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John Norman MacDonald fonds

  • MG 6.80
  • Fonds
  • 1852-1895

Fonds consists of a number of songs collected by Reverend John Norman MacDonald in the summer of 1952. This manuscript was afterwards borrowed by a John MacRury, another Minister, who unwarrantably copied some of the songs and sent them to be printed in the Transactions of the Gaelic Society of Inverness. The songs contained in this manuscript collection were obtained from various sources; many of them were taken down from the recitation of various people in Uist and elsewhere at intervales beginning in the year 1874 up to the present.

A. Manuscript of Gaelic poetry collected in the Outer Islands by Mr. Macdonald in the summer 1852, Glasgow 21 April 1852. (65 p.). Photocopies of original script.

CONTENTS: Texts and Translation of Laiodh Fhraoich -song by Donald MacLean (Domhnall Ban na Camairt) Folio 1, 61.
Fragment with Translation (Fuigheall do sheann Oran) Folio 9
Eulogy on Donald MacDonald (MacIain’ic Sheumais) Folio 10
Waulking Song (‘S mi’ m aonar air a’Leachdainn) Folio 14
Song (tha Ghaoth an Iar cho Caithreamach) Folio 16
Lament for John MacLeod, 6th of Raasay (Ian Garbh) Folio 21
Waulking song (‘S mise thug an Ceannach air Bainne Nighean Domhnaill) Folio 28
Eulogy on Captain Allan MacDonald, of Kingsburgh, by John MacCodrum Folio 32
Eulogy on Ranald MacDonald, 2nd of Milton Folio 35
Lament for Allan Morrison (Ailein Duinn shiubhlainn leat) Folio 41
Song (Maighdeann Mhic Fhearghuis) by Donald MacLellan Folio 44
Eulogy on Robert MacDonald MacIntyre by Alexander MacDonald (An Dall Mor) Folio 45
Eulogy on Alexander MacDonald, 5th of Vallay, by Donald MacSween Folio 47
Fragment (Latha Dhomh ‘s mi ann an Diuraidh) Folio 48
Song (An Oigh Fholuimte) by Donald Fraser, Rosemarkie Folio 49
Song of the Ossianic Society Folio 51
Verse of the Rev. Roderick MacDonald to John Gordon, 5th of Cluny Folio 52
Rev. John Norman Macdonald Collection MG 6.80
Eulogy of Major Alexander MacDonald, 4th of Vallay, by Alexander MacDonald (An Dall Mor) Folio 53

B. Preface - Rev. Angus MacDonald manuscript collection “Co-chruenneachadh de Dh’Orain, Madh agus sean, a Tomadh Cearn. Le Aougrus Macdhomhuill, Cleareach Chilliurnain, 1895. (3 p.).

Contents: (15 p.). Collection includes photocopies of the original script (212 p.).

Town of North Sydney

  • MG 14.101
  • Fonds
  • 1885-1971

North Sydney, first known as the Bar or North Bar, was settled in 1785, partly by Loyalists. The area began to grow when the General Mining Association gained control of the nearby mines at Sydney Mines and ran a railway to North Sydney. By the 1850

Cape Breton Development Corporation

  • MG 14.13
  • Fonds
  • 1857-1988

The Cape Breton Development Corporation came into existence in 1967. This crown corporation was established to promote and assist the financing of industry on (Cape Breton) Island and to acquire the interests of the major coal producer in the Sydney Coalfield and reorganize and operate the mines with a view to the rationalization of coal production. This is a very extensive collection including many DEVCO statistics, reports, letters, information on operations and development, equipment, photos and government studies.

Canadian Federation of University Women, Cape Breton Branch fonds

  • MG 14.57
  • Fonds
  • 1965-1998

Fonds consists of minutes and resolutions, annual reports, correspondence, newsletters and journals, various files, secretary's papers, secretary's publications, the history of the Cape Breton Branch of the CFUW, branch scrapbooks, minutes, clippings, photos and correspondence.

Canadian Federation of Women. Cape Breton Branch

British Empire Steel and Coal Company

  • MG 14.79
  • Fonds
  • 1920-1926

Fonds consists of a letter to the shareholders of the Dominion Steel Corporation enclosing memorandum of Agreement between BESCO and Prudential Trust Company concerning transfer of stock, as well as the BESCO Bulletin.

