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A. Belcher & Co.
2008-026, 2013-030. · Fonds · 1825-1865, predominant 1825-1833

Fonds consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence documenting the business operations of A. Belcher & Co. and of Andrew Belcher’s activities as agent for the General Mining Association (GMA). The incoming correspondence are 41 letters (1825-1832, 1865) addressed to either Belcher or Almon which document shipments of coal, flour, cheese, gunpowder, fish and lumber; itemize contracts undertaken; and give details about other business dealings including mortgages, construction projects and outstanding debts. It also includes one letter written to Almon a number of years after the business had ceased operation.
The outgoing correspondence is a copy letter book attributed to A. Belcher & Co., 520 pages with a name index, covering 11 Sep 1830 to 16 Sep 1833. There are lengthy letters to supervisors of the coal mines in Sydney, Albion Mines (Stellarton), Bridgeport and Pictou, NS, as well as letters to Richard Smith, visiting GMA engineer; G.P. Duval the GMA contact in London; the London office of A. Belcher & Co.; and business contacts in New York, Jamaica, Bermuda, Boston, Newfoundland and Quebec. The contents document shipments of food stuffs and supplies, especially coal and the parts needed for the newly invented steam engine being installed in the coal mines by Richard Smith of London. One personal correspondent is with William Archer, a former enslaved man living in Bermuda, writing Belcher for help to free his mother. Belcher also comments on the postal service, an independent Cape Breton, and growing competition from the United States and Samuel Cunard.

A. Belcher & Co. (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
A. William Cox
2011-009 · Fonds · 1939-2002

Fonds consists of correspondence, photographs, speeches and addresses, radio broadcast scripts, Progressive Conservative Party of Canada documents, articles and essays, biographical information, and newspaper clippings and articles, loose and in scrapbooks, documenting the 1958 federal election and his year as President of the Canadian Bar Association (1980-1981). The fonds also includes correspondence with Progressive Conservative Prime Ministers and party leaders.

Cox, A. William
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
Acadia Gas Engines Limited
MG 3 3886 · Fonds · 1908-1971

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Acadia Gas Engines of Bridgewater, N.S. and its associated companies, Acadia Stationary Engines Limited and Acadia Motor Car and Truck Company. Includes minutes of directors and shareholders meetings, 1908-1921; business correspondence, 1920-1952; appraisal reports on machinery and equipment, 1922-1927; original and microfilmed scrapbooks containing newspaper clippings, memoranda, notices, advertisements, photographs, and ephemera, 1922-1966; sales reports; financial statements, 1909-1947; patent documents; company catalogues, product literature and price lists; 1920-1951; and other related material. Fonds also contains technical drawings (working drawings and blueprints), 1928-1971, illustrating various marine engine models, parts for vessels including hydraulic pumps, hoists, and gears, Chevrolet automobile engines, and a file of architectural building plans. Includes drawings by Hercules Motor Corporation, Leyland Motor Company, Canadian Department of Defense, and others. Photographs contained in the fonds, ca. 1912-1962, include views of various engine models and parts, interior and exterior views of the Bridgewater building and facilities, exhibition displays including the Nova Scotia Fisheries Exhibition, a small number of images of W.T. Ritcey and other officers, the Ritcey residence, and advertising slides mostly of the Acadia logo.

Acadia Gas Engines
Acadia Powder Company
2008-046 · Fonds · 1885-1894

Fonds consists of a volume used to record stock at the Acadia Powder Works in Waverley, Nova Scotia. The contents of the volume include details of cases and kegs, prices, and account balances.

Acadia Powder Company (Waverley, Nova Scotia)
Acadian Lines Limited
MG 3 volumes 6131-6148 · Fonds · 1936-1986

Fonds consists of records documenting the operations of Acadian Lines and its predecessor and associated companies including Acadian Travel Agency, Wagner Tours, Fleetlines, Highland and McKenzie Bus Lines. Includes financial statements, 1938-1984; minutes of board meetings for Acadian Lines, Acadian Travel Agency, and Wagner Tours, 1936-1977; scrapbooks,1938-1968; president's annual reports, 1957-1984; newsletters, 1947-1984; bulletins circulated to ticket agents and bus drivers, 1938-1984; bus schedules, 1948-1987; correspondence; legal documents; files pertaining to the Board of Commissioners of Public Utilities; Gray Line Inc., 1947-1984; and tariffs (prices), 1938-1984.

