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CX 43 John Wilmot
MG 21.12-Celtic Records-CX43 · File · 1965
Part of Rodeo Records Label Collection

Consists of audio disc and label information.
John WIlmot with Bill Leger (Bass fiddle,) Tom Basker (Harmonica,) Bill MacDonald (Guitar) and Margaret MacPhee (piano)

CA BI T-730 · File · 1974
Part of Sound and Moving Image Collection

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of of Dr. Leo W. Bertley of the United Negro Improvement Association discussing the organization and its history in Cape Breton.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Came to Cape Breton in 1974 to do research, C.B. U.N.I.A. people involved
  • Thesis to be controlled into book
  • U.N.I.A. not a West Indian organization, people of African descent tied together
  • Marcus Garvey, here on way to England
  • A.O.C. in Pier, Bishop MacGuire, U.N.I.A., tried to make A.O.C. established church of organization
  • Dr. Alvinus Calder, first president of organizations; W.E. Robertson was a later Bishop
  • Phillis Family
  • Sydney had three associations; West Indian and Black characteristics

Side B:

  • Various backgrounds, several different organizations; West Indians importance of education; Dr. Bertley's other interests
  • A.O.C. has only one church in Canada and it's in Whitney Pier, do not want to be called Africans
  • Marcus Garvey stressed the importance of maintaining archives
  • Bertley met Garvey's son
CA BI T-871 · File · 1977

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of a C.B.I. Radio interview with John Nicholson describing ethnic culture in Industrial Cape Breton.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Ethnic groups in Cape Breton Industrial Area: Why various groups came to the Island
  • Only blacks were recruited...
  • Rural Cape Bretoners came to industrial area for employment
  • Why different ethnic groups settled in specific areas
  • People remain in the old areas because of kinship
  • No hostilities among ethnic groups
  • Importance of Church and Church Hall
  • Problems were caused from outside
  • The role of unionism
  • Intermarriage
  • Role of the church in keeping groups together
  • Two distinct groups of Blacks
  • Compares Cape Breton ethnic groups to the Jewish people going to Israel

Side B:

  • Metropolitan character of Cape Breton ethnic groups
  • Future of these groups depends on economic development
  • Cape Bretoners are interested in their ethnic roots
  • They are different because everyone was allowed to retain their identity
  • Contributions of the ethnic groups to Cape Breton
  • Indians and Pakistanis have no problems settling here
  • Federal policies on multiculturalism
  • Cape Breton is as separate from Nova Scotia as it is from the rest of Canada
  • How ethnic Cape Bretoners see themselves (rarely as Nova Scotians)
Reels
CA BI MG 21.18-A-1 · File · August 28, 1977
Part of Tarbot Music Festival fonds

File consists of recordings of the August 1977 Tarbot Music Festival in Tarbot, Cape Breton.

The Blacks of Whitney Pier
CA BI T-2083 · File · 1983

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of Vernon Tull being interviewed by Elizabeth Beaton about the Black population in Whitney Pier.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Genealogical sketch
  • Early African Orthodox Church in Cape Breton
  • Religions practised by West Indians before the African Orthodox Church
  • Building Church
  • Archdeacon Phillips
  • Succession of priests and wardens
  • Keeping the records of the church
  • Discussion of architectural changes
  • Discussion of the different features of the Church
  • Financial Support Systems for the Church
  • Musical bands in the community

Side B:

  • War experiences
  • Early people who contributed to community
    i-30- The African Orthodox Church and young people
  • Connection to United Mission
  • Menelik Hall, Dr. Calder
  • Traditional Barbaian music
  • Cricket teams at Whitney Pier pre 1941
  • Traditional foodways
  • William Fitzgerald; owned much property at the Pier
Blacks at Whitney Pier
CA BI T-2104 · File · 1984

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of Neville Gibson, Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford being interviewed by Elizabeth Beaton about the Black population of Whitney Pier.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Biographical information (Neville Gibson)
  • Rev. Phillips founder; White people creating problems for them (Neville Gibson)
  • Problem - St. Cyprians on Henry Street (Neville Gibson)
  • Re-iteration of involvement; Split in Black community (Neville Gibson)
  • The "Brethern" Bible study meetings (Neville Gibson)
  • Land bought by church; Bishop Trotman; History of African Orthodox Church (Neville Gibson)
  • Marcus Garvey; Black Star Line; U.N.I.A. (Neville Gibson)
  • Father lost house; Went to night school (informant); Picnics at Mira; Tennis courts; Menelik Hall (Neville Gibson)
  • Dr. Calder (Neville Gibson)
  • Connection between U.N.I.A. and A.O.C. (Neville Gibson)
  • Cricket Club (Neville Gibson)
  • Marcus Garvey; United Mission; Home and School (Neville Gibson)
  • Discrimination; Black scholarship program; Influence on Stanfield (Neville Gibson)
  • Black Methodist Church (Neville Gibson)
  • Reid Family (Neville Gibson)

Side B:

  • Biographical information; Born 1912; Arthur Stanley Trotman was father (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Robertson from States; One named Jones (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • A.O.C. history; Robertson worked out of church on Henry Street (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Robertson gone by 1924; Trotman had church on Victoria Road; Never a Methodist Church (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Chronology of Priest (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • St. Alban's problems (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Trotman, third bishop of A.O.C. (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
  • Marcus Garvey (Ralph Trotman, Vernal Till and Mae Crawford)
CA BI FT 19 · File · 1985

File consists of three videos of the West Indian Reunion Achievement Dinner at St. Alban's Hall, Whitney Pier.