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W.R. MacAskill
1987-453 · Fonds · [ca. 1875], [ca. 1907]-[ca. 1949]

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.

MacAskill, W.R., 1887-1956
1992-22 · Series · 1989-1992
Part of Mike Parker

Consists of 67 sounds cassettes representing interviews made by Mike Parker with 53 informants about their experience in Nova Scotia's logging industry as research for his book Woodchips & Beans.... The majority of those interviewed are male and come from many parts of Nova Scotia. Interviewees discuss life in the lumber camps (and the early 20th century in general) as well as milling practices, wages, working conditions and transportation.

William Young
MG 2 volumes 731-782 · Fonds · 1814-1919, predominant 1860-1886

Consists of correspondence and other records documenting Young's law practice, political offices, and his family and personal business affairs. Includes letters to and from Young regarding political matters, such as elections, fisheries, roads, and the Windsor-Annapolis Railway; and legal opinions and cases dealt with including the estate of Hon. Michael Tobin. Letters between Young and his father and brothers George and Charles concern personal news and family business matters. Other records in the fonds include Young's summaries of cases heard before him in the Supreme Court, Court of Vice Admiralty, and the Court of Marriage and Divorce, ledgers, day books, financial statements and accounts, drafts of speeches, newspaper clippings, law books, personal diary, and journal of a trip to England. Also contains correspondence, legal documents, and other items concerning the estate of William Young and others, 1887-1919.

Young, William, 1799-1887
William Hall, VC
MG 1 volume 1499 · Collection · 1857-1967

Consists of material documenting the life of William Hall, VC and his memorial ceremony in Hantsport, Nova Scotia, 1966-1967. Includes correspondence, research notes, newspaper clippings, copies of articles and certificates, and minutes of the William Hall Victoria Cross memorial steering committee.

Hall, William, VC
Walter Callow Wheelchair Bus
MG 100 volume 28 files 46-48 · 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
W. G. MacLaughlan collection
1983-284 · 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
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
Views of Halifax photographs
Collection · 1870-1890

The collection consists of one photograph album which was compiled by Thomas Mower Martin, an English-born Canadian painter. Most of the photographs depict scenes in Halifax and Cape Breton, including the Public Gardens, the Citadel, Melville Island, and Point Pleasant Park. Each photograph has a caption indicating the location of the scene. Many of the photographs are inscribed with the name of the photographer on the front, including William Notman, Umlah, and J.M. Margeson. Some photographs taken by William Notman also have a number assigned by the photographer.
At the end of the album, there are six contrived studio portraits of unidentified African Nova Scotian men and women. Using props and costumes they are not authentic representations of the past but examples of anti-Black racism. There is no information about the photographer of these portraits.

Thomas Mower Martin
Township records
RG 1 volumes 359-362 and 373 · Series · 1759-[ca. 1847]
Part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands

Forms part of Nova Scotia Commissioner of Crown Lands and consists of records relating to the establishment and settlement of townships in Nova Scotia, as well as some areas in New Brunswick. Series includes sixty-eight township grants with lists of grantees, proprietors, settlers, and lots. Also includes drafts of grants, surveyors' reports, minutes of meetings of proprietors in Newport, warrants, memorials and petitions, and four township maps indicating lot allocations. Until about 1717, land grants were given in the form of townships or locations, generally issued under the proprietorship of a prominent person or persons responsible for settlement of the area. Those listed as grantees were persons whom the proprietors were able to line up as prospective settlers.

Tom Connors collection
MG 9 volume 19 · Fonds · [ca. 1830]-1947

Consists of photograph prints and also engravings and lithographs collected by Connors, predominantly relating to sports in Nova Scotia. Includes group portraits of school, university, city, and special teams as well as individual portraits of athletes in sports such as baseball, basketball, bicycling, boxing, football, rugby, soccer, track and field, and tug-of-war; several images of rowing races and crews, oarsman George Brown of Purcells Cove, and engravings advertising races and regattas, 1830s. There are a small number of group portraits with Tom Connors and fellow oarsmen and a few of William P. Connors, Maritimes champion in shot-put. Images also include Halifax, Dartmouth and Glace Bay fire and police departments; parades; St. Patricks High School and band; scenes of Halifax harbour, Northwest Arm, businesses, and street scenes; Nova Scotia fishing villages; and schooners and other vessels. The majority of photographs were taken by local professional photographers including Climo, Notman, Gauvin and Gentzel, A.R. Cogswell, Commercial Photo Service, J. Hayward, Allen Fraser, and others. Many photographs were annotated on their mounts by Connors. Also included is a scrapbook compiled by Connors concerning current events in the 1930s-40s, mostly World World Two and affairs in Canada, Europe, and Asia.

