Frank W. Jordan fonds

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Frank W. Jordan fonds

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  • 1885-2002, predominant 1930s-1970s (Creation)
    Frank W. Jordan

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99 cm textual material, 17 audio cassettes, photographs, 3 ledgers, oversize poster, digital files

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Frank Wendall Jordan was born 17 November, 1916 in Sherbrooke, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia, to John Abner Jordan and Blanche Augusta MacDonald Jordan. While training with the Royal Canadian Air Force, he met Joan Francis Barrington Armstrong in Sydney, Nova Scotia. They married, and returned to Sherbrooke, where they raised two daughters.

In addition to the RCAF, Frank worked in mines in Ontario, operated a general store on Main Street in Sherbrooke, then followed his sister Jennie Cruickshank into the role of Postmaster, later serving as President of the Nova Scotia Postmasters Association for District # 5. He was a devoted gardener who kept a beautiful home. Frank volunteered for many local associations, notably serving as Chair of the Sherbrooke Village Commission and President of the St. Mary’s Historical Society in the 1970s. His passion for regional history resulted in a rich fonds of material relating to life in the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s. Frank Jordan passed away on 31 May, 2012, at the age of 95.

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Frank Jordan gathered this fonds in his home office throughout his life. In 2020, his daughter Jane Jordan MacInnes donated the fonds to the research centre.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of personal, business, association and institutional records relating to the Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s, with a special emphasis on Sherbrooke, Nova Scotia.

Included are meeting minutes, reports, and news from local associations including Heritage Goldenville Society, Royal Canadian Legion, Queen’s Lodge No. 34 A. F. & A. M., Sherbrooke Amateur Athletic Association, Sherbrooke Hockey League, St. Mary’s Boat Club, St. Mary’s Curling Club, St. Mary’s Driving Society, St. Mary’s Guest Home Society, St. Mary’s Historical Society, St. Mary’s District Rink Association and RecPlex, St. Mary’s River Association (1924-2003, predominantly 1970s-early 2000s); correspondence from the Department of Fisheries (c. 1920s); news clippings, reports, and press releases for local events including Communities in Bloom and Old Fashioned Christmas at Sherbrooke Village (1945-2002, predominantly early 2000s); maps, budgets, reports, meeting minutes, and other paperwork from Historic Sherbrooke Village (1971-1977); ledgers, news clippings, pulp samples from a local mill, and other papers related to local merchants and industry in the region (1872-2001, predominantly 1948-1968); papers from the Presbyterian, United, and St. James Anglican Churches, as well as the St. Mary’s Municipal School Board, Post Office, Library, St. Mary’s District Lions Club, St. Mary’s Memorial Hospital, Sunset Rest Cemetery, Down East Fire Fighters Association and Fire Department (1915-1996, predominantly 1930s-2000s); newspapers with Sherbrooke-related content, including the Family Herald and Weekly Star (1948), The Eastern Chronicle (1919), and Canso Breeze (1965-1966); a diary, family photographs, horse racing album, military service records, business ledgers, and personal family papers of Frank Jordan himself alongside unpublished memoirs and other papers from other Sherbrooke residents on the subject of local history; photographs, personal accounts, and newsletters about the St. Mary’s River (1900-2002, primarily concerning the 1956 flood). Also included in the collection are oral histories recorded at meetings of the St. Mary’s Historical Society (1978-1990).

Fonds consists of the following series:
Series 1: Andersons and Murdochs, Collected Papers
Series 2: Associations, Local
Series 3: Department of Fisheries
Series 4: Diary (Digitized)
Series 5: Emergency Measures Organization
Series 6: Events, Local
Series 7: Historic Sherbrooke Village
Series 8: Horse Racing Album (Digitized)
Series 9: Business, Local
Series 10: Institutions, Local
Series 11: Municipality of the District of St. Mary’s
Series 12: Newspapers, Regional
Series 13: Oral Histories
Series 14: Papers, Collected
Series 15: Photographs (Digitized)
Series 16: Periodicals, Collected Regional
Series 17: St. Mary’s District Development Association
Series 18: St. Mary’s Historical Society and Historical Material
Series 19: St. Mary’s River

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      Finding aid available for the fonds, as well as detailed tape logs for the audio recordings in series 13.

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      Associated materials

      The Ian Cameron collection, 2018.008, contains two discs of conversations with Frank Jordan.


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      The fonds includes digital material, including the entirety of Series 4, 8, and 15.

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      Digital image: Frank W. Jordan in his garden, 1997: Donor Image: D0003_P236

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