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William Threlfall collection

  • MS-14-33
  • Collection
  • 1963-1984
This collection contains textual records created by William Threlfall that pertain to primarily diseases, virology, and parasitology of birds and waterfowl. The collection contains thesis, notes, and published articles.

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.

Western Kings Co Artificial Breeding Unit fonds

  • MS-14-23
  • Fonds
  • 1943-1949
Fonds contains records created by the Western Kings Artificial Breeding Unit of Aylesford, Nova Scotia. Records include unit formation, meeting minutes, correspondence, and ledger.

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists biography collection

  • MS-14-19
  • Collection
  • 1971
This collection contains materials created and collected by the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists. Series include biographies and photographs of notable Nova Scotia Agriculturists, many of whom were associated with the Nova Scotia Agricultural College or the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture.

Nova Scotia Grain and Forage Commission fonds

  • MS-14-15, MS-14 Box 7, Folders 6-7
  • Fonds
  • 1984-1994
This accession contains material on the N.S. Grain and Forage Commission Forage Centre Background and Specifics (1984-1994) and GFNS "Start-up".

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 Blueberry Institute fonds

  • MS-14-35
  • Fonds
  • 1982-1998
This fonds contains the minutes and proceedings of the annual and general meetings, annual reports, correspondence, and photographs of the Nova Scotia Blueberry Institute from 1982-1998. They were housed with the Blueberry Collection (SEE A2017-102 / MS-14-REF), No. 235/02. There are several photographs adhered to card stock that were left in the files and not transferred to the photograph collection.

Nova Scotia Association of Garden Clubs history

  • MS-14-50
  • File
  • [2015?]
File is 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.

Nova Scotia Agricultural College international collection

  • MS-14-28
  • Collection
  • [19-?]
This collection consists of tools, artifacts, textiles, photographs, pencil sketches, pamphlets, posters, and a video cassette that were collected by Nova Scotia Agricultural College staff through their travels via partnerships with universities and organizations around the world. Materials reflect agricultural and rural traditions from the areas they were collected in. The artifacts were collected from and photographs taken in Kenya, The Gambia, Ghana, Ethiopia, The Sudani, New Guinea, Angola, Nepal, Malaysia, Thailand, China, Czechoslovakia, Melanesia, Columbia, The Caribbean, and Jamaica.

Nova Scotia Agricultural College fonds

  • UA-43
  • Fonds
  • 1896-2017
This fonds contains textual material, photos, artifacts, slides, paintings, and a video cassette on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College between 1896 and 2012. Subjects includes buildings, students, faculty, events, curriculum, administration records, and the institute's history.

Nova Scotia Agricultural College archival reference collection

  • UA-43-REF
  • Collection
  • 1830-2015
Collection contains Nova Scotia Agricultural College archival reference materials including books, calendars, journals, magazines, DVD's, pamphlets, and newspaper clippings published between 1830-2015.

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.

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/

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.

MacRae Library fonds

  • MS-14-46
  • Fonds
  • 1983 - 2012
This fonds contains records and artifacts that were created by the MacRae Library of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College between 1990-2012. The Nova Scotia Agricultural College merged with Dalhousie University in 2012.

MacRae Library

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).

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.

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

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.

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.

Jim Neary agriculture collection

  • MS-14-6, MS-14, Box 5, Folders 1-3
  • Collection
  • 1943-1950
Collection contains pamphlets "Some Common Animal Diseases" and "Grafting for Nova Scotia Orchards"; Animals' Treatment First Aid; transcripts from broadcast #20 and #21 of "The Vanishing Flock" and "Sheep have an important place in Nova Scotia Agriculture. Leaflet No. 9"

Jean Mason Pell fonds

  • MS-14-3
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1971
Fonds contains Jean Pell's broadcast scripts for The Gillans, a dramatic radio serial about a farming family produced for the Maritime version of CBC's Farm Family, which aired from 1941-1971. It was written by Norman Creighton and Kay Hill until 1949, when Jean Pell took over as the scriptwriter until the serial's final season in 1971. Scripts for the program, which aired every weekday, are arranged in chronological order; the occurrence of "emergency scripts," which were substituted when one or more characters were unable to perform, resulted in some episode numbers being skipped or numbered out of order.

