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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

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691.2013-065
  • Accession
  • 1977-2012

Accession contains records that largely document Harry Thurston's journalistic and non-fiction writing during the 1980s. Materials include editorial correspondence, research notes and secondary materials, annotated drafts and printer's proofs, and press releases and reviews for articles published in such magazines as Atlantic Insight, Audubon, Equinox, Harrowsmith and National Geographic. There are similar materials documenting Thurston's work on Tidal Life : A Natural History of the Bay of Fundy, as well as correspondence and administrative records documenting his work with the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia and various professional activities such as attending or organizing workshops and conferences.

Accession also contains a small volume of materials from the late 1970s related to Thurston's activities as a poet, including some correspondence and administrative records related to the poetry journal, Germination, as well as his involvement with the Dirge Poets and their Merry Men, a performance group of poets and musicians.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

"Aboard Bluenose II" by James Johnson

File contains an article about the Bluenose II written by James Johnson, a former member of the crew. The article was published in Crier : Atlantic Canada's Monthly News Magazine. Vol. 1, No. 2, August, 1964.

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691.2015-034
  • Accession
  • 1884-2001
Accession contains manuscripts of Harry Thurston of books, magazine articles, a play, radio and television adaptations of the works; research material; typescripts of speeches and talks; correspondence; and reviews of his books.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691.2017-048
  • Accession
  • 1987-2017
Accession contains: nine manuscripts for: Ova Aves; Icarus, Falling of the Birds; Animals of My Own Kind: New and Selected Poems; Everlasting Oasis; Island of the Blessed; Atlantic Canada Nature Guide; The Atlantic Coast: A Natural History; and The Nature of Shorebird: Nomads of the Wetlands. Thirteen photographs of birds eggs by Thaddus Holownia. There are scripts for: At The Fishhouses, a presentation of Elizabeth Bishop's poems, by Musique Royale; and A Ship’s Portrait for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. There is a copy of the play script for Black River Miracle, and an article Looking for John O'Brien. Includes correspondence, and research materials. Also includes two handwritten notebooks of poetry, representing the first drafts of some poems.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Frank Baird fonds

  • MS-2-5, SF Box 13, Folder 2
  • Fonds
  • 1923-1933
Fonds consists of a draft typescript of Baird's "Doctor Archibald MacMechan: An Estimate and an Appreciation," commissioned by The Halifax Chronicle for their 1923 New Year's edition and withdrawn at Archibald MacMechan's request. Also present are three letters from MacMechan concerning the article and a later letter from Stanley MacKenzie regarding an essay by Baird rejected by The Dalhousie Review.

Baird, Frank, Rev. Dr., 1870-1951

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

Lesley Choyce's manuscripts and professional papers

  • MS-2-596.2013-042
  • Accession
  • 1993-2013
This accession contains primarily draft typescripts of short fiction and related research notes and correspondence. There are also records related to television and film proposals, including synopses and scripts. Other materials include copies of media reviews and miscellaneous business and personal correspondence.

Choyce, Lesley

Donna Morrissey fonds

  • MS-2-753
  • Fonds
  • 1979-2012
Fonds contains manuscripts and typescripts (print and electronic), drafts, page proofs, illustrations, digital photographs, and published copies of the novels, scripts, and short stories written by Donna Morrissey. It also contains e-mail and printed correspondence, press material and book reviews, and resource material from a workshop.

Morrissey, Donna, 1956-

Thomas McCulloch collection

  • MS-2-40
  • Collection
  • 1801 - 1843, 1955
Collection contains both original records and reproductions of materials related to Reverend Thomas McCulloch. Items include a glass plate etching of McCulloch, microfilm copies of his books, a sample of his shorthand, a ticket to a lecture given by McCulloch, and correspondence. The collection also includes a microform copy of a thesis written by a Dalhousie student about McCulloch.

McCulloch, Thomas, 1776-1843

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691
  • Accession
  • 1976-1981
Accessions consist of materials related to the publication of the poetry periodical Germination. Materials include manuscripts and proofs, editorial drafts, correspondence, sales and business records, and promotional materials.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Personal archives of Harry Thurston

  • MS-2-691.2018-044
  • Accession
  • 1978-2013
Accession contains: book manuscripts of Dirge folios, Ova Aves, Clouds flying before the eye, and The deer yard; article typescripts of: Christopher Pratt and Mary Pratt, Petit Force, Porter' obsession: images from an illustrated mind (Brian Porter), The coming of age of David Adams Richards, and The road taken, Fundy Geological Museum expansion: interpretive themes, On the beach, Tantramar revisited, Home of the long tides, the Parrsboro Shore, Spencer's pure presences, Respectable rebel (A. J. Casson), Saving the eagle - with a little help from its friends, May Day on the old marsh, Case Hoyt, Mertola's living history, and May Day on the old marsh; correspondence of Harry Thurston; two speeches and talks; sound recording interviews with: Mary Pratt, and Christopher Pratt: David Blackwood; A.J. Casson; David Adam Richards; Sandy Spencer; Joe Norris; John Houston; and Riordan regarding folk art; and Brian Porter, conducted by Harry Thurston; and research material.

Thurston, Harry, 1950-

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia fonds

  • MS-2-612
  • Fonds
  • 1975-2005

The Archives of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia consists of records created by the administration, members, and affiliates of the Federation. It includes a wide variety of materials including administrative records, audio/visual material, correspondence, financial records, meeting agendas and minutes for a variety of groups and committees, photographs, promotional and press material. The records refer to the adminstration and functions of the Federation, as well as its relationships with its members, government departments, and other writing, publishing and cultural groups.

Materials are mainly in English, with a small number in French. See individual Series descriptions for detailed scope and content notes.

Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia.

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).

Wendy Lill's correspondence

Series contains professional correspondence between Wendy Lill and various theatres, publishers and fans. The correspondence covers a wide range of Lill's publishing, production of her plays, and other professional activities.

Ian Colford fonds

  • MS-2-751
  • Fonds
  • 1979 - 2010
Fonds contains Ian Colford's manuscripts and other records illustrating his work as an author.

Colford, Ian

Sophie's blood : the confessions of Joseph Blanchard / Ian Colford : [manuscript]

File contains a manuscript that won the 24th Atlantic Writing Competition award for unpublished novels. Ian Colford's competitions pseudonym (Packard Bell) appears on the title page. File also includes two reviews and a letter from Jane Buss, the executive director of the Writers' Federation of Nova Scotia, announcing the winner.

Evidence / Ian Colford : [manuscript]

File contains a copy of the revised version submitted to Porcupine's Quill in August 2006. The manuscript contains editorial notes by Doris Cowan, a freelance editor.
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