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Contract for Cumming Hall

This file contains the contract for Cumming Hall, the administration and classroom building on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus to be completed on or by November 24, 1912. The contract describes the work to be done, and the materials to be used in the additions and alterations to Agricultural College from the drawings and superintendence of Andrew R. Cobb, Architect, Halifax, N.S. “Set no. 5”

Athletics

This file contains 12 photos and 1 book of the athletic activities at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. These include both the men and women hockey and basketball teams, taken between 1922-1983.

An autobiography : the story of my life

  • MS-14-42, MS-14, Box 135, Folder 21
  • File
  • 1996

This file contains "An autobiography : the story of my life" by William (Bill) Angus Jenkins. Truro, Nova Scotia. October, 1996.

Poultry plucking machine patent

  • MS-14-43, MS-14, Box 134, Folder 3
  • File
  • 1944

This poultry plucking machine patent was issued on July 4th, 1944 to Angus Edward Banting, Truro, NS. Banting signed all his rights, title and interest of the invention over to the Department of Agriculture and Marketing of the Province of Nova Scotia. https://www.dal.ca/about-dal/dalhousie-originals/edward-angus-banting.html Edward Angus Banting (1908-1966) was a visionary who understood the importance of innovation and technology and its application to the field of agriculture. That spark of ingenuity and inventiveness ran in the family: Banting, born in Ontario in 1908, was the nephew of Sir Frederick Banting, the Canadian Nobel laureate and co-discoverer of insulin as a treatment for diabetes. After earning his Engineering degree and Education diploma at the Ontario Agricultural College, the younger Banting taught high school before moving to Nova Scotia to become the first professor of agricultural engineering at the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College. In addition to establishing the field of agricultural engineering in the province, he was a leader in land drainage and marshland reclamation and a founding member of the Canadian Farm Building Plan Service in Truro. But it wasn’t until World War II that he had the opportunity to truly leave his mark. It was a time when women were taking on an increasing amount of leadership on the family farm, with their husbands off to war. Suddenly, tasks once socialized as gender-specific became universal, challenging farmers and farm industrialists to develop new techniques and technologies. Professor Banting, on his part, focused on improving the messy and unpleasant task of plucking chickens. Together with his fellow engineers at what is now Dal’s Agricultural Campus, he invented a simple and inexpensive poultry plucking device, constructed from easily accessible materials. You can find the 1944 patent for his device today in the Agricola Collection in the MacRae Library. Perhaps what’s most notable about it is that no royalties were charged: anyone who wanted a copy of the plans could secure a set for twenty-five cents at the time. Requests for the machine came in from all over Canada, parts of the U.S, a number of European countries and at least one from Asia and several from Australia. In 1945, Banting was reporting that at least 20 requests were coming in per week. It’s an example of the innovative thinking and leadership that garnered Banting international acclaim. He capitalized on available resources — both human and machine — to improve an agricultural process through technology and innovation. His legacy lives on not only through the values of Dal’s Agricultural Campus, but the physical campus itself: with the Agricultural Engineering building that bears his name.

Banting, Angus

Glenn Stephen Ells exams

  • MS-14-47, MS-14, Box 134, Folder 5
  • File
  • December 1913 - March 1915

This file contains 25 exam papers given between the junior and senior year for subjects associated with agriculture at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Exam papers are mostly typed and cover a range of topics from entomology, dairy, animal husbandry, commercial law, mathematics, and English literature. The exams are annotated and scribbled over and appear to mainly belong to one student Glen Stephen Ells. One exam paper in particular shows strategy planning for a hockey game on the reverse of which Ells was a team-member. Further research on Ells shows him mentioned in early NSAC student papers as having joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force during WWI in summer 1915 and was sent to Great Britain and then Europe via Val Cartier, PQ. As part of a machine gun company he was killed in action in September 1916. All of his service records including training, transfers, will etc are available online at Library and Archives Canada ( ELLS, GLENN STEPHEN; Regimental No: 415526)

Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs history

  • MS-14-50
  • File
  • [2015?]