Connors, Tom, ca. 1862-1949
Thomas O. Geddes
MG 3 volumes 3986-3988 · Fonds · 1830-1893

Consists of day books and ledgers documenting Dr. Geddes' medical practice in Barrington and Yarmouth for over fifty years. Day books contain name of patient, cost of visit, and any treatments and prescriptions. Some entries provide detailed remarks on patients and medical conditions. Additional day book on microfilm, 1865-1866, also contains notes on the settlement of Barrington as well as medical and business accounts and notes. A few ledgers were probably accumulated while Geddes was a customs excise officer and contain a list of names, many of which are captains, freight, and passage. Also contains a ledger, 1830-1835, predominantly dealing with the settlement of the estate of R. Kelley and a ledger, 1838-1893, inscribed with the names Drs. James and Thomas Geddes.

Geddes, Thomas O., 1805-1886
Thomas McCulloch
MG 1 volumes 550-557 · Fonds · 1780, 1806-1933, predominant 1819-1838

Consists of letters between McCulloch and his friends and colleagues, Rev. James Mitchell and Jotham Blanchard, discussing the affairs of Pictou Academy, the Presbyterian Church in Nova Scotia, relations with the Church of Scotland, Lord Dalhousie, and personal and political news. Other correspondents include C.D. Archibald regarding Dalhousie College, George Smith, George Young, Rev. K.J. McKenzie, and Rev. Thomas Trotter. Also contains subscription lists, minutes of meetings, correspondence, petitions, and accounts concerning Pictou Academy; scientific notes and lectures given by McCulloch; speeches and sermons; theological and literary writings, including manuscripts of the letters of Mephibosheth Stepsure, "William", "Melville", "Auld Eppie's tales", and an unpublished novel; minutes of congregation meetings; and publications including newspapers and pamphlets accumulated by McCulloch and his family. Contains some correspondence and other items relating to McCulloch's sons, Rev. William McCulloch and Thomas McCulloch Jr., and letters from Mrs. J.W. McCulloch to granddaughter Elizabeth McCulloch.

McCulloch, Thomas
Sydenham Howe
1994-272 · Fonds · 1757-1917, predominant 1853-1889

Consists of a scrapbook compiled by Sydenham Howe, mostly documenting his family and his literary and artistic interests. Includes correspondence, predominantly written to and from Hon. Joseph Howe; printed and handwritten poems by Joseph Howe, Maria Morris, Mary Jane Katzman Lawson, and others; prints of engravings and lithographs, many of which depict women's fashions of the mid-19th century; newspaper clippings, several pertaining to poetry and curling; sketches and watercolours by artist Maria Morris as well as Mary Currie and S.J. Howe; visiting cards; autographs dated 1757 onwards; printed material and ephemera, including invitations, the Victoria School of Art and Design exhibition of loans catalogue, 1887, and 1889 issue of Halifax Carnival, and three Notman photographs of John Howe and John and Mary (Currie) Ross. Also contains correspondence and other items relating to the McNab family.

Howe, Sydenham, 1843-1929
Series · [1930]-1988
Part of Helen Creighton

Series forms part of Helen Creighton fonds and consists of audio reels, audio discs, audio cassettes, audio cartridges, and cylinder recordings compiled in the course of Creighton's field work. Creighton first began recording her informants on wax cylinder ca. 1930-1932. Previous to 1930, transcriptions were done by hand. The majority of field recordings comprising the series were compiled in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick during her association with the Library of Congress (1943-1944), joint Library of Congress-National Museum sponsorship (1947-1948), and sole National Museum sponsorship (1949-1967). Recordings consist of folk tales and over 4000 songs and ancient ballads sung or narrated by Creighton's informants of Gaelic ancestry in Cape Breton, Acadians, Mi'kmaq, African-Nova Scotians, and other ethnic groups such as English, German, Latvian, and Maori. Recordings include: Mi'kmaq songs sung by Chief William Paul at Shubenacadie, Acadian songs from West Pubnico, German songs and stories from Halifax and Lunenburg counties, and stories of ghosts, superstitions, witchcraft, and buried treasure. Other recordings accumulated by Creighton include military bands from World War Two, Meet the Navy show, nature sounds, general history, published sound recordings including Maritime, Canadian and international folk music, compilations of her previous recordings, her radio and television broadcasts for CBC and CHNS, recordings by others (some commercial) using Helen Creighton material, and some unidentified field recordings. Series also includes videocassettes and films produced for CBC, NFB, ATV, and the province of Nova Scotia.

Sheva Medjuck
Ac816-Ac845 · Fonds · 1977, 1980-1981

Consists of recordings of oral history interviews conducted by Dr. Medjuck during the course of her research for her book Jews of Atlantic Canada. Fourty-four members of Atlantic Canada's Jewish communities are represented. Two groups of individuals were interviewed: active community leaders (indicated by an "A" under "group") and individuals who could provide personal reminiscences of their experiences as Jews in the region (indicated by a "B" under "group"). Arranged in chronological order according to interview date. Also included is a recording of a Jewish Historical Society of Canada meeting held in Fredericton, New Brunswick, 1977.

Medjuck, Sheva
Selma s.m. [Psalm 67]
MG 100 volume 41 number 17 - 1 · Item · 1920s
Part of Andrew MacKay

Item is a hand-written version of music with lyrics in E major of Psalm 67 that Andrew MacKay used as a teaching aid in his “Singing Schools.” The item was written on wallpaper with a rose patten with metallic traces that was produced by the Watson, Foster Company between 1897 and 1927. There is some tearing of this item.

