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MacRae Library North America Horticulture--Canada
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Fred Sears fonds

  • MS-14-30
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1907, 1998

This fonds includes published and unpublished papers, correspondence to and from Fred Sears between 1905-1907 while he was Professor of Horticulture at NSAC from 1905-1907. The fonds contains over 200 glass negative and lantern slides discovered in the basement of Harlow Institute, Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Truro, NS around 1997, they are believed to have been taken by Fred Sears. There are also copy negatives and contact prints that were made at a later unknown date. Most of the photographs depict apples and orchard practice. Notes on some of the sleeves of the negatives suggest that they date from the period 1898-1907. We have been unable to document who actually took the photographs, which show considerable skill and an artistic flair for composition. There are 120 b&w 5" x 7" prints made from the glass slides, and documents related to the exhibition of the fonds in the MacRae Library.

Biographical : Fred C. Sears taught at the Horticultural School in Wolfville which operated from 1894-1904 and then took up a position as Professor of Horticulture at NSAC from 1905-1907. In 1907 he accepted a position as Professor of Pomology at the Massachusetts Agricultural College. It was there in 1914 that he wrote a textbook entitled Productive Orcharding. The book is illustrated with photographs akin to those in this collection. One photo is the same as one in the collection, but from a different angle. It seems likely that many photographs illustrating the book were taken in Nova Scotia, probably Wolfville. Sears dedicated his book to Robert W. Starr, a close friend and former president of the Nova Scotia Fruit Growers Association.

Blueberry

This sub-series contains the full-text resources and article citations about wild blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium Ait) production and marketing in Eastern Canada and Maine, including bibliographies, research reports, newsletters, and abstracts. Topics covered include: horticulture, management, crop culture, varieties, improvement harvesting, storage, processing, products – utilization, soil management, soil fertility, fertilizers, insects - diseases - pests, entomology, plant insects, plant pathology, weeds. rodents and pests, crop buildings and equipment, field machinery, production economics, and marketing.

Cranberry resources: 233 - 233/641

This item is a collection of 36 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding cranberries, published between 1965-1981. Topics include species variety, industry, plant growth and development, horticultural experiments, pathology, crop yield, etc.

Blueberry resources: 235 - 235/06

This item is a collection of 26 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1960-1983. Topics include plant growth and development, surveys, genetics, cytology, growth factors, species variety, fruit yield, breeding, etc.

Blueberry resource: 235/07

This item is a collection of 23 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1960-1983. Topics include plant growth and development, species variety, fruit yield, plant physiology, frost effects, pathology, etc.

Blueberry resources: 235/08 - 235/20

This item is a collection of 26 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1963-1991. Topics include sugar levels, hormone production, volatile production, plant growth and development, blueberry industry, species variety, home gardening, and preservation.

Blueberry resources: 235/21 - 235/23

This item is a collection of 32 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1963-1991. Topics include species variety, growing techniques, fruit yields, growth factors, plant growth and development, germination factors, parthenogenesis, etc.

Blueberry resources: 235/24 - 235/34

This item is a collection of 30 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1958-1986. Topics include propagation, fruit development, growth factors, seedlings, plant growth and development, effects of pruning, species variety, etc.

Blueberry resources: 235/40 - 235/81

This item is a collection of 41 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1954-1989. Topics include
species variety, genetic inheritance, fruit development and yield, pollination, breeding, plant growth and development, seedlings, harvesting, etc.

Blueberry resources: 235/500 - 235/615

This item is a collection of 49 journal articles, each having a corresponding index card regarding blueberries, published between 1954-1989. Topics include
effects of nutrient and fertilizer variation on plant growth, growth factors, seedlings, pathology, effects of fungicides, effects of insecticides, fruit yield, plant care, pollination, etc.

Raspberry

This sub-series contains 25 cm of textual material about wild blueberry, which includes production, marketing, management, harvesting, pathology, etc. These were published between 1950-1998.

Cranberry

This sub-series contains 25 cm of textual material about wild blueberry, which includes production, marketing, management, harvesting, pathology, etc. These were published between 1950-1998.

Blackberry

This sub-series contains 25 cm of textual material about wild blueberry, which includes production, marketing, management, harvesting, pathology, etc. These were published between 1950-1998.

Strawberry

This sub-series contains 25 cm of textual material about wild blueberry, which includes production, marketing, management, harvesting, pathology, etc. These were published between 1950-1998.

Berries - other

This sub-series contains 25 cm of textual material about wild blueberry, which includes production, marketing, management, harvesting, pathology, etc. These were published between 1950-1998.