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Jonathan Borden Marsh fonds

  • MS-2-48, SF Box 18, Folder 15
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1886
Fonds consists of Marsh's account book with the barque Vibilia and her owners (1869-1882) as well as pilot and customs papers. Also included is a charter contract for the Ellerslie (1886).

Marsh, Jonathan Borden, Captain, 1841-1934

James Benjamin Westhaver fonds

  • MS-2-587, SF Box 4, Folders 1-16; SF Box 45, Folders 25-32
  • Fonds
  • 1901-1907
Fonds includes items dealing with the invention of and patenting of a hydraulic gold extractor first registered in 1887. Also involves setting up a company to use the machine and begin gold mining. The material covers a period of 1883 to 1905, and involves many individuals in the business and legal community of Halifax and the South Shore. It also includes the original patent with the specification and diagrams, other diagrams, a 31 page hand written report by Westhaver on his trip to Dawson City, Yukon in 1902 to test his separator. A very interesting collection of letters, documents, legal correspondence, governmental material, etc., etc., dealing with the starting of a company to use the gold separate and Westhaver's various difficulties with financing and control.

Westhaver, James Benjamin

Charles Bruce fonds

  • MS-2-297
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1974
Fonds consists of the personal papers of Charles Bruce, including a scrapbook, notebooks, personal and professional correspondence, published and unpublished work, and research materials and notes.

Bruce, Charles Tory

Kell Antoft fonds

  • MS-2-743, Boxes 1-40
  • Fonds
  • 1929-2002
Fonds comprises records that document Kell Antoft's varied careers and personal interests.

Antoft, Kell

Thomas Head Raddall fonds

  • MS-2-202
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1913-1994
The fonds includes manuscripts of most of his published works—novels, short stories, articles, radio broadcasts and plays, and forewords for other works—from 1929 to 1976; research notes and general historical studies; sound recordings; correspondence covering the years 1914 to 1994 (including letters with other authors and his publishers, among others); diaries (closed at the author's request until 2019); photographs; memorabilia; material related to his father who fought and died in World War I; and several scrapbooks containing reviews of his books, clippings, and other research material.

Raddall, Thomas H., 1903-1994

Charles William Jefferys fonds

  • MS-2-35, SF Box 16, Folder 7
  • Fonds
  • [19-]
Fonds comprises editorial reports and notes made by Jefferys on works by Thomas Chandler Haliburton. Also included is a letter from Robert Glasgow, Managing Director of The Publishers Association of Canada, outlining the agreement of editorial and illustration work undertaken by Jefferys on a multi-volume series of the works of Haliburton. In addition, there is a typescript of a talk written by Jeffreys regarding his illustrations for the project.

Jefferys, Charles William, 1869-1951

Henry Davies Hicks fonds

  • MS-2-511
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1990
Fonds consists of material relating to Henry Hicks political career, his time as Dalhousie University President and also his personal papers and hobbies. This fonds includes his diaries, personal papers, appointment books, correspondence, Dalhousie records, speeches, political records, philatelic records, newspaper clippings and photographs.

Hicks, Henry D.

Charles Macdonald fonds

  • MS-2-42
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1901
Fonds consists of handwritten and printed sermons and lectures and an open letter to the Chancellor of the University of Halifax (1877). It also includes a convocation address (1870) and the order of service for Macdonald's funeral (1901).

Macdonald, Charles

C.L. Bennet fonds

  • MS-2-486
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1957, predominant 1930-1950
Fonds contains considerable material from the Dalhousie Review from 1950–1953, including correspondence, book reviews and articles pending; correspondence relating to Dalhousie University Faculty of Graduate Studies and Senate; examinations and papers of Dalhousie students (primarily 1930s); correspondence, outlines and galley proofs of Canada Books, I to VI, 1933–1951; correspondence and other material relating to the Down Under Club and Anzac Club (1940s); personal papers, including Bennet's course notes and exams from his days as a Harvard undergraduate; copies of acting scripts; photographs of local theatre productions, the School for the Blind, Dalhousie University English Department, and the first Soviet war bride in England (Nora Murray); and copies of Archibald MacMechan's Late Harvest and E. Ritchie's In the Gloaming.

Bennet, C.L.

