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Halifax Regional Municipality (N.S.) Personal archives
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Letters written by Fred Thompson to John Bell

  • MS-10-2, SF Box 1, Folders 1-4
  • File
  • 1976
File comprises four letters sent from Fred Thompson to John Bell between July and October, 1976. 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.

Chester Stewart fonds

  • MS-13-61
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1995
Fonds consists of papers documenting Dr. Stewart's professional career, including files on the Tupper Commission and the Hall Review Commission, research notes on aviation medicine and decompression sickness, correspondence, lectures, books, publications, photographs, and other manuscripts from his personal life and years at Dalhousie University.

Stewart, Chester B.

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

J. Gordon Duff fonds

  • MS-13-82
  • Fonds
  • 1844 -2010, predominant 1961-1990
Fonds consists of J. Gordon Duff's professional records, including correspondence, pharmacy history and research materials, photographs, and records of the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University Faculty of Health, and various pharmacy associations.

Duff, J. Gordon

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

Samuel R. Balcom fonds

  • MS-2-128
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1980
Fonds contains records documenting the activities, organizations and associations in which Balcom was involved, including the Red Cap Snowshoe Club and the No. 7 Stationary Hospital. Record types include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, memorabilia and parliamentary papers.

Balcom, Samuel R., Col.

Theodore Ross fonds

  • MS-2-129
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1920
Fonds consists of Theodore Ross's correspondence concerning agricultural and personal matters, Dalhousie's centenary and capital campaign, and student residents at Pine Hill.

Ross, Theodore

Letter to Mrs. William Clarke from her cousin

  • MS-2-150, SF Box 27, Folder 4
  • Item
  • 1878
Item is a black-bordered letter written to [Maria?] Clarke from her cousin in Cornwallis, Nova Scotia relating the news of her sister's death and funeral.

Clarke, Mrs. William, fl. 1878

Alexander E. Kerr fonds

  • MS-2-153
  • 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 minimal correspondence.

Kerr, Alexander Enoch

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

Carleton Stanley fonds

  • MS-2-163
  • Fonds
  • 1915 - 1962
Fonds comprises correspondence, speeches, lectures, article and book manuscripts, newspaper clippings and other records documenting the work of Carleton Stanley.

Stanley, Carleton Wellesley

William A. Major's papers about the Halifax Curling Club

  • MS-2-167, SF Box 27, Folder 32
  • File
  • 1923
File consists of a brief manuscript essay on Halifax Curling Club's history, the 1923 end-of-season report, and an excerpt from a published pamphlet called "Curliana Memorabilia."

Major, William Azor

Lecture notes of James M. Carmichael

  • MS-2-17, SF Box 13, Folder 13
  • File
  • 1871-1872
File consists of notes from lectures on political economy delivered by Reverend James Ross, Principal of Dalhousie College 1863-1885.

Carmichael, James M.

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

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

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

Guest books of Malachy Bowes Daly

  • MS-2-19, SF Box 14, Folders 1-2
  • File
  • 1890-1900
File consists of two guest books (1890-1893 and 1897-1900) printed for Daly and his wife, used during his time as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia.

Daly, Malachy Bowes, 1836-1920

Wallace R. MacAskill fonds

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

MacAskill, Wallace R.

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

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

J. Frank McMahon's registration card and class certification tickets from the Halifax Medical College

  • MS-2-224, SF Box 33, Folder 1
  • File
  • 1887-1888
File contains J. Frank McMahon's registration tickets for the Halifax Medical College (Dalhousie College and University Medical Faculty) and his attendance/examination cards for Anatomy, Materia Medica, Practical Anatomy, Histology, Physiology, Botany, and Chemistry. The cards are printed on several different colours of heavy card and are held in a small black leather-bound folder.

Kenneth Leslie fonds

  • MS-2-232
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1975
Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, sermons, miscellaneous papers, poetry volumes and copies of The Protestant, a journal edited by Kenneth Leslie.

