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Colchester (N.S. : County) Fonds
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Agricola Archives, Special Collections, and Museum fonds

  • MS-14-41
  • Fonds
  • 1976-1987
This fonds contains reports and news-clipping pertaining to the history of Agricola Archives, Special Collections, and Museum. The Agricola collections are housed in the MacRae Library on the Faculty of Agriculture campus of Dalhousie University, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia.

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

Captain George Gardner Morrison fonds

  • MS-2-410
  • Fonds
  • 1871 - 1901
Fonds contains three logbooks kept by Captain George G. Morrison and receipts and correspondence belonging to his father, James J. Morrison.

Morrison, George Gardner

Captain Isaac Rayne and family fonds

  • MS-2-657
  • Fonds
  • 1799 - 1932
Fonds consists of primarily of Captain Isaac Rayne and Captain's George Rayne's personal records regarding their private life, including two locks of Captain George Rayne's hair, correspondence, receipts of payments, family records, and others textual records. Fonds also contains personal records of Robert W. Rayne and others family members.

Rayne, Isaac

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

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.

E.E.I. Hancook fonds

  • MS-14-44
  • Fonds
  • 1924-2002
Fonds contains records and an artifact that belonged to or were created by E.E.I. Hancock.

Endel A Karmo beekeeping fonds

  • MS-14-37
  • Fonds
  • [ca.1900-1999]
This fonds contains boxes of periodicals, monographs, photographs, and one artifact related to beekeeping that were created by and/or collected by Endel Karmo. Mr. Karmo was as internationally renowned apiarist who began work with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing in 1948 and was the provincial apiarist from 1950 until his retirement in 1977.

Evans Estabrooks fonds

  • MS-14-49
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1962, 1999-2012
This fonds consists of photographs, campus publications, patches and a class ring from Mr. Estabrooks’ education and graduation from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College (1960-1962). The fonds also contains correspondence, photographs, and “Memories : then and now : autobiographies of the class of 1962 : a look at the past 42 years : Nova Scotia Agricultural College” from Alumni Relations for the 40th and 50th year class reunions.

Fred Sears fonds

  • MS-14-30
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1907, 1998

This fonds includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence to and from Fred Sears between 1905-1907 while he was Professor of Horticulture at NSAC from 1905-1907. The fonds contains over 200 glass negative and lantern slides discovered in the basement of Harlow Institute, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS around 1997, they are believed to have been taken by Fred Sears. There are also copy negatives and contact prints that were made at a later unknown date. Most of the photographs depict apples and orchard practice. Notes on some of the sleeves of the negatives suggest that they date from the period 1898-1907. We have been unable to document who actually took the photographs, which show considerable skill and an artistic flair for composition. There are 120 b&w 5" x 7" prints made from the glass slides, and documents related to the exhibition of the fonds in the MacRae Library.

Biographical : Fred C. Sears taught at the Horticultural School in Wolfville which operated from 1894-1904 and then took up a position as Professor of Horticulture at NSAC from 1905-1907. In 1907 he accepted a position as Professor of Pomology at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. It was there in 1914 that he wrote a textbook entitled Productive Orcharding. The book is illustrated with photographs akin to those in this collection. One photo is the same as one in the collection, but from a different angle. It seems likely that many photographs illustrating the book were taken in Nova Scotia, probably Wolfville. Sears dedicated his book to Robert W. Starr, a close friend and former president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association.

Frederick Waldemar Walsh fonds

  • MS-14-29
  • Fonds
  • 1910-1963
This fonds contains a letter from Dr. Frederick Waldemar (Waldo) Walsh to Dr. A. H. Harrington, regarding the Fruit and Vegetable Marketing Co-operative Organization in Nova Scotia in 1963. In addition, the fonds contains two certificates of Dr. Walsh and 9 b&w photos taken in different events such as conferences, retirement gatherings, and schools. Photos were taken and collected between (1910-1963).

G C Retson fonds

  • MS-14-13, MS-14 Box 6, Folders 1-10
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1961
This fonds consists of reports and publications, most written by G C Retson, related to farming in Canada. Topics include strawberries, apples, dairy, milk, hogs, poultry, livestock and other topics across mainly Atlantic Canada.

Gordon Kinsman fonds

  • MS-14-14
  • Fonds
  • 1924-1993
This fonds consists of reports and studies on Nova Scotia farming and marketing between 1924-1990. It also includes papers, correspondence, photographs, a newspaper article, and signs created and collected by Gordon Kinsman during his research of berries in Nova Scotia between 1965 and 1991. This fonds contains 4 black and white photographs.

Harold Ross McKean fonds

  • MS-13-56
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1984
Fonds consists of three cash journals and a cash book documenting financial aspects of Dr. McKean's medical practice.

McKean, Harold Ross

Herbert F MacRae fonds

  • MS-14-31
  • Fonds
  • 1974, 2002
This fonds contains Dr. Herbert Farquhar MacRae’s obituary and tribute articles dedicated to the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College principal in June 2002. Additionally, the fonds contains a plaque naming the NSAC library in his honour in 1990 and a letter between Herbert F. MacRae and Layman T. Chapman from 1974.

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

Janet M. Eaton fonds

  • MS-2-699
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1980] - [ca. 1989]
Fonds consists of Janet M. Eaton's materials regarding her professional involvement with the Canadian Association for Adult Education and the Continuous Learning Association of Nova Scotia. Fonds includes meeting minutes, reports, correspondence, conference programmes, and other textual records.

Eaton, Janet

John Edward McIntyre fonds

  • MS-14-38
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1974
The archival fonds consists of letters, journals, business records, photographs and artifacts relating to John Edward McIntyre's career as an agriculturalist between 1920 and 1974. He worked for the New Brunswick Department of Agriculture, the Potash Company of Canada, Canadian National Railways and for many years was Secretary / Treasurer of the Maritime Fertilizer Council.

