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1997-13 · Collection · 1950-1978

Consists of 13 black & white + 12 colour film reels (all 16mm) ranging in length from 15 minutes to 1 hour playing time. Material includes video from American football games played by the Shearwater Flyers and other military teams as well as university and high school teams in the 1950's; several professionally produced films related to sports; and sporting events featuring disabled athletes. There are also local amateur films featuring various sports. Sports represented include archery, sailing, gymnastics and girls ringette, among others. Competitions captured on film include the Pan-American Wheelchair Games, the 1972 and 1976 Olympics for the Physically Disabled, the International Stoke-Mandeville Games which were the forerunner to the Paralympic Games, the 4th Commonwealth Paraplegic Games, and the 1967 Paraplegic Games held in Winnipeg, MB.

Nova Scotia Sport Heritage Centre
Ernesto Vinci
Collection · 1912, 1939-1945, 1983

Consists of Scrapbooks (1939 - 1945), and an obituary and item on his career (1983). The scrapbooks pertain to music, Halifax, the Conservatory of Music, Vinci and Portia White. Also includes a scrapbook of poetry and photographs, a photograph album and MacKinlay's Map of Nova Scotia (published in 1912), and a photographic album and newspaper clippings.

Ernesto Vinci
2017-036 · Collection · ca.1895

Collection consists of 5 photographs of buildings in the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia. 2 are of the ruins of Pictou Academy after a fire; 1 is of a fire at “Hotel Wallace” on Front Street; 1 is of a gentlemen’s club, and 1 is of an unknown building that may be the “round house”. Photographer is unknown.

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
School Records
RG 14 · Collection · 1789-1985

Consists of warrants for payments to trustees, general correspondence about schools in the county, statistical returns and reports, petitions, grants, abstracts, some minutes of the school boards, teacher contracts, attendance records, financial account books, home and school association minutes, Halifax Commercial College finances (1887-1892), and in the 1820's and 1830's there are some general returns giving the names and ages of pupils and names of parents or guardians, and lists of schools in the county. Also includes Annual School Directories of NS (1952-1954) and material on school boundaries.

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
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
2011-057 · Collection · 1888-1893

Consists of returns sent to the War Office in London, England from the station at Halifax, Nova Scotia documenting the operations of the fortifications and the soldiers.

Nova Scotia Museum
Notman Studio
1983-310 · Collection · [ca. 1869]-[ca.1920]

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.)
2014-024 · Collection · 1944-1945

Four telegrams to Mrs. Bertha Avery of 89 Edinburgh Street, Halifax from the Minister of National Defence informing her that Lance Sergeant Fred William Avery was wounded in action while fighting overseas with the Canadian Army in the Second World War, in November 1944 and again in March 1945. The wound was minor and the last telegram is direct from Fred Avery announcing his safe arrival in Halifax in June 1945.

Avery, Bertha M.
Mirko Usmiani
1997-020 · Collection · 1963-1964

Consists of seventeen political cartoons on provincial, national and international subjects, created by well-known Nova Scotian cartoonist Bob Chambers and collected by Usmiani.

Usmiani, Mirko, 1912-2002
1997-174 · Collection · 1808-1989

Consists of receipts, invoices, account statements, and related shipping documents from various vessels that sailed from the Maritimes to various foreign ports. The contents of the collection include documents for the following vessels: Annapolis, J.W. Parker, L. Delap, Ostrich, Pandora, Avon, S.S. Lovat and Waterloo among others. Also includes captains' documentation (certificates, logbooks), a Sable Island logbook, images from the Halifax Port Authority, and some records of Pickford and Black and the White Ensign Association.

Maritime Museum of the Atlantic
Levi Hart letters
2014-026 · Collection · 1858-1865

Consists of eight letters from Joseph Howe to his business contact Benjamin Wier & Company of Halifax, and then to the firm of Wylde, Hart & Company, also of Halifax. Written just prior and during Mr. Howe’s time as Premier of Nova Scotia (1860-1863), most of the letters contain routine business matters and one letter mentions the dismissal of [Jonathan] McCully from a political post.

Hart, Levi
John W. Hugill
1992-375 · Collection · 17-19 October 1897

Collection consists of 31 photographs taken of Windsor, Nova Scotia by George Wright in the days following a fire that destroyed a portion of the town in the fall of 1897. The photographs were developed by Notman Studio and were included in an article titled "Photo Sets of the Windsor Fire" in the Halifax Morning Herald on 11 November 1897.

Hugill, John W., 1881-1971
2019-017 · Collection · 1979-1998 (originals [ca1880]-1998)

Consists of genealogy research information compiled by Jean (Burgess) Kirstine on her mother’s McLeod ancestors in Nova Scotia and related families of Churchill, Slocomb, Burgess, Thorpe, and Doggett. Includes selected family correspondence (1928, 1967-1998) and photographs of family members and their homes (ca1880s-1998), family trees showing relationships between members (between 1979 and 1998), news clippings, and published information on the Clan McLeod of Scotland. Contains photocopies and original letters and photographs, curated and arranged by Jean into roughly chronological order by generation.

