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African Nova Scotian Affairs
2013-019 · Fonds · 2003-2011

Fonds documents the creation and mandated activities of the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs in Halifax, NS and one of its regional offices in Sydney through the records of its Minister and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Records include the Minister’s and CEO’s incoming and outgoing correspondence (2003-2010); Minister’s and CEO’s speeches to community groups, conferences, and those of the Minister to the Legislature (2003-2010); annual accountability reports and business plans (2005-2011); and briefing notes to the Minister (Barry Barnett, Percy Paris), to Executive Council and to the Premier (Darryl Dexter) as well as other departments in government such as Justice, Health and Education (2004-2012).

Some subjects covered in the files include Africville memorial museum, Lincolnville community protests regarding the landfill site (dump) for Guysborough County, and addressing anti-black racism.

Fonds also includes African Heritage Month programming development files (2006-2009); the U.N. declaration of 2010 as the International Year for People of African Descent; departmental policy and program advice files (2003-2008); a few research reports (2005-2007); and materials related to the governance renewal and re-visioning of the Black Cultural Centre of Nova Scotia (2004-2009). Also includes a CD of digital photographs of speakers at a health conference organized by ANSA in 2007.

African Nova Scotian Affairs Office
Jones Clayton family
2022-028 · Fonds · 1923-2021

Consists mainly of photographs of church services, church members, Willard and Jean Clayton through the years and their family and friends including Jean’s Aunt Viola Desmond and Rev. Dr. William P. Oliver and his wife Pearleen Oliver (1925-2019). Also includes biographical documents on education and employment (1946-2005), newspaper clippings, manuscript and published writings and poetry (1947?-2021); speeches and sermons; correspondence with employers, church members, and family (1946-2019); church service programs for Emmanuel, Beechville and Cornwallis Street (now called New Horizons) Baptist Churches among others (1924-2000); minutes of the Annual Sessions of The African United Baptist Association of Nova Scotia (1869, 1913-1987); and audio and video recordings of special events in the lives of Willard and Jean Clayton including their wedding (audio), Jean’s graduation ceremony from Christopher Course, and Willard’s funeral (1954-2007). The fonds also includes a small collection of books on the history of black people in North America (published 1895-2006). Organized by activity in roughly chronological order, these records document the lives of these African Nova Scotians before, during, and after the Black Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and the beginning of the Black Lives Matter Movement of the 2010s.

Jones Clayton family
George D. Spicer
1974-009 · Fonds · 1885-1910 ; 1974

Consists of an account book for ships Charles S. Whitney (1885-1891) and Glooscap (1891-1910), which incorporates receipts as well as a drawing of Glooscap below deck, showing the arrangement of captain and crew quarters. Also included in the fonds are microfilm copies of thirty-five diaries kept by Captain Spicer, 1871-1910. The diaries chronicle Spicer's career as a master mariner and his experiences at sea on vessels Globe, J.F. Whitney, E.J. Spicer, Charles S. Whitney, Glooscap, and others; his travels to New York, Boston, Europe, South Pacific, West Indies, South America; and activities at home at Spencers Island. There are also two diaries kept by Spicer's wife, Emily, while on voyages with her husband, 1888 and 1889, and a diary kept by Antoinette Williams, 1879.

Spicer, George D.
Bell family
1975-021 · Fonds · 1860-1992

Fonds consists of records documenting the activities of Bell family members of Nova Scotia. Includes correspondence and genealogies from Winthrop P. Bell; a collection of records relating to Samuel Bell and his descendants and to other related families, including the Allison and Ray families; information about the Bell family estate in Mount Uniacke and Bell Park; newspaper clippings; and ephemera. Also includes works of art, photographs, studio portraits and photos of houses and buildings in Nova Scotia, Ontario, New Brunswick and Northern Ireland.

Bell family of Halifax
Edward A. Bollinger
1975-307 · Fonds · 1934-1959

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
Nan Geizer
1980-329 · Fonds · 1910-2001

Consists of photographs, six of them in postcard format and one under glass with gouache, original documents, and correspondence, as well as research notes, reminiscences, anecdotes, and biographical information about Nan Geizer and her ancestors. The contents document Nan Geizer's interest in family history, and her career and activities as a teacher, amateur historian, traveler, and member of the Canadian military during the Second World War.

Geizer, Nan, 1916-2006
Cape Breton's Magazine
1981-042 · Fonds · 1967-1998

Consists of audio cassettes and tape reels containing interviews, folklore, and music compiled by Ronald Caplan in the course of research for articles appearing in Cape Breton's Magazine. Most recordings are conversations with older citizens of Cape Breton, many of whom are now deceased. Under the general subject of Cape Breton history and culture, the topics include industrial history, trains and train wrecks, Mi'kmaq life, traditional songs, Sydney Steel, coal mining, musicians, community histories, Acadian culture, fisheries, labour history, supernatural tales, coal miners, hockey and other sports, shipwrecks, Gaelic traditions, reminiscences of immigrants, environmentalists, and the Canso Causeway.

Cape Breton's Magazine
John Bonsall Porter
1981-043 · Fonds · [192-]-[193-]

Consists of twelve films taken by Porter of his travels to Europe, California (Lindberg's first glider flight at LaJolla), Hawaii, the Caribbean, and life in Montreal and Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, including the Sonora Timber Company and hay making with oxen at Larry's River.

