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D.J. MacDermaid Songs & Stories Collection Collection With digital objects
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Inverness County Dance Project

  • CMH 86-46
  • Collection
  • 1986

Collection consists of seventeen, ¾” tape (U-matic) videocassette reproductions and textual records created for the Inverness County Dance Project by Barbara LeBlanc and Laura Sadowsky for the Canadian Museum of Civilization, now the Canadian Museum of History, Musée canadien de l’histoire.

While working on their M.A. (History) at Laval University (QC), LeBlanc and Sadowsky completed the Inverness County Dance Project. For years they pursued independent research in the Acadian areas of Inverness County and Waltham, Mass. During June to August 1986, in collaboration with the Beaton Institute and the Canadian Museum of History (formerly the Museum of Man), LeBlanc and Sadowsky researched dance traditions of Acadian, Irish, Mi'kmaq, and Scottish groups in Inverness County. These collected sound recordings, textual transcripts, and moving images were recorded across Cape Breton Island.

Canadian Museum of History

Congregation of Notre Dame Collection

  • MG 13.13
  • Collection
  • 1885 - 2011

Holy Angels Convent was founded in 1885 at the request of Father James Quinan for the purpose of providing education to the young women of Cape Breton County. Holy Angels operated as the only all girls' educational institution east of Montreal since its founding. Holy Angels High School was known for its fine arts programming with instruction in music, drawing, sculpting, speech and drama.

The fonds consists of seven series: photographs, audiovisual recordings, textual records, Sister Rita Clare, the Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre, Centennial Celebrations, and Objects. The Collection is predominantly a photographic one, with over 3200 negatives, positives and prints spread over the seven series.

The audiovisual recordings include 136 items that relate to the Sisters of the Congregation of Notre-Dame, Holy Angels Convent, Holy Angels High School, the Cape Breton Chorale, the Holy Angels Chorale, the Cape Breton Youth Choir, and Sister Rita Clare. Sister Rita Clare's material includes images, concert programmes, scrapbooks, video tapes, audio reels, and audio cassettes documenting the activities of both the Holy Angels Chorale from 1962-1983, the Holy Angels Alumnae Choir (1985 - 2010), the Cape Breton Youth Choir (1988-1998).

In addition to the music program materials, there are other recordings relating to religious education and the activities of the Convent and School. The textual records consists of material connected to student and community activities in the Sydney area during the twentieth century; samples of student evaluations and compositions, graduation documents, the school newsletter, the Library's operational registers, and correspondence are included. The Collection also includes a number of objects that were donated to the Beaton Institute by Sisters of the CND and photographic and textual records related to the Marguerite Bourgeoys Centre and the Holy Angels Centennial Celebrations, which were held in 1985.

In 2009 the Congregation of Notre-Dame announced their intention to close the convent and sell the property in the historic Northend of Sydney. This closure brought an end to a 126 year history of pioneering in women's education in eastern Canada. The building has since been purchased and is now the New Dawn Centre for Social Innovation.

Braune Messe, Quedlinburg

  • Photograph Collection #19
  • Collection
  • 1933-09-30 - 1933-10-03

Album consists of a series of photographs taken at a the Braune Messe (Jewish Goods / Merchant Boycott Fair) intended to encourage boycott of Jewish made goods and Jewish merchants. The event took place in Quedlinburg, Germany between September 30 - October 3, 1933. The images feature members of the National Socialist German Workers' Party (Nazi Party) the year the party came into power. Also included in the album are a series of newspaper clippings and unidentified family photographs.

Kings Road Reserve collection

  • MG 7A.17
  • Collection
  • 1882-1993

Collection consists of a compilation of reproductions of correspondence, legal documents, provincial grants and plans concerning the relocation of this Reserve.

James Bryson (J.B.) McLachlan Collection

  • MG 19.19
  • Collection
  • 1744-1941, predominant 1904-1936

Collection consists of artifacts, two volumes of Karl Marx, a child's cap, and a block of salt; McLachlan's personal library of books that he owned consisting of socialist, communist, religious, and labour material; and textual records that include poetry, notes, correspondences, and one journal. The material spans between 1744 and 1941, and consists of records from Scotland, England, and Canada. The material in this collection shows McLachlan's interest and involvement with labour movements and his desire to improve conditions for the working class in Cape Breton.

McLachlan, James Bryson

Stephenson, Leonard

  • MG 12.197
  • Collection
  • 1826-1979

Collection consists of the following:

Series A

  1. Correspondence regarding St. Anthony’s Church Bell, 1911
  2. League of the Cross (L.O.C.) Dominion, 1930 2 documents

Series B: Memoranda including background information for Mr. Stephenson’s two books.

  1. Proofs of Mr. Stephenson’s two books. 20 pages
  2. Material General Mining Association supplied to miners, 1831-1832. 40 pages.
  3. Company Store Records, 1878-1884, 35 pages.
  4. Miners’ time book and waste book; Materials General Mining Association supplied to miners 1882-1891 66 pages.
  5. Company Store records; time book; waste book 1883-1890 48 pages
  6. Papers including Dominion Town Council election results; Minutes of the first town Council and school board meetings 1906; inventory of Dominion Electric Light Department, 1959. 263 Pages.

