The fonds consists of typescripts of addresses and lectures, including a series of lectures on astronomy for the general public, correspondence, handwritten essays, genealogical notes, and photographs. The correspondence includes letters relating to the establishment of the observatory in Fredericton, and the determination of Fredericton's longitude. Genealogy includes birth dates of Jack family members and Disbrow family history. Photographs include Caroline Disbrow Jack, William Brydone Jack, a group photo that is possibly of staff of UNB or King's College (no date), and a University of New Brunswick building.
The collection consists of genealogical information and family letters. There are original letters with transcriptions, written by Mary Spurr Harding from Shippegan and Chatham, N.B., in 1851-1852, to her mother Amelia deWolf Spurr in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia. The letters discuss: children; childhood conditions, including remedies for worms; mid-19th century everyday life for women; relatives; preserving food, particularly fruit; family friends; travel within the province; and the slow delivery of mail. There is also some discussion of Mary Harding's husband John's lumber and shipping business.
There is also a modern hand-drawn map showing the places in northern New Brunswick and Nova Scotia where Spurr and Harding families lived; photocopies of photographs of Mary Harding (1850 -1901); newsclippings of family obituaries; a photograph of the Harding house in Miramichi; and genealogical material including a printed form showing Spurr family lineage.
Fonds consists of property deeds, leases and legal documents relting to John Armstrong's land holdings and legal affairs, including:
Deeds and leases for properties in Saint John, Grand Falls, Buctouche, Woodstock and in Sunbury, Queen's, Carleton and Kent counties, - 1845-1866. As well, there are Sheriff's sales of property in Victoria county, 1859 and 1860.
There are 2 bonds for debts to John Armstrong, 1855 and 1865.
There is a bill of sale for wooden boats to John Armstrong, 1968 and a certificate of ownership of shares in the barque, "Jennie Armstrong" and registered ownership of the brig "Maggie.
There is a confirmation of discharge, 1875, which was John Armstrong's official discharge in his declaration of insolvency. The actual date of the confirmation was 29 November 1875 at the City of Saint John in the County of Saint John. This document was prepared by S.R. Thomson, Solicitor to the Insolvent
This fonds consists of a contract to carry mail between Saint John and Fredericton for a three year period, beginning in 1828, and way bills detailing passengers and cargo, 1841-1845. It also includes records of land transactions and a freeman certificate from Saint John.
This letter is dated 1887 to John Brown from J.B. Snowball, manager of the Chatham Branch Railway notifying Mr. Brown that his claims of property damage by the railway was to be heard by jury summoned under "An Act To Incorporate The Chatham Branch Railway". A meeting was scheduled at the Police Magistrate's Office on 19 September 1887 at 11:00 am.
This fonds consists of 2 file folders containing typewritten copies of records from Christ Church, Norton. Included are 3 volumes of vestry minutes, 1811-1922; record of marriages, 1896-1913; burials, 1845-1915; deed ,1797, and miscellaneous historical and biographical notes.
Consists of a single, handwritten bond between Lavinia Akerly and her brothers on one side, and James and William Keleher on the other. The Akerlys agree to drop the charges against James in return for $60 and are bound to keep their agreement to a sum of $120.00.
This fonds consists of 4 bound volumes of typescripts and 1 folder dealing with the commission into the wreck of the "Empress of Ireland."
The 4 bound volumes are one of the sets of original copies made for the members of the commission and contain the verbatim evidence heard by the enquiry. Volume 1 - (2 copies) 16-19 June 1914 includes typed alphabetical index of volumes I and II. Volume III, 26-27 June 1914, includes the closing arguments. There is also a file folder including a certificate of appointment of commissioners; a photograph of commissioners, and a copy of a map prepared by Captain Kendall showing the course of the "Empress" and the supposed course of the "Storstadt".