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"Greetings from Whitney Pier"

  • 87-513-17043
  • Item
  • ca. 1930

Item is a postcard sending greetings from Cape Breton's steel mecca, Whitney Pier.

1923 Steel Srike

  • 89-504-18699
  • Item
  • ca. 1923

Item is a photograph of the members of the Royal 22 Regiment patrolling the plant grounds during the Steel Strike of 1923.

1923 Steel Strike

  • 89-505-18700
  • Item
  • ca. 1923

Item is a photograph of army troops patrolling the steel plant during the Steel Strike of 1923.

Blacks and West Indians

  • T-2199
  • Item

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Kay (Morrison) Borden being interviewed by Pam Newton about the Blacks and West Indians of Whitney Pier.

Blacks at Whitney Pier

  • 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)

Blast Furnace Crew

  • 91-602-22563
  • Item
  • 1900

Item is a photograph of the crew stopping for a picture as they are manning one of the blast furnaces in the Sydney steel plant.

Cape Breton Area Priests

  • 77-663-797
  • Item
  • ca. 1915

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Area Priests in front of Holy Redeember Convent, Whitney Pier.

Coke Pile

  • 87-92-16622
  • Item
  • ca. 1960

Item is a photograph of trucks moving atop a coke pile near the steel plant.

Construction

  • 91-610-22571
  • Item
  • ca. 1912

Item is a photograph of builders at work, constructing one of the buildings at the steel plant.

Construction Workers

  • 84-514-14614
  • Item
  • ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of men stopping for a portrait while at work constructing the coal wash plant. Photograph taken by G.H. Woodhill.

Construction of the Coal Wash Plant

  • 84-512-14612
  • Item
  • ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of the coal wash plant as it was being constructed. Photograph taken by G.H. Woodhill.

DOSCO Employees

  • 90-460-19892a
  • Item
  • 1930

Item is a photograph of DOSCO steelworkers in 1930.

DOSCO Forge Workers

  • 93-211-24185
  • Item
  • ca. 1944

Item is a group photograph of men who worked in the forge.

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.

Elmwood School, 1969-70

  • 86-105-16203
  • Item
  • 1969

Item is a photograph of a class at Elmwood School in 1969.

Evening View of the Sydney Steel Plant

  • 91-298-22259
  • Item
  • September 1951

Item is a photograph of a view of the plant, taken from across the harbour. The bright lights on the right-hand side of the picture are caused by molten slag being poured into the harbour and reflecting on the water. In the image, the coal piers, the number one DOSCO pier, the number two DOSCO pier, the blasting furnaces, open hearth, and the blooming mill are all visible. Credit is given to Guy Blouin (photographer)/National Film Board of Canada/Library and Archives Canada/PA-175736.

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church

  • 84-1442-15542
  • Item
  • 1970

Item is a photograph of the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church in Whitney Pier, N.S.

Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church 60th Anniversary

  • 84-1443-15543
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a photograph of the cake cutting at the 60th anniversary celebrations for the Holy Ghost Ukrainian Church in Whitney Pier, N.S.

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

Holy Redeemer Church, Sydney

  • 77-929-1063
  • Item
  • 1919

Item is a photograph of Holy Redeemer Church in Sydney with the clergy and Knights of Columbus on the convent steps following the blessing of the church. Persons within the photograph are identified on its reverse.

Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier

  • 77-723-857
  • Item
  • ca. 1910

Item is a composite photograph featuring images of the interior and exterior of Holy Redeemer Church, Whitney Pier, its glebe and convent, and an inset of Reverends MacInnis and McDonald.

Holy Redeemer Convent

  • 77-1513-1647
  • Item
  • ca. 1912

Item is a postcard of the Holy Redeemer Convent, including the church and the glebe house in Whitney Pier.

