Series - Records relating to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College library, the MacRae Library, and to the Agricola Archives, Museum, and Special Collections

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Records relating to the Nova Scotia Agricultural College library, the MacRae Library, and to the Agricola Archives, Museum, and Special Collections

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5 cm of textual materials
32 photographs
35 Kodachrome photographic slides
7 books
other materials

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MacRae Library was established in 1912, seven years after the founding of the Nova Scotia Agricultural College. Known for the first 78 years simply as the College Library, it became a repository of highly specialized and general literature and artifacts concerning aspects of agricultural education, agricultural technology, research and extension in the Maritimes. In 1980, on the seventy-fifth anniversary of the college, plans were made for a new library building, which coincided with the formation of a Historic Collections Committee, charged with preserving and developing the college's historical collections and archival holdings. An archive was included in the new library plans, which eventually housed what became known as the Agricola Collections. The new building opened in 1983 and in 1990 the College Library was renamed the MacRae Library in honour of Herbert F. MacRae, Principal of NSAC from 1972 to 1989. After the merger between NSAC and Dalhousie University, the MacRae Library became a unit of Dalhousie University Libraries.

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Series contains records and artifacts that were created by the College library, from 1905-1983, and the MacRae Library, built on the Nova Scotia Agricultural College campus, between 1983-2012. Records also pertain to the Agricola Archives, Museum, and Special Collections which is housed in the MacRae Library building. Records include handbooks, archival exhibits held at the MacRae Library, photographs, and newspaper clippings.

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  • English

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UA-23 Dalhousie University Library Fonds


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