Scotian Railroad Society
RG 28 S · Fonds · 1849-1983

Consists of both records of the Scotian Railroad Society and records documenting the history of railway transportation in Nova Scotia, the Maritimes, Canada and the United States. Includes published materials (books and periodicals) as well as graphic materials (documentary photographs), cartographic materials, sound recordings, moving images and artifacts.

Scotian Railroad Society, 1968-1983
2013-032 · 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
1993-29 · Series · 1950-1997
Part of Mike Parker

Includes taped interviews and other research material assembled by Mike Parker during the course of his research for his book Running the Gauntlet.... There are 55 interviews conducted by Parker with Canadian men who served as Merchant Seamen during World War II. The interviewees discuss their personal experiences as merchant seamen including the ships they served on, convoys, conditions on board the vessels, cargo, dangers encountered at sea, capture, internment and release, veteran status, benefits acquired, etc. Fifty of the fifty-five interviews are represented in Parker's book.

Royal Engineers
MG 12 RE numbers 0-59 · Fonds · 1759-1913, predominant 1761-1884

Consists of records created by the Royal Engineers stationed at Halifax, documenting military construction operations. Includes maps and architectural plans including a few from the 1760s-1790s, as well as copied items dating from 1740s-50s, primarily illustrating military property and fortifications at Halifax and New Brunswick, and also permanent and temporary structures such as storehouses, bridges, martello towers, and the Melville Island prison. Also includes letterbooks, 1761-1858, which contain incoming and outgoing letters to and from engineer officers in Halifax and outposts as well as the inspector general of fortifications in Britain, some of which also include general orders, lists of building materials, specifications, and estimates; four letter books with accompanying reports, estimates, and sketches pertaining to the Halifax Citadel, 1825-1847; reports of defences, 1759, 1810-1817, 1834; and deeds and warrants relating to military lands, 1778-1858. Fonds also contains glass plate negatives taken by engineer officers, 1870-1884, depicting various military and naval buildings and property in and around Halifax, at sites including the dockyard, Citadel, Point Pleasant, Fort Massey cemetery, Fort Ogilvie, Fort Charlotte at Georges Island, Fort Clarence, Fort Sackville, York Redoubt, and Ives Point at McNabs Island. Also includes a few photographs of officers with horse-drawn sleighs and demolition of the ruins of the Halifax Poor Asylum fire.

Great Britain. Army. Royal Engineers
Ross family
MG 1 volumes 794-795 · Fonds · 1816-1920

Consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, petitions, deeds, and minutes accumulated by Captain William Ross regarding the Ross family and the development of the Sherbrooke military settlement, later called New Ross, 1816-1822. Also contains correspondence and other material relating to property in New Ross and the 75th Battilion Infantry, 1846-1920, and correspondence and diary of Edward Ross relating to business and social activities in New Ross, Halifax, and Lunenburg County, 1835-1891.

Ross (family)
Roland H. Sherwood
MG 1 volumes 3667-3671 · Fonds · 1909-1989

Consists of records documenting Sherwood's activities as a writer and broadcaster in Nova Scotia, and his community interests. Contains draft manuscripts and articles, radio scripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, programmes, brochures, and other miscellaneous items. Also includes photographs, postcards, and slides collected by or taken by Sherwood depicting the Pictou area, buildings, monuments, marine activities, and events such as the Pictou Lobster Carnival. Contains sound recordings of Sherwood's stories used in articles and radio broadcasts, programmes performed by the Pictou County Centrettes, songs performed for the Hector Bicentenary in Pictou, and film footage of the Pictou County Centrettes and the Chignecto Marine Railway.

Sherwood, Roland H., 1902-1992
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
Rear Admiral Hugh F. Pullen
MG 1 volumes 2526-2590 · Fonds · 1920-1983

Consists of correspondence, notes, manuscripts, essays, addresses, imprints, newspaper clippings, catalogues, books, periodicals and other published material, ephemera, photographs (prints, negatives, slides), and photocopies and transcripts of admiralty papers from the Public Record Office in England. Records document Pullen's interests in naval, military, and maritime history, several community organizations, William Hall, VC, the Pullen family, as well as his navy career and personal life. A smaller portion of the records were created in the course of Pullen's research for his publications Shannon and the Chesapeake, The Pullen Expedition and The Sea Road to Halifax. Other subjects represented include the Royal Canadian Navy, defence policy, Captain James Cook, Lord Colville, Royal Nova Scotia Yacht Squadron, and the Anglican Church.

Includes unpublished typed manuscript, including photographs, on lighthouses of Nova Scotia (1983); full orchestra music score and sound recording of "Commodore Pullen March" composed by Petty Officer V. Miloslavich of Halifax, Nova Scotia in early 1950s recorded in 1978 by Kenneth Irons of Ottawa, Ontario.

Pullen, Hugh F.