Fonds MS-2-62, SF Box 19, Folders 1-3 - Pictou Literary and Scientific Society fonds

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Pictou Literary and Scientific Society fonds

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MS-2-62, SF Box 19, Folders 1-3

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  • 1828-1861 (Creation)

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7 cm of textual records (3 folders)

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The Pictou Literary and Scientific Society was established by a group of Pictou residents on December 8, 1834 with the aim of improving the members' knowledge of science and literature through weekly lectures and discussions. The officers of the society, as stated in the 1836 "Rules of the Pictou Literary and Scientific Society," included a president, two vice-presidents, a secretary and treasurer, and a four-person management committee.

The society’s lectures covered a range of topics reflecting the knowledge and interests of its membership, with the exceptions of religion and politics. Among the notable speakers welcomed by the society were Dr. Thomas McCulloch and a young William Dawson.The society drew to a close due to waning interest and held its last meeting on April 12, 1855.

Custodial history

Fonds was accessioned by Dalhousie University Archives in 1970. The materials were donated to the Dalhousie University Library by Dr. J.D. Logan and Dr. H.F. Munro, who acquired them from friends. Prior to being aquired by Dr. Logan, the manuscript "Memorial on Behalf of the Literary and Philosophical Institution of Pictou" was in the custody of the Scammell family. Volumes 1 and 2 were found in the MacMechan papers.

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Fonds consists of materials related to the Pictou Literary and Scientific Society and includes four volumes of documents containing the society’s rules, minutes, and journal.

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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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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Pictou Literary and Scientific Society fonds, MS-2-62, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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