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Spekkens, Hubert

  • Person
  • 1940 - 2005

For over 35 years, Hubert was a Professor of English at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. He was prominently involved in many volunteer activities in the community of Antigonish.

Smith, James Mariner

  • Person
  • 1859-1934

James Mariner Smith was born in 1859, the son of William and Susanne Smith. He married Isabel Jane Ross, the daughter of John M. and Armenia Ross, of North East Margaree. Smith founded a small business at Port Hood and later, presumably following his marriage, at North East Margaree, where he established a general store and perhaps a hotel, and acted as agent for the Glendyer Mills factory (est. 1848), which produced cloth. Smith and Isabel had seven children and he died in 1934.

Sinclair, Alexander MacLean

  • 1840-1924

Rev Alexander MacLean Sinclair was born in Glen Bard, Nova Scotia to parents John Sinclair and Christy MacLean. His father abandoned the family when he was very young but he continued to be raised in the thoroughly Gaelic environment of his mother's family. His maternal grandfather was the Bard, John MacLean who had been bard to the Laird of Coll in Scotland, Alexander MacLean, after whom Sinclair was named. So advanced was Sinclair in his studies that he was teaching school by the age of fifteen. He continued theological studies eventually becoming Presbyterian minister. His first post was to Sunny Brae in Pictou County where he remained for 22 years preaching in both Gaelic and English. Sinclair then worked the rest of his professional career in Belfast, Prince Edward Island during which time he published the bulk of his work on Gaelic poetry. He returned to Pictou County where he died in 1924.

Silver Donald Cameron

  • Person
  • 1968 - 1995

Silver Donald Cameron was born on June 21, 1937 in Toronto. Cameron was raised in Vancouver. He is one of Canada's most versatile authors, who in (1995) was Dean of the School of Community Studies at the University College of Cape Breton in Sydney, Nova Scotia. Dr. Cameron's work has appeared in countless magazine articles. A former contributing editor of Weekend, he has received four National Magazine Awards. He has also written more than 50 radio dramas, many scripts for film and television, and a stage play, many of which have won awards. Silver Donald Cameron holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia, an M.A. from the University of California, and a Ph.D. from the University of London, England. He taught at Dalhousie University, University British Columbia, and the University of New Brunswick, and was Writer-in-Residence at the University College of Cape Breton (1978-80), the University of Prince Edward Island (1985-86) and the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design (1987-88). He was Vice-Chairman of the Writers Union of Canada and founding Executive Director of Centre Bras d'Or in Baddeck, Nova Scotia. He is also President of Novara Software and of his own company, Paper Tiger Enterprise.

Sid Kerner

  • New York
  • Person
  • 1976

Sid Kerner was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1920. As a young man of 17 joined a Photo League where, with other photographers, attempted to reflect the times they lived in and to document what was wrong as well as what was good about our society. He also studied Modern Dance and was associated with a Theater/Dance group appearing on TV in 1939. During World War II, he served with the 28th Photo Reconnaissance Squadron in the Pacific winding up on Okinawa. After the war, he became a documentary film camera operator. In 1953, he worked at NBC-TV as a lighting director and with the advent of videotape, left and joined ABC-TV again as a lighting director. He retired in 1991 though after retirement was an active worker on a photographic series entitled "Chelsea Document." He also taught two classes of photography in the local community centre in Chelsea, New York.

Shedden, Leslie

  • Person
  • 1913-1987

Leslie Shedden was born in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia in 1913 to Scottish immigrant parents. His father, David T. Shedden founded Shedden Studios in 1916. In 1939 he enrolled in the Winona Lake School of Photography in Winona, Indiana. Later the same year, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force, Photography section. He was stationed in Sydney, N.S. for most of his military career, before being stationed in Lunenburg, Germany in September, 1945. Shedden returned to Glace Bay after being honourably discharged from the military and resumed working with his father. He became the owner of Shedden Studio after his father’s death in 1948.

Shedden’s photography consisted primarily of portraits, as well as weddings, storefronts, and school yearbook photos. He also produced several hand-coloured landscape photos of Cape Breton Island. In 1948, he was contracted by the Dominion Steel and Coal Company (DOSCO) as company photographer. This would be the most significant contract of his career that would last over two decades. Shedden retired in 1977 and sold Shedden Studios to local Glace Bay photographer, Cyril J. McDonald. He died a decade later in 1987.

Shedden, David Thompson

  • Person
  • 18??-1948

David Thompson Shedden was born in Glasgow, Scotland during the late 19th century and immigrated to Canada in 1908. He first worked as a meat cutter in Whitney Pier, Nova Scotia but by 1912 Shedden and his wife, Matilda Gracie, moved to the nearby community of Glace Bay. David re-trained as a photographer and opened Shedden Studio in 1916. The studio was successful and Shedden became a popular photographer for weddings and portraiture. Together he and Matilda had four children: Annie, Stanley, Leslie and Muriel. Both Stanley and Leslie would work for their father, with Leslie eventually becoming owner of Shedden Studio. David Shedden died on July 8, 1948 and is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, Glace Bay.

Shedden Studio

  • Corporate body
  • 1916-1977

Shedden Studio was founded by David Thompson Shedden in 1916. Mr. Shedden continued to work part-time as a meat cutter until the business gained traction within the local community. In 1930 the eldest of David Shedden's children, Stanley, began working as a photographer for the Studio. He was responsible for taking the photograph of aviator Beryl Markham's plane crash in Baleine, Nova Scotia in 1936. This photograph ran in the New York Times and this negative along with a selection of others are still held by the Shedden family in a private collection. Tragically, Stanley succumbed to illness at the young age of 26. Prior to serving overseas during WWII, David’s other son Leslie, trained as a photographer. When he returned in 1945, he started working with his father at the studio and took over operations when David died in 1948.

Just before Stanley began working with his father, a fire in 1929 destroyed all earlier negatives of the commercial studio. Although there is speculation that Sheddon Studio was contracted by local coal company British Empire and Steel Corportation (BESCO), the negatives no longer exist. This loss was further compounded with the destruction of more negatives before the sale of the company to Cyril McDonald in 1977.
The remaining negatives document the commercial activity of the studio from 1948 to the mid-1970s. The collection consists of portraiture, wedding, anniversary, school groups and graduation photography. Religious ceremonies and social events located mainly in Glace Bay and surrounding areas are also included. A separate grouping of negatives documenting industrial contracts with the Dominion Steel and Coal Company (DOSCO) from 1948-1968 also survived.
McDonald continued to provide reproduction prints on request until 2006. At this time, he decided to donate the first grouping of Shedden negatives to the Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University. McDonald donated the remaining Shedden Studio negatives to the archive in January, 2016 and no longer provides photography services.

Shaw, John (Seogan)

  • Person

John Shaw (Seogan) was a Gaelic singer and tradition bearer from Indian Brook (N.S). He was a member of The North Shore Gaelic Singers.

Scottish Catholic Society

  • Corporate body
  • 1919-

The Scottish Catholic Society of Canada, Diocese of Antigonish, was founded by Rev. Donald M. MacAdam at Iona in 1919. Its purpose was to preserve the Catholic faith among those of Scottish heritage, to propagate the history of Scotland, and to preserve the Gaelic language and Scottish traditions.

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