Collection MS-8-Ref - Shipping Reference Collection

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Shipping Reference Collection

General material designation

  • Graphic material
  • Textual record
  • Textual record (microform)

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Reference code


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  • [ca. 1880]-[ca. 1970] (Creation)

Physical description area

Physical description

20 m of textual records and other material

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Biographical history

The Shipping Reference Collection is a compilation of primary and secondary sources related to shipping and maritime history in Nova Scotia and beyond. The collection has been built by staff at the Dalhousie University Archives from materials acquired through a variety of sources over a number of years.

Custodial history

Materials in the Shipping Reference Collection have been acquired from a wide variety of sources. The reference files were compiled by Charles Armour, former Dalhousie University Archivist, and his various research associates. Other materials were added to the collection as they were accessioned. The microfilm was purchased by the University Archives or created from materials that were loaned for copying. Most of the published materials were purchased by the Dalhousie Libraries.

Scope and content

The Shipping Reference Collection incorporates virtually all miscellanous shipping records and reference material that were accessioned as part of "MS-8-Ref." A large portion of the collection consists of reference files on various vessels and shipping lines. A card-catalogue index known as "Master and Mates" provides references to microfilmed vessel papers, trade records, registers, and other related materials. The collection also includes photographs, slides, and published materials such as the Lloyd's Register of Ships.

The collection contains four series:


Shipping Line reference files

Vessel reference files

Published materials

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Immediate source of acquisition


The collection has been arranged by staff at the Dalhousie University Archives. Materials are grouped according to their subject or format.

Language of material

  • English

Script of material

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Most of the materials are in English. Some French records are included in the collection.

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Restrictions on access

There are no access restrictions on this collection. All materials are open for research.

Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication

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.

Finding aids

Associated materials

The Dalhousie University Archives holds extensive records of shipping families and businesses. The "MS-8" manuscript group (Shipping, Maritime, and Transportation) contains most of these fonds. Additional records can be found in the "MS-4" manuscript group (Business records).

Related materials


Further accruals are possible.

General note

Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Shipping Reference Collection, MS-8-Ref, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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Dates of creation, revision and deletion

August, 2012

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