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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

Jotham Blanchard McCully fonds

  • 2001-025
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1867

Fonds consists of several letters and other items accumulated by Jotham McCully as secretary of the Oak Island Association during its attempts to locate treasure on Oak Island from 1862 to 1863. The letters are all written to McCully from engineers and officials at the money pit site, describing problems encountered during the drilling, and also from several shareholders describing potential financial problems. Fonds also includes documents concerning an Oak Island Association meeting in Truro in 1864, and plans and a report from engineers on how to stop the flooding of water in the money pit in 1867.

McCully, Jotham

J.A.D. McCurdy fonds

  • 2007-058
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1890]-1979, predominantly 1920-1961

Fonds consists of documents which relate to J.A.D. McCurdy's involvement with the history of aviation and aircraft production in Canada as well as his term as the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia. The contents of the fonds include photographs of family and friends as well as formal portraits of Mr. McCurdy and images of Government House after a major renovation that took place circa 1947-1948. Fonds also includes speeches and addresses that he gave along with personal, family and health correspondence, and programs, honours and awards that he received, many of which related to the fiftieth anniversary of the flight of the Silver Dart. Also includes a scrapbook received or compiled by the McCurdys during their tenure as the Vice-Regal couple. The fonds also includes pastel portraits of the McCurdys. Mrs. McCurdy sat for Nova Scotian artist Margaret Fulton Frame while J.A.D. McCurdy sat for Nicolas de Grandmaison.

McCurdy, J.A.D., 1886-1961

Albert Pearl and Mather Byles Pearl fonds

  • 2008-043
  • Fonds
  • 1891-1920

Fonds consists of five diaries kept by the Pearls in their capacity as lighthouse keepers for the Department of Marine, Canada - Lighthouse Service. The contents of the fonds record times when the lights were lit, extinguished and the total time in operation for the lighthouse on Green Island (subsequently Pearl Island), Nova Scotia, at the mouth of St. Margarets Bay. The diaries also include observations about the weather and winds.

Pearl, Albert

Sally Ross Acadian Cemeteries Research Collection

  • 2013-032/001; Graphic 2013-032/002-004.
  • 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

Joseph Settle Halifax Explosion letter

  • 2014-040
  • Item
  • December 21, 1917

Fonds consists of one handwritten letter written by Private. Joseph Settle, while stationed at the Halifax Armouries, to Mr. F. Frankum, Montreal, on December 21, 1917. The letter provides a firsthand account of the Halifax Explosion and its aftermath.

Settle, J.

Notre vie sur la Rivière d’Argent 1895-1910

  • 2016-027
  • Item
  • 1962

Item is a handwritten and illustrated memoir by Simone Stehelin, describing her experiences of travelling from France to Nova Scotia in 1895 at the age of ten and settling in her new home in the woods outside Weymouth where she lived with her parents, 7 brothers and 4 sisters until 1910. The memoir is in French and includes 2 printed and hand-coloured maps of the area as well as 35 pen and ink drawings, some in colour. The memoir was written in 1962 in Paris, France.

Stehelin, Simone

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

Don Messer fonds

  • Accession 1998-132
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1973

Fonds consists of textual records, sound recordings and photographs, created and accumulated by Messer during the course of his career from the 1920s until his death. In addition to documenting Messer's career, the fonds also contains a major music library documenting the musical tradition of rural North America, as Messer actively acquired musical scores and recordings from musicians, composers and folklorists throughout North America and Europe. Also includes one film.

Messer, Don, 1909-1973

Jean Donald Gow fonds

  • Accession 2002-045/001-016
  • Fonds
  • 1911-2001

Fonds consists of records documenting Gow's life as a navy wife and her extensive research for an unpublished biography of Edward, Duke of Kent. Consists of two series: Alongside the Navy, 1910-1950 research files and Edward, Duke of Kent research files.

Gow, Jean Donald, 1903-

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--]

Louis de Mezangeau fonds

  • Accession 2009-034 ; MG 100 _ Volume 259 _ File 31
  • Fonds
  • 1787-1819

Fonds consists of records documenting de Mezangeau's military career and how he came to live in Nova Scotia, as well as information about his immediate family and some of his relatives living in France. Includes correspondence, copies of narratives and notices relating to de Mezangeau, a petition and an account of his life.

de Mezangeau, Louis, 1766-[after 1819]

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

Ethel Jane Bond and Murray Kellough fonds

  • Accession no. 2010-015
  • Fonds
  • 16 December 1917

Fonds consists of a pass for access for the devastated area issued by the City of Halifax and a sixteen page hand-written letter by Ethel Jean Bond to her uncle, Murray Kellough, of Winnipeg, Manitoba. In her letter she describes the devastation of the Halifax Explosion, the death of her father, and the injuries that her sister Bertha sustained, and discusses the impact on various neighbours in the vicinity of Kaye Street in Halifax, including the Swetnams, Killams, and Theakstons, among others.

Kellough, Murray McLean, 1874-1965

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