Fonds MS-9-33 - Provincial Workmen's Association, Pioneer Lodge No. 1 fonds

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Provincial Workmen's Association, Pioneer Lodge No. 1 fonds

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  • 1887-1906 (Creation)

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433 pages of textual records (3 folders)

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The Provincial Miners Association was formed on 29 August 1879 by coal miners in Springhill, Nova Scotia, to protect the interests of miners and other colliery workers. They adopted a constitution on 1 September 1879 and established Pioneer Lodge No. 1 in Springhill. The association was incorporated as the Provincial Workmen's Association in 1881 with a mandate to improve the living and working conditions of miners through political activism, lobbying and strikes, when necessary. The first Cape Breton lodges were organized that same year, by the association's secretary and agent Robert Drummond, including Drummond Lodge (South Mines), Equity (Caledonia), and Island and Unity Lodges (Bridgeport). By 1917 the PWA and United Mine Workers of Nova Scotia had merged to form the Amalgamated Mine Workers of Nova Scotia. In 1918 the remaining lodges of the Provincial Workmen's Association were dissolved.

Custodial history

Prior to the donation of records in 1979 the records were in the custody of Ian MacKay.

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Fonds includes a membership dues ledger created by Pioneer Lodge No.1; a contract between the Canada Coal and Railroad Company Ltd and its employees; and receipts from members.

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The contract agreement is torn on the seam of the fold and the tape used to repair the agreement has stuck the pages together. As well one of the receipts is tearing along the seam of the fold.

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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], Provincial Workmen's Association, Pioneer Lodge No. 1 fonds, MS-9-33, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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