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Union Engine Company fonds
See series level descriptions for reference numbers. · Fonds · 1789-1896

Fonds consists of minutes, membership rolls and accounts of the company, 1789-1896; minutes, membership rolls and accounts of the "Mayflower" No. 5 Hose Division, 1881-1894; and correspondence, 1839-1840, 1860-1861.

Union Engine Company
MG 3 vols. 6191-6194; Accession 1995-128, location 33-5-6; 37-4-3 · Fonds · 1912-1988, predominant 1930-1968

Fonds consists of annual meeting minutes and reports of the co-op, 1935-1969; registration books, 1934-1973; minutes of executive directors meetings, 1930-1968, committee meetings, 1939-1958; and local managers meetings, 1957-1959; financial statements, 1931-1972 (incomplete), and other financial records, 1930-1976; correspondence 1935-1966; memoranda and notices, 1940-1974; constitution and by-laws, 1930-1947; legal records, 1915-1973; bulletins, 1931-1947; resolutions, 1939-1951; newspaper clippings, 1936-1980; reports and briefs, 1933-1940, 1951-1966; scrapbooks, 1937-1974; subject files; and miscellaneous material. Scrapbooks contain photographs, newspaper clippings, reports, and other items concerning UMF activities and the fishing industry. Fonds also includes an architectural blueprint of the Halifax warehouse, maps of properties, and photographs of the Barrington Street office and staff, and two postcards of Halifax scenes.

United Maritime Fishermen Co-op
Verna Payne fonds
MG 1, vol. 1171 · Fonds · 1924-1968, predominant 1930-1946

Fonds consists of correspondence received by Verna (Long) Payne from family and friends in Nova Scotia, the United States, and abroad. Letters discuss personal and family news and describe the daily routine and activities of women in rural Nova Scotia. Numerous letters from her brothers Elmore and Shane Long as well as close friend T.W. (Tom) Howe describe the reflections and daily life of men training and serving in the Canadian Army at home and overseas during the Second World War. Mostly arranged chronologically. Also contains a few personal documents and certificates.

Payne, Verna, ca. 1913-1989
Fonds · 1867-1949

Fonds consists of: Autospy Report ledgers,1899-1908; ledgers recording information on deaths occuring within the Hospital, 1906-1947; surgical records ledgers (1869-1899; medical case books, 1875-1897; financial records, 1891-1903; an admission register, 1867-1889; Seamen's Return books, 1882-1925; register of nurses, 1900; Victoria General Hosptial Board of COmmissioners minutes, 1910-1926; and Victoria General Hospital Medical Board minutes, 1908-1948.

Victoria General Hospital
MG 20, vols. 755-774; 893; 1016 no. 40; 1243 · Fonds · 1904-1972

Fonds consists of correspondence and other records relating to the development and delivery of health care services by the Victorian Order of Nurses in Halifax. Also includes annual and other reports, minutes and agenda of board, executive, and committee meetings, membership lists, nursing manuals and time books, policies, by-laws, briefs submitted to royal commissions, scrapbooks, statistics, addresses, histories, newspaper clippings, articles, pamphlets and other published material. Fonds also contains group photographs of nurses and patients.

Victorian Order of Nurses. Halifax Branch
MG 20, vol. 3512-3515 · Fonds · 1923-1989

Fonds consists of records relating to the delivery of health care services by the Pictou branch of the Victorian Order of Nurses. Includes minutes of executive committee and board meetings, 1923-1977; annual reports, 1931-1989; nursing reports, 1944-1989; supervisor reports, 1938-1965; correspondence, 1942-1988; financial records, 1940-1989, scrapbook of newspaper clippings, 1945-1959. Also includes publications and other material relating to the the Victorian Order of Nurses for Nova Scotia and Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada.

Victorian Order of Nurses. Pictou Town and District Branch
Viking Fisheries Ltd.
1997-252/003 8-18 · Fonds · 1954-1968

Consists of records documenting the company's activities, including correspondence of the secretary-treasurer, 1954-1967 relating to the Fisherman's Loan Board, licenses, crews, and marine equipment; financial statements, 1958-1968; and trip sheets detailing the number and variety of fish caught, 1955-1963.

Viking Fisheries
Violet Black fonds
MG 1 volumes 2352-2355, 3309-3334, MG 9 volumes 343-410, 488-491; Graphic 1976-131, 1991-280 · Fonds · 1785-1991

Fonds consists of material documenting Violet Black's family, and her personal interests and activities from 1919 to 1991. Includes scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Violet Black and the Black, Marshall, and Eldridge families, the British royal family, the First and Second World Wars, and various local, national, and international events; diaries; posters pertaining to the First and Second World Wars and the Red Cross; a watercolour of William Marshall Black; and a map of Halifax in 1934. The fonds also includes postcards of Nova Scotia and abroad, and photographs depicting seaside scenes, yachts, ships, landscapes, and family excursions, in the Halifax area and King's County.

Black, Violet, 1899-1991
Fonds · 1974-1984, predominant 1974-1975

Fonds consists of letters written by Hugh MacLennan to Rordam, documenting MacLennan's private life and views on writings and events in Canada. Subjects include the FLQ, Quebec separatism, the Levesque government in Quebec, reminiscences of Halifax, MacLennan's publications, Rivers of Canada (1982), Voices in Time (1980) and The Colour of Canada (1982), and Vita Rordam's works. Also included is a b&w photograph of Vita Rordam and Hugh MacLennan.

