Fonds MS-4-57 - Frieze and Roy fonds

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Frieze and Roy fonds

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  • 1838-1941 (Creation)

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2.6 m of textual records. - -- 6 microfilm rolls.

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Frieze and Roy were shipping merchants from Maitland, Nova Scotia. David Frieze started the company in 1839, when he ran a general store as well as owning and operating sailing vessels. Adam Roy joined Frieze in business in the 1860s and they became Frieze and Roy in 1868. In addition to running his business, Adam Roy served as a justice of the peace and was associated with the Maitland School. Frieze and Roy both had connections to the Maitland Presbyterian Church and the Sons of Temperance chapter. Alexander Roy, Adam Roy's brother, built many of their ships, while Adam Roy's brother Thomas Roy, along with members of the MacDougall and Douglas families, served as captains. Their vessels included the well-known Barque Snow Queen (1876-88), the Esther Roy, the Linwood and the Brig Trust. With the decline in the shipping industry during the 1880s, they switched their focus to their general store, which sold a wide range of goods such as hardware, lumber, candy, groceries, kitchenware, fabric, shoes and toys. David Frieze's son George was also involved with the business.

Roy's son, Adam Frederic (Fred) Roy, took over the business when he was 19, and his daughter, Margaret Sanford, in turn inherited it. The 1970s saw a decline in business due to the building of a bridge that linked Maitland closer to Truro. In 2004 Glenn Martin purchased the store from the Sanfords to preserve it, with the agreement that he would maintain store's long history. The Frieze and Roy General Store still operates in Maitland, primarily selling giftware and souvenirs. It remains one of the oldest businesses in Nova Scotia.

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Material was donated the Dalhousie University Archives by Mr. and Mrs. Fred Roy in several accessions between 1972 and 1985.

Scope and content

Fonds comprises general business correspondence, financial records and legal records, primarily indentures and insurance policies. There are also sales and operations records and vessel records, including insurance policies, charter parties and printed protests. Family records include estate papers, and records created and collected during David Frieze's tenure as a justice of the peace for Hants County, as well as electoral records and records created by Maitland Presbyterian Church, Sons of Temperance, and the Maitland School.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on this fonds.

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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], Frieze and Roy fonds, MS-4-57, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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