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MG 20 volumes 1136-1995 · Fonds · 1982-2002

Consists of CNSA constitutions and by-laws (1983-1992); minutes of annual general meetings and the executive committee (1982-1991); correspondence of the president (1987-1996); financial statements of the treasurer (1986-1993); files on major projects such as the NS Subject Headings Authority (1985-1990), Arrangement and Description Project (1986-1994), and Newspaper Project (1988-1989); reports on conferences and seminars (1985-1992); files on major committees such as the Blakeley Award Committee (1988-1996) and Conservation Committee (1992); reports of the Education and Outreach Archivist (1987-1993); CNSA surveys and questionnaires (1983); and in-house publications such as the CNSA Newsletter (1984-1993).

Council of Nova Scotia Archives
Nova Scotia Archives
Fonds · 1885-1991

The fonds consists of correspondence of the Provincial Archives from 1908 and successive Provincial Archivists from 1931 as well as subject correspondence files on a wide variety of matters, including correspondence generated from letters of enquiry, offers of potential donations and requests for documents, accession registers and accession forms, donor acknowledgements, visitor registers, enquiry registers, minutes of the Board of Trustees, and scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, photographs and other records relating to the various activities of the Public Archives.

Nova Scotia Archives
Marriage licence files
Series · Microfilmed 1981-1982

records relating to marriages recorded by the Province. For each recorded marriage there is a document envelope containing the bond, licence (after 1863), and after 1866 a "marriage form" listing the names, ages, birthplaces, places of residence, and marital status for both bride and groom, their parents' names and occupations, the groom's occupation, and the date, place, religion, and names of the celebrant and witnesses for each marriage. Only the "marriage form" gives information concerning the age, birthplace, and parents of those married. The series is arranged chronologically by county with the date of most recent documents transferred to the Archives varying, by county, between 1908 and 1918.

C. Bruce Fergusson
MG 1 volumes 1800-1915 · Fonds · 1840-1978, predominant 1947-1977

Fonds consists of records documenting Fergusson's career, including his activities as an archivist, his research and publications, teaching, and involvement with various professional and special interest organizations. Fonds contains research material including clippings, notes, typed transcripts and photocopies of documents, proof texts of his published books and rough copies of his articles and pamphlets, particularly dealing with Nova Scotia history, including the Acadians, Halifax, Lunenburg, Cape Breton, Confederation, and aboriginal affairs, and prominent persons. Also contains addresses given by Fergusson; incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning archives business and his publications; correspondence and other material relating to Fergusson's involvement with the Historic Sites and Monuments Board, Canadian Authors Association, and other organizations. Also contains a small number of original and copied documents and correspondence regarding the Fergusson family and its genealogy.

Fergusson, C. Bruce, 1911-1978
Allan C. Dunlop
2015-033 · Fonds · 1958-2013

Fonds consists of personal and business correspondence (including some outgoing letters), pamphlets & flyers from historical societies, sporting events, and elections; research documents and notes on a wide range of topics generated in response to reference queries, Nova Scotia Archives projects, his personal interest in the history of Pictou County and Rev. George Patterson, or for clients on contract; research notes and papers on the record-keeping practices of Nova Scotia Vital Statistics department; speeches, research notes and academic papers Dunlop presented at conferences, historical society meetings and to the general public (some of which became published articles); manuscript articles, research notes and correspondence with editors of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography; annual general meeting minutes, event notices & newsletters of Convoy Estates Condominium where he lived; NS Sport Hall of Fame correspondence, board meeting minutes & reports, newsletters and event brochures; academic papers from up-and-coming historians sent to Dunlop for his comments and assistance; correspondence, newsletters, event notices, and some meeting minutes of heritage and archives professional associations he participated in; his daily appointment books; Dunlop’s essays, papers and research for his M.A. thesis on NS politics from his time at Dalhousie University and their Class of 1967 reunion; and conference programs Dunlop attended. The fonds also includes report cards from New Glasgow High School; some documentary art pieces from L.B. Jenson and Alastair B. Johnson; and photographs of Dunlop, his brother Grant Dunlop playing high school hockey, a New Glasgow bridge in 1988 and of Gottingen Street, Halifax, in the 1970s.