George Lawson fonds

  • MS-2-159
  • Fonds
  • 1854-1895
Fonds contains off-prints of Lawson's papers (1854-1894), a handwritten catalogue of Lawson's library, handwritten botanical observations (1891), a published program of a course of botany lectures, published testimonials (1874), and an obituary (1895).

Lawson, George

Avis (Marshall) McCurdy fonds

  • MS-2-299, SF Box 36, Folders 12-16 ; SF Box 36, Folders 1-11, 17-24
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1924-1927
Fonds comprises exam questions, debating notes, dance cards, invitations, sorority notes, pins and other memorabilia from McCurdy's student years at Dalhousie University. There are also records (correspondence, financial statements, clippings, menus) from university reunions in 1938, 1967 and 1977.

McCurdy, Avis Hunter (Marshall)

Waterman Family fonds

  • MS-2-356
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1918
Fonds comprises correspondence and miscellaneous papers, a typescript essay on the Waterman family history, and transcripts of papers and deeds.

Waterman Family, 1762-

Robert MacGregor Dawson fonds

  • MS-2-256, Box 1-33
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1962, 1920-1958
Fonds comprises primarily Dawson's research materials, including newspaper clippings, assorted print materials, notes and correspondence, manuscript drafts, proofs and offprints. There is a smaller volume of personal and family papers, personal and professional correspondence, four photograph albums, and over 160 photographs of Dawson’s family, homes, and friends from his student days at Dalhousie.

Dawson, Robert MacGregor

Charles H. Mercer fonds

  • MS-2-659
  • Fonds
  • 1911, 1928-1936
Fonds consists of published material, correspondence, pamphlets, off-prints on foreign language broadcasting around the world; correspondence and literature on the League of Nations Society in Canada; and correspondence with the Canadian Prisoners’ Welfare Association, the Penal Association of Canada and the Prisoners’ Aid and Welfare Association.

Mercer, Charles, H.

J. Andrew Wainwright fonds

  • MS-2-636
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1995
This fonds includes correspondence from other Canadian writers, 1969-1995 ; manuscripts of published poetry and books, 1969-95; manuscripts of unpublished poetry, 1960-83; and research notes.

Wainwright, J.A. (J. Andrew), 1946-

Harry Bruce fonds

  • MS-2-548, Box 1-10
  • Fonds
  • 1944-1985
The fonds contains both business and personal correspondence; materials related to awards received and events attended; and research notes, correspondence, interview notes, manuscripts, typescripts, and reviews of his published writings.

Bruce, Harry, 1934 -

Budge Wilson fonds

  • MS-2-650
  • Fonds
  • 1948-2018
Fonds consists of manuscripts and proofs of Budge Wilson's books and short stories; correspondence with publishers, students, and teachers; publicity material; photocopies and clippings of reviews, profiles, and notices regarding awards and appearances; diaries; recorded radio interviews; and an assortment of other documents created and collected by the author throughout her writing career. The fonds also contains materials relating to the adaptation of Wilson's novel "Before Green Gables" into a Japanese animated television series.

Wilson, Budge (Marjorie)

The Reverend William R. Tratt fonds

  • MS-2-198
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1954
Fonds comprises correspondence and personal papers of William R. Tratt and Naomi Tratt (1890-1932). It also contains Herber Tratt's academic records and financial statements (1908-1910), temperance certificates for Gertrude, Wilfred and Elsie Tratt (1931), and Methodist Church Statistical Returns (1915).

Tratt, William R., The Reverend, 1850-1934

George Vibert Douglas fonds

  • MS-2-20, SF Box 14, Folders 3-5
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1956
Fonds consists of two notebooks and a number of Douglas's offprints on geological topics, including findings from the Shackleton expedition and mineral deposits in Nova Scotia.

Douglas, George Vibert

H.L. Ruggles fonds

  • MS-4-168
  • Fonds
  • 1925-1968
Fonds contains business records and personal correspondence of H.L. Ruggles. Financial records primarily relate to Ruggles' wholesale grocery business, but some materials relate to the settlement of his mother's estate. Personal correspondence involves the settlement of his mother's estate.

Ruggles, H.L.