British Empire Steel and Coal Company (BESCO)

Western Union Telegraph Company - North Sydney Branch fonds

  • MG 14.113
  • Fonds
  • 1876 - 1962

Fonds consists of records documenting the history and operations of the North Sydney Western Union Telegraph Company. Records include an early inventory of the property from 1876, employee listings and collections, telegrams and a cash book, general history and various technical publications and sketches. The fonds also includes a significant portion of the Western Union Housing Committee minute books and property agreements.

Western Union Telegraph and Cable Company North Sydney

Capeview Cooperators

  • MG 14.132
  • Fonds
  • 1938-1946

Minutes of Capeview Cooperators, a cooperative of fishermen in the area covering Main-a-Dieu, Bateston, Baleine, Little Lorraine, and Scaterie. At one time they owned a large lobster cannery in Main-a-Dieu.

W.J. Dooley Funeral Services fonds

  • MG 14.165
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1985

Fonds contains three reels of microfilm containing burial records of W.J. Dooley Funeral Services in North Sydney.

Hugh MacLennan fonds

  • MG 14.190
  • Fonds
  • 1862-1922

Fonds consist of cash books, ledgers, account books, and day books of MacLennan's general store operation.

MacLennan, Hugh

Mulgrave Businesses

  • MG 14.192
  • Fonds
  • 1880-1894

Three daybooks that are unidentified. Internal evidence indicates that they were used in Mulgrave. There are some references to Antigonish as well.

Town of Louisbourg

  • MG 14.208
  • Fonds
  • 1985-1995

Louisbourg was incorporated as a town in 1901, and the
rail link to Sydney was established using its ice-free port. Fishing
and tourism have been the mainstay of the area

Thomas Burke

  • MG 15.4
  • Fonds
  • 1880

Example of fancy 19th century lettering done by Thomas Burke of Mabou in his 84th year. Last Will and Testament of Thomas Burke, Mabou, 1886.

Douglas MacPhee fonds

  • MG 15.32
  • Fonds
  • 1979-

Fonds consists of Scottish and Irish violin music collected and compiled by Douglas MacPhee of New Waterford; includes poems, clippings, tributes, and recordings.

A. Scottish and Irish violin music collected and compiled by Mr. MacPhee.

B. Two bills from two New Waterford stores. Originals, photocopy 2 bills, 1 page

  1. D. F. MacLeod, June 29,1928
  2. The little red stores, March 19th, 1937

C. Poem to Doug MacPhee on the occasion of his birthday by lois ross, June 1986. Photocopy, 1 page

D. References to 4th L.P. Record "Reel of Tulloch". Newspaper clippings, photographs, letters 12 pages

E. Tributes re Doug MacPhee. Newspaper clippings, letters, originals 12 pages

F. Tributes and thank you in appreciation of Doug's music. Typescript, newspaper clippings, letters, cards .5cm.

G. Cape breton talent directory, preface by Doug MacPhee. Printed material, 29 pages

H. Scottish, irish and other compositions composed for Doug MacPhee and they include jigs, reels, marches, strathspeys, clogs, hornpipes, and airs. Photocopy, 14 pages

I. Script interview by walter bond of Dougie MacPhee in November, 1987. Photocopy, 9 pages.

J. Newspaper clippings & programs from 1961-1990. 35 pages.

K. Correspondence from Mr. MacPhee to John Paul II, Vatican, Rome, 1984. 1 page photocopy

  1. Reply from Secretariat of State, Vatican City, November 21, 1984, original, 1 page.

L. Virginia Scottish Games - Celtic folk music festival program, 28th & 29th July, 1990 & schedule 2 pages

  1. Summer ceilidh series 1990 schedule 1 page
  2. Newspaper clippings "fiddle festival at Gaelic College celebrates our musical heritage" photo of Doug and Dan Joe macinnis c.B. Post 18 August, 1990 1 page

M. Acknowledgement letter from Mae Cameron, 1 page

N. Correspondence from Dr. Norman E. Burgess, director, conservatory of music and speech arts, Calgary's community college, 5 december, 1989 2 pages.

O1. Clipping c.B. Post, 29 July, 1991 "Musical Ambassador" 1 page.
O2. Clipping titled "Support for MacPhee" c.B. Post, 28 August, 1991 1 page.

