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A. M. Smith and Company fonds

  • MS-4-23
  • Fonds
  • 1811-1987

The fonds consists of administrative papers, blueprints, business and personal correspondence, cable code books and other reference works, export orders and papers, financial documents, insurance papers, legal documents, packaging samples, photographs, plans, printed material, reports, and vessels papers. The material spans 176 years and illustrates a family company passed through two incarnations and through several generations of administration, along with its related off-shoots companies and associations. The material deals with late 19th and early 20 century shipping, as well as the 20th century business of packing and exporting salt fish.

The fonds also contains papers of associated small companies including L.W. Vatcher Limited, and subsidiaries Acadia Fisheries and Smith Canneries, as well as papers from various investment dealings made by Fletcher S. Smith, including Parkdale Realty, Southern Realties, and Fenpark Realties, and agencies with which the Smiths were involved. Finally, the fonds includes various items from small companies including Dan Dauphiney Company Limited, Earle-Smith Partnership, Eastern Fisheries Limited, Fudge Shipping Company, Georgian Limited, Scotia Corporations, Sea Nymph Fisheries, and Smith/Romkey. These papers include correspondence, administrative documents, legal contracts and agreements, financial statements, journals and ledgers.

The records of the fonds demonstrate the organizational structure, management, and operations of A.M. Smith and Company and related organizations, and provide insight into the business of salt fish, from fishing and processing to packing and exportation. The material provides a comprehensive picture of a significant 20th century Nova Scotian enterprise.

A.M. Smith and Company.

J.D.B. Fraser fonds

  • MS-4-28
  • Fonds
  • 1815 - 1909
Fonds contains the records of druggist J.D.B. Fraser, including receipts and invoices (1894); a ledger used by Fraser and MacKenna (1909); correspondence (1846-1855); the bank book of James A. Fraser (1899-1907); day books; and prescription books (1885-1886).

J.D.B. Fraser & Sons

Frieze and Roy fonds

  • MS-4-57
  • Fonds
  • 1838-1941
The fonds consists mainly of general business correspondence and financial records recording the financial affairs of the business. The fonds also consist of legal records, mainly indentures and insurance policies for the business, sales and operations records and vessel records, which mainly consist of insurance policies, charter parties and protests. Also included in the fonds are records belonging to the Frieze family such as estate papers, and records from David Frieze's time as a justice if the peace for Hants County, along with electoral records and records belonging to the Maitland Presbyterian church, Sons of Temporance and Maitland school which both Frieze and Roy were involved in.

Frieze and Roy.

O'Brien Family fonds

  • MS-4-242
  • Fonds
  • 1838-1876
The fonds consists predominantly of correspondence and vessel papers. The fonds also contains records that document the family's business activity, particularly that of Joseph O’Brien.

O'Brien Family

James E. Dickie and Company fonds

  • MS-4-63
  • Fonds
  • 1855-1901, 1924
Fonds comprises documents illustrating the business interests of James Edward Dickie and his family. The majority of records date from James E. Dickie and his son Edwin's ownership of the Stewiacke general store, there is a single letter-book dated 1924, during which time James R. Fulton managed the store. Records fall into three main categories: business records related to companies owned by the Dickies; personal and business correspondence; and personal records of the Dickie family.

James E. Dickie and Company

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

Joseph Simpson Arnison fonds

  • MS-2-137, SF Box 19, Folder 8; SF Box 27, Folders 1-2
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1879
Fonds consists of promissary notes, an order from David M. Lead to Charles Irving, and cheques. These materials date between 1858-1879. The fonds also contains agreements from 1863-1876 as well as business correspondence.

Arnison, Joseph Simpson, 1820-1892

Powers Brothers fonds

  • MS-4-86
  • Fonds
  • 1858–1987
Fonds consists of administrative files, community involvement details, contract records, correspondence, employee records, financial documents, job estimates and job files, legal documents, photographs, plans, printed material, notes on solar heating projects, sound recordings, and union/association documents, as well as a series with material from the Murphy and Wharton Company. This material spans over 100 years from 1858 to 1987, and illustrates how business was conducted (meetings, annual reports, accounting and financial statements) and the relationship with the community (both charitable and with other businesses). There are also very detailed accounts of the work done by the company, from initial quotes through to project planning, blueprints, product literature, and finishing. Together the items demonstrate the organizational structure, management, and operations of the Powers Brothers company. These items provide insight into business operations in Nova Scotia throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Powers Brothers.