Norman Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-689
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1913-1995
Fonds consists of materials created and collected by Norman Creighton, including radio scripts; published and unpublished manuscripts for short stories and articles; correspondence; audio tapes and records; research notes; newspaper and magazine clippings; photographs; financial papers; memorabilia. Materials primarily relate to Creighton's long career as a writer and broadcaster, but also include materials relating to his personal life and family history. Fonds is arranged by type of material and includes the following series: CBC Scripts, Correspondence, Family Estate Documents, Fiction, Financial, Memorabilia, Nonfiction, Notebooks, Photographs, Printed Materials, Radio Talks, Records, Research Files, Subject Files, The Gillans, Titus Smith.

Creighton, Norman, 1909-1995

Guy Henson fonds

  • MS-2-373
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1978
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.

Henson, Guy

Angus Edward Murray fonds

  • MS-13-68
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1984
Fonds consists of patient records, autopsy reports, correspondence, various medical reports from several institutions, and business records including a ledger and daily journals.

Murray, Angus Edward, Dr., 1901-1986

Robert Weil fonds

  • MS-2-750
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1947-1975
This fonds consists of material created and collected by Robert Weil during his career as a psychiatrist and professor of psychiatry at Dalhousie University. Types of records include correspondence, original manuscripts and published work, research and notes, photographs, patient files, and studies and collected data on the psychological results of the surviving miners of the Springhill Mine Disasters in 1956 and 1958.

Weil, Robert

Nova Scotian Institute of Science fonds

  • MS-2-203
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1910
Fonds consists of scientific reports, student notes and clippings from newspapers and government publications.

Nova Scotian Institute of Science.

John F. Graham fonds

  • MS-2-623
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1991
Fonds consists of material created and collected by John F. Graham during his career as a professor at Dalhousie University, as well as some material prior to this time. Types of records include correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, manuscripts and drafts of writings by Graham, course and lecture materials, departmental memos, research, and similar material.

Graham, John F.

F. Ronald Hayes fonds

  • MS-2-695
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1974, predominate 1955-1959
Fonds contains records that span Hayes' career as a zoology professor. It consists of research data, laboratory experiments and other teaching material, correspondence, and publications. The research data has a wide geographic scope, but was primarily gathered in Nova Scotia.

Hayes, F. Ronald

Terry Ryan fonds

  • MS-2-579
  • Fonds
  • 1982-1987, 1992-1998
Fonds consists primarily of documents related to the production of the movie Bayo, an adaptation of the book Lightly, by Chipman Hall. Materials include manuscripts, scripts, contracts, memos, correspondence, newspaper clippings, a videocassette copy of the movie, and photographs. There are also two poems written by Ryan and documents related to his development of a one-handed computer keyboard.

Ryan, Terry

Samuel George William Archibald fonds

  • MS-2-3, SF Box 13, Folder 1
  • Fonds
  • [1819?]
Fonds consists of two notes from Lord Dalhousie, two letters (one photocopy) from Agricola (John Young), and one note regarding a property deed.

Archibald, Samuel George William, 1777-1846

J. Gordon Duff fonds

  • MS-13-82
  • Fonds
  • 1844-2010 ; predominant 1961-1990
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the professional life of J. Gordon Duff while he was director and professor at the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy. Records include correspondence, pharmacy history and research, photographs, and materials on the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University Faculty of Health, and pharmacy associations.

Duff, J. Gordon

Richard Edward Graham Roome fonds

  • MS-2-252
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1957
Fonds primarily consists of records documenting Roome's military career and research interest. The records span World War One and World War Two and include correspondence (1918-1919 and 1942-1946); war diaries (1915-1918 and 1940-1944); addresses and lectures (1928-1949); ca. 165 black and white photographs, mostly of Mesopotamia during World War I and of training exercises during World War II in Debert and Tracadie, Nova Scotia; photographs and postcards of Dalhousie; maps of England, France, and Mesopotamia from World War I; print materials which include newspaper clippings and copies of Canadian military magazines; research notes on the American Civil War; papers while Deputy Adjutant General (1943-1945) regarding awards, transfers, discharges, etc.; and miscellaneous other papers.

