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Ajax Club
microfilm 14653 · Collection · 1940-1942

Collection consists of records relating to Ajax Club, 1940-1942, borrowed for microfilming from Edith Girouard, who assisted in the creation of the club. Includes a scrapbook, an annual report, a booklet about the history of the club, related documentation, and correspondence about the closure of the club.

Ajax Club (Halifax, N.S.)
2018-030 · Collection · 1910?-2014 (collected 1997 to 2014)

Collection partially documents the business and personal lives of Albert Lee’s parents Shew Chuck Lee and Sui Fa Lee, and the families of Charlie Wing Lee and Nellie Lee, Dow Fong, and Mary (Ling) Mohammad. Collection contains wedding, school and family photographs (1910?-2011); restaurant menus and similar ephemeral documents (ca.1940s-ca.1950s); audio recordings of interviews with Dow Fong, Chuck Lee, Annett Ling, George Ling, William Ling, Dr. Larry Shyu and Dr. William Wong (1988, 2011-2012); memoir on childhood in China, business licenses and card from Chuck Lee (1980s, ca.1920s, 1946) as well as his engineering diploma from Dalhousie University (1939). Also includes a memoir of life at a Halifax Chinese laundry by Linda Lee Oland (1997); historical essays written by Albert Lee (1999-2014) and promotional items for the Nova Scotia Museum exhibit “Growing Up Chinese in Halifax” (1997).

The collection was assembled by Albert Lee for this 1997 museum exhibit. 40 items, including 4 audio interview recordings, were subsequently digitized for use by University of British Columbia Library for their digital exhibit “Early Chinese History in the Maritimes” in 2011-2012. Items are arranged by family creator/owner, with those items used in the digital exhibit filed separately.

Lee, Albert
2017-034 · Collection · December 1917

Fonds consists of 29 photographs of the destruction of military buildings, ships, and waterfront piers caused by the Halifax Explosion of 6 December 1917. Images include the Wellington Barracks and other buildings at Wellington (became CFB Stadacona military base) on Gottingen Street, the ship “Imo” beached on Dartmouth shore, the steamship “S.S. Old Colony” which became a temporary hospital, railway line along the shore, the deep-water military terminals at Pier 2, the market at Duke and Brunswick Streets (became Scotia Square), and the garrison chapel at corner of Brunswick and Cogswell Streets. Photographs bear sequential numbers A1 toA6, B1 to B6… to E1 to E6. Missing from the set is B3.

Deroche, Alexander Pierrepont
Blair Morrow's Iron Bridges
2018-032 · Collection · 1975-1998

Collection consists mainly of photographic prints of iron and steel bridges on secondary highways and roads throughout rural Nova Scotia collected by or photographed by Blair Morrow. Also includes images of bridge plaques, damaged bridges, road construction workers, and asphalt-making machinery from companies such as Dillman Enterprises, Dexter Construction, K.C. MacPhee Construction, Cumberland Paving, Ocean Paving, Nova Construction and Warren Maritimes, among others. Photos are arranged in 3 albums: Album 1 “Bridges by County” is the largest and contains photographs of iron bridges arranged by county; Album 2 “Paving Companies’ Album” contains photographs of paving equipment, machinery and paved highways; Album 3 “Co-workers” contains photographs of co-workers Ross Crowdis, Buddy Dauphney, Hymie Fitzgerald, Joe Gallant, Don Jardine, Tom LeBlanc, Henry Martell, Rollie Mullin, and Johnnie White as well as some machinery.

Morrow, Blair
2017-036 · Collection · ca.1895

Collection consists of 5 photographs of buildings in the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia. 2 are of the ruins of Pictou Academy after a fire; 1 is of a fire at “Hotel Wallace” on Front Street; 1 is of a gentlemen’s club, and 1 is of an unknown building that may be the “round house”. Photographer is unknown.

Christie Macdonald
1990-03 · Collection · 1989

The cassette in this fonds contains dubs of five songs from two of Christie Macdonald's most successful shows, recorded when she was at the very height of her fame. "Two Little Love Bees" and "Day Dreams, Visions of Bliss" are both from "Spring Maid", and were recorded in 1911. "Sweethearts", "Crickets on the Hearth", and "The Angelus" are from "Sweethearts", and were recorded in 1913. All of these recordings were on the Victor label. The dubs were made from discs which were old and badly scratched. However, they do capture the beauty of Christie Macdonald's voice, and help the listener appreciate the talent of this exceptionally famous and successful Nova Scotian.

