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W. G. MacLaughlan collection

  • Photographs 1983-284, 1988-034, 2004-014, 2007-003, 2007-063 and 2014-031
  • Fonds
  • ca. 1914- ca. 1922

Collection consists of photographs, including panoramas, of Nova Scotia soldiers in World War I and scenes of the city of Halifax immediately after the Halifax Explosion on December 6, 1917. The images include wide angle views of the North End of the city, the shipyard or ‘graving yard’, and 5x7 images in 2 small albums of individual homes (some with people in doorways), stores, warehouse and a church. The photographs in the albums bear MacLaughlan’s name and a sequential number. Some also have the name of the property owner and street name written in pencil. The fonds also includes large group portraits, mostly of soldiers in the Canadian Expeditionary Force for World War I. Most soldiers are identified by name.

MacLaughlan, W.G., 1871-1935

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

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

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

Royal Engineers fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1759-1913, predominant 1761-1884

Fonds consists of records created by the Royal Engineers stationed at Halifax, documenting military construction operations. Includes maps and architectural plans including a few from the 1760s-1790s, as well as copied items dating from 1740s-50s, primarily illustrating military property and fortifications at Halifax and New Brunswick, and also permanent and temporary structures such as storehouses, bridges, martello towers, and the Melville Island prison. Also includes letterbooks, 1761-1858, which contain incoming and outgoing letters to and from engineer officers in Halifax and outposts as well as the inspector general of fortifications in Britain, some of which also include general orders, lists of building materials, specifications, and estimates; four letter books with accompanying reports, estimates, and sketches pertaining to the Halifax Citadel, 1825-1847; reports of defences, 1759, 1810-1817, 1834; and deeds and warrants relating to military lands, 1778-1858. Fonds also contains glass plate negatives taken by engineer officers, 1870-1884, depicting various military and naval buildings and property in and around Halifax, at sites including the dockyard, Citadel, Point Pleasant, Fort Massey cemetery, Fort Ogilvie, Fort Charlotte at Georges Island, Fort Clarence, Fort Sackville, York Redoubt, and Ives Point at McNabs Island. Also includes a few photographs of officers with horse-drawn sleighs and demolition of the ruins of the Halifax Poor Asylum fire.

Great Britain. Army. Royal Engineers

Ross family fonds

  • MG 1 volumes 794-795
  • Fonds
  • 1816-1920

Fonds consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, petitions, deeds, and minutes accumulated by Captain William Ross regarding the Ross family and the development of the Sherbrooke military settlement, later called New Ross, 1816-1822. The fonds also contains correspondence and other material relating to property in New Ross and the 75th Battilion Infantry, 1846-1920, and correspondence and diary of Edward Ross relating to business and social activities in New Ross, Halifax, and Lunenburg County, 1835-1891.

Ross (family)

Public Works and Services

Series forms part of Treasury Papers and consists of records outlining the interests and responsibilities of the Public Works and Services Board of the Provincial Government. It has been further broken up into several subject categories, as follows:
• Public Buildings principally concerns Province House, House of Assembly and Government House, but also Market House, Parsonage House, the Governor’s farm and the Lord Bishop’s Estate. Records regard repairs to the buildings, lists of supplies, rents and assorted bills. These records also include accounts and lists regarding carpenters, masons and other labourers, as well as suppliers from the community.
• Records regarding Education primarily consist of Provincial government warrants for services, such as teaching, repairs, and supplies, as well as records of funds for the establishment of public schools and various educational institutions across the province. Institutions documented include, but are not limited to, the Academy at Windsor, Grammar School in Halifax, College at Windsor, Kings College, Acadian School, Dalhousie College, Academy at Pictou, School for Orphans and Poor Children, National School, Halifax Catholic School and Horton Academy.
• The Provincial Government, through the Board of Works and The Commissioners for the Settling of Isle Sable, took great interest in Sable Island and in safeguarding its potential trade and investment. These records include accounts of voyages to and from the Island, shipwrecks on its shore, the lighthouses, settlement and settlers, and descriptions of the Island and its ecology. Records demonstrate several ways the Government generated revenue from the Island, including the salvage of shipwrecks (appeals from shipwrecked crews are also included), and the sale of such products as oil, skins, cranberries and horses. Records include accounts of settlers and officials on Sable Island (Edward and William Hodgson), agreements between the Commissioners and ships’ captains or Masters (Joseph Darby, William Cook), receipts and lists of supplies and services, wages for labourers, and funds set aside for the support of the settlement.
• The expenses of the Halifax Poor House and Poor Relief in general fell under the banner of Public Works for a period between the 1760s and 1860s. These records focus on government expenditures in support on the Poor House in Halifax, but also contain some records (mostly warrants) for the support of the transient poor and the Orphan House. Communications from the Master of the Poor House at Halifax (John Woodin) and the accounts of the Overseers of the Poor for things such as burials, coffins, and clothing are also included. Many of these records include lists of residents maintained and supported in the Poor House, often mentioning any ailments and other details. The Master and Keeper of the Poor House (Jeremiah Marshman) provided monthly memorials and accounts, which are included, as well as his financial transactions with the Treasury and the Overseers of the Poor.
• Workhouse and Jail records mostly regard construction and repairs to the buildings, as well as payments to the Sheriff and to the Keeper of the Workhouse and the Halifax Bridewell.
• Board of Works general expenditures and accounts include receipts from the Receiver-General and Quarterly Accounts Current.
• Records of Revenue Boats mostly consist of expenses for supplies and maintenance, principally of the schooner ‘Hunter’ (Charles L. Leonard, Commander), which was ‘employed to prevent illicit trade in the Bay of Fundy and elsewhere.’ These revenue boats were used in the service of the Superintendent of Trade and Fisheries (George Leonard) for the prevention of smuggling, though occasionally these ships were sent on missions to supply the Navy. Records also regard the payment of employees, the suitability, qualities and maintenance of the ‘Hunter’, the schooners ‘Union’ and ‘Vaughn,’ embargos and trade with the United States, and the Halifax Steam Boat Company.
• Electric Telegraph Company records detail posts and lines, with tenders and applications for their supply. Also included are some communications between the Commissioners of the Nova Scotia Electric Telegraph and the Associated Press.

