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Arnold J. Tingley fonds

  • MS-2-649
  • Fonds
  • 1990 - [199-]
Fonds consists of two books and a manuscript written by Arnold J. Tingley during his tenure as a professor in the Department of Mathematics and as Dalhousie University Registrar.

Tingley, Arnold J.

Ellen Ballon fonds

  • MS-5-2
  • Fonds
  • 1725-1972, predominantly 1898-1972
Fonds contains correspondence, musical scores (piano and orchestral), photographs, a sketch, harmony notebooks, fliers, programs, newspaper clippings, academic journals, a press book, scrapbooks, and letters of composers. The musical scores include several first edition copies and autograph manuscripts. All personal correspondence is incoming correspondence; no outgoing correspondence is included in this fonds.

Ballon, Ellen

James Dinwiddie fonds

  • MS-2-726
  • Fonds
  • 1767-1815
Fonds consists of the personal papers of Dr. James Dinwiddie which include his lecture notes, scientific journals, notebooks, manuscript, early experiments for 1774, correspondence, and personal journals and also some records from the Royal Institution for 1808-1814. The papers also include the journals of W.J. Proudfoot and a biography of his father (and Dinwiddie's son-in-law) James Proudfoot.

Dinwiddie, James, 1765-1815

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

Captain Isaac Rayne and family fonds

  • MS-2-657
  • Fonds
  • 1799 - 1932
Fonds consists of primarily of Captain Isaac Rayne and Captain's George Rayne's personal records regarding their private life, including two locks of Captain George Rayne's hair, correspondence, receipts of payments, family records, and others textual records. Fonds also contains personal records of Robert W. Rayne and others family members.

Rayne, Isaac

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

Sir Sandford Fleming fonds

  • MS-2-658
  • Fonds
  • [18--?]
Fonds consists of reports and correspondence regarding Sir Sandford Fleming's activities relating to railways in Canada. Other records include reports on the Toronto Harbour and the Garrison Reserve.

Fleming, Sir Sandford

Patricia Monk fonds

  • MS-2-749
  • Fonds
  • [after 1805] - 1995
Fonds consists of Patricia Monk's records regarding the research and writing process of her book The Gilded Beaver: An Introduction to the Life and Work of James De Mille (Toronto: ECW Press, 1991). Fonds includes photographs, correspondence, research notes, transcripts, and other textual records.

Monk, Patricia

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

Ronald St. John Macdonald fonds

  • MS-2-615
  • Fonds
  • 1823 - 2006
Fonds comprises Ronald St. John Macdonald's records regarding his personal, academic, and professional activities as a jurist, judge, and professor. Records include those related to Macdonald's involvement with Osgoode Hall, University of Western Ontario, University of Toronto, Dalhousie University, the European Court of Human Rights, the Hague, Peking University, World Academy of Arts and Science, Canadian Council of International Law, United Nations, Institute of International Law, African Society of International Law, British Institute of International Law, Canadian Institute of International Law, International Law Association, and others. Records types include correspondence; meeting minutes and agendas; research materials; photographs; newsletters; newspaper clippings; manuscripts; and off-prints.

Macdonald, Ronald St. John

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.

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

Waterman Family fonds

  • MS-2-356
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1918
Fonds comprises correspondence and miscellaneous papers, a typescript essay on the Waterman family history, and transcripts of papers and deeds.

Waterman Family, 1762-

Samuel R. Balcom fonds

  • MS-2-128
  • Fonds
  • 1830-1980
Fonds contains records documenting the activities, organizations and associations in which Balcom was involved, including the Red Cap Snowshoe Club and the No. 7 Stationary Hospital. Record types include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, memorabilia and parliamentary papers.

Balcom, Samuel R., Col.

William Edward Maclellan and family fonds

  • MS-2-762
  • Fonds
  • 1831 - 2005
Fonds comprises the records of William Edward Maclellan and his family's records, including those of including William Edward and Margaret Jane (Mackenzie) Maclellan; Edward Kirkpatrick and Helen Stewart (Mackay) Maclellan; Robert (Bob) William and Delphine Caroline (Wallace) Maclellan; Jean Stewart Maclellan; Robert William Maclellan; and David Kirkpatrick Stewart Maclellan. Record types include correspondence, photographs, films, newspaper clippings, poems, certificates, booklets, periodicals, notebooks and genealogical charts.