Porter, John Bonsall, 1861-1944
Frank Murphy
1982-040 · Fonds · 1940-1966

In his positions as Audio-Visual Supervisor for the Nova Scotia Department of Education, and as a volunteer film projectionist at the Halifax Legion during the Second World War, Frank Murphy frequently dealt with film, and the material in this fonds indicates that he has a keen eye for films of exceptional interest and quality. Of particular note is a print of the Nova Scotia Government Film Unit's 1945 film "Gateway to the World", describing the role of Halifax in the Second World War. The film's colour footage, shot by local photographer T.J. COURTENEY, provides an excellent depiction of wartime life in Halifax.-- The fonds also contains 3 Canadian Paramount newsreels made in 1945, during the closing stages of the Second World War. These newsreels include news stories on the momentous events of the time, often presented from a Canadian perspective. They also contain National Film Board animations and documentaries. Of related interest are two war-era American propaganda films, "The Shinning Future" and "Japan Attacks Pearl Harbour". The first of these is a lavish Hollywood production, aimed specifically at Canadians, urging them to buy "Victory" savings bonds. The second film, aimed at "war workers", was made to provoke anger at the "treacherous" attack, and to instill pride in the ingenuity and energy of the American salvage and repair efforts. These films, although not directly pertinent to Nova Scotia, provide a fascinating insight into the way in which the events of the war were presented to thousands of Nova Scotians. The fonds also includes a 1953 film of the Welsh Guards "Trooping the Colour" before George VI. Finally, the fonds contains two amateur, silent, black and white films of yacht racing at Chester, N.S. in the mid-1960s. The camera work in both films is very goof, and the footage of the yachts racing under full sail is excellent. Also of interest is footage of a ceremony aboard the Bluenose II off Chester in 1966, in which yachts parade past dignitaries on the Bluenose II's deck.

Francis Edward Murphy
Norman Creighton
1982-2 · Fonds · 1964-1965, 1982-1986

Reflects Creighton's work as a radio journalist, and his keen interest in Nova Scotia's history. The two recordings deal with the 1945 V.E. Day riots in Halifax and life in Lunenburg's Grand Banks schooner fishing fleet, respectively.

Creighton, Norman, 1909-1995
A.C. Hawkins
1982-450 · Fonds · 1836-1937, predominant 1885-1925

Fonds consists of correspondence and other records created and accumulated by Hawkins, relating to his career in medicine in Halifax and his political and personal activities. Includes correspondence concerning his medical appointments, patients and their conditions, and cases of professional misconduct; letters and legal documents concerning Supreme Court cases, Hawkins v. Snow and Hawkins v. McNally. Also includes family correspondence between Hawkins and his sister Annabel (Hawkins) Brehaut, letters from siblings Giles and Ella, letters from Hawkins to his children, and letters to and from acquaintances; deeds and other legal records concerning Hawkins' property on Gottingen Street and the related court case; correspondence, report, and other items regarding Hawkins' activities as mayor, including a draft letter discussing the Halifax Explosion; medical examinations and certificates; receipts; newspaper clippings; notes; miscellaneous items relating to Hawkins' involvement in political party associations; and estate papers pertaining to Charles and Charlotte Hawkins.

Hawkins, Arthur Charles
Barbara Keddy
1983-017 · Fonds · 1982-1992

Fonds consists of oral history interviews conducted by Keddy in the course of her research. Recordings contain interviews with over eighty women and cover topics including the social history of nursing in Nova Scotia in the 1930s, the lives of working women in the 1920s and 1930s, retired nurse leaders, and experiences of Black women in the nursing profession. The interviews have served as research data for papers and articles written and/or published by Keddy.

Keddy, Barbara, 1938-
A.E. Cornwall
1984-497 · Fonds · [ca. 1890]-[ca. 1925]

Fonds consists of glass plate negatives, salvaged by B.R. Alexander, likely in the late 1970s or early 1980s, from A.E. Cornwall's by then abandoned and severely deteriorated former house in the vicinity of Hantsport. Also includes copy negatives with accompanying copy prints of images created or believed to have been created by A.E. Cornwall. The contents of the fonds document the community of Hantsport, Nova Scotia and environs with particular focus on ship-building and portraiture.

Cornwall, A.E.
Jay White
1985-055 · Fonds · 1980-1990

Consists of textual records and sound recordings relating to Dr. White's work as a historian, particularly his work on Halifax in the Second World War, and the life and career of Portia White. The textual records include drafts of two of his papers, "Portia: A Portrait", which he presented to the Nova Scotia Historical Society see MG 100 volume 254 number 17, and "Halifax, Nova Scotia: A Canadian Staging Area", which he presented to the International Colloquium on cities in the Second World War see MG 100 volume 91 number 6, which also contains an invitation to the Colloquium], and a newspaper clipping (from the Moncton Times-Transcript) discussing Dr. White's publication "The Ajax Affair" see MG 100 volume 85 number 107. Also includes an audio cassette dub, made by Dr. White, of Portia White's album "Think on Me" (which was released posthumously in 1969 by White's family, under the "White House Records" label ) and a 1964 Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio interview with her. Finally, there is an audio reel containing a dub of a 1949 CBC Radio Programme, "Race is No Barrier: The Story of Portia White". This programme was part of a series made by the CBC for the National School Board entitled "News of the Week to Schools". The recording was made from a series of transcription discs discovered by Dr. White during his research into Portia White.

James F. (Jay) White
Buckley family
1985-386 · Fonds · 1889-1952

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)