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Prince Edward Island directories, yearbooks, etc. collection : [1864-1985]

  • CA PCA Acc4064
  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1980, 1994

Directories contain alphabetical listings of the inhabitants of a locality with their addresses and occupations. The Prince Edward Island directories, which began to appear in 1864, may be directories for the entire province or for the city of Charlottetown alone. Some include business directories grouped by type of business and/or by place. City directories also often include a listing by street address. Until the turn of the century these volumes appear to have been published about once a decade although sometimes by more than one company such as Lovell's, Teare's, McAlpine's and Frederick's. Later they appeared approximately every five years until city directories began to be published every year. Coverage, particularly of the rural areas, is very uneven and should never be considered comprehensive.

Yearbooks are a compendium of statistical and other information about P.E.I. history, government, finances, military units and personnel, education, agriculture, fisheries, public health, justice, public works, postal facilities, clergy, and societies. Names of officials and prominent persons in all these areas are listed.

Trade directories contain lists of businesses by community and alphabetically by commodity or service. They also contain statistics of industry and names of government officials and trade commissioners.

The collection contains microfilmed copies of directories, year books, and trade directories of Prince Edward Island chronologically arranged (with the exception of Ballingall's 1908 which was received at a later date) from 1864 to 1980. There are also two original volumes of Might's Charlottetown City Directory for 1978 and 1985 and a copy of Registered Motor Vehicles, P.E.I. revised to 4 June 1921.

Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island

Samuel Holland collection / [created by] Public Archives and Records Office

  • CA PCA Acc2324
  • Collection
  • [between 1964 and 1973, 2002]

This collection consists of several photocopies of documents relating to Samuel Holland including: notes concerning Holland's life compiled by an archivist at the Public Archives and Records Office; several copies of "The Life and Times of Major Samuel Holland" by Willis Chipman, and transcripts of correspondence between Holland and the British government. The copies were made some time between 1964 and 1973. In the Item listing which follows, the dates refer to the originals.

Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island

United Empire Loyalist collection : [1769-1836]

  • CA PCA Acc4063
  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1976

Although not a prime destination for the emigrants and disbanded soldiers fleeing America in the aftermath of the revolution, approximately 550 (encouraged by the Island government's offer of land) did settle on Prince Edward Island. 315 land grants were made to the Loyalists, however, most of the land granted was disputed property. By 1790 half of those granted land had left the Island. Despite numerous attempts to settle the Loyalist land claims the issue was not resolved until 1860 by the Land Commission with an acknowledgment of injustice and of the impracticality of the allotting of land to the numerous descendants of the Loyalists. The Island Loyalists represented a cross-section of late-eighteenth century society - most were farmers, fishermen and tradesmen; there were also merchant businessmen and professionals. A few also went on to hold political offices (such as Edmund Fanning, who served as Lieutenant Governor from 1786 to 1805).

This fonds consists of a microfilm copy of primarily government documents which may contain information pertaining to the Loyalists: Lieutenant Governor's Letter Books, Collector of Customs Letter Books, Impost ledgers, shipping records, Commission Books, Supreme Court minutes, Judgment Books, Quit Rent and Land Tax Books and the Smith-Alley papers.

Public Archives and Records Office of Prince Edward Island