P1. Program - the old town school of folk music concerts, chicago - feb. 14-16, 1992.
P2. Brochure - folk festival of traditional music, chicago - feb.14-16, 1992.
P3. Chicago tribune - january, 1992 newspaper clipping "old-timey tunes" 1 page.
P4. The art institute of chicago - map of museum.

Q. A book of songs and “come-all-ye” of Cape Breton and Newfoundland. .5 cm

R. Correspondence, brochures, and clippings

John Allan Cameron

  • MG 15.34
  • Fonds
  • 1978

Fonds consists of correspondence, papers, and clippings pertaining to the “Cape Breton Salutes John Allan Cameron” program, October 21 and 22, 1978, sponsored by the Division of Continuing Education, College of Cape Breton, and New Dawn Enterprises.

Francis H. C. Stevens

  • MG 15.44
  • Fonds
  • 1832-1973

The following fonds consist of correspondence, memorandum, printed material, and clippings regarding genealogy and family history of Francis Stevens, notebooks on botany with free hand illustrations by William C. Stevens, Francis' father the botanist at Kansas University, biography of William C. Stevens, reviews of Cape Breton cultural events and concerts, newspaper clippings and scrapbooks, and photographs.

Dr. C. Lamont MacMillan

  • MG 15.68
  • Fonds
  • 1975

Fonds consist of the following: part of the original manuscript of Memoirs of a Cape Breton Doctor`` by Dr. MacMillan. Please referto R 464 M45 for published version of the book.

Cape Breton Artists' Association

  • MG 15.73
  • Fonds
  • 1973-1985

Fond include the following: A. Summary of the Cape Breton Artists Association, the President's Annual Report, December, 1985 (3 copies). B. Cape Breton Artists Association exhibit, Beaton Institute, exhibit list with prices. C. Cape Breton Artists Association visitor's book (1973-1979). D. Minute Book - C. B. Artists Association (1979-1982).

Centre Bras d'Or

  • MG 15.87
  • File
  • 1985-1993

Centre Bras d'Or files have been arranged in the following order:
File 1 - Centre Bras d'Or By-Laws - Act of Incorporation (Societies Act) 1985-1990
File 2 - Act of Incorp. - Amendments, By-Laws
File 3 - Correspondence 1986-1993
File 4 - Correspondence, memos , repots 1986-1992
File 5 - Board minutes 1986-1987
File 6 - Board minutes 1988-1993
Centre Bras d'Or MG 15.87
B. Financial
File 7 - Financial statements 1985-1989
File 8 - Budgets, financial statements, reports 1986-1993
File 9 - Investment & sponsorship proposal 1986-1993
File 10 - Proposal - Wool Production Industry
File 11 - Festival Director's Report 1987-88
C. Misc. Files
File 12 - Employment Programs, SEED Grants, Development Plan, 1986- 1989
File 13 - Friends of Centre Bras d'Or, 1988
File 14 - Centre Bras d'Or Festival Supporters, 1988
File 15 - " " Gym Project, 1988
File 16 - " " Development Committee, 1986
File 17 - " " Weaving Program, 1987
File 18 - " " Canada Council Applicants
File 19 - " " Application for Supporting (DEVCO) 1985-86 File 20 - " " Application - Cultural Initiative Program 1988
File 21 - Centre Bras d'Or "Getting to 1990" - The Implementation
Project (1987) & the next three years
File 22 - Centre Bras d'Or - Request funding form Pharmaceutical
Companies 1987-1988
File 23 - Centre Bras d'Or - Benefits For Sponsors
File 24 - " " - Implementation Program - letters to EEOG, replies and results 1987-88
File 25 - Centre Bras d'Or - Contributions 1987
File 26 - " " - Friends of Centre 1987
File 27 - " " - Fund Raising Committee 1988
File 28 - " " - Guest List
File 29 - 1987 J. Fisher Hudson - Corresp. & clippings from Press and Response of the Chair, Dr. D.F. Campbell
File 30 - Campaign brochure, 1986
File 31 - Correspondence re. Proposed Centre & Baddeck HIgh School 1987-1989

