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Halifax Regional Municipality (N.S.) Fonds Personal archives
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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.

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.

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

Richard Orme Allen fonds

  • MS-2-474
  • Fonds
  • [c. 1917]-1980
Fonds consists of a manuscript about Allen's experiences with one of his superiors during his service on Sable Island, a Department of Marine Notice from 1919, and 60 photographs of Sable Island and its inhabitants.

Allen, Richard Orme

John Bell fonds

  • MS-10-2
  • Fonds
  • 1976
This fonds consists of four letters sent from Fred Thompson to John Bell between July and October, 1976. Fred Thompson was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), editor, historian, and publisher. He was a central figure in the IWW for many years. The letters provide a recounting of Thompson's time in Halifax as a labourer and labour activist and reveal an ongoing discussion between Bell and Thompson regarding labour issues and labour history. The fonds contains no outgoing correspondence from John Bell to Fred Thompson.

Bell, John

Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

  • MS-2-175
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1946
Fonds comprises correspondence regarding Burpee's geneological research into his uncle, James De Mille, research notes and secondary materials about De Mille, and two manuscripts by Burpee on De Mille.

Burpee, Lawrence Johnstone, 1873-1946

Samuel Ernest Sprott fonds

  • MS-2-660
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1996, predominantely 1958-1978

This fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Dr. Samuel Ernest Sprott. Types of files include correspondence, class lecture notes and materials, reading lists, exams, notes and English department supplements, Library committee meeting minutes and reports and other committee papers Sprott was associated with, manuscripts and published journal articles and books and records from the Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate Studies, such as events and meetings.

Series include Class Records ; Correspondence ; Dalhousie University Libraries ; Department of English ; Faculty of Arts and Science ; Faculty of Graduate Studies ; McGill University ; Microfilm ; Personal Papers ; Published Work ; and Slides

Sprott, Samuel Ernest

Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Alfred Dickie fonds

  • MS-4-64
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1937, predominate 1890-1927

This fonds consists of records which document the personal and business activities and interests of Alfred Dickie and, to a lesser extent, those of his immediate family and employees. Although the records span Dickie’s lifetime, few relate to his childhood, education, or final two years of life. Some items, in particular those concerning his export lumber business or his travels, derive from various places in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and South Africa, though by far the majority are found to be located within Nova Scotia.

The fonds includes correspondence, business and administrative records, speeches, photographs, legal documents, and plans, among other materials. Records are chiefly in English, although a very small portion are in French, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish, and Italian.

Dickie, Alfred

Richard Ward fonds

  • MS-5-7
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1928, 1932-1933, 1937
The fonds contains photographs of singers and musical groups, theatrical paraphernelia, and documents regarding the construction of Ward's home on Beaufort Avenue in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as other printed material.

Ward, Richard, (fl.1888-1977)

Fred Brodie fonds

  • MS-9-6
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1977
Fonds includes the transcripts of conversations Fred Brodie had with Charles Murray and David Gutnick, and with John Bell. Fonds also includes newspaper clippings collected by Fred Brodie on the Canadian Congress of Labour and Trades and Labour Congress of Canada merger, the Halifax Labour Temple, the Halifax Typographical Union, the Teann Ghlac Black Friday coin, along with a variety of letters to the editor. Also included are reference materials for the ITU - Herald contract, the CHFX radio scripts, the Royal Commission on Newspapers' presentation, and a letter written by Fred Brodie to the Halifax Labour Temple.

Brodie, Fred

Catherine Creighton and family fonds

  • MS-2-656
  • Fonds
  • [18--]-1989

Fonds consists of papers created and/or accumulated by Catherine Creighton and her family, including those of her husband Graham and children Edith, Anna, Lois, Frieda, and Howard. While the fonds includes correspondence from Wilfred Creighton to his siblings and parents, Wilfred's papers are not included as a sous-fonds within the fonds.

