Fonds MS-14-27 - Peter Hamilton fonds

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Peter Hamilton fonds

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  • 1892-2004 (Creation)
    Hamilton, Peter

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30 cm of textual records
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Peter Hamilton was Registrar of Nova Scotia Agricultural College from 1974-1984. Born 23 July 1924 in Truro, Nova Scotia, he graduated from NSAC's diploma program in 1944. He earned his BSc in Animal Science in 1947 from Macdonald College at the University of Guelph, and in 1952 graduated from University of Maine with an MSc. He started his professional life as an agricultural representative in Hants County and in poultry extension in Eastern Nova Scotia. He also hosted CBC Radio's Country Calendar (later Country Canada) for four years before taking up a professorial appointment at Macdonald College. He returned to Nova Scotia to teach chemistry and animal science at NSAC and in 1974 was appointed College Registrar. Hamilton was inducted into the Dalhousie Heritage Society and recognized at the Faculty of Agriculture Scholarship Banquet for his legacy gift, which established the PY Hamilton Scholarships. He died on 29 January 2017.

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Donated by Joan Hamilton, daughter of Peter Hamilton, to the Agricola Archives in 2016 in one accession (accession number A2016-007).

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Fonds consists of objects, manuscripts, and published works that were collected by Peter Hamilton. Peter was a Nova Scotia Agricultural College alumni, NSAC faculty member, and Registrar of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College for 10 years. Included is a stethoscope that was used for cattle, a Nova Scotia Agricultural College mug, and a blue knit NSAC pullover sweater. The published books and booklets cover livestock husbandry (swine, cattle, poultry), feeding, judging and general agriculture. Most of the publications are Canadian and US government documents, a few textbooks were also included.

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Slight musty odor on all materials
NSAC sweater is in poor and fragile condition

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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 MacRae Library. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Peter Hamilton fonds, MS-14-27, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Agricola Archives, Bible Hill, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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