Acadian Lines
Ada Powers
microfilm 541 · Fonds · 1916-1939

Fonds consists of a microfilm reel containing five diaries, notes, pamphlets, 1916-[1939?] and letters written to step-granddaughter Flora, 1920, created and accumulated by Ada Powers, mostly concerning Women's Christian Temperance Union and family matters.

Powers, Ada
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.
A.G. Jones
MG 1 volume 523 · Fonds · 1846-1902

Fonds consists of records created and accumulated by Jones in the course of his political activities, including typescripts of correspondence to and from leading Nova Scotian politicians, printed copies of resolutions and petitions, and newspaper clippings relating to the anti-Confederation movement in Nova Scotia and elections, 1864-1882; letter book kept while Jones was minister of militia and defence, 1878; thirty-six letters written to Jones from Hon. Alexander MacKenzie, prime minister, mostly of a private political nature, 1869-1885; speeches, including one made as Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, 1902; and military commissions. Also contains a file of personal correspondence, newspaper clippings, legal documents, and ephemera, most of which pertains to the Jones family and genealogy, 1846 onwards.

Jones, A.G.
Agnes Dennis
microfilm 10219 · Fonds · 1989

Fonds consists of two scrapbooks compiled by Agnes Dennis, containing newspaper clippings, photographs, correspondence, and invitations relating to her career activities, the Victorian Order of Nurses and Local Council of Women, Halifax. Also contains newspaper clippings concerning her husband, Senator William Dennis and daughter, Dr. Clara Dennis. Scrapbooks predominantly cover the period 1908 to 1947 but include items added years later by family member(s).

Dennis, Agnes
Aileen Meagher
MG 1 volumes 2994-2999, 3360-3361 and 1988-221 · Fonds · [ca. 1900]-1987, predominant [195-]-1987

Fonds consists of correspondence, scrapbooks, and other records documenting Meagher's career as an athlete and artist and her personal activities and interests. Correspondence includes letters from friends, including artist Olga Douglas, Father Joseph Murray Abraham and friends at the St. Alphonsus mission school in India, and a few letters written by Meagher to other artists. Other records include postcards, poems, art exhibit notices and catalogues, newspaper clippings and other published material, diary, and ephemera. Fonds also contains photographs and postcards used in the production of Meagher's artwork, and her working drawings, drawings, and sketchbooks featuring Nova Scotian coastal villages, fishing scenes, ships, town and country landscapes, Halifax, trees, flora, and scenes of Europe, particularly Ireland and Irish crosses. There are also a small number of photographs of Meagher, friends in Halifax and India, and the St. Alphonsus Mission School.

Meagher, Aileen
A.J. Fanning
MG 1 volume 1766 · Fonds · 1932-1982

Fonds consists of photographs, certificates, membership cards, correspondence, and documents relating to Mr. Fanning's professional teaching career. The contents of the fonds document Mr. Fanning's career as a school teacher, member of the RCAF, and subsequently his role as a school principal in various parts of Nova Scotia.

Fanning, A.J.
Ajax Club
microfilm 14653 · Collection · 1940-1942

Collection consists of records relating to Ajax Club, 1940-1942, borrowed for microfilming from Edith Girouard, who assisted in the creation of the club. Includes a scrapbook, an annual report, a booklet about the history of the club, related documentation, and correspondence about the closure of the club.

Ajax Club (Halifax, N.S.)
microfilm 14654 · Fonds · 1944-1945

Collection consists of records relating to the organization, 1944-1945, including reports, address books of servicemen, and notebooks with comments from the Harvie family of Hantsport, Nova Scotia.

