Fonds MS-2-453 - Dorothy and Samuel Shields fonds

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Dorothy and Samuel Shields fonds

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  • 1942 - 1980 (Creation)
    Shields, Dorothy and Samuel

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7 cm of textual records
3 photographs : 2 b&w and 1 colour ; 8 x 10.5 cm or smaller

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([19--] - [19--])

Biographical history

Dorothy and Samuel Shields lived in Bedford, Nova Scotia, during the 1940s and 1950s. Samuel owned a barber shop in Halifax’s Roy Building; his wife Dorothy was born in Bermuda and moved to Nova Scotia after they married. The couple participated in local organizations, including the Canadian Authors Association and the Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society. Dorothy Shields served a three-year presidency of the Poetry Society and wrote poems and articles, a number of which were published locally. Her work was also featured in an anthology called Chapbooks. She was also active in politics and served as president of the provincial Women's Liberal Association.

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Donated to Dalhousie University Archives in 1981 by Mrs. Samuel Shields of Bedford.

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Fonds consists of correspondence with friends and politicians, newspaper clippings regarding the Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society, Canadian Authors Association, Nova Scotia Museum of Fine Art, Prince Edward Island Art Society and the writer Kay Hill. The fonds also contains records related to The Nova Scotia Centre of the Poetry Society, including correspondence, poems, and copies of the society’s constitution and by-laws.

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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], Samuel and Dorothy Shields fonds, MS-2-453, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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  • English

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