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Nova Scotia Women's History Society fonds

  • PR-017
  • Archief
  • 1999-2022

Fonds consist of records created and accumulated by the Nova Scotia Women’s History Society (NSWHS) including financial reports, budgets, meeting agendas and minutes, by-laws, member lists, media releases, correspondence, and grant applications, as well as slides, photographs, newspaper clippings, and pamphlets pertaining to NSWHS initiatives. Materials came from Janet Guildford and Sharon MacDonald, two founding members and first two chairs of the society.

Fonds also consist of records relating to the planning and installation of the WOW [Woman on the Waterfront] project (2013-2017) including artist agreements, technical drawings, budgets, promotional brochures, fundraising activities, correspondence, and historical research compiled by NSWHS members.

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Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds

  • UR-024
  • Archief
  • 1862-2023, predominant 1951-2023

The Mount Saint Vincent University Library and Archives fonds consists of records pertaining to and accrued by MSVU’s Library and Archives. Fonds contains administrative records, including information on building management, written histories of the Library, newsletters and bulletins, annual reports, surveys produced by the Library, licence agreements, cataloguing information, circulation statistics, acquisitions, purchases, and budgets as well as collective agreements.

Fonds also consists of meeting minutes and notes from various internal and external committees and associations the Library has participated in, including the Novanet Management Committee, the Senate Library Committee, CanCopy, the Faculty Association, Internet Society, and College and University Systems Exchange (CAUSE). Records contain library associations as well, including the Association of Atlantic University Librarians’ Council (AAULC), the American Library Association (ALA), the Atlantic Provinces Library Association (APLA), and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) among others.

Fonds also consists of records pertaining to staff, including general information on positions and staffing as well as materials from previous University Librarians and Collections Librarians. Fonds also contains correspondence between various library staff with MSVU faculty members, administrators, and other staff.

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Laura Carten fonds

  • PR-030
  • Archief
  • 1800-1960

The fonds contains Laura Carten's personal collection of autographs and letters, which she dubbed "Autographed Signed Letters of Eminent Persons". This collection of letters and autographs come from unknown sources, but were presumably bought or given to Laura Carten by those who knew of her interests in literature and history. The majority of the letters are from the 19th and early 20th centuries and are written between external correspondents and recipients. A smaller portion of the letters are written to Laura Carten in her capacity as a journalist, president of the Canadian Author's Association and literary enthusiast.

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Sonja Skarstedt fonds

  • Archief
  • 1926 - 2005

Fonds consists of records from Skarstedts various writing and publishing activities, as well as her personal life. The records contained in this fonds span Skarstedt's years as a secondary student up until the end of her life in 2009. Fonds consists of one sous-fonds - the Zymergy fonds - which contains records that reflect Skarstedt's involvement with the Zymergy literary magazine. Fonds consists of six series: Correspondence (1926-2005), Diaries (1977-1999), Notebooks (1946 - 1987), Artwork (1980 - [after 1996]), Photographs (1973 - [ca. 1995]), Manuscripts and Poems (1975 - 2005). The fonds encompasses analog and written communication (printed off e-mails) from Skarstedt

Mount Saint Vincent University Teaching and Learning Centre fonds

  • UR-002
  • Archief
  • 1972-2020

Fonds consists of records pertaining to Mount Saint Vincent University’s Teaching and Learning Centre (previously the Distance Learning and Continuing Education department). Materials include budgets, annual reports, strategic planning, surveys, correspondence, and other administrative records. Fonds also consists of records related to DUET (Distance University Education via Television) as well as other projects and initiatives supported by the Centre. Records related to online learning and programming are included as well.

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Betty Peterson ephemera collection

  • PR-031
  • Collectie
  • 1964, 1974-2006

Collection consists of posters and pinback buttons accrued by peace activist Betty Peterson. Materials mainly pertain to protests, speaking events, organizations, and film screenings for social justice causes including nuclear disarmament, environmental conservation, Indigenous activism, women’s rights, and anti-war movements. Collection includes the shirt Betty Peterson wore to a nuclear disarmament rally in New York City in 1982 with buttons attached to it, as well as a cloth banner with the words "Voice of Women Canada" sewn on it, also with buttons attached.

