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John Bell fonds
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49 pages of textual records
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John Bell was an archives assistant at Dalhousie University in the 1970s with a particular interest in the acquisition of labour records. Bell served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour. He interviewed F.C. Wightman and George Noiles about their memories of Leon Trotsky's stay at the Amherst internment camp during World War One.
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Records were donated to Dalhousie University Archives by John Bell in accession (1977-060) in 1977.
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Fonds consists of four letters sent from Fred Thompson to John Bell between July and October, 1976. Fred Thompson was an organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), editor, historian, and publisher. He was a central figure in the IWW for many years. The letters provide a recounting of Thompson's time in Halifax as a labourer and labour activist and reveal an ongoing discussion between Bell and Thompson regarding labour issues and labour history. The fonds contains no outgoing correspondence from John Bell to Fred Thompson.
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Letters are listed chronologically.
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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.
Fred Thompson's papers are held at the Walter P. Reuther Library at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Wayne State also holds a large collection of WW1 records.
Further accruals are not expected.
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], John Bell fonds, MS-10-2, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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