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Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited fonds

  • MS-4-6
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1937
Fonds contains journals (1882-1933), ledgers (1879-1937), cash books (1908-1924), contracts, specifications for buildings, plans for buildings, and other records from Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow, hardware merchants in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited

William and Robert Lawson fonds

  • MS-4-8
  • Fonds
  • 1829-1845
Fonds contains a ledger (1829-1833) and a journal (1842-1845) from William and Robert Lawson, merchants in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

William Robertson and Son Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-41
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1978
Fonds contains the records of William Robertson and Son Ltd., including ledgers (1871-1939); ledger cards (1941-1968); invoices (1892-1907, 1942-1968); deeds (1908, 1919); inventories (1941-1967); cash books (1939-1968); sheets from stock books (February 1948); credit notes (1953); delivery slips (1953); price books (1886-1945); text from the dedication of a Celtic memorial cross in memory of William Robertson (1955); a copy of the Robertson family tree; correspondence; shares certificates; catalogues; and other records.

William Robertson and Son Ltd.

William R. Robinson fonds

  • MS-4-159
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1870
Ledger 1862-1870; miscellaneous papers in the ledger

Robinson, William R.

Victoria Mines fonds

  • MS-4-24, SF Box 86, Folder 1
  • Fonds
  • 1893
Fonds contains the daily coal account of Victoria Mines from January 1893 to December 1893.

Victoria Hotel fonds

  • MS-4-53
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1928
Fonds contains the records of the Victoria Hotel, including cash books (1903-1913); ledgers (1902-1914); guest registers (1899-1928); and other records.

Victoria Hotel

V. S. Sweeny Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-16
  • Fonds
  • 1867-1960
Fonds contains invoices (1906-1913); business ledgers (1867-1874); undertaking ledgers (1891-1960); and ledger indexes from V. S. Sweeny Ltd., furniture dealers and undertakers in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Undertaking ledgers and indexes after 1918 are transcriptions by George and Ann Sorensen.

V. S. Sweeny Ltd.

Trenton Works Ltd. Fonds

  • MS-4-106
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1997
Fonds contains business, administrative and production records, including minutes, reports, agreements, photographs, employee seniority lists, accident reports, correspondence and other papers from the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company, Trenton Works, and Hawker Siddeley.

Trenton Works

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-9
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1897
Fonds contains a short history of Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and a letter book from the company.

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Simpson family fonds

  • MS-4-181
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1953
Fonds contains a ledger from Vernon Simpon's general store in Simpson's Corner, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. The ledger book contains entries from 1929-1930. It was also used as a notebook, with miscellaneous notes entered until 1976. Fonds also contains a letter to Mrs. Vernon Simpson (Olive Eliza Simpson) from Robert H. Winters, Ottawa, November 30, 1953. The letter is a reply to Mrs. Simpson's letter about changes to mail delievery in Simpson's Corner, Lunenburg County, Nova Scotia. The file with the letter also contains an order form from Veribest Speciality Company and two copies of handwritten minutes of a Community Club meeting held on November 15, 1951.

Simpson family

Seaside Inn fonds

  • MS-4-136
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1943
Fonds contains three registers providing the names and residences of hotel guests from 1928-1943.

Seaside Inn.

Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-4-113
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1988, predominant 1947-1985
Fonds consists of correspondence, notes, briefs and reports, meeting minutes, financial records, circulars, photographs, and other records relating to the fishing and fish processing industry in Atlantic Canada and government regulations of the fisheries. Also included are similar types of records from sister organizations the Atlantic Fishing Vessel Association, Atlantic Fisheries By-Products Association, and Atlantic Queen Crab Association.

Seafood Producers Association.

Scott Paper Company fonds

  • MS-4-68
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1972
Fonds consists of correspondence, financial documents, journals and ledgers, legal documents, photographs, plans, printed material, and reports. This material spans almost 60 years and gives insight into a company which changed hands several times, and also represented an important part of Nova Scotia industry. Through the material one is able to get a complete picture of the process of manufacturing pulp, from acquiring timber and land to machinery and labour used, to exporting the end product; it also demonstrates how business was conducted. Fonds demonstrates the organizational structure, management, and operations of the Scott Paper company, and provide insight into business operations in Nova Scotia in the 20th century.

Scott Paper Company.

S. St. C. and H. Jones fonds

  • MS-4-32
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1911
Fonds contains the business records of S. St. C. and H. Jones, including letter books from November 17, 1908 to December 21, 1911.

S. St. C. and H. Jones

Rufus Dickie fonds

  • MS-4-65
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1922
Fonds contains day books (1909-1920); ledgers (1909-1922); journals (1912-1919); correspondence (1916-1922); and other records from Rufus Dickie, lumber merchant.