The bulk of the fonds consists of correspondence from family and friends, but also includes diaries, photographs, financial papers, personal papers, memorabilia, print materials, scrapbooks, articles, and artwork. Records in the fonds provide a well-rounded depiction of the family's daily activities and lives - from their relationships with each other, their extended family, and their community, to their financial status, values, education, and careers.

Creighton Family

Wallace R. MacAskill fonds

  • MS-2-199
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1956
Fonds consists of letters to MacAskill and one published photographic catalogue.

MacAskill, Wallace R.

Alexander E. Kerr fonds

  • MS-2-153, Boxes 1-4
  • Fonds
  • 1851-1975
Fonds contains personal documents of Alexander E. Kerr, including sermons, notes, personal writings and essays, certificates and degrees, pamphlets, publications, newspaper clippings, two photographs, and some correspondence.

Kerr, Alexander Enoch

Norman Barrie Coward fonds

  • MS-13-85, Boxes 1-2; OS Box 2, Folders 21-22
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1995
Fonds consists of correspondence, certificates, photographs, a plaque, and newspaper clippings.

Coward, Norman Barrie, Dr., 1905-1997

Marian Binkley fonds

  • MS-2-172
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1976-1995
Fonds consist of records related to Marian Binkley's extensive research studies on the fishing industry, particularly the health and safety of fishermen and the effects of the industry on their wives and families. Population data and research on the people of Fogo Island over a period of one hundred years is also included. Records consist of correspondence, surveys with fishermen and their wives, research on the fishing industry (particuarly with regard to health problems and fatalities), notes on findings and research, interview transcripts, and audio recordings of the interviews.

Binkley, Marian

Arthur Stanley Mackenzie fonds

  • MS-2-43
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1949, 1971
Fonds consists of correspondence (1885-1936), publications (1894-1927), addresses (1889-1921), unpublished documents (1881-1923), including unpublished articles, a large number of lecture notes (1881-1923), research notes (1887-n.d.) and lab books (1887-1909). Other course materials include course examination papers written and collected by Dr. MacKenzie. Other materials in this fonds pertaining to Dr. MacKenzie’s personal life include his diaries (1883-1909), honours, pictures and memorabilia (1938-1949).

MacKenzie, Arthur Stanley

James Aitchison fonds

  • MS-2-666
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1994, predominant 1955-1992
Fonds consists primarily of documents related to James Aitchison’s scholarly research and teaching. Records includes correspondence, course files, subject files, addresses, papers (including some written by students), notes and notebooks, newspaper clippings, offprints, printed materials, reports, and a variety of miscellaneous records.

Aitchison, James, 1908-1994

Janet Leffeck fonds

  • MS-5-13
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1995
Fonds is primarily comprised of artistic programs from musical and theatrical events held predominantly in Nova Scotia, specifically in the Halifax area. Fonds also includes some music school syllabi, event competition forms and regulations, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

Leffek, Janet

Creelman Family fonds

  • MS-2-775
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1999
This accession contains photographs, correspondence, postcards and other memorabilia from various members of the Creelman family.

Creelman Family

George Hugh Henderson fonds

  • MS-2-516, SF Box 19, Folder 11 & 12; SF Box 27, Folder 23 & 29
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1950
Fonds comprises a letter from Ernest Rutherford and correspondence regarding a proposal to apply for the presidency of the University of New Brunswick. There is also a letter of appointment from the Ministry of National Defence, a list of Henderson's publications, miscellaneous offprints, obituaries, high school diplomas, Cavendish Laboratory dinner menus, and the warrant of appointment to the Order of the British Empire.

Henderson, George Hugh

George Nicholls fonds

  • MS-2-561
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1983
This fonds consists of material created by or accumulated by George V.V. Nicholls. Records include correspondence, Nicholls and Van Vliet family estates and wills, course material from classes taught by Nicholls at Dalhousie’s Law School and Queen’s University, meeting minutes from professional associations, Dalhousie and community committees and clubs that Nicholls was involved with, some photographs and drafts and published legal journal articles and essays written by Nicholls.

