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A.M. Bell and Co. fonds

  • MS-4-4
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1960
Fonds contains minute books, cash books, ledgers; correspondence, income tax returns and financial statements for A.M. Bell & Co.

A.M. Bell and Company

Acadia Coal Company fonds

  • MS-4-149, SF Box 1, Folder 13
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1870; 1896-1897
Fonds contains William McKenzie's notebook and several loose sheets detailing timber purchases; three memos to William McKenzie, including one from Jessie Hoyt, who managed the company; the second [1896] and third [1898] published annual reports of the Relief Fund Association of the Employees of the Acadia Colliery; a Fairbanks Standard Scales catalogue; and the Westville business directory [1897].

McKenzie, William

Acadia Gas Engine Company fonds

  • MS-4-81
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1973
Fonds contains three product catalogues produced by the Acadia Gas Engine Company. The earliest dated catalogue was published in January, 1969 and another was published in 1973. One catalogue is undated.

Acadia Gas Engine Company.

Acadian Supplies Company fonds

  • MS-4-117
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1967
The Acadian Supply Company fonds consist of correspondence, financial, legal, sales and shipping records and vessel papers. Also included is correspondence from Lunenburg Mayor Douglas Adams, church papers from LaHave United Church and the Parish of Saint John in Lunenburg, and papers from the Lunenburg Yacht Club and Curling Club.

Acadian Supplies Company.

Adams and Knickle Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-27
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1968
The fonds consists of records which document the business activities and interests of Adams & Knickle Ltd. from 1897 until 1968. Information contained in this fonds provides insight into the company’s role as a major fishing and shipping partner in the fishing and shipping industry in Nova Scotia. Also included in this fonds is information about the company’s international relations with the various agents engaged in this industry; the types and amounts of fish landed, processed, shipped and sold by the company; the many transactions involved in operating vessels; and various events that impacted on the company’s operations. The types of documents include: affidavits, agent accounts, agreements, catch journals, correspondence, damage claims, deeds, employment records, financial statements, fish sales records, fishing contracts, ledgers, notices of protest, port documents, sailing journals, time journals, vessel accounts and journals, vessel certificates, and vessel shares.

Adams and Knickle Limited.

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

Archibald Woodbury McLelan fonds

  • MS-2-87, SF Box 18, Folders 32-33
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1869
Fonds comprises business correspondence, bills of lading, receipts, and miscellaneous papers connected to McLelan's shipping business.

McLelan, Archibald Woodbury, 1824-1890

Arthur Fordham and Company fonds

  • MS-4-2
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1967
Fonds contains records documenting Arthur Fordham's leather merchant activities from 1899-1967. Fonds includes miscellaneous early records, 1899-1933; sales and purchases journals, 1921-1953; cash books, 1918-1962; ledgers, 1921-1967; correspondence, 1920-1950; financial statements, 1933-1964.

Arthur Fordham and Company

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra fonds

  • MS-5-11
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1987
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the administrative, operational, financial, and artistic activities of the ASO. Included are materials documenting the Board of Directors, box office operations (including ticket sales), financial affairs, fundraising, general administration, guest artists, orchestra members, public relations and publicity, and the union. Also included is the photograph series which presents a visual record of various aspects of the orchestra's activities, including performances and women's auxiliary events as well as publicity shots of musicians, conductors, staff, and guest artists.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Halifax, N.S.).

Augustus Lantz fonds

  • MS-4-238
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1885
Cargo book of the schooner Beth, March 22, 1881 - September 4, 1885

Lantz, Augustus

Bigelow family fonds

  • MS-4-92
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1976
Fonds contains the personal and professional records of four generations of the Bigelow family of Nova Scotia. It includes correspondence, legal and financial documents, diaries and memoirs, and photographs that document primarily the family's shipbuilding activities as well as the genealogical interests of John Robert Bigelow.

Bigelow Family

Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Exporters Association fonds

  • MS-4-112
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1974
Fonds consists of correspondence and administrative, financial, and salt fish records that document the Association’s operations.

Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Exporters Association.

Captain Charles Davison fonds

  • MS-4-146
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1938, predominant 1910-1930
This fonds contains a small volume of financial records relating to Charles Davison's grocery business in Hansport, Nova Scotia, including invoices, promissory notes and account statements. There is also a photograph of Davison and a copy of a letter written to his wife.

Davison, Charles, Captain, 1854-1938

Charman and Grant fonds

  • MS-4-144
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1945
The fonds contains business records of Charman and Grant general store, including invoices and a general ledger. Also included is a VE Day address by William Grant.

Charman & Grant.

Christie Trunk and Bag fonds

  • MS-4-15
  • Fonds
  • 1901 - 1968
Fonds contains minute books (1901-1968); financial statements (1902-1968); general ledgers (1949-1968); reports to shareholders; legal papers (1901-1964); correspondence (1920); catalogues; and other records from Christie Bros. and Co. and Christie Trunk and Bag.

Christie Trunk and Bag Co. Ltd.

