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While the Worm Sleeps
CA BI FT-265 · Item · 1977

Item is a "Spruce budworm special". Opening scene of item depicts a well dressed man.

ATV
CA BI FT 18 · Item · 1985

File consists of two videos of a gathering at the AOC Churchyard during Whitney Pier's West Indian Reunion.

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.

West Indian Music
CA BI T-914 · Item

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of "I'm Coming up the Rough Side of the Mountain," the theme music for the West Indian Reunion.

West Indian Foodways
CA BI FT 1 (24) · Item · 1983

Item is a video of Elizabeth Beaton and Stephanie Inglis interviewing Uri Johnston and Cecilia Coward about West Indian Foodways.

West Indian Blacks
CA BI T-2203 · Item

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Pam Newton interviewing Annabelle Kirton about the West Indian population of Sydney.

Underwater Louisbourg
CA BI FT-270 · Item · 1972

Item is a film that "documents the French fleet lost in Louisbourg harbour during battles with the British in the 18th century." Optical Soundtrack.

Cape Breton Development Corporation; Louisbourg Underwater Archaeological Society
CA BI T-3114 · Item · 29 Apr. 1991

File consists of an audio recording of Rita Joe explaining why she wrote the poem about the Grand Chief; describes Donald Marshall Sr. as a person and reads the poem she wrote in his honour. Rita Joe talks about
the number of people who gathered to pay their respects to Donald Marshall Sr. Closes with violin tune, "Echoes," performed by Winnie Chafe and daughter, Patricia Chafe Nauge.

Town of New Waterford
CA BI T-2167 · Item · 1981

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of C.J.C.B. Radio "Talk Back" announcer Norris Nathanson interviewing Dr. Danny Nathanson on the history of the town of New Waterford.

Tommy Doucet
R-354 · Item · 1979

Item is a sound recording of Tommy Doucet.

Tignish Cooperatives
FT-268 · Item · 1970

Item is a documentary investigating the lives of those living in Tignish, Prince edward Island. Set in PEI, funded with help from Memorial University with money from the Donner Canadian Foundation and the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Produced by George C. Stoney for the NFB. Optical Soundtrack.

National Film Board of Canada
The Trepanner
CA BI FT-255 · Item · 1956

Item is a film detailing the parts, controls and purpose of the coal cutting machine known as a trepanner. Optical soundtrack.

National Coal Board
CA BI T-958 · Item · Oct. 1980

File consists of an audio recording of the CBI Radio show, Fresh Air, featuring a conversation with several informants on various topics concerning life at Eskasoni and Mi'kmaw culture.

The Life of Alvinus Calder
CA BI T-292 · Item · 1985

Item is a reel to reel audio tape that features a sound recording of Elizabeth Beaton interviewing Carol Calder about Dr. Alvinus Calder.

Track listing is as follows:

  • Dr. Alvinus Calder, his life and diaries; Dr. Calder's papers are anecdote style, written in the third person, thoughts over a long period of time
  • Trip to Moscow, speech delivered on return, Post-Record clippings
  • Family still living in Grenada, his attitudes toward the governments administration of the country
  • His contemporaries - Dr. Young, Dr. Devereaux, Dr. Sandy MacDonald
  • Catholic; Attended St. Mary's Polish Church, good friend of Father O'Connell
  • Known for his public speaking, reference to Mrs. Calder, 3 books are rewrites
  • Dr. Calder, brown 1892, died 1975, lived in Grenada; For one year after graduating from medical school, involved with U.N.I.A.; Reference to St. Alban's, St. Philip's
CA BI T-2348 · Item · 1989

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Mr. A.T. Rhymes being interviewed by his son, Fulton Rhymes, about the history of the Sydney Steel Plant.

The Grey Ghost
CA BI FT-269 · Item · 1976

Item is a film. Its opening scene is depicting that of a brick fire place.

ATV
The Future of Sydney Steel
CA BI T-2258 · Item · ca. 1985

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of a CBC Radio program entitled "The Future of Sydney Steel."

Track listing is as follows:

  • The History of the Sydney Steel Plant, DOSCO threatening to close it on Black Friday 1967
  • History from 1901 to present
  • The working of the plant; Various furnaces
  • The importance of the Plant during World War II investments poured into the plant
  • Hard times before the Union came
  • Establishment of Local 1064
  • 1967 march in Sydney to keep the Steel Plant alive
  • Problems during the 1980s with SYSCO; Many of the mills closed and moved to Upper Canada
The Cable Belt Converyor
CA BI FT-253 · Item · n.d.

