Fonds MS-10-2 - John Bell fonds

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John Bell fonds

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Fonds

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MS-10-2

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  • 1976 (Creation)

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49 pages (4 folders)

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Biographical history

John Bell was an archives assistant at Dalhousie University in the 1970s. He was involved with, among other things, the acquisition of labour records. Bell served as Secretary-Treasurer of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour and authored book reviews and co-authored an editorial on labour archives that appeared in the Canadian journal<i> Archivaria</i>. He also 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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Custodial history

The records were donated to Dalhousie University by John Bell in 1977 (Acc. 1977-060).

Scope and content

This 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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The letters are listed chronologically.

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  • English

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English

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Restrictions on access

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

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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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Associated materials

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 IWW records.

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No further accruals are expected.

General note

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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September 2011

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