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Letter of support for Dr. Daniel Cobb Harvey from Archibald McKellar MacMechan to Edwin Laftus

Item is three sheets of paper. The first sheet is folded to make two additional pages. The letter is Archibald MacMechan's recommendation to Edwin Laftus, that Daniel Harvey should receive the position of lecturer in History at Dalhousie University. A P.S. note by MacMechan also recommends an article that Harvey wrote for the Rhodes Foundation.

MacMechan, Archibald McKellar

George C. Laurence fonds

  • MS-2-320
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1945

Fonds comprises one lecture and two off prints of articles pertaining to atomic energy and radioactive elements.

Laurence, George, C., 1905-1987

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

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

Photograph of a drawing of Reverend Thomas McCulloch

Item is a glass plate of a drawing of Rev. Thomas McCulloch, D.D. The drawing by Arthur Lismer itself is based on a painting of McCulloch by Daniel Munro. The drawing was commissioned and used for history books on Dalhousie University, like One hundred years of Dalhousie 1818-1918 (1920), and Daniel Cobb Harvey's, An introduction to the history of Dalhousie (1938).

A.J. William Myers fonds

  • MS-2-442, Box 1-3
  • Fonds
  • 1899-1974

This fonds consists of diaries; correspondence; manuscripts of articles, books and sermons; published works; research files and class notes; scrapbooks; an assortment of personal materials; and photographs.

Myers, A.J. Williams, 1877-1975

Charles William Jefferys fonds

  • MS-2-35, SF Box 16, Folder 7
  • Fonds
  • [19-]

Fonds comprises editorial reports and notes made by Jefferys on works by Thomas Chandler Haliburton. Also included is a letter from Robert Glasgow, Managing Director of The Publishers Association of Canada, outlining the agreement of editorial and illustration work undertaken by Jefferys on a multi-volume series of the works of Haliburton. In addition, there is a typescript of a talk written by Jeffreys regarding his illustrations for the project.

Jefferys, Charles William, 1869-1951

Sermons of Reverend Peter De LaRoche

  • MS-2-36, SF Box 16, Folder 8
  • Item
  • [ca. 1771]-[ca. 1781]

Item is one bound volume of hand-written sermons preached in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia ca. 1771-1781.

De LaRoche, Peter, The Reverend, c. 1752-1795

Arthur H. Whitman's diary of a trip to England

  • MS-2-487, SF Box 11, Folder 28
  • Item
  • 1888-1889

Item is a diary that describes a trip to England between November, 30 1888 and January 17, 1889. The diary contains daily entries that describe Whitman's activities, church attendance, meals, business and social visits, and letters sent and received. Many entries describe his meetings about apples. The diary also records money received and paid.

Whitman, Arthur Hanfield

William Stanley Croft fonds

  • MS-2-496, SF Box 27, Folder 22
  • Fonds
  • 1902, 1916

Fonds comprises two letters written to William Croft. The first refers to work in the gold mines, while the second is a request for Croft's permission to allow his sixteen-year-old son to go overseas with the Canadian Forces. There is also a note from James Heyson to John Croft containing a medicinal recipe.

Croft, William Stanley, 1867-1944

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

Culp family fonds

  • MS-2-539, SF Box 44, Folders 2-15
  • Fonds
  • 1798-1902

Fonds comprises land deeds, wills and other legal documents, as well as charter agreements for the schooner Mary and a bill of sale for the Candid.

Culp Family

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.

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.

Letters from Rev. James Rosborough to Mrs. Pearson

  • MS-2-471, SF Box 43, Folder 12
  • File
  • 1898

File contains three letters from Reverend James Rosborough to Mrs. Pearson, in which he describes the death of his daughter, identifies plant specimens sent to him by her, and discusses matters related to the Presbyterian Church.

Rosborough, James, Rev., fl. 1898

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

Ralph Venning Dimock fonds

  • MS-2-477, SF Box 43, Folders 1-8
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1946

Fonds comprises miscellaneous business and personal correspondence, legal documents, deeds and papers regarding property in Halifax and Amherst, Nova Scotia.

