Collection MS-4-177 - Lockeport Historical Collection

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Lockeport Historical Collection

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  • Textual record

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2.25 m of textual records (20 boxes)

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Biographical history

James Trevor Bebb was from Lockeport, Shelburne County, Nova Scotia. He has written 2 books on Lockeport and Shelburne County. “Ships and Seamen of the Western Ocean: A South Shore Odyssey”, c.1997 and “Quest for the Phantom Fleet, c.1992. He went around the Shelburne area and salvaged many original documents from local businesses that were going out of business. During many years of doing research, he produced many research notes and accumulated substantial photocopied material. It was decided to keep the material together and call it The Lockeport Historical Collection instead of dividing the material into different fonds, because some of the original documents have been interfiled among the photocopies and research notes.

Custodial history

Prior to donation to Dalhousie University Archives, the material was held by Trevor Bebb. Trevor Bebb donated these papers to the Dalhousie Archives in 2 installments, one in 1989 and one in 2011. During many years of research, Bebb went around the Shelburne area and salvaged many original documents from local businesses.

Scope and content

Collection contains documents relating to the mercantile and shipping activities of William McMillan, McMillan was active in the business between 1893 and the early 1930's. Records include receipts, invoices and other material from other merchants he purchased or sold to, correspondence regarding the shipping of those goods, papers regarding the vessels he owned or contracted to sail the material to different parts of the world and correspondence from individuals who ran the ships. Also included are telegram notices, personal correspondence and other material. This collection also contains material from the Locke Family, the Harding Family, all in Lockeport, Nova Scotia. It also contains documents from different individuals in the town of Lockeport.

Part of the material included in this collection is the research of Trevor Bebb. He was working on the shipping history of Lockeport and the surrounding areas and as such has collected a great deal of material. Included in his papers are research notes, photocopies of shipping and customs records, diaries and logs, and printed material.

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Physical condition

Some of the materials are in poor condition. Some of the items are dirty, have holes or have been eaten by unknown insects. Some of items are held together by brats or staples. Some dead mold was found on some of the records.

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There was no logical order or arrangement to the materials when they were donated. Some original documents have been interfiled among Trevor Bebb's photocopies and research notes. Archivists decided to keep the material together and name the collection "The Lockeport Historical Collection" instead of dividing the material into different fonds. Arrangement has been imposed by the archivist. This collection is divided into 5 sousfonds:

Business and personal archives of William McMillan

Lockeport Town Papers

Business and personal archives of William E. Harding

Business and personal archives of the Locke Family

Trevor Bebb's research papers

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  • English

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No restrictions on access have been placed on this fonds.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

Material in the fonds do not circulate. The fonds must be accessed on-site in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room in the Killam Memorial Library.

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Trevor Bebb donated other materials belonging to the Locke family and the Hardings.

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No further accruals are expected at this time.

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