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Archibald MacMechan fonds

  • MS-2-82
  • Fonds
  • 1867-1949
Fonds contains diaries, correspondence, manuscripts of published and unpublished writings, research notes, materials related to MacMechan's research and teaching and other university-related activities, artwork, memorabilia, scrapbooks, photographs and financial papers.

MacMechan, Archibald McKellar

Wendy Lill fonds

  • MS-2-772
  • Fonds
  • 1976 - 2015
Fonds consists of correspondence, manuscripts, plays, research material, speeches, reports, publicity material, and personal records relating to Wendy Lill.

Lill, Wendy

Donna Morrissey fonds

  • MS-2-753
  • Fonds
  • 1979-2012
Fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts (print and electronic), drafts, page proofs, illustrations, digital photographs, and published copies of the novels, scripts, and short stories written by Donna Morrissey. It also contains e-mail and printed correspondence, press material and book reviews, and resource material from a workshop.

Morrissey, Donna, 1956-

Greg Cook fonds

  • MS-2-720, 22 Boxes
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1993
Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper articles written by Cook, published and unpublished manuscripts, published articles, academic papers, association minutes, writings, subject files, financial records, and research files.

Cook, Gregory, A., 1950-

Alan Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-701
  • Fonds
  • 1845-2001

Fonds includes Alan Creighton's diaries, which cover many of the years from 1920 to 2000. Writings from the period 1920 to 1954 (many undated) are mainly short stories and poems. These writings include handwritten and typed, complete and incomplete, and published and unpublished works. There is also some correspondence throughout as well as copies of his two books of poetry. The fonds includes writings with titles such as "About Poetry," "Poetry Courses," "Thoughts," "Music & Art," and "Bedford Basin." His notebooks include evidence of a variety of courses taken, including French and Greek, music, poetry, and art (both practice and history, including Chinese art). There is also a record of his art sales from 1964 to 1999. Personal and family documents are included in the fonds.

Alan Creighton's artwork is extensive and primarily in the form of sketches and watercolours, with a few oil paintings. Many of his sketches are in albums, many of which are used exclusively for one particular aspect of his studies. For example, album labels include "People," "Trees," "Skies," "Rock Formations," "Buildings," "Railway Sketches" (scenes from train journeys), and "Outdoors." Others identify a place and time and include such labels as "At the Zoo," "Nova Scotian Sketches 1951," "South Shore 1982," and "Toronto 1996." Still others contain a mixture of styles and themes. There are also numerous loose sketches and watercolours which have been loosely arranged into similar groupings such as "Clouds," "Boats," "Flowers," and so forth. Photograph albums include photos of family and of scenes taken by Alan as a reference for future paintings.

Included with Alan Creighton’s personal items are papers, writings, art, and memorabilia belonging to his friend and roommate Christine Eyles, who died without heirs. Some relate to her employment as a violinist in England and in Toronto, Ontario and some contain her poetry, plays, and artwork (in sketchbooks and on loose paper). Published and handwritten music scores, mostly for the violin, are also included. A photograph album contains many formal portraits of family and friends taken in England in the early 20th century. Records also include papers by and about her father, Charles Eyles, a famous violin-maker. Such materials include advertisements, brochures, and letters attesting to the high quality of his craftsmanship.

Creighton, Alan

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691.2018-044
  • Accession
  • 1978-2013
Accession contains: book manuscripts of Dirge folios, Ova Aves, Clouds flying before the eye, and The deer yard; article typescripts of: Christopher Pratt and Mary Pratt, Petit Force, Porter' obsession: images from an illustrated mind (Brian Porter), The coming of age of David Adams Richards, and The road taken, Fundy Geological Museum expansion: interpretive themes, On the beach, Tantramar revisited, Home of the long tides, the Parrsboro Shore, Spencer's pure presences, Respectable rebel (A. J. Casson), Saving the eagle - with a little help from its friends, May Day on the old marsh, Case Hoyt, Mertola's living history, and May Day on the old marsh; correspondence of Harry Thurston; two speeches and talks; sound recording interviews with: Mary Pratt, and Christopher Pratt: David Blackwood; A.J. Casson; David Adam Richards; Sandy Spencer; Joe Norris; John Houston; and Riordan regarding folk art; and Brian Porter, conducted by Harry Thurston; and research material.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691.2013-065
  • Accession
  • 1977-2012

Accession contains records that largely document Harry Thurston's journalistic and non-fiction writing during the 1980s. Materials include editorial correspondence, research notes and secondary materials, annotated drafts and printer's proofs, and press releases and reviews for articles published in such magazines as Atlantic Insight, Audubon, Equinox, Harrowsmith and National Geographic. There are similar materials documenting Thurston's work on Tidal Life : A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, as well as correspondence and administrative records documenting his work with the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and various professional activities such as attending or organizing workshops and conferences.

Accession also contains a small volume of materials from the late 1970s related to Thurston's activities as a poet, including some correspondence and administrative records related to the poetry journal, Germination, as well as his involvement with the Dirge Poets and their Merry Men, a performance group of poets and musicians.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691
  • Accession
  • 1976-1981
Accessions consist of materials related to the publication of the poetry periodical Germination. Materials include manuscripts and proofs, editorial drafts, correspondence, sales and business records, and promotional materials.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Catherine Creighton and family fonds

  • MS-2-656
  • Fonds
  • [18--]-1989

Fonds consists of papers created and/or accumulated by Catherine Creighton and her family, including those of her husband Graham and children Edith, Anna, Lois, Frieda, and Howard. While the fonds includes correspondence from Wilfred Creighton to his siblings and parents, Wilfred's papers are not included as a sous-fonds within the fonds.