Rordam, Vita, 1912-
W. G. MacLaughlan collection
Photographs 1983-284, 1988-034, 2004-014, 2007-003, 2007-063 and 2014-031 · Fonds · ca. 1914- ca. 1922

Collection consists of photographs, including panoramas, of Nova Scotia soldiers in World War I and scenes of the city of Halifax immediately after the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. The images include wide angle views of the North End of the city, the shipyard or ‘graving yard’, and 5x7 images in 2 small albums of individual homes (some with people in doorways), stores, warehouse and a church. The photographs in the albums bear MacLaughlan’s name and a sequential number. Some also have the name of the property owner and street name written in pencil. The fonds also includes large group portraits, mostly of soldiers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force for World War I. Most soldiers are identified by name.

MacLaughlan, W.G., 1871-1935
Walter Callow Wheelchair Bus
Fonds · 1943-2014

Fonds consists of 2 scrapbooks and file folders containing newspaper clippings (1943-2014); photographs (1917, 1953-2007); correspondence (1945-2014): essays on the founder Walter Callow (1958-2012); founding documents of incorporation and bus design registration (1947, 1953); fundraising event programs, promotions and brochures (1946-2013); some annual reports and annual general meeting minutes, (1953, 1960-1961, 1966-1967); donor lists (1999, 2007); directors lists (2002, 2014); a sign stencil “Callow Coaches”; and vehicle registrations for the first and third bus put on the road (1954).

Records were assembled into 2 scrapbooks by Walter Callow’s daughter Melba and given to the organization: one for photographs and documents, the second for newspaper clippings, which included some French newspapers. The organization continued adding to the photographs scrapbook and used its contents for advertising and fundraising.

Photographs include the first bus, the first Board of Directors, the first civilian and veteran riders, the hostess/nurses, drivers and secretaries, visiting dignitaries and officials, and Walter Callow in his hospital bed at Camp Hill Veterans Hospital. Later images include a 1979 celebration, and the 60th anniversary gathering in 2007.

This material documents the development of specialized transportation for people with disabilities.

Walter Callow Wheelchair Bus
Watson Smith family fonds
2017-040 · Fonds

Fonds consists of correspondence (1928-2001), diaries (1892-1893, 1900-1980 with gaps), notebooks (1940-1944) and photographs (ca1894-2001) documenting rural life in early 20th century Shubenacadie, as well as the experiences of Harry Smith while stationed at a Royal Canadian Air Force base in England during the Second World War.

Most correspondence files relate to Harry Smith, and include letters he wrote to his mom, dad and sister while serving overseas, letters Harry received from friends during and after the War, and letters Harry wrote to his brother Cullen’s son Donne in the 1990s. Some correspondence files are of Cullen and Gwen Smith to their son Donne (1963-1977).

The diaries were kept daily by Watson Smith (1900, 1942-1945, 1949-1951) giving short entries on the weather, jobs being done by different members of family, and whether business was slow or brisk that day; sporadic entries by Cullen (1927, 1958, 1975-1976, 1980) on the weather and visits from family and friends; and daily entries by Jeanetta for all of 1949, and first six months of 1966 on her daily housework, cooking, church attendance and family members’ activities and illnesses. There is also one diary with cryptic one or two-line entries from Thomas B. Lynch, an ancestor of Cullen’s wife Gwen (1892-1893).

The notebooks were written by Harry during WWII and contain technical information on airplanes, names of maintenance crews and pilots, and statistics for their Squadron, as well as jokes, short stories, and comments from bicycling around England on his days off.

Most photographs were taken by Harry and depict pilots, officers and soldiers on and off duty, airplanes, Harry’s accommodations and bicycle while in the United Kingdom. Other photographs include family and places in Shubenacadie such as the family store, churches, and the war monument, Harry’s machine-building projects, and the former Halifax Airport on Chebucto Road. Arrangement is by individual family member, in loose chronological order.

Watson Smith family
W.C. Dunlop collection
Accession no. 1992-398. · Fonds · [ca. 1900]

Collection consists of 48 photographs documenting a fishing expedition in Halifax County, Nova Scotia, circa 1900. The photographs show H.M. Rosenberg, Principal of the Victoria School of Art and Design in Halifax, Martin Rosenberg, Harry Russell, Frank Russell, Robert Finn and unidentified people camping, fishing, cooking and hunting. Interior and exterior views of log cabins, houses and camping sites are included.

Dunlop, W.C., 1897-1986
MG 20, vol. 407-416 · Fonds · 1930-1964

Fonds consists of records documenting the council's role in coordinating health, welfare, and recreation services and programs. Fonds contains minutes of general and executive committee meetings, reports, correspondence, surveys, speeches, and newspaper clippings relating to issues including child welfare, delinquency, health, housing, family planning, and recreation.

Welfare Council (Halifax-Dartmouth area)
W.H. Chipman and Son fonds
MG 3, vol. 1726 · Fonds · [ca. 1842]-1881, predominant 1855-1869

Fonds consists of the firm's correspondence (1855-1869 and undated), bills of lading (1857-1865), invoices and acounts (1851-1868, 1878, 1881), purchase orders (1856, 1860-1867), account book (ca. 1842-1870), memoranda, promissary notes, and other miscellaneous items.

W.H. Chipman and Son