Dunlop, Allan C.
Fonds · 1889-1924

Fonds consists of photographs taken by Sarah Donaldson Naugle on Sable Island, where she lived for much of her life. Naugle’s subjects include her family (both the Donaldsons and the Naugles) and life on the Island. Sable’s horses feature prominently, as do wrecked ships and their survivors, Island residents, the Life Saving Stations, light houses and other buildings, and assorted features of Island life.

Sarah Naugle was the primary, but not only, photographer of the images in the fonds. Other people, likely family members, also contributed. Family lore suggests Sarah Naugle developed many of the images herself on Sable Island, using both sunlight and traditional methods. Nova Scotia Archives has records of photographs being developed on the Island (RJ Boutilier letterbooks and diaries), making this is a definite possibility. Some images in the fonds are prints, made in the 1950s and 1960s. of earlier images.

Fonds also includes two textual documents: the marriage certificate for Sarah Donaldson and Alexander Reuben Naugle, and a newspaper clipping featuring their son Clyde.

Sarah Donaldson Naugle
2011-025 · Fonds · 1997-2003

Fonds consists of files maintained by the office of the Minister and Deputy Minister of Finance during the period 1997 to 2002. The files originally were entered into a correspondence management system which assigned numbers to each document as it was placed filed into a numbered file which reflected a subject or correspondent in a fiscal year. The subjects cover all aspects of the department, economic policy and the financial situation of Nova Scotia. Most of the material was digitized and entered into an electronic system which collapsed prior to the original records being transferred to Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. During this time period the development of Casinos, changes in federal transfers to the provinces and the division of offshore revenues were major issues. Additionally some records were from the office of Lynn Cody who from 2004 to 2011 was Associate Deputy Minister of Finance and who previously had been Director of Fiscal and Economic Policy. These records reflected the management of offshore revenue arrangements with the federal government as well as changes in equalization payments from the federal government to Nova Scotia.

Nova Scotia. Department of Finance
Phyllis R. Blakeley fonds
MG 1 volumes 3000-3128; 3184 · Fonds · [ca. 1830]-1986, predominant [195-]-1985

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Blakeley in the course of her career, including her activities as historian and archivist, her research and publications, and involvement with various professional and special interest organizations. Fonds contains research material such as notes, clippings, photocopies of documents, correspondence, draft chapters of books, and rough drafts of articles and speeches, particularly dealing with Nova Scotia history, including Halifax, the United Empire Loyalists, Samuel Cunard, and biographies for the Dictionary of Canadian Biography. Fonds also contains incoming and outgoing correspondence concerning archives business, her publications and personal activities, personal documents, diaries, travel journals, programs, pamphlets and other ephemera, certificates, genealogical notes on the Blakeley family and others, various records relating to Blakeley's involvement with Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia, local history committee of the Canadian Historical Association, as well as records relating to her sister Shirley Blakeley. Photographs are found among the textual records, several of which were used in her publications. Most of the fonds is arranged in alphabetical order, with the exception of Blakeley's correspondence and personal papers which are organized chronologically.

Blakeley, Phyllis R., 1922-1986
H.B. Wainwright fonds
MG 1 Vol. 1739 File 1 to 6; 1981-381; Graphic: 1981-452, 1984-172. · Fonds · [188-?], 1969-1981

Fonds consists of five bound transcripts of diaries and stories compiled by H.B. Wainwright. Three of the transcripts were from original manuscripts created by his relatives and contain Wainwright's annotated notes. Includes the diary of his uncle Frederick G. Wainwright (1840-1907), Halifax, 1892, with notes by both H.B. Wainwright and Evan Perot Wainwright; transcript entitled "Powie's Journal", an account of his cousin, Muriel ("Powie") Gray Wainwright's (1874-1949) school days in England, 1888-1893; and "Wreck of the Capulet", recollections of Wainwright's aunt, Susan G.S. Wainwright (1860-1921), which occured at Gull Island, St. Mary's Bay, Nfld. en route to England in 1896. Also includes: "Not So Reverend", humourous stories pertaining to the Anglican church in Nova Scotia and clergymen; "True Clerical Experiences," originally written by Rev. Canon W.S.H. Morris; "Recollections of a Fuller brush salesman" written by Wainwright regarding his early work experiences; and narrative of a canoe trip from Halifax to Musquodoboit Harbour by Evan Perot Wainwright. Fonds also contains two photographs of Muriel and Susan G.S. Wainwright, 1880s, and slides taken by Wainwright at the opening of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia building, June 1980.