Leslie, Kenneth

New man

File contains textual records pertaining to Kenneth Leslie's religio-political publication New-Man.

Essays and interviews of Kenneth Leslie

Subseries contains essays written by Kenneth Leslie when he was a student at both Dalhousie University and Harvard University. Subseries also contains interview transcripts, research notes, and brief biographical sketches written by Leslie.

Correspondence of Nora Leslie

File contains correspondence sent to Nora Leslie (née Nora Steenerson Smith, Nora Totten), fourth wife of Kenneth Leslie, from the 1950s to the 1970s. File includes letters and cards sent by Emilie Laraway, Mary Lewis, Helene Mullins, and Elizabeth and John Robertson. File also includes an undated note written by Nora Leslie after Kenneth Leslie's death, regarding a disagreement with Kenneth's daughter Rosaleen. File also includes a photocopy of a clipping of Nora's obituary.

Promotional materials for poetry readings

File contains two undated promotional leaflets (likely from the late 1930s or early 1940s, promoting Kenneth Leslie poetry readings and discussions. The earliest of the two leaflets, on off-white paper, is entitled "Kenneth Leslie / Poetry Readings -- Discussions / Mr. Leslie / Reads His Own Poetry / Discusses Contemporary Poetry / Helps you Develop Your Poetry" and contains a small portrait of a youthful Leslie wearing a fedora. It contains testimonials from Charles G.D. Roberts, Robert Norwood, and Lawrence H. Conrad on the verso. The second leaflet, printed on yellow paper, also undated, but after 1938, is entitled "Kenneth Leslie : Singer-Composer / Poet", contains a portrait of Leslie to the upper left corner, with a short bibliography (ending in "By Stubborn Stars". The front contains words promoting Leslie's talent from 'Voices', 'London Times', Sir Charles Roberts, 'N.Y. Herald Tribune', 'Halifax Chronicle', Reverend Sister Maura, 'Charlottetown Guardian', and Shaemas O'Sheel, while the verso has further testimonials under the heading "What they say of Kenneth Leslie's poetry...." with the sub-headings "In London, England", "In Toronto", "In New York", and "In Charlottetown".

Such a din! : poems

File contains Kenneth Leslie's personal copy of his collection of poems, 'Such a din!', published in 1936. Leslie used this copy as a working copy when compiling his anthology of poems, 'O'Malley to the Reds and other poems" in 1972. File contains inked corrections, additions, and excisions in Leslie's hand (addition of dedications -- largely to Robert Norwood -- for a few poems, as well as a few title and spelling changes, with poems not be included in the anthology crossed out).

Bowditch, Nanette

File consists of a letter (dated February 1, 1973, from Success, Saskatchewan) and an undated Christmas card [ca. early-1970s] written by Nanette Bowditch, daughter of Kenneth Leslie's brother Eric. The letter discusses the activities of her children George and Emily, the recent publication of his book of poetry, and whether Kenneth is still in touch with his sisters Marjorie and Emily. The Christmas card also contains a brief letter, and is signed by Nanette, with her husband Walter, and two children adding signatures.

McHugh, Gloria

File contains an undated Christmas card (early 1970s) written by Gloria McHugh, sent to her father, Kenneth Leslie. The card expresses hopes for "good health" and "satisfaction from your much needed work", while expressing regret about delays in writing due to her own illness over the previous summer.

Abels, Lydia

File contains two pieces of correspondence, dated January 1973, sent to Kenneth Leslie by Lydia Abels (Mrs Alexander Hamilton Abels), from Boston, Massachusetts. The first piece of correspondence, dated January 5th, discusses Lydia's declining health. The second piece of correspondence, dated January 8th, mentions Lydia's excitement about receiving a copy of Kenneth Leslie's recent anthology of poems, and how the package "looked exactly like your old Protestant" when it arrived.