Informal Religion

  • T-559
  • Item
  • 1985

File consists of two audio reels that feature sound recordings of a speech presented by Reverend Vincent Waterman at St. Philip's African Orthodox Church to the Friends of Whitney Pier that outlines the history of the Church.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • History of A.O.C. priests, problems, establishment, etc.; Pier not an "ethnic ghetto," Synod in Pier
  • Trained by American Catholic Church, Endich Theological Seminary
  • Commitment to A.O.C.
  • Majority of Blacks belong to either United or Anglican or Catholic Churches
  • More support from whites, negative defeatist attitude in Sydney
  • Need for pride in community
  • Informal religion and A.O.C.
  • Father came in 1940
  • Sunday very important day, always dress up for church

Side B:

  • Christmas preparations, food and customs
  • Sermons based on gospel
  • Holy days
  • Christmas celebrations
  • Women in church
  • Prayers
  • Superstition, preach good behaviours, no African Methodist Episcopalian Churches in Nova Scotia
  • Brought up very strict
  • Awareness of African Heritage
  • Food was very important, West Indian dishes
  • Linguistics, dialects
  • Further from Cuba, mother from Antigua
  • Many left A.O.C.; Very discouraging at times

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

MacIsaac Girls, Sydney

  • 79-1195-4175
  • Item
  • ca. 1912

Item is a photograph of Cassie, Sadie and Annie MacIsaac. The three women were co-owners of the Bonnie View Hotel in Whitney Pier.

Muggah Home, Sydney

  • 78-186-1936
  • Item
  • 1900

Item is a photograph of the Muggah home and property. The family and their horses are in the yard and two people are riding on a carriage pulled by a horse.

Only the Shadows Remain: Ethnic History of Whitney Pier

  • Item
  • 1980

Item is a report that features information about the Black, Jewish, Newfoundland and Eastern European communities in Whitney Pier. The report pays special attention to issues faced by the Black Quarter, including racism and out-migration, and features population statistics for the years 1961-1980. Part of the report also focuses on the establishment of St. Philip's African Orthodox Church (1921).

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

Pier School Children's Band

  • 86-112-16210
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a photograph of the Pier School Children's Band dressed for a production of "Cinderella."

Polish Band

  • 79-1097-4077
  • Item
  • 1910

Item is a photograph of male members of a Polish band.

Polish Society

  • 79-1098-4078
  • Item
  • ca. 1910

Item is a photograph showing a group of members of a Polish Society. Members not identified.

Polish Wedding

  • 79-1096-4076
  • Item
  • ca. 1910

Item is a photograph of a large wedding party, including the bride and groom.

Pysanky

  • 84-163-14263
  • Item
  • 1965

Item is a photograph of children being instructed in painting Ukrainian Easter eggs (pysanky) at the Ukrainian Hall in Whitney Pier, taken in the 1970s. Identified in the photograph are: Michael O'Jolick, Catherine Sawka, Ann Hawrylak, Natalie Pronko, William Melnyk, Denise Mahalik.

Abbass Studios 1985 Limited

Rev. Brian MacDonald

  • 77-644-778
  • Item
  • ca. 1967

Item is a photograph of Rev. Brian MacDonald of Holy Redeemer Parish, Whitney Pier.

Rev. England

  • 84-158-14258
  • Item
  • 1925

Item is a photograph of Reverend England of St. Cyprian's Anglican Church, Whitney Pier. Rev. England was
West Indian and served a congregation of mainly West Indian Blacks.

St. Mary's Polish Church Men's Club

  • 96-368-27056
  • Item
  • 1988

Item is a photograph of members of the St. Mary's Polish Church Men's Club taken in the basement of the Polish Village Hall.

Ray Doucette

St. Mary’s Polish Church, Postcard

  • 82-953-7653
  • Item
  • [ca. 1918]

Item is a postcard of St. Mary’s Polish Church with a portrait of Rev. Camillus Grzybala, in the top-right corner. The text at the top of the photograph reads, “Kościół Narodzenia N. M. P. w Whitney, Pier, N.S.” The text at the bottom of the photograph reads, “Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Polish R. C. Church, Whitney Pier, N.S. Canada.”

St. Nicholas Italian Church

  • 81-237-5307
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a postcard displaying St. Nicholas Italian Church in Whitney Pier, N.S. There is a portrait of Rev. D. Viola in the upper left corner, and an image of St. Nicholas in the upper right corner.

St. Philips African Orthodox Church

  • 88-644-18154
  • Item
  • [n.d.]

Item is a photograph of the congregation of St. Philips African Orthodox Church in Whitney Pier, N.S.

Steel Plant Shipping Piers

  • 81-422-5502
  • Item
  • ca. 1905

Item is a photograph depicting the shipping piers of the allied companies in Sydney harbour.

Sydney Blast Furnace at Night

  • 94-660-25175
  • Item
  • ca. 195-

Item is a photograph of the Sydney Steel Plant's blast furnace set against the night sky.

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