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HARRISS, CHARLES A.E. (Charles Albert Edwin), 1862-1929
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Charles A.E. Harriss fonds.  - 1863-1927.  - 81 cm of textual records.  - 18 photographs. 

Biographical sketch
Born in London, England, Charles A.E. Harriss received his education from Sir Frederick Ouseley at Saint Michael's College.  On the latter's recommendation, he was appointed the organist at Saint Alban's Church in Ottawa in 1882.  The following year he became organist and choirmaster at Christ Church Cathedral in Montréal; from 1886 to 1894 he held the same posts at St.  James the Apostle Church.  From 1904 to 1907 he served as the first principal of the McGill Conservatorium.  As an impresario, he organized, for example, the Canadian tours of many artists and musical groups such as Frederick Bridge, Emma Albani, Dan Godfrey's Band (the British Grenadier Guards), the Scheffield Choir and His Majesty's Scots Guard Band.  The composer's major works include his cantata Daniel Before the King and his opera Torquil

Scope and content
The fonds consists of records illustrating the musical career of Charles A.E. Harriss:  correspondence; music manuscripts; programmes; press clippings; scrapbooks; autobiographical records; photographs of Charles A.E. Harriss and personalities in the music world. 

Immediate source of acquisition:  acquired through a transfer from the National Archives of Canada in 1970 and from Charles A.H. Brice and Elizabeth Nonnenman in 1977. 

Finding aids:  analytical inventory; summary list. 

Restrictions:  none. 

Associated material:  Charles A.E. Harriss fonds at the National Archives of Canada (MG 30 D 15) and at McGill University Archives (M.G. 3021). 



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