Fonds MS-2-373 - Guy Henson fonds

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Guy Henson fonds

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1.49 m of textual records . -- 13 photographs.

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Biographical history

Guy Henson was a prominent figure in Nova Scotia education for nearly forty years. Born in Paris, France, on 21 July 1910, Henson was the son of Herbert A. and Elizabeth B. (née Campbell) Henson of Great Britain. The family moved to Nova Scotia's Annapolis County when Henson was a year old, and he graduated from Bridgetown High School in 1926. He spent the next three years at Acadia University, graduating with a BA (magna cum laude). He then worked as a newspaper proofreader, reporter and junior news editor; an assistant commissioner for the Maritime Provinces Trade Commission to Ontario; and Secretary to Nova Scotia Premier Angus L. MacDonald before embarking on his distinguished career in education.

Henson was an active member of his community. He was the first president of the Province House Credit Union Limited; chairman of the Halifax Cooperative Council; president of the Halifax Cooperative Society Limited; first president of the Halifax Opera Association; president of the Halifax Branch of the United Nations Association, as well as a national vice-president; first president of the Halifax Music Festival Association; chairman of the Nova Scotia Committee for UNICEF; and president of the Nova Scotia Festival of the Arts. Henson received honours and distinctions from the Royal Canadian Legion, the Nova Scotia Association for the Advancement of Coloured People; the Nova Scotia Federation of Home and School Associations; the Halifax and District Federal Local 273; Canadian Labour Congress; and the Nova Scotia chapter, Canadian Institute of Assessors.

In recognition of his widespread contributions to society, Henson received a Doctor of Civil Laws from Acadia University in 1974. He was nominated for a Vanier Award in 1976, and on 19 April 1978 he received the Order of Canada. Guy Henson died on 23 May 1978.

In 2018 Guy Henson was named one of 52 Dalhousie Originals, a list of individuals identified as having made a significant impact on the university and the broader community since Dalhousie's inception in 1818.

Custodial history

Following Guy Henson's death the fonds were in the custody of Don F. MacLean of the Institute of Public Affairs, Dalhousie University during the summer of 1978. The fonds was then transferred to the custody of Jane Henson, Henson's daughter, before the summer of 1979. The Henson family donated the fonds to the Dalhousie University Archives on August 31, 1979.

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Fonds consists of correspondence (1943-1975), publications (1946-1970), addresses and forewords (1944-1977), unpublished documents (1952-1978), material collected for reference and other purposes, newspaper cuttings, memorabilia (1934-1977), and black and white photographs (1946-1975), written or collected by Guy Henson. Reference and other materials pertain to a wide variety of topics, including golf, education in Nova Scotia, political movements and current affairs, social causes, labour, management, and the activities of many local, provincial and national societies.

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Henson's immediate family, Don Maclean, and Paul Brown have unrestricted access to all material in the Guy Henson fonds.

Copyright of the unpublished book article and address manuscripts has been retained by the Henson family.

For permission to use the Howe and Coady material, the Alberta Letts Memorial Lecture material, and the prospectus for "Compulsory Reader for the New Managerial Elite," researchers are to contact Jane Henson.

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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See also Dalhousie University Institute of Public Affairs/Henson College fonds (UA-26), the Nova Scotia Opera Association collection (MS-5-4), and the Kell Antoft collection (MS-2-743).

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No further accruals are expected.

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