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Wanda Robson & Viola Desmond Collection
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Wanda Robson & Viola Desmond Collection

  • MG 21.14
  • Collection
  • 1940-2016, predominant 2008-2014

Collection consists of textual records, photographs and clippings related to the life and legacy of Viola Desmond and her sister Wanda Robson. The materials also document Dr. Graham Reynolds work in social justice in conjunction with Dr. Robson (...

Robson, Wanda Eloise

Viola Desmond Day

File consists of news clippings and printings of email correspondences about Viola Desmond Day in Nova Scotia prior to its existence, after Viola Desmond Day came to be, and following the decision to rename the holiday.


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,...

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...

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 f...


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 ...

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 ran...


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 educati...

Wanda Robson's UCCB (CBU) Material

File consists of news articles, magazine articles, book chapters, and scholarly articles from Wanda's time at UCCB (CBU) and regarding her graduation and honorary degree. Most of the material focuses on racism in Canada, Nova Scotia, and the ...

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.

Viola Desmond Stamp

File consists of 1 stamp from a stamp book, 1 day-of-issue stamp, 1 event program from Viola's stamp unveiling on February 1, 2012, a 2009 letter from Canada Post acknowledging the suggestion to honour Viola on a stamp, and 2 news clippings f...


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

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