Fonds UA-10 - Technical University of Nova Scotia fonds

Installation of Ruth Goldbloom as Chancellor of the Technical University of Nova Scotia Photograph of Ruth Goldbloom Photograph of the D Building Photograph of the D Building Nova Scotia Technical College COTC [Cadet Officers Training Camp] - Petawawa 1938 [Convalescing soldiers sewing, embroidering, weaving in bed and a wheelchair with nurse watching ... [Convalescing soldiers weaving baskets at desks and in bed, with nurses looking on] G Building - G.H. Murray Building - Mining Engineering and Minerals Engineering Centre C Building - Electrical Engineering Photograph of the H.R. Theakston Building for Mechanical Engineering , C1 Building Photograph of the H.R. Theakston Building for Mechanical Engineering , C1 Building Photograph of the A.E. Cameron Building of Metallurgical Engineering, P Building Photograph of the A.E. Cameron Building of Metallurgical Engineering, P Building Photograph of the E Building Sexton House (Faculty Club) Photograph of the E Building Sexton House (Faculty Club) Photograph of the E Building Sexton House (Faculty Club) Photograph of the B Building - Administration and CAD/CAM Centre Photograph of the B Building - Administration and CAD/CAM Centre Photograph of the B Building - Administration and CAD/CAM Centre Photograph of the B Building - Administration and CAD/CAM Centre Photograph of the B Building - Administration and CAD/CAM Centre Photograph of Sexton Campus Photograph of Sexton Campus Photograph of Sexton Campus Photograph of Sexton Campus
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Technical University of Nova Scotia fonds

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  • 1906-1999 (Creation)

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15 m of textual records. - ca. 4000 photographs and other materials

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(1907-1997)

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The Technical University of Nova Scotia was founded as the Nova Scotia Technical College (NSTC) on 25 April 1907. In 1978 it was re-named the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), and in 1997 it amalgamated with Dalhousie University, temporarily becoming DalTech, a separate college within Dalhousie.

The school was established through the Technical Education Act to fill the province's need for a degree-granting technical college to offer the final two years of engineering study; Acadia, Dalhousie, the University of King's College and Mount Alison already had fledgling programs offering two-year diplomas. Over time, other Atlantic universities joined these associate institutions. The provincial government funded NSTC's operation until 1963, when the Board of Governors became responsible for the college's finances.

Under the direction of Frederick Henry Sexton, the first principal, classes began in September 1909 in a new building on former military land on Spring Garden Road obtained from the federal government in exchange for the inclusion of military instruction in the college's curriculum. Both faculty and students were directly involved in both world wars, and compulsory military training was discontinued in 1945.

NSTC initially offered courses in civil, electrical, mechanical and mining engineering. In 1947, coinciding with F.H. Sexton's retirement, the Technical College Act transferred the responsibility of technical education from the college's principal to the provincial education department. Chemical and metallurgical engineering were added to the curriculum in 1947, geological engineering in 1964, and industrial engineering in 1965. Atlantic Canada's first School of Architecture was established in 1961 and the School of Computer Science in 1982. MEng degrees began being offered in the 1950s and a PhD programme was established in 1962.

In 1978 the college's name changed to the Technical University of Nova Scotia, after 40 years of lobbying to circumvent its confusion with the Nova Scotia Institute of Technology and the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College and to end the institution’s identity as a "college." In 1986 an Advisory Board was put in place to ensure liaison between what was now the Technical University of Nova Scotia and its associate universities. TUNS's mission was articulated as contributing to the development of Nova Scotia though high quality education, research, and community and industry collaboration in architecture, computer science and engineering.

Provincial pressure to amalgamate TUNS and Dalhousie brought about the Dalhousie-Technical University Amalgamation Act in April 1997. TUNS became DalTech (Dalhousie Polytechnic of Nova Scotia) and existed as a constituent college within Dalhousie until early 2000. DalTech offered courses in the Faculties of Engineering, Computer Science and Architecture and the associated buildings were re-named the Sexton Campus in honour of NSAC's first principal. The campus had expanded over the years from the original building on Spring Garden Road to encompass much of the large block bounded by Spring Garden Road, Barrington, Morris and Queen streets.

Custodial history

Records were transferred from DalTech offices to Dalhousie University Archives in several accessions from 1998 to 2004. Additional records were transferred from Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management.

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Fonds consists of the records of the Technical University of Nova Scotia, predominanty from its first 40 years as the Nova Scotia Technical College and from its final decade before amalgamation with Dalhousie University.

College governance is well documented through the minutes and correspondence of the Board of Governors and the Senate, and the President’s records.

The administration of technical education courses in communities throughout Nova Scotia, 1907-1947, is minutely detailed in the records of the Director of Technical Education, as well as through the series of beautiful glass plate negatives of Technical Education classes.

The Public Relations office created files, photographs, sound and video recordings of events, faculty, staff and students of TUNS.

A selection of student records is available in the series of records from the Registrar’s Office; however access is restricted to protect privacy.

The development of the TUNS campus is well documented through construction photographs, aerial photographs, historical overviews, and files on land acquisition and renovations to historic buildings.

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Registrar's Office student records are closed.

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Records of the Council of Public Instruction, 1864-1949 are located at the Nova Scotia Archives (RG 14, vol. 44; Accession 1995-203/002 (Use microfilms 12849-12852)).

Administration of early mining schools is documented in the Nova Scotia Archives’ Mining certification examination records, 1870-1913 (RG 21 Series A, vol. 15, 16, and 39 no. 30).

Administration of vocational education post-1947 (NSTC responsible 1907-1947) is documented in the Nova Scotia Archives’ Vocational Education Division correspondence and other material, 1944-1958 (RG 27, vols. 45 nos. 6-16; 46; 47 nos. 1, 9, 10; 48-50; 52-54).

Publications of NSTC/TUNS, including Annual Reports and the TechFlash yearbook are available in the Dalhousie University Libraries, accessible through Novanet.

The Sexton Design and Technology Library holds many publications, reports and records from the Technical University of Nova Scotia, including Annual Reports, Tech Flash, Academic Calendars, Convocation Booklets, Student and Staff Directories and published articles and reports. Appointments must be made to view this material. Contact Sexton.Library@dal.ca.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Technical University of Nova Scotia fonds, UA-10, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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