Item is a film depicting the use of the cable belt. Optical soundtrack.

Associated British-Pathe ltd.
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
CA BI T-799 · Item · 1977

Item consists of an audio reel that features a sound recording of C.B.I. Radio's Bill Doyle interviewing Ed Parris about Cape Breton's Black community.

Track listing is as follows:

  • Black culture in Cape Breton; His parents came from Barbados
  • Most blacks in Cape Breton came from West Indies but origin was Africa
  • Discrimination today
  • The African Orthodox Church
  • Close contact kept with relatives in West Indies
  • Ethnic food and music
  • Black culture will get stronger, young people are organizing
  • Intermarriage; His wife is white, no problems
  • The role of the media
  • Parents are influential in the Black community
  • Black United Front
  • George Maxwell, a Black man who spoke Gaelic
  • The television show "Roots" and its affect on Black culture
  • Hidden prejudice, it cannot be proven
  • Discrimination in employment, law
Tarbot Music Festival fonds
CA BI MG 21.18 · Fonds · 1977 - 1979

Fonds consists of materials related to the Tarbot Music Festival held in Tarbot, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, including audio reels of 1977 festival performances, a cassette with a Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) radio segment about the festival, photographs, a festival poster, a patch, and a ‘Tarbot’ stamp.

Tarbot, Cape Breton's Music Festival Inc.
CA BI T-76 · Item · 1969

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Sister Margaret Beaton and Mrs. A.C. Day interviewing Mrs. Emily Chapman about her experience in Sydney. Mrs. Chapman speaks about the cause that the Jubilee Singers supported.

Track listing is as follows:

  • Introduction of Mrs. Emily (Kendall) Chapman
  • Where did the Kendalls come from?
  • Where did Dr. Kendall practice medicine?
  • Where did Dr. Kendall study medicine?
  • Did you have an allowance when you were young?
  • Have you any interesting stories about your father's career?
  • What part did you father play in the Bill for Workman's Compensation Act in 1898?
  • Mrs. Chapman gives very interesting stories of her father. She told of many strange incidents.
  • Sick calls made by Dr. Kendall. The hardships of travel to these homes and the poverty of the people when he arrived.
  • Is it true that your father did an amputation on a kitchen table out in the country?
  • Mrs. Day asks about the story of the $5.
  • Your mother must have been a marvellous and charitable woman.
  • She could never have tea because she would have nothing to serve.
  • "A funny story about my father..."
  • Who was your mother?
  • I ave the loveliest memories of my whole life at Crawley's Creek.
  • Tell us about your social life as a young girl.
  • What do you remember of the theatre in Sydney?
  • Who were the Jubilee Singers? They tried to make money to help the Negroes.
  • What was the story of Sir Wilfred Laurier and you?
  • What about local talent?
  • Duke of Kent, interesting story about him.
  • Mrs. Day asks, "Did Dr. Kendall get even a small pension from the city?"
  • "You asked me about the old Orange Hall.."
Steeling From Nature
CA BI FT-259 · Item · 1949

Item is a film providing a detailed look at the steel industry in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Department of Mines
Steel Plant Original Cuts
CA BI FT-254 · Item · n.d.

Item is a film, in which the opening frames depict a factory and its workers dealing with what appears to be heated metal. No sound.

CA BI T-2346 · Item · 1989

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of John Mackley being interviewed by Fulton Rhymes about the Sydney Steel Plant.

CA BI T-2347 · Item · 1989

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Blair Caum being interviewed by Fulton Rhymes about the Sydney Steel Plant.

St. Anne's Mission
CA BI FT-232 · Item · 1970

Item is a film depicting St. Anne's Mission

Raytel Photography
Song of Seasons
CA BI FT-228 · Item · 1977

Item is a film depicting the evolving life of Cape Breton locals. Optical Soundtrack.

Crabtree, Grant
Song of Eskasoni
CA BI 2007-008.3.001 · Item · 1993

File consists of "an account of the revival of the native traditions and spirituality in Eskasoni through the writings of Rita Joe."

