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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

Donald Higgins fonds

  • MS-2-706
  • Fonds
  • 1903, 1957-1988
This fonds consists of textual records created and collected by Donald Higgins while he was a professor at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Material consists of records relating to Higgins’ interest and research in the area of education reform, city development and planning and municipal government structures, with a focus on regional and local areas. Type of material consists of correspondence, meeting minutes, interview transcripts and notes, reports, printed material, academic papers, completed surveys of Canadian cities and research notes.

Higgins, Donald

Jonathan Steele fonds

  • MS-2-70
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1864-1918
Fonds consists of correspondence, financial papers, bills and crew information, some of which relates to a ship called "Habitant."

Steele, Jonathan

Richard Apostle fonds

  • MS-2-681
  • Fonds
  • 1966-2006, predominant 1981-2004
Fonds consists of records resulting from several projects and areas of research, including an employment trends survey for the information services professions; Public Policing in Nova Scotia; The Restructuration of the Faroese Economy; the crisis of the North Atlantic fisheries and the impact of fishing quotas on the fishing industry; and the Marginal Work World Project. Included in these records are correspondence, surveys, committee notes, interview notes, annual reports by committees and police departments, officer information sheets from various police departments, operation manuals, photographs, audio cassettes, newspaper clippings, and project papers.

Apostle, Richard A.

Eliza Ritchie fonds

  • MS-2-433
  • Fonds
  • 1889, 1930-1933
Fonds consists of a printed copy of Ritchie's thesis, completed in 1889 at Cornell University; two essay offprints from The Dalhousie Review; and a hand-bound catalogue of Ritchie's book collection, with her personal bookplate on the endpapers.

Ritchie, Eliza

Vincent C. MacDonald fonds

  • MS-2-171, Box 1-3
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1985
Fonds consists of law publications and print materials relating primarily to government, the Canadian Constitution, or to Newfoundland joining confederation; copies of speeches; correspondence with family, friends, and professional associates, including some from former Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King; newspaper clippings and memorabilia; photographs; and a small group of other miscellaneous documents which includes stories of MacDonald written by friends and associates for the Dalhousie University Faculty of Law publication Hearsay.

MacDonald, Vincent Christopher

W. Graham Allen fonds

  • MS-2-96
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1984
The fonds primarily consist of scripts, broadcasts, short stories and commentaries from Allen's writing and broadcast career; correspondence; documents relating to Allen's Navy service and personal reference material; CBC election broadcast coverage; and photographs.

Allen, W. Graham, 1909-1986

Herbert Leslie Stewart fonds

  • MS-2-45
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1953
Fonds consists of records primarily originating from Herbert L. Stewart's work as a philosopher, professor, and political commentator. Records include manuscripts and typescripts, notes, scrapbooks, diaries, offprints, reports, and correspondence. One series comprises Stewart's collection of his father's sermons, notes, and correspondence.

Stewart, Herbert Leslie

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

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

Everett MacDougall fonds

  • MS-2-266, SF Box 31, Folder 14-15; SF Box 35, Folder 3-5
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1937
Fonds comprises photocopies of MacDougall’s diary, reference letters, correspondence from the author Frederick William Wallace and MacDougall’s sister Alice, miscellaneous business papers, and photographs of MacDougall, other mariners, and shipping vessels.

MacDougall, Everett, 1858-1938

Allan Bevan fonds

  • MS-2-472
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1960-1980
Fonds contains textual records relating to the history of the activities of the Dalhousie University English Department and to Bevan's academic activities. The fonds consist of research notes generated during Bevan's study of Dryden's literature; academic and departmental correspondence and documentation created while Bevan was head of the English department and afterwards; documents and correspondence relating to operations at the Dalhousie Review from 1972-1980; fiction and other writings; material pertaining to courses he taught from 1949 to 1976; and various undated papers written by his students.

Bevan, Allan, Dr., 1913-1981

George Nicholls fonds

  • MS-2-561
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1983
This fonds consists of material created by or accumulated by George V.V. Nicholls. Records include correspondence, Nicholls and Van Vliet family estates and wills, course material from classes taught by Nicholls at Dalhousie’s Law School and Queen’s University, meeting minutes from professional associations, Dalhousie and community committees and clubs that Nicholls was involved with, some photographs and drafts and published legal journal articles and essays written by Nicholls.

