Fonds MS-4-16 - V.S. Sweeny Ltd. fonds

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V.S. Sweeny Ltd. fonds

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  • Textual record

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  • 1867 - 1960 (Creation)
    V.S. Sweeny Ltd.

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50 cm of textual records

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Administrative history

V.S. Sweeny Ltd. was founded by Jacob Sweeny in 1860 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Sweeny was a carpenter and cabinet-maker by trade, and worked for J.G. Allen, a furniture dealer and undertaker. Sweeny bought his business in 1860. Sweeny’s son, Vernon S. Sweeny, took over operations in 1918 and sold the furniture-dealing division to the Rogers Company in 1919. The undertaking business remained in the Sweeny family until 1973, when Layton Goodwin purchased it and added a crematorium in 2011.

Custodial history

Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in seven accessions: (1971-051) in April 1971 and (1972-091) in November 1972 by Robert Sweeny; (1986-052) in September 1986, (1987-030) in May 1987, (1987-076) in October 1976, (1988-045) in October 1988, and (1994-005) in February 1994 by George and Ann Sorensen.

Scope and content

Fonds contains invoices (1906-1913); business ledgers (1867-1874); undertaking ledgers (1891-1960); and ledger indexes from V. S. Sweeny Ltd., furniture dealers and undertakers in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. Undertaking ledgers and indexes after 1918 are transcriptions by George and Ann Sorensen.

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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], V.S. Sweeny Ltd. fonds, MS-4-16, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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2018 (creation)
March 2020 (revision)

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Physical Location

  • Box: MS-4-16, Box 1