Simon Cremo
CA BI T-1516 · Item · 1960

File consists of an audio recording of violin selections; includes jigs, reels & polkas performed by Simon Cremo, Eskasoni.

Rita Joe Honorary Doctorate
CA BI FT-108 · Item · 1998

Item is a video recording of Rita Joe receiving an honorary doctorate during a convocation ceremony at Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Piobaireachd
R-98 · Item · 1968

Item is a sound recording of Seumas MacNeill and John MacFadyen.

CA BI FT-272 · Item · 1955

Item is a film exploring the consequences of the declining coal industry.

National Film Board of Canada
FT-227 · Item · 1955

Item is a short film documenting the opening of the Canso Causeway in 1955

Alexander Hugh Mackinnon
On the Go
CA BI T-2279 · Item · ca. 1987

File consists of an audio recording of the CBC program, On the Go, featuring a segment on the 1987 Summer Games.

NSEIT Opening Day
CA BI FT-246 · Item · May 29, 1970

Item is a film of the opening day ceremonies for the Nova Scotia Eastern Institute of Technology (NSEIT). Double Perforated Film. No sound.

CA BI T-2191 · Item · 1985

Item is an audio reel that features a sound recording of Mrs. Mary Best being interviewed by Toby Morris about the Ukrainian culture and her marriage to a West Indian man.

Track listing is as follows:
Side A:

  • Austrian-Hungarian background; Family moved to Sydney in 1930; Ukrainian-Polish neighbourhood, easy to get by without speaking English
  • Nuns were tolerant of problems facing immigrant children; Greek Orthodox went to Holy Ghost Church
  • Ukrainian festive traditions (Easter and Christmas)
  • Father experienced discrimination at open hearth, died in plant accident
  • Importance of education; Went to grade eight
  • Married West Indian, description of West Indian Culture

Side B:

  • Importance of Ukrainian language, taught at Ukrainian Hall; Loss of traditions
  • Job at Tea Gardens
  • All children born at home with a local woman as a midwife, old time remedies, doctors occasionally called
  • Homemade wines, livestock
  • Old people were good neighbours, multi-ethnic neighbourhood
  • Christmas - very holy; Food centre of celebration; Peanuts and walnuts hidden in straw
  • Baptisms were popular celebrations; Parents strict in enforcing Ukrainian language
  • Loss of Ukrainian language, spoken in stores
  • Women expected to get married and raise children
  • Crime was not a problem; no discrimination of prejudice
Mothers March on Polio
CA BI FT-258 · Item · [1973?]

Item is a film, in which its opening scenes depict a woman walking along a sidewalk and a group of men emptying a box contain what appears to be letters. Optical soundtrack.

Minuet (Boccherini)
R-580 · Item

Item is an audio disc of a recording by Fritz Kreisler.

Mi'kmaw Language Class
CA BI FT-0009 · Item · 1981

File consists of a videorecording of a Mi'kmaw language class at the Mi'kmawey elementary school, Chapel Island. Class deals with the teaching of proper names, pronunciation, chanting, etc. Beaton Institute Production; 15 minutes.

Mi'kmaw culture and music
CA BI T-302 · Item · 1971

File consists of an audio recording of Mi'kmaw songs and music recorded at a Mi'kmaw gathering in Truro. Directed by Sister Angelina Vallas.

Lake Ainslie
CA BI FT-230 · Item · [ca. 1928]

Item is a film in which the opening scene depicts a group of people congregated at what appears to be a small harbour or wharf. This snapshot of people and places across Cape Breton and Nova Scotia includes scenes of haymaking, sport fishing, farm life, Lake Ainslie, Inverness Beach, Sea Wolf (Margaree) Island, and more.

Interview with Winnie Chafe
CA BI T-900 · Item · 1977

File consists of an audio recording of an interview with Winnie Chafe, Glace Bay. She mentions that the Scottish, French and Mi'kmaq all settled in Frenchvale and that the Mi'kmaq taught the other settlers to hunt and trap.

Interview with Lee Cremo
CA BI T-883 · Item · 1977

File consists of an audio recording of an interview with Lee Cremo in Eskasoni. Lee Cremo's background as a fiddler, the various fiddle styles in Cape Breton. Also, prejudice and the gap between white and Mi'kmaw ways of thinking.