Barry Cahill's Halifax Relief Commission historical research files

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Barry Cahill's Halifax Relief Commission historical research files

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  • 1918-2017, predominant 2014-2017 (Creation)
    Barry Cahill

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14 folders of textual records

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Barry Cahill is an historian based in Halifax who conducted historical research and published work on the Halifax Relief Commission. Barry Cahill was born in 1953 in Charlottetown, PEI, and completed graduate degrees at Dalhousie (1977) and Oxford (1983) Universities. From 1983-1997, Cahill served as a Corporate Projects Analyst and Senior Archivist at the Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management. Cahill was also a certified Information Access and Privacy Officer in the Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Department of the Government of Nova Scotia. He has written numerous historical pieces about Canada’s Atlantic region with a special interest in legal and religious history. Cahill is a member of multiple societies and committees, including: the Royal Nova Scotia Historical Society, the Osgoode Society, and the Halifax Explosion 100th Anniversary Advisory Committee. Cahill was editor of the Nova Scotia Historical Review.

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Collection consists of Cahill's research files on the Halifax Relief Commission that were used for his book "Rebuilding Halifax: A History of the Halifax Relief Commission." Files include copies of correspondence, reports, and news articles.

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Files were donated to the Halifax Municipal Archives by Cahill in 2020. Cahill received some research material from other Explosion historians including Jay White, Janet Maybee and Janet Kitz.


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      Nova Scotia Archives has Halifax Relief Commission fonds: MG 36 series C

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      Research materials have been selected from a much larger group of files. Copies of material found in local institutions, including HMA were not kept. Only materials that are not easily accessible in the HRM or supplement the Archives' current holdings were retained.

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      Cahill's book Rebuilding Halifax: A History of the Halifax Relief Commission is available in the Reference Collection, 363.34 .C34

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