Introduction to the Aiken McClelland Papers
The Aiken McClelland papers compromise 150 volumes, c.900 documents and photographs of John Aiken McClelland relating to the Orange Order and genealogical matters, around 1799 to 1983.
McClelland, who died on 27 January 1981, was the Librarian/Archivist at the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum from 1967 to the time of his death.
He was a member of the Orange and Masonic Orders and throughout the course of his life built up a remarkable personal archive of material relating to Orangeism and Unionism. As one of his obituaries stated:
'He epitomised to a unique extent the qualities one likes to consider characteristic of the Ulsterman at his best; though definite and uncompromising in both secular and religious loyalties, nevertheless his personal relationships were unaffected by tribal or group identities in a land and at a time in which one could be excused for regarding this as the exception rather than the rule’.