Fonds MS-2-135 - Oland family fonds

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Oland family fonds

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  • 1870 - 2018 (Creation)

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10.2 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

The Oland family was involved in the brewing industry for more than one hundred years. John James Dunn Oland and Susannah Woodhouse Culverwell immigrated from England to Nova Scotia with their nine children in 1865. By 1867, they began brewing beer in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. The family tradition of brewing continued until they sold Oland and Son, Limited and A. Keith and Son Limited in 1971.

Members of the Oland family were active philanthropists and contributors to their Nova Scotia communities, supporting a variety of activities and organizations, including sports, art, education, agriculture, and the Army and Navy. Members of the family continue to reside in Atlantic Canada.

A comprehensive diagram of the Oland family tree can be found in G. Brenton Haliburton's What's Brewing: Oland, 1867-1971, A History (Tantallon, NS: Four East Publications, 1994).

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives by the Oland family, Oland and Son, and its affiliated companies. Donations were made in sixteen accessions from 1978 to 2012 by Bruce Oland, Victor deBedia Oland, James Oland, and Richard Oland. The family records were separated from the business records of Oland and Son and its affiliated companies (MS-4-135).

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Fonds consists of various personal records, including correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs, slides, negatives, an artifact, and legal and financial records. Some business records from Oland and Son Limited and its affiliated companies are also included.

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Records are arranged by family member with sub-series created as necessary. Prior to processing, the family records were heavily integrated with the business records of Oland and Son Limited and its affiliated companies. The family records were physically and intellectually separated during archival processing and order was created by the processing archivists.

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  • Multiple Languages

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There are some access restrictions on these materials. Select records are closed, all other materials are open for research. See individual series descriptions for lists of restricted files.

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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See the Oland and Son fonds (MS-4-135).

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Further accruals are possible, but not expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Oland family fonds, MS-2-135, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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