Kirstine, Jean
2022-022 · Collection · 1952-1985

Consists of 143 music record albums (LPs, 78s and one 45) of Nova Scotia-born international country music star Hank Snow, including albums released in Japan, East Germany, Australia and the United Kingdom; a Grand Ole Opry radio broadcast of Hank Snow; and recordings sold only to radio stations by Thesaurus Programming Service. The Collection spans Hank Snow’s United States recording career starting in the early 1950s up to 1985 when he stopped recording. The collection was assembled by life-long fan Gordon “Gordie” Silver, who bought his first Hank Snow album in 1955 at the age of 10 and continued collecting until 2018.

Gordie’s collection also includes Hank Snow’s E-Z Method for Spanish Guitar complete with instruction booklet; a booklet listing all of Snow’s recordings with Bluebird and with RCA Victor Records up to 1968; a 1984 yearbook from the Hank Snow International Fan Club and a published songbook “Hank’s Favourite Songs” (cover is missing).

Gordon Silver
George W. Hames
1993-03 · Collection · 1930-1960

Consists of 9 films. Five were professionally produced in the 1930's. Of those, 3 are fine examples of promotional travelogues about Nova Scotia; while the remaining two document a 1937 Wedgeport Tuna Cup Match and the [1938] installation of Canada's Governor General, Lord Tweedsmuir, as Grand Master of the Order of Good Cheer. (The promotional nature of these early films allows for speculation about whether the Province might have commissioned them for distribution to foreign markets to stimulate tourism.) The remaining films, all CBC produced, were acquired due to Hames' professional involvement with CBHT as part of the films' production staff.

George Hames
George Burton Spencer
2010-029 · Collection · 1945-1946

Consists of twenty-five early cartoons created by Bob Chambers relating to sports, wartime, and political commentary and observation about Nova Scotia and Canada. The cartoons were given to George Spencer by Bob Chambers when they worked together at the Halifax Herald.

Spencer, George Burton, 1911-1995
G-7 Economic Summit
1996-178 · Collection · 1995

Consists of photographs taken by Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Halifax staff photographers M. Albert, R Dugay, W.O.B. Kyte, B. Lake and M. Ray and by J. M. Carisse of the Prime Minister’s Office (Ottawa), of a number of events associated with the G-7 Summit held in Halifax in June 1995. The photographs show the G-7 leaders following their arrival at Shearwater airport, their visit to Government House, the leaders at the conference table and a luncheon, and aerial views of the summit area on Lower Water Street, Halifax.

Group of Seven (Organization). Summit (21st : 1995 : Halifax, N.S.)
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
Elizabeth Browne
2008-042 · Collection · 1959-1971

Consists of lists of passengers on ships that sailed from Halifax, Nova Scotia, for Europe with some related menus and a letter.

Browne, Elizabeth
David G. Jamieson
2008-030 · Collection · 1898-2007

Consists of textual records, cartographic records, photographs and sound recordings either collected or created and accumulated by Jamieson. The contents of the collection document the history of mining on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia in both Halifax and Guysborough Counties through correspondence, images, and first person interviews.

Jamieson, David G., 1937-2022
RG 41 · Collection · 1755-1973

This collection is an artificial arrangement, organized by county or jurisdiction rather than by provenance, with Halifax County first and the other counties following in alphabetical order. Within each county the records are generally arranged chronologically, retaining the original order in which they were filed together in the court houses. The inquest records in this collection were separated from other court record series by Archive staff, but many inquest papers remain intermingled with other court records. County Court records in particular should be consulted if a particular inquest in not located in this collection.

There are several series: general coroners’ returns for various counties, 1755-1928 that contain statistical returns and other administrative information; case files for coroners’ inquests and magisterial inquiries for the following counties: Halifax (1828 to 1928); Cape Breton (1906 to 1907), Colchester (1885 to 1973), Cumberland (1931 to 1959), Inverness (1936 to 1971), Lunenburg (1824 to 1907), Queens (1818 to 1940), and Shelburne (1786 to 1904); and medical reports on causes of death for Halifax City and the Town of Dartmouth (1895 to 1967).

RG 1 · Collection · 1702-1917, predominant 1857-1886

Consists of Nova Scotia colonial government records, together with British and French imperial records relating to Nova Scotia, and comprises one continuous sequence of numbered volumes that have been arranged into 28 described series.

Nova Scotia. Commissioner of Public Records
CO · Collection · 1703-1886

Consists of portions of the Colonial Office records containing information about Nova Scotia through the British colonial period. The collection includes the original correspondence or dispatches (in-letters) of the various colonial governors of Nova Scotia or other senior officials responsible for administering the colonial government, as well as entry books (out-letters) consisting of copies of Colonial Office replies. These are supplemented with various indexes, registers, acts passed by the colonial legislature, Blue Books of Statistics, sessional papers and miscellanea.