Fonds MS-2-128 - Samuel R. Balcom fonds

Photograph of tent hospital at Arques, France Tents in Arques, France Canadian Pharmaceutical Association Photograph of Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Composite photograph of Faculty of Medicine, Faculty & Class of 1907 Photograph of Dalhousie Football Team, 1899 Photograph of Dalhousie Football Team, 1903 Photograph of Dalhousie Class of 1911 Unidentified group photograph Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital Reunion dinner menus Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Minutes Dinner Invitations Forms and Stationery, Red Hat Snow Shoe Club Correspondence, Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital memorabilia Red Cap Snow Shoe Club By-Laws Correspondence Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital Correspondence Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital - Matron's Correspondence Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital - John Stewart Correspondence Invoices, Receipts - Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital Speech to House of Parliament Correspondence 1939-1940 List of Members, Potential Members Dalhousie #7 Stationary Hospital - J. Stewart - Staff References Circulars - National Defence HQ Circulars - Canadian Government Railways Question to House - National Harbours Board Act Question to House - Family Allowances to Nova Scotians Question to House - N.S. Coal Used in Ontario Government Buildings Question to House - Payments to Nova Scotia by the Federal Government Question to House - Government Income and Expenses Question to House - Grants for Vocational Training Question to House - Immigrants to Canada, 1954 Question to House - Traffic Through the Port of Halifax. Question to House - Lobster Catch Question to House - Hospital Grants to Nova Scotia Port Dufferin Wharf Question to House - Mackerel and Herring Catches, 1954 Question to House - Educational Grants to Nova Scotia Correspondence - Central Medical Supplies Red Cap Snow Shoe Club Newspaper Clippings Correspondence - Central Medical Supplies Emma J. Walters Sadie MacLeod, Josie and unidentified soldier Nurse Jean Mitchell and Jack Scott at their wedding Nursing Sister Lorinda MacAulay Cemetery in France Clyde Holland Patients at Granville Canadian Hospital, Ramsgate
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Samuel R. Balcom fonds

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  • 1830-1980 (Creation)
    Balcom, Samuel R., Col.

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Samuel Rosborough Balcom was a prominent Halifax businessman, politician and a member of Dalhousie's Board of Governors for over thirty years. Born 24 March 1888 in Port Dufferin, Nova Scotia, to Elizabeth (Bollong) and Henry Jonas Balcom, he was educated at the Halifax Academy. Later he studied arts and medicine at Dalhousie University (1907-1911) before enrolling in the Maritime School of Pharmacy (1914-1915). In 1915 he married Elizabeth Vera Rankin.

Balcom founded the retail and wholesale drug business MacLeod Balcom Ltd., which later became Balcom-Chittick Ltd. He was active on the city's Board of Trade, serving as president from 1949-1951. He went overseas with the Dalhousie University Medical Unit in World War I and served as Officer Commanding, Medical Stores and Chief Medical Stores Inspection Officer during World War II. Balcom played an active role in his community, sitting on the board of many local organizations. In 1950 he entered federal politics when he won a local by-election and became Liberal MP for Halifax, a position he held until his defeat in 1957. He also had a close relationship with Dalhousie University, serving on the Board of Governors for over three decades and receiving an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 1969. He died in 1981 at age 93.

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Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives primarily by Samuel Balcom in the 1970s.

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Fonds contains records documenting the activities, organizations and associations in which Balcom was involved, including the Red Cap Snowshoe Club and the No. 7 Stationary Hospital. Record types include correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, memorabilia and parliamentary papers.

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Balcom's records have been grouped together into series based on similar content at the archives. Arrangement was imposed by the processing archivist.

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Some files containing personal information are closed. All other 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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Dalhousie University, No. 7 "Overseas" Stationary Hospital Fonds, MS-13-2; John Stewart Fonds, MS-13-39; Halifax Visiting Dispensary Fonds, MS-13-84; Kenneth Alexander MacKenzie fonds, MS-13-23.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Samuel Balcom fonds, MS-2-128, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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