Fonds MS-4-64 - Alfred Dickie fonds

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Alfred Dickie fonds

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27 m of textual records - ca. 8 photographs.

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Custodial history

Records in this fonds were received in about seven accessions. Sales binders were received from the Nova Scotia Museum in 1981. In 1972 Alfred Dickie’s grandson, Don Dickie, donated correspondence, miscellaneous papers, company perspectives, photographs, maps, and poems in three accessions. In 1975 Edwin Dickie, another grandson, donated the majority of the correspondence and miscellaneous papers in the fonds, while Lois Dickie McMillon, Alfred Dickie’s granddaughter, donated some further correspondence in 1977 which had been in the possession of her husband’s cousin, Nancy McMillon Pope. Pope’s husband was the nephew of Robert Klock, a manager of the Forest Exploration Lumber Company who had corresponded with Alfred Dickie. In November 1995, Edwin Dickie made a final donation of a letter book.

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This fonds consists of records which document the personal and business activities and interests of Alfred Dickie and, to a lesser extent, those of his immediate family and employees. Although the records span Dickie’s lifetime, few relate to his childhood, education, or final two years of life. Some items, in particular those concerning his export lumber business or his travels, derive from various places in North and South America, the Caribbean, Europe, and South Africa, though by far the majority are found to be located within Nova Scotia.

The fonds includes correspondence, business and administrative records, speeches, photographs, legal documents, and plans, among other materials. Records are chiefly in English, although a very small portion are in French, Norwegian, Finnish, Spanish, and Italian.

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Some items indicate damage by pests; have been torn, cut, or have become dilapidated, especially along folds. Many items have been damaged slightly from staples, pins, or other metal fasteners.

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To improve accessibility, records have been arranged by archival staff into series which reflect Dickie’s work, interests, and activities. This arrangement is based upon the original order of the documents when received, although there was no fully developed or coherent system in place.

In some instances, cross references have been created to indicate when enclosed or other associated items are no longer within their original contexts.

Note also that the correspondence received from Lois Dickie McMillon (accession 1977-058) was originally MS-4-123, The Forest Exploration Lumber Co. fonds.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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See also MS-4-63, James E. Dickie and Company fonds, and MS-4-65, Rufus Dickie fonds.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Alfred Dickie fonds, MS-4-64, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives and Special Collections, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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This fonds description comes from the <a href="">Dalhousie University Archives Catalog</a>. The complete, original description is available there.

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