Nicholls, George

George Hugh Henderson fonds

  • MS-2-516, SF Box 19, Folder 11 & 12; SF Box 27, Folder 23 & 29
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1950
Fonds comprises a letter from Ernest Rutherford and correspondence regarding a proposal to apply for the presidency of the University of New Brunswick. There is also a letter of appointment from the Ministry of National Defence, a list of Henderson's publications, miscellaneous offprints, obituaries, high school diplomas, Cavendish Laboratory dinner menus, and the warrant of appointment to the Order of the British Empire.

Henderson, George Hugh

Creelman Family fonds

  • MS-2-775
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1999
This accession contains photographs, correspondence, postcards and other memorabilia from various members of the Creelman family.

Creelman Family

Janet Leffeck fonds

  • MS-5-13
  • Fonds
  • 1962-1995
Fonds is primarily comprised of artistic programs from musical and theatrical events held predominantly in Nova Scotia, specifically in the Halifax area. Fonds also includes some music school syllabi, event competition forms and regulations, newspaper clippings, and correspondence.

Leffek, Janet

James Aitchison fonds

  • MS-2-666
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1994, predominant 1955-1992
Fonds consists primarily of documents related to James Aitchison’s scholarly research and teaching. Records includes correspondence, course files, subject files, addresses, papers (including some written by students), notes and notebooks, newspaper clippings, offprints, printed materials, reports, and a variety of miscellaneous records.

Aitchison, James, 1908-1994

Arthur Stanley Mackenzie fonds

  • MS-2-43
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1949, 1971
Fonds consists of correspondence (1885-1936), publications (1894-1927), addresses (1889-1921), unpublished documents (1881-1923), including unpublished articles, a large number of lecture notes (1881-1923), research notes (1887-n.d.) and lab books (1887-1909). Other course materials include course examination papers written and collected by Dr. MacKenzie. Other materials in this fonds pertaining to Dr. MacKenzie’s personal life include his diaries (1883-1909), honours, pictures and memorabilia (1938-1949).

MacKenzie, Arthur Stanley

Marian Binkley fonds

  • MS-2-172
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1976-1995
Fonds consist of records related to Marian Binkley's extensive research studies on the fishing industry, particularly the health and safety of fishermen and the effects of the industry on their wives and families. Population data and research on the people of Fogo Island over a period of one hundred years is also included. Records consist of correspondence, surveys with fishermen and their wives, research on the fishing industry (particuarly with regard to health problems and fatalities), notes on findings and research, interview transcripts, and audio recordings of the interviews.

Binkley, Marian

Wallace R. MacAskill fonds

  • MS-2-199
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1956
Fonds consists of letters to MacAskill and one published photographic catalogue.

MacAskill, Wallace R.

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

Fred Brodie fonds

  • MS-9-6
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1977
Fonds includes the transcripts of conversations Fred Brodie had with Charles Murray and David Gutnick, and with John Bell. Fonds also includes newspaper clippings collected by Fred Brodie on the Canadian Congress of Labour and Trades and Labour Congress of Canada merger, the Halifax Labour Temple, the Halifax Typographical Union, the Teann Ghlac Black Friday coin, along with a variety of letters to the editor. Also included are reference materials for the ITU - Herald contract, the CHFX radio scripts, the Royal Commission on Newspapers' presentation, and a letter written by Fred Brodie to the Halifax Labour Temple.

Brodie, Fred

Richard Ward fonds

  • MS-5-7
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1928, 1932-1933, 1937
The fonds contains photographs of singers and musical groups, theatrical paraphernelia, and documents regarding the construction of Ward's home on Beaufort Avenue in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as other printed material.

Ward, Richard, (fl.1888-1977)

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

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

George Douglas Elphinstone Anderson fonds

  • MS-2-768
  • Fonds
  • 1945-1947
Fonds contains radio scripts, correspondence and published materials related to the radio program, "Now It Can Be Told". Anderson wrote the radio scripts and most of the correspondence, while working as a Staff Engineer for Nova Scotia Light and Power.

Anderson, George Douglas Elphinstone, 1902-

Thomas Donal Linehan fonds

  • MS-2-759
  • Fonds
  • 1946-2003
The fonds consists primarily of poems authored by Thomas Donal Linehan. The fonds contains published collections, annual files of unpublished manuscripts, and thematic files of unpublished manuscripts. This fonds also includes correspondence and a collection of unpublished prose and poetry.

Linehan, Don, 1924-2003

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

Samuel Ernest Sprott fonds

  • MS-2-660
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1996, predominantely 1958-1978

This fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Dr. Samuel Ernest Sprott. Types of files include correspondence, class lecture notes and materials, reading lists, exams, notes and English department supplements, Library committee meeting minutes and reports and other committee papers Sprott was associated with, manuscripts and published journal articles and books and records from the Faculty of Arts and Science and Graduate Studies, such as events and meetings.

