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Angus McLellan fonds

  • MG 12.172
  • Fonds
  • 1906-1934

Fonds consists of documents relating to census and school in Grand Mira North, as well as McLellan's military enlistment in World War I, his appointment to Justice f the Peace, Dominion Doal Company pay slips, grocery and school receipts.

McLellan, Angus

Angus R. MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.33
  • Fonds
  • 1928-1973

Fonds consists of papers including poetry, book excerpts, and a scrapbook. Papers include:

  1. A collection of his poetry compiled by his daughter, Christena E. MacDonald, 1968. Also included is a poem by French Road bard, Duncan MacDonald. Typescript and printed, 32 pages.
  2. Excerpts from Songs of the Gael [n.d.]. Printed, 6 pages.
  3. Obituary of Angus R. MacDonald, 1973. Clippings including a poem by John Og Walker of Lake Ainslie.
  4. “Biography of Christena Evelyn MacDonald” 1931. Original, 9 pages.
  5. Scrapbook of clippings pertaining to Florence E. MacDonald’s track and field career, and including clippings on Johnny Miles, 1929.
  6. Failte Cheap Breatuinn: A collection of Gaelic poetry by Vincent A. MacLellan (1891). The MacNeil Edition edited by James Hugh MacNeil, 1933. Typescript 233 pages. Supplement, 1933, containing biography of V. A. McLellan. Typescript, 22 pages. Presented by Angus R. MacDonald.

MacDonald, Angus R.

Angus Y. MacLellan fonds

  • MG 6.63
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1946

Fonds consists of poems, biography of Angus Y. MacLellan, and recollections of life on Margaree Island.

  1. Poem: “Clach An Càrn an Dòmhnallaich” was presented by Sister St. Francis of Rome, C.N.D.

  2. Duncan H. and Mary Margaret MacLellan recall their childhood spent on Margaree Island. Typescript, 12 pages Presented by Margaret Long, Brockton, Mass., June 1983.

  3. “My years on Margaree Island” by Lauranna MacLellan MacDonald, who presented the paper in December, 1983. Photocopy, 4 pages.

  4. Biography of Angus Y. MacLellan (1887-1960) Photocopy, 11 pages.

Songs composed by Angus Y. MacLellan and other bards that appear in "Smeòrach nan Cnoc 's nsn Gleann" and "Gaelic Songs in Nova Scotia". Photocopy, 10 pages
Story “Raonull Ban Mac Eoghain Oig” by Aonghas MacGillfhaolain. Print, 26 pages.

  1. “The Part Played by the Scottish Catholic Society of Canada in the Establishment of the St. F. X. Extension Department” 1953. Typescript, 21 pages.

Clippings: Obituary of Rev. Michael Gillis, 1970; Obituary of Ernest Hart, the Chairmaker from Northeast Margaree, n.d. Presented by Sister Carmelina MacLellan, Port Hawkesbury, 1984.

MacLellan, Angus Y.

Archibald A. MacKenzie fonds

  • MG 6.6
  • Fonds
  • 1983

Fonds consists of a selection of songs in Gaelic composed by Archie Alex MacKenzie.

MacKenzie, Archie Alex

Boardmore Theatre Collection

  • MG 21.23
  • Fonds
  • 1966

Fonds consists of records that document the theatrical productions of the Boardmore Theatre, from the early days of Xavier Junior College until present-day Cape Breton University. Records include textual records, graphic material, and sound and moving image material pertaining to the production and promotion of the theatrical performances. Types of records include printed photographs, photographic negatives, programs, reviews, production notes, newspaper clippings, licenses, applications, contact sheets, DVDs, CDs, and other materials.

Boardmore, Elizabeth

Bras d'Or Lime Co. Ltd.

  • MG 14.85
  • Fonds
  • 1889-1915

Two ledgers for 1889-1900 and 1889-1915. Records indicate that an interpreter was employed at the quarry to communicate with the immigrant miners who were of Polish, Hungarian, Russian, Yugoslavian (Croatian) and Greek descent. See MB 40.

