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Lyceum Theatre, Sydney

  • 78-902-2652
  • Item
  • ca. 1920

Item is a photographic postcard of the Lyceum Theatre, Sydney, showing Sacred Heart Church.


  • 78-959-2809
  • Item
  • 1943

Item is a photograph of the ship Geadiola.

Sydney Academy

  • 78-1195-2945
  • Item
  • ca. 1890

Item is a photograph of Sydney Academy when it was located on the corner of George and Dorchester Streets. The railway trestle and the home of the Hon. James McKeagney are visible.

Sydney Aerial View

  • 79-999-3979
  • Item
  • ca. 1938

Item is an aerial photograph of Sydney showing the court house, Sacred Heart Church, Steel Plant and the area later occupied by Xavier Junior College.

Spinning Bee

  • 79-847-3827
  • Item
  • ca. 1940

Item is a photograph of a spinning bee in Cape North.

Draeger Crew, No. 2 and No. 9 Colliery, Glace Bay

  • 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, ?, 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, ?, ? Evan Prothero, ?.

Packard, 1909

  • 80-161-4341
  • Item
  • 1909

Item is a photograph of an unidentified man driving a 1909 Packard.

Polish Wedding

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

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

John C. (Johnny) Miles

  • 80-213-4393
  • Item
  • 1926

Item is a photograph of a complimentary dinner to John C. Miles, Boston Marathon Runner, 1926, by the Cape Breton Club of Boston.

YMCA Ladies Class, Sydney

  • 80-293-4473
  • Item
  • 1907

Item is a photograph of unidentified members of the YMCA Ladies Class, Sydney.


  • 78-730-2480
  • Item
  • ca. 1880

Item is a photograph of a view of the Upper Bay, Baddeck, taken from Red Head.

Keisel, Theodore

Boat Builders, Beinn Bhreagh

  • 77-85-219
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of female boatbuilders, taken by Charles Martin of the National Geographic Society. Thirteen boatbuilders pose with lifeboats built at Beinn Bhreagh, Baddeck under the supervision of Alexander Graham Bell. Those pictured are identified on the reverse of the photograph.

Martin, Charles

Boat Builders, Beinn Bhreagh

  • 77-86-220
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of female boat builders, taken by Charles Martin of the National Geographic Society. Four women work indoors on a lifeboat in the foreground, while two others work on another boat in the background. These lifeboats were built at Beinn Bhreagh, Baddeck under the supervision of Alexander Graham Bell during the First World War.

Martin, Charles

"General Byng"

  • 78-420-2170
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of the schooner "General Byng," taken during its construction during the First World War.

Lt. John Pringle

  • 78-1150-2900
  • Item
  • ca. 1917

Item is a photograph of Lt. (also Rev.) John Pringle in uniform sitting in the trenches during the First World War. He is surrounded by various personal effects including a rifle and coat. He is identified in a typed caption at the top of the photograph.

Weston and Son

Peary arriving at Sydney Harbour

  • 78-970-2820
  • Item
  • 1909

Item is a photograph of Robert Peary's ship Roosevelt arriving at the Cape Breton Electric Company Wharf.

Halifax, May 16, 1919

  • 84-61-14161
  • Item
  • 1919

Item is a postcard showing the return of the 25th Battalion of the CEF to Halifax on May 16, 1919 after the end of the First World War. Soldiers participating in the parade are noted to be carrying a Maj. Matheson, visible on the shoulders of one of the men in the bottom right corner of the photograph. A handwritten note on the photo credits it to one "F.G. Goodenough". The ship from which the soldiers are disembarking is partially visible in the background.

185th Cape Breton Highlanders Headquarters, Broughton

  • 84-704-14804
  • Item
  • 1914-1918

Item is a photographic postcard showing the Headquarters of the 185th Cape Breton Highlanders in Broughton during the First World War. A heading below the photo identifies the Broughton Arms and General Offices.

Clarence Gillis fonds

  • MG 9.9
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1960

Fonds consists of correspondence, transcripts of speeches and radio broadcasts, speeches and radio broadcasts given by Gillis, notes, reports, and briefs.

Gillis, Clarence

Dr. Hugh Cameron fonds

  • MG 9.24
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1915

Fonds consists of correspondence and one day book and ledger from Cameron's medical practice.

