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Ritchie family
2004-032 · Collection · 1807-1986

Consists of original documents, photographs, printed materials, art works, and other items that were inherited and/or collected by Elizabeth Ritchie from other family members. It includes the war-time correspondence of Elizabeth's father, Roland Ritchie, 1938-1947; letters from J. W. Ritchie to John C. Halliburton, barrister, of Halifax, 1830-1832; and documents concerning Elizabeth Johnston Lichtenstein (1764-1848). The latter include a copy of the introduction to her memoirs, Recollections of a Georgia Loyalist (1836) by Hon. William J. Almon, her grandson, and original documents concerning Lichtenstein's husband's and father in-law's activities in Jamaica and Georgia. Collection also includes typescript copies of the writings of Susie (Susanna) Almon and Dr. James R. Robertson, and files on several related families such as the Wylde family (Elizabeth's mother's family); Harry King Stewart, of the Gordon Highlanders, who served in the Egyptian campaign; and Harry King (1807-1865), a prominent barrister of Windsor. Also includes information regarding the importance of the King-Stewart letters, which are held in the Library and Archives of Canada. The collection includes two large framed oil paintings, a portrait of Harrry King, believed to have been painted by William Valentine, and a portrait of James S. Stewart (1803-1860) by Albert Gallatin Hoit. FInally, the collection includes a Victorian-era "Scrap Album", created by Captain Arthur C.T. Boileau, Royal Artillery (Woolwich, England), containing various notes, cards, ephemera and memorabilia.

Ritchie, Elizabeth, 1941-2001
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).

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
Stainer family
1996-279 · Collection · 1849-1996

Collection consists of genealogical records relating to the family of noted English composer and organist, Sir John Stainer (1840-1901), compiled by J.F.R. Stainer. The contents of the collection include notes compiled by Stainer, along with correspondence, photographs, and related genealogical documents including references to family connections with Flora MacDonald of Scotland and Jane Austen. The records were donated to complement Stayner family records documenting the connection with Roger Stayner who emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in the 1630s. Roger Stayner was a nephew of Admiral Sir Richard Stayner, of Tarrant Gunville, Dorset, England. This Stayner had descendants who came to Nova Scotia so the Stainer family collection complements that genealogical information.

Stainer family
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.)
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.

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.)
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
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
2013-032/001; Graphic 2013-032/002-004. · Collection · 2003

Collection was created during 8 field trips and consists of black and white photographic negatives and contact sheets of 60 post-Deportation (after 1764) Acadian cemeteries, supplemented with colour prints of the oldest surviving cemetery at St. Pierre Catholic Church in Chéticamp on Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and a typed inventory describing each negative. This is not a comprehensive collection of all Acadian grave markers. Rather, the photographs represent a sampling of grave stones and monuments dating from 1817 (earliest found) to 2002, selected by Dr. Ross for their physical characteristics, French language inscriptions and historical significance. Examples in wood, stone, concrete and metal are depicted, as well as representative family names and at least one World War I or World War II veterans’ grave marker from each parish community. The layout and geographical site of each cemetery is also captured. Dr. Ross organized the photographs by community and within each community, by church cemetery. She also created a written inventory describing each photograph including the French inscription with English translations, a provincial map showing cemetery locations and a final report to the funder outlining her cultural analysis. The photographs were taken by Deborah Trask. This Collection shows the influence of French culture, and in particular the longevity of the French language, in Nova Scotia’s Acadian-founded communities through an examination of cemeteries as cultural artifacts over time.

Ross, Sally
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
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
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