City of Sydney collection

  • MG 14.27
  • Fonds
  • 1864-

Fonds consists of textual records that were created by the City of Sydney, including city reports, meeting minutes, correspondence, town histories, police reports, and legal documents. Included within the fonds are materials that provide information about Black Nova Scotians living within the city, including voting records, education reports, and town histories.

Comunn Gailig Chill-Riomhainn

  • MG 6.45
  • Fonds
  • 1929

Fonds consists of the constitution and minutes of a meeting of the St. Andrew's Society of Sydney.

Currie, John

  • MG 6.40
  • Fonds

Fonds consists of a lament, in Gaelic, written on the death of his wife, with translation into English.

Currie, Michael D. fonds

  • MG 6.3
  • Fonds
  • 1928

Fonds consists of reproductions of a letter and reply to The Casket regarding an article, "Early Days in Cape Breton" with special reference to the Gaels, criticizing the way in which they were portrayed in the article.

Currie, Michael D.

Dan Louis MacDonald

  • MG.15.35
  • Fonds
  • 1955 - ?

Fond consists of poem, “The Bochan Bridge of Canso.”

D.J. MacDermaid Songs & Stories Collection

  • MG 21.8
  • Fonds
  • 1952-1987

The collection consists of sixty cassette tapes of both primary recordings and some commercial material collected by Donald John MacDermaid from the early 1950s to the late 1980s.

Recordings taken in this collection cover a spectrum of Gàidhlig culture from Scotland, Cape Breton, and Massachusetts "The Boston States." In-House recordings include Gàidhlig stories and songs by singers such as MacDermaid himself, his brother Norman, Florence MacLeod, Ross MacDonald, Kenneth Morrison, and others. Fiddle & pipe tunes from renowned Cape Breton musicians like Winston Fitzgerald, Lee Cremo and Bill Lamey round out the musical selections. Commercial recordings include songs by Norman MacLean, Archie Grant, Calumn Kennedy and other Scottish singers.

MacDermaid, Donald John

Donald "Dan Alex" MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.35
  • Fonds
  • 1969

Fonds consists of 27 songs in Gaelic, two hymns in English and a newspaper account of the MacDonalds' 50th wedding anniversary in 1969. Mr. MacDonald, a farmer from Framboise, composed many Gaelic songs, the most famous of which was "Failte Cheap Breatunn". See also Tapes 107, 231, and 232.

MacDonald, Dan Alex

Donald Dougal MacFarlane fonds

  • MG 6.39
  • Fonds
  • 1927

Fonds consists of papers including poems and a genealogy of the MacFarlanes, compiled by D.D. MacFarlane.

A. Gaelic version of “Scots Wha Hae” and “Ath Shealladh” the latter of which was composed by Mr. MacFarlane on New Year's Day, 1927. Presented by Finlay Campbell, Saint John.
B. Translation into Gaelic of “The Minstrel Boy” and “Lord Ullin’s Daughter,” both by Mr. MacFarlane. Original, 4 pages. Presented by Estate of W. S. MacFarlane, 1981.
C. Genealogy of the MacFarlanes by D. D. MacFarlane, 1943 Original, 5 pages. (Indexed copy filed in B & G File) Presented by Rev. John Hugh MacEachen, July 1984.

MacFarlane, Donald Dougal

Dr. Barb Glassey fonds - ArtSci Project

  • MG 21.28
  • Fonds
  • 2016 - 2018

Donation consists of photographs and textual records related to Dr. Glassey's research and exhibition work funded through the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The fonds includes records documenting the art installation at Cape Breton University Art Gallery titled; Avatars of Human Creativity: Exploring the ARTSCI Connect which ran during the fall of 2017. As well, records from the ArtSci Steam Conference that was held at Cape Breton University on November 17,18th are included.

Glassey, Barb Dr.

