Fonds consists of business documents and political correspondence of the Annand family; and training and business records of Charles L. Cooley and the Cooley Brothers Jewelers Ltd, including 2 photographs of the store interior. Annand family business documents relate to the activities of Charles Annand and include his appointment as Queen’s Printer (1875), a petition for crown land (1885) and a 21-year lease on a gold mine at White Burn Gold District in Queens County, NS (1886).
The political correspondence includes one letter to Charles Annand from the Office of Minister of Justice at Ottawa (1889) John Thompson discussing the progress of his contract regarding the railway; a letter to Charles from his father William Annand (1878) while in London, England as Canada’s agent general, commenting on Philip Carteret Hill’s chances of re-election in provincial election of 1878; 2 letters to Charles’ son Frederick W. Annand Sr. from Sir Charles Tupper (1908) who mentions Nova Scotians’ changed attitude to favour confederation and compliments Frederick’s grandfather William Annand; and a letter addressed to T.W. Annand, Dominion Immigration Agent in Halifax, from W.T.R. Preston, Commissioner of Emigration for Canada in London, United Kingdom (1904) discussing Lord Dundonald and the year’s increase in European immigration to Canada.
The Cooley Brothers Jewelers records include the building specifications for new display windows (1919) and the bill for the work; an order for silverware and their design patterns from Williams (Birmingham) Ltd. in U.K. (1924); an Advertising Plan written by Mr. Brown of the Halifax Herald Ltd. (1953-1954); and 2 photographs of the store interior on Barrington Street, Halifax. Also includes two newspaper clippings about the business.
Training documents relate to the President and co-founder Charles L. Cooley and include a character reference letter from his school in Dover, U.K. (1902); his apprenticeship indenture to Herbert James Darracott of Dover, U.K. (1903); a notebook of handwritten poems and proverbs for a happy life; a farewell message from former employer H.R. Bergman Company signed by all the employees (1914); and 2 photographs: one of Charles L. Cooley and one of a war memorial plaque from Queen Elizabeth II High School in Halifax, NS.
The records document some of the business activities and political connections of the Annand family of Nova Scotia and the business activities of Charles L. Cooley, in the late 19th and early to mid-20th centuries.