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Arthur Lismer's Dalhousie sketches

  • 0000-091
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1919]

Collection includes 41 original pen and ink drawings by Arthur Lismer commissioned ca. 1919 by Dalhousie's Centenary Committee to illustrate its history of the university's first century: One hundred years of Dalhousie, 1818–1918, which was published in 1920. The collection includes the original and some unfinished and/or unpublished versions of all but one of the 26 illustrations used in the book, which features historic and contemporary Dalhousie figures and buildings. There are several portraits of President Arthur Stanley Mackenzie, which were rejected in favour of publishing a photographic image, as well as a rough sketch of Lismer's daughter, Marjorie. Also included in the collection are 22 reproductions, which are probably printer's proofs, given the poor quality of the paper.

Twelve of the Lismer images were also reproduced in the booklet titled simply Dalhousie University, which was produced by the Dalhousie Million Committee as part of the promotional literature supporting the university's 1920 Million Dollar Campaign and published shortly after the Centenary Committee's book.

There is little documentary evidence beyond these two publications regarding the precise date or other details of the Lismer commission; one of the drawings is marked "1 March 1920," and another "27 March 1920," on date-received stamps from the engraving department of Rous & Mann, the Toronto company that printed both publications. The existing archival correspondence between the university and the printer (UA-3, Box 621, Folder 6) is from the Million Committee file, and refers only peripherally to the Centenary Committee's book project. A letter dated 24 March 1920 from Rous & Mann advises that the cuts, or illustrations, proposed for use in the campaign booklet were "at present locked up for the printing of the other Book in course of preparation," while later correspondence indicates that the printing and delivery of the campaign booklet gained precedence over the commemorative history, and the first run of these booklets was shipped on 17 April. The history was printed shortly after that, although by 26 May it had already been reprinted, owing to the misspelling of George Stewart Campbell, whose middle name appears in the first printing as "Stuart." The existence of the misprinted copies is due to their purchase at a steep discount by the Million Committee, who wrote: "... if the price were attractive a way might be found to use them."

No correspondence or documents have been found in the Dalhousie University Archives regarding Lismer's actual commission: within the Million Committee's correspondence file exists a single telegram from President Mackenzie to Arthur Lismer, dated 3 April 1920, which expresses a need to rush the printing along with the instruction: "leave layout to your judgement," the sole reference to Lismer's role in either project.

Lismer, Arthur

Solar Audio Recording Studio Collection

  • 2012-023
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1975]-[ca. 2003]
Collection contains sound recordings made at the former Solar Audio Recording Studio on Cunard Street in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Solar Audio & Recording Limited.

Dalhousie University Reference Collection

  • MS-1-Ref
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1860]-2019
The collection contains a wide variety of printed materials created by or related to Dalhousie University, including convocation programs; university calendars; faculty, staff, and biographies; faculty and school histories; newspaper clippings; and many other materials related to the university. Materials span from the mid 19th century to the early 21st century.

Dalhousie University. Board of Governors.

Dalhousie University No. 7 Stationary Hospital collection

  • MS-13-2, SF Box 54, Folders 5-6; SF Box 56, Folders 3-4
  • Collection
  • 1915-1977
Collection consists of a booklet about the history of the No. 7 Stationary Hospital, some correspondence of nursing matron Laura Hubley, a book of signatures of the unit's members, and correspondence and a small album containing postcards sent by Sgt. A. Fraser Tupper (who worked with the unit in 1916 and 1917) to his nephew, Ralph Kane.

Artificial insemination industry in Nova Scotia collection

  • MS-14-17
  • Collection
  • 1867-1966
This collection contains information on the early Artificial insemination industry in Nova Scotia, including the original notebooks used by the first technician; also included were books on farming, shepherding, and the life of W.E. Gladstone.

Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection

  • MS-14-18
  • Collection
  • 1900-2002, predominant 1950-1999

The Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection consists of approximately 15 meters of published and unpublished materials. This includes books, serials, brochures, loose papers, photographs and slides, maps, audio and visual material, and artifacts.

The fonds contains information about many individual co-operatives and credit unions, as well as documents from larger region-wide co-operative organizations. There is also a large section of general co-operative literature about co-operation as a social movement, in Canada and around the world.

The age of the materials ranges from the early 1900s up to 2002. The majority spans from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists biography collection

  • MS-14-19
  • Collection
  • 1971
This collection contains materials created and collected by the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists. Series include biographies and photographs of notable Nova Scotia Agriculturists, many of whom were associated with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College or the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection

  • MS-14-22
  • Collection
  • 1811-2003
The Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence, reports, pamphlets, booklets, monographs, magazines, newsletters, photographs, filmstrips, and artifacts.

