Fonds MS-4-27 - Adams and Knickle Ltd. fonds

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Adams and Knickle Ltd. fonds

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  • Textual record
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  • 1897-1968 (Creation)

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8 m of textual records

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Administrative history

Adams & Knickle Ltd., an important Lunenburg ship chandlery company, was founded in 1897 by Henry W. Adams and Alexander Knickle. The company began as the partnership of Knickle & Co. and changed its name to Adams & Knickle Ltd. in 1907. The company was incorporated on July 30, 1945 and continues under this name as of 2009. Primarily focused on outfitting vessels, the company owned and operated vessels involved in transporting fish to foreign markets from Nova Scotia and Newfoundland to Bermuda, Brazil, British West Indies, Cuba, Grand Turk Island, Portugal, and Puerto Rico. It also became involved in the landing and processing of dried and pickled fish for local and foreign markets. By 1957, Adams & Knickle introduced deep-sea dragging for scallops to the area. In the 1970s and 1980s, Adams & Knickle had an offshore fleet of seventy-seven vessels. In 2009, Adams & Knickle continues to maintain a small but successful scallop fleet.

Custodial history

Records were acquired in four main accessions in 1971, 1977, 1982 and 1983. The bulk of the early records from 1897-1933 were acquired in 1971 from Douglas Adams of Lunenburg, N.S. In 1977 (accession # 1977-30, 1977-31 and 1977-083) and in 1982, most of the remaining business records from 1901-1966 were acquired from Graham Knickle of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. In 1983 (accession #1983-015) also donated by Graham Knickle included vessel papers 1957-1960s), vessel accounts (1943-1960s), and miscellaneous financial papers (1928-1960s).

Scope and content

The fonds consists of records which document the business activities and interests of Adams & Knickle Ltd. from 1897 until 1968. Information contained in this fonds provides insight into the company’s role as a major fishing and shipping partner in the fishing and shipping industry in Nova Scotia. Also included in this fonds is information about the company’s international relations with the various agents engaged in this industry; the types and amounts of fish landed, processed, shipped and sold by the company; the many transactions involved in operating vessels; and various events that impacted on the company’s operations. The types of documents include: affidavits, agent accounts, agreements, catch journals, correspondence, damage claims, deeds, employment records, financial statements, fish sales records, fishing contracts, ledgers, notices of protest, port documents, sailing journals, time journals, vessel accounts and journals, vessel certificates, and vessel shares.

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The records have been arranged thematically; and alphabetically within the correspondence series, with order imposed by archivist.

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  • English

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All files are open.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Associated materials

Lunenburg Outfitting Company, MS-4-84

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No further accruals expected.

General note

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Adams & Knickle Ltd. fonds, MS-4-27, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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