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Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited fonds
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1883 - 1937 (Creation)
- Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited
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ca. 250 cm of textual records
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(1810 - 1975)
William Stairs first established a store in Halifax, Nova Scotia, in 1810. The business was renamed Wm. Stairs and Son in 1841 when Stairs' son, W. J., joined the business, and was renamed Wm. Stairs and Sons when Stairs' other son John joined as well in 1844. The business was renamed once again in 1854, when Stairs' son-in-law Robert Morrow became a partner and the business became known as Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow. By 1865, William Stairs had passed away, W. J. Stairs had taken over his role, and the business had expanded into shipping. The Dartmouth Rope Works was established as a branch plant in 1869. Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow was incorporated in 1900 but liquidated and reorganized in 1926. The business expanded to four divisions with offices in Sydney, Nova Scotia, and Moncton, New Brunswick. In 1975, the business merged with J.W. Bird and Co. in Fredericton, New Brunswick. N.S. Tractors and Equipment, a former branch of Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow, still operates.
Records were donated to the Dalhousie University Archives in two accessions: (1971-010) in January 1971 by William Stairs Son & Morrow; and (1975-013) in February 1975 by Frank Ellis.
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Fonds contains journals (1882-1933), ledgers (1879-1937), cash books (1908-1924), contracts, specifications for buildings, plans for buildings, and other records from Wm. Stairs, Son and Morrow, hardware merchants in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
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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], W. Stairs, Son and Morrow Limited fonds, MS-4-6, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.
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April 2020 (revision)
April 2020 (revision)