Pell, Jean

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.

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.

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)

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.

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).

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.

Farm and rural life collection

  • MS-14-9
  • Collection
  • 1851-2004
Collection consists of material related to farm and rural life. Mainly historical accounts of farm life and agricultural management in Nova Scotia. Also includes farm diaries [Zabud MacKay (1832-1918) - Malagash, NS], memoirs of John Murphy (Cream pick-up driver), accounts of rural life, etc. Also included is a report on rural policy reform.

Farm Equipment Museum time capsule

  • MS-14-48
  • Collection
  • 2017
This collection consists of one time capsule that contains documents, realia, and photographs that were created by or about the Farm Equipment Museum located on the Provincial Exhibition grounds in Bible Hill, Nova Scotia. There is an inventory created by the Farm Equipment Museum and 2 keys; one key will be retained by the Farm Equipment Museum and the other key with Agricola. Special Conditions: The materials have been inventoried and can be viewed and reproduced for research purposes; copyright is retained by the original creators. The time capsule fire safe box and all its contents will be transferred back to the Farm Equipment Museum Board or equivalent body on the 31st day of May, 2050.

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.

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.

Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection

  • MS-14-22
  • Collection
  • 1811-2003
The Edith Zillig sheep and wool collection includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence, reports, pamphlets, booklets, monographs, magazines, newsletters, photographs, filmstrips, and artifacts.

Zillig, Edith

Edith Kean agricultural book collection

  • MS-14-24
  • Collection
  • 1899-1927
This collection consists of 10 books collected by Edith Kean related to agriculture in the early 20th century, included are a student notebook, Nova Scotia Agricultural College calendars, and issues of the Maritime Students' Agriculturist.

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.

Douglas Lochhead poetry collection

  • MS-14-45
  • Collection
  • 1959-2009
This collection contains 28 volumes of poetry written by Douglas Lochhead between 1959 and 2009. The volumes of poems are published, pre-publication and never published manuscripts. Most volumes are signed by the author and have an inscription to Peter and Mary Sanger. Mr. Sanger and Mr. Lochhead were colleagues and close friends.

Canadian farm problems radio broadcast guide notes collection

  • MS-14-4, MS-14 Box 5, Folders 16-20
  • Collection
  • 1941
Collection consists of guide notes to a radio broadcast in the 1940's on Canadian farm problems. This was broadcast sponsored by The Canadian Association for Adult Education from Toronto. The guide notes were prepared by J.E. Lattimer, R. Summerby, Emile A. Lods, L.C. Raymond, J.N. Bird, E.W. Crampton, L.H. Hamilton and A.R. Ness.

B. H. Landels portrait

  • MS-14-52
  • Item
  • [1918?]
This accession contains one portrait of Lieut. Bertram Howard (B.H.) Landels, Nova Scotia Agricultural College Grad 1909; NSAC staff 1911; See MSA v.9:no.1; Drainage expert - p. 60-61 Dales's book.

Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection

  • MS-14-18
  • Collection
  • 1900-2002, predominant 1950-1999

The Atlantic Canada co-operatives collection consists of approximately 15 meters of published and unpublished materials. This includes books, serials, brochures, loose papers, photographs and slides, maps, audio and visual material, and artifacts.

The fonds contains information about many individual co-operatives and credit unions, as well as documents from larger region-wide co-operative organizations. There is also a large section of general co-operative literature about co-operation as a social movement, in Canada and around the world.

The age of the materials ranges from the early 1900s up to 2002. The majority spans from the 1950s to the 1990s.

Artificial insemination industry in Nova Scotia collection

  • MS-14-17
  • Collection
  • 1867-1966
This collection contains information on the early Artificial insemination industry in Nova Scotia, including the original notebooks used by the first technician; also included were books on farming, shepherding, and the life of W.E. Gladstone.

Apples (general) collection

  • MS-14-5
  • Collection
  • 1918-1989
Collection consists of 24 published brochures or pamphlets relating to apple farming, and 2 archival documents on apple farming.
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