Dominick Graham Collection

MG H 172

Archives and Special Collections Department
Harriet Irving Library
University of New Brunswick
P. O. Box 7500
Fredericton, New Brunswick
E3B 5H5

January 1999

Table of Contents

  1. Original family correspondence and other material [19-?]-1982
  2. Dominick Graham correspondence, research material and notes 1981-1983
  3. John Hasek correspondence and research material 1972-1978

Dominick Graham collection [textual records, graphic material]. -- [19-?]-1983, predominant 1936-1983. -- 87 cm of textual records and 87 photographs : b&w, some col.; 25.5 x 20.2 cm or smaller, 22 negatives : b&w; 9 x 6 cm or smaller and 2 postcards

Biographical sketch: UNB history professor Dominick Stuart Graham was born in Somerset, England on 24 July 1920. During the Second World War, he served in the British Armed Forces and was awarded the Military Cross. Later he taught mathematics at Saint John High School, Saint John, N.B. He received his M.A. from the University of New Brunswick (1963) and his Ph.D. from the University of London (1969).

Graham began his professional association with UNB in 1964. A military historian, he taught courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and published several scholarly works including: The Price of Command: A Biography of General Guy Simonds, Coalitions, Politicians & Generals: Some Aspects of Command in Two World Wars (with Shelford Bidwell), and Tug of War: The Battle for Italy, 1943-1945 (with Shelford Bidwell). He also acted as director of UNB's military and strategic studies programme and as associate director if its Centre for Conflict Studies.

In 1981 Graham began work on a biography of Milton Fowler Gregg. Born at Mountain Dale (Snider Mountain) on 10 April 1892, the son of Elizabeth Celia (Myles) and George Lord Gregg, Milton F. Gregg had distinguished himself as a military officer, administrator and diplomat. Educated at the provincial normal school (Fredericton) and Acadia University, he served with the Canadian Army during the Great War and was awarded the Victoria Cross and the Military Cross with bar. On 25 August 1919, he married Amy Dorothy Alward, and they raised a daughter, Eleanore. Sergeant at Arms of the House of Commons between 1934 and 1939, he left that post to serve with the Canadian Army as regimental commander and commandant of Officer Training Centres from 1939 to 1944.

Following discharge from the army, Gregg became president of UNB, holding that post until 1947, when he was elected a member of Parliament for York-Sunbury. He held several portfolios: fisheries (1947), veterans affairs (1948-1949) and labour (1950-1957). Later he served as representative of the United Nations in Iraq (1958-1959), of UNICEF in Indonesia (1960-1963), and of Canada in British Guiana (1964) and as High Commissioner in independent Guyana until 1968. Returning home from Iraq in 1958, Gregg was named warden of Medway Hall, University of Western Ontario. The next year Dorothy Gregg died after a lingering illness. His second marriage to Erica Deichmann, contracted on 22 July 1964, endured until his death on 13 March 1978.

Graham conducted extensive research and drafted chapters of the proposed biography. Unfortunately, the Gregg project was abandoned after 1983. In 1986 Graham retired from university teaching at the rank of full professor and was named professor emeritus. In December 1998 Toby Graham is living in England.

Sources: "Gregg, B/Gen. The Hon. Milton Fowler", Who's Who in Canada (1975/76)

Custodial history: In the late 1970s or the 1980s John Hasek deposited material he had assembled for a biography of Milton Gregg with Dominick Graham.

Scope and content: This collection reflects Toby Graham's work as an historian in assembling original records and other source material for a biography of Milton Fowler Gregg. It also includes his research notes and a draft chapter of the proposed book as well as material about Gregg, collected by John Hasek and deposited with Graham.

This collection consists of 3 series: 1. Original family correspondence and other material, 2. Dominick Graham correspondence, research material and notes, and 3. John Hasek correspondence and research material.

It includes original letters and telegrams between members of the Gregg-Alward family as well as correspondence between Graham and archivists, UNB administrators, politicians, and Gregg's relatives, friends and acquaintances. The collection also includes photographs, newspaper clippings, copies of addresses delivered by Gregg, copies of extracts of his diaries and memos and articles written by him.

Title based on the name of the collector

The records comprising this collection were deposited with Archives and Special Collections by Dominick Graham on 22 June 1992

Material relating to Gregg's years as president of UNB; 1975 interviews with him conducted by Gary N. Chaison and Edward D. Maher; and six reel to reel tapes of Major John Hasek's 1976-1977 interviews with him in France are all housed in Archives and Special Collections

Other records relating to Milton F. Gregg have been deposited with Provincial Archives of New Brunswick

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