Roome, Richard Edward Graham, Brigadier, 1892-1985

Horace E. Read fonds

  • MS-2-322
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1991
This fonds consists of a variety of materials related to all aspects of Read's career. The fonds includes a range of correspondence; biographical records pertaining to Read himself such as newspaper clippings and a curriculum vitae; conference papers; various association files and Dalhousie committee files; lecutres; souvenirs from Read's military career that include certificates, miniature medals, a records of military service; published and printed workds; committee files related to the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board, the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Auto Insurance, Uniformity of Legislation in Canada, the King's Regulation Revision Committee; and photographs (primarily of Read during the War or attending various functions).

Read, Horace Emerson

Sandy Young fonds

  • MS-2-741, Boxes 1-85
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1998

This fonds consists of records related to Sandy Young’s academic research, interests, and teaching career which have a particular emphasis on sport and sport history in Nova Scotia and Canada.

The largest series in the fonds consists of student papers, most of which were written for Dr. Young’s leisure studies classes and contain information gleaned from student interviews with athletes. The fonds also contains official and personal correspondence; research notes; newspaper clippings primarily regarding Nova Scotia athletes; conference information; committee records; film and video recordings used for class instruction; magazines; programs from various sports associations and sport teams; publications which include many articles written by Young on Maritime sport history; sound recordings; slides dealing with international sports history used for teaching; photographs of mostly Nova Scotian or Canadian athletes; postcards; maps; and scrapbooks. The fonds also contains an assortment of artifacts and memorabilia related to Nova Scotia Olympian Aileen Meagher, including a track outfit, relay baton, and Olympic bronze medal certificate.

Young, A.J.

Thomas McCulloch, Jr. fonds

  • MS-2-41
  • Fonds
  • 1824-1865
Fonds consists of Thomas McCulloch Jr.'s correspondence with various persons and organizations, manuscripts, and documents from McCulloch's visit(s) to France.

McCulloch, Thomas, Jr.

Donna Morrissey fonds

  • MS-2-753
  • Fonds
  • 1979-2012
Fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts (print and electronic), drafts, page proofs, illustrations, digital photographs, and published copies of the novels, scripts, and short stories written by Donna Morrissey. It also contains e-mail and printed correspondence, press material and book reviews, and resource material from a workshop.

Morrissey, Donna, 1956-

George Farquhar fonds

  • MS-2-237, Box 1
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1968

This fonds consists primarily of records related to the Board of Governors collected by Farquhar during his time on the board, including minutes; the report A Survey and Plan of Fund-raising for Dalhousie University; and a file of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and publications related to President Stanley Carleton’s resignation.

The fonds also includes some other miscellaneous materials collected by Farquhar related to the history of Dalhousie or the province, and associations/events with which he was involved. These records include pamphlets, song books, biographical sketches of some notable Nova Scotians, and a number of event programs and invitations.

Farquhar, George

Stanley Cowan fonds

  • MS-2-673, Box 1-7
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1994
This fonds consists of English department meeting minutes and course materials for English 1006 (Introduction to Literature), English 2233 (Science Fiction), and English 3206 (American Literature of the Nineteenth Century). Course materials include assignments, outlines, overheads, student marks and attendance records, and other textual documents materials related to these courses.

Cowan, Stanley

William Jarvis McCurdy fonds

  • MS-2-327
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1988

Fonds consists primarily of correspondence and records pertaining to the Dalhousie Class of 1926 and William Jarvis McCurdy. Financial records include class contributions and invoice payments; correspondence includes letters exchanged between McCurdy and various classmates, letters to Elinor Barnstead and a letter from Elinor Barnstead to Wilfrid Creighton.

McCurdy's personal records include a newspaper announcement of his 1929 engagement to Avis Marshall, his 1931 doctoral thesis from Harvard University, and the memorial service program of his death in 1988.

McCurdy, William Jarvis

Greg Cook fonds

  • MS-2-720, 22 Boxes
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1993
Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper articles written by Cook, published and unpublished manuscripts, published articles, academic papers, association minutes, writings, subject files, financial records, and research files.

Cook, Gregory, A., 1950-

Wilfred Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-264
  • Fonds
  • 1854, [19-]-1995
Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Wilfrid Creighton, including correspondence, articles, manuscripts, financial and legal documents, minutes, photographs and a variety of personal papers and memorabilia. Materials relate to Creighton's education, career and long-time interest in forestry, but also include some materials relating to family history.