Series include Class Records ; Correspondence ; Dalhousie University Libraries ; Department of English ; Faculty of Arts and Science ; Faculty of Graduate Studies ; McGill University ; Microfilm ; Personal Papers ; Published Work ; and Slides

Sprott, Samuel Ernest

John and Robert Rutherford fonds

  • MS-2-235
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1932
Fonds consists of documents relating to mining, primarily the Styles Mine in Cumberland County, NS. There is correspondence, maps, geological surveys and reports relating to mining. There is also a collection of prose and poetry by John Rutherford and personal correspondence between the family.

Rutherford, John and Robert

Lawrence Johnstone Burpee fonds

  • MS-2-175
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1946
Fonds comprises correspondence regarding Burpee's geneological research into his uncle, James De Mille, research notes and secondary materials about De Mille, and two manuscripts by Burpee on De Mille.

Burpee, Lawrence Johnstone, 1873-1946

Meyerhof, George Geoffrey

  • MS-2-752
  • Fonds
  • 1930-2003
This fonds contains Scrapbooks, Manuscripts, Personal Papers, notebooks, off-prints and photographs related to his life and his career as a geotechnical engineer.

Meyerhof, George Geoffrey, 1916-2003

Richard Orme Allen fonds

  • MS-2-474
  • Fonds
  • [c. 1917]-1980
Fonds consists of a manuscript about Allen's experiences with one of his superiors during his service on Sable Island, a Department of Marine Notice from 1919, and 60 photographs of Sable Island and its inhabitants.

Allen, Richard Orme

James Baxter fonds

  • MS-2-7, SF Box 13, Folder 4
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1864, 1917
Fonds consists of notes of lectures on logic delivered by James Ross at the Theological Seminary in Truro, Nova Scotia (1860-1861) and on Moral Philosophy at Dalhousie College (1863-1864), as well as certificates of attendance from the 1860s and a photograph of Thomas McCulloch and others.

Baxter, James, 1844

Howard Murray fonds

  • MS-2-180, SF Box 19, Folder 10
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1906
Fonds comprises an early teaching contract (1878), handwritten notes on Nova Scotia high school curriculum revisions, and a published pamphlet of opinions on proposed provincial curriculum reform (ca. 1906).

Murray, Howard

Freeman F. Tupper fonds

  • MS-2-201
  • Fonds
  • 1909-[194-?]
Fonds consists of research notes and materials on the history of Nova Scotia and, more specifically, Liverpool and its prominent families, including family trees and hand-drawn annotated maps. Also included are many manuscripts on a variety of topics relating to Tupper's historical research, ranging from John Cabot and the early explorers to lesser-known local events in the history of Nova Scotia. Also present is a small collection of personal diaries and copies of deeds and legal documents from the Tupper family.

Tupper, Freeman F.

Florence Seeley Knowles fonds

  • MS-2-543, SF Box 44, Folders 16-19
  • Fonds
  • 1800-1824
Fonds comprises family papers, including an 1821 deed to the Perkins family of Liverpool, an 1824 royal land grant to Enos Collins of Liverpool, an 1845 letter of appointment of Samuel P. Fairbanks, Queen's Council, signed by Queen Victoria, and the last will and testament of Henry Newton.

Knowles, Florence Seeley, 1852-1940

Captain John Crosby fonds

  • MS-2-525, SF Box 27, Folder 33-34; SF Box 28, Folder 7-11 ;
  • Fonds
  • 1827-1923
Fonds comprises four land deeds, a letter of administration for Abijah Crosby to execute his father's estate, a statement of purpose for the Church of Chebogue, and a letter to Abijah Crosby regarding the payment and installation of a rural postal delivery box.

Crosby, John B., Captain, 1833-1919

John Godfrey fonds

  • MS-2-575
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1987, predominant 1966-1986
Fonds consists of materials created or collected by Dr. John F. Godfrey while he was a professor at Dalhousie University and President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Material consists of correspondence, course material, lecture notes, videocassettes, shooting scripts and research for History 100 videos, manuscripts, notes, printed material of local history and locations, and meeting minutes and memos from committees, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the History Department at Dalhousie University.

Godfrey, John F.

Wilfred Creighton fonds

  • MS-2-264
  • Fonds
  • 1854, [19-]-1995
Fonds consists of materials created and accumulated by Wilfrid Creighton, including correspondence, articles, manuscripts, financial and legal documents, minutes, photographs and a variety of personal papers and memorabilia. Materials relate to Creighton's education, career and long-time interest in forestry, but also include some materials relating to family history.