Elizabeth Beaton-Planetta fonds

  • MG 12.198
  • Fonds
  • 1900-2005

Fonds consists of papers that reflect Elizabeth Beaton's work at the Beaton Institute and personal academic research. The materials included cover a wide variety of topics concerning Cape Breton history, especially ethnicity. Beaton's work contains extensive research on Whitney Pier's West Indian and Ukrainian population.

Beaton, Elizabeth Dr.

Frank F. Robertson

  • MG 15.22
  • Fonds
  • 1919-1983

In 1942, Frank Robertson initiated a job printing business in New Waterford which he operated until 1966. In 1968, he joined the Cape Breton Bird Society and soon began writing his weekly column For the Birds for the Cape Breton Post. In 1978 he began a series for CBC.

Papers include:

  1. Correspondence and papers pertaining to publication of an anthology of verse by Cape Breton authors, 192-1930. Original and typescript, 2 cm.
  2. “For the Birds”, a newspaper column by Mr. Robertson, 22 November 1969 to May 1976. Typescript and clippings (5 folios), 11 cm.
  3. Clipping: “Elves refuse to Give up Blackett’s Lake Home”, 1928

Fred G. MacDonald Fonds

  • MG 15.41
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1971

Fonds consist of photocopies of the following papers by Mr. MacDonald: “Solomon Jacobs”, “Pottle’s Lake Drowning," “The Sacrament in the Early Days, 1873," “The Gammell Will Case, 1880," “The Flavin Murder 1833," “The Tragedy of the ‘Troop’, 1873," “Tale of the Bungling Hangman, 1816," “North Sydney and the Atlantic Cable [Sydney Harbour Convoys], 1940-1942. Also, textual records include, clippings and write-ups on Flora MacDonald and her father, Fred MacDonald.

Gaelic Songs

  • MG 6.43
  • Fonds
  • 20th century

Fonds consists of Gaelic poetry, songs, hymns and a letter. Creator is unknown.

A. Notebook of handwritten Gaelic songs believed to be the songs of Ewen MacKinnon, otherwise known in Iona as "Bodach a'Bhidse".
B. Gaelic translation of the hymn “The Old Old Story.” Hexatonic scale adapted to regular musical store by unknown person. Original, 2 pages.
C1. Song "Chuir Mi Cul ri Iollaraidh" (with English translation) [n.d.] Original, 2 pages. Presented by Mr. & Mrs. John MacKenzie, Mira Gut.
C2. Song: “Bheir a Nall am Botal Dhu” [sic] (local composition) Original, 2 pages. Presented by John Allan MacNeil, Grand Narrows.
C3a. "Mi'm Shuidhe M'Onar" by Scottish bard Sorley Cameron. The name “Neil MacDonald” is penciled on the manuscript but not definite that he is the author. Original, 8 pages.
C3b Humourous song [untitled] also written in Cape Breton. Signed by Neil Macdonald but he was not the author. Also 2 fiddle tunes with musical notation, one stating that it is from Bill Lamey. Original, 5 pages.
C4. Song (untitled) likely of Cape Breton origin. Typescript, 1 page.
D. Letter written in Gaelic from Crows Nest to a friend in Inverness County, 1915. Original, 1 page. Presented by John Neil Beaton, Port Hood, 1984.

General Mining Association

  • MG 14.19
  • Fonds
  • 1827-1900

The General Mining Association, a Branch of the London
firm of Rundell, Bridge and Rundell, was granted a monopoly on
the Nova Scotian coal reserves by the Duke of York in 1827. The
monopoly was rescinded in 1857, but operations continued until

  1. The mines on the southern side of the Sydney Coalfield
    were taken over between 1893 and 1900 by the Dominion Coal
    Company. Operations on the northern side of the Sydney
    Coalfield were purchased by the Nova Scotia Steel and Coal
    Company in 1900. This documentation includes an extensive
    collection: workmen

Gwen Pearson Booth

  • MG 15.33
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1964

Fond consists of the following 1. Writings: Hiking and Fishing Trails in Cape Breton (1964), The Story of the “Chameau”, An Historical Sketch of St. Ann’s (1964), “Arctic Endeavour”, Ancient Indian Burial Rites, Ancient Anchor of Englishtown.

