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Newspaper 12 · File · 1843-1845

Daniel Cobb Harvey: "The only other newspaper which originated in 1840 was the Cape Breton Advocate, published at Sydney by Richard Huntington and edited by the Reverend Otto S. Weeks, principal of the Grammar School. It ran until the end of 1841 when the press was taken over by J.D. Kuhn, who published the Spirit of the Times, an agricultural, commercial, literary, and general newspaper. It lasted until 1846, when the plant was again sold to William C. McKinnon, who changed the name first to the Cape Breton Spectator but afterwards to the Times and Cape Breton Spectator. The latter ceased publication in 1850 and was succeeded by the Commercial Herald, which lasted but a few months. McKinnon in turn sold to James P. Ward, who published the Cape Breton News and conducted it successfully until 1871 or 1872."

Newspaper 71 · File · 1846-1849

Daniel Cobb Harvey: "It (The Spirit of the Times) lasted until 1846, when the plant was again sold to William C. McKinnon, who changed the name first to the Cape Breton Spectator but afterwards to the Times and Cape Breton Spectator. The latter ceased publication in 1850 and was succeeded by the Commercial Herald, which lasted but a few months."

The Commercial Herald
No Newspaper Number · File · 1849-1850

The Commercial Herald was owned and edited by William C. MacKinnon. Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "It lasted for only a few months and was followed almost immediately by the Cape Breton News."

The Cape Breton News
Newspaper 26 · File · 1849-1872

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "The Cape Breton News had four 12" x 18" pages, each of four columns. It was made up largely of news items but contained as well poetry and advertisements. Its annual price was 10s, changing to $2 before it ceased publication in the early Seventies."

The Cape Breton Times
Newspaper 5 · File · 1872-[1882?]

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "In 1872 the Cape Breton Times, which had absorbed the circulation list of the (Cape Breton) News, appeared. It had four 23" x 33" pages, and cost $1.50 and later $1.75 per annum. It had about 700 to 1000 regular subscribers. M.A. Shaffer was manager for the Cape Breton Publishing Co."

The Referee
Newspaper 23 · File · 1883-1884

According to the Edwin Alden & Bro.'s American Newspaper Catalogue, the Port Hood Referee consisted of four 22" pages and was printed weekly. It had a circulation of 375 and was classified as an Independent paper.

The North Sydney News Boy
Newspaper 36 · File · 1883-1885

The North Sydney News Boy was published every Tuesday evening by MacKeen, Moore & Co. and costed 25 cents per annum until about 1885. It was then published the third Saturday of every month and costed 10 cents per annum. R. J. Coleman was listed as manager.
The North Sydney News Boy (4 Sept. 1883): "Our object is, in the first place, to give the current news of the day in the most condensed and explicit form; next, to inform the public on subjects of general importance without boring them with details of minor interest.
Public men and public events will be referred to without animus or personality.
Politics, - except as the action of politicians affect our immediate interests, - shall be carefully eschewed.
Religious matters or correspondence, except when of general interest, will not be admitted to our columns.
Local information will be carefully attended to, and no references made unless of interest to the community."

Eastern Beacon
Newspaper 92 · File · 1879-1889

The Eastern Beacon was established in 1879 and was published on Wednesdays. The newspaper consisted of four 23" x 33" pages and cost $1.25 per annum. J. A. Cogswell was both the editor and publisher of the Eastern Beacon.

The Morning Sun
Newspaper 53 · File · 1892

J. W. D. Stearns: "The Morning Sun is the only daily newspaper east of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and is printed every morning (Sunday excepted) at Sydney, Cape Breton, office No. 106 South Charlotte St. It gives the cable and telegraphic news by special services direct from New York and other centres of information, and lacks none of the facilities of a thorough newspaper. Subscription price is $6 per year. Advertising rates $1 per inch first insertion, 25 cents each continuation. Special rates on advertising contracts according to space and time."

Baddeck Telephone
Newspaper 2 · File · 1898-1900

The Baddeck Telephone (1898-1900) was the second newspaper published in Baddeck, after the Island Reporter (1884-1887). The newspaper was a six-page broadsheet containing local news and advertisements. The paper started when Charles H. Peppy acquired the unused presses and typeset from the Island Reporter and relocated to the west end of Chebucto Street near Gertrude Hall. The newspaper ended soon after Peppy had been sued for libel by a politician. The Baddeck Telephone had only been published for over a year.

