and its Influence” typescript [nd]
18 “Living with Spiritualist Principles Using Natural Law” manuscript [nd]
19 newspaper clippings and articles re: Spiritualism [ca. 1949]-1978, [nd]
20 Cartoon clippings 1987, [nd]
21 Photographs of Spiritualist gatherings (Montreal & Toronto) + identifying letter [ca.1960s]-1997; 1999
22 Photographs of Leslie Flint, Bram Rogers and Maurice Legault (by Alexander Pereima) in England 1987-1990; 1995
23 Photographs of Alex Pereima, Maurice Legault, and Hilda Martin in England 1987

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