Fonds consists of administrative files, community involvement details, contract records, correspondence, employee records, financial documents, job estimates and job files, legal documents, photographs, plans, printed material, notes on solar heating projects, sound recordings, and union/association documents, as well as a series with material from the Murphy and Wharton Company. This material spans over 100 years from 1858 to 1987, and illustrates how business was conducted (meetings, annual reports, accounting and financial statements) and the relationship with the community (both charitable and with other businesses). There are also very detailed accounts of the work done by the company, from initial quotes through to project planning, blueprints, product literature, and finishing. Together the items demonstrate the organizational structure, management, and operations of the Powers Brothers company. These items provide insight into business operations in Nova Scotia throughout the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Item is a photograph of President Henry Hicks, on a Caterpillar Bulldozer breaking ground for the Weldon Law Building. The photograph was selected for inclusion in the publication "The Lives of Dalhousie University, Vol. 2" by Peter B. Waite (page 257). A second photograph and a photographic negative can be found in MS-2-718, PB Box 13, Folder 54.
The fonds contains photographs of singers and musical groups, theatrical paraphernelia, and documents regarding the construction of Ward's home on Beaufort Avenue in Halifax, Nova Scotia, as well as other printed material.
Fonds consists of textual records and photographs that document the Shaw family and portions of the history of L.E. Shaw Limited. Fonds contains bills payable/receivable, annual reports, catalogues and bulletins, and photographs of Shaw family and company.
Item is a photograph taken during the installation of insulation at the sociology and anthropology house at Dalhousie University. The photograph shows an unidentified person working in an excavated trench/
Item is a photograph of a backhoe an another piece of equipment being used to excavate a field at Dalhousie University in order to install or repair a heating system. Three men are working on the site.