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Sherman Bleakney

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Dr. J. Sherman Bleakney graduated from Acadia with a B.Sc. (1949) and a M.Sc. (1951); he graduated from McGill with a Ph.D. (1956). In 1957, he returned to the Biology Department at Acadia as a professor of Zoology, taking a position vacated by the retirement of Dr. H.G. Perry. Bleakney worked with Robie Tufts and Harrison Flint Lewis in the Biology Department. In 1987, he received the Alumni Award for Teaching Excellence. He retired in 1988 but continued to work closely with Acadia as a University Fellow from 1988 to 1993. Bleakney is noted for this book on sea slugs, entitled "Sea Slugs of Atlantic Canada and the Gulf of Maine", and for his book on dykes and marshlands, entitled "Sods, Soil, and Spades".

The entire fonds represents the great amount of research and writing done by Bleakney both during and after his academic career. Much of the fonds is accumulated research material, historical and recent, that formed the basis for the book "Sods, Soil and Spades: The Acadians at Grand Pré and Their Dykeland Legacy", published by McGill-Queen's University Press, 2004.
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Sherman Bleakney

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Dates: 1945 to 2012
Collection: Sherman Bleakney, Archival Catalogue
Type: finding aid

Aboiteau and marsh at Houston Beach

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Dates: 1999
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos taken of an aboiteau and marsh at Houston Beach, N.S. Inscriptions - First photo: "overview of outer and inner dyke walls and sites of two aboiteaux." Second photo: "posts were part of older dyke wall, aboiteau was built behind it, is a newer wall set farther back in the marsh." Third photo: "upstream end of sluice box."
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/22
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Aboiteau and marsh at Houston Beach

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Dates: 1999
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos taken of an aboiteau and marsh at Houston Beach, N.S. Inscriptions - First photo: "most recent aboiteau in secondary dyke, note use of sapling." Second photo: "posts were part of the oldest dyke wall." Third photo: "remnants of old aboiteau."
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/22
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Aboiteau and old sluice

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Dates: 2003
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos taken of an aboiteau and old sluice at Houston Beach, N.S. Inscriptions - First photo: "site #4 - old sluice, note crossed tie down stakes. Are timbers drilled all the way through?" Second photo: "downstream from sluice #1." Third photo: "site #4 - old sluice box (where Acadian period glass was found)."
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/22
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Aboiteau and old sluice

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Dates: 2003
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos taken of an aboiteau and old sluice at Houston Beach, N.S. in the winter. Inscriptions - First photo: "location of the old sluice box and brush wall - is encased and buried by ice." Second photo: ""aboiteaux creek" to right of French Glass site." Third photo: "from top of sand bank and ice - creeke - French Glass site and sluice at extreme… more
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/22
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Aboiteau and old sluice

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Dates: 2002
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos taken of an aboiteau and old sluice at Houston Beach, N.S. Inscriptions - First photo: "old sluice - outflow opening." Second photo: "old sluice box, clapped iton straps and one plank in gate." Third photo: "sluice hinge, old dyke, Houston Beach, N.S."
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/22
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Aboiteau construction

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Dates: unspecified year in 199X
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Sketches of aboiteau construction, likely done by Sherman Bleakney.
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/015
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: technical drawing

Aboiteau, old sluice and marsh

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Dates: 2002
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos taken of an aboiteau, old sluice and marsh at Houston Beach, N.S. Inscriptions - First photo: old sluice - functioning, intake. Second photo: brush in aboiteau wall. Third photo: Houston Beach marsh, old aboiteau.
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/22
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Avon River and Oak Island

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Dates: 1978
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Two black and white