Maclellan, William Edward

Alexander Ross fonds

  • MS-2-231, SF Box 31, Folders 4-11; SF Box 33, Folders 3-26
  • Fonds
  • 1831-1938
Fonds comprises family correspondence (including that of his father, Hugh Ross), matriculation records, testimonial letters, personal account books, a diary, school inspectors' reports and other papers and bonds.

Ross, Alexander

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

Lola Henry fonds

  • MS-2-668
  • Fonds
  • 1836 - 1951
Fonds contains recipe and knitting notebooks handed down by Lola Henry's grandmother and mother. There is also a book of recipes collected by E.C. Nicholson.

Henry, Lola

Blackburn family fonds

  • MS-2-10
  • Fonds
  • 1837 - 1949
Fonds consists of two farm ledgers (1894-1936 and 1899-1906); one farm inventory (1899); one notebook containing estate inventories and administrative accounts (1837-1875); one notebook containing a weather diary (1949); and minutes from two Master of Rights Lodge meetings held in 1931.

Blackburn Family

J. Gordon Duff fonds

  • MS-13-82
  • Fonds
  • 1844 -2010, predominant 1961-1990
Fonds consists of J. Gordon Duff's professional records, including correspondence, pharmacy history and research materials, photographs, and records of the Dalhousie College of Pharmacy, Dalhousie University Faculty of Health, and various pharmacy associations.

Duff, J. Gordon

Hector McInnes fonds

  • MS-2-446
  • Fonds
  • 1845 - 1937
Fonds includes correspondence, receipts, and indentures.

McInnes, Hector

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

Sons of Temperance, Chester Division No. 32 fonds

  • MS-2-424
  • Fonds
  • 1848-1893
Fonds comprises materials related to the administration of the Sons of Temperance, Chester Division No. 32 from 1848-1893, including minute books, financial information, and registers.

Sons of Temperance, Chester Division No 32.

Alexander E. Kerr fonds

  • MS-2-153
  • Fonds
  • 1851 - 1975
Fonds contains personal documents of Alexander E. Kerr, including sermons, notes, personal writings and essays, certificates and degrees, pamphlets, publications, newspaper clippings, two photographs, and minimal correspondence.

Kerr, Alexander Enoch

J.J. Stewart fonds

  • MS-2-193, SF Box 30, Folders 1-16; SF Box 29, Folders 2-24
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1910
Fonds comprises correspondence, family papers and militia records of the 9th regiment of Cumberland County (1864-1873).

Stewart, J.J., 1844-1907

George Geddie Patterson

  • MS-2-196, SF Box 32, Folder 2-3
  • Fonds
  • 1853, 1923
Fonds comprises notes on the students of William Lyall at the Free Church College, Halifax (1852-53), and a copy of Lyall's pamphlet, The Philosophy of Thought (1853). There are also two personal letters.

Patterson, George Geddie, 1864-1951

Allan James Chapman fonds

  • MS-2-709
  • Fonds
  • [after 1853] - 1997
Fonds consists of Allan James Chapman's family history, including an account of the Halifax Explosion written by his mother Annie Marguerite (Daisy) Chapman, and his grandfather Herbert Eugene Greenough's poems and essays about working on the Nova Scotia railways.

Chapman, Allan James

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

George Lawson fonds

  • MS-2-159
  • Fonds
  • 1854-1895
Fonds contains off-prints of Lawson's papers (1854-1894), a handwritten catalogue of Lawson's library, handwritten botanical observations (1891), a published program of a course of botany lectures, published testimonials (1874), and an obituary (1895).

Lawson, George

Charles Macdonald fonds

  • MS-2-42
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1901
Fonds consists of handwritten and printed sermons and lectures and an open letter to the Chancellor of the University of Halifax (1877). It also includes a convocation address (1870) and the order of service for Macdonald's funeral (1901).

