Fonds MS-2-128 - Samuel R. Balcom fonds

Photograph of tent hospital at Arques, France Tents in Arques, France Photograph of a convoy arriving in Arques, France Photograph of members of the #7 Stationary Hospital "Dalhousie" in Arques, France Canadian Pharmaceutical Association Photograph of Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Composite photograph of Faculty of Medicine, Faculty & Class of 1907 Photograph of Dalhousie Football Team, 1899 Photograph of Dalhousie Football Team, 1903 Photograph of Dalhousie Class of 1911 Unidentified group photograph Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital Reunion dinner menus Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Minutes Dinner Invitations Forms and Stationery, Red Hat Snow Shoe Club Correspondence, Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital memorabilia Red Cap Snow Shoe Club By-Laws Correspondence Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital Correspondence Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital - Matron's Correspondence Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital - John Stewart Correspondence Invoices, Receipts - Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital Speech to House of Parliament Correspondence 1970s
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Samuel R. Balcom fonds

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MS-2-128

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  • 1830-1980 (Creation)
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    Balcom, Samuel R., Col., 1888-1981

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1 m of textual records

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Samuel Rosborough Balcom was born on 24 March 1888 in Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia, to Elizabeth (Bollong) and Henry Jonas Balcom. He was educated at the Halifax Academy; studied arts and medicine at Dalhousie University (1907-1911); and attended the Maritime School of Pharmacy (1914-1915). In 1915 he married Elizabeth Vera Rankin.

Balcom was a prominent Halifax businessman and politician. He founded the retail and wholesale drug business, MacLeod Balcom Ltd. in Halifax, which later became Balcom-Chittick Ltd. He was also active on the city's Board of Trade, serving as president from 1949-1951. Balcom served in both World Wars. He was overseas with the Dalhousie University Medical Unit in World War I and was Officer Commanding, Medical Stores (1942-1943) and Chief Medical Stores Inspection Officer (1944-1945) during World War II. Balcom was highly involved with local organisations. He served on the board of directors for many causes, and played an active role in the community. In 1950 Balcom entered federal politics when he won a local by-election and became Liberal MP for Halifax, a position he held until his defeat in 1957. Balcom also had a close relationship with Dalhousie University. He was a member of the Board of Governors for more than thirty years and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws in 1969. He died in 1981 at the age of 93.

Custodial history

The majority of materials in this fonds were donated by Samuel Balcom in the 1970s.

Scope and content

Fonds contains various records from the many different activities, organisations and associations of which Balcom was a part. Balcom played an important role in organising reunions of those who served at the No. 7 Stationary Hospital, and amassed several photographs and other records of these events. He retained records and newspaper clippings reflecting his involvement in clubs and associations.

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Balcom's records have been grouped together into series based on similar content at the archives. Arrangement was imposed by the processing archivist.

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  • English

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A small number of files containing personal information are closed.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.

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Associated materials

Dalhousie University, No. 7 "Overseas" Stationary Hospital Fonds, MS-13-2; John Stewart Fonds, MS-13-39; Halifax Visiting Dispensary Fonds, MS-13-84; Kenneth Alexander MacKenzie fonds, MS-13-23.

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