Collection P244 - Freeman Clowery Collection

Freeman Clowery and Frances Martin National Thread Christmas wishes Old Plant Signing of the union contract Clowery at the Assemblée Nationale New Plant J. Edgar M. Genest National Thread Truck Christmas Party at National Thread William (Bill) McCallum tombstone Maple Leaf Cemetery Sign Piece by William (Bill) McCallum Piece by William (Bill) McCallum Piece by William (Bill) McCallum William (Bill) McCallum and his niece Wilma McCallum Piece by William (Bill) McCallum Piece by William (Bill) McCallum William (Bill) McCallum Earle Hall Caricature E. P. Hall and R. Welsh Lt. Earle P. Hall in Newfoundland E. P. Hall at the Arc de Triomphe E. P. Hall at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Military Parade Military Parade Military Parade George Jobel on a Boat Flood in Brompton, March 1948 Now for a Swim Snow Shoe Club Activity
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Freeman Clowery Collection

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0.32 l.m. of textual records. - 661 photograph : col./b&w. - 171 artifacts (Ribbons, buttons, medals, pins, commemorative coins, jewelry, cup). - 3 audio reels. - 1 plan. - 1 film reel. - 8 audio tape cassettes. - 3 video tape cassettes. - 1 artefact.

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Freeman Clowery was born in 1923 to parents Mabel Wright (1897-1974) and James Clowery (1890-1948). He had four siblings, Donald, Brenda, Elizabeth, and James. When he was fifteen years old, Freeman met his eventual wife, Frances Martin (1922-1989), at a rally of Guides and Scouts. The couple got married seven years later in 1948. Freeman and Frances had two children, Grant (1950 - ) and Wayne (1950 - ). In 1952, Freeman began to work at National Thread as the Office Manager and later the Manager of Credit Service. After the closing of National Thread, Freeman worked at the Bank of Montreal as the Head Archivist, a position he remained in for twenty-five years. In his down time, Clowerly would research history, and was a member of the Lennoxville-Ascot Historical Research Society and the Sherbrooke Research Society. He and Frances were both ardent birdwatchers, and frequently traveled across Eastern Canada and Arizona on birdwatching trips. After the death of Frances Martin in 1989, Freeman married Velma Lavallee Wright (1922-2022). Freeman Clowery died in 2018 and is buried with his first wife, Frances, at Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke, Que.

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The collection contains information on various subjects of interest to Freeman Clowery from 1834 to 2008. It consists primarily of photographs; artifacts and documents related to Clowery's research and collecting areas; which were mainly about local organizations and businesses; agricultural exhibitions; and local figures. The fonds is comprised of the following series: Personal and Professional Life (1910-2008); People (1857-1999); Events and Celebrations (1890-2008); Military (1898-1945); Organizations and Businesses (1834-2000); and Other Photographs (1857-1999).

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The collection was donated by Wayne Clowery in 2019.


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  • English
  • French

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Most of the documents are in English, a few are in French.

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Fonds processed by Justin Gobeil, archives technician, in 2021, courtesy of funding from Canadian Heritage.

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Some documents torn and brittle.

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