This file is a copy of the Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs History Update 2009- 2014 by Arthur Haskins, Historian. The Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs became an entity in 1954 as the result of the work of the Rural Beautification Project Committee. In 1944, the Rural Beautification Committee was appointed by the Honorable John A. MacDonald, minister of Agriculture, to come up with a plan for rural beautification projects. Mr. Nick Jankov, a Landscape Specialist, began working with the Agricultural Representatives, Women’s Institutes, Home and School Associations and Service Clubs, to begin formulating a long term plan for Rural Beautification around the province. The Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs (NSAGC) is made up of garden clubs and horticultural societies from all areas of Nova Scotia. The NSAGC is the coordinating body for organized gardening groups in the province and is guided by an elected board of directors, whose members come from the different districts of Nova Scotia. The district representative, also known as the district director, serves as the link between the individual clubs and the NSAGC board. The main objective of the NSAGC is to promote the general landscape beautification of the Province of Nova Scotia, by promoting community beautification and encouraging the formation of horticultural groups (garden clubs) which will procure interest in all phases of home gardening and ornamental horticulture in their areas.

Lieutenant Colonel A. (Arthur) W. MacKenzie interview transcript

  • MS-14-40, MS-14, Box 135, Folder 5
  • File
  • 1969

This item is a transcript of interview with Lieutenant Colonel A. (Arthur) W. MacKenzie – NSAC Class ’21, former faculty member NSAC circa 1930s (?), former Minister of Agriculture for Nova Scotia. Interviewer NSAC Professor of English – Jack Hawkins. 1969.

Lily Fraser Cameron scrapbook

  • MS-14-39, OVR Box 4, Folder 1
  • File
  • 1940

This file contains Lily Fraser Cameron's scrapbook created from her attendance at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. It contains a combination of: - NSAC commencement booklets from 1 May 1940, 30 April 1941, 29 April 1942, 22 April 1943. - Black and White photographs - Newspaper clippings relating to NSAC academics and sports, as well as WWII - Personal letters, postcards, and greeting cards from family and friends - NSAC "winged" crest (sew/iron-on) - Dried flowers and dance cards - Acceptance letter dated May 29142 from the McDonald College of McGill University (stating her as the first female NSAC graduate to attend the agriculture program at McDonald College).

Library journal subscriptions

This file contains the correspondence between Nova Scotia Agricultural College Library and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture regarding subscribing scientific journals. Also contains a notebook with publications ordered by Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture branch Chem. Soils and Fertilizer (1952-1975).

Henry Ford helped Nova Scotia to increase food production

This file contains an account of the donation of a tractor by Henry Ford to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1917. Mr Ford had previously met then Premier the Honorable George H Murray and was introduced to Melville Cumming, Secretary for Agriculture and Principal of NSAC (1905-1927). There are annotations on the first page "Thanks very much - Len" and on the second page "He was here I understand on a trout fishing exhibition (expedition?)."

Melville Cumming papers

This file contains 2 articles and a speech prepared by Nova Scotia Agricultural College Principal Melville Cumming regarding W. H. Brittain - Provincial Entomologist (Nova Scotia) , and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College.

Plant diversity meeting summary

This file contains a meeting summary between staff of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Nova Scotia Museum, and Ross Farm Museum that was held at the Nova Scotia Museum, Halifax on June 17, 1987. The focus of meeting was in identifying, and understanding more about, historical varieties of crops and of educating the public about changes in plant material and the important of genetic diversity in 1987.

Cox Building extension

This file contains a copy of the site plan for Cox Building extension at the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 1986. It also includes correspondence from Dr. Robert Prange to Dr. H. MacRae.

Library building plans

This file contains reproductions of the building / architectural plans for the Nova Scotia Agricultural College Library. The library was later named the MacRae Library after Principal Herb MacRae.