G. D. Campbell and Sons fonds

  • MS-4-1
  • Fonds
  • 1859-1935
The fonds consists of records routine operational transactions through daybooks, cashbooks, ledgers, letter books, mill books, invoice books, time books, cash and book sales, receipts, financial records, invoices and statements. Also represented in the fonds are Campbell Lumber Company correspondence, general papers and correspondence, store quotations, legal documents, lumber schedules, wills and estate papers, the personal Papers of Glidden Campbell, and materials relating to the Weymouth Marine Insurance Co.

G.D. Campbell and Sons. G.D. Campbell and Company.

Robert Dawson and Son fonds

  • MS-4-43
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1892
Fonds contains family and business correspondence ca. 1851-1896 and deeds dating 1860-1943.

Robert Dawson and Son.

J.H. and J.W. Seaman fonds

  • MS-2-64
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1865]-1919
Fonds consists of ledgers, cash books and letter books.

Seaman, J.H.

Bigelow family fonds

  • MS-4-92
  • Fonds
  • 1865-1976
Fonds contains the personal and professional records of four generations of the Bigelow family of Nova Scotia. It includes correspondence, legal and financial documents, diaries and memoirs, and photographs that document primarily the family's shipbuilding activities as well as the genealogical interests of John Robert Bigelow.

Bigelow Family

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

Laughlan McKeagan fonds

  • MS-4-240
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1884
Fonds contains a day book, Oct 3. 1882-July 20, 1883, and invoices, 1866-1884.

Laughlan, Mckeagan

Acadia Coal Company fonds

  • MS-4-149, SF Box 1, Folder 13
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1870; 1896-1897
Fonds contains William McKenzie's notebook and several loose sheets detailing timber purchases; three memos to William McKenzie, including one from Jessie Hoyt, who managed the company; the second [1896] and third [1898] published annual reports of the Relief Fund Association of the Employees of the Acadia Colliery; a Fairbanks Standard Scales catalogue; and the Westville business directory [1897].

McKenzie, William

V.S. Sweeny Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-16
  • Fonds
  • 1867 - 1960
Fonds contains invoices (1906-1913); business ledgers (1867-1874); undertaking ledgers (1891-1960); and ledger indexes from V. S. Sweeny Ltd., furniture dealers and undertakers in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Undertaking ledgers and indexes after 1918 are transcriptions by George and Ann Sorensen.

V.S. Sweeny Ltd.

Dominion Chair Company fonds

  • MS-4-61
  • Fonds
  • 1870-1975
The fonds consists of architectural plans, Bass River picnic files, correspondence and invoices, counter books, customer and employee records, export papers, interest books, journals, ledgers, legal documents, merchandise invoices, photographs, printed materials, reports and shareholder papers, sales books/journals, sales invoice copy books, statement books, and stock inventories, spanning over 100 years from 1870 to 1975. These materials illustrate accounting methods, the production of and market for chairs, shipping processes, relationships with other companies and the community, etc. The majority of the fonds consists of correspondence and invoices, both to and from Dominion Chair, including orders for company goods, for factory equipment, and items to stock the general store. Together the items are useful in understanding the organizational structure, management, and operations of the Dominion Chair Company, and provide insight into business operations in Nova Scotia throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.

Dominion Chair Company.

William Robertson and Son Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-41
  • Fonds
  • 1871 - 1978
Fonds contains the records of William Robertson and Son Ltd., including ledgers (1871-1939); ledger cards (1941-1968); invoices (1892-1907, 1942-1968); deeds (1908, 1919); inventories (1941-1967); cash books (1939-1968); sheets from stock books (February 1948); credit notes (1953); delivery slips (1953); price books (1886-1945); text from the dedication of a Celtic memorial cross in memory of William Robertson (1955); a copy of the Robertson family tree; correspondence; shares certificates; catalogues; and other records.

William Robertson and Son Ltd.

Oland and Son fonds

  • MS-4-135
  • Fonds
  • 1872-1989

The Archives of Oland and Son Limited consists of records created by Oland and Son Limited and its affiliated companies. Some of the companies changed names after Oland and Son sold its brewing assets to John Labatt Limited. Records for these companies are included as well. Records range from 1867 to 1989, but were predominiately created between 1950 and 1971.

