Fonds MS-4-139 - McCurdy Printing Company fonds

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McCurdy Printing Company fonds

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  • Cartographic material
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  • Textual record

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  • 1930-1997, predominant 1930-1978 (Creation)

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93 cm of textual records -- 5 photographs; -– 2 maps.

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McCurdy Printing Co. was a Halifax printing firm operating from about 1906 to 1999. It was established by John Archibald McCurdy and was later taken over by his son, William Hue McCurdy, who assumed the position of president. William McCurdy also established Petheric Press, one of the first small publishing companies in Nova Scotia, which specialized in Nova Scotia historical works and was active from about 1967 to 1984.

McCurdy Printing saw a variety of owners after McCurdy sold the business in the late 1970s. It was first purchased by Doug McCallum and two other entrepreneurs who sold the business again in 1988. The company was then owned by Brunswick Capital Group Ltd. and the Annapolis Basin Group before Newfoundland Capital Corporation Ltd. acquired the company in 1999. In the same year, Newfoundland Capital merged McCurdy with Atlantic Nova Print to form Print Atlantic.

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Fonds was donated by William McCurdy in three accessions. Job books were donated in 1980 and 1986 while the other records were donated in 1997.

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This fonds consists of documents related to McCurdy Printing. While the company’s job books make up the majority of the fonds, it also contains some miscellaneous photographs and maps.

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  • English

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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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Finding aid available onsite.

Associated materials

Petheric Press fonds MS-4-244.

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Further accruals are not expected.

General note

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], McCurdy Printing Co. Ltd. fonds, MS-4-139, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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