Dimock, Ralph Venning, 1867-1948

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

William Rhoades fonds

  • MS-2-598, SF Boxes 80-82
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1954

Fonds consists of diaries and notebooks; printed programmes, books, and newspaper clippings regarding Col. William Rhoades or the regiments with which he served, including the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Fonds also contains miscellaneous papers related to his career.

The diaries and notebooks document Rhoades’ activities while posted in the Yukon, South Africa, and Europe during World War I. Some of the notebooks also contain hand drawn maps of battle fields.

Rhoades, William, 1874-1955

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.

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

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

Dickson, Charles

File contains an undated hand-made Christmas card sent to Kenneth Leslie by Leslie's grandson Charles, the son of his daughter Rosaleen Dickson, sometime in the early 1970s. The front of the card depicts a winter sledding scene drawn in pencil, while the interior contains a typed three stanza (12 line) poem beginning "I've travelled here from midnight till noon!", and a handwritten holiday salutation to "Grandad, and Nora!" from Charles.

Dickson, Rosaleen

File contains an undated [1971 or 1972] typed letter sent to Kenneth Leslie from his daughter, Rosaleen. File contains discussion about sending a selection of typed copies of poems to Mr. [Patrick] Crean at McClelland and Stewart -- the other requested poems stored in boxes at the Dickson farmhouse in Shawville, Quebec -- and also mentions that Sean Haldane, who had previously published the ill-received (by Leslie) "Collected Poems of Kenneth Leslie", had not been informed of the efforts to publish an alternate collection of Leslie's works, and would not be "until it has all been settled".

File also contains a facsimile family photograph of the Dickson children, Jennifer, Elizabeth, Marjorie, Ross, and Charles, likely from 1958, serving as a "Seasons Greetings" card signed "from the Dicksons".

Jamison, Priscilla

File contains a thank-you card (with an Eileen Waring illustration to the front) and letter written to Kenneth Leslie, by his granddaughter Priscilla (daughter of Kathleen). File expresses Priscilla's thanks for a gift from Kenneth and Nora, her appreciation of Leslie's poems when she is feeling down (particularly "Promise", transcribed in its entirety), and her decision to choose the surname "Jamison", "because it was an old family name".

Abels, Lydia

File contains two pieces of correspondence, dated January 1973, sent to Kenneth Leslie by Lydia Abels (Mrs Alexander Hamilton Abels), from Boston, Massachusetts. The first piece of correspondence, dated January 5th, discusses Lydia's declining health. The second piece of correspondence, dated January 8th, mentions Lydia's excitement about receiving a copy of Kenneth Leslie's recent anthology of poems, and how the package "looked exactly like your old Protestant" when it arrived.

Ashworth, Joseph

File contains handwritten correspondence sent by Joseph Ashworth (of Calgary, Alberta) to Kenneth Leslie, dated September 5, 1972. File acknowledges a $5.00 payment for the purchase of one of Leslie's publications, as well as confirming a new mailing address.

Bilainkin, George

File contains two pieces of correspondence written on Royal Commonwealth Society letterhead by George [Bilainkin] in 1972 and 1973 and sent to Kenneth Leslie. The first letter, handwritten and dated September 26, 1972, derides a £220,000 football transfer fee while "pilots are to get £10,3000 a year, [...] railmen are criticized for demanding [a raise of] £20 a week, [and the] chief gets £2500 rise on his lunatic salary of £20,000". The second letter, typed and dated May 19, 1973, derides the "US gangsters" for spreading "inconceivable evil [...] so widely round innocent, harmless creatures, in India and Pakistan, Cyprus and Cuba", the "hoodlum fraud" of the US courts re: Cambodia, the murders which "our BBC and press do not even mention", with the mournful refrain that "this country smells as fearfully as yours -- and none of the citizenry suspects!" Bilainkin was a foreign correspondent and biographer.

