Collection UA-999 - Archival formats collection

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Archival formats collection

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  • Cartographic material
  • Graphic material
  • Moving images
  • Object
  • Sound recording
  • Textual record
  • Textual record (electronic)
  • Textual record (microform)

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  • 1970-2012 (Creation)

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0.5 m of multiple media (1 box)

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Biographical history

Prior to July 1970 the University Archives existed only as a small collection of manuscripts (including some of the early records of the Board of Governors) in the Special Collections department of the University Library. While these records were available to researchers, they had not been properly catalogued.

In July 1970 the first University Archivist, Dr. Charles Armour, was appointed and was placed in charge of the Archives as part of the Special Collections department. The Archivist's responsibilities included acquiring and organizing the extensive university records, which were scattered throughout the many administrative and faculty offices on campus. In addition, the Archivist was to set up a new Theatre Archives and a Business Archives; to catalogue the private manuscripts which had been donated to the University, and to solicit papers from former Dalhousie administrative and Academic staff. Within a year a Music Archives was added.

In the early 1970s the Archives moved to its current location on the fifth floor of the Killam Library, and in the fall of 1975 the Archives became a separate department within the University Library. New collections were added over the next few years including the Nova Scotia Labour History Archives, a Medical Archives section, a collection of papers of Citizen Action Groups, and an expanded collection of Canadian and British shipping records. The Archives' collection of private manuscripts also grew to include the papers of both Dalhousie and local individuals, including professors, historians, and writers. In addition to the above archival collections the Archives has also acquired an extensive collection of Dalhousie memorabilia, a large collection of theatre and music programmes, business brochures and catalogues (including an excellent collection of Eaton's and Simpson's catalogues from 1894 onward), and copies of Dunn and Bradstreet's business ratings (1882-1950). The Archives has also compiled extensive reference files related to its major acquisitions areas, a huge collection of photographs relating to both Dalhousie and Nova Scotia, and numerous video and audio tapes.

In October 2000, Michael Moosberger was appointed the second University Archivist of Dalhousie University. Since that time the Archives has made a number of acquisitions, including the literary papers of Donna Morrissey, theatre company records from Two Planks and a Passion, Jest in Time, Upstart, and records from the Eye Level Gallery and the Centre for Art Tapes, two of Canada's oldest artist-run centres.

Custodial history

The materials in this collection have been deaccessioned from various fonds held by the Dalhousie University Archives. In most cases, the origin of the item is noted in the item's description. Additional custodial history information can be found in the finding aid for the fonds or collection from which the item was deaccessioned.

Scope and content

The Archival Formats Collection is a collection of deaccessioned archival materials that have been retained for teaching and training purposes. It contains samples of various formats found in archives, including glass plate negatives, slides, textual records, magnetic tapes and disks, and other formats.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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

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Further accruals are expected.

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