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Photograph of Flat Point, Louisbourg

Item is a photograph of the site of the New Englander's landing in 1745, and later, in 1758, the landing of Amherst with his artillery stores. The birds visible in The Barachois on the left are cormorants.

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.

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arrowhead artifacts were found by Thomas Head Raddall at Indian Gardens, Mersey River in the 1930's. The tomahawks were originally made by the French and sold to the Mi'kmaq.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 Arthur White dressed in period uniform as an officer for the Nova Scotia militia in 1865

Item is a photograph of Arthur White in period costume, which is described as a bright scarlet tunic; dark blue trousers with a red stripe on the outside seam; a white belt; and a sword in a black leather scabbard. Raddall's characters "Charlie Carson" and "James Rand" wore uniforms similar to this demonstration.

Photograph of Arthur White standing in profile, dressed in period uniform, and holding a rifle and bayonet

Item, a photograph, depicts a facsimile of an 1865 period Nova Scotia militia private's uniform, though the shoulder straps should be plain red cloth, the trousers should be dark blue with a red stripe on the seam, and the uniform should be worn with heavy, black boots with thick soles such as that made by a country cobbler. The rifle is an authentic musket with an attached bayonet that was used by the Nova Scotia militia between 1865-67.

Photograph of Arthur White holding a rifle and dressed in period uniform as a private for the Nova Scotia militia in 1865

Item is a photograph of Arthur White dressed in period uniform, though the gold braid on his shoulder straps should be plain red cloth in order to correctly portray a private ranking. He is holding an Enfield musket that has been converted by Snider's patent, as used by the character, "Kirby Stevens," in Raddall's story.

Thomas Head Raddall photograph album 1

Item consists of an album with 401 photographs taken between 1917 and 1927 by Raddall and others. Subjects include Raddall's family and friends; the Halifax explosion, T.H. Raddall, Sr.'s death in W.W.I; Raddall's career as a wireless operator with various ships, crew members, and waterways; the fauna on Sable Island; Raddall's marriage to Edith Freeman; and vacations, hunting, and fishing trips with friends and family across the province of Nova Scotia.

Thomas Head Raddall photograph album 2

Item consists of an album with 206 photographs taken between 1929 and 1941 by Raddall and others. Subjects include Raddall and friends and family; Raddall and Edith's vacation to Bermuda; Raddall and friends boating, and taking camping, hunting and fishing trips across Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island; historical artifacts including a -pound canon; images from a 1933 performance of "Three Live Ghosts" put on in Liverpool, Nova Scotia and in which Raddall acted; and Edith Raddall with her children, Tommy and Frances.

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

Photograph of the interior of a stone curtain at Fort Beausejour

Item is a photograph of a stone curtain in Fort Beausejour that is loopholed to form the southwest curtain covering the powder magazine and parade ground. From the interior shown in the photograph, the firing step and stone drain are visible. The northwest bastion is also visible in the background.

Notes of Mrs. Gordon Cowan on the Rettie family of Truro, Nova Scotia

  • MS-2-173, SF Box 14, Folder 7
  • File
  • [1966]-[1967]
File consists of genealogical notes on the Rettie family of Truro, Nova Scotia, with a particular focus on Captain Alexander Rose Rettie and the wreck of his vessel "Forest Chief." Also included are a family tree, photocopies of research correspondence, and historical newspaper accounts.

Cowan, Mrs. Gordon

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

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

William Robinson's general store business ledger

  • MS-4-159, SF Box 6, Folders 9-10; SF Box 49, Folder 2
  • File
  • 1862-1870
File comprises a business ledger containing miscellaneous papers, including an index, correspondence, estate papers and notes.

Robinson, William R.

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