Wainwright, H.B., 1909-1986
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
Paul W. Bennett
2020-014 · Fonds · 1979-2019, predominant 2007-2018

Consists of records generated by Bennett’s writing and research activities as Director of Schoolhouse Institute including typescripts, drafts, and published versions of his commentary (opinion editorials) news media articles, book reviews, and research reports (2008-2017); and 3 of his published books: Vanishing Schools Threatened Communities (published 2011) on history of rural school closures in NS; The Grammar School (published 2009) on history of Halifax Grammar School; and The Last Stand (published 2013) on the lobbying activities of the NS Small Schools Initiative. Bennett’s research files include interview notes, collected articles and reports by others with his annotations (collected 2005-2019) and were used to support his writing and presentations. Records from The NS Small Schools Initiative include minutes of school board meetings, emails between group members, and their presentations to government. The Students First NS files include public forum discussion notes and emails with organizers (2009-2016).

The fonds also includes power-point slide presentations Bennett presented to professional educators and historians conferences as well as to local heritage group events, including a video recording of a talk Bennett gave at the Yarmouth County Museum and Archives on the history of school building in Nova Scotia (2010-2017).

Subjects include history of the education system and governance in Nova Scotia, school closures and consolidations, school board reforms, snow days, e-learning, teacher and student evaluations (standardized testing), Public Private Partnership (P3) schools, bussing of children, and special education and inclusiveness in the last half of the 20th century.

Bennett, Paul W.
MG 20 volumes 751-754; Microfilm 12,411; Graphic: 1995-188 at 36-4-3. · Fonds · 1940-1945

Fonds consists of records documenting the planning and coordination of civil defence for Halifax during World War Two. Fonds includes correspondence, outlines, lecture notes, speeches and radio talks, personnel lists, charts, procedure booklets, and report forms relating to training and emergency preparedness; scrapbooks covering the establishment of the corp and its activities, and related local and international events; and photographs depicting corps members, special events, fire and rescue demonstrations, fire equipment, and buildings. Also contains pamphlets, certificates, and other material relating to victory loan drives.

Halifax Civil Emergency Corps
Sound: Accessions 1994-004, 1995-009. · Fonds · 1989-1992

Fonds consists of interviews conducted by Marjory Whitelaw with Nova Scotia women, including Dr. Enid Johnson MacLeod, Edith Comeau Tufts, Evelyn Garbary, Muriel Duckworth, Margaret Meagher, Elizabeth Rand, Dr. Marie Hamilton, Marguerite Zwicker, Elizabeth Ross and Pearleen Oliver.

Nova Scotia Women's oral history project, 1989-1992
Brian Cuthbertson
MG 1 volumes 2703-2708 · Fonds · 1801-2010 (predominantly 1984-2010)

Fonds consists of materials generated and accumulated by Brian Cuthbertson during his research work, including correspondence, notes, reports, and copies of documents relating to Bishop Charles Inglis and his contemporaries. Also contains family papers (history and genealogy) relating to the Uniacke, Fawson and Odevaine families. Also included are files from contract work including the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland boundary dispute, the Crown Share Adjustment Panel, and the Campaign for Fairness relating to Canada-Nova Scotia 1986 Accord and Legislation. There are also research reports on the Home for Coloured Children and many reports prepared for Canada Post including: the Canso Causeway; the Silver Dart; William Hall, VC; Carrie Best, OC; the 100th anniversary of the first trans-Atlantic radio transmission by Guglielmo Marconi; Samuel Cunard and the delivery of trans-Atlantic mail; the Battle of the Plains of Abraham; William James Roue; Tall Ships 2000; and the Cabot Trail, among others. There are also files relating to his publications including: Johnny Bluenose at the polls: epic Nova Scotia election battles, 1758-1848; Lunenburg: then and now; Wolfville and Grand Pre: past and present; and Melville Prison and Deadman's Island: American and French Prisoners of War in Halifax, 1794-1816.

Cuthbertson, Brian, 1936-