Fonds MS-2-718 - Peter B. Waite fonds

Photograph of Dalhousie College, Forrest Building Photograph and photographic negative of Herbert Leslie Stewart Photograph and a photographic negative of George Earle Wilson Photograph and a photographic negative of eight students and alumnae Photograph of University Federation meeting Photograph of C. L. Bennet Two photographs of Studley Campus Photograph and a photographic negative of the Convocation Procession Three photographs of Carleton Stanley Photograph and a photographic negative of Richard Lorraine de Chasteney Holbourne Saunders Photograph and a photographic negative of the Convocation Ball Photograph and a photographic negative of the Convocation Committee Photograph of Colonel K. C. Laurie Photograph and a photographic negative of Horace Read Photographs and a photographic negative of veterans in a Burns Martin's English class Photograph and a photographic negative of The Dalhousie Gazette Office and staff Photograph and a photographic negative of a rugby match Photograph of students in a biology lecture Photograph of J. H. Aitchison Photograph and a photographic negative of John F. Graham Photograph and a photographic negative of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip Photograph and a photographic negative of the Dalhousie University Senate members Photograph of Miss B. R. E (Trixie) Smith Photograph and a photographic negative of A. E. Kerr Photograph and a photographic negative of Studley Campus Photograph of R. A. MacKay and his son W. A. MacKay Photograph of an ariel view of the Studley Campus, Dalhousie University Photograph of Guy MacLean Photograph of C. D. Howe at the laying of a cornerstone for the men's residence Photograph and a photographic negative of Lady Dunn and Donald MacInnes Photograph of Donald MacInnes Photograph of "A succession of physicists" Photograph of an IBM 1620 computer being hoisted into the Dunn Building Photograph of W. Andrew MacKay Photograph and a photographic negative of an aeriel view of the Dalhousie University complex Photograph of Lady Beaverbrook Photograph and photopgraphic negative of the first graduates of the Bachelor of Nursing Program Photograph and a photographic negative of Pat Nicholls, Gene Hicks, and Kathy Weld Photograph and a photographic negative of the six Dalhousie University Deans Photograph and a photographic negative of Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother Photograph and a photographic negative of a Bob Chambers cartoon Photograph and photographic negative of President Henry Hicks, Dalhousie University Photograph of a Bob Chambers cartoon Photograph and a photographic negative of H. B. S. Cooke Photograph of Marshall Tito, President of Yugoslavia, receiving an honourary degree Photograph of L. B. MacPherson Photograph and a photographic negative of three female athletes Photograph of the MacDonald Science Library exterior Photograph of the MacDonald Science Library exterior Photograph of M. M. MacNeil
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Peter B. Waite fonds

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(1922-)

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Peter Busby Waite was born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1922, to Cyril and Mary (Craig) Waite. He graduated from high school in 1937 while living in Saint John, New Brunswick. Peter received both his B. A. (1948) and M. A. (1950) in History from the University of British Columbia followed by completion of his Ph.D at the University of Toronto in 1954. Peter married Masha Gropuzzo in 1958. He has two daughters: Alica Nina and Anya Mary. He married Lorraine (Conrad) Hurtig in 2005.

Peter Waite worked at the Dominion Bank from 1937 to 1941. In 1941 he joined the Royal Canadian Navy, attaining the rank of lieutenant by the close of World War II, in 1945. Peter Waite started his teaching career as a lecturer, at Dalhousie University, in 1951. He was hired as an assistant professor in 1955, promoted to an associate professor in 1960, and gained full professorship in 1961. He headed the Dept. of History for nine years, from 1960 to 1968. Upon his retirement in 1988, he gained the title of Professor Emeritus of History, Dalhousie University. He has had numerous appointments as guest lecturer at other institutions. Peter B. Waite received honourary degrees from The University of New Brunswick, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, and Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Peter B. Waite has written 14 books and numerous articles for academic journals. He authored the two volumes of the “The Lives of Dalhousie University”, covering the period 1818 to 1980, published in 1994 and 1998.

Peter Waite is active in the historical community, both on a national and local level. He has been a member of: The Canadian Historical Association and was President, 1968-1969; Chairman of the MacDonald Prize Committee, 1976-1980; Humanities Research Council and was Chairman, 1968-1970; Historical Sites and Monuments Board of Canada, 1968-1977; National Archives Appraisal Board, 1979-1989; Chairman of the Aid to Scholarly Publications Programme, Social Sciences Federation of Canada, 1987-1989; Board of Trustees for the Pubic Archives of Nova Scotia, 1972-1999; the Chalmers Prize Committee, Ontario History, 1987-2005; and the City of Halifax, Advisory Committee on the Preservation of Historic Buildings. Peter Waite is an Officer of the Order of Canada, appointed on October 21, 1992; a Fellow, Royal Society of Canada, elected in 1972; and a Fellow, Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society since 2002. Peter was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.

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Fonds consists of: the correspondence and comments relating to Peter B. Waite's books "The Lives of Dalhousie University, Vol. 1 & 2", includes financial information relating to the publication; the interviews, analogues and correspondence relating to Peter B. Waite's book "The Lives of Dalhousie University, Vol.2" ; the research material for Peter B. Waite's "Lives of Dalhousie University, Vol.1.", including notes from the Dalhousie Gazette, President's reports, yearbooks, President's Office and departmental files and the private manuscripts of professors and administrators; photographs relating to Peter B. Waite's books "The Lives of Dalhousie University, Vols. 1 & 2"; the manuscripts of Peter B. Waite's "Lives of Dalhousie University, Volume Two, 1925-1980" , including the table of contents, preface and introduction; Chapters 1-12; and the appendices; general correspondence of Peter B. Waite, covering the period 1949 to 1980. Includes a few clippings; academic files of Peter B. Waite, including correspondence; reports; examination questions; Dalhousie University Faculty Council meeting documents and various committee documents.; Peter B. Waite's book manuscript for "CANADA 1874-1896: ARDUOUS DISTINY"; photographs of Dalhousie University; and a personal diaries collection for the period 1925-1963, thought to be his mothers.

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Donated by Peter B. Waite in three accessions, 1998, 1999 and 2001.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Peter B. Waite fonds, MS-2-718, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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