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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

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-

The Poetical Works of Charles Winfield Matheson

  • MS-2-273, SF Box 35, Folder 7
  • Item
  • c. 1948
Fonds consists of one bound copy of book, "The Poetical Works of Charles Winfield Matheson".

Matheson, Charles Winfield, 1878-1968

Nasca lines : Alan Davie texts

Item contains excerpts from texts by the Scottish painter Alan Davie (1920-2014) selected by Barry Guy for use in Parts 3A and 5 of the composition. The excerpts are taken from opuses D. 2 (June 1994); D.4 (June 1994); D. 15 (September 1994); D. 16 (June 1996); D. 24a (June 1996); D. 29 (May 1996); and D. 107 (1990). Davie's artwork is also one of the sources of inspiration for the graphic notation in Guy's composition.

Guy, Barry

Insulters of death and other poems of the great departure : a book of solace

File contains a book of poems, published by John Daniel Logan of the 85th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F., Nova Scotia Highland Brigade. The book was published by L. Clyde Davidson & Co. of Halifax, Nova Scotia and contains the following poems: "Invocation," "Insulters of Death," "Timor Mortis," "Sursum Corda," "Renouncement," "A Requiem," "The Greater Love," "For an only Son," "Poe of Princeton," "Flame of God (Rupert Brooke)," "The Soul's Supreme Adventure," and "Gone on Ahead Awhile." The book also includes a prose preachment entitled "The Fatal Paradox and Sin of Sorrow for the Dead."

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

All things die not

File contains a copy of "The Monthly South Dakotan," Vol. 8, no. 9, which includes a publication of Logan's poem "All Things Die Not."

Correspondence from Marian MacDowell

File contains three letters from Marian MacDowell to John Daniel Logan. The letters concern her husband's death and work (the American composer and pianist Edward MacDowell) and Logan's poetry. The file also includes a compilation of press notices about a series of lectures that Marian MacDowell gave in 1910 on Edward MacDowell's music.

Correspondence from Daniel G. Mason

File contains a letter from Daniel G. Mason of Columbia University concerning a poem that John Daniel Logan submitted for publication in the "New Music Review." The file includes the copy of the poem that Logan submitted, which is on the work of the composer Lowell Mason (1792-1872), Daniel G. Mason's grandfather. The file also includes a manuscript copy of a poem, possibly by Jean Grey, dated June 15, 1913.

Correspondence from Nellie Melba

File contains a letter from the Australian operatic soprano Nellie Melba concerning a short poem that John Daniel Logan wrote about her singing. The file includes a copy of the poem as printed in a newspaper. The letter also references a photograph that Melba sent to Logan.

Correspondence from Julia Marlowe Sothern

File contains a letter from the English-born American actress Julia Marlowe Sothern thanking John Daniel Logan for sending her and her husband (E. H. Sothern) some of his poetry and inviting Logan to visit them backstage at one of their performances.

Correspondence from John Winthrop

File contains a letter from John Winthrop of the Winnipeg Theatre concerning John Daniel Logan's book "Twilight Litanies" (1920), requesting an inscription from Logan.

Correspondence from Alfred Wooler

File contains materials sent to John Daniel Logan by Alfred Wooler, and American composer and music educator, concerning Logan's inquiry into Wooler's "Harmony and Composition Lessons by Mail." The file includes promotional materials for the course and a generic letter to prospective pupils to which Wooler has added comments for Logan.

Correspondence from Leonard Young

File contains a letter from Leonard Young, Managing Director of an acting group called the "Originals", thanking John Daniel Logan for a book of poems, that Logan had given the group at one of their performances in Halifax.

Programs from Hart House Theatre

File contains programs from recitals presented at the Hart House Theatre, including the Hart House String Quartet (Geza de Kresz, Harry Adaskin, Milton Blackstone, and Boris Hambourg); Bertram Forsyth (prose and poetry, assisted by Colin McPhee); Geza de Kresz (violin, with Norah Drewett on piano); and a Beethoven centenary commemoration presented by the Hart House String Quartet, Kilbourn String Quartet (Gustave Tinlot, Gerald Kunz, Samuel Belov, and Paul Kefer), and London String Quartet (James Levy, Thomas Petrie, H. Waldo Warner, and Warwick Evans).

Correspondence from R.S. Pigott

File contains a letter from R.S. Pigott of the Toronto Conservatory of Music concerning John Daniel Logan's book, presumably "Preludes: sonnets and other verses" (1906).

Correspondence from Kathleen Parlow

File contains two letters from the Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow concerning reviews of her performances by John Daniel Logan and Logan's poetry. One of the letters (dated April 19, 1912), mentions the sinking of the Titanic in passing. One of the letters originally contained two photographs of Parlow, one for the press and one for Logan.