Ashley, Ruth

File contains handwritten correspondence written by Mrs. Ruth H. Ashley (of Wabash, Indiana), dated January 25, 1963, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File mentioned Ashley's appreciation of Leslie's contributions to Protestant scholarship in his periodical publications The Protestant and The New Christian, and discusses her discovery of related publications and musings on the "close relationship between the philosophy of Jesus and the economic program of Marxism" as well as contemporary Chinese/Soviet relations.

Ashworth, Joseph

File contains handwritten correspondence sent by Joseph Ashworth (of Calgary, Alberta) to Kenneth Leslie, dated September 5, 1972. File acknowledges a $5.00 payment for the purchase of one of Leslie's publications, as well as confirming a new mailing address.

Assenat, John

File contains a piece of handwritten correspondence written by John Assenat (of N. Charleroi, PA), on January 29, [1973], and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File acknowledges submitting payment for the December 1972 and January 1973 issues of The New Man, the recent publication of a book by New Man contributor Hugh Hester, as well as wishing Mr Leslie well after his "sick spell".

Bass, Harold

File contains the typed draft of a letter written by Harold J. Bass (of Tacoma, WA), post-marked November 18, 1972, and submitted to Kenneth Leslie for consideration for inclusion in the publication The New Man. The piece, entitled "Whose mistake?", addresses the horrors and "tragedy of Vietnam", suggesting that George McGovern was barely listened to on the campaign trail "because he declared openly that we have done wrong and we ought to acknowledge and correct that wrong", while Nixon appears to merely want to "cover the wrong and make it seem like a right" with his "peace with honor" promises.

Bell, Jim

File contains a piece of handwritten correspondence sent by Jim K. Bell (Halifax), dated December 28, 1972, to Kenneth Lesile. File acknowledges enclosure of a cheque covering the cost of four copies of Leslie's self-published poetry anthology "O'Malley and the Reds and other poems", as well as a new subscription to The New Man. File also praises Leslie's "determination to resist and fight the fascist bastards" through his continued social-minded publications.

Bilainkin, George

File contains two pieces of correspondence written on Royal Commonwealth Society letterhead by George [Bilainkin] in 1972 and 1973 and sent to Kenneth Leslie. The first letter, handwritten and dated September 26, 1972, derides a £220,000 football transfer fee while "pilots are to get £10,3000 a year, [...] railmen are criticized for demanding [a raise of] £20 a week, [and the] chief gets £2500 rise on his lunatic salary of £20,000". The second letter, typed and dated May 19, 1973, derides the "US gangsters" for spreading "inconceivable evil [...] so widely round innocent, harmless creatures, in India and Pakistan, Cyprus and Cuba", the "hoodlum fraud" of the US courts re: Cambodia, the murders which "our BBC and press do not even mention", with the mournful refrain that "this country smells as fearfully as yours -- and none of the citizenry suspects!" Bilainkin was a foreign correspondent and biographer.

Byrne, Florida

File contains a handwritten letter created by Florida L. Byrne (of Tacoma, Washington) dated May 15, 1973, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. Letter gauges Leslie's interest in receiving copies of U.S. Farm News (whose publisher, Fred Stover, "spoke very highly of [Leslie] in one of his letters". Letter also expresses appreciation for receipt of a copy of Leslie's self-published poetry anthology "O'Malley and the Reds and other poems. Finally, letter inquires to the interest in Leslie's receipt of a few books from Mrs Byrne's personal collection.

Chapman, G. C.

File contains typed correspondence written by G.C. Chapman (from New Westminster, BC), dated May 11, 1972, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File acknowledges enclosure of a cheque to ensure renewal of a subscription to Leslie's periodical The New Man.

Dickson, Charles

File contains an undated hand-made Christmas card sent to Kenneth Leslie by Leslie's grandson Charles, the son of his daughter Rosaleen Dickson, sometime in the early 1970s. The front of the card depicts a winter sledding scene drawn in pencil, while the interior contains a typed three stanza (12 line) poem beginning "I've travelled here from midnight till noon!", and a handwritten holiday salutation to "Grandad, and Nora!" from Charles.
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