Nicholls, George

Allan Bevan fonds

  • MS-2-472
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1960-1980
Fonds contains textual records relating to the history of the activities of the Dalhousie University English Department and to Bevan's academic activities. The fonds consist of research notes generated during Bevan's study of Dryden's literature; academic and departmental correspondence and documentation created while Bevan was head of the English department and afterwards; documents and correspondence relating to operations at the Dalhousie Review from 1972-1980; fiction and other writings; material pertaining to courses he taught from 1949 to 1976; and various undated papers written by his students.

Bevan, Allan, Dr., 1913-1981

Terrence Gordon fonds

  • MS-2-737
  • Fonds
  • 1997-2005
Fonds consists of materials related to a biography of Marshall McLuhan which Gordon published in 1997 and was titled Marshall McLuhan: Escape into Understanding. The fonds includes correspondence with publishers, reviewers, and others; Gordon’s curriculum vitae; a draft of the biography; newspaper clippings and copies of reviews; and research materials. The fonds also includes working papers from three books which Gordon edited: McLuhan Unbound, Understanding Media (Critical Edition), and The Classical Trivium: The Place of Thomas Nashe in the Learning of his Time.

Gordon, Terrence W.

Everett MacDougall fonds

  • MS-2-266, SF Box 31, Folder 14-15; SF Box 35, Folder 3-5
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1937
Fonds comprises photocopies of MacDougall’s diary, reference letters, correspondence from the author Frederick William Wallace and MacDougall’s sister Alice, miscellaneous business papers, and photographs of MacDougall, other mariners, and shipping vessels.

MacDougall, Everett, 1858-1938

Chester Stewart fonds

  • MS-13-61, Boxes 1-44 ; OS Box 2, Folders 4-6
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1995
Fonds consists of papers documenting Dr. Stewart's entire professional career. These papers include files on the construction of the Tupper Commission and the Hall Review Commission in addition to research notes on aviation medicine and decompression sickness. The collection also includes correspondence, lectures, books, publications, photographs, and other manuscripts from his personal life and his time spent at Dalhousie University.

Stewart, Chester B.

Andrew Merkel fonds

  • MS-2-326
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1954
Fonds consists of materials created and collected by Andrew Merkel. The fonds contains correspondence to and from friends and associates, including Charles Bruce, Kenneth Leslie, and Robert Norwood; manuscripts of articles, poems, and plays; Atlantic Radio and Aviation Magazine Papers; newspaper clippings related to his retirement and death; printed copies of The Song Fishermens’ Song Sheet and The Order of Good Cheer; and some other miscellaneous documents

Merkel, Andrew Doane, 1884-1954

Frank Baird fonds

  • MS-2-5, SF Box 13, Folder 2
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1933
Fonds consists of a draft typescript of Baird's "Doctor Archibald MacMechan: An Estimate and an Appreciation," commissioned by The Halifax Chronicle for their 1923 New Year's edition and withdrawn at Archibald MacMechan's request. Also present are three letters from MacMechan concerning the article and a later letter from Stanley MacKenzie regarding an essay by Baird rejected by The Dalhousie Review.

Baird, Frank, Rev. Dr., 1870-1951

Samuel R. Balcom fonds

  • MS-2-128
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1980
Fonds contains various records from the many different activities, organisations and associations of which Balcom was a part. Balcom played an important role in organising reunions of those who served at the No. 7 Stationary Hospital, and amassed several photographs and other records of these events. He retained records and newspaper clippings reflecting his involvement in clubs and associations.

Balcom, Samuel R., Col.

Herbert Leslie Stewart fonds

  • MS-2-45
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1953
Fonds consists of records primarily originating from Herbert L. Stewart's work as a philosopher, professor, and political commentator. Records include manuscripts and typescripts, notes, scrapbooks, diaries, offprints, reports, and correspondence. One series comprises Stewart's collection of his father's sermons, notes, and correspondence.

