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Bob Brooks fonds

  • Accession 1989-468; 1992-481; 1993-469; 1995-358; micro: 264, 265, 266
  • Fonds
  • 1946, 1956-1995

Fonds consists of photographs (negatives, prints, contact sheets, slides and transparencies) created by Brooks in the course of his photojournalism assignments. Fonds also contains related correspondence, scrapbooks, and publications which feature his photographs and stories. A significant portion of his work focuses on the Atlantic Provinces, particularly Nova Scotia, with emphasis on industries, historic communities and events, prominent people, and human interest stories involving the Nova Scotia Home for Coloured Children and Africville. Also contains scrapbooks compiled by Brooks' mother, available on microfilm.

Brooks, Bob, 1927-1999

Buckley family

  • Accession no. 1985-386
  • Fonds

Fonds consists of photographs of Guysborough and vicinity and Buckley family and friends, predominantly by William Buckley and his children, Mary, Edith and Walter. Their photographs of Guysborough and vicinity, taken for both personal and commercial purposes, document the growth and development of Guysborough over fifty years. They depict commercial and residential buildings, streets, harbour, general views, shipping, school activities, community events, fires, outdoor hockey and curling, yachting regattas at Guysborough and Canso, building and bridge construction, farms and livestock, mills, Guysborough Railway survey, 193rd Regiment leaving Guysborough, 1916 and visit of Governor-General Byng, 1923. Also includes negatives left by others for printing, such as school field day, 1932, by Mrs. Erdine Harris and Larry's River and Charlos Cove by Rev. A.H. Cormier. Buckley family photographs included informal portraits of them and their friends and reflect their interests, particularly boating, building working model boats, gardening, and other outdoor activities such as sledding and skating.

Buckley (family)

James Burn Russell fonds

  • Accession no. 2007-062
  • Fonds
  • 6 December 1917

Fonds consists of two images of ships burning in Halifax Harbour after the explosion of 1917. They are unusual in that they are taken from the water.

Russell, James Burn, 1892-1933

Edward A. Bollinger fonds

  • Graphic: 1975-307; Moving images: Fb2504-Fb2508 use Vc1223.
  • Fonds
  • 1934-1959

Fonds consists of negatives taken by Bollinger for his clients while operating The Camera Shop and later Camera Shop of the Maritimes. Subjects include exterior and interior views of businesses in Halifax such as Imperial Oil and Royal Bank and its employees, Victoria General Hospital staff and facilities, societies, churches, hotels, storefronts, Halifax shipyards, naval personnel and events, CHNS radio station events, and wartime housing. Also contains scenes of rural Nova Scotia including the South Shore, Annapolis Valley, and Cape Breton. There are also a small number of personal photographs of Bollinger's family including son Wynn, friends, and social events. The fonds also contains film footage taken by Bollinger while visiting Nova Scotia in the summer of 1934. Images include Halifax Public Gardens and a trip to Isle Haute, Peggy's Cove, "Evangeline" area, re-enactment of Champlain's landing at Port Royal, and the Nova Scotia Guides Meets held at Lake William.

Bollinger, Edward A., 1909-2001

Ernest Buckler fonds

  • MG 1, vol. 2500-2525; Ar 7073; Ar 3619-Ar 3626; Ac 171
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1984, predominant 1952-1979

Fonds consists of records relating to Buckler's literary career and his private life. Fonds contains correspondence with friends and colleagues including Evelyn Garbary, Margaret Bickley, Hans Weber, Claude Bissell, and various family members; published and unpublished short stories and poems by Buckler and other writers; newspaper clippings, chiefly relating to his book reviews; daily journals; notes; post cards; greeting cards; school certificates and notebooks; financial statements; newsletters and other publications; photographs of Buckler, family members and events; sound recordings of interviews, plays, and stories.

Buckler, Ernest, 1908-1984

J.A. Irvine fonds

  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1895]-[ca. 1905]

Fonds consists of six albums, mainly consisting of photographs taken by Irvine on an amateur basis. Three of the albums depict scenes of Halifax and vicinity and other Nova Scotian communities and locations, including Bear River, Clementsport, Granville Ferry, Smiths Cove, Fall River, Purcell Cove, and Waverley. Subjects include boating, regattas, Halifax Natal Day road races, Provincial Exhibition building and exhibits, polo field at Halifax, Halifax Citadel garrison, buildings, street scenes, picnics and other outdoor activities, shipping, railways, farm scenes, informal portraits, and scenic views. A fourth album contains photographs, also taken by Irvine, of the YMCA Maritime Boys' Camp on Goat Island, Annapolis River, 1898. Fonds also includes an album of postcards, some of them with published versions of Irvine's photographs, and an album of unidentified portraits.