Centre Bras d'Or

Joseph Sherman

  • MG 15.89
  • Fonds
  • 1969-1994

Fonds consist of the following: a) Biographical information (3 p.) copied from book covers and contains list of his publications, anthologies, comments, professional organizations, readings, lectures and workshops. b) Material includes the following poems from various publications: Birthday, New Brunswick Chapbooks, 1969: Boy Retreating in Cape Breton; Confectionery Store; School Days; Ben David the Loyalist in Battle; Commentary on the Jewish Problem. c) From the New Poets of P.E.I.: "Somebody's Father". d) Unpublished: "Wondering With the Dead," Whitney Pier, August 27, 1994. e) Lords of Shouting: My Immigrants; Rite of Passage; Broadway Nights, Whitney Pier '61; Redmond's Farm in Autumn (A Fragment); A Short History; For Notes Toward a Jewish Poem; Song For My Own. f) Chaim The Slaughterer: Gone; What We Look For, Who We Find; The Flesh; Where Are They Now?; Kashrut: An Observation; Additional Service; The Anniversary; Chaim the Slaughterer.

Joseph Sherman

Customs and Plantation Papers, Great Britain

  • MG 16.22
  • Fonds
  • 1791-1847

Customs records of the Port of Sydney. These early records contain valuable material on shipping, customs officials and early port development of Sydney and North Sydney, particularly in the period immediately after annexation to Nova Scotia; Volumes 6219, 6220, 6221, 6223, 6224.

The original ledger (MG 16.22 A) situated at Sydney dates from January 20th 1806 to July 1824 with additional sparse entries for 1835, 1836, and 1838, 1839/41. Includes written copies of letters from customs officer Philippe (Philip) Dumaresq in Sydney, Nova Scotia to the customs office in London, England. Requests for supplies, discussions around staffing, noting goods seized and vessels in port.

Sydney Firemen

  • 76-101
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a photograph of ten firemen in uniform standing before a decorated float. There is a sailboat in the background.

James MacDonald

  • 76-104
  • Item
  • 1910-1920

Item is a photograph of James MacDonald, Esq. a city clerk from 1924 to 1949.

Reverend P. Fiset

  • 76-106
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a photograph of the Reverend P. Fiset, parish priest at Cheticamp and president of the Great Northern Mining Co. Limited.

Burrill Johnson Engine No. 2

  • 76-11
  • Item
  • 190?

Item is a photograph of a steam fire engine, built around 1900 in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. This particular engine, the Burrill Johnson Engine No. 2, was purchased by the Sydney Mines Fire Department in 1908. The engine was operated by Paddy Keigan.

St. Paul's Church, Glace Bay

  • 76-17
  • Item
  • 1910-1920

Item is a hand-colored postcard featuring St. Paul's Church in Glace Bay.

Wentworth Park

  • 76-20
  • Item
  • 1910-1920

Item is a hand-colored postcard featuring Wentworth Park, Sydney (N.S.).

S.S. Bruce I Entering North Sydney Harbour

  • 76-3
  • Item
  • 1898

Item is a photograph of the S.S. Bruce I entering North Sydney harbour at full steam on its maiden voyage as the marine connection between North Sydney and Newfoundland.

Stout House

  • 76-36
  • Item
  • ca. 1890

Item is a photograph of Stout House, which was originally located at 75 North Charlotte Street, adjacent to Cossitt House. It was later demolished by the Department of National Health [date of demolition unknown].

Written on the reverse of the photograph:
"N. Charlotte Street House north of Cossitt House 75 Charlotte St. Destroyed to build the Dept. of Health Bldg.
Land deeded 1787 to John Storey. Uninhabited 1795.
Storey to Braion 1800
Deeded to R. Stout 1814, 1817
Willed to Martha Stout 1819
M. Stout to Patrick Slattery 1823
C. E. Leonard took possession 1839
Peter Leonard sells strip of property to Jno. Lorway 1859
Peter Leonard estate to widow & children
Wm Leonard- son Mary Patterson- daughter 1864
Leonard and Patterson to Jas. Williams 1868 > Leonard squat bet. these times
Wm. Leonard bequeaths to wife 1902
Eliz. Leonard to son, Joseph; grandson, Edward 1926
Ed & Josephine Leman (wife) to Joseph Leonard 1944
See Church map, 1864
Block B Lot #
"Stout House""

St. Peter's Canal

  • 76-4
  • Item
  • 1886

Items are three photographs of a sailing ship passing through St. Peter's Canal.