Dickie, Rufus Edward

Robert Dawson and Son fonds

  • MS-4-43
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1892
Family and business correspondence - c1851-1896; deeds 1860-1943

Robert Dawson and Son.

Robb Engineering fonds

  • MS-4-14
  • Fonds
  • 1851-1956
Fonds contains the business records of Robb Engineering Co. Ltd., including an engine record book (1893-1902); deeds, indentures, and agreements (1879-1905); plans, catalogues, and photographs (1890-1950); plans of engines and boilers (1898-1956); specifications of engines and boilers; patent records (1886-1923); registers of engines and boilers; patent records (1886-1923); indexes of engines (1893-1930); correspondence; and other records.

Robb Engineering Works Ltd.

Richard L. Raymond fonds

  • MS-2-556
  • Fonds
  • 1967 - 1985
Fonds comprises records related to Raymond's investment in the Henry House restaurant, including correspondence, financial statements, menu designs, architectural drawings and construction records. Other records include Dalhousie Review poetry correpondence.

Raymond, Richard L.

Powers Brothers fonds

  • MS-4-86
  • Fonds
  • 1858–1987
Fonds consists of administrative files, community involvement details, contract records, correspondence, employee records, financial documents, job estimates and job files, legal documents, photographs, plans, printed material, notes on solar heating projects, sound recordings, and union/association documents, as well as a series with material from the Murphy and Wharton Company. This material spans over 100 years from 1858 to 1987, and illustrates how business was conducted (meetings, annual reports, accounting and financial statements) and the relationship with the community (both charitable and with other businesses). There are also very detailed accounts of the work done by the company, from initial quotes through to project planning, blueprints, product literature, and finishing. Together the items demonstrate the organizational structure, management, and operations of the Powers Brothers company. These items provide insight into business operations in Nova Scotia throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Powers Brothers.

Petheric Press fonds

  • MS-4-244
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1982
This fonds consists of correspondence relating to manuscripts; manuscripts of books published by Petheric Press; and manuscripts of articles published in the Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly.

McCurdy, William Hue

Oland and Son fonds

  • MS-4-135
  • Fonds
  • 1872-1989

The Archives of Oland and Son Limited consists of records created by Oland and Son Limited and its affiliated companies. Some of the companies changed names after Oland and Son sold its brewing assets to John Labatt Limited. Records for these companies are included as well. Records range from 1867 to 1989, but were predominiately created between 1950 and 1971.

The Archives of Oland and Son and Affiliated Companies include a wide variety of materials, including administrative records, financial records, correspondence, photographs, advertising and marketing materials, beer production files, sales records, and legal documents. Administrative records typically include meeting minutes, annual reports, memorandums, surveys, and studies or reports on various aspects of the brewing industry and the breweries operated by Oland and Son. Beer production files typically include brewing books, yeast log books, fermentation schedules, production reports, and other records that document the beer production process. The Archives contains a large amount of correspondence between Oland and Son and its affiliated companies and various businesses, government agencies, associations, and individuals from across the Maritimes and around the world. Financial records typically include financial statements, cost reports, comparative statements, general ledgers, valuations, audit reports, and other records documenting the financial position of the various companies. Extensive advertising and marketing files exist, including advertising contracts and schedules, proofs and sketchs, reports and proposals, and budgets. The Archives also has extensive sales records documenting the sale of beer across the Maritimes, Quebec, and parts of the United States and the Caribbean. The Archives also contains hundreds of photographs and blueprints of the factories, factory equipment, and the Bluenose II.

Materials are in English, French, German, and Czech. See individual Series descriptions for detailed scope and content notes.

Oland and Son Limited

O'Brien Family fonds

  • MS-4-242
  • Fonds
  • 1838-1876
The fonds consists predominantly of correspondence and vessel papers. The fonds also contains records that document the family's business activity, particularly that of Joseph O’Brien.

O'Brien Family

Norman J. Ritchie fonds

  • MS-2-91, SF Box 23, Folders 3-5
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1968
Fonds comprises a signed typescript of "The Story of Robb's" and twenty-four pages of notes and correspondence regarding the project.

Ritchie, Norman John, 1896-1976

Neptune Theatre fonds

  • MS-3-1
  • Fonds
  • 1943-2017
Fonds consists of records that document every aspect of Neptune Theatre as an organization, including various textual records and graphic and audio-visual material pertaining to productions, events, personnel, and the administration of the Theatre. Types of records include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports and newsletters, financial records, box office records, applications, licenses, contracts, scripts, posters, newspaper clippings, production notes, programs, press kits, videocassettes, audiocassettes, negatives, contact sheets, slides, photographs, and other materials.

Neptune Theatre.

N. Heinish and Co. Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-56
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1968
Fonds contains the records of N. Heinish and Co. Ltd., a clothing store in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The records include ledgers (1940-1968); journals (1929-1944); bills payable-receivable (1938-1962); and other records.

