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Institute of Public Affairs fonds Halifax (N.S.) File
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A brief history of the coloured Baptists of Nova Scotia

File contains a photocopy of "A Brief History of the Coloured Baptists of Nova Scotia" by P. E. McKerrow. The front cover says "ARCHIVES COPY _ NOT TO BE REMOVED." The book was used as research material during a study on the forced migration of residents of Africville conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s.

Africville meetings

File contains typescripts of City Hall minutes, regarding Africville Relocation topics. Each set of minutes is 1-2 typed pages. File also contains meeting of the Halifax Advisory Committee on Human Rights.

Appraisal Reports for properties 89, 90, and 140.

File contains an appraisal of lots 89 and 90 in Africville by Stailing Real Estate Service addressed to Mr. C. D. Smith, Supervisor Property Division, City Hall. Five page typed letter that includes photographs of appraised properties. Annotated. - Report from DeWolf Real Estate for lots 89 and 90 in Africville. Annotated. Two pages typed letter + two pages photo reproductions. File also contains a report from Stailing for lot 140. Three page letter with photo reproduced. Addressed to Mr. C. D. Smith, Supervisor Property Division, City Hall. - Report from DeWolf Real Estate for lot 140 addressed to Mr. C. D. Smith. Supervisor Property Division, City Hall. Two typed pages annotated. Annotated.- Request for appraisal from C.D. Smith to Stailing for lot 140. One typed page. - Request for appraisal from C.D. Smith to DeWolf for lot 140. One typed page, heavily annotated.

Articles on Blacks in Nova Scotia

File contains copies of published articles and drafts of unpublished articles related to African-Canadian life in Nova Scotia and Canada. File includes selections from "Negro Settlement in Canada, 1628-1965", "Negroes in Canada" (by Harold H. Potter), notes from McKerrow's "A Brief History of the Coloured People of Nova Scotia", "Negro Settlement in British Columbia, 1858-1871" (by James William Pilton), "The Canadian Negro: A Historical Assessment", "From Slavery to the Ghetto: The Story of the Negro in the Maritimes" (by H.A.J. Wedderburn", and "Negroes in Nova Scotia: Bibliography".

Audio recordings by Marvin Burke on Negro Music in Nova Scotia

File contains two audio reels (0.7 cm tape), recorded by Marvin Burke, documenting black music in Nova Scotia. File contains recordings of The New Road Community Group (March 21, 1967), The Easter Sunday Sunrise Service at Seaview Baptist Church (March 26, 1967), and Seaview Baptist Church, Africville (May 21, 1967).

Case study notes and other materials

File contains papers related to Bernard MacDougall and Margaret Beaton, two interviewers who were involved in case studies of Africville families. The case studies were part of a study on the forced migration of residents of Africville. The study was conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s. The papers include typed notes; notes about the selection of 20 families used in the case studies; letters sent to interviewers involved in the case studies; a list of households; and the interviewers' recorded impressions of Africville before and after interviewing.

Central City Data

File contains population tables, newspaper photocopies, development plans, minutes on public housing projects, and redevelopment project reports.

City Council meeting minutes (1852-1970)

File contains facsimiles of Halifax City Council minutes on subjects pertaining to the Africville, used as research materials for the Africville Relocation Study, undertaken by Donald Clairmont and Dennis Magill. File also contains correspondence related to the Relocation Study.

Correspondence - National Commission on Human Rights

File contains correspondence from the Canadian Labour Congress, National Commission on Human Rights, regarding housing and employment matters, to two residents of Africville who were later human subjects who participated in a study on the forced migration of residents of Africville. The study was conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s. File also contains agenda from Halifax city council meeting and draft of a report.

Correspondence and other papers about the Africville relocation study

File contains correspondence between researchers and other people involved in a study on the forced migration of residents of Africville. The study was conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s. Items include correspondence between employees at the Institute of Public Affairs at Dalhousie University (including Dennis Magill and Donald Clairmont) and people from the Halifax Department of Welfare, the Office of the City Manager of Halifax, the family court for the County of Cape Breton, the National Harbours Board, Central Mortgage and Housing Corporation, the Halifax Herald Limited, the University of Toronto School of Social Work, and the Canadian Special Senate Committee on Poverty. The file also contains memorandums from the Institute of Public Affairs; research diaries and notes about interviews; a letter template; an invitation list and list of attendees for a meeting for the Africville relocation study; classification categories for Africville Typology; and a blank questionnaire for the study.

Employment Surveys

File contains five 11 page typed forms. Respondents identified by name, address and telephone. Four part document. Only part 3 have been filled in every form. Parts 2 and 3 are entitled Personal Interview - For the Unemployed.

Harry Wells' interviews about Africville

File contains summaries of interviews undertaken by Henry Wells, with human subjects forcibly removed during the Africville Relocation. File contains information about conversations with interviewees #2, 5, 21, 88, 89, 117, and 118.

Housing authority applications and real estate inspection reports

File contains facsimiles of Halifax Housing Authority documentation related to several of the interviewees of the Africville Relocation Study, conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s. File also includes real estate inspection reports. File includes information regarding interviewees #37, 73, 121, 124, and 129.

Interview File

File contains transcripts of interviews from a study on the forced migration of residents of Africville. The study was conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s. The transcripts are from interviewees #2, #5, #21, #27, #34, #88, #90, #103, #104, #117, #118, #121, and #128; people from the Halifax department of welfare; and other unidentified interviewees. The file also contains photocopies of newspaper articles.

Interview Transcripts related to the Africville Relocation Study

File contains interview transcripts and outlines pertaining to the Africville Relocation Study, conducted by Don Clairmont and Dennis Magill in the late 1960s on the forced migration of residents of Africville. File includes an outline for an interview with Dr Fogo, an interview between Dennis Magill and former Alderman Peter Richards (December 1, 1969), an interview between Magill and Alderman Sullivan (December 5, 1969), an interview between Magill and Alderman James Connolly (December 12, 1969), an interview between Magill and Mayor Allan O'Brien (November 13, 1969), an interview between Donald Maclean and Mr Fred Brodie (January 15, 1970), an interview between Magill and Maclean (November 13, 1969), an interview between Magill and Fran MacLean (November 13, 1969), an interview between Magill and George Davis (December 12, 1969), an interview between Magill and Lloyd Shaw (December 11, 1969), and summaries of interviews between Harry Wells and Jules Oliver, Buddy Day [sic -- Daye] (July 24 and 29, 1969).

Interview outlines

File contains a 4 page typescript of Political-Administrative Questions (page 4 is dedicated to questions for Alderman Connolly, Alderman Sullivan and Alderman Doyle); a 2 page typescript of questions intended for a city administrator identifies as P.J.M. (likely Peter J. MacDonald); a 2 page typescript of questions intended for H.B. Jones, Welfare Officer, City of Halifax; a 2 page typescript for interview with activist (George Davis?); and a 2 page typescript for interview by Denis Magill with Alexa [McDonough].
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