Irvine, J.A., 1868-1928

Tom Connors collection

  • MG 9 volume 19; Graphic accession 1987-218
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1830]-1947

Collection 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 invidual portaits 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 shotput. 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

Easson family fonds

  • MG 1, vol. 3478
  • Fonds
  • 1734-1894, 1924

Fonds consists of records documenting business and personal activities of four generations of the Easson family. Fonds contains correspondence, invoices, receipts, account statements, promissory notes, land conveyances, bills of exchange, licences, survey plans, and other material relating to commercial transactions between Annapolis Royal, New England, Halifax, and Louisbourg; shipping in the 1700s including an incident involving a vessel at Tatamagouche; relations between the French and the Mi'kmaq; mill-work; maintenance of aboiteaux and dykes; local government; and social life and customs of Annapolis Royal. Family members represented include John Easson (1715-1790); son David (1748-1790) and his wife Elizabeth (ca.1750-1841); three of their eight children: David (1773-1812) and David's wife Zeruiah (ca.1790-1845), Thomas (1784-ca.1862), and Alexander (1786-1862); and three of Alexander's children: Deborah (1816-1888), Caroline (1822-1885), and David Stuart Easson (1823-1883). Also includes records of Thomas Prior, a freed slave, who was a neighbour of David Easson (1773-1812).

Easson (family)

H.B. Jefferson fonds

  • MG 1 volumes 484-515, 1224-1228; Graphic: 1992-304 at 31-2-1, 43-1-4, 40-4-2.
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1898]-1968

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Jefferson, including memorandums and letters regarding wartime censorship rulings while he was press censor; business and personal correspondence beginning ca. 1911 when Jefferson began his newspaper career in Moncton; scrapbooks containing mostly newspaper clippings and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars, naval activities, local and international events, as well as loose newspaper clippings pertaining to the war, Jefferson's career and his articles; notebooks containing descriptions and lists of convoy and other ships arriving at Halifax harbour during the 1940s; some notes and printed material on Nova Scotia railroads; a few letters written by servicemen in Europe, 1915-1916; and assorted maps. Fonds also contains photographs (negatives and prints) taken by Jefferson and professional photographers between ca. 1898 and the 1950s, depicting army and navy personnel; navy vessels, including those damaged by torpedos; war brides; Sydney, N.S. citizens and businesses; and a small number of family photographs. Photographs are found both separately and among the textual records.

Jefferson, H.B., 1893?-1970

Notman Studio collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1869]-[ca.1920]

Collection consists of photographs taken by Notman Studio of Halifax, Nova Scotia and consists mainly of individual and group portraits of residents of, and visitors to, Halifax. Also includes naval ships and personnel, and buildings, streets and views of Halifax, as well as other Nova Scotian communities, including Antigonish, Canso, Dartmouth, Grand Pré, Musquodoboit Harbour, Sheet Harbour, Truro and Whitehead. Predominantly proof prints; also includes glass negatives, both wet- and dry-plate. Photographs organized by format, and within each format by original negative/proof print number.

Notman Studio (Halifax, N.S.)

MacLean, Sinclair family fonds

  • MG 1, vol. 2660; MG 9, vol. 538-45; MG 15, series G vol. 22-24 (use reel 15, 112)
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1768], 1815-1973, predominant 1833-1939

eight scrapbooks, correspondence, and other records created, accumulated, and used by three generations of the MacLean and Sinclair families, including John MacLean, his grandson Rev. Dr. A. MacLean Sinclair and great-grandson, Rev. Dr. D.M. Sinclair. Scrapbooks were compiled by A. MacLean Sinclair and son D.M. Sinclair, late1800s-1973, and contain newspaper clippings and articles relating to history and events in Scotland and Pictou County, articles written by both Sinclairs, obituaries of clergy and early settlers, genealogical notes and charts, Gaelic poems, and ephemera. Correspondence primarily consists of letters written to A. MacLean Sinclair concerning genealogy and writing activities, 1866-1906, although some letters contain personal and community news and parish affairs. The fonds also includes sixteen bound volumes, ca. 1768, 1815-1891, containing Gaelic poems, songs, hymns, psalms, historical sketches and grammar, most of which were accumulated by John MacLean in Scotland and Nova Scotia. Aside from MacLean's poems and hymns, there are several volumes of writings or translations by Dr. Hector MacLean of Mull, Scotland, Rev. Duncan Black Blair and Rev. James MacGregor of Pictou Co., and one volume by Dr. MacKintosh MacKay including an essay on the "Loss of Gaelic". All of John MacLean's poems together with the poems in Dr. Hector MacLean's manuscript given to him in 1818, and others, were later published by A. MacLean Sinclair. Other records included in the fonds are an account book kept by John MacLean, ca. 1815-1854, assorted poems and songs, financial statements, newspaper clippings and articles, notes, printed material, a few letters and other items relating to family members Christy MacLean Sinclair and Isabella Black MacLean, the Clan MacLean Association, and a minute book of the Strathbeg Reading Society, 1866-1869.

