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The Impossible Museum fonds

  • Fonds
  • 2018-2020

Fonds contains a selection of documents, drawings, material samples, and images collected by D'Arcy Wilson and Lisa Bouraly during a two-year research project focused on Thomas McCulloch and Andrew Downs. The fonds is part of an exhibition, the "Impossible Museum," curated by Lisa Bouraly and featuring works by D'Arcy Wilson and Amy Malbeuf. The exhibition is presented by Eyelevel Gallery in the Thomas McCulloch Museum in the Dalhousie University Life Sciences Centre from March 5 to April 30, 2020.

Material includes a selection of texts and notes tracing Bouraly's research while preparing the exhibition. These documents were selected by Wilson from Bouraly's collection. Fonds also includes an encapsulated drawing of Thomas McCulloch, material swatches linked to one of the works in the exhibition, scraps and drawings left over from a collage, photographs of works in progress, a copy of the exhibition essay, and other material related to the exhibition. Fonds also includes photocopies of several nineteenth century texts reviewed by Bouraly during her research.

The file box includes a pair of white gloves and a list of materials in the box.

Wilson, D'Arcy

Nova Scotia

This file contains 1 textual record on the brief history, geography/geology of Nova Scotia.

History of agriculture in Nova Scotia

This item is a article that includes a covering letter, dated Dec. 1, 1913 from F.W. Patterson (Director'sAssistant, Dept. of Agriculture, Ottawa) returning copy of original article.

Nova Scotia

This file contains 1 textual record for Encyclopedia, John B (?), Ch(?)

Ross Boutilier fonds

  • MS-15-1
  • Fonds
  • 1984 - 2015
Fonds contains records documenting Ross Boutilier's legal challenges over same-sex benefits and equal treatment in Nova Scotia and provincial and federal legislation to gain access to same-sex marriage. Other series include production and administrative records of Wayves magazine, committee records of Halifax Pride, and newspaper clippings about the LGBTQ community in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in Canada.

Boutilier, Ross

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

Judith Fingard fonds

  • MS-2-713
  • Fonds
  • Bulk, 1975-1998
The records in this accession include notes and photocopied primary materials relating to Judith Fingard's research on seamen in 19th-century Eastern Canada, the Halifax retail liquor trade in the 19th and early 20th centuries, James Robinson Johnston, George Liston and Isaac Sallis. Also included is one folder of professional correspondence and Fingard's MPhil and PhD diplomas from the University of London.

Fingard, Judith

Institute of Public Affairs fonds

  • UA-26
  • Fonds
  • 1890-1996

Fonds consists of textual records created and accumulated by various groups and organizations within the Institute of Public Affairs.. Records include articles, correspondence, minutes, memos, newspaper and magazine clippings, interviews, field notes, pamphlets and reports. Many of the documents pertain to the internal operations of the IPA.

The fonds also contains research proposals and reports related to energy, community growth, urban and rural development, labour studies, education, economic and industrial development, the medical sector and housing. There is significant work on the health, employment and economic status of African Nova Scotians.

The fonds also contains reference material kept by the IPA in its corporate library, which was used in the research and drafting of various reports.

Dalhousie University. Institute of Public Affairs

James Aitchison fonds

  • MS-2-666
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1994, predominant 1955-1992
Fonds consists primarily of documents related to James Aitchison’s scholarly research and teaching. Records includes correspondence, course files, subject files, addresses, papers (including some written by students), notes and notebooks, newspaper clippings, offprints, printed materials, reports, and a variety of miscellaneous records.

Aitchison, James, 1908-1994

John F. Graham fonds

  • MS-2-623
  • Fonds
  • 1932-1991
Fonds consists of material created and collected by John F. Graham during his career as a professor at Dalhousie University, as well as some material prior to this time. Types of records include correspondence, meeting minutes, notes, manuscripts and drafts of writings by Graham, course and lecture materials, departmental memos, research, and similar material.

