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Paul W. Bennett
2020-014 · Fonds · 1979-2019, predominant 2007-2018

Consists of records generated by Bennett’s writing and research activities as Director of Schoolhouse Institute including typescripts, drafts, and published versions of his commentary (opinion editorials) news media articles, book reviews, and research reports (2008-2017); and 3 of his published books: Vanishing Schools Threatened Communities (published 2011) on history of rural school closures in NS; The Grammar School (published 2009) on history of Halifax Grammar School; and The Last Stand (published 2013) on the lobbying activities of the NS Small Schools Initiative. Bennett’s research files include interview notes, collected articles and reports by others with his annotations (collected 2005-2019) and were used to support his writing and presentations. Records from The NS Small Schools Initiative include minutes of school board meetings, emails between group members, and their presentations to government. The Students First NS files include public forum discussion notes and emails with organizers (2009-2016).

The fonds also includes power-point slide presentations Bennett presented to professional educators and historians conferences as well as to local heritage group events, including a video recording of a talk Bennett gave at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives on the history of school building in Nova Scotia (2010-2017).

Subjects include history of the education system and governance in Nova Scotia, school closures and consolidations, school board reforms, snow days, e-learning, teacher and student evaluations (standardized testing), Public Private Partnership (P3) schools, bussing of children, and special education and inclusiveness in the last half of the 20th century.

Bennett, Paul W.
2020-008 · Fonds · 1946-1970, 1991, 2018

Consists of 2 record albums (vinyl) of 9 women and 1 man singing and reciting poems in German, recorded in 1946 in Lunenburg County, NS; a research file of Don R. Wiles’ notes, draft essay and correspondence with German language experts 1946-1970; research cards of German words [1946?]; and 2 ethnographic essays on German customs and the German language spoken by elder residents of Lunenburg County, one dated December 1946 and the other, shorter, dated 1991.

Fonds also includes digitized versions of the sound recordings, with a typed transcript, made in 2018 by Don R. Wiles.

Wiles, Don R.
Coolen Arsenault family
2019-014 · Fonds · 1920-2016

Consists of Arsenault family photographs of Arthur serving hotel guests, his wife Margaret Arsenault in service uniform, and of Art and Margaret socializing with friends (1950-1978); hotel dinner menus and a memoir about working as a waiter at the Nova Scotian Hotel written by Art’s nephew Norbert Vienneau (1958, 1967-1968, 1993); and a few newspaper clippings about Art (1964-1991). Also includes records of the Coolen family, including a summary of an interview with Pat Sea Coolen, her dessert recipe booklet, a few business letters, magazine clippings on her daughter Susan M. Coolen, visual artist, and photographs of the Coolen family home and former Prospect Post Office (1950s-2016); a file of genealogy information on the Coolens (collected 1970s); and photographic negatives and prints of the fishing village of Prospect in winter and summer (1920s-1997) taken by members of the Coolen family. The fonds documents the life of a working-class family during the latter half of the 20th century and the history of Prospect, Nova Scotia.

Coolen Arsenault family
Betty Peterson
MG 1 volumes 3468 to 3476 · Fonds · 1951-2015 (predominant 1975-2014)

Fonds consists of records documenting Betty Peterson's personal relationships, volunteer activities and interests in peace and social justice issues in Nova Scotia and internationally. The records are organized into four groups, the first consisting of files documenting her activities from 1980-1993, the second her activities from 1994-2004, and the third her activities from 2004-2013, with some overlapping of dates. The fourth group consists of Peterson’s personal correspondence and biographical files 1951-2011. Records in the first 3 groups are arranged by subject, by either the name of an organization (e.g. Voice of Women for Peace), or a cause (e.g. aboriginal rights). The personal correspondence files are arranged by year or by correspondent. Starting in 1977 these files also include annual calendars with brief notes on activities. Fonds includes a large amount of published research and resource material on a given issue (e.g. newspaper clippings, periodicals, and newsletters), but also contains Peterson's notes, memoirs and diaries with comments and recollections, as well as correspondence (incoming and outgoing), memoranda, speeches and articles, minutes of meetings, briefs, reports, published articles about her, transcripts of interviews she gave, and photographs.

Peterson, Betty
2023-016 · Fonds · 2000-2014

Consists of applications from new or existing organizations for one of the two main fund-matching grants managed by the Department of Inclusive and Economic Growth. These two grants were the Nova Scotia Business Development Program (NSBDP) and the Manufacturing and Processing Credit (MPIC). The bulk of this material are the applications themselves, correspondence with the department, photocopies of receipts and cheques issued and a final timeline report if applicant was successful. The NSBDP was a grant that usually did not exceed more then ten thousand dollars in funding, the majority of these were requested for website development, auditing purposes, feasibility studies and succession planning. The funds had to be matched by the applicant, and funds were dispersed over a period provided applicants submitted staggered updates. The MPIC grants were much larger, most exceeding several hundred thousand dollars, with a cap of no more then one million dollars. The purpose of the grant was to allow business access to funds to make one-time purchases of newer equipment. The companies had to provide paperwork proving how the purchase would create better work processes or hire more people. Because of the repetitive nature of the grant requests only a selection was retained that was representative of the various counties, industries and requests. Also includes meeting minutes of committees on employment and sustainability, some Minister and Deputy Minister’s correspondence, and a few other examples less prominent grants. There are also some materials from the early 2000’s when the department was still known as the Department of Business.

Nova Scotia. Department of Inclusive Economic Growth
Mark Simkins
2020-004 · Fonds · 1925-2014, predominant 1975-1999

Consists of Simkins’ photographs of the city of Halifax, the Harbour, people, places, political events, scenic photographs of ocean views and fishing life in LaHave and moving image films he made in the 1980s. Films include “Mary and the Mayor: the Housing Crisis” in Halifax and “Crossings” about the Halifax-Dartmouth passenger ferry. Also includes Simkins’ journalist notebooks (1999-2002); financial records from his photography business (1999-2003); and scripts, funding applications, production details, and financials for his film projects (1985-1992).