Cooley Jewelers fonds

  • MS-4-91
  • Fonds
  • 1948 - 1951
Fonds includes correspondence and the minute book of the Halifax Jewellers Association, 1948-1951.

Cooley Jewelers

Cyril R. Smith fonds

  • MS-4-176
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1923
Fonds contains business correspondence regarding the purchase of a boiler. Fonds also contains a specification for a boiler manufactured by John Inglis Company.

Smith, Cyril R.

D. Logan and Company Store fonds

  • MS-4-29
  • Fonds
  • 1872 - 1918
File contains records of grocers D. Logan and Company Store, including invoices (1881-1883); cancelled cheques (1918); price lists; day books (1872-1900); correspondence (1872-1876); postcards (1877); ledgers (1872-1900); bills; and newspaper clippings.

D. Logan and Company Store

David Nelson fonds

  • MS-4-80
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1893
Fonds contains a business ledger dating from 1888-1893, miscellaneous invoices and correspondence dating from 1891-1893.

Nelson, David

Dockrill Brothers Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-216
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1952
The fonds consists primarily of correspondence. Other materials include records of business activity including payroll records, insurance policies, completed work records, financial records, and lists of furniture and household effects.

Dockrill Bros. Limited.

Dominion Chair Company fonds

  • MS-4-61
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1975
The fonds consists of architectural plans, Bass River picnic files, correspondence and invoices, counter books, customer and employee records, export papers, interest books, journals, ledgers, legal documents, merchandise invoices, photographs, printed materials, reports and shareholder papers, sales books/journals, sales invoice copy books, statement books, and stock inventories, spanning over 100 years from 1870 to 1975. These materials illustrate accounting methods, the production of and market for chairs, shipping processes, relationships with other companies and the community, etc. The majority of the fonds consists of correspondence and invoices, both to and from Dominion Chair, including orders for company goods, for factory equipment, and items to stock the general store. Together the items are useful in understanding the organizational structure, management, and operations of the Dominion Chair Company, and provide insight into business operations in Nova Scotia throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Dominion Chair Company.

Frieze and Roy fonds

  • MS-4-57
  • Fonds
  • 1838-1941
The fonds consists mainly of general business correspondence and financial records recording the financial affairs of the business. The fonds also consist of legal records, mainly indentures and insurance policies for the business, sales and operations records and vessel records, which mainly consist of insurance policies, charter parties and protests. Also included in the fonds are records belonging to the Frieze family such as estate papers, and records from David Frieze's time as a justice if the peace for Hants County, along with electoral records and records belonging to the Maitland Presbyterian church, Sons of Temporance and Maitland school which both Frieze and Roy were involved in.

Frieze and Roy.

G. D. Campbell and Sons fonds

  • MS-4-1
  • Fonds
  • 1859-1935
The fonds consists of records routine operational transactions through daybooks, cashbooks, ledgers, letter books, mill books, invoice books, time books, cash and book sales, receipts, financial records, invoices and statements. Also represented in the fonds are Campbell Lumber Company correspondence, general papers and correspondence, store quotations, legal documents, lumber schedules, wills and estate papers, the personal Papers of Glidden Campbell, and materials relating to the Weymouth Marine Insurance Co.

G.D. Campbell and Sons. G.D. Campbell and Company.

George E. Smith Company fonds

  • MS-4-22
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1916
The George E. Smith Company, named after its founder, was a hardware company in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon Smith's death on February 16, 1916, the company remained in operation. The fonds includes the correspondence (including financial transactions) with suppliers and credit reports commissioned by the company concerning their clientele. The collection illuminates the hardships for Canadian companies prior to and during World War I.

George E. Smith Company.

George MacKay fonds

  • MS-4-78
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1912
Fonds contains business records accumulated by George MacKay, including correspondence, receipts, and invoices.

MacKay, George

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.

Halifax Graving Dock Company fonds

  • MS-4-124
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1942, prodominant 1918-1919
Fonds contains documents used in the legal proceedings taken by the shareholders of the Halifax Graving Dock Company in response to the company's expropriation by the government. Fonds also contains a 1942 court judgment of an unrelated case of land expropriation in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Halifax Graving Dock Company Limited.

Harry S. Jenkins fonds

  • MS-4-207
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1936
Fonds contains John Jenkins' ledger dating 1893-1994, repurposed as a journal from 1936-1942 by Harry S. Jenkins. Fonds also includes cheque book, an agreement of sale, a photocopy of Harry S. Jenkins' will, and miscellaneous invoices and sales slips.

Jenkins, Harry S.

Himmelman Supply Company fonds

  • MS-4-118
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1987, predominately 1955-1978

Fonds contains the business papers from Himmelman Supply Company and several other companies owned or operated by Ernest H. Himmelman and Lawrence Himmelman. These include O.K. Service Shipping Company, Himmelman Shipping Limited, Oakland Shipping Limited, LaHave Investments Limited, Nova Hereford Farms, and Himmelman Supermarket Limited. The fonds contains a variety of business papers, including meeting minutes and administrative records, ships' vessel papers, correspondence, financial statements and ledgers, legal agreements and contracts, blueprints and maps, and photographs.