  1. Clippings: General Wolfe and the Second Siege of Louisbourg (1963), St. George’s Church Established in 1785 (1962), A Wolf in Cape Breton (1960), The Hermit of Catalone, (n.d.), A Stranger at Mainadieu (1959), Primitive Religion of the Indians (1962), Oldest Lighthouse in North America, Letter to the Editor concerning an underground passageway at Louisbourg

Helen C. MacDonald

  • MG 15.5
  • Fonds
  • 1959-1978

Fonds consists of poetry and plays written by Mrs. MacDonald; history of schools in the Mira area; MacIntyre genealogy; and background material for "History of Mira Gut."
A. Writings by Mrs. Macdonald:
Play: “A Centennial Year Visit” 1967. typescript, 3 pages.
Poetry about Cape Breton, 1969-1978
Original, photocopy and print, 29 pages
Scrapbook of history of schools in the Mira District,
1959-1965. Photocopy and print, 29 pages
“Clan an T-Saoir” [MacIntyre Genealogy], n.d.
Photocopy, 12 pages.
“A Women’s Institute Rally”, 1969.
Original and clipping, 2 pages
Presented by Mrs. MacDonald.
82-68-1538
B. Manuscript, clippings and background material for “History of Mira Gut” [pamphlet 729] including a map showing location of Lost Village. Photocopy, 2 cm

Helen C. MacDonald

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church

  • MG 13.131
  • Fonds
  • 1912-1984

Fonds includes one parish brochure (1982) containing a brief history of the founding of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Catholic Church in Sydney with images of congregation members. Also included is one reel of microfilm (MB 66) listing the following vital statistics for the parish :

Birth and Baptism Records 1912-1985
First Communions
Marriages 1932-1984
Deaths 1935-1984

Hugh Francis MacKenzie fonds

  • MG 6.23
  • Fonds
  • 1905-1986

Fonds consists of papers that include:

b. Two copies of the history of the first settlers in Iona including MacKenzie's version of the story of their first encounter with the Mi'Kmaq ; a story in English and set in Christmas Island. Many cultural practices are discussed ; a speech addressed to The Nova Scotia and Canadian Associations of Social workers ; two songs in English.

MacKenzie, Hugh Francis

Inverness Board of Trade, Proceedings

  • MG 14.5
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1938

Fonds consists of original documents describing Inverness Board of Trade proceedings from between 1927 to 1938.

Inverness County Council of the Arts

  • MG 15.64
  • Fonds
  • 1983-1984

The Council was organized to encourage the development, performance and presentation of the creative, visual and performing arts in Inverness County. Fonds consist of the following: constitution (1983) and report submitted to Inverness County Council (1984).

J. Mariner Smith fonds

  • MG 12.1
  • Fonds
  • 1813-1961

Fonds consists of receipts and correspondence related to Smith's general store and his activities as an agent for the MacDonald Brothers, owners of the Glendyer Mills. Correspondence often refers to the political and economic conditions of Cape Breton. Some records of Thomas Murray and Co. are included with Smith's records. Presumably Smith took over the business of Thomas Murray and Co. ca. 1882. One account book from a general store in Port Hood operated by Smith is also included.

Smith, James Mariner

John Smith

  • MG. 15.36
  • Fonds
  • 1954

Fond consists of a folk tale, “Every Dog has His Day” in which the author uses names of people living in Shenacadie.

John W. Roberts

  • MG.15.9
  • Fonds
  • 1961

Poem titled My Ingonish Home.