Series C: Deeds: Photocopy, 1826-1946 relating to the Bridgeport area, 31 pages, 1 folder.

  1. John Claghan to John Young; L’Indian bay 1826
  2. William the Fourth to William Cadegan, Catherine Stanton, Reardon O’BRIEN, John Handley, John Murphy and John Casey; S.S. Lingan Bay, 1832
  3. John and Bridget Murphy to Roman Catholics - South Side Lingan Bay, 1840.
  4. Walter and Catherine Young to Roman Catholic Episcopate Corporation of Arichat; South Side Lingan Bay, 1869.
  5. Walter and Catherine Young to Roman Catholic Episcopate Corporation of Arichat ; Lingan, 1884.
  6. GMA to Henry Mitchell; Bridgeport, 1890.
  7. Rev. John Cameron to John Phalen, Old Bridgeport, 1900
  8. The Crown to James Cooney, Anastasia Cooney & Ann O’Neal; Between Lingan Basin and Little Glace Bay [Bridgeport], 1878.
  9. Cooney & O’Neil to Joseph Campbell; Bridgeport, 1881
  10. Cooney & O’Neil to Roderick Johnston; Bridgeport 1892
  11. James & Anastasia Cooney to Lawrence O’Neil; Bridgeport 1892
  12. James & Mary Ann Cooney to Ann O’Neil; Bridgeport, 1892
  13. Cooney to Alexander Mc Donald; Bridgeport, 1893
  14. O’ Neil & Cooney to James Mac Neil; Bridgeport, 1893
  15. O’Neil to Cooney; Bridgeport, 1894
  16. Cooney to Annie Crosby; Bridgeport, 1904
  17. Cooney to Alexander Mc Donald; Bridgeport, 1905
  18. Cooney to O’Neil to Dominion Coal Company , Bridgeport, 1917
  19. Cooney to Walter Graham; Main Road leading from Bridgeport to Dominion [Bridgeport] 1932
  20. Daniel Joseph Cooney to Walter Graham; Main Road leading from Bridgeport to
    Dominion [Bridgeport] 1928
  21. Cooney to Alexander N. Mac Neil; Main Road leading from Bridgeport [Bridgeport] 1932
  22. Cooney to Mrs. S.J. Cooney; Main Road Glace Bay to Bridgeport [Bridgeport] 1932
  23. Cooney to Ignatius Mc Intyre; East Side of Phalen’s Rd. [Bridgeport] 1944
  24. Cooney to Alexander M. Mc Neil; Main Rd. Leading from Bridgeport to Dominion [Bridgeport] 1944
  25. Daniel Joseph Cooney to Francis Joseph Mc Mullin; Bridgeport, 1946

Series D: Clippings

  1. Biographical material relating to Dominion; including matters concerned with the
    Second World War; Social news, Churches and Law and Order.
  2. Clippings referring to August Gale, 1873; 1909 Strike; Tramline route, 1914; Bands
    And Orchestras - Michalik, 1927; Polish orchestra, 1927; Roosevelt’s death, 1945;
    VE day riots - Halifax; end of WW II.

Series E: Photographs (See Photograph Collection #25)
Four volumes pertaining to the Town of Dominion and the organization of Mr. Stephenson’s two books: Dominion, Nova Scotia 1906-1981 and souvenir booklet on the History of the Dominion Volunteer Fire Department.

Series F. Scrapbooks:

  1. 1901-1961 Cuttings relation to Dominion, 8cm.
  2. Material relating to Bridgeport and Bridgeport Mine, 3 cm.
  3. Cuttings pertaining to Dominion and Mr. Stephenson 1960's and 1970's
  4. School records, 1888, Mitchell’s School, Photocopies, 7 pages
  5. Cuttings relating to religion (RC) and education in Dominion in mid twentieth century,
    2 cm.
  6. Cuttings from Dominion-New Waterford areas, May-August, 1947, compiled by John
    Mac Kinnon, Dominion, 2cm.

Stephenson, Leonard Fielding

John Huk Collection

  • MG 21.13
  • Collection
  • 1898-2004

This collection consists of textual records, photographs, sound recordings, publications and artifacts documenting the history and activities of the Ukrainian community in Cape Breton. Within the collection there is a focus on music and dance with over 1 meter of 78 and LP albums of Ukrainian music. Also included is a comprehensive collection of research related to Ukrainian immigration to Cape Breton with records pertaining specifically to the Ukrainian community in Whitney Pier. Personal papers from the Huk family are also included in the collection along with the manuscript and research related to Mr. John Huk's publication Strangers in the Land: The Ukrainian Presence in Cape Breton.

Huk, John

Michael Kuna Collection

  • MG 21.25
  • Collection
  • 1927-1932

Collection consists of a selection of early Ukrainian sound recordings and 1 photograph donated by Mr. Michael Kuna in 2009.

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 (Hon.).

Robson, Wanda Eloise