Some of the personal papers of Lawrence Himmelman are also included in the fonds, including correspondence with the LaHave School, the local fire department, and other groups, financial records, and contracts and agreements.

In 1954, a fire in the Himmelman Supermarket destroyed many of the business records. Most records in the fonds are from after this date, though some vessel papers and correspondence from before the fire survived. See individual series descriptions for more detailed descriptions of the scope and content of the fonds.

Fonds consists of 18 series. Administrative, Correspondence, Financial, and Vessel Papers Series contain records for Himmelman Supply Company and subsidiary companies. Additional records for subsidiary companies are found in series for Himmelman Shipping Company, O.K. Service Shipping Limited, Oakland Shipping Limited, LaHave Shipping Limited, and LaHave Investments Limited. Each vessel from the O.K. Service Fleet also has a series. See individual series descriptions for more detailed descriptions of their scope and content.

Himmelman Supply Company.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 fonds

  • MS-9-55
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1970-1998
This fonds consists of records that document the administrative and operational activities of IBEW Local 625. As the union which represents inside electrical workers across mainland Nova Scotia, Local 625 engages in a variety of activities which are represented in this fonds; these include employer negotiation, grievance administration, dues remittance, pension fund administration, labour advocacy, workers' training and education, strike coordination, recreational events, and membership advocacy. The records in this fonds were created by the union's office staff, business managers, executive board, elected officials, Board of Trustees, membership, and business associates.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 (Halifax).

J.C. Backman fonds

  • MS-4-243
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1943
Fonds includes a ledger of merchant and vessel accounts (1911-1930), later used by Barkman and Ritcey to track coal accounts (1940-1943); miscellaneous correspondence, invoices and vessels statements (1914-1930); and George P. Zink's estate papers (1878-1898).

Backman, J.C.

J.D.B. Fraser fonds

  • MS-4-28
  • Fonds
  • 1815 - 1909
Fonds contains the records of druggist J.D.B. Fraser, including receipts and invoices (1894); a ledger used by Fraser and MacKenna (1909); correspondence (1846-1855); the bank book of James A. Fraser (1899-1907); day books; and prescription books (1885-1886).

J.D.B. Fraser & Sons

J.H. and J.W. Seaman fonds

  • MS-2-64
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1865]-1919
Fonds consists of ledgers, cash books and letter books.

Seaman, J.H.

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

James E. Dickie and Company fonds

  • MS-4-63
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1901, 1924
Fonds comprises documents illustrating the business interests of James Edward Dickie and his family. The majority of records date from James E. Dickie and his son Edwin's ownership of the Stewiacke general store, there is a single letter-book dated 1924, during which time James R. Fulton managed the store. Records fall into three main categories: business records related to companies owned by the Dickies; personal and business correspondence; and personal records of the Dickie family.

James E. Dickie and Company

James Fraser fonds

  • MS-4-52
  • Fonds
  • 1885 - 1947
Fonds contains the records of Halifax fish merchant James Fraser, including financial statements (1885-1945); lobster contracts (1885-1892); and ledgers (1923-1940).

Fraser, James

John W. Mills fonds

  • MS-2-558
  • Fonds
  • 1886 - 1896
Fonds consists of legal papers and correspondence related to John W. Mill's administration of charitable funds for the poor in Mahone Bay and surrounding areas.

Mills, John W.

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

Joseph Simpson Arnison fonds

  • MS-2-137, SF Box 19, Folder 8; SF Box 27, Folders 1-2
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1879
Fonds consists of promissary notes, an order from David M. Lead to Charles Irving, and cheques. These materials date between 1858-1879. The fonds also contains agreements from 1863-1876 as well as business correspondence.

Arnison, Joseph Simpson, 1820-1892

Killam Brothers fonds

  • MS-4-17
  • Fonds
  • 1877-[19--]
Fonds contains shareholder records and a list of ships owned or managed by members of the Killam family.

Killam Brothers.

L.E. Shaw Limited fonds

  • MS-4-174
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1971
Fonds consists of textual records and photographs that document the Shaw family and portions of the history of L.E. Shaw Limited. Fonds contains bills payable/receivable, annual reports, catalogues and bulletins, and photographs of Shaw family and company.

Shaw Group, The.

La Have Outfitting Company fonds

  • MS-4-88
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1973
The La Have Outfitting Company fonds contains mainly financial records related to their business of outfitting and supplying vessels, as well as sales of fish, coal and salt between the years of 1905-1976. These records include invoices cash books, fish sales, journals, ledgers, vessel supply lists, accounts and lists of vessels that were insured by La Have Outfitting, as well as loans they had given out. The fonds also contains some general business correspondence, legal documents regarding insurance policies and shareholders information as well as documents relating to vessels, such as charter contracts, log books and register of vessels.

La Have Outfitting Company.

Longard Brothers

  • MS-4-105
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1916

E.J. Longard and Co.

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