Collection MS-15-7 - Robert Arthur (Bob) Stead collection

Correspondence and newspaper articles regarding equal marriage rights and the lobby for churches ...

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Robert Arthur (Bob) Stead collection

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  • 1996, 2000 - 2014 (Creation)
    Stead, Robert Arthur

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2.5 cm of textual records

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Robert (Bob) Stead, was an educator, municipal politician, community activist and advocate. Born in 1941 in Prince Edward Island, he studied at Acadia University and taught school for six years before returning to Acadia to serve as Assistant Registrar and Director of Admissions, which he did for 27 years. In 1988 he was elected to Wolfville's town council, one of the first openly gay men in Nova Scotia to run for municipal office. He served as mayor from 1997- 2012. During his tenure he initiated legislation to make indoor public places smoke-free and to prohibit smoking in cars carrying children. He was instrumental in the creation of the Wolfville Watershed Nature Preserve and ensured that the Rainbow Flag was flown from the flagpole at Wolfville Waterfront Park. After retiring from municipal government, he served L'Arche Homefires Society as Co-Chair of the Building Our Dream Capital Campaign. He died in 2014, survived by his husband, Danny Chandler.

Custodial history

Material was collected by Bob Stead and held by Danny Chandler until donated to the Dalhousie University Archives through the Nova Scotia LGBT Seniors Archive Project.

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Collection contains materials compiled by or about Robert Arthur Stead, including Egale newsletters, correspondence, and newspaper clippings.

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Danny Chandler


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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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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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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Robert Arthur (Bob) Stead collection, MS-15-7, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Record revised September 21, 2020.

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  • English

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