Zillig, Edith

Edith Kean agricultural book collection

  • MS-14-24
  • Collection
  • 1899-1927
This collection consists of 10 books collected by Edith Kean related to agriculture in the early 20th century, included are a student notebook, Nova Scotia Agricultural College calendars, and issues of the Maritime Students' Agriculturist.

Nova Scotia Agricultural College international collection

  • MS-14-28
  • Collection
  • [19-?]
This collection consists of tools, artifacts, textiles, photographs, pencil sketches, pamphlets, posters, and a video cassette that were collected by Nova Scotia Agricultural College staff through their travels via partnerships with universities and organizations around the world. Materials reflect agricultural and rural traditions from the areas they were collected in. The artifacts were collected from and photographs taken in Kenya, The Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, The Sudani, New Guinea, Angola, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Czechoslovakia, Melanesia, Columbia, The Caribbean, and Jamaica.

William Threlfall collection

  • MS-14-33
  • Collection
  • 1963-1984
This collection contains textual records created by William Threlfall that pertain to primarily diseases, virology, and parasitology of birds and waterfowl. The collection contains thesis, notes, and published articles.

Canadian farm problems radio broadcast guide notes collection

  • MS-14-4, MS-14 Box 5, Folders 16-20
  • Collection
  • 1941
Collection consists of guide notes to a radio broadcast in the 1940's on Canadian farm problems. This was broadcast sponsored by The Canadian Association for Adult Education from Toronto. The guide notes were prepared by J.E. Lattimer, R. Summerby, Emile A. Lods, L.C. Raymond, J.N. Bird, E.W. Crampton, L.H. Hamilton and A.R. Ness.

Douglas Lochhead poetry collection

  • MS-14-45
  • Collection
  • 1959-2009
This collection contains 28 volumes of poetry written by Douglas Lochhead between 1959 and 2009. The volumes of poems are published, pre-publication and never published manuscripts. Most volumes are signed by the author and have an inscription to Peter and Mary Sanger. Mr. Sanger and Mr. Lochhead were colleagues and close friends.

Farm Equipment Museum time capsule

  • MS-14-48
  • Collection
  • 2017
This collection consists of one time capsule that contains documents, realia, and photographs that were created by or about the Farm Equipment Museum located on the Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. There is an inventory created by the Farm Equipment Museum and 2 keys; one key will be retained by the Farm Equipment Museum and the other key with Agricola. Special Conditions: The materials have been inventoried and can be viewed and reproduced for research purposes; copyright is retained by the original creators. The time capsule fire safe box and all its contents will be transferred back to the Farm Equipment Museum Board or equivalent body on the 31st day of May, 2050.

Apples (general) collection

  • MS-14-5
  • Collection
  • 1918-1989
Collection consists of 24 published brochures or pamphlets relating to apple farming, and 2 archival documents on apple farming.

Jim Neary agriculture collection

  • MS-14-6, MS-14, Box 5, Folders 1-3
  • Collection
  • 1943-1950
Collection contains pamphlets "Some Common Animal Diseases" and "Grafting for Nova Scotia Orchards"; Animals' Treatment First Aid; transcripts from broadcast #20 and #21 of "The Vanishing Flock" and "Sheep have an important place in Nova Scotia Agriculture. Leaflet No. 9"

Agriculture (general) collection

  • MS-14-8
  • Collection
  • 1971
Collection contains reports on the banning of pesticides and the development of Canadian agriculture.

Farm and rural life collection

  • MS-14-9
  • Collection
  • 1851-2004
Collection consists of material related to farm and rural life. Mainly historical accounts of farm life and agricultural management in Nova Scotia. Also includes farm diaries [Zabud MacKay (1832-1918) - Malagash, NS], memoirs of John Murphy (Cream pick-up driver), accounts of rural life, etc. Also included is a report on rural policy reform.

Agricultural archives reference collection

  • MS-14-REF
  • Collection
  • 1819-2007
This series contains 53 books, 8 booklets, and 164 cm of other textual and graphic material related to agriculture, which includes related organizations, industries, machinery, research, products, livestock, harvesting, management, crops, etc. These were published between 1846-2000.

Legal papers of Henry Adolphus Newman Kaulback

  • MS-2-183, SF Box 28, Folders 3-6; SF Box 31, Folder 1
  • Collection
  • 1867-1908
Collection comprises legal business correspondence, a book of legal judgment abstracts, indentures documenting Lunenburg County land sales, and papers regarding claims upon the wreck of two schooners.