Byrne, Florida

File contains a handwritten letter created by Florida L. Byrne (of Tacoma, Washington) dated May 15, 1973, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. Letter gauges Leslie's interest in receiving copies of U.S. Farm News (whose publisher, Fred Stover, "spoke very highly of [Leslie] in one of his letters". Letter also expresses appreciation for receipt of a copy of Leslie's self-published poetry anthology "O'Malley and the Reds and other poems. Finally, letter inquires to the interest in Leslie's receipt of a few books from Mrs Byrne's personal collection.

Ireland, Jean

File contains a handwritten letter sent by Jean Ireland of Sebastopol, CA, dated January 24, 1973, to Kenneth Leslie. The file expresses Ireland's thanks for Leslie sending her a copy of his most recent book of poems, and laments what "skullduggery [sic] will be used as a substitution for war in Indochina since the ceasefire".

Roosevelt, Franklin Delano

File contains a draft of an undated (presumably spring 1943) letter to be sent to American President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, written by Kenneth Leslie. The file addresses concerns raised by the Textbook Commission about a "most regretful anti-Semitic foot note" that appeared in the Roman Catholic version of the New Testament that was issued to all "Catholic personnel of the Army". The offending passage, that the Commission requested be removed from all editions, appeared on page 559: "the Jews are the Synagogues of Satan". The First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, had previously been an ardent admirer of Kenneth Leslie's work, giving invaluable endorsements to Leslie on several occasions.

Sackley, Ralph

File contains a typed letter dated May 20th, 1972, and written by Ralph Sackley (of Evanston, IL), sent to Kenneth Leslie. File addresses current reading habits and belief in McGovern in the forthcoming election, before discussing his "oxypheric" nature after Leslie had suffered "lots of strokes" and Sackley's opinions of the mind, deep breathing, and getting "away from self".

Steinmetz, Harry and Doris

File contains typed correspondence written by Harry and Doris Steinmetz (San Diego, CA), from 1971 and 1973, sent to Kenneth Leslie. The first letter is a fragment, presumably from early 1971, where Harry laments at the quickness of the passing year and his plans for 1971. The second letter, dated January 29, 1973, celebrates Leslie's poetry upon the Steinmetz' receipt of a copy of 'O'Malley to the Reds', as well as discussion on future talks and publications (and was typed on the verso of a promotional flyer "commemorating 50th anniversary of the foudning of the USSR [and the] 40th anniversary of the American Russian Institute" in San Francisco. The third item is a copy of the December 1972 issue of The Gadfly, which contains an excerpt by Harry Steinmetz entitled "Around the world in 66 days with thanks" about his visit to Volgograd.

Trudeau, Pierre Elliott

File contains typed correspondence dated June 1, 1973, and sent on "Office of the Prime Minister" letterhead from Pierre Elliott Trudeau, as related by his private secretary, Cécile Viau, and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses that the "Prime Minister was very please to receive a copy" of 'O'Malley to the Reds' and offers appreciation at Leslie's "thoughtful gesture".

Williams, Claude

File contains typed correspondence dated April 20, 1972, written by Claude Williams (Alabaster, AL) and sent to Kenneth Leslie. File expresses thanks for Leslie's handwritten note and for receipt of issues of New Man, and "Glory be! for David Lord coming to the rescue and getting out an issue of New Man" when Leslie was ill the previous year. File states Leslie is "as great a prophet today as Jeremiah was in his day", while expressing opinions about Marxist-Christian dialogue. Williams previously served on the editorial board of The Protestant.

Correspondence of Nora Leslie

File contains correspondence sent to Nora Leslie (née Nora Steenerson Smith, Nora Totten), fourth wife of Kenneth Leslie, from the 1950s to the 1970s. File includes letters and cards sent by Emilie Laraway, Mary Lewis, Helene Mullins, and Elizabeth and John Robertson. File also includes an undated note written by Nora Leslie after Kenneth Leslie's death, regarding a disagreement with Kenneth's daughter Rosaleen. File also includes a photocopy of a clipping of Nora's obituary.

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