Cameron, Hugh

Dr. Michael A. Laffin fonds

  • MG 9.41
  • Fonds
  • 1963-1987

Fonds consists of correspondence and clippings related to constituency business on topics such as housing, schools, hospitals, the Finnis Report, employment, grants, and a few personal clippings, 1963-1988; files relating to Dr. Laffin's work in the House of Assembly, including speeches, correspondence, and clippings, 1963-1986; election material including clippings, pamphlets and speeches, 1960s and 1970s; five files of correspondence and memoranda pertaining to housing while Dr. Laffin was Minister of Housing, 1983-1986; material relating to coal mining affairs in eastern Cape Breton including the Donald Report (1966), strip mining at Gardiner Mines (1982-1987), Dominion Coal Workers' Relief Fund (1980-1983); Cape Breton Regional Hospital files, 1966-1987; files on Nova Scotia School Boards and a brief on an Acadian School presented by the Cape Breton District School Board (1984); material on provincial ombudsman (1971-1981); material on the Senior Citizens Secretariat (1981-1986); memorandum from Dr. Laffin to Premier Buchanan (1980) re horse racing industry in Nova Scotia; material on the Kiwanis Swimming Pool in Sydney (1975-1985); a report of the Legislative Assembly Mines Committee (1965).

Laffin, Michael A.

Georgian Era in Nova Scotia

  • MG 2.3
  • Fonds
  • 1757-1761

Fonds consists of extracts by Dan MacLennan on the "Georgian Era in Nova Scotia" by William Inglis Morse (1932), regarding early divisions of the counties of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia and immigration by United States settlers.

Sydney Academy collection

  • MG 11.84
  • Fonds
  • 1898-1991

Fonds consists of Sydney Academy's administrative records, staff records, and its historical collection.

Colin Cash fonds

  • MG 12.2
  • Fonds
  • 1882-1970

Fonds consists of the diary of Colin Cash containing information on Cash genealogy; diary describes work performed, weather, family and local events.

Cash, Colin

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

Malcolm F. MacNeil fonds

  • MG 12.8
  • Fonds
  • 1961-1965

Fonds consists of correspondence and a speech on the potential of Cape Breton titled, Past and Future.

MacNeil, Malcolm F.

Barrington family fonds

  • MG 12.12
  • Fonds
  • 1813-1961, 1882-1887 predominant

Fonds consists of four series: Charles Parnell Barrington (1813-1844), Edwin John Barrington (1851-1880), Yorke Henry Ainsley Barrington (1869-1893) and Yorke Cotril Barrington (1903-1908). Fonds also consists of a letter from Edward Barrington (grandson of Captain Barrington) to his brother and sister from Washington Territory (1865), lineage of the Barrington family, newspaper clippings on the Barrington family, notice regarding installation of an electrically driven booster pump, a trust deed from Helen Jane Catherine Barrington (heir of Edwin Barrington) to Frank Seward Barrington (1885), and deeds to John Barrington.

Barrington family

John A. MacKinnon fonds

  • MG 12.13
  • Fonds
  • 1904-1940

Fonds consists of personal records and documents related to the Sydney Co-operative Society Ltd., correspondence related to the search for coal at Maple Brook, Inverness County, and other business related records.

MacKinnon, John A.

S. Gordon Naish fonds

  • MG 12.14
  • Fonds
  • 1931-1959, 1955-1959 predominant

Fonds consists of records regarding mining history and clippings, photographs and information underwater dives, discoveries and the retrieval of historical relics from the harbour at Louisbourg.

Naish, S. Gordon

Dougald Robert Boyle fonds

  • MG 12.17
  • Fonds
  • 1847-1964

Fonds consists of personal diaries, records related to his teaching career, a scrapbook, clippings, Boyle family genealogical notes, and Boyle family deeds.

Boyle, Dougald Robert

Douglas Neil Brodie fonds

  • MG 12.18
  • Fonds
  • 1940-1954

Fonds consists of material related to the CCF Party during its formative years in Cape Breton, as well as on labour during the first half of the 20th century. These records include notebooks, financial records, reports, and minutes. Also included is correspondence and speeches related to Brodie's political career, personal notes, and scrapbooks. The scrapbooks contain clippings on many phases of Cape Breton and Nova Scotia social and political problems during the 1940s and, to a lesser extent, the 1930s. Original speeches, letters, and political poetry are also found in the scrapbooks.

Brodie, Douglas Neil

Joseph Campbell fonds

  • MG 12.21
  • Fonds
  • 1927-1969

Fonds consists of a ledger containing correspondence and records concerning politics, farming, and education in the Big Pond area. Also contains correspondence related to mineral exploration in Big Pond.

Campbell, Joseph

Peter J. MacKenzie Campbell fonds

  • MG 12.26
  • Fonds
  • 1941-1978

Fonds consists of manuscripts regarding Scottish history, correspondence and a book review.

Campbell, Peter J. MacKenzie

Matilda Bown fonds

  • MG 12.27
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1890

Fonds consists of a diary kept by Bown during a visit to Sable Island, a collection of Christmas and New Years cards, a scrapbook kept by Bown related to the natural history of Sable Island and Nova Scotia, and one book on the history of British seaweeds.