Kaulback, Henry Adolphus Newman, 1830-1896

Norman Archibald MacRae MacKenzie papers

  • MS-2-185
  • Collection
  • 1972-1976
Collections consists of a typed transcript of a CBC Radio Broadcast titled "Voice of the Pioneer: Norman Archibald MacRae MacKenzie" and the contents of a scrapbook about a bust of MacKenzie at the University of British Columbia.

MacKenzie, Norman Archibald MacRae, Hon.

Howard Logan Bronson Collection

  • MS-2-257
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1918]
Contains material related to Howard Logan Bronson, who was Chair of the Physics Department at Dalhousie University.

Bronson, Howard Logan

Personal archives of William Roy MacKenzie

  • MS-2-296
  • Collection
  • 1911-1953
Collection contains a manuscript of Ballads and Sea Songs from Nova Scotia and related material, including page proofs, research notes, off-print, and correspondence. Material primarily documents Mackenzie's interest in ballads from Nova Scotia.

Mackenzie, William Roy

Armand Therrien Photograph Collection

  • MS-2-304, Box 8-10
  • Collection
  • 1804-1945
Collection consists of over 500 photographs of ships. Collection also contains French-language clippings: Liste des newspages dans le Monde d'Apres Le Journal Courrier De Londres et Gazette de la Grand Bretagne 1804-1807; Registre des Navires Canadienne et Etrangers Coules Derrand La Guerre 1939-1945; Registre notes des Croisieres des U Boot Allemandes Guerre 1939-1945.

Therrien, Armand

Gass Family Postcard Collection

  • MS-2-315
  • Collection
  • 1903-1921
Collection contains postcards written and collected by the Gass family of Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia. The postcards are primarily of Nova Scotia and some, but not all, have handwritten notes. There are also postcards of Montreal, New York, Washington and Victoria. The majority are written to or from Clare Gass.

Gass Family

Thomas McCulloch collection

  • MS-2-40
  • Collection
  • 1801 - 1843, 1955
Collection contains both original records and reproductions of materials related to Reverend Thomas McCulloch. Items include a glass plate etching of McCulloch, microfilm copies of his books, a sample of his shorthand, a ticket to a lecture given by McCulloch, and correspondence. The collection also includes a microform copy of a thesis written by a Dalhousie student about McCulloch.

McCulloch, Thomas, 1776-1843

Charles MacLennan Photographs

  • MS-2-455
  • Collection
  • 1891-1902
Collection contains photographs of shipbuilding in River John, N.B.

Edward J. Mullaly Map Collection

  • MS-2-46
  • Collection
  • 1556-1998
Collection contains twelve historical maps of Eastern Canada, produced by cartographers such as Giovanni Battista Ramusio and Girolamo Ruscelli. Donation also includes a copy of Kershaw's "Early Printed Maps of Canada" and a "A Monograph of the Evolution of the Boundaries of the Province of New Brunswick" by William F. Ganong.

Mullaly, Edward J.

Dalhousie University Class of 1931 - century package collection

  • MS-2-551
  • Collection
  • 1914 - 1986
Collection is a "century package" containing clippings, notes, photographs, and memorabilia compiled by members of Dalhousie University Class of 1931 for future presentation to the Class of 2031.

Class of 1931

Robert Henry Graham's photograph collection

  • MS-2-557
  • Collection
  • 1889-[1925?]
Collection includes 56 photographs from the late 19th-early 20th century, including portraits of unidentified friends of R.H. Graham, Dalhousie University, and other subjects, and a 1892 memorial card for Christina Kerr.
Photographs are missing.

Graham, Robert Henry

The Pullen Map Collection

  • MS-2-756
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1740] - [1851]
Collection contains fourteen maps and charts and one illustration. The materials were collected over many years by Hugh Francis Pullen.

Pullen, H.F. (Hugh Francis), 1905-1983

Annie Belle Roome and Graham Roome correspondence

  • MS-2-771, 1
  • Collection
  • 1915-1919
Collection primarily comprises letters from Captain Graham Roome to his future wife Annie Belle Hollett, written during his overseas service in World War One.

Roome (née Hollett), Annie Belle

The George Robertson Collection

  • MS-2-779
  • Collection
  • 1750-1871
Collection consists of letters, legal documents, and a bill of lading, dating from the 1800s and early 1900s. One of the letters was sent to Joseph Howe, and one of the legal documents concerns land that was set aside for the "Maroons."

