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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.

Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company fonds

  • MS-4-180
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1983, predominant 1900-2013
Fonds contains blueprints, correspondence, manuals, photographs, as well as administrave, financial, and personnel records, relating to Maritime Telegraph and Telephone LTD, as well as the companies that MT&T acquired.

Maritime Telegraph and Telephone Company Limited

Joseph Simpson Harris fonds

  • MS-2-147, SF Box 25, Folders 4-5 ; SF Box 26 ; SF Box 39, Folder 6
  • Fonds
  • 1872-1928
Fonds comprises writs of execution, auction registers, papers regarding the barque Redento (1895), and correspondence (primarily postcards) reflecting Harris's work as High Sheriff for Pictou County.

Harris, Joseph Simpson

Norman J. Ritchie fonds

  • MS-2-91, SF Box 23, Folders 3-5
  • Fonds
  • 1967-1968
Fonds comprises a signed typescript of "The Story of Robb's" and twenty-four pages of notes and correspondence regarding the project.

Ritchie, Norman John, 1896-1976

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

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

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

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.

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.

Petheric Press fonds

  • MS-4-244
  • Fonds
  • 1971-1982
This fonds consists of correspondence relating to manuscripts; manuscripts of books published by Petheric Press; and manuscripts of articles published in the Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly.

McCurdy, William Hue

Neptune Theatre fonds

  • MS-3-1
  • Fonds
  • 1943-2017
Fonds consists of records that document every aspect of Neptune Theatre as an organization, including various textual records and graphic and audio-visual material pertaining to productions, events, personnel, and the administration of the Theatre. Types of records include correspondence, meeting minutes, reports and newsletters, financial records, box office records, applications, licenses, contracts, scripts, posters, newspaper clippings, production notes, programs, press kits, videocassettes, audiocassettes, negatives, contact sheets, slides, photographs, and other materials.

Neptune Theatre.

Mulgrave Road Theatre fonds

  • MS-3-44
  • Fonds
  • 1972-2006
Fonds primarily consists of documentation related to publicity, personnel, equity, and the Canada Council for the Arts as well as scripts, production-based records, administrative files, correspondence, PACT files, contracts, annual meeting notes, ROADies records, financial statements and information, board meeting notes, brochures, audio tapes, photographs, and production posters.

Mulgrave Road Theatre.

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

H.L. Ruggles fonds

  • MS-4-168
  • Fonds
  • 1925-1968
Fonds contains business records and personal correspondence of H.L. Ruggles. Financial records primarily relate to Ruggles' wholesale grocery business, but some materials relate to the settlement of his mother's estate. Personal correspondence involves the settlement of his mother's estate.

Ruggles, H.L.

D. Logan and Co. fonds

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

D. Logan and Co.

Angus Edward Murray fonds

  • MS-13-68
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1984
Fonds consists of patient records, autopsy reports, correspondence, various medical reports from several institutions, and business records including a ledger and daily journals.

Murray, Angus Edward, Dr., 1901-1986

J.C. Backman fonds

  • MS-4-243
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1943
Fonds includes a ledger of merchant and vessel accounts (1911-1930), later used by Barkman and Ritcey to track coal accounts (1940-1943); miscellaneous correspondence, invoices and vessels statements (1914-1930); and George P. Zink's estate papers (1878-1898).

Backman, J.C.

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

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

Victoria Mines fonds

  • MS-4-24, SF Box 86, Folder 1
  • Fonds
  • 1893
Fonds contains the daily coal account of Victoria Mines from January 1893 to December 1893.

Acadia Gas Engine Company fonds

  • MS-4-81
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1973
Fonds contains three product catalogues produced by the Acadia Gas Engine Company. The earliest dated catalogue was published in January, 1969 and another was published in 1973. One catalogue is undated.

Acadia Gas Engine Company.

McKim, J.L. Estate fonds

  • MS-4-143
  • Fonds
  • 1877-1944
This fonds consists of correspondence, an agreement and a daybook.

McKim, J.L. Estate.

William and Robert Lawson fonds

  • MS-4-8
  • Fonds
  • 1829-1845
Fonds contains a ledger (1829-1833) and a journal (1842-1845) from William and Robert Lawson, merchants in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

John R. Ross fonds

  • MS-4-72
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1880
Fonds contains the ledgers of merchant John R. Ross, dated 1857-1860 and 1864-1880.

Ross, John R.

