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Council of Nova Scotia Archives

  • MG 20, vols. 1136-1995 (scattered volumes), Audio-visual: Ac 2808-2811.
  • Fonds
  • 1982-2002

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 and Records Management fonds

  • 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

Allan C. Dunlop fonds

  • 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.

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

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 fonds

  • MG 1, vol. 1800-1915; 2462
  • Fonds
  • [1843?]-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

Colonial Office collection

  • Fonds
  • Microfilm duplicated between 1963 and 1989.

Collection 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. Collection consists of: Series - Original correspondence, Board of Trade (CO 217)

Great Britain. Colonial Office

Nova Scotia Department of Finance fonds

  • 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 scanned 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

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

Elizabeth Ritchie family collection

  • 2004-032
  • Collection
  • 1807-1986

Collection 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

Commissioner of Public Records

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

Collection 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

Nova Scotia Women's oral history project fonds

  • 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

Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage fonds

  • 2011-038/002 to 016.
  • Fonds
  • 1985-1990, 1994, 1998-2003

Fonds consists of briefing books prepared for the Minister for general use and in particular during estimates review and sessions of the House of Assembly (1994, 1998-2003), Deputy MInister's correspondence and subject files (2002-2003), Minister's logged correspondence (1999-2003) and files maintained by the Executive Director of Tourism regarding records of departmental meetings, the development of marketing and other corporate strategies, liaison with tourism industry partner groups, and subject files on key issues (1998-2003). During the predominant time period of these records Rodney MacDonald was Minister, Michele McKenzie was Deputy Minister and David Oxner was the Executive Director of Tourism.

The fonds also contains 1 series of records related to the Heritage Inventory Program in the County and Town of Pictou.

Nova Scotia. Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage

Ken and Peg Harrison fonds

  • 2017-025/001 to 004
  • Fonds

Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, and military ephemera from the Second World War. Arranged chronologically by the donor, the correspondence includes Ken’s letters from Peg (1940-1945) and Peg’s letters from Ken (1940-1945); a few letters to Peg from the Department of National Defence (1941, 1944) including a certificate of military qualification; a few letters to son Ashley from Ken; telegrams, airgraphs, and military ephemera such as a ship’s berthing card, victory bond receipts, and soap ration coupons (1941-1945 and undated); and photographs of Ken and other officers while on training at Officers’ Training Centre in Brockville, ON and the Canadian Artillery Training Centre in Petewawa, ON, and when serving overseas in England (1941-1944).

Ken’s letters from Peg are full of details about her daily life: children’s growth & hopes for their future, birthday celebrations, school activities, clothes, feeding; a woman’s daily routine managing house, family farm and caring for boarders; war news, names & activities of neighbours; and financial details. Peg’s letters from Ken describe his living conditions, rationing, travel restrictions, politics around getting promoted, German planes overhead, the blackouts and bombings at night. The letters were numbered by Ken and Peg to identify if any were lost in transit. This numbering system was used by their daughter Jennie in her book.

Photographs include images of Ken in uniform, soldiers standing at attention or marching, officers in conference in the field, military trucks, guns and scenery of England in Surrey and Sussex. Also includes photographs Peg sent to Ken, of herself, their two children Ashley and Jennie, and other family members. Also includes research notes for a book by their daughter Jennie Harrison Sheito (published 2015). The fonds documents social and family life in Nova Scotia during World War 2 and the experiences of a Canadian officer serving in England, U.K.

Harrison, K.A.

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