John Edward Shuh fonds

  • MS-14-10
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1989
This fonds consists of pamphlets, books, and thesis associated with grass and pastures, as well as records and teaching notes associated with the class History of Agriculture taught by Mr. Shuh at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in the early 1970's.

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

Kenneth Cox fonds

  • MS-14-16
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1949
Fonds consists of one invoice and a book containing two pages of notes about agriculture written by Kenneth Cox.

Cox, Kenneth

Melville Cumming fonds

  • MS-14-1
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1969
Fonds contains photographs, as well as addresses, research articles/manuscripts, and letters related to agriculture in Nova Scotia written by Melville Cumming. Other material consists of records that were created while Dr. Cumming served as the first principal at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College from 1905-27. He was also an instructor animal husbandry, agronomy, bacteriology and public speaking, and also served as the Secretary of Agriculture for the province from 1907-25. This fonds includes photographs, certificates, and articles and speeches from the passing of Dr. Cumming.

National Farm Radio Forum fonds

  • MS-14-34
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1965
This fonds contains records about the National Radio Farm Forum, including the operations of the Nova Scotia and New Brunswick regions. Records consists of pamphlets, correspondence, memos, guides, annual reports and minutes from the regional and national meetings and conferences, 2 booklets, and an account of the activity of the Earltown, Nova Scotia Farm Forum Radio Group from the period of 1961-1962. Some of the records were created and collected by Longly and C.A. Douglas, as well as regional secretary Rosemary Campbell. It was a national rural listening-discussion group project sponsored by the Canadian Association for Adult Education, the Canadian Federation of Agriculture and CBC. Initially, this program was a dramatized discussion of farm problems in wartime, arranged in cooperation with the Canadian Federation of Agriculture, and the Canadian Association for Adult Education. Eventually, it evolved into discussions by individuals from various communities across the country. The program was developed by Orville Shugg and Neil Morrison. http://www.cotra.ca/farming.htm http://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/farm-radio-forum/

Nova Scotia Agricultural College Alumni Association fonds

  • MS-14-2
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1983
This fonds contains minutes, financial records, correspondence, student lists, reports, banquet programs, and newspaper clippings from the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Alumni Association.

Nova Scotia Agricultural College fonds

  • UA-43
  • Fonds
  • 1892-2017
Fonds contains textual material, photos, artifacts, slides, paintings, and a video cassette created by the School of Agriculture, the College of Agriculture, and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, between 1892 and 2012. Series include administrative records, buildings, photographs, student and faculty records, events, curriculum, and the institutions history.

Nova Scotia Deptartment of Agriculture fonds

  • MS-14-21
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1996

This fonds contains Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing scrapbooks of agricultural activity in Nova Scotia from 1900 to 1949. Entries include pencil drawings of animals and plants, newspaper clippings, pictures of Nova Scotia Agricultural College buildings, animal breeds, and events on campus as well as agricultural events around Nova Scotia from the NS Dept. of Agriculture annual reports.

Fonds also contains the policies of Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing in 1996 and correspondence from department staff from 1907 and 1972.

Nova Scotia Poultry Association fonds

  • MS-14-11, MS-14 Box 4, Folders 8-14
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1938
This fonds consists of the constitution, by-laws, and the minutes of the annual meetings for the Nova Scotia Poultry Association from 1913-1938.

Peter Hamilton fonds

  • MS-14-27
  • Fonds
  • 1892-2004
This fonds consists of objects, manuscripts, and published works that were collected by Peter Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton was alumni, faculty, and registrar of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College for 10 years. Included is a stethoscope that was used for cattle, a Nova Scotia Agricultural College mug, and a blue knit NSAC pullover sweater. The published books and booklets cover livestock husbandry (swine, cattle, poultry), feeding, judging and general agriculture. Most of the publications are Canadian and US government documents, a few textbooks were also included.

Peter Sanger fonds

  • MS-14-25
  • Fonds
  • 1875-1905, 2005-2007
This fonds contains materials created and collected by Peter Sanger. The textual records consists of poetry books, copies of news article, and correspondence. Sanger also donated a walking wheel.

Richard Morton fonds

  • MS-14-36
  • Fonds
  • 1955 - 2011
Fonds comprises Richard (Dick) Morton’s Nova Scotia Agricultural College certificates; photographs (including the NSAC 1952 graduating class photo); a copy of The 50th anniversary of 4-H in Nova Scotia; newspaper clippings; a certificate of recognition and appreciation on Richard Morton’s retirement; Mr. Morton’s obituary; notes of condolence; two personal accounts from friends/colleagues, including Memories of Dick Morton, by Robert Murray, Class of 1952; and an untitled and anonymous poem dated 1978.

Morton, Richard

Robert A Murray fonds

  • MS-14-26
  • Fonds
  • 1868-2000
This fonds contains primary and secondary records and published materials relating to the history of the berry varieties grown in Nova Scotia, primarily cranberries and strawberries. The material was created and collected by Robert Murray during his career as a berry specialist working for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture between 1954 and 1994.

Rufus Dickie fonds

  • MS-4-65
  • Fonds
  • 1915 - 1922
Fonds contains daybooks (1909-1920); ledgers (1909-1922); journals (1912-1919); and correspondence (1916-1922) documenting Rufus Dickie's work as a lumber merchant.

Dickie, Rufus Edward

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

William Sullivan fonds

  • MS-14-12
  • Fonds
  • 1925-1929
This fonds contains pamphlets on alfalfa farming, correspondence to William Sullivan and information about Jersey cattle from the Grayburn Farms and the Elm Hill Farm.