Violet Black fonds

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Violet Black fonds

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    MG 1 volumes 2352-2355, 3309-3334, MG 9 volumes 343-410, 488-491; Graphic 1976-131, 1991-280

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    • 1785-1991 (Creation)
      Black, Violet, 1899-1991

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    7.73 m of textual records and graphic materials.

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    Biographical history

    Violet Marshall Black was born on 19 December 1899, in Wolfville, N.S., the daughter of William Marshall Black and Elouise (Eldridge). She graduated from Acadia Seminary in 1919, with a diploma in Household Science. Between 1922 and 1930, she spent winters in Boston, Mass., with her family and returned to Wolfville during the summer. From 1939 to 1948, Violet worked for G.C. Pickford, a Wolfville florist. She moved to Bedford in 1949 and returned to Wolfville in 1963 with her sister Mary. Between 1945 and 1975, she was active in weaving and was a member of the Canadian Weavers Guild. She died in Wolfville on 23 May 1991.

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    Fonds consists of material documenting Violet Black's family, and her personal interests and activities from 1919 to 1991. Includes scrapbooks containing correspondence, newspaper clippings, photographs, and memorabilia relating to Violet Black and the Black, Marshall, and Eldridge families, the British royal family, the First and Second World Wars, and various local, national, and international events; diaries; posters pertaining to the First and Second World Wars and the Red Cross; a watercolour of William Marshall Black; and a map of Halifax in 1934. The fonds also includes postcards of Nova Scotia and abroad, and photographs depicting seaside scenes, yachts, ships, landscapes, and family excursions, in the Halifax area and King's County.

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    Scrapbooks and family material donated by Violet Black in 1976 and 1982, followed by an accrual through her estate in 1991.


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        Additional Black family material may be found in the Black family fonds, (MG1, vol. 1547), and Mary E. Black fonds (MG1, vols. 2141-2144, 2876-2883 and 3294-3295). The Judge John George Marshall fonds (MG1, vols. 1282-1285, 1455-1456, and 1548) also contains Black family history.

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        Includes ca. 309 postcards, 5 albums (ca. 155 b&w prints), ca. 148 b&w prints, 1 watercolour art work, 1 map.

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        Women of Nova Scotia

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