Fonds MS-2-501 - Smith family fonds

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Smith family fonds

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  • Variations in title: Formerly known as Olive Smith fonds.

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  • 1870-1958 (Creation)

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37 cm of textual records. - . -- 20 photographs. -- 23 notebooks.

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Olive Winifred Smith was a member of the prominent Halifax Smith family who owned and operated the Smith Company (a fish merchant company) in Downtown Halifax. She lived with her mother Louise and sister Clauda for most of her life, and traveled in Europe, specifically Switzerland. Olive Smith studied at both Acadia Seminary and Dalhousie University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1911.

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The Smith family of Halifax is best known for owning and operating prominent companies including A.M and Company, a Halifax-based fish merchant.

Family members include Lousie Smith and her daughters Olive Winifred and Clauda Louise Smith. Olive traveled in Europe, specifically Switzerland, and lived with her Clauda and Louise for most of her life. Olive Smith studied at both Acadia Seminary and Dalhousie University from which she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1911.

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Materials donated by Fletcher Smith in 1984

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Fonds includes the personal archives of Olive Smith as well as materials created by her sister Clauda and her mother Louise. Materials include medical papers and correspondence between Clauda and Olive Smith and their doctors; personal writings; incoming correspondence from friends and family; artwork (pencil drawings and paintings); family photographs; family papers (pages from the family Bible); financial information for Olive, Clauda and Louise Smith; financial correspondence between the Smiths and various companies; and school diplomas, papers, and notebooks.

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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], Olive and Clauda Smith fonds, MS-2-501, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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