Sydney's Great Fire

  • 76-47
  • Item
  • 1901

Item is a photograph of the ruins of Charlotte Street, both sides of the street, as viewed from Prince Street.

Trinity Anglican Church, Sydney Mines

  • 76-52
  • Item
  • ca. 1950

Items are two photographs of the Trinity Church Sydney Mines. a: Item is a photograph of the bell and cross from the old Trinity Church; they were removed from the old church on Shore Road to the new location in Sydney Mines. b: Item is a photograph of the interior of Trinity Church, Sydney Mines, taken from the centre aisle looking toward the alter.

Reverend Peter Nearing

  • 76-64a
  • Item
  • 1964

Items are photographs of
a: The C.W.L. reception for Fr. Peter Nearing a few days before his departure for San Paals, Brazil.
b: Portrait of appxoimately one hundred and twenty priests attending a retreat in Antigonish, June 1964.

Most Reverend Alexander MacDonald

  • 76-69
  • Item
  • ca. 1923

Items are photographs of
a: Reverend Alexander MacDonald and a group of approximately forty East Asian children and young adults.
b: A portrait of Reverend Alexander MacDonald.

Richmond District, Halifax Explosion

  • 77-1035-1169
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This picture was taken at Fort Needham and shows the wreckage of homes at the top of the hill in the Richmond district.

North Street Station, Halifax Explosion

  • 77-1040-1174
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This picture shows an interior view of North Street Station after the explosion with the roof smashed in and wreckage trains carrying debris away.

Beech Hill

  • 76-92
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a photograph of Beech Hills, the home built for mine manager Richard Brown in 1828.

Library in Beech Hill

  • 76-94
  • Item
  • ca. 1900

Item is a photograph of the library in Beech Hill, the home of Richard H. Brown, manager of the General Mining Association.

Presbyterian Church

  • 77-107-241
  • Item
  • ca. 1860

Item is a photograph of the Presbyterian Church at Indian Cove. The church was the landing location for the Prince of Wales on July 28, 1860. It was the first Presbyterian Church in Sydney Mines. The Archibald property is visible on both sides of the road.

School Basement, Halifax Catastrophe

  • 77-1011-1145
  • Item
  • ca. 1918

Item is a photograph of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. This picture shows people searching for bodies in the basement of a school.

Rolling Stock, Halifax Catastrophe

  • 77-1012-1146
  • Item
  • ca. 1918

Item is a photograph of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion of 1917. This picture shows the effect of the explosion on rolling stock and track.

Group Photo, Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit

  • 77-1081-1215
  • Item
  • 1936

Item is a photograph of a group of men and women at the Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit, Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto that ran from August 28 - September 12, 1936.

Reception Room, Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit

  • 77-1089-1223a
  • Item
  • 1936

Item is a photograph of the reception room and the entrance to the model coal mine at the Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit, Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto that ran from August 28 - September 12, 1936. This picture shows the view the crowds saw while awaiting their turn to enter the mine.

Samson Electric Driven Coal Cutter, Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit

  • 77-1097-1231
  • Item
  • 1936

Item is a photograph of the Samson Electric Driven Coal Cutter in the model coal mine at the Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit, Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto that ran August 28 - September 12, 1936. The coal cutter was located in a recess of the coal face to show the jib and picks. The operator ran the pick chain at half speed to show the action of the chain when cutting the coal. The jackhammer drill, shot firing battery and duffing shovel are also visible.

Group Photograph, Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit

  • 77-1104-1238
  • Item
  • 1936

Item is a photograph of a group of people at the Province of Nova Scotia Exhibit, Canadian National Exhibition in Toronto that ran from August 28 - September 12, 1936. Pictured in the back row, from left to right: Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, and Unknown. Pictured in the middle row, from left to right: Unknown, P.J. O'Donnell, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, and George Spencer. Pictured in the front row, from left to right: Unknown, J.N. Worgan, Unknown, H.T. Lawrence, and Colin G. Groff.

St. Joseph's Girls' School, Halifax Explosion

  • 77-1047-1181
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This picture shows a view of the St. Joseph's Girls' School, resembling a shell-torn building in Flanders.

Ruins, Halifax Explosion

  • 77-1060-1194
  • Item
  • 1918

Item is a photograph of the aftermath of the Halifax Explosion. This picture shows all that remains of several large buildings in the devastated area, where the full force of the explosion was felt.

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