Fonds MS-4-28 - J.D.B. Fraser fonds

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J.D.B. Fraser fonds

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  • 1815 - 1909 (Creation)
    J.D.B. Fraser & Sons

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15 cm of textual records

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J.D.B Fraser and Sons is a pharmacy in Pictou, Nova Scotia, known in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries as both a chemist and druggist. Located at 21 Water Street on what was originally known as the "jail lot," the pharmacy can trace its history to 1828. Fraser was one of the earliest pharmacists in Nova Scotia and is believed to be the first to have made and used chloroform. Three of his sons became pharmacists.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in five accessions: (1971-100) in May 1971 by James MacKenna; (1971-167) in December 1971 by Mrs. Clark Long; (1972-058) and (1972-073) acquired in August 1972; and (1999-030) in May 1999 by James Snowden.

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Fonds contains the records of druggist J.D.B. Fraser, including receipts and invoices (1894); a ledger used by Fraser and MacKenna (1909); correspondence (1846-1855); the bank book of James A. Fraser (1899-1907); day books; and prescription books (1885-1886).

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room.  Materials may be under copyright.  Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], J.D.B. Fraser fonds, MS-4-28, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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