Creighton, Wilfred, 1904-2008

John Godfrey fonds

  • MS-2-575
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1987, predominant 1966-1986
Fonds consists of materials created or collected by Dr. John F. Godfrey while he was a professor at Dalhousie University and President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Material consists of correspondence, course material, lecture notes, videocassettes, shooting scripts and research for History 100 videos, manuscripts, notes, printed material of local history and locations, and meeting minutes and memos from committees, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the History Department at Dalhousie University.

Godfrey, John F.

Blackburn family fonds

  • MS-2-10, SF Box 13, Folders 5-8
  • Fonds
  • 1837-1949
Fonds consists of two farm ledgers (1894-1936 and 1899-1906), one farm inventory (1899), one notebook containing estate inventories and administrative accounts (1837-1875), and one notebook containing a weather diary (1949). Fonds also contains minutes from two Master of Rights Lodge meetings held in 1931.

Blackburn Family

Brian Flemming fonds

  • MS-2-742, Boxes 1-46
  • Fonds
  • 1925-2002

Fonds consists of Brian Flemming’s personal and professional papers which reflect his career as a regional and national political figure. The fonds contains both political and personal correspondence, including records created while Flemming worked in the Prime Minister’s Office, and correspondence with prominent Canadians such as Senator Michael Kirby, Paul Tellier, and Peter Bronfman.

The fonds also includes miscellaneous publications, speeches, political material, records of his work on behalf of various organisations, records related to his own business activity, and records related to maritime law and the law of the sea.

Flemming, Brian

Frank Parker Day fonds

  • MS-2-288
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1957
The fonds includes poetry, plays, short stories, and novel manuscripts which span Day's writing career; correspondence; speeches and essays; personal documents including various legal, financial, academic, and family-related materials; photographs; and various materials and manuals pertaining to his time in the military.

Day, Frank Parker

Robert William Murray MacKay fonds

  • MS-13-77
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1977
Fonds consists of lecture notes, administrative papers regarding the Nova Scotia Hospital, certificates of achievement, medals, and personal correspondence.

MacKay, Robert William Murray, Dr.

Captain John Crosby fonds

  • MS-2-525, SF Box 27, Folder 33-34; SF Box 28, Folder 7-11 ;
  • Fonds
  • 1827-1923
Fonds comprises four land deeds, a letter of administration for Abijah Crosby to execute his father's estate, a statement of purpose for the Church of Chebogue, and a letter to Abijah Crosby regarding the payment and installation of a rural postal delivery box.

Crosby, John B., Captain, 1833-1919

Florence Seeley Knowles fonds

  • MS-2-543, SF Box 44, Folders 16-19
  • Fonds
  • 1800-1824
Fonds comprises family papers, including an 1821 deed to the Perkins family of Liverpool, an 1824 royal land grant to Enos Collins of Liverpool, an 1845 letter of appointment of Samuel P. Fairbanks, Queen's Council, signed by Queen Victoria, and the last will and testament of Henry Newton.

Knowles, Florence Seeley, 1852-1940

Freeman F. Tupper fonds

  • MS-2-201
  • Fonds
  • 1909-[194-?]
Fonds consists of research notes and materials on the history of Nova Scotia and, more specifically, Liverpool and its prominent families, including family trees and hand-drawn annotated maps. Also included are many manuscripts on a variety of topics relating to Tupper's historical research, ranging from John Cabot and the early explorers to lesser-known local events in the history of Nova Scotia. Also present is a small collection of personal diaries and copies of deeds and legal documents from the Tupper family.

Tupper, Freeman F.

Howard Murray fonds

  • MS-2-180, SF Box 19, Folder 10
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1906
Fonds comprises an early teaching contract (1878), handwritten notes on Nova Scotia high school curriculum revisions, and a published pamphlet of opinions on proposed provincial curriculum reform (ca. 1906).

Murray, Howard

James Baxter fonds

  • MS-2-7, SF Box 13, Folder 4
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1864, 1917
Fonds consists of notes of lectures on logic delivered by James Ross at the Theological Seminary in Truro, Nova Scotia (1860-1861) and on Moral Philosophy at Dalhousie College (1863-1864), as well as certificates of attendance from the 1860s and a photograph of Thomas McCulloch and others.

Baxter, James, 1844

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