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Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland
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Maritime History Archive student papers collection

  • Collection
  • 1969-1989

The Maritime History Archive collection of student papers contains 5429 essays relevant to the history and culture of Newfoundland and Labrador, collected by professors in the departments of Anthropology, Geography, and History. Most of the papers contain original research on Newfoundland communities and regions, but other categories of research include biographies and family histories, settlement patterns, economic development, education, health, law and justice, merchants, the military, politics and government, religion, shipping, fisheries and the fishing industry, and Labrador society and culture. Research papers may include photographs, oral histories, and diagrams.

The collection is organized in the following series:

  1. Student research papers in History, collected by Keith Matthews, 1971-86
  2. Student research papers in Geography, collected by John Mannion, 1976-86
  3. Student research papers in Geography, collected by W. S. W. Nowak, 1972-89
  4. Student research papers in Anthropology, collected by John Kennedy, 1972-85
  5. Student research papers in Anthropology, collected by Tom Nemec,1969-76.

Grand Falls photograph collection

  • Collection
  • [ca. 1907-1928]

Collection consists of 62 photographs of the Grand Falls and Botwood area, Newfoundland, ca. 1907-28. Images include the Anglo-Newfoundland Development Company (AND) facilities, logging operations, the pulp and paper making process and community events in the area, as well as shipping activities at Botwood.

Collection is arranged in six series: 1. Paper mill buildings; 2. Paper mill machinery; 3. Logging operations; 4. Grand Falls dam; 5. Shipping operations, Botwood; 6. Company and community photographs.

English parish records collection

  • Collection
  • Microfilmed 1973-1980 (originally created 1531-1906)

The Maritime History Archive commenced the collection of English parish records during the period 1973-1980. The parish records document the genealogical origins of Newfoundland families whose ancestors had emigrated from England before the twentieth century.

Collection consists of microfilmed copies of records of many parishes in the south West of England, particularly in the counties of Devon, Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire. The collection focuses on those areas which supplied crews for the Newfoundland fishery and the places of origin of Newfoundland settlers. Devon parishes predominate. The collection is indexed by parish.