MacLean (family)

John Gorham fonds

  • accession 2013-014
  • Fonds
  • 1748 - 1750

Fonds consists of a single volume used as a waste or note book in which Gorham recorded, for the most part, financial transactions. In places the book displays some evidence that entries were later copied to ledger books recording the accounts of his ventures and pay of his men and many entries are about payments on accounts rather than direct cash transactions. The book covers activities during the period 1747 to 1750 and includes lists of expenses for recruiting, equipping and provisioning his company of rangers, lists of expenses for the upkeep and provisioning of several ships including the sloop Diligence and the schooners Warren and Anson. For the most part the volume documents the issuance of provisions and supplies to his men recording the distribution of food, clothing and to a lesser extent equipment and goods. Some entries record in the French language transactions with Acadians at Pizaquid (now Windsor, NS) for the provision of fresh meat and goods. Entries for wages paid, sometimes with the signed or marked receipts of his men appear throughout the book.
The start of the book contains many entries related to his establishment on Sable Island, some entered retrospectively from 1747, and other island entries are scattered across the volume. Entries generally record where the activity was happening be it Annapolis Royal, Chebucto (now Halifax,NS), Minas or Boston (MA, USA).
The volume also includes copies of a few letters. One in particular to a Mr Owles, speaks to the recruitment of rangers, the size of companies, some conditions of service and what happens in a peace. Also included in the volume is a crude manuscript map showing houses and names of some families, presumably along a portion of Cape Breton Island, NS – from Cape 'Shebnacada' (Shenacadie) which is a settlement located on the south end of St. Andrew’s Channel to past 'Grand Ance' (Grande Anse) which is on the north side of Lennox Passage. The volume ends with a description by Gorham in a two page entry of a skirmish with Mi'kmaq encountered by his sloop Diligence while sailing along the coastline in August of 1748 from 'Port Mahoan'(Mahone Bay) to 'Cape Porpicom'. (Portapique, Colchester County or Pubnico have been suggested as possible contemporary locations for "Porpicom".)

Gorham, John

Chester Brown fonds

  • Accession 2008-020
  • Fonds
  • 12 December 1917; 16 December 1917

Fonds consists of two letters written to members of Mr. Brown's family in the United States describing the situation in Halifax in the aftermath of the Halifax Harbour Explosion of 1917.

Brown, Chester, [18--]-[19--]

Alexander H. Leighton fonds

  • accession 1988-413; moving images: Fc2013-Fc2052, Fc2065-Fc2076, Fc2086-Fc2112, Fb2377-2378.
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1880]-1974, predominant 1950-1953

Fonds consists of photographs (negatives, contact prints, selected enlargements, and slides) created and accumulated in the course of the Stirling County Study directed by Leighton. The fonds consists primarily of prints and negatives taken by chief photographer John Collier Jr. which depict Digby County, Nova Scotia, including the communities of Digby, Bear River, Cape St. Marys, Freeport, Westport, Weymouth, and numerous others. Includes images of traditional industries (agriculture, fishing, logging, and family businesses), family, social, and religious events, schools, churches, housing, residents, and general views and landscapes. Other photographs include aerial views of the study site taken by the Royal Canadian Air Force; scenes of Digby County from various sources; the Navajo community at Fruitland, New Mexico, USA, relating to a parallel study at Cornell University; and a small number of photographs accumulated by Leighton during his travels to Europe and Africa. Fonds also includes 16mm film reels containing mostly raw footage and work prints relating to the study in Digby and parallel studies in Nigeria and New York, as well as two documentary films shot by Leighton; one film entitled "Porpoise Oil" was produced in collaboration with the Mi'kmaq of the Bear River Reserve in 1936 and features a re-enactment of traditional hunting methods.

Leighton, Alexander H.

Sydenham Howe fonds

  • 1994-272
  • Fonds
  • 1757-[1917?], predominant 1853-1889

Fonds 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 exhibibition 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

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