Christie Macdonald
Christina Simmons
1982-025 · Collection · 1982-1983

Consists of 9 audio reels containing approximately 14 hours of oral history interviews with 9 different informants recorded between May 1982 and June 1983. Interviewees discuss their relationships with the Jost Mission and the Salvation Army (Halifax); as well as what role these institutions played with regard to the women who both distributed and received the social benefits/services. This study focuses on "class relations and motherhood in the context of social welfare".

CO · Collection · 1703-1886

Consists of portions of the Colonial Office records containing information about Nova Scotia through the British colonial period. The collection includes the original correspondence or dispatches (in-letters) of the various colonial governors of Nova Scotia or other senior officials responsible for administering the colonial government, as well as entry books (out-letters) consisting of copies of Colonial Office replies. These are supplemented with various indexes, registers, acts passed by the colonial legislature, Blue Books of Statistics, sessional papers and miscellanea.

RG 1 · Collection · 1702-1917, predominant 1857-1886

Consists of Nova Scotia colonial government records, together with British and French imperial records relating to Nova Scotia, and comprises one continuous sequence of numbered volumes that have been arranged into 28 described series.

Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Public Records
RG 41 · Collection · 1755-1973

This collection is an artificial arrangement, organized by county or jurisdiction rather than by provenance, with Halifax County first and the other counties following in alphabetical order. Within each county the records are generally arranged chronologically, retaining the original order in which they were filed together in the court houses. The inquest records in this collection were separated from other court record series by Archive staff, but many inquest papers remain intermingled with other court records. County Court records in particular should be consulted if a particular inquest in not located in this collection.

There are several series: general coroners’ returns for various counties, 1755-1928 that contain statistical returns and other administrative information; case files for coroners’ inquests and magisterial inquiries for the following counties: Halifax (1828 to 1928); Cape Breton (1906 to 1907), Colchester (1885 to 1973), Cumberland (1931 to 1959), Inverness (1936 to 1971), Lunenburg (1824 to 1907), Queens (1818 to 1940), and Shelburne (1786 to 1904); and medical reports on causes of death for Halifax City and the Town of Dartmouth (1895 to 1967).

David G. Jamieson
2008-030 · Collection · 1898-2007

Consists of textual records, cartographic records, photographs and sound recordings either collected or created and accumulated by Jamieson. The contents of the collection document the history of mining on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia in both Halifax and Guysborough Counties through correspondence, images, and first person interviews.

Jamieson, David G., 1937-2022
Elizabeth Browne
2008-042 · Collection · 1959-1971

Consists of lists of passengers on ships that sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Europe with some related menus and a letter.

Browne, Elizabeth
Ernesto Vinci
Collection · 1912, 1939-1945, 1983

Consists of Scrapbooks (1939 - 1945), and an obituary and item on his career (1983). The scrapbooks pertain to music, Halifax, the Conservatory of Music, Vinci and Portia White. Also includes a scrapbook of poetry and photographs, a photograph album and MacKinlay's Map of Nova Scotia (published in 1912), and a photographic album and newspaper clippings.

Ernesto Vinci
G-7 Economic Summit
1996-178 · Collection · 1995

Consists of photographs taken by Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax staff photographers M. Albert, R Dugay, W.O.B. Kyte, B. Lake and M. Ray and by J. M. Carisse of the Prime Minister’s Office (Ottawa), of a number of events associated with the G-7 Summit held in Halifax in June 1995. The photographs show the G-7 leaders following their arrival at Shearwater airport, their visit to Government House, the leaders at the conference table and a luncheon, and aerial views of the summit area on Lower Water Street, Halifax.

Group of Seven (Organization). Summit (21st : 1995 : Halifax, N.S.)
George Burton Spencer
2010-029 · Collection · 1945-1946

Consists of twenty-five early cartoons created by Bob Chambers relating to sports, wartime, and political commentary and observation about Nova Scotia and Canada. The cartoons were given to George Spencer by Bob Chambers when they worked together at the Halifax Herald.

Spencer, George Burton, 1911-1995
George W. Hames
1993-03 · Collection · 1930-1960

Consists of 9 films. Five were professionally produced in the 1930's. Of those, 3 are fine examples of promotional travelogues about Nova Scotia; while the remaining two document a 1937 Wedgeport Tuna Cup Match and the [1938] installation of Canada's Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir, as Grand Master of the Order of Good Cheer. (The promotional nature of these early films allows for speculation about whether the Province might have commissioned them for distribution to foreign markets to stimulate tourism.) The remaining films, all CBC produced, were acquired due to Hames' professional involvement with CBHT as part of the films' production staff.

