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Wanda Robson & Viola Desmond Collection
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Series consists of 11 books of fictional poetry, interviews, biographies, case studies, and history that explore race and the Black experience in Nova Scotia, Canada, and the United States. Viola Desmond is featured in Viola Desmond's Canada by Graham Reynolds, which includes a chapter written by Wanda Robson.

Dr. Graham Reynolds

File consists of draft material for Dr. Graham Reynolds' book written by Wanda, a news clipping about his book, 2 clippings about his role as Viola Desmond Chair of Social Justice, and a synopsis of the documentary, The Many Faces of Jim Crow, on which Reynolds worked.

Events and School Presentations

File consists of clippings, event programs, and one poster from events that Wanda attended and participated in as a speaker to discuss her efforts in social justice, the story of Viola, and Viola's impact in Nova Scotia and Canada. Events range from school presentations, award presentations, museum presentations, library discussions, and ceremonies.


File consists of news clippings and prints about an outdoor theatre in Halifax named after Viola, one Halifax Regional Municipality ferry named after Viola, a plaque in New Glasgow to honour Viola, a portrait of her at Government House in Halifax, and an excerpt on Viola's appearance on the $10 bill.


Series consists of photographs taken or collected by Wanda Robson that document her early life, Viola Desmond's early life in Halifax, Wanda's efforts to gain recognition of the life and legacy of her sister, her family life, her education, and various events and ceremonies.

Scholarships and Bursaries

File consists of note on the establishment of the Viola Desmond - Wanda Robson Scholarship, an email correspondence regarding a donation to the Wanda Robson Bursary, and a letter and copy of the Dr. P. Anthony Johnstone Scholarship.


File consists of a scrapbook created by Wanda Robson containing photos and news clippings surrounding events at which she has discussed Viola's life and impact, Viola's pardon, her article from The Beaver, and her book Sister to Courage.

Robson, Wanda Eloise

Textual Material

Series consists of news clippings, prints, photocopies, letters and emails of correspondence, one scrapbook, and one magazine surrounding Viola Desmond's education, career, and arrest; Wanda Robson's efforts to establish provincial and federal recognition of Viola's legacy; Wanda Robson's education and work with Dr. Graham Reynolds; and events, ceremonies, and honours at which Wanda has discussed her social justice work and Viola's life.

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