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James Benjamin Westhaver fonds
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MS-2-587, SF Box 4, Folders 1-16; SF Box 45, Folders 25-32
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12 cm of textual records (24 folders)
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Capt. J. Benjamin Westhaver was a master mariner and inventor from Mahone Bay, N.S.
Fonds was sold to Dalhousie Archives by John Townsend.
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Fonds includes items dealing with the invention of and patenting of a hydraulic gold extractor first registered in 1887. Also involves setting up a company to use the machine and begin gold mining. The material covers a period of 1883 to 1905, and involves many individuals in the business and legal community of Halifax and the South Shore. It also includes the original patent with the specification and diagrams, other diagrams, a 31 page hand written report by Westhaver on his trip to Dawson City, Yukon in 1902 to test his separator. A very interesting collection of letters, documents, legal correspondence, governmental material, etc., etc., dealing with the starting of a company to use the gold separate and Westhaver's various difficulties with financing and control.
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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], James Benjamin Westhaver fonds, MS-2-587, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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