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1950's campus building works

This file contains notes, correspondence and plans for the construction of the new science building (now known as the Harlow Institute) and dormitory (Trueman Hall) and Agricultural Engineering building as well as renovations to various other school and farm buildings between 1947 and 1956 at the Truro Campus of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Main body of material is from 1953-1954.

Administration records

This series contains publications related to the record keeping of faculty and facilities, of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College between 1912-1986. It is arranged into three sub-series, Annual reports, Correspondences, and Facilities - Buildings.

Class letter from Dr. Cumming

This file contains a letter from Dr. Cumming to his class regarding their final spring examination marks in 1909 at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

Correspondence

This file contains a letter to Herbert F. MacRae from Layman T. Chapman in September 21st, 1974.

Correspondence

This sub-series contains inter-department correspondences and faculty speeches of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. These were published between 1911-1975.

Correspondence

This file contains a letter from the president of Union Life Assurance Company to the Secretary of Department of Agriculture, Halifax, N.S. regarding general questions about growing and marketing of apples in 1907.

Correspondence (annual lectureship)

This file contains the correspondence between Dr. P. M. Sanger and Dr. H. F. MacRae regarding providing income for an annual lectureship for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (class of 44 lectureship).

Correspondences

This sub-series includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence to and from Fred Sears between 1905-1907 while he was Professor of Horticulture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College from 1905-1907.

Course correspondence

This file is correspondence between Prof. I. M. Fraser and P. R. Warman, Associate Professor about the scheduling of Introduction to Soil Science (CS 220) within the B.Sc. Agr. Program at Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

Cox Building extension

This file contains a copy of the site plan for Cox Building extension at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1986. It also includes correspondence from Dr. Robert Prange to Dr. H. MacRae.

Crest and motto

This file contains two crests designed for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College by Doug Edit, as well as a copy of a letter about NSAC crests from Doug Edit to Tom Smith in1995. Also contains a document titled "Mens agitat molem", it explains the motto for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

Curriculum

This series contains course material and correspondences relating to the curriculum at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. It is divided into 2 sub-series, correspondences and courses.

Facilities - buildings

This sub-series contains designs, blueprints, and correspondences of the construction and renovation of buildings on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus. These were published between 1912-1986.

Fred Sears fonds

  • MS-14-30
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1907, 1998

This fonds includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence to and from Fred Sears between 1905-1907 while he was Professor of Horticulture at NSAC from 1905-1907. The fonds contains over 200 glass negative and lantern slides 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. There are also copy negatives and contact prints that were made at a later unknown date. Most of the photographs depict apples and orchard practice. Notes on some of the sleeves of the negatives suggest that they date from the period 1898-1907. We have been unable to document who actually took the photographs, which show considerable skill and an artistic flair for composition. There are 120 b&w 5" x 7" prints made from the glass slides, and documents related to the exhibition of the fonds in the MacRae Library.

Biographical : Fred C. Sears taught at the Horticultural School in Wolfville which operated from 1894-1904 and then took up a position as Professor of Horticulture at NSAC from 1905-1907. In 1907 he accepted a position as Professor of Pomology at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. It was there in 1914 that he wrote a textbook entitled Productive Orcharding. The book is illustrated with photographs akin to those in this collection. One photo is the same as one in the collection, but from a different angle. It seems likely that many photographs illustrating the book were taken in Nova Scotia, probably Wolfville. Sears dedicated his book to Robert W. Starr, a close friend and former president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association.

Henry Ford helped Nova Scotia to increase food production

This file contains an account of the donation of a tractor by Henry Ford to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1917. Mr Ford had previously met then Premier the Honorable George H Murray and was introduced to Melville Cumming, Secretary for Agriculture and Principal of NSAC (1905-1927). There are annotations on the first page "Thanks very much - Len" and on the second page "He was here I understand on a trout fishing exhibition (expedition?)."

Herbert F MacRae fonds

  • MS-14-31
  • Fonds
  • 1974, 2002
This fonds contains Dr. Herbert Farquhar MacRae’s obituary and tribute articles dedicated to the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College principal in June 2002. Additionally, the fonds contains a plaque naming the NSAC library in his honour in 1990 and a letter between Herbert F. MacRae and Layman T. Chapman from 1974.

Letter from Keiler Mackay

This item contains a letter to Dr. Melville Cumming from Keiler Mackay, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario written in May 25th, 1960. It writes about John Macrae’s role in WWI as Gunner of the Canadian Field Artillery and as a Medical Doctor in the Canadian Medical Unit. Attached to the is a newspaper clipping of Macrae’s poem “In Flanders Field"
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