Ajax Hospitality Headquarters (Halifax, N.S.)
Akins family
MG 1 volumes 2-6 · Fonds · 1764-1927, predominant 1803-1906

Fonds consists of records documenting primarily the business activities of three generations of the Akins family in Falmouth and Liverpool. Includes insurance journals (1803-1817) and account book (1787-1791) kept by Thomas Akins; business and family correspondence, (1811-1924); deeds, mortgages, bonds, and other legal material (1764-1906); account books, bills of sale, and correspondence of Charles Akins (1885-1906); Akin genealogy book, assessment roll of Falmouth, (1906); correspondence and reports of the Avon River Power Company (1921-1922); and a copy of Windsor Tribune issued 1 July 1927.

Akins (family)
Alba Eaton
2023-028 · Fonds · July 1938 - April 1943

Consists of the three diaries maintained by Alba Eaton from 1938 to 1943. The entries for the first few years were lengthy, with details on her daily routines and interactions. By the last year of the journals, the entries are often one sentence or just a few words. The content of the diaries also include descriptions of her mother, who she was living with during this period of time. Eaton often discusses her physical and mental health throughout the diaries, noting her “nerves” or being anxious. She describes herself as unwell in many of the entries, having “no pep” or needing to sleep quite late. Eaton also provided descriptions of social events and activities that were happening in the town. Also contains the transcription of the diaries compiled by Sonja Eaton in 2023.

Eaton, Alba
2018-030 · Collection · 1910?-2014 (collected 1997 to 2014)

Collection partially documents the business and personal lives of Albert Lee’s parents Shew Chuck Lee and Sui Fa Lee, and the families of Charlie Wing Lee and Nellie Lee, Dow Fong, and Mary (Ling) Mohammad. Collection contains wedding, school and family photographs (1910?-2011); restaurant menus and similar ephemeral documents (ca.1940s-ca.1950s); audio recordings of interviews with Dow Fong, Chuck Lee, Annett Ling, George Ling, William Ling, Dr. Larry Shyu and Dr. William Wong (1988, 2011-2012); memoir on childhood in China, business licenses and card from Chuck Lee (1980s, ca.1920s, 1946) as well as his engineering diploma from Dalhousie University (1939). Also includes a memoir of life at a Halifax Chinese laundry by Linda Lee Oland (1997); historical essays written by Albert Lee (1999-2014) and promotional items for the Nova Scotia Museum exhibit “Growing Up Chinese in Halifax” (1997).

The collection was assembled by Albert Lee for this 1997 museum exhibit. 40 items, including 4 audio interview recordings, were subsequently digitized for use by University of British Columbia Library for their digital exhibit “Early Chinese History in the Maritimes” in 2011-2012. Items are arranged by family creator/owner, with those items used in the digital exhibit filed separately.

Lee, Albert
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
Photograph Album · Item · 1934

Fonds consists of one album of photos compiled by R.W. Cautley, in December 1934, as part of a Report to the Commissioner of National Parks for Proposed National Parks in Nova Scotia. Cautley's inspection of proposed sites for national parks was an influential factor in the creation of the Cape Breton Highlands National Park in 1936.
Photographs depict landscapes of various locations in Nova Scotia, including Yarmouth, Weymouth, Carleton River, and aerial photographs of Scot Bay, Cape Split, and Cape Blomidon. Also includes photographs of the landscapes along the former No. 4 Highway to Cape Breton Island, NS, the Bras d'Or Lakes, Louisbourg, Whycocomagh, Cheticamp River, and the Margaree River.
Also depicted are various landscapes along the Cabot Trail such as Mackenzie Valley, Pleasant Bay Intervale, Red River, Aspy River, Cape North, Dingwall Harbour, Ingonish, and Indian Brook. The album also includes portraits of H. F. Laurence, Department of Highways Engineer; J. Barrington, M.L.A.; and Richard W. Cautley, Dominion Land Surveyor, and one picture of a proposed bridge location over the Cheticamp River.

Cautley, Richard W.
Alex Busby
2008-052 · Fonds · [199-]-1993

Fonds consists of sound recordings on Nova Scotia folk art which led to the Genie nominated film production Folk Art Found Me in 1993. Includes interviews with both curators and artists in the folk art and art gallery communities in Nova Scotia and elsewhere in North America.