Stewart, Herbert Leslie

W. Graham Allen fonds

  • MS-2-96
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1984
The fonds primarily consist of scripts, broadcasts, short stories and commentaries from Allen's writing and broadcast career; correspondence; documents relating to Allen's Navy service and personal reference material; CBC election broadcast coverage; and photographs.

Allen, W. Graham, 1909-1986

Richard C. Weldon fonds

  • MS-2-126
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1890
Fonds consists primarily of correspondence from the period during which Weldon was a Member of Parliament, and includes personal and business letters. There are also telegrams, bills, invoices, and a geometry textbook from Weldon's studies at Mount Allison. Also included are prints of family photographs, circa 1870's-1890's.

Weldon, Richard Chapman

Vincent C. MacDonald fonds

  • MS-2-171, Box 1-3
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1985
Fonds consists of law publications and print materials relating primarily to government, the Canadian Constitution, or to Newfoundland joining confederation; copies of speeches; correspondence with family, friends, and professional associates, including some from former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King; newspaper clippings and memorabilia; photographs; and a small group of other miscellaneous documents which includes stories of MacDonald written by friends and associates for the Dalhousie University Faculty of Law publication Hearsay.

MacDonald, Vincent Christopher

Eliza Ritchie fonds

  • MS-2-433
  • Fonds
  • 1889, 1930-1933
Fonds consists of a printed copy of Ritchie's thesis, completed in 1889 at Cornell University; two essay offprints from The Dalhousie Review; and a hand-bound catalogue of Ritchie's book collection, with her personal bookplate on the endpapers.

Ritchie, Eliza

Richard Apostle fonds

  • MS-2-681
  • Fonds
  • 1966-2006, predominant 1981-2004
Fonds consists of records resulting from several projects and areas of research, including an employment trends survey for the information services professions; Public Policing in Nova Scotia; The Restructuration of the Faroese Economy; the crisis of the North Atlantic fisheries and the impact of fishing quotas on the fishing industry; and the Marginal Work World Project. Included in these records are correspondence, surveys, committee notes, interview notes, annual reports by committees and police departments, officer information sheets from various police departments, operation manuals, photographs, audio cassettes, newspaper clippings, and project papers.

Apostle, Richard A.

James Gray fonds

  • MS-2-783
  • Fonds
  • 1941 - 2011
Fonds consists of manuscripts of reviews, lectures, speeches, editorial work, articles, books, poetry, short fiction, and other publications; correspondence with other scholars and students regarding literature studies; course and teaching material; correspondence and records concerning work with associations, publishers, journals and societies including work with the Yale Edition of the Works of Samuel Johnson; and personal files including personal records, philately research, and personal correspondence. Fonds also some photographs of James Gray and colleagues as well as audio recordings of lectures, speeches, and other works by James Gray.

Gray, James

Art Penson fonds

  • MS-3-38, Box 1
  • Fonds
  • 1977-2005
This fonds consists of 143 set, furniture, and prop designs for Neptune sketched on paper ca. 65 x 76 cm and smaller.

Penson, Art

Donald Higgins fonds

  • MS-2-706
  • Fonds
  • 1903, 1957-1988
This fonds consists of textual records created and collected by Donald Higgins while he was a professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Material consists of records relating to Higgins’ interest and research in the area of education reform, city development and planning and municipal government structures, with a focus on regional and local areas. Type of material consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, interview transcripts and notes, reports, printed material, academic papers, completed surveys of Canadian cities and research notes.

Higgins, Donald

Velma Brown fonds

  • MS-2-379
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1979
Fonds consists of newsletters and poetry publications from 1971-1979. Most of the publications feature poetry written by Velma Brown, but a number of other authors are also featured, including Sidney M. Parker, known as the blind poet of Truro, Nova Scotia.

Brown, Velma, Purdy

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