Halifax Seed Company fonds

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Halifax Seed Company fonds

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30 cm of textual records. - -- 17 photographs; -- 2 ledger books.

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The Halifax Seed Company, founded in 1866 by Fred and John Tregunno, is the oldest seed merchant in Canada. The company was originally located at 151 Granville Street in Halifax. However, the building was destroyed in 1917 in the Halifax Explosion, and the company relocated to 5860 Kane Street.

Fred Tregunno owned and worked at the Halifax Seed Company until his death on July 30, 1960. At his death, his sons Warren Tregunno (1929-) and Paul Tregunno (1937-), already employed by the company, took over administrative control. Warren Tregunno, who served as vice-president and treasurer, had graduated from the Truro Agriculture College and Mount Allison Commercial College; his brother Paul graduated from Dalhousie with a commerce degree.

Still in operation in 2011, the company has corporate outlets in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

Custodial history

Warren Tregunno donated this collection to the Dalhousie Archives on May 11, 1971. The Halifax Seed Company and the Tregunno family maintained the collection from the time of the records' creation until Dalhousie's acquisition of them.

Scope and content

The fonds contains business correspondence between the Halifax Seed Company and their associates worldwide as well as two ledger books. Advertisements and printed matter originally enclosed with correspondence provide an insight into the 1960s relevant beyond their connection to the Halifax Seed Company.

The company has been in operation for 137 years, yet the collection lacks information before 1956 and after 1965.

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The ordering of records in this collection was somewhat altered in 2003 in that advertisements from the company's suppliers were removed from their appropriate files and compiled in a separate series.

All correspondence was originally filed alphabetically by company name; this ordering remains. Some files included photographs that were removed and placed in a subsequent file as a conservation measure.

The company's ledgers are arranged alphabetically by customer and supplier from 1956 to 1960

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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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Whether there will be any future accruals is unknown.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Halifax Seed Company fonds, MS-4-21, 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 Dalhousie University Archives Catalog. The complete, original description is available there.

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