Fonds HDP - Henry Drake Petersen fonds

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Henry Drake Petersen fonds

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  • 1935 - 2012 (Creation)

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4 m of textual and other materials, including c. 1,000 photographs, 3 CD-ROMs, 7 architectural drawings, 3 artefacts, and 1 graphic image.

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Henry Drake Petersen was born in Amityville, Long Island, New York, on August 31, 1946. He died in Halifax, Nova Scotia, on October 17, 2012. He never married or had children.

Petersen was educated in the Amityville public school system, graduating from Amityville Memorial High School in 1964. He then enrolled in Long Island University's Richard L. Conolly College in Brooklyn, Long Island, New York, earning his B.A. with honours in history in October 1968.

While at Long Island University, Petersen was on the Dean's List and a member of Phi Alpha Theta national history honour society. He had a tuition scholarship and a New York State Regents scholarship. He worked as a residence hall counselor and university tutor. His extracurricular activities included All-University Chorus, which sang at the New York World's Fair in-fall 1964; L.I.U. Theatre, where he was stage manager and costume designer; Student Orientation Committee; Forum Linguae; International Student Association; Inter-Faith Council; and the Fellowship of St. Alban and St. Sergius.

In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, Petersen, age 23, left the United States and went to Nova Scotia, Canada, where he had family connections through his mother, whose sister, Alida Wicks, had moved from New York to Cape Breton with her husband in 1964.

Not long after coming to Halifax, a friend invited him to dinner at King's College, which so impressed Petersen that he applied for a donship. From September 1970 to September 1971, he was Don of Middle Bay at the University of King's College, and from September 1971 to June 1972, he was Don of North Pole Bay. While serving as Don, he participated in student groups, including the Quintilian Debating Society, the Haliburton Literary Society, and the King's Dramatic and Choral Society.

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The records were divided into series for correspondence from family members and correspondence from friends, with each correspondent having a separate file. The correspondence files are arranged alphabetically by last name.

The fonds is arranged into eight series:

Series 1— Vital records and legal documents
Series 2— Academic records
Series 3— Professional records
Series 4— Journals
Series 5— Writings
Series 6— Correspondence - family
Series 7— Correspondence - friends
Series 8— Photographs

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  • English

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Pursuant to the wishes of the donor, Henry Drake Petersen, and at the direction of the executors of his estate, the records are closed until 30 years after the date of his death. The fonds will open on October 18, 2042. After opening, permission of the University Librarian or Archivist will be required to reproduce or publish any of the materials.

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Copyright subsists in the records. By Deed of Gift, Henry Drake Petersen transferred to the Archives all applicable copyright, moral, and intellectual rights that he held in the fonds. Accession record no. 2013.01, signed by the executors of Petersen's estate, confirms the transfer of all rights in the records to the Archives.

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Finding aid for the Henry Drake Petersen fonds is available on MemoryNS, as well as in-person in the King’s Library Archives.

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