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Thomas J. Brown fonds
MG 21.48 · Fonds · 1820 - 1939

Fonds consists of Brown’s collection of mining documents, the manuscript for his book, Place Names of Nova Scotia as well as an undated mining manuscript. Also included is a copy of the poem The Mayflower, the book Gaelic Lessons for Beginners, a scroll addressed to E.G. McKay, a leather nameplate, newspaper clippings and correspondence.

Brown, Thomas James
Sydney Coal Yard Work
CA BI 77-595-729 · Item · ca. 1925

Item is a photograph of a group of coal yard workers in Sydney.

CA BI 80-31-4211 · Item · 1916

Item is a photograph of the "Princess" Colliery, Sydney Mines. The "Princess" Colliery operated from 1875-1975, and the mine produced more than 22 million tons of coal during its 100 years of operation.

CA BI 78-152-1902 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of two men standing in front of the powder storage building at the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Pit Pony in No. 20 Colliery
CA BI 77-698-832 · Item · 1952

Item is a photograph of a horse hauling coal in a pit with driver John Bennett, who was reported to be an expert in the care of horses.

Shedden, Leslie
CA BI 77-39-168 · Item · ca. 1911

Item is a reproduction of a photograph of the general offices and laboratory of the Dominion Iron and Coal Company in Glace Bay.

New Victoria Miners
CA BI 80-110-4290 · Item · 1938

Item is a photograph of miners with the first load of coal from No. 18 Colliery, 18 March, 1938. The men are identified on the back of the photograph.

CA BI 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
Miners, New Waterford
CA BI 80-16-4196 · Item · 1921

Item is a photograph of miners at #14, New Waterford, with new lamps.

Miners Entering the Pit
CA BI 77-1535-1669a · Item · ca. 1930

Item is a postcard is of miners sitting in cars ready to go into the pit.

Caption: "Miners Entering the Pit, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia - 10."
Reverse caption: "Photogelatine Engraving Co Ltd Ottawa, Dominion Crest, (Picture of Crest), Made in Canada."

Photogelatine Engraving Co. Ltd.
Miners (boys) at Caledonia
CA BI 80-5-4185 · Item · ca. 1903

Item is a photograph of boy miners at Caledonia, taken after their shift had finished and they had changed into casual wear.

Standing in the second row, left to right: Jim Wadden, Peter Jobes and Tim Wadden
In the front row, left to right: (seated) Tius Tutty, Fred Wadden, Bill MacKenzie, (standing) F.K. Wadden.
Off to the left is Allie MacKenzie, and behind him Tom Wadden.

CA BI 78-148-1898 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin. Two men are standing on wooden scaffolding repairing steam pipes.

Shedden Studio
Men Descending Shaft
CA BI 77-699-833 · Item · 20th century

Item is a photograph showing nurses going down into the shaft at IB Colliery, Glace Bay.

CA BI 78-149-1899 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of three men holding shovels at the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Two of the men have been identified as follows:
Myron Cohen (at left), and Jack Morrison (middle).

Main Street, Glace Bay
CA BI 77-90-225 · Item · 1910-1930

Item is a hand-coloured postcard of Main Street, Glace Bay. The general warehouse of the Dominion Coal Company is marked with an "x."

Lingan Mine
CA BI 78-137-1887 · Item · 1977

Item is an aerial photograph of the mine in Lingan.

Limestone Quarrie
CA BI 77-67-201 · Item · ca. 1910

Item is a photograph of railcars, tracks, and miners at the limestone quarry in Point Edward.

CA BI 82-81-6781 · Item · 1975

Item is a photograph of a miner with the last pit pony at the #26 Colliery.

Fitzgerald, Owen
Jamesville Pump
CA BI 77-149-283 · Item · ca. 1905

Item is a photograph of the Jamesville Pump, brought from England by G.M.A. Princess Pit, Sydney Mines.

CA BI 77-105-239 · Item · 1952

Item is a photograph of pit horses on vacation during the miners' vacation at no. 20 colliery. The only time the pit ponies were brought to the surface was during the miners' three week vacation period. The vacation period was also used to maintain the mines.