John W. Roberts

Joseph Lawrence MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.31
  • Fonds
  • 1896-1995

Fonds consists of materials collected by Mr. MacDonald while he was on an LIP grant. Papers include:

  1. Promissory note of Angus MacLean in favour of D. N. McIntyre, Boisdale, 1896. Original, 1 page.
  2. League of the Cross membership card for Ronald MacKenzie, Christmas Island, 1908. Original, 1 page.
  3. Nova Scotia High School certificate, Grade X, for Joseph Lawrence MacDonald, 1926. Original, 1 page.
  4. Memorial card of Mrs. Alex N. MacNeil, 1962, Printed, 1 card.
  5. Diary kept by John A. MacDonald, of a trip to Scotland, 1971. Photocopy, 11 pages.
  6. List of the Alexander MacDonalds on the Kinloch estate, 1700-1800. Photocopy, 2 pages.
  7. Translation of the Gaelic story “Cross Road House” by Joseph L. MacDonald. Typescript, 4 pages.
  8. Historical sketch of the Island of Lewis. Photocopy, 4 pages.
  9. Weekly Work Record of Joseph L. MacDonald, 1972 Original, 20 pages.
    10.3 Gaelic stories. Original and typescript, 7 pages.
  10. Gaelic bible tract: “Ubhlan Oir” Printed, 26 pages.
  11. Plan and descriptions of violins. Printed, 4 pages.

MacDonald, Joseph Lawrence

MacDougall, John A.

  • MG 6.28
  • Fonds
  • 1913-1944

This fonds consists of a certificate for six shares in the Cape Breton Columbus Club, a speech, a souvenir copy of the funeral mass for Mr. MacDougall, the Gaelic story "'N Uair a Thig Ri Duine Thig Ris" about "Dòmhnull na n-Òrdagan" and the story "A'Bhraisd Lathurnach" or "The Brooch of Lorn by Scottish author Hector MacDougall.

MacNeil, Hector Character Reference

  • MG 6.5
  • Fonds
  • 1802

Fonds consists of a character reference for Hector MacNeil, one of the first Scottish settlers of Christmas Island.

MacNeil, Hector

MacSween, Agnes (MacNeil)

  • MG 6.10
  • Fonds
  • 1892

This fonds consists of a letter from Malcolm Campbell, Barra, with family news; copy of tombstone of Roderick and Jane MacNeil.

Campbell, Malcolm

Malcolm H. Gillis fonds

  • MG 6.8
  • Fonds
  • 1927

Fonds consists of a Gaelic song "Na Cnoic 's na Glinn" with words and music by Mr. Gillis; the song "Nigh'n Donn a Chuil Reidh, written by Gillis. There is also Mr. Gillis' notebook containing songs in Gaelic and English, one of which is the original version of "Na Cnoic 's na Glinn"; violin music; record of marriages, 1881-1883, probably performed in St. Joseph's Church, Southwest Margaree. Also included is an affidavit by Malcolm R. MacLeod concerning the copyright of Gilis' songs.

Gillis, Malcolm H.

McKeen Family fonds

  • MG 12.109
  • Fonds
  • 1820-1865

Fonds consist of papers relating to William McKeen and son John McKeen's personal, business, and political life in Mabou. Majority of records consist of correspondence, business ledgers including one of John McKeen's dated 1884-1887. The ledger information notes sales of fruit trees, plants and seeds including plant varieties, names of buyers and prices paid.

McKeen, William

Men of the Deeps

  • MG 15.38
  • Fonds
  • 1974

Fonds consists of songs of the Cape Breton mining communities, a paper by John C. O’Donnell, the late Director of the Men of the Deeps.

Mitchell Business and Family fonds

  • MG 21.20
  • Fonds

Fonds consists of papers related to coal mining and other business activities of Henry Mitchell and sons as well as family records documenting life in Bridgeport (now Dominion) Nova Scotia and various locations in Pennsylvania. Correspondence between Henry and his children provide a detailed account of social, economic and political life in North America between the mid-19th and early 20th century.

Members of the Mitchell family were impacted by the American Civil War which is documented among the letters, along with various events of note in Canada including Confederation.

