Fonds MS-14-30 - Fred Sears fonds

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Fred Sears fonds

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  • 1898-1907, 1998 (Creation)
    Sears, Fred Coleman

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15 cm of textual records
574 graphic images

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Biographical history

Fred Coleman Sears taught horticulture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College from 1905-1907. Born in 1866 in Lexington, Massachusetts, he was raised in Kansas and graduated from Kansas State College in 1892. He taught horticulture in Kansas and Utah before moving to Nova Scotia to teach at the Horticultural School in Wolfville, which operated from 1894-1904. After its closure he taught at NSAC for one year before, in 1907, accepting a position as Professor of Pomology at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. In 1914 he published a textbook called Productive Orcharding. He died in October 1949.

Custodial history

The glass negative and lantern slides were discovered in the basement of Harlow Institute, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS around 1997, they are believed to have been taken by Fred Sears. They were donated to the Agricola Collections in 1997 (accession number A2017-061 ; A2018-053)

Scope and content

Fonds includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence to and from Fred Sears between 1905-1907 while he was Professor of Horticulture at Nova Scotia Agricultural College. The glass negative, lantern slides, and copy negatives and contact prints depict apples and orchard practice around the Agricultural campus and Nova Scotia. Notes on some of the sleeves of the negatives suggest that they date from the period 1898-1907.

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Textual records are water stained
Some of the glass slides are cracked or broken

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The Agricola Archives imposed thematic and chronological order during archival processing.

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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 MacRae Library. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Fred Sears fonds, MS-14-30, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Agricola Archives, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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