Subjects filmed or photographed by Simkins include people at work; a strike by Dalhousie University cleaning workers from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 1392 (1978-1979); citizen protest marches and demonstrations against anti-black racism, war, homelessness, and LGBTQ2S+ rights; sporting events including the Summer Olympics in Montreal PQ; federal and provincial Liberal, Conservative and New Democratic Party politicians; “Street Smart Portraits” Project in which Simkins photographed people on Gottingen Street in Halifax (1990); a film set and crew of the Salter Street Films production “George’s Island” (released 1989); festivals and events such as Tall Ships Festival and the national Liberal Party Convention; the Nova Scotia Photography Cooperative and the Atlantic Filmmakers Co-op (AFCOOP) both of which Simkins was a member of; urban landscapes and streetscapes in Halifax; and rural scenes with fishing or ocean themes.

Mark Simkins
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
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
2017-044 · Fonds · 1979-2010

Fonds consists of scrapbooks, which includes photographs, historical newspaper articles, and essays (1979-2002); photograph albums (1979-2002); meeting minutes, including financial and annual reports (1979-2010); records relating to educational programs put on by the guild, such as class lists and descriptions, and reports (1980-2008); photographs, video recordings, programs and correspondence from events and exhibits, (1989-2009); and heritage registry records, which consists of two paper versions and an electronic version. The first paper version has both originals and copies. The second version has certain originals, most of which are not found in the other paper version, though some can be found in the electronic version. The registry forms include the identity of the creator, when and where it was made, current owner, and photographs of the rugs. It is arranged by registry number (1996-2007). Also included are audio recordings of interviews with guild members (1992-1999); newsletters (1980-1990); video recordings of rug hooking and interviews (1990-1999); records relating to the history of the guild (1979-2009); and administrative records such as correspondence, regional maps and the guild’s constitution and by-laws (1979-2009).

Rug Hooking Guild of Nova Scotia
Brian Cuthbertson
MG 1 volumes 2703-2708 · Fonds · 1801-2010 (predominantly 1984-2010)

Fonds consists of materials generated and accumulated by Brian Cuthbertson during his research work, including correspondence, notes, reports, and copies of documents relating to Bishop Charles Inglis and his contemporaries. Also contains family papers (history and genealogy) relating to the Uniacke, Fawson and Odevaine families. Also included are files from contract work including the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland boundary dispute, the Crown Share Adjustment Panel, and the Campaign for Fairness relating to Canada-Nova Scotia 1986 Accord and Legislation. There are also research reports on the Home for Coloured Children and many reports prepared for Canada Post including: the Canso Causeway; the Silver Dart; William Hall, VC; Carrie Best, OC; the 100th anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission by Guglielmo Marconi; Samuel Cunard and the delivery of trans-Atlantic mail; the Battle of the Plains of Abraham; William James Roue; Tall Ships 2000; and the Cabot Trail, among others. There are also files relating to his publications including: Johnny Bluenose at the polls: epic Nova Scotia election battles, 1758-1848; Lunenburg: then and now; Wolfville and Grand Pre: past and present; and Melville Prison and Deadman's Island: American and French Prisoners of War in Halifax, 1794-1816.

Cuthbertson, Brian, 1936-
Fred Allen
2010-003 · Fonds · 1940-2008

Consists of drawings, blueprints, graphic and textual records as well as photographs documenting Fred Allen's professional career as a set designer. The contents of the fonds document his work with Parks Canada, Neptune Theatre, Dalhousie University, and Andrew Cochran Entertainment and more specifically his work with the production Theodore Tugboat. There is also a large representative sample of set designs from the television production of Codco.

Allen, Fred, 1942-2007
Fonds · 2005-2008

Consists of agenda packages, minutes, and supporting documents related to executive committee meetings and senior management retreats of the department. Some records relate to joint meetings with the department of Health on areas of overlapping responsibilities such as long-term care.

Nova Scotia. Department of Community Services
Garth Vaughan
2008-053 · Fonds · 1860-2004, predominant 1925-2004

Consists of correspondence, subject files, and a collection of team and player information and photographs, along with scrapbooks. The contents of the fonds provide information about hockey in Nova Scotia with specific focus on Windsor and vicinity. It also documents Nova Scotians that have played hockey elsewhere and includes his research and drafts for his publication, The Puck Starts Here.

Vaughan, Garth, 1928-2012
Nova Scotia Dairy Commission
2002-031 · Fonds · 1916-2001

Consists of annual reporting and minutes of the Nova Scotia Dairy Commission and its predecessor or related organizations the Superintendent of Dairying, and the Dairy Division of the Nova Scotia Department of Agriculture. Additionally, there are newsletters of the Commission (almost complete 1980 to 2001, and addresses of the President of the Dairymen's Association of Nova Scotia to the organization's annual conventions between 1919 and 1940. Included are Annual Reports of the Dairy Superintendents W.A. McKay (1918-1926) and W.J. Bird (1929-1940), the Dairy Services Division (1946-1967), and the Nova Scotia Dairy Commission (1968-1984). Also includes various industry related reports, brief runs of committee minutes, and pamphlets that had been accumulated by the Commission on topics such as co-operative organizations or actions against margarine.

Nova Scotia Dairy Commission
Freda Wales
2007-068 · Fonds · 1927-2000

Consists of documents which relate to Freda Wales' career as a sports and recreation builder in the Province of Nova Scotia. The contents of the fonds include photographs, correspondence, honours and awards, as well as related family documents.

Wales, Freda, 1920-1982