50th Anniversary of the Death of Bliss Carman

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Photo of Dr. Alfred G. Bailey and Dr. Fred Cogswell at the unveiling of Bliss Carman plaque in the Edwin Jacob Chapel, May 1979. PR; Series 1; Sub-series 4; Item 6343.

Name of Memorial/Commemoration: 50th anniversary of the death of Bliss Carman

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Location: Old Arts Building

Date Unveiled: May 1979

Artist/Creator: Marjory Donaldson sculpted the plaque bearing

Named for: Bliss Carman was a University of New Brunswick graduate and renowned poet.

Event/Occasion/Significance: A plaque commemorating the poet Bliss Carman unveiled in the Edwin Jacob Chapel in the Old Arts Building as part of UNB's 150th Encaenia

Plaque Inscription/Text Associated: Bliss Carman: On the 50th anniversary of his death, Encaenia 1979 - Then footman up! Good horses speed! Then, Lads, aboard and make all sail!

Notes: Robert H. Cockburn, chairman of UNB's English Department, addressed the guests, and English Professor Fred Cogswell also spoke at the event. UNB historian and philosopher Alfred G. Bailey read Bliss Carman's poem of the Scarlet Maple.

The plaque bearing includes a sculpted likeness of Bliss Carman and an inscription that celebrates UNB's 150th Encaenia.


  • Daily Gleaner, 18 May, 1979
  • Daily Gleaner, 23 May, 1979
  • Plaque Inscription: Lady Joan Roberts Collection Photographs, paintings and other graphic material MG L 27c; Series 2; File 14
  • Telegraph Journal, 19 May, 1979

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