George Hames
2022-022 · Collection · 1952-1985

Consists of 143 music record albums (LPs, 78s and one 45) of Nova Scotia-born international country music star Hank Snow, including albums released in Japan, East Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom; a Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast of Hank Snow; and recordings sold only to radio stations by Thesaurus Programming Service. The Collection spans Hank Snow’s United States recording career starting in the early 1950s up to 1985 when he stopped recording. The collection was assembled by life-long fan Gordon “Gordie” Silver, who bought his first Hank Snow album in 1955 at the age of 10 and continued collecting until 2018.

Gordie’s collection also includes Hank Snow’s E-Z Method for Spanish Guitar complete with instruction booklet; a booklet listing all of Snow’s recordings with Bluebird and with RCA Victor Records up to 1968; a 1984 yearbook from the Hank Snow International Fan Club and a published songbook “Hank’s Favourite Songs” (cover is missing).

Gordon Silver
2019-017 · Collection · 1979-1998 (originals [ca1880]-1998)

Consists of genealogy research information compiled by Jean (Burgess) Kirstine on her mother’s McLeod ancestors in Nova Scotia and related families of Churchill, Slocomb, Burgess, Thorpe, and Doggett. Includes selected family correspondence (1928, 1967-1998) and photographs of family members and their homes (ca1880s-1998), family trees showing relationships between members (between 1979 and 1998), news clippings, and published information on the Clan McLeod of Scotland. Contains photocopies and original letters and photographs, curated and arranged by Jean into roughly chronological order by generation.

Kirstine, Jean
John W. Hugill
1992-375 · Collection · 17-19 October 1897

Collection consists of 31 photographs taken of Windsor, Nova Scotia by George Wright in the days following a fire that destroyed a portion of the town in the fall of 1897. The photographs were developed by Notman Studio and were included in an article titled "Photo Sets of the Windsor Fire" in the Halifax Morning Herald on 11 November 1897.

Hugill, John W., 1881-1971
Levi Hart letters
2014-026 · Collection · 1858-1865

Consists of eight letters from Joseph Howe to his business contact Benjamin Wier & Company of Halifax, and then to the firm of Wylde, Hart & Company, also of Halifax. Written just prior and during Mr. Howe’s time as Premier of Nova Scotia (1860-1863), most of the letters contain routine business matters and one letter mentions the dismissal of [Jonathan] McCully from a political post.

Hart, Levi
1997-174 · Collection · 1808-1989

Consists of receipts, invoices, account statements, and related shipping documents from various vessels that sailed from the Maritimes to various foreign ports. The contents of the collection include documents for the following vessels: Annapolis, J.W. Parker, L. Delap, Ostrich, Pandora, Avon, S.S. Lovat and Waterloo among others. Also includes captains' documentation (certificates, logbooks), a Sable Island logbook, images from the Halifax Port Authority, and some records of Pickford and Black and the White Ensign Association.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Mirko Usmiani
1997-020 · Collection · 1963-1964

Consists of seventeen political cartoons on provincial, national and international subjects, created by well-known Nova Scotian cartoonist Bob Chambers and collected by Usmiani.

Usmiani, Mirko, 1912-2002
2014-024 · Collection · 1944-1945

Four telegrams to Mrs. Bertha Avery of 89 Edinburgh Street, Halifax from the Minister of National Defence informing her that Lance Sergeant Fred William Avery was wounded in action while fighting overseas with the Canadian Army in the Second World War, in November 1944 and again in March 1945. The wound was minor and the last telegram is direct from Fred Avery announcing his safe arrival in Halifax in June 1945.

Avery, Bertha M.
Notman Studio
1983-310 · Collection · [ca. 1869]-[ca.1920]

Consists of photographs taken by Notman Studio of Halifax, Nova Scotia and consists mainly of individual and group portraits of residents of, and visitors to, Halifax. Also includes naval ships and personnel, and buildings, streets and views of Halifax, as well as other Nova Scotian communities, including Antigonish, Canso, Dartmouth, Grand Pré, Musquodoboit Harbour, Sheet Harbour, Truro and Whitehead. Predominantly proof prints; also includes glass negatives, both wet- and dry-plate. Photographs organized by format, and within each format by original negative/proof print number.

Notman Studio (Halifax, N.S.)
2011-057 · Collection · 1888-1893

Consists of returns sent to the War Office in London, England from the station at Halifax, Nova Scotia documenting the operations of the fortifications and the soldiers.

Nova Scotia Museum