Library interior plans

This file contains the 7 pages of plans for the new NSAC library in 1982, renamed the MacRae Library in 1990. It details the libraries interior and furniture design and layout for furnishings for the lower and main levels. Plans were designed by Berardinelli Design Limited, Halifax, NS. "Set no. 2".

1950's campus building works

This file contains notes, correspondence and plans for the construction of the new science building (now known as the Harlow Institute) and dormitory (Trueman Hall) and Agricultural Engineering building as well as renovations to various other school and farm buildings between 1947 and 1956 at the Truro Campus of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Main body of material is from 1953-1954.

Cardigan and winged patch

This file contains a Nova Scotia Agricultural College button down cardigan and winged NSAC patch. This knit NSAC sweater from the late 1930’s, was donated by Joan Schofield. This sweater belonged to Joan’s brother, Francis W. Lawrence of Falmouth, NS. After graduating from NSAC in 1940, Francis went to war with the air force. He did not return. He had the rank of F/O - Flyer Officer, his trade was W/AG - Wireless Operator / Air Gunner. He was with the 162 SQDN RCAF. Mr. Lawrence was 25 years old and passed 6/13/1944. The NSAC badge also belonged to Mr. Lawrence. In the center of the patch it says " '40 " and "A" printed below. The cardigan sweater is dark blue wool with gold stripes, and two pockets. The cardigan was made by the Scott Knitting Co. LTD Toronto, All wool trademark.

Beanie hat

This Nova Scotia Agricultural College beanie hat is made of blue and gold felt and has “AC” and a ram head stitched on it. They were given to first year students (“frosh”) upon arrival at the NSAC for Frosh week and worn all week.

College herd summaries

This file contains hand-written summaries of the college herd at Nova Scotia Agricultural College [ca. 1900] to 1965. The accession describes breeds of cattle: Guernsey, Jersey, Ayrshires, Herefords, and Holsteins; breeds of sheep: Scottish Blackface, Shropshire, and Hampshire; and horses: light horses, and Clydesdales. These descriptions include when and how many were purchased, herd book and individual animals name and numbers, and stud book records. The summaries also include details of two disease events that affected herd-wide health including 'Bovine Tuberculosis' and 'contagious abortion'. Mention is made of the conferring of a 'Superior Breeding Certificate' on Farm Superintendent, Archibald MacMillan. The summaries also make mention of the Nova Scotia Animal Breeders Coop Ltd with reference specifically to dairy cattle.

Booklets on the Schools of Agriculture, Horticulture, and the Provincial Normal School

This file contains five booklets : 2 copies of "The School of Agriculture 1885 - 1905" by Harvey W. MacPhee ; 1985. 2 copies of "The Nova Scotia School of Horticulture 1894-1904" by Sean D. Smith ; 1987. 1 copy of "Alexander Forrester and the Establishment of a Normal School" by Robert P Harvey ; 1989.

College royal pin

This Nova Scotia Agricultural College 'College Royal' pin is round, and blue and gold in colour. It says “Do your best for it’s success” and features a ram head. Attached to the pin is gold ribbons with NSAC – 1972.

The cooperative movement and principles of consumers cooperation

This file contains 2 pamphlets annotated with “A. B. Banks” and “A.B. B.” It is suspected this is two different people. It is assumed that A. B. Banks” or “Anthony Banks” is the same as the namesake award, the A. B. Banks Memorial Scholarship. From the website: “This scholarship is given by friends and family in memory of A.B. Banks, a former Director of Livestock Services Branch, Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing. Mr. Banks was highly dedicated to the agricultural industry throughout his 35 year career in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Atlantic Canada. He was born and raised in the Annapolis Valley and graduated from the former Nova Scotia Agricultural College and the Ontario Agricultural College. His career included service with the Canada Department of Agriculture, the Newfoundland Department of Agriculture and Forestry and the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing. As one of the first agricultural representative in Nova Scotia, he served the counties of Colchester, Halifax, and Cumberland. He was a strong advocate of improved farm management skills and believed this to be an important key to improving agricultural production.”

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