Shedden, Leslie
CA BI 77-585-719 · Item · ca. 1890

Item is a photograph of the Gowrie Shipping Piers and Breakwater in Port Morien, Nova Scotia. There are several ships and small boats in the harbour.

Glace Bay Mining Co. Engine
CA BI 77-58-192 · Item · 20th century

Item is a photograph of the Glace Bay Mining Co. Engine, featuring E.P. Archibal and three employees.

Glace Bay #2 Colliery
CA BI 77-697-831 · Item · May 1969

Item is a photograph of the Glace Bay #2 Colliery which is the oldest mine in North America.

CA BI 78-154-1904 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of the generating plant of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

General Mining Association
CA BI 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
Fraser at No. 1-B Colliery
CA BI 77-104-238 · Item · 1955

Item is a photograph of Fraser, the last of the No. 1-B pit ponies. Fraser spent more of his life-time at the service of the coal company than any other horse in the company's history. He is shown here on the occasion of his retirement.

Shedden, Leslie
CA BI 76-102 · Item · 1909

Item is a photograph of the first draeger crew formed in North America; the crew was formed at the No. 2 and No. 9 collieries, Glace Bay.
Front row: John Joe MacNeil, Mr. Fergie, Norman MacKenzie. Middle row: Dan "Storey" MacDonald, Joe Campbell, Thomas Turner, James MacMahon, Unknown, Roddie "Heenan" MacDonald, Matt MacAdam, Dan MacGillivary, Gilbert Darroch, Alex T. MacNeil, Mick Steele.
Back row: Harry Miller, Vannie Nicholson, John MacLean, John Robinson, Dan W. "Kink" McDonald, Unknown, Unknown Evan Prothero, Unknown.

Donkin miners
86-68-16165 · Item · ca. 1925

Item is a photograph of miners in rail cars, waiting to descend into the Donkin Mine.

CA BI 77-1250-1384 · Item · 1912

Item is a photograph of the Dominion Colliery No. 2 in Glace Bay from the souvenir album "Souvenir of Cape Breton." The colliery is seen across water.

Dominion Coal Scales, Sydney
CA BI 77-897-1031 · Item · ca. 1930

Item is a photograph of the Dominion Coal Scales in Sydney, showing horses and sleighs bringing coal to be weighed.

Dominion Coal Co.
CA BI 77-14-141 · Item · ca. 1900

Item is a photograph of the coke ovens at the Steel Plant in Sydney; the coal is being shipped to the coke ovens.

Dominion #6 Generator
CA BI 78-139-1889 · Item · 20th century

Item is a photograph of the generator for the Dominion #6 mine.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-143-1893 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-153-1903 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-156-1906 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-147-1897 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-151-1901 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-155-1905 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-144-1894 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-158-1908 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-145-1895 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of two men in front of a brick building, which was part of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-146-1896 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of pit lumber at the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Dominion #6
CA BI 78-157-1907 · Item · ca. 1920

Item is a photograph of a view of the Dominion #6 Colliery in Donkin.

Cyril J. McDonald Collection
MG 21.26 · Collection · 1948-1968

The collection consists of cellulose acetate film-based negatives originally belonging to Shedden Studio of Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. The collection consists of 1136 negatives in two sizes: 10 x 12.5 cm and 12.5 x 16 cm. The content of the images primarily documents coal mining activity between 1948-1968 connected with the operations of the Dominion Coal and Steel Company (DOSCO). In addition to company staff portraits and company events, the negatives mainly capture coal miners and equipment above and below the surface. The main work sites documented include Glace Bay-based collieries ( 1B, No. 18, No. 26, No. 20, No. 25, No. 25). The collection also contains what appear to be unrelated images of rural Cape Breton and a group of Images of Glace Bay and rural Cape Breton. As well, a grouping of unidentified and un-numbered negatives which may belong to an earlier accrual accompanied this donation.
The negatives have been arranged to a series level with five distinct series. A selection of negatives from each series has been digitized for access purposes. An item level listing corresponding to the scanned images is available but does not include all the negatives. Unfortunately, no original listing or indices for the negatives were included in the donation and are thought to be lost. The full item level inventory is in process and after the appraisal is complete, some of the negatives will be re-arranged with earlier accruals to re-create original order.

Shedden, Leslie