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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

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

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.

Acadian Supplies Company fonds

  • MS-4-117
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1967
The Acadian Supply Company fonds consist of correspondence, financial, legal, sales and shipping records and vessel papers. Also included is correspondence from Lunenburg Mayor Douglas Adams, church papers from LaHave United Church and the Parish of Saint John in Lunenburg, and papers from the Lunenburg Yacht Club and Curling Club.

Acadian Supplies Company.

Account journal and letter of Charles Tupper Logan

  • MS-2-38, SF Box 15, Folder 4
  • File
  • 1926-1928, 1943
File consists of one journal of daily accounts (1926-1928) and a letter of appointment to the School Board of Cumberland County (1943).

Logan, Charles Tupper, 1867-1961

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.

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

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

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

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

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

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.).

Augustine Melanson, ledger

  • MS-4-203, SF Box 46, Folder 8
  • Item
  • 1848-1857
Ledger 1848-1857 including accounts of the Schooner (later brigantine) Samuel Campbell

Melanson, [Augustine?]

Augustus Lantz fonds

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

Lantz, Augustus

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

Bills of lading from Intercolonial Railway

  • MS-4-193, SF Box 46, Folder 6
  • File
  • 1888
File contains bills of lading from the Intercolonial Railways Traffic Department in Saint John, New Brunswick.

Intercolonial Railway (Canada).

Blackburn family fonds

  • MS-2-10, SF Box 13, Folders 5-8
  • 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), and one notebook containing a weather diary (1949). Fonds also contains minutes from two Master of Rights Lodge meetings held in 1931.

Blackburn Family

Burns and Company memorandums and company bulletins

  • MS-4-175, SF Box 45, Folder 38
  • File
  • 1944
File contains bulletins on meat and dairy markets sent from the company office in Winnipeg, Manitoba to salesmen in the Eastern Sales Division. File also contains memorandums sent to L.W. Morgan from the company office in Winnipeg.

Burns and Company.

Business correspondence and balance sheet of Captain Alfred Gould

  • MS-2-86, SF Box 18, Folder 31
  • File
  • 1885, 1899
File consists of business and professional correspondence from various writers, including Captain Stewart Gould (some photocopies). There is also a balance sheet (ca. 1881-1888) showing loans, payments, and ships' earnings.

Gould, Alfred, Captain, 1841-1896

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.

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

Charman and Grant fonds

  • MS-4-144
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1945
The fonds contains business records of Charman and Grant general store, including invoices and a general ledger. Also included is a VE Day address by William Grant.

Charman & Grant.

Charter agreement between Charles T. White and T.S. Drisko

  • MS-4-248, SF Box 49, Folder 7
  • Item
  • 1887
Item is a charter party between T. S. Drisko and Charles T. White. The charter details the terms of a shipment of cargo from Apple River, Nova Scotia to New York, New York. The charter was brokered by James L. Sullivan.

White, Charles T.

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

Cooley Brothers fonds

  • MS-4-91
  • Fonds
  • 1948-1951
Fonds includes correspondence and the minute book of the Halifax Jewellers Association, 1948-1951.

Cooley Brothers.

Correspondence from Corning and Chipman

  • MS-4-67, SF Box 46, Folder 23
  • File
  • 1879-1923
File contains correspondence from Corning and Chipman, a law firm based in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Materials were created in 1879, 1881, 1888, 1891, 1893-1903, 1906, 1912, 1915, 1917 and 1923.

Corning and Chipman.

Cyril R. Smith fonds

  • MS-4-176
  • Fonds
  • 1922-1923
Fonds contains business correspondence regarding the purchase of a boiler. Fonds also contains a specification for a boiler manufactured by John Inglis Company.

Smith, Cyril R.

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.

Daily diary of Edward D.T. Davison, Jr.

  • MS-2-109, SF Box 23, Folder 18
  • Item
  • 1902
Item is a daily diary (January-May 1902) which contains notes on subjects such as work meetings, travel, weather, oxen, and mishaps.