Robertson, George

Byron Ulric Hatfield Photograph Collection

  • MS-2-781
  • Collection
  • [before 1949]
Collection contains seventy-seven glass plate lantern slides created by Byron Ulric Hatfield in Nova Scotia during the early twentieth century. Hatfield took photographs of coastal landscapes, churches and other buildings, and people working and in social settings. He also photographed published illustrations of Acadian life, including several illustrations of scenes from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow's epic poem "Evangeline: A Tale of Acadie." Hatfield developed his own photographs and created "magic lantern" slides to use in an illustrated lecture titled "The Land of Evangeline: The Land of Romance, Legend, and Picturesque Beauty." He gave lectures in various locations throughout the eastern United States.

Hatfield, Byron Ulric

Stephen Archibald's student protest photographs

  • MS-2-805
  • Collection
  • 1967 - 1971

Collection comprises 34 mounted photographs of political demonstrations and protest marches organized by Dalhousie students between 1967 and 1970. The photographs were taken by students for the Dalhousie Gazette and/or Pharos yearbook and were compiled and printed by Stephen Archibald for a show in the Student Union Building in Spring 1971. The scope and content notes for the images are drawn from the background information provided by Stephen Archibald, who writes: "The pictures were taken by young men in their late teens and early 20s who had no formal training, but who were drawn to photography because it provided a visual, aesthetic outlet that was missing from their academic university life. We also had no particular political beliefs or insight. The editors at the Gazette were left-leaning during this period so it is not surprising that we were assigned to photograph demonstrations that were organized, in large part or totally, by Dal radicals."

The photographs were printed and mounted by Stephen Archibald on F5 high-contrast paper to exaggerate their graphic nature, and printed full frame, which gives them a black border. As he explains in his notes, this was part of the contemporary aesthetic, ensuring that the viewer was aware that the images were composed in the frame, with nothing edited or cropped out. Most of the photographs are mounted, and the dimensions provided in the physical descriptions do not include the mount board.

Archibald, Stephen

Elliot Black Miller postcard collection

  • MS-2-820
  • Collection
  • 1906-1911, predominant 1906
Collection consists of four scrapbooks containing mounted postcards from around the world addressed to or collected by Miss Elliot Miller.

Miller, Elliot Black

Records from the Joint Review Panel for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project

  • MS-2-88
  • Collection
  • 1987-2008
Collection contains Jill Grant's records from the Joint Review Panel for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project. Materials include the project's environmental impact statement, transcripts from scoping meetings and public hearings, records of the Joint Review Panel, reference and research materials, correspondence, maps and photographs, and other records. The collection provides a comprehensive record of the activities of the Joint Review Panel.

Joint Review Panel for the Whites Point Quarry and Marine Terminal Project.

William Bruce Almon fonds

  • MS-3-15
  • Collection
  • [1935?]-1940
This fonds consists of correspondence from Arthur Winters of the Anglican Young People’s Association to Almon, and a Theatre Arts Guild rehearsal schedule. Some local theatre programs were also donated with the fonds which have been relocated to the MS 3 Reference materials.

Almon, William, Bruce, Lt. Col.

Mary Jones Theatre Program Collection

  • MS-3-20
  • Collection
  • 1937-1941, 1952-1986
The collection contains a variety of theatre and music programs from across Canada, with a special emphasis on events held in and around Halifax, Nova Scotia. There are also programs from England, United States, France and Russia. Programs date from 1937 to 1986 with a gap between 1941 and 1950.

Jones, Mary

Personal archives of David Renton

  • MS-3-23
  • Collection
  • 1926-2006
Fonds consists of records relating to Renton's personal life as well as his acting and teaching careers. The personal papers include files on specific actors, athletics, clippings and publications, festivals and workshops, financial records, Portus Theatre Productions (the production company he founded), school-related theatrical education materials, committee work, unions, associations, and a variety of other subjects. Correspondence includes letters to, from, and about Renton and are primarily theatre-related. The scripts were accumulated by Renton throughout his career as an actor, director, and producer. The fonds also includes photographs and slides of numerous theatrical productions.

Renton, David, 1934-2006

Linda Moore

  • MS-3-41.2009-010
  • Collection
  • 1960-2007
The fonds includes Linda Moore's papers and files relating to her work as director of Neptune Theatre in Halifax. The fonds includes designs and annotated construction plans and photos of the theatre; annotated scripts, photos, and production notes from Neptune shows; correspondence and interview texts; video and audio footage of productions and auditions. There is also a substantial volume of material relating to the world premier production of Dracula: a Chamber Musical.

Moore, Linda

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