Also included with the Public Works records are accounts for the Hospital for the Insane, including lists of patients being maintained by the Province and as accounts of supplies and services provided, as well as information on labourers employed in the construction of New Market House and accounts and receipts of the Commissioners of Public Markets

Prat, Starr family fonds

  • MG 1 volumes 886A, 2625-2632.
  • Fonds
  • 1760-1986, predominant 1831-[196-]

Fonds consists of records relating to the Prat and Starr families of Annapolis County and Kings County, N.S. Fonds contains family and business correspondence, accounts, deeds and other legal and court records, newspaper clippings, genealogical notes, scrapbooks, poems, pamphlets, photographs, sketchbooks, and watercolours. Photographs primarily depict family members, relatives, friends, and residences and also contains scenes of various Nova Scotia towns. Drawings and watercolours, most of which were painted by Annie L. Prat, depict Nova Scotia flora and fungi. Most of the Prat material in the fonds was created by sisters Annie L. Prat, Minnie Prat, and May Prat Starr, while the Starr material represents five generations of family members. Other related families and individuals represented in the fonds include the Morse, Moore, Wilcox, and Boehner families, Bliss Carman, Charles G.D. Roberts, Charles Stayner, and Dorothy Cornell.

Prat (family)

Paving Projects albums

Series forms part of Department of Highways and Public Works fonds and consists of three presentation albums containing photographs documenting the paving of sections of the Trunk highway system across the Province, and technical drawings of paving plants. The photographs predominantly show completed sections of Trunk highways, but there are also photographs showing the reconstruction process, laying drainage pipes, grading and paving, and photographs showing machinery, equipment, paving plants, pavement, and unidentified men working. Photographs also show automobiles, streetscapes, landscapes, residences, farms, businesses, bridges and other landmarks.

Albums are inscribed with the name of the R.W. McColough who was Chief Engineer (1924-1939) for the Department of Highways, then Deputy Minister (1939-1943) of Department of Highways and Public Works.

The 1936 Paving Project album documents the following paving projects: Sydney Contracts; Irish Cove, Portage, East Bay; James River - Heatherton; Saltsprings - New Glasgow - Broadway; Town of Pictou; Truro Contracts; Lantz - Shubenacadie; Middle Sackville - Ardoise School; Ardoise School - Wolfville; Middleton - Bridgetown; Saulnierville - Weymouth; Eel Brook Aboiteau - Arcadia Corner; Freshwater Brook - Pubnico Head; Queens-Lunenburg County Line - Broad River; St. Margaret's Bay Road; Preston Road.

The 1937 Paving Project album documents the following paving projects: Port Hawkesbury - St. Peter's; Monastery - Mulgrave; Broadway - Heatherton; Scotsburn Road - Alma; Kemptown - Saltsprings; Glenholme - Bass River; Atkinson Road - Springhill - Oxford; Truro Contracts; Fall River - Enfield; Middle Sackville - Ardoise School; Middleton - Annapolis; Annapolis - Victoria Bridge; Digby - Saulnierville; Meteghan - Darling's Lake; Pubnico Head - Arcadia Corner; Freshwater Brook - Pubnico Head; Walls Corner - Birchtown; Bridgewater - Queens-Lunenburg County Line; Mahone Bay - Bridgewater - Lunenburg; Hubley's - Halifax-Lunenburg County Line.

The 1938 Paving Project album documents the following paving projects: St. Peter's - Irish Cove; Port Hawkesbury - St. Peter's; Monastery - Mulgrave; Heatherton - Monastery; Kemptown - Saltsprings; Upper Moose River - Atkinson Road; Bass River - Upper Moose River; Fall River - Enfield; Broad River - Wall's Corner; Birchtown - Atwood Brook.

Nova Scotia Information Service fonds

  • Fonds
  • 1945-1990

Fonds consists of photographs and film productions created by the Nova Scotia Information Service. Photographs consist of black-and-white negatives from publicity and promotional events depicting Nova Scotia landscapes, communities, government activities, people, industries, and events. Film productions include promotional and documentary productions relating to many aspects of life in the province as well as original footage of various special events. Original master soundtracks available for some productions.

Nova Scotia Information Service

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

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.)

Mary E. Black fonds

  • MG 1 volumes 1722-1724, 2141-2144, 2876-2883, 3295, 3480-3508, MG 20 volumes 57-59; Graphic: 1982-474, 1989-250, 1988-426, some with no reference numbers; Microfilm 9493; Sound: 1989-22.
  • Fonds
  • [ca. 1790]-1991, predominant 1950-1980

Fonds consists of records documenting Mary E. Black's professional career and private life. Fonds contains manuscripts, articles, correspondence, and bulletins pertaining to her work in occupational therapy, weaving, and handcrafts. Also includes personal correspondence, notebooks, newspaper clippings, and other material relating to her childhood, education, and recreational activities. The fonds also includes slides and photographs depicting events honouring Mary E. Black, weaving techniques and works by other weavers, an audio cassette interview of Mary E. Black conducted by Dawn MacNutt in 1980, and a film reel of her trip to Europe in 1937.

Black, Mary E., 1895-1988

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)

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]

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