Davison, Edward, D.T., 1845-

David Nelson fonds

  • MS-4-80
  • Fonds
  • 1888-1893
Ledger 1888-1893; Miscellaneous invoices and correspondence 1891-1893

Nelson, David

Dockrill Brothers Ltd. fonds

  • MS-4-216
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1952
The fonds consists primarily of correspondence. Other materials include records of business activity including payroll records, insurance policies, completed work records, financial records, and lists of furniture and household effects.

Dockrill Bros. Limited.

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.

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.

Farnworth and Jardine's Wood Circular

  • MS-4-19, SF Box 21, Folder 21
  • Item
  • May 30, 1872
Item is a wood circular from Liverpool, Nova Scotia, dated May 30, 1872. The circular reports on recent timber imports and sales and includes wholesale prices for American and Baltic timber products as of May 30, 1872.

Farnworth and Jardine.

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.

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.

George E. Smith Company fonds

  • MS-4-22
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1916
The George E. Smith Company, named after its founder, was a hardware company in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon Smith's death on February 16, 1916, the company remained in operation. The fonds includes the correspondence (including financial transactions) with suppliers and credit reports commissioned by the company concerning their clientele. The collection illuminates the hardships for Canadian companies prior to and during World War I.

George E. Smith Company.

George MacKay fonds

  • MS-4-78
  • Fonds
  • 1911-1912
Fonds contains business records accumulated by George MacKay, including correspondence, receipts, and invoices.

MacKay, George

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.

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.

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.

Halifax Seed Company fonds

  • MS-4-21
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1965, bulk 1960 and 1965

The fonds contains business correspondence between the Halifax Seed Company and their associates worldwide as well as two ledger books. Advertisements and printed matter originally enclosed with correspondence provide an insight into the 1960s relevant beyond their connection to the Halifax Seed Company.

The company has been in operation for 137 years, yet the collection lacks information before 1956 and after 1965.

Halifax Seed Company.

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.

Himmelman Supply Company fonds

  • MS-4-118
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1987, predominately 1955-1978

Fonds contains the business papers from Himmelman Supply Company and several other companies owned or operated by Ernest H. Himmelman and Lawrence Himmelman. These include O.K. Service Shipping Company, Himmelman Shipping Limited, Oakland Shipping Limited, LaHave Investments Limited, Nova Hereford Farms, and Himmelman Supermarket Limited. The fonds contains a variety of business papers, including meeting minutes and administrative records, ships' vessel papers, correspondence, financial statements and ledgers, legal agreements and contracts, blueprints and maps, and photographs.

Some of the personal papers of Lawrence Himmelman are also included in the fonds, including correspondence with the LaHave School, the local fire department, and other groups, financial records, and contracts and agreements.

In 1954, a fire in the Himmelman Supermarket destroyed many of the business records. Most records in the fonds are from after this date, though some vessel papers and correspondence from before the fire survived. See individual series descriptions for more detailed descriptions of the scope and content of the fonds.

Fonds consists of 18 series. Administrative, Correspondence, Financial, and Vessel Papers Series contain records for Himmelman Supply Company and subsidiary companies. Additional records for subsidiary companies are found in series for Himmelman Shipping Company, O.K. Service Shipping Limited, Oakland Shipping Limited, LaHave Shipping Limited, and LaHave Investments Limited. Each vessel from the O.K. Service Fleet also has a series. See individual series descriptions for more detailed descriptions of their scope and content.

Himmelman Supply Company.

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.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 fonds

  • MS-9-55
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1970-1998
This fonds consists of records that document the administrative and operational activities of IBEW Local 625. As the union which represents inside electrical workers across mainland Nova Scotia, Local 625 engages in a variety of activities which are represented in this fonds; these include employer negotiation, grievance administration, dues remittance, pension fund administration, labour advocacy, workers' training and education, strike coordination, recreational events, and membership advocacy. The records in this fonds were created by the union's office staff, business managers, executive board, elected officials, Board of Trustees, membership, and business associates.

International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 (Halifax).

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