Rufus Dickie fonds

  • MS-4-65
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1922
Fonds contains day books (1909-1920); ledgers (1909-1922); journals (1912-1919); correspondence (1916-1922); and other records from Rufus Dickie, lumber merchant.

Dickie, Rufus Edward

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.

I. H. Mathers and Son Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-60
  • Fonds
  • 1893-1971
Fonds contains the diaries of I. H. Mathers and Son Ltd. from 1893-1971.

I. H. Mathers and Son Ltd.

Lunenburg Marine Railway fonds

  • MS-4-58
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1945
Fonds contains a list of vessels that used the Lunenburg Marine Railway in 1922-1945.

Lunenburg Marine Railway

H. H. McCurdy and Co. fonds

  • MS-4-59
  • Fonds
  • 1869-1923
Fonds contains the records of H. H. McCurdy and Co., including ledgers (1869-1899); daybooks (1872-1873); and a scrapbook of advertisements (1922-1923).

H. H. McCurdy and Co.

N. Heinish and Co. Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-56
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1968
Fonds contains the records of N. Heinish and Co. Ltd., a clothing store in Halifax, Nova Scotia. The records include ledgers (1940-1968); journals (1929-1944); bills payable-receivable (1938-1962); and other records.

N. Heinish and Co. Ltd.

F. H. Campbell fonds

  • MS-4-55
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1872
Fonds contains the day book of merchant F. H. Campbell from 1866-1872.

Campbell, F. H.

James Fraser fonds

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

Fraser, James

Victoria Hotel fonds

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

Victoria Hotel

S. St. C. and H. Jones fonds

  • MS-4-32
  • Fonds
  • 1908-1911
Fonds contains the business records of S. St. C. and H. Jones, including letter books from November 17, 1908 to December 21, 1911.

S. St. C. and H. Jones

Robb Engineering fonds

  • MS-4-14
  • Fonds
  • 1851-1956
Fonds contains the business records of Robb Engineering Co. Ltd., including an engine record book (1893-1902); deeds, indentures, and agreements (1879-1905); plans, catalogues, and photographs (1890-1950); plans of engines and boilers (1898-1956); specifications of engines and boilers; patent records (1886-1923); registers of engines and boilers; patent records (1886-1923); indexes of engines (1893-1930); correspondence; and other records.

Robb Engineering Works Ltd.

James P. Mitchell and Co. fonds

  • MS-4-30
  • Fonds
  • 1881-1903
File contains records from lumber merchants James P. Mitchell & Co., including ledgers (1881-1893); day books (1881-1897); journals (1888-1891); cash books (1887-1903); and letter books (1885-1902).

James P. Mitchell and Co.

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.

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

Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited fonds

  • MS-4-6
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1937
Fonds contains journals (1882-1933), ledgers (1879-1937), cash books (1908-1924), contracts, specifications for buildings, plans for buildings, and other records from Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow, hardware merchants in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited

A. M. Bell and Co. fonds

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

A. M. Bell and Company

M. A. Buckley fonds

  • MS-4-3
  • Fonds
  • 1866-1877
Fonds contains a ledger used by M. A. Buckley, stationer, in 1866-1877.

Buckley, M. A.

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd. fonds

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

Starr Manufacturing Co. Ltd.

Melville McKean fonds

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

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

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

Killam Brothers fonds

  • MS-4-17
  • Fonds
  • 1877-[19--]
Fonds contains shareholder records and a list of ships owned or managed by members of the Killam family.

Killam Brothers.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra fonds

  • MS-5-11
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1987
Fonds consists of records pertaining to the administrative, operational, financial, and artistic activities of the ASO. Included are materials documenting the Board of Directors, box office operations (including ticket sales), financial affairs, fundraising, general administration, guest artists, orchestra members, public relations and publicity, and the union. Also included is the photograph series which presents a visual record of various aspects of the orchestra's activities, including performances and women's auxiliary events as well as publicity shots of musicians, conductors, staff, and guest artists.

Atlantic Symphony Orchestra (Halifax, N.S.).

Seafood Producers Association of Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-4-113
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1988, predominant 1947-1985
Fonds consists of correspondence, notes, briefs and reports, meeting minutes, financial records, circulars, photographs, and other records relating to the fishing and fish processing industry in Atlantic Canada and government regulations of the fisheries. Also included are similar types of records from sister organizations the Atlantic Fishing Vessel Association, Atlantic Fisheries By-Products Association, and Atlantic Queen Crab Association.

Seafood Producers Association.

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