Newspaper 27 · File · 1904-[19??]

Ned MacDonald: "On August 4, 1904, the first issue of the "Inverness News", published by A.S. MacAdam, appeared on the streets. The newspaper had a tendency to exaggerate the potential of the town, sold for two cents, was printed weekly, and was enthusiastically received. It informed, organized and agitated through its editorials. It became a vehicle for the proclamation of views on social, economic, cultural, and political issues. The "Inverness News" was the link that expressed and documented the evolving days of the town."

The Daily Gazette
Newspaper 85 · File · 1904-[19??]

The Daily Gazette was published in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia by the Gazette Publishing Co., Limited. It was published every afternoon, Sundays and legal holidays excepted. The price of a single issue was 2 cents.

The Island Reporter
Newspaper 4 · File · [1890?]-1907

The Island Reporter was published every Wednesday morning in Sydney. The cost of the newspaper was $1 per annum or 3 cents for a single issue.

Sydney Mines Star
Newspaper 18 · File · 1905-[1907?]

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "Only the almanacs attest to the existence of the Star. It was described as a weekly, with a circulation of 1,200 and with Independent-Labour interests."

The Eastern Journal
Newspaper 47 · File · 1889-1911

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "The earliest of the predecessors of the Bulletin was the Eastern Journal, which began as a weekly in 1889. J. C. Bourinot was editor and publisher and the Journal was Liberal in sympathy. Its subscribers usually numbered about 1,000 and paid $1 p.a. (per annum). It contained four 20" x 26" pages. About 1910 it merged into the Journal-Bulletin."

Sydney Mines Globe
Newspaper 19 · File · [1909?]-[1913?]

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "The only information known about this is that it was listed for the years indicated (1910-1913) in the Canadian Almanac and Directory."

The Canadian Commonwealth
Newspaper 79 · File · 1914

The Canadian Commonwealth (23 May 1914): "The Canadian Commonwealth was published every Saturday morning by "The Canadian Commonwealth, Ltd." of North Sydney, Cape Breton." Rev. Edwin H. Burgess of North Sydney was the editor. Contributing editors included Rev. John Pringle, D.D., Rev. D. M. Gillies, D.D., and Rev. J. F. Tupper. A yearly subscription costed $1 in Canada and $1.50 in the United States and foreign countries.

The Clan Macneil News
Newspaper 3 · File · 1928-1929

The Clan Macneil News was "The Official Organ of the Clan Macneil Association of America" and was published every two months by the Kisimul Sept of the Association at Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. Subscriptions costed $1 per year. Macneil of Barra was listed as editor in chief and A. D. MacNeill was listed as secretary of the Kisimul Sept.
The Clan Macneil News: "The Macneil News, circulating as it does among Scots all over North America, will be a good medium for advertising especially for houses dealing in goods and publications of special interest to Highlanders, and more particularly to clan societies. It is the aim of the publishers to produce a periodical of interest to clansmen generally and it will have a special appeal to Cape Breton Scots abroad."

MG 12.45.4 · File · 1929

The Inverness County Guardian was published in Port Hood every Wednesday by D. W. Jones, the publisher and editor of the newspaper. A yearly subscription costed $2.00 per year in Canada and $2.50 per year in the United States. The newspaper was Independent in politics.

Newspaper 91 · File · 1893-1934

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "Volume 1 of the Forward made its initial appearance in Truro on January 19, 1893. It was subsequently published at different times and for varying periods at Windsor, Halifax, Wolfville, and, since 1954 [ie. 1946] at Digby. The publication in 1893 represented the first time that the Sons of Temperance had assumed the full financial responsibility for its periodical. The editors have been successively W.S. Sanders, Rev. A. A. MacLeod, Rev. Edward Morris, and Rev. G. E. Levy. It has four 12" x 18 1/2" pages with five columns each and appears bi-monthly. Its subscription rate has climbed from an original 25 cents p.a. (per annum) to $3.50, and its circulation has fluctuated considerably between 800 to 1,400."

Sydney Booster
Newspaper 46 · File · 1935

"A publication issued by the Publicity Committee, Anniversary Organization, and dedicated to Sydney's 150th birthday."

Bras D'Or Advertiser
Newspaper 16 · File · 1936

The Bras D'Or Advertiser was published in Baddeck by S. A. MacLeod.

The Nova Scotia Miner
Newspaper 21 · File · 1929-1936

Michael Earle: "In December 1929 the first edition of a new paper, The Nova Scotia Miner, was printed in Glace Bay, declaring itself the "organ of District 26 Left Wing Committee." Worked into the masthead, on either side of the emblem of a crossed pick and shovel, was the slogan "Workers of the world unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains."

The North Sydney Herald
Newspaper 32 · File · 1872 - [1948?]

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "The Herald, the oldest weekly in Cape Breton, began as a weekly with four 24" x 36" pages and a circulation of slightly more than 800. James W. Gould was editor and publisher, but within five years was succeeded by A.C. Bertram. Under Bertram's ownership the paper was more than tripled its circulation to 2,750 and its format altered, first to four 19 1/4" x 28 1/2" pages, and then to eight 15" x 23" pages. During these years it was Conservative in politics.
Sometime before 1910 the North Sydney Herald Publishing Company had begun to issue the paper. Its politics changed from Liberal-Conservative to Liberal, then to Independent. The circulation rose to a peak of 4,700 in 1918, and then began a steady decline. While it retained its eight pages, these reverted to Bertram's 19 1/4" x 22 1/2" size.
For some years after 1920, a daily as well as a weekly edition was published. At that time J. S. MacDonald was manager of the Herald Publishing Company. The daily, like the weekly, was an eight page newspaper. It cost $6 per annum, was Liberal in politics, and it had a circulation of 1,700.
The daily apparently ended about 1928 but the weekly continued for another 20 years. In the mid-thirties it became once more politically Independent."

The Glace Bay Gazette
Newspaper 48 · File · 1904-[1950?]

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "Apparently a weekly for the first five years of its existence, the Gazette then became the first of the two dailies in the newspaper history of Glace Bay. It terminated about 1950, although its circulation figures were well over four thousand at that time. Independent for most of its fifty years, it became a Labour organ about 1948. Published by the Gazette Publishing Company, its manager in 1909 was John Byrenton, who was replaced in 1923 by A. D. MacNeil.
Originally it had eight 16" x 22" pages. The number later varied between eight and sixteen and there were always seven column on each page. Its circulation has also varied widely between 2,000 and 8,200. Its price of $3 eventually doubled."

Punching with Pemberton
Newspaper 45 · File · 1960-1965

Punching with Pemberton was a monthly newspaper published in Glace Bay by J. Earle Pemberton from 1960-1965. A single issue costed 25 cents and was sold at various locations in Glace Bay, New Waterford, Reserve, and Sydney.

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.

Johnstone, Captain L.H.
File · ca. 1989

File contains documents related to the life of Captain Lewis Howard Johnstone, a World War 1 serviceman from Victoria Mines. Included within the file is a clipping titled "Letters relate final action for soldier," written by Lois Beaton. The article includes transcriptions of Capt. Johnstone's letters that describe battle conditions.

Margaret MacPhee
MG 15.76 · File · 1997 - 1999

File consists of various newspaper clippings re: New Waterford pianist Margaret MacPhee, including her obituary. File also contains a copy of Greg MacLeod's eulogy delivered at her funeral in 1997, and a remembrance article from The Cape Bretoner (Summer 1999).

MacPhee, Margaret
Rita Joe
CA BI B&G - Joe, Rita · File · 1981 - 2007

File consists of various newspaper clippings re: Rita Joe, including her obituary and an article announcing her death in 2007. File also includes a university report entitled "Rita Joe: Mi'kmaq Poet" written by Joanne Peck in 1994.

Winnie MacDonald
B&G - MacDonald, Winnie · File · 2020

File consists of Winnie MacDonald's obituary and an article announcing her death and remembering her musical career.

MacDonald, Winnie
Margaret Dechman
B&G - Dechman, Margaret · File · 2020

File consists of the following items:

Obituary for Margaret Dechman, Cape Breton Post, November 21, 2020, "CBU prof remembered for commitment, laughter," p. A5.

Dechman, Margaret
Ray Paruch
B&G - Paruch, Ray · File · 2020

File consists of the following items:

"Paruch remembered for strength of character," Cape Breton Post, April 21, 2020, p. A4.

Paruch, Ray
Clotilda Douglas-Yakimchuk
B&G - Douglas-Yakimchuk, Clotilda · File · 2021

File consists of the following items:

"Community activist, pioneers dies," Cape Breton Post, April 16, 2021, p. A1 and A2

Douglas-Yakimchuk, Clotilda
Michael MacNeil
B&G - MacNeil, Michael · File · 2021

File consists of the following items:

Celtic Air Services planning a scenic flight over Iona, Nova Scotia in honour of Michael MacNeil who pitched the idea to the company many times - Cape Breton Post, February 21, 2021, "'He just oozed Cape Breton'", p. A13.

MacNeil, Michael
Alexa McDonough
B&G - McDonough, Alexa · File · 2022

File consists of the following items:

"Political trailblazer," Cape Breton Post, January 17, 2022, p. A1 and A4.

McDonough, Alexa
Wanda Robson
B&G - Robson, Wanda · File · 2022

File consists of the following items:

"Activist Wanda Robson dies at 95," Cape Breton Post, February 8, 2022, p. A1 and A4.

Robson, Wanda Eloise
B&G - MacCormack · File · 2022

File consists of a copy of Our Roots Run Deep: One Family's Story by Jim MacCormack, which recounts how the MacCormack family ended up in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton.

B&G - Lives Well Lived · File · 2020 - 2022

File consists of "Lives Well Lived," a Cape Breton Post column featuring obituaries of notable Cape Bretoners who had recently died.

Stephen Pastuck
B&G - Pastuck, Stephen · File · August 17, 2022

File consists of the following items:

"A passion for racing: Driver Stephen Pastuck to be remembered with event at Cape Breton Dragway," Cape Breton Post, August 17, 2022, p. B1.

Pastuck, Stephen
John Colin Campbell
B&G - Campbell, John Colin · File · 2022

File consists of the following items:

John Colin Campbell's obituary, Cape Breton Post, September 24, 2022, p. B8.

"Campbell remembered as a fair, humble journalist," Cape Breton Post, September 24, 2022, p. A1.

Campbell, John Colin
Ma'git Poulette
B&G - Poulette, Ma'git · File · 2022

File consists of the following items:

Ma'git Poulette's obituary, Cape Breton Post, September 14, 2022, p. B7.

Poulette, Ma'git
Trevor Rutherford
B&G - Rutherford, Trevor · File · 2022

File consists of the following items:

"He just won at life: Community remembers super fan, super friend Trevor Rutherford," Cape Breton Post, December 1, 2022, p. A1 and A4.

Rutherford, Trevor
Peter Politte
B&G - Politte, Peter · File · 2023

File consists of the following items:

Peter Politte's obituary, Cape Breton Post, February 28, 2023, p. B7.

"Politte gave local players the edge," Cape Breton Post, March 3, 2023, p. A1 and A4.

Politte, Peter
Hawkesbury Bulletin
Newspaper 1 · File · 1889-[1910?]

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "The Bulletin, an Independent Liberal weekly, had originated in 1890. Its publisher was J.J. Williams. It had 18" x 24" pages at first but doubled the number during its first decade. It cost $1.50 per annum and had a circulation varying from 1,200 to 1,500."

Social Justice
Newspaper 30 · File · 1935 - ?

Gertrude E. N. Tratt: "A short-lived Labour monthly of the depression years, this magazine was edited and published by Anthony Traboulsee. Its eight 10" x 12" pages were devoted to the interest that its name implied. Its annual price was 50 cents."

The Cape Breton Advocate
Newspaper 34 · File · 1840-1884

Gertrude E.N. Tratt: "A veritable chain of publications following each other in close succession from 1840, finally ended with the Cape Breton Times. The earliest in the series was the Cape Breton Advocate published by Richard Huntington and edited by Otto S. Weeks. Its prospectus was dated 24 July 1840 and read: "It is proposed to publish the Sydney, Cape Breton, as soon as a sufficient number of subscribers can be obtained, a Weekly Newspaper to be called "THE CAPE BRETON ADVOCATE". It will be printed on a quarter sheet of fine paper, the size of the Halifax Pearl at the rate of Fifteen Shillings per annum payable half yearly ... a correct and copious Marine Journal will be published in every number, and the fluctuations of the American, West India, and Provincial Markets will be duly noticed ... a general summary of foreign and domestic intelligence will be given ... with a correct record of local events. During the sessions of the Legislature the proceedings will always be briefly noted. Communications, when not of a personal nature will ... be ... inserted. The day of publication will be Wednesday"."