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Sir Sandford Fleming fonds
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- Fleming, Sir Sandford
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1.5 cm of textual records
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(1827 - 1915)
Sir Sandford Fleming was a Scottish-Canadian engineer and inventor, as well as the chief government surveyor of Nova Scotia charged with the construction of a rail line from Truro to Pictou. He promoted worldwide standard time zones, a prime meridian, and use of the 24-hour clock, all of which influenced the establishment of Coordinated Universal Time. He also designed Canada's first postage stamp, engineered much of the Intercolonial Railway and the Canadian Pacific Railway, and was a founding member of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Institute.
Records were donated by Professor Eric Mercer to Dalhousie University Archives in accession (1994-004) on January 19, 1994. Further custodial history is unknown.
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Fonds consists of reports and correspondence regarding Sir Sandford Fleming's activities relating to railways in Canada. Other records include reports on the Toronto Harbour and the Garrison Reserve.
Some of the documents are in poor conservation condition. Careful handling is required.
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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.
Further accruals are not expected.
Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Sir Sandford Fleming fonds, MS-2-658, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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January 16, 2020 (creation)
March 2020 (revision)
March 2020 (revision)