The Archives of Oland and Son and Affiliated Companies include a wide variety of materials, including administrative records, financial records, correspondence, photographs, advertising and marketing materials, beer production files, sales records, and legal documents. Administrative records typically include meeting minutes, annual reports, memorandums, surveys, and studies or reports on various aspects of the brewing industry and the breweries operated by Oland and Son. Beer production files typically include brewing books, yeast log books, fermentation schedules, production reports, and other records that document the beer production process. The Archives contains a large amount of correspondence between Oland and Son and its affiliated companies and various businesses, government agencies, associations, and individuals from across the Maritimes and around the world. Financial records typically include financial statements, cost reports, comparative statements, general ledgers, valuations, audit reports, and other records documenting the financial position of the various companies. Extensive advertising and marketing files exist, including advertising contracts and schedules, proofs and sketchs, reports and proposals, and budgets. The Archives also has extensive sales records documenting the sale of beer across the Maritimes, Quebec, and parts of the United States and the Caribbean. The Archives also contains hundreds of photographs and blueprints of the factories, factory equipment, and the Bluenose II.

Materials are in English, French, German, and Czech. See individual Series descriptions for detailed scope and content notes.

Oland and Son Limited

D. Logan and Company Store fonds

  • MS-4-29
  • Fonds
  • 1872 - 1918
File contains records of grocers D. Logan and Company Store, including invoices (1881-1883); cancelled cheques (1918); price lists; day books (1872-1900); correspondence (1872-1876); postcards (1877); ledgers (1872-1900); bills; and newspaper clippings.

D. Logan and Company Store

Trenton Works Ltd. Fonds

  • MS-4-106
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1997
Fonds contains business, administrative and production records, including minutes, reports, agreements, photographs, employee seniority lists, accident reports, correspondence and other papers from the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal Company, Trenton Works, and Hawker Siddeley.

Trenton Works

Lunenburg Outfitting Company fonds

  • MS-4-84
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1983
The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, sales and shipping operations, and vessel papers which document the business's operation between 1943 and 1983. Also included in the fonds are the records of the Lunenburg branch plant of Booth Fisheries Canada Company, Lunenburg Outfitting Company's president Honourable William Duff and Wilfred E. Knickle. Types of records found in the fonds are correspondence, cash books, cheque registers, fish sales and shipment books.

Lunenburg Outfitting Company.

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

Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company fonds

  • MS-4-180
  • Fonds
  • 1880 - 2013, predominant 1900 - 2013
Fonds contains records documenting the history and functions of Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Limited. Materials include administrative, financial and personnel records, as well as directories, blueprints, manuals, public relations and advertising materials and photographs.

Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company Limited

Augustus Lantz fonds

  • MS-4-238
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1885
Cargo book of the schooner Beth, March 22, 1881 - September 4, 1885

Lantz, Augustus

Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited fonds

  • MS-4-6
  • Fonds
  • 1883 - 1937
Fonds contains business journals (1882-1933), ledgers (1879-1937), cash books (1908-1924), contracts, and building specifications and plans for Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow, hardware merchants.

Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited

James Fraser fonds

  • MS-4-52
  • Fonds
  • 1885 - 1947
Fonds contains the records of Halifax fish merchant James Fraser, including financial statements (1885-1945); lobster contracts (1885-1892); and ledgers (1923-1940).

Fraser, James

Halifax Graving Dock Company fonds

  • MS-4-124
  • Fonds
  • 1886-1942, prodominant 1918-1919
Fonds contains documents used in the legal proceedings taken by the shareholders of the Halifax Graving Dock Company in response to the company's expropriation by the government. Fonds also contains a 1942 court judgment of an unrelated case of land expropriation in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Halifax Graving Dock Company Limited.

John W. Mills fonds

  • MS-2-558
  • Fonds
  • 1886 - 1896
Fonds consists of legal papers and correspondence related to John W. Mill's administration of charitable funds for the poor in Mahone Bay and surrounding areas.

Mills, John W.

David Nelson fonds

  • MS-4-80
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1893
Fonds contains a business ledger dating from 1888-1893, miscellaneous invoices and correspondence dating from 1891-1893.