The bulk of the fonds consists of correspondence from family and friends, but also includes diaries, photographs, financial papers, personal papers, memorabilia, print materials, scrapbooks, articles, and artwork. Records in the fonds provide a well-rounded depiction of the family's daily activities and lives - from their relationships with each other, their extended family, and their community, to their financial status, values, education, and careers.

Creighton Family

Budge Wilson fonds

  • MS-2-650
  • Fonds
  • 1948-2018
Fonds consists of manuscripts and proofs of Budge Wilson's books and short stories; correspondence with publishers, students, and teachers; publicity material; photocopies and clippings of reviews, profiles, and notices regarding awards and appearances; diaries; recorded radio interviews; and an assortment of other documents created and collected by the author throughout her writing career. The fonds also contains materials relating to the adaptation of Wilson's novel "Before Green Gables" into a Japanese animated television series.

Wilson, Budge (Marjorie)

Joyce Barkhouse fonds

  • MS-2-646
  • Fonds
  • [1860-1899], 1906-2012

The Joyce Barkhouse fonds consists of published and unpublished manuscripts of books, short stories, articles, and other writings, as well as photocopies and clippings of published materials, personal and professional correspondence, photographs, newspaper clippings, promotional material, and other material collected and created by Joyce Barkhouse.

This fonds consists of nine series: Articles and other writings, Books, Short stories, Associations, Awards, Biographical materials and other documents, Correspondence, Personal documents, and Promotional material.

Barkhouse, Joyce Carmen

J. Andrew Wainwright fonds

  • MS-2-636
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1995
This fonds includes correspondence from other Canadian writers, 1969-1995 ; manuscripts of published poetry and books, 1969-95; manuscripts of unpublished poetry, 1960-83; and research notes.

Wainwright, J.A. (J. Andrew), 1946-

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-2-612
  • Fonds
  • 1975-2005

The Archives of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia consists of records created by the administration, members, and affiliates of the Federation. It includes a wide variety of materials including administrative records, audio/visual material, correspondence, financial records, meeting agendas and minutes for a variety of groups and committees, photographs, promotional and press material. The records refer to the adminstration and functions of the Federation, as well as its relationships with its members, government departments, and other writing, publishing and cultural groups.

Materials are mainly in English, with a small number in French. See individual Series descriptions for detailed scope and content notes.

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

Lesley Choyce's manuscripts and professional papers

  • MS-2-596.2013-042
  • Accession
  • 1993-2013
This accession contains primarily draft typescripts of short fiction and related research notes and correspondence. There are also records related to television and film proposals, including synopses and scripts. Other materials include copies of media reviews and miscellaneous business and personal correspondence.

Choyce, Lesley

Frank Baird fonds

  • MS-2-5, SF Box 13, Folder 2
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1933
Fonds consists of a draft typescript of Baird's "Doctor Archibald MacMechan: An Estimate and an Appreciation," commissioned by The Halifax Chronicle for their 1923 New Year's edition and withdrawn at Archibald MacMechan's request. Also present are three letters from MacMechan concerning the article and a later letter from Stanley MacKenzie regarding an essay by Baird rejected by The Dalhousie Review.

Baird, Frank, Rev. Dr., 1870-1951

Dorothy and Samuel Shields fonds

  • MS-2-453
  • Fonds
  • 1942 - 1980
Fonds consists of correspondence with friends and politicians, newspaper clippings regarding the Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society, Canadian Authors Association, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art, Prince Edward Island Art Society and the writer Kay Hill. The fonds also contains records related to The Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society, including correspondence, poems, and copies of the society’s constitution and by-laws.

Shields, Dorothy and Samuel

Andrew Merkel fonds

  • MS-2-326
  • Fonds
  • 1900-1954
Fonds consists of materials created and collected by Andrew Merkel. The fonds contains correspondence to and from friends and associates, including Charles Bruce, Kenneth Leslie, and Robert Norwood; manuscripts of articles, poems, and plays; Atlantic Radio and Aviation Magazine Papers; newspaper clippings related to his retirement and death; printed copies of The Song Fishermens’ Song Sheet and The Order of Good Cheer; and some other miscellaneous documents

Merkel, Andrew Doane, 1884-1954

Charles Bruce fonds

  • MS-2-297
  • Fonds
  • 1870 - 1974
Fonds consists of the personal papers of Charles Bruce, including a scrapbook, notebooks, personal and professional correspondence, published and unpublished work, and research materials and notes.

Bruce, Charles Tory

James De Mille and family fonds

  • MS-2-21
  • Fonds
  • 1834-1942
Fonds consists of records created and collected by the DeMill family, including Arthur DeMill, Anna DeMill, Nathan DeMill, Elisha Budd DeMill, Frederick E. DeMill, and Alfred DeMill. Materials include scrapbooks and journals, correspondence, business papers, photographs, and literary manuscripts by James De Mille.

De Mille, James