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The Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection


Photo of donor, Lynn JonesSaint Mary’s University, in cooperation with Dr. Lynn Jones, African Nova Scotian leader and activist, now proudly houses The Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection in the University Archives.

The Collection documents the lives of Lynn, her family, and over 50 years of African, African Diasporic and African-Nova Scotian heritage and history.

Key parts of the collection include materials on:

  • civil rights and social justice struggles in Halifax, Canada and beyond
  • Lynn’s career as an athlete, politician, union activist, and work as an election observer for the 1994 South African Presidential election of Nelson Mandela
  • the activism of Lynn’s brother, Burnley “Rocky” Jones and many others
  • thousands of news clippings, programs, reports and other material documenting Black life (e.g. the histories of local Black communities and institutions, an obituary collection, news coverage of local and international racial segregation and apartheid, clippings on famous athletes and environmental racism).

You can listen to a CBC Information Morning Radio Interview with Dr. Jones on the occasion of the official community launch of the Collection in April, 2017:

Staff in the Archives have completed an inventory and description of the materials in the Heritage Collection, which provides the basis for a formal Finding Aid, available at Memory NS.

You can also access  The Lynn Jones African-Canadian and Diaspora Heritage Collection Inventory, which goes into detail on items in the collection.

As part of African Heritage Month, Saint Mary’s University Library in Halifax is proud to host an event and exhibit highlighting the Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection, a major recent addition to the University Archives. The Collection chronicles over 50 years of African, African Diasporic and African-Nova Scotian heritage and history, including civil rights and social justice struggles, Lynn & her family members' lives and activism, and diverse local, regional and international aspects of Black life, through everything from an obituary collection to news clippings, programs, reports and political campaign literature. An Exhibition of samples from the Collection will run February 1-28 in the lobby of the Patrick Power Library at Saint Mary’s.

 

The public is invited to join Lynn and folks using the Collection to learn about of the Collection’s history and some of the way in which it’s being used, Tuesday, February 13 from 5:15pm-6:15 pm, in the SMU Library Classroom (room LI135). The Collection Exhibition will be on display throughout the entire month.

Who might use the Collection?

Researchers, community members tracing a family tree, educators and students, community organizers….

How can you access the Collection?

Visit the Saint Mary's University Archives (Patrick Power Library, 3rd floor) during regular Archives hours or by appointment: Archives contact 902-420-5508 or hansel.cook@smu.ca