Busby, Alex, 1960-
Alexander H. Leighton
1988-413 · Fonds · [ca. 1880]-1974, predominant 1950-1953

Fonds consists of photographs (negatives, contact prints, selected enlargements, and slides) created and accumulated in the course of the Stirling County Study directed by Leighton. The fonds consists primarily of prints and negatives taken by chief photographer John Collier Jr. which depict Digby County, Nova Scotia, including the communities of Digby, Bear River, Cape St. Marys, Freeport, Westport, Weymouth, and numerous others. Includes images of traditional industries (agriculture, fishing, logging, and family businesses), family, social, and religious events, schools, churches, housing, residents, and general views and landscapes. Other photographs include aerial views of the study site taken by the Royal Canadian Air Force; scenes of Digby County from various sources; the Navajo community at Fruitland, New Mexico, USA, relating to a parallel study at Cornell University; and a small number of photographs accumulated by Leighton during his travels to Europe and Africa. Fonds also includes 16mm film reels containing mostly raw footage and work prints relating to the study in Digby and parallel studies in Nigeria and New York, as well as two documentary films shot by Leighton; one film entitled "Porpoise Oil" was produced in collaboration with the Mi'kmaq of the Bear River Reserve in 1936 and features a re-enactment of traditional hunting methods.

Leighton, Alexander H.
Alexander Houston
MG 1 volume 483C · Fonds · 1778-1788

Fonds consists of a bound diary in two sections. The first section was writen from 7 January 1778 to September 1779 while Houston was in New York. It recounts details of the weather, arrivals and departures of ships, troop movements, and various battles of the American rebels and their French allies against the British during the Revolutionary War. The second section of the diary was written in Shelburne, Nova Scotia and covers the period from 18 March to 30 May 1788. It details the weather, crop plantings and failures, ice conditions, hauling seaweed, dealing with the black flies, work around the house and other daily events. It is not certain that both portions of the diary were written by Alexander Houston because of differences in the handwriting.

Houston, Alexander, [174-]-1824
Alexander J.O. Maguire
MG 3 volumes 132-134 · Fonds · 1883-1890

Fonds consists of 3 account ledgers. It appears as though at least two of the ledgers documented transactions of fish and fishing supplies at Crow Harbour, Nova Scotia, now called Queensport.

Maguire, Alexander J. O.
2011-059 · Fonds · 1806-1855

Fonds consists of correspondence between Alexander "Sandy" McDougall Sr., Alexander McDougall Jr. and various members of the McDougall family, including Isabella Catherine (McDougall) Duffus and Elizabeth Ann (Van Buskirk) McDougall. Also includes correspondence from Joseph Howe to Alexander McDougall Jr., along with several pages of notes written by Howe about McDougall's life and poetry for a posthumous publication of his poetry. The fonds also includes several volumes of poetry collected and written by McDougall, a newspaper clipping from the Mechanic & Farmer relating to a poetry lecture given by McDougall at the Antigonish Mechanic's Institute, and a copy of "Funeral Oration on the death of Hon. Daniel Webster" inscribed to Joseph Howe from Amasa McCoy. Also included in the fonds is the marriage certificate of McDougall to Elizabeth Van Buskirk.

McDougall, Alexander 'Sandy' Sr., [ca. 1765]-1834
2017-034 · Collection · December 1917

Fonds consists of 29 photographs of the destruction of military buildings, ships, and waterfront piers caused by the Halifax Explosion of 6 December 1917. Images include the Wellington Barracks and other buildings at Wellington (became CFB Stadacona military base) on Gottingen Street, the ship “Imo” beached on Dartmouth shore, the steamship “S.S. Old Colony” which became a temporary hospital, railway line along the shore, the deep-water military terminals at Pier 2, the market at Duke and Brunswick Streets (became Scotia Square), and the garrison chapel at corner of Brunswick and Cogswell Streets. Photographs bear sequential numbers A1 toA6, B1 to B6… to E1 to E6. Missing from the set is B3.

Deroche, Alexander Pierrepont