Fonds MS-4-84 - Lunenburg Outfitting Company fonds

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Lunenburg Outfitting Company fonds

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  • 1877-1983 (Creation)

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3 m of textual records

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Lunenburg Outfitting Company was started by William Duff. Their vessels carried salt, molasses and other imports to Canada from the West Indies. The business was purchased by Adams and Knickle in 1943. Graham Knickle was the operations manager, as well as manager for the Lunenburg branch of Booth Fisheries Canada, and the Honorable William Duff continued to be president of the company. Owners of Lunenburg Outfitting Company were listed as Everett Knickle, Frank Adams, Douglas Adams and Jean Whynacht. Lunenburg Outfitting Company operated as a general store, vessel outfitters, fish exporters and importers. Their specialty was in outfitting vessels.

Custodial history

The fish sales books, fish book shipments and cheques registers were donated by Douglas Adams in the summer of 1973. It is unknown when the other records were donated.

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The fonds consists of correspondence, financial records, sales and shipping operations, and vessel papers which document the business's operation between 1943 and 1983. Also included in the fonds are the records of the Lunenburg branch plant of Booth Fisheries Canada Company, Lunenburg Outfitting Company's president Honourable William Duff and Wilfred E. Knickle. Types of records found in the fonds are correspondence, cash books, cheque registers, fish sales and shipment books.

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Materials were arranged under four main groups, Lunenburg Outfitting Company, Booth Fisheries, William Duff and Wilfred E. Knickle when they arrived at the archives. These groups were kept with Lunenburg Outfitting Company being the main fonds. Series of Lunenburg Outfitting Company's actual business records were created thematically. Booth Fisheries, William Duff and Wilfred E. Knickle were kept as series under the fond, and within each series, they were subdivided into subseries thematically. All correspondence is arranged alphabetically.

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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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See Adams and Knickle fonds (MS-4-27) for related material

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No other accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Lunenburg Outfitting Company fonds, MS-4-84, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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