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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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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.
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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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], 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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March 2020 (revision)
March 2020 (revision)