Macdonald, Charles

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

William Young fonds

  • MS-2-81, SF Box 18, Folder 29
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1870
Fonds consists of a book of literary quotations, a letter from Sir William Young to Judge Thompson and S.L. Shannon, a draft of a speech regarding Dalhousie College, a letter from William Young to his parents, and a letter to Charles Young from William.

Young, William, Sir

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

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

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

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 C. Weldon fonds

  • MS-2-126
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1890
Fonds consists primarily of correspondence from the period during which Weldon was a Member of Parliament, and includes personal and business letters. There are also telegrams, bills, invoices, and a geometry textbook from Weldon's studies at Mount Allison. Also included are prints of family photographs, circa 1870's-1890's.

Weldon, Richard Chapman

Archibald Woodbury McLelan fonds

  • MS-2-87, SF Box 18, Folders 32-33
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1869
Fonds comprises business correspondence, bills of lading, receipts, and miscellaneous papers connected to McLelan's shipping business.

McLelan, Archibald Woodbury, 1824-1890

Smith family fonds

  • MS-2-501
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1958
Fonds includes the personal archives of Olive Smith as well as materials created by her sister Clauda and her mother Louise. Materials include medical papers and correspondence between Clauda and Olive Smith and their doctors; personal writings; incoming correspondence from friends and family; artwork (pencil drawings and paintings); family photographs; family papers (pages from the family Bible); financial information for Olive, Clauda and Louise Smith; financial correspondence between the Smiths and various companies; and school diplomas, papers, and notebooks.

Smith, Clauda

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

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

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

Frank Dawson Adams fonds

  • MS-2-1
  • Fonds
  • 1878-1903
Fonds consists of ten notebooks, a file of correspondence, and photographs and negatives of landscapes, geological samples and group pictures taken in Europe and Canada. Many of the records were created during a geological survey of Canada undertaken by Frank Dawson Adams and W.A. Carlyle.

Adams, Frank Dawson

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

Dr. Frederick Warren Cox fonds

  • MS-2-765
  • Fonds
  • 1880 - 1954
Fonds consists of Cox's records regarding his student life at Halifax Medical College and newspaper clippings about his family.

Cox, Frederick Warren

René de Villiers fonds

  • MS-2-746, Boxes 1-35
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1989

Fonds contains material created and accumulated by René de Villiers during his time as an editor and politician. The fonds contains records on associations and clubs, press and media, historical publications, urban problems, Marquard family papers, manuscripts, correspondence, biographical materials, speeches & editorials, politics, publications, photographs, and miscellaneous materials.

The fonds includes ca. 123 photographs, almost all black and white, 7 posters, 2 audio reels, 2 maps, and 1 painting.

de Villiers, René

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

Florence Jessie Murray fonds

  • MS-2-535
  • Fonds
  • [1884?] - 1975
Fonds consists primarily of Florence Jessie Murray's personal records regarding her career as a medical missionary in Korea, including correspondence, manuscripts, pamphlets and photographs. There is also a small volume of records that originated with her brother, Alexander Murray, and father, Robert Murray, including correspondence between Alexander Murray, Florence Jessie Murray and E.J.O. Fraser; Reverend Robert Murray's correspondence; and records regarding his involvement with the Navy, Army and Air Force Institutes.

Murray, Florence Jessie

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

Sandy Young fonds

  • MS-2-741, Boxes 1-85
  • Fonds
  • 1887-1998

This fonds consists of records related to Sandy Young’s academic research, interests, and teaching career which have a particular emphasis on sport and sport history in Nova Scotia and Canada.

The largest series in the fonds consists of student papers, most of which were written for Dr. Young’s leisure studies classes and contain information gleaned from student interviews with athletes. The fonds also contains official and personal correspondence; research notes; newspaper clippings primarily regarding Nova Scotia athletes; conference information; committee records; film and video recordings used for class instruction; magazines; programs from various sports associations and sport teams; publications which include many articles written by Young on Maritime sport history; sound recordings; slides dealing with international sports history used for teaching; photographs of mostly Nova Scotian or Canadian athletes; postcards; maps; and scrapbooks. The fonds also contains an assortment of artifacts and memorabilia related to Nova Scotia Olympian Aileen Meagher, including a track outfit, relay baton, and Olympic bronze medal certificate.

Young, A.J.

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