Bown, Matilda

John Carey fonds

  • MG 12.30
  • Fonds
  • 1882-1938

Fonds consists of a history of Sydney Mines composed by Carey in 1912, a scrapbook for the years 1912-13, his death notice, and three detailed notebooks of mining courses beginning in 1889. The scrapbook contains considerable material on civic affairs in Sydney Mines, North Sydney, and Sydney.

Carey, John

Huntington Family fonds

  • MG 12.36
  • Fonds
  • 1848-1972

Fonds consists of Caleb A. Huntington's correspondence and legal records, Jetta MacDonald's correspondence, Henrietta Gibbons' records.

Huntington family

Michael Kelly fonds

  • MG 12.37
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1952

Fonds consists of a diary kept by Kelly of personal reminiscences regarding his life as a coal miner in Cape Breton. Within these records are lists of miners' deaths with their dates and causes, details of industrial disputes and his daily life pattern.

Kelly, Michael

Michael Dwyer fonds

  • MG 12.40
  • Fonds
  • 1871-1971

Fonds consists of research materials, professional and educational appointment records and certificates, original materials used for research, personal correspondence, research regarding coal, and public addresses.

Dwyer, Michael

William G. Fraser fonds

  • MG 12.41
  • Fonds
  • 1950-1973

Fonds consists of records related to the Hector Bicentennial Celebration 1972-1973, the Vanier Institute of the Family, and a report and agreements related to the RCMP.

Fraser, William G.

John Smith Hart fonds

  • MG 12.45
  • Fonds
  • 1842-1946

Fonds consists of materials regarding Hart's business ventures, personal and business correspondence, social and religious events, and financial records.

Hart, John Smith

Gibbons Family fonds

  • MG 12.47
  • Fonds
  • 1753-1943

Fonds consists of the papers of Richard Gibbons Sr., which includes letters, legal documents, and a diary. Fonds also contains papers of Richard Gibbons Jr., which includes correspondence, an almanac and birth registers and papers of Richard Gibbons III, which include certificates and appointments, correspondence and a deed. Records of Napoleon and his son Philip Gibbons are included and consist of correspondence, legal records and photographs. Also included is a watercolour of Jersey Island and a map of the north side of Cow Bay.

Gibbons family

Roderick J. MacNeil fonds

  • MG 12.49
  • Fonds
  • 1882-1922

Fonds consists of business related correspondence and other documents related to MacNeil's carriage business, as well as some personal documents.

MacNeil, Roderick J.

Rev. John William Howie fonds

  • MG 12.53
  • Fonds
  • 1835-1875

Fonds consists of Rev. John William Howie's correspondence (1835), notes pertaining to sermons (1857-1873), a marriage certificate for Reverend Howie and Harriet Amelia Addy (1875), and his ordination certificate (1861). Fonds also includes a workbook belonging to Susie Howie.

Howie, John William

Dr. Rev. Jan Huntjens fonds

  • MG 12.57
  • Fonds
  • 1960-1980

Fonds consists of addresses given by Dr. Huntjens about the history of Moxham Castle, the anniversary program for Trinity United Church, handwritten Mi'kmaw petroglyphs, and correspondence between Dr. Huntjens and Dr. Charles MacDonald. Fonds also includes a speech by Dr. A. J. Ebbutt at the installation of Dr. Huntjens at Xavier College in 1968.

Huntjens, Dr. Rev. Jan

Brown family fonds

  • MG 12.63
  • Fonds
  • 1864-1918

Fonds consists of the following five series: Richard H. Brown correspondence, Barbara Brown correspondence, Margaret Sibella Brown correspondence, journal and paintings, Richard Charles Brown scrapbook, and Brown Family Greeting Cards.

Brown family

Leaver family fonds

  • MG 12.70
  • Fonds
  • 1804-1842

Fonds consists of correspondence to Elizabeth Leaver, Caroline Leaver and Peter Leaver from family (1804-1881). Also included is a letter to John Leaver from a lawyer in Halifax regarding the will of Jonathon Jones (1832).

Leaver family

Horn family fonds

  • MG 12.74
  • Fonds
  • 1802-1927

Fonds consists of duplicate copies of a land grant (1802), Simeon Horn's will (1873), release of mortgage (1873), property tax notice, and school tax receipts (1924-1927).

Horn family

John George Brooks Lynch fonds

  • MG 12.76
  • Fonds
  • 1885-1973

Fonds consists of records of John George Brooks Lynch, articles edited by Kevin Lynch, and a poem by George Lynch.

Lynch, John George Brooks

Harry W. MacKenzie fonds

  • MG 12.106
  • Fonds
  • 1946-1980, predominant 1946-1960

Fonds consists of materials related to the construction and opening of the Canso Causeway. Records include correspondence, programs, pamphlets, reports, maps of the Strait of Canso and one photograph (three copies) of four men, who were involved with the building of the Canso Causeway, standing over a model of the project. Also included is an autobiography.

MacKenzie, Harold W.

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