Creighton, Wilfred, 1904-2008

William Jarvis McCurdy fonds

  • MS-2-327
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1988

Fonds consists primarily of correspondence and records pertaining to the Dalhousie Class of 1926 and William Jarvis McCurdy. Financial records include class contributions and invoice payments; correspondence includes letters exchanged between McCurdy and various classmates, letters to Elinor Barnstead and a letter from Elinor Barnstead to Wilfrid Creighton.

McCurdy's personal records include a newspaper announcement of his 1929 engagement to Avis Marshall, his 1931 doctoral thesis from Harvard University, and the memorial service program of his death in 1988.

McCurdy, William Jarvis

George Farquhar fonds

  • MS-2-237, Box 1
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1968

This fonds consists primarily of records related to the Board of Governors collected by Farquhar during his time on the board, including minutes; the report A Survey and Plan of Fund-raising for Dalhousie University; and a file of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and publications related to President Stanley Carleton’s resignation.

The fonds also includes some other miscellaneous materials collected by Farquhar related to the history of Dalhousie or the province, and associations/events with which he was involved. These records include pamphlets, song books, biographical sketches of some notable Nova Scotians, and a number of event programs and invitations.

Farquhar, George

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-

Thomas McCulloch, Jr. fonds

  • MS-2-41
  • Fonds
  • 1824-1865
Fonds consists of Thomas McCulloch Jr.'s correspondence with various persons and organizations, manuscripts, and documents from McCulloch's visit(s) to France.

McCulloch, Thomas, Jr.

Horace E. Read fonds

  • MS-2-322
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1991
This fonds consists of a variety of materials related to all aspects of Read's career. The fonds includes a range of correspondence; biographical records pertaining to Read himself such as newspaper clippings and a curriculum vitae; conference papers; various association files and Dalhousie committee files; lecutres; souvenirs from Read's military career that include certificates, miniature medals, a records of military service; published and printed workds; committee files related to the Nova Scotia Labour Relations Board, the Nova Scotia Royal Commission on Auto Insurance, Uniformity of Legislation in Canada, the King's Regulation Revision Committee; and photographs (primarily of Read during the War or attending various functions).

Read, Horace Emerson

Richard Edward Graham Roome fonds

  • MS-2-252
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1957
Fonds primarily consists of records documenting Roome's military career and research interest. The records span World War One and World War Two and include correspondence (1918-1919 and 1942-1946); war diaries (1915-1918 and 1940-1944); addresses and lectures (1928-1949); ca. 165 black and white photographs, mostly of Mesopotamia during World War I and of training exercises during World War II in Debert and Tracadie, Nova Scotia; photographs and postcards of Dalhousie; maps of England, France, and Mesopotamia from World War I; print materials which include newspaper clippings and copies of Canadian military magazines; research notes on the American Civil War; papers while Deputy Adjutant General (1943-1945) regarding awards, transfers, discharges, etc.; and miscellaneous other papers.

Roome, Richard Edward Graham, Brigadier, 1892-1985

Samuel George William Archibald fonds

  • MS-2-3, SF Box 13, Folder 1
  • Fonds
  • [1819?]
Fonds consists of two notes from Lord Dalhousie, two letters (one photocopy) from Agricola (John Young), and one note regarding a property deed.

Archibald, Samuel George William, 1777-1846

F. Ronald Hayes fonds

  • MS-2-695
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1974, predominate 1955-1959
Fonds contains records that span Hayes' career as a zoology professor. It consists of research data, laboratory experiments and other teaching material, correspondence, and publications. The research data has a wide geographic scope, but was primarily gathered in Nova Scotia.

Hayes, F. Ronald

John F. Graham fonds

  • MS-2-623
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1991
Fonds consists of material created and collected by John F. Graham during his career as a professor at Dalhousie University, as well as some material prior to this time. Types of records include correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, manuscripts and drafts of writings by Graham, course and lecture materials, departmental memos, research, and similar material.

Graham, John F.

Guy Henson fonds

  • MS-2-373
  • Fonds
  • 1933-1978
Fonds consists of correspondence (1943-1975), publications (1946-1970), addresses and forewords (1944-1977), unpublished documents (1952-1978), material collected for reference and other purposes, newspaper cuttings, memorabilia (1934-1977), and black and white photographs (1946-1975), written or collected by Guy Henson. Reference and other materials pertain to a wide variety of topics, including golf, education in Nova Scotia, political movements and current affairs, social causes, labour, management, and the activities of many local, provincial and national societies.

Henson, Guy

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