Some materials pertain to the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), and collection also contains various posters of paintings and art calendars. Collection is organized into two series: posters and buttons.

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MSVU Facilities Management fonds

  • UR-005
  • Archief
  • 1949-2018

The Facilities Management fonds contains records produced by the Facilities Management department of Mount Saint Vincent University. These records document the department’s various activities on the campus.

Presently, the fonds contains three series.
The first series contains records relating to the university grounds which encompasses nearly 38 acres of land. Types of records in this series include information on the Sister Lua Arboretum, the Mount’s fitness trail (Freda Wales Walking Trail), donations for memorial benches, trees and plants located on campus, and tree and plant care for the campus, including details on pesticide and fertilization activities. The records also include articles and reports detailing grounds maintenance, as well as records relating to the history and design of the MSVU grounds. Finally, important documentation and policies relating to safety are also included. A select number of born-digital files are also part of this series. Please contact an Archivist for more information about the scope and content of these digital files.

The second series contains original architectural plans for a number of buildings at the university, including Evaristus Hall, Seton Academic Centre (referred to as the Academic Building in the architectural plans), E. Margaret Fulton Communications Centre, Rosaria Student Centre, and the Motherhouse as well as other proposed buildings for MSVU campus. Various copies of architectural plans are available and show different designs.

The third series consists of photographs of MSVU campus.

Further accruals for this fonds are anticipated.

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Suzanne LeBlanc fonds

  • PR-018
  • Archief
  • 1974-1977

The fonds consists of records related to the MSVU choir from the period 1974-1977. The choir was under the direction Sister Margaret Young and these records were accumulated by choir secretary and student member Suzanne LeBlanc. The MSVU choir was “reorganized” in the fall of 1974 and by 1976 had become one of the largest and most active groups on campus with approximately 50 members who met twice a week at the Cardinal Cushing Auditorium in Vincent Hall. All members of the university community, including student, faculty and staff, were part of the choir. The choir participated in a number of performances in a variety of genres, including musical theatre, pop, traditional, folk, rock, classical and religious.

The fonds consists primarily of a scrapbook which contains photographs, newspaper clippings and ephemera (such as announcements, performance flyers, tickets, memos, notes). Choir performances covered in the scrapbook include Christmas dinners, spring concerts, productions of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Raggedy-Ann’s Christmas, Board of Governors meetings, and talent shows. Photographs are of choir students, rehearsals, performances, and Vinnie the bear and choir mascot.

Other records in the fonds include sheet music of songs sung by the choir and individual programs of choir performances including baccalaureate mass, the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton, and the installation of Sister Mary Albertus as president of MSVU. The fonds also contains some personal records from Suzanne LeBlanc’s time as a student, including her convocation program and dinner invitation, a book cover, and a greeting card she received for her service as choir secretary. Finally, the fonds also contains 2 sound recordings on audio cassette which contain a recording of a performance of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat as well as a general choir concert.

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Constance Baird fonds

  • PR-016
  • Archief
  • 1928 -1930

Fonds consists of programmes for recitals and commencements held at Mount Saint Vincent Academy from 1928-1930, collected by Constance McGrath Baird while attending the Academy as a student. Fonds also includes a photo album and a Bachelor of Arts Hood from the first Mount Convocation in May 1929, donated by Connie Baird.

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William MacDonald archival collection

  • PR-014
  • Collectie
  • 1673-2015

The William MacDonald archival collection contains accompanying material to the Mount's rare book collection. This includes correspondence between Head Librarians Sister Francis de Sales and Sister Francis Delores with William MacDonald, inventory books of books received at the Mount, research and work done with the collection by Mount Librarians, and information on a high-profile theft that took place in the Reading Room of the collection. Finally, the collection also contains damaged books that have been removed from the main reading room for conservation purposes.

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