Parlow, Kathleen

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

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

Handwritten poem by E.J. Pratt

  • MS-2-236, SF Box 33, Folder 29
  • Item
  • 1949
Handwritten copy of the poem "The Decision," by E.J. Pratt, accompanied by a condolence letter from Viola Pratt to Mrs. Harris Esterbrooks upon the death of her son. The poem is dated 1923, but Viola Pratt's 1949 letter indicates that her husband copied it to accompany her correspondence.

Esterbrooks, Mrs. Harris , fl. 1949

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

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

Correspondence from Joyce's great grandchildren

File contains correspondence from and about Joyce's great grandchildren. Materials include four cards from the grandchildren, one photograph of a child, correspondence regarding the children, and a poem written by Joyce called "First Pet" in 1950.

Correspondence to Joyce's family with original poetry

  • MS-2-646.2015-026, Box 15, Folder 4
  • File
  • 1950-2011 [predominant 1950 and 2011]
  • Part of Joyce Barkhouse fonds

File contains correspondence from Barkhouse to her family with original poetry written by her, including two about her son Murray. Materials also include a letter from Gladys to Janet after Barkhouse's death.

Manuscripts of poetry written by Molly Beresford

This file consists of poems titled: Amaranth, The Mystery of love, Wot ye what love is, I will not leave you comfortless, Ballad of Young Jesus and his father, A wandering islemen's song, A good-night, Rainbow haven and a Flint arrow.

In the Offing by Andrew Merkel, and others

This file contains a book of poetry, a tribute to Bliss Carman printed by The Abanaki Press, Halifax, N.S. It includes poems by Richard Hovey, Charles Bruce, Ethel H. Butler, Kenneth Leslie and Andrew Merkel.

Snow and The Chickadee : [poems]

File contains two poems written by Joyce Barkhouse. The first, entitled "Snow," includes a handwritten and typescript copy and was written while Joyce was living in Montreal. The second, entitled "The Chickadee" was written for her granddaughter, Cece, and emailed to her daughter, Janet.

Frank Parker Day fonds

  • MS-2-288
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1957
The fonds includes poetry, plays, short stories, and novel manuscripts which span Day's writing career; correspondence; speeches and essays; personal documents including various legal, financial, academic, and family-related materials; photographs; and various materials and manuals pertaining to his time in the military.

Day, Frank Parker

Assorted documents and photographs of Joyce Barkhouse

File includes a letter to children's author Claire MacKay and copies of publications that include stories by Joyce Barkhouse, including Hi Venture magazine and the Canadian Children's Literature journal. The file also includes photographs of Blomidon, King's County, Nova Scotia and the Town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, in addition to copies of poems, birthday invitations, an edited biography of Joyce Barkhouse from the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia website, and family history documents.

Poems by Joyce Barkhouse

File contains typescript and handwritten poems by Joyce Barkhouse: "Hostess" (unpublished); "The Happy Clam" (unpublished); "The Chickadee"; "Nostalgia" (rewrite); "Annapolis" (published posthumously in "Whispers of Mermaids and Wonderful Things," 2017); "The Shades of Night" (written at age 15); "Vengeance" (unpublished); "Little Hunter" (unpublished); "Snow" (published); "A Winter Prayer"; "The Frightened Witch" (published); "Little Hunter"; "First Pet"; and "After School." The file also includes a copy of "Obedience" by Isaac Watts (1674-1748).

Drafts of short stories by Joyce Barkhouse

File contains typescript and handwritten drafts of short stories, including "Doctor's Daughter," "The Excursion," "For Marian" (eulogy for Marian Lacey), "Adventures in an Automobile," "The Indian Connection," and "Song of the Brook." The file also contains a poem by Joyce Barkhouse, "After School"; a story written by her nephew David, entitled "Grandfather 15 June 09"; and some correspondence regarding Marian Lacey and Margaret Atwood (nee Killam). A photograph of eight children (Keith Porter, Lorna, Joyce, Fred, Bernie, Boyd Burgess, Kay, and Margaret) at a culvert on the North Mountain Railway is also included.

Articles and other writings of Joyce Barkhouse

Series contains articles and other writings such as speeches, poems, and plays. The types of records included here are drafts, clippings of published articles, copies of publications containing these articles, and some related notes and correspondence.

Mater coronata : an ode with lyrical interlude

File contains two copies of "Mater Coronata," a poem written by John Daniel Logan "commemorating the founder, preceptors, scholars, and heroes of the University of Dalhousie College." It was recited at the reunion of the alumni on August 21, 1924 and published by the Alumni Association. One of the copies is inscribed to "Captain John S. Roper, B.A., M.A., LL.B., M.C." with a poem from Logan.
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