Collection MS-14-22 - Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection

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Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection

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Sheep and Wool Archives

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  • 1811-2003 (Creation)
    Zillig, Edith

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4.2 m textual records, graphic materials, and artifacts

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Biographical history

Edith was born and raised on a farm in the province of Pomerania, Germany. She studied
at the Agricultural College of Potsdam, becoming a farm manager in various parts of the country upon completion of her studies.

In 1954, she immigrated to Canada and landed in Cape Breton. The following year she married Gernot Zillig, who had emigrated from Germany earlier. In 1958, the Zilligs moved and settled on their farm at Scotch Village, Nova Scotia. They raised sheep with other livestock, starting with six Suffolk.

During the 1950's and 1960's, Edith and her husband belonged to the provincial sheep farmers' association, which later became the Sheep Producers' Association of Nova Scotia (SPANS) in the 1970's. She became an active promoter of the Nova Scotia sheep industry through their Sheep Fairs from 1973 to 1983 and she served as director of SPANS during the mid-1980's.

Starting in 1981, Edith also served as Western Director of the Nova Scotia Wool Marketing Board until she retired in 1993. In addition, she maintained an interest in the Purebred Sheep Breeders' Association of Nova Scotia, of which her husband served as its first president in 1980.

Since her husband's death in 1992, Edith farmed and raised sheep in Scotch Village, Nova
Scotia, with the help of her son Manfred and her daughter Margaret until her death in 2009.

Custodial history

The material was collected by Edith Zillig from 1987 on. They were donated to the MacRae Library Archives in various stages since 1989. However, the collection does reflect Mrs. Zillig's work within the Nova Scotia sheep industry. It was created by various governments, councils, associations, companies, and universities, both within and outside of Nova Scotia.
Original Collection code: 96EZ
A1989-001, A1989-002. A1990-001. A1991-001. A1993-001. A1995-001, A1996-001, A1997-001, A1999-049, A2001-001, A2002-001, A2003-001, A2004-002, A2006-001, A2007-019, A2007-020, A2019-012, A2006-001

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The Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence, reports, pamphlets, booklets, monographs, magazines, newsletters, photographs, filmstrips, and artifacts.

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Established: July 1996
Processed and arranged by: Barry Cull and Shelley Lawrence.
Additional material processed by Cathy MacDonald in the Summer 2004

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  • English

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They were donated to the MacRae Library Archives in various stages since 1989.
No future accruals expected.

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