N. Heinish and Co. Ltd.

Mulgrave Road Theatre fonds

  • MS-3-44
  • Fonds
  • 1972-2006
Fonds primarily consists of documentation related to publicity, personnel, equity, and the Canada Council for the Arts as well as scripts, production-based records, administrative files, correspondence, PACT files, contracts, annual meeting notes, ROADies records, financial statements and information, board meeting notes, brochures, audio tapes, photographs, and production posters.

Mulgrave Road Theatre.

Melville McKean fonds

  • MS-4-44
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1925
Invoices, deeds and day book and ledger 1895-1921

McKim, J.L. Estate fonds

  • MS-4-143
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1944
This fonds consists of correspondence, an agreement and a daybook.

McKim, J.L. Estate.

McCurdy Printing Company fonds

  • MS-4-139
  • Fonds
  • 1930-1997, predominant 1930-1978
This fonds consists of documents related to McCurdy Printing. While the company’s job books make up the majority of the fonds, it also contains some miscellaneous photographs and maps.

McCurdy, William Hue

Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company fonds

  • MS-4-180
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1983, predominant 1900-2013
Fonds contains blueprints, correspondence, manuals, photographs, as well as administrave, financial, and personnel records, relating to Maritime Telegraph and Telephone LTD, as well as the companies that MT&T acquired.

Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company Limited

Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, Camperdown Station fonds

  • MS-4-141
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1912
Fonds contains four logbooks from Camperdown Station, spanning the years 1905-1908; one letter book, containing carbon copies of letter transcriptions; and several telegram carbon copies.

Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada.

MacDonald and Westaway fonds

  • MS-4-18
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1886
Fonds contains a microfilm reel containing a letter book from MacDonald and Westaway, dated August 2, 1883 to April 10, 1886.

MacDonald and Westaway

M. A. Buckley fonds

  • MS-4-3
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1877
Fonds contains a ledger used by M. A. Buckley, stationer, in 1866-1877.

Buckley, M. A.

Lunenburg Outfitting Company fonds

  • MS-4-84
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1983
The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, sales and shipping operations, and vessel papers which document the business's operation between 1943 and 1983. Also included in the fonds are the records of the Lunenburg branch plant of Booth Fisheries Canada Company, Lunenburg Outfitting Company's president Honourable William Duff and Wilfred E. Knickle. Types of records found in the fonds are correspondence, cash books, cheque registers, fish sales and shipment books.

Lunenburg Outfitting Company.

Lunenburg Marine Railway fonds

  • MS-4-58
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1945
Fonds contains a list of vessels that used the Lunenburg Marine Railway in 1922-1945.

Lunenburg Marine Railway

Longard Brothers

  • MS-4-105
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1916

E.J. Longard and Co.

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.

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.

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.

Joseph Simpson Harris fonds

  • MS-2-147, SF Box 25, Folders 4-5 ; SF Box 26 ; SF Box 39, Folder 6
  • Fonds
  • 1872-1928
Fonds comprises writs of execution, auction registers, papers regarding the barque Redento (1895), and correspondence (primarily postcards) reflecting Harris's work as High Sheriff for Pictou County.

Harris, Joseph Simpson

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

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

John R. Ross fonds

  • MS-4-72
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1880
Fonds contains the ledgers of merchant John R. Ross, dated 1857-1860 and 1864-1880.

Ross, John R.

James P. Mitchell and Co. fonds

  • MS-4-30
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1903
File contains records from lumber merchants James P. Mitchell & Co., including ledgers (1881-1893); day books (1881-1897); journals (1888-1891); cash books (1887-1903); and letter books (1885-1902).

James P. Mitchell and Co.

James Fraser fonds

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

Fraser, James

James E. Dickie and Company fonds

  • MS-4-63
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1901, 1924

This fonds consists of documents illustrating the diverse interests of James Edward Dickie and his family. While nearly all of the records date from the ownership of the Stewiacke general store by James E. Dickie and his son Edwin, the fonds does contain one letter-book from 1924, when James R. Fulton managed the store.

This fonds consists of documents which fall into three main categories: business records related to the companies owned by the Dickies; correspondence which contains a mixture of both personal and business records; as well as the personal records of the Dickie family.

The fonds contains the following series: General Store (J.E. Dickie and Company; J.E. Dickie and Son; Edwin Dickie); Lumber Company (Dickie and Company); Nova Scotia Telephone Company; Stewiacke Valley and Lansdowne Railroad; Letters and Communications; James Edward Dickie; Harriet Tupper (Mrs. James E. Dickie); Edwin Dickie; Rev. Dr. Henry Dickie; and Rachel Dickie (Upham? – lodger in 1901 census).

James E. Dickie and Company.

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

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