Fonds 2015-033 - Allan C. Dunlop

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Allan C. Dunlop

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    • 1958-2013 (Creation)
      Dunlop, Allan C.

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    5.4 m of textual records (42 boxes) and other material (2 boxes).

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    Allan Currie Dunlop was an historian, mentor, and archivist, employed with the Nova Scotia Archives for 27 years. He was born in Halifax, NS on October 22, 1944 to Douglas MacDonald Dunlop and Dorothy Agnes (Driscoll) Dunlop. He attended schools in Truro, Bedford, and New Glasgow, NS, before graduating from Dalhousie University in Halifax, NS with a Masters of Arts (MA) degree in 1970. Upon graduation, he worked for Nova Scotia Archives, becoming Associate Provincial Archivist from 1987 until his retirement on May 31, 1997. During his career he researched and wrote many articles on Nova Scotia history, including 16 articles for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. His research interests were in politics, the history of Pictou County, history of Rev. George Patterson of that county, and of sports history, especially golf. His articles were published in Archivaria (1990-91), Canadian Genealogist (1980), Collections of Nova Scotia Historical Society (1982, 1984, 1996), the Nova Scotia Genealogist (1998), the Nova Scotia Historical Quarterly (1973, 1974, 1975, 1980), and the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society Journal (1998, 2002). In addition, he served as mentor and unofficial editor for his many research colleagues. Throughout his career he supported, and in some cases was founding member of, several archives-related associations in Nova Scotia and Canada. He served as first Vice President for the Archival Association of Atlantic Canada 1974-1978 (since disbanded); first President of the Federation of Museums, Heritage and Historical Societies 1972-1974 (now the Association of Nova Scotia Museums); and voting member of the Archives Section, Canadian Historical Association, when it became the Association of Canadian Archivists. He was also a member of the Black Cultural Society (1980-1997); Atlantic Association of Historians (1984-2001); Church Conservancy of NS (1992-1994); Dalhousie Society for the History of Medicine (1982-2003); Friends of the NS Museum of Industry Society (1994); Genealogical Institute of the Maritimes (1993-1995); Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia (1977-1981) and the Royal NS Historical Society (1973-2001; Fellow 2002-2015). Through these memberships and attendance at professional conferences, Mr. Dunlop identified potential candidates for inclusion in the provincial archives holdings. In his leisure time, Mr. Dunlop enjoyed sports and playing golf. He served on the Board of Directors for Dalhousie University’s Black and Gold Club (1982-1997) and the Nova Scotia Sport Hall of Fame (2000-2004). He also served as official historian for the Nova Scotia Golf Association (1997-2015). He was a long-time resident of Convoy Estates in the north end of Halifax, condominiums managed by unit-owners represented on a board of directors. After retirement, Mr. Dunlop accepted ad hoc research contracts from local clients. Mr. Dunlop died May 5, 2015 at the age of 71.

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    Fonds consists of personal and business correspondence (including some outgoing letters), pamphlets & flyers from historical societies, sporting events, and elections; research documents and notes on a wide range of topics generated in response to reference queries, Nova Scotia Archives projects, his personal interest in the history of Pictou County and Rev. George Patterson, or for clients on contract; research notes and papers on the record-keeping practices of Nova Scotia Vital Statistics department; speeches, research notes and academic papers Dunlop presented at conferences, historical society meetings and to the general public (some of which became published articles); manuscript articles, research notes and correspondence with editors of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography; annual general meeting minutes, event notices & newsletters of Convoy Estates Condominium where he lived; NS Sport Hall of Fame correspondence, board meeting minutes & reports, newsletters and event brochures; academic papers from up-and-coming historians sent to Dunlop for his comments and assistance; correspondence, newsletters, event notices, and some meeting minutes of heritage and archives professional associations he participated in; his daily appointment books; Dunlop’s essays, papers and research for his M.A. thesis on NS politics from his time at Dalhousie University and their Class of 1967 reunion; and conference programs Dunlop attended. The fonds also includes report cards from New Glasgow High School; some documentary art pieces from L.B. Jenson and Alastair B. Johnson; and photographs of Dunlop, his brother Grant Dunlop playing high school hockey, a New Glasgow bridge in 1988 and of Gottingen Street, Halifax, in the 1970s.

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    Donated to Nova Scotia Archives by Allan C. Dunlop in February 2015.


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        Copyright in material still under copyright held by the heirs of the Estate of Allan C. Dunlop.

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        Selections from Allan C. Dunlop’s book collection (165 titles) are available in the Nova Scotia Archives Reference Library.

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        Also includes 115 photographs: b&w and col.; 20 x 25 cm. or smaller.
        14 prints: lithographs, 12 b&w and 2 col.; 21 x 27.5 cm or smaller.
        2 watercolours; 21 x 32 cm. in frame 33 x 43 cm or smaller.
        1 computer disk: 3.5” floppy (textual records)

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