Graham, John F.

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.

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.).

John Godfrey fonds

  • MS-2-575
  • Fonds
  • 1956-1987, predominant 1966-1986
Fonds consists of materials created or collected by Dr. John F. Godfrey while he was a professor at Dalhousie University and President and Vice-Chancellor at the University of King’s College in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Material consists of correspondence, course material, lecture notes, videocassettes, shooting scripts and research for History 100 videos, manuscripts, notes, printed material of local history and locations, and meeting minutes and memos from committees, the Faculty of Arts and Science, and the History Department at Dalhousie University.

Godfrey, John F.

Robert O. Jones fonds

  • MS-13-14
  • Fonds
  • 1937-1986
Fonds comprises records documenting Dr. Jones' woek as a clinical psychiatrist and faculty member. Materials include patient records, manuscripts, lecture notes, course materials, correspondence, published articles, speeches, photographs, and subject files. The bulk of this collection consists of meeting minutes and correspondence related to professional associations to which he belonged.

Jones, Robert Orville

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

The working class of metropolitan Halifax, 1850-1889

File contains a manuscript of Ian McKay's honours thesis "The working class of metropolitan Halifax, 1850-1889." The thesis was completed as part of McKay's Bachelor of Arts (History) studies at Dalhousie University.

Alexander E. Kerr fonds

  • MS-2-153
  • Fonds
  • 1851 - 1975
Fonds contains personal documents of Alexander E. Kerr, including sermons, notes, personal writings and essays, certificates and degrees, pamphlets, publications, newspaper clippings, two photographs, and minimal correspondence.

Kerr, Alexander Enoch

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.

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

Photograph of two iron hatchets or tomahawks decorated with feathers, five stone arrowheads, and a Mi'kmaq "crooked knife"

Item, a photograph, has a stamp marking it copyright to the National Film Board on the reverse side. The tomahawk and stone arrowhead artifacts were found by Thomas Head Raddall at Indian Gardens, Mersey River in the 1930's. The tomahawks were originally made by the French and sold to the Mi'kmaq. The knife was crafted at Broad River, Queen's County, in the 1930's.

Photograph of a flintlock pistol held by Thomas Head Raddall over the logbook of the Spanish ship El Hercules

Item, a photograph, has a stamp marking it copyright to the National Film Board on the reverse side. The El Hercules was captured in the Caribbean by a Liverpool privateer around 1799. The flintlock pistol was found behind the wainscot in the house of Dr. Farish. Farish arrived in Liverpool around 1840, the same time when many of the privateermen from the Napoleonic Wars and the War of 1812 were still living. Dr. Farish's house was later occupied by Dr. John Wickwire between the 1930's to the 1970's. A duplicate copy of the photograph can be found in MS-2-202, Box 54, Folder 10.

George Vibert Douglas fonds

  • MS-2-20, SF Box 14, Folders 3-5
  • Fonds
  • 1929-1956
Fonds consists of two notebooks and a number of Douglas's offprints on geological topics, including findings from the Shackleton expedition and mineral deposits in Nova Scotia.

Douglas, George Vibert

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

Herbert Leslie Stewart fonds

  • MS-2-45
  • Fonds
  • 1860-1953
Fonds consists of records primarily originating from Herbert L. Stewart's work as a philosopher, professor, and political commentator. Records include manuscripts and typescripts, notes, scrapbooks, diaries, offprints, reports, and correspondence. One series comprises Stewart's collection of his father's sermons, notes, and correspondence.

Stewart, Herbert Leslie

Blackburn family fonds

  • MS-2-10
  • 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); one notebook containing a weather diary (1949); and minutes from two Master of Rights Lodge meetings held in 1931.

Blackburn Family

William Henry Harris fonds

  • MS-2-149
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1947
Fonds comprises correspondence (primarily postcards) relating to Harris's positions as High Sheriff and chief returning officer.

Harris, William Henry, 1882-1965

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