Nelson, David

Captain Charles Davison fonds

  • MS-4-146
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1938, predominant 1910-1930
This fonds contains a small volume of financial records relating to Charles Davison's grocery business in Hansport, Nova Scotia, including invoices, promissory notes and account statements. There is also a photograph of Davison and a copy of a letter written to his wife.

Davison, Charles, Captain, 1854-1938

Harry S. Jenkins fonds

  • MS-4-207
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1936
Fonds contains John Jenkins' ledger dating 1893-1994, repurposed as a journal from 1936-1942 by Harry S. Jenkins. Fonds also includes cheque book, an agreement of sale, a photocopy of Harry S. Jenkins' will, and miscellaneous invoices and sales slips.

Jenkins, Harry S.

Melville McKean fonds

  • MS-4-44
  • Fonds
  • 1895-1925
Invoices, deeds and day book and ledger 1895-1921

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-9
  • Fonds
  • 1896 - 1897
Fonds contains a short history of Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and a company letter book.

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Adams and Knickle Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-27
  • Fonds
  • 1897-1968
The fonds consists of records which document the business activities and interests of Adams & Knickle Ltd. from 1897 until 1968. Information contained in this fonds provides insight into the company’s role as a major fishing and shipping partner in the fishing and shipping industry in Nova Scotia. Also included in this fonds is information about the company’s international relations with the various agents engaged in this industry; the types and amounts of fish landed, processed, shipped and sold by the company; the many transactions involved in operating vessels; and various events that impacted on the company’s operations. The types of documents include: affidavits, agent accounts, agreements, catch journals, correspondence, damage claims, deeds, employment records, financial statements, fish sales records, fishing contracts, ledgers, notices of protest, port documents, sailing journals, time journals, vessel accounts and journals, vessel certificates, and vessel shares.

Adams and Knickle Limited.

A.M. Bell and Co. fonds

  • MS-4-4
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1960
Fonds contains minute books, cash books, ledgers; correspondence, income tax returns and financial statements for A.M. Bell & Co.

A.M. Bell and Company

Victoria Hotel fonds

  • MS-4-53
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1928
Fonds contains early nineteenth-century records of the Victoria Hotel, including cash books (1903-1913); ledgers (1902-1914); and guest registers (1899-1928).

Victoria Hotel

Arthur Fordham and Company fonds

  • MS-4-2
  • Fonds
  • 1899 - 1967
Fonds contains records documenting Arthur Fordham's leather merchant activities from 1899-1967. Fonds includes miscellaneous early records, 1899-1933; sales and purchases journals, 1921-1953; cash books, 1918-1962; ledgers, 1921-1967; correspondence, 1920-1950; financial statements, 1933-1964.

Arthur Fordham and Company

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

Christie Trunk and Bag fonds

  • MS-4-15
  • Fonds
  • 1901 - 1968
Fonds contains minute books (1901-1968); financial statements (1902-1968); general ledgers (1949-1968); reports to shareholders; legal papers (1901-1964); correspondence (1920); catalogues; and other records from Christie Bros. and Co. and Christie Trunk and Bag.

Christie Trunk and Bag Co. Ltd.

Marconi Wireless Telegraph Company, Camperdown Station fonds

  • MS-4-141
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1912
Fonds contains four logbooks from Camperdown Station spanning the years 1905-1908; one letter book, containing carbon copies of letter transcriptions; and several telegram carbon copies.

Marconi's Wireless Telegraph Company of Canada

La Have Outfitting Company fonds

  • MS-4-88
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1973
The La Have Outfitting Company fonds contains mainly financial records related to their business of outfitting and supplying vessels, as well as sales of fish, coal and salt between the years of 1905-1976. These records include invoices cash books, fish sales, journals, ledgers, vessel supply lists, accounts and lists of vessels that were insured by La Have Outfitting, as well as loans they had given out. The fonds also contains some general business correspondence, legal documents regarding insurance policies and shareholders information as well as documents relating to vessels, such as charter contracts, log books and register of vessels.

La Have Outfitting Company.

Longard Brothers

  • MS-4-105
  • Fonds
  • 1907-1916

E.J. Longard and Co.

Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Exporters Association fonds

  • MS-4-112
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1974
Fonds consists of correspondence and administrative, financial, and salt fish records that document the Association’s operations.

Canadian Atlantic Salt Fish Exporters Association.

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