Fonds MS-14-26 - Robert A Murray fonds

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Robert A Murray fonds

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40 cm of textual records
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Biographical history

Robert Murray was a 1952 graduate of the Nova Scotia College of Agriculture and a distinguished berry crop specialist. Born and raised on his family’s dairy farm in Scotsburn, Pictou County, he completed his education at McGill University in 1954 before commencing a forty-year career with the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture and Marketing. Murray was the primary contact for berry crop producers across the province and lectured at NSAC. Among the awards he received for his life's work are: a long-service award from the province; an award from the Nova Scotia Strawberry Growers Association; the Distinguished Agrologist Award; the NSIA Distinguished Life Membership Award; and NSAC’s Alumni Volunteer of the Year. After retiring as a berry crop specialist, he established Murray Consulting Services and wrote several books, including Nova Scotia Cranberry History & Development and Tangled Vine: Wine Growing in Nova Scotia. He has volunteered with the Boy Scouts; the Windsor & Truro Gyro Club; North American Strawberry Growers Association; Atlantic Agricultural Hall of Fame; the Nova Scotia Institute of Agrologists; and the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He has also been an active member of the Postal History Society of Nova Scotia; the Postal History Society of Canada; Colchester Historical Society; and the Truro Philatelic Society.

Custodial history

Materials were donated to the Agricola Archives from Robert (Bob) Murray, retired Senior Horticulturalist for the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture (Truro) in three accessions. One donation, date unknown, was processed in 2015 (accession number A2015-021). The other donation came via Mrs. Charlie Wyman, Beaver River, Digby County, Nova Scotia (accession number A2016-036) - date of donation unknown; two of the artifacts, the cranberry scoop and peat axe were once owned by J. Edward Adams, Southampton, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. The third accession contains was located in Agricola Archives, donation date unknown (accession number A2023-054)

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Fonds contains records created and collected by Robert Murray relating to the history of the berry varieties grown in Nova Scotia, primarily cranberries and strawberries. Series also include agricultural artifacts.

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The Agricola Archives imposed thematic and chronological order during archival processing.

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

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Further accruals are not expected.

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- MS-14 Box 9 Folders 25-29 & MS-14 Box 47 Folder 11
- PB Box 5 Folders 1-11 & PB Box 4 Folders 1-5
- AV Box 1 Folders 1-5 & AV Box 2 Folder 1
- MS-14-REF Box 13 Folders 5-7 & MS-14-REF Box 14 Folders 28-29 & MS-14-REF Box 15 Folders 1-11

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