Mitchell, Henry

Morrison's Store, St. Peter's

  • MG 14.195
  • Fonds
  • 1883-1996

Fonds consists of administrative, personal, and miscellaneous papers from Morrison's General Store Ltd. in St. Peter's, Richmond County, Nova Scotia. The majority of the records are administrative and include operational purchase ledgers, payroll and inventory books. The materials also reflect store owner Alex A. Morrison's political activities such as voters' lists, election records and correspondence related to local politicians. Papers also include records related to the Department of Indian Affairs; it is possible that either Morrison's General Store or the D.Y. Stewart & Sons store served as a depot for agents who worked for Indian Affairs. A series of correspondence from A.J. Boyd as well as other Indian Agents in Cape Breton and mainland Nova Scotia are included in the records

Morrison's General Store

Paruch Family fonds

  • MG 21.26
  • Fonds

Donation consists of Paruch family documents including photographs and textual materials as well as recordings of Johnny Paruch's band.

Paul MacEwan fonds

  • MG 9.30
  • Fonds
  • 1936-1998

Fonds consists of the personal materials of Paul MacEwan, founder and leader of the Cape Breton Labour Party from 1982-1987 and former member of the Nova Scotia Legislature for Cape Breton Nova from 1970-2003. Included is correspondence, subjects files concerning healthcare and agriculture, press releases, and papers related to the New Democratic Party and Cape Breton Labour Party.

MacEwan, Paul

Rev. Duncan Joseph Rankin

  • MG 6.32
  • Fonds
  • 1911

Fonds consists of:
The 1920 petition by M.R. MacLeod to allow Gaelic to be taught in public schools.
A letter to the editor of the Casket urging readers to speak Gaelic to their children in the home.
Various writings in Gaelic, including a story attributed to Joe "Eòs a'Ghobha" MacNeil of Christmas Island, a story about a humorous trip for Boisdale to Christmas Island and a congratulatory speech for the 50th anniversary of Johnny A. and Peggy MacKinnon of Rear Iona.

Rev. Hugh A. MacDonald

  • MG 15.51
  • Fonds
  • [N.D]

“A Hymn of Thanks and Praise for the Lovely Margarees” by Rev. Hugh A. MacDonald, dedicated to the memory of Rev. Finlay Chisholm

Sid Kerner

  • MG 15.84
  • Fonds
  • 1976

Collection of photographs all taken in 1976 during a trip to Cape Breton. They deal mainly with Cape Breton's rural areas: Dingwall, St. Peters, Baddeck, Neil's Harbour, Ingonish, Bay St. Lawrence, along the Cabot Trail and Sydney depicting scenery, people, cemeteries, rock formations, buildings, churches and environmental waste.

Kerner, Sid

South Bar Knitting Club fonds

  • MG 21.18
  • Fonds
  • 1939-01-06 - 1951-02-12

Fonds consists of two minute books and one photograph of the South Bar Knitting Club. Though the club was formed in 1938, records of meetings begin for the organization on January 6, 1939, and continue until February 12, 1951. The minutes of the club record the election of officers, fundraising events, and general business of each meeting. The minutes detail the involvement of the club in fundraising for the war effort during WWII. Various engagements with other community organizations such as the Young Men's Christian Association, Red Cross, and Imperial Order of the Daughters of the Empire are recorded. The photograph was taken in 1950 and is a black and white image of the members of the society.

South Bar Knitting Club

Steel City Players

  • MG 15.7
  • Fonds
  • 1977

Fonds consists of a draft script of the “The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island”, performed at the College of Cape Breton, produced by the Steel City Players, and directed by Gary Walsh to great popular acclaim.

Steel City Players

  • MG 15.7
  • Fonds
  • 1977

Fonds consists of script of play "The Rise and Follies of Cape Breton Island" performed at the College of Cape Breton. It was produced by the Steel City Players, and was directed by Gary Walsh to popular acclaim.

Steel City Players

Stella Mann Fonds

  • MG 12.224
  • Fonds
  • 1858-1987

Fonds consists of textual records and photographs that were collected and created by the Mann familiy, including information about Gabarus residents who were involved in World War 1.

Mann, Stella

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