Fonds consists of negatives, prints, and slides taken by W.R. MacAskill, primarily when he was a commercial photographer in Halifax. Includes images of coastal villages, fishing scenes, seascapes, towns and landscapes, the International Fishing Schooner Races, 1920-1937, the Bluenose under construction, naval vessels, freighters and other ships, and yachting. The geographic area represented in the photographs is almost exclusively Nova Scotia but also includes New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Many of the photographs appear in MacAskill's books Out of Halifax and Lure of the Sea and his studio catalogues, as well as in Andrew Merkel's book Schooner Bluenose. The fonds also contains photographs produced at his studios at St. Peter's and Glace Bay, most of which are portraits; personal photographs of MacAskill, his wife, friends and acquaintances, his yacht Highlander, and his home "Brigadoon" in Ferguson Cove; and a small number of photographs taken by other professional photographers including Norman and Climo. Also includes film footage taken by MacAskill of the 1938 schooner race between Bluenose and Gertrude L. Thebaud, and a Nova Scotia tourism film.
Fonds consists of correspondence and other records created and accumulated by Fielding as minister of finance and MP for Shelburne-Queens. Subjects represented include railways and public works in Nova Scotia, and national and international issues including elections, budget, tariffs, trade, reciprocity, transportation, civil service, Confederation, conscription, and imperial policy. Fonds includes speeches, speech notes, statistics, pamphlets and other published material, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and ephemera. A small portion of the correspondence concerns Fielding's personal investments and his appointments as editor. Fonds also contains newspaper clippings, genealogical notes, probate records and other material relating to Fielding's family, including his son-in-law K.N. Macfee (first husband of Janet); photographs of Fielding on board a ship during a trip to England ca. 1910; and a portrait of Fielding painted by Margaret Frame in 1928.
Collection consists of records of the Foster Settlement School, the Farmers Agricultural Society, and the Independent Order of Good Templars - Lily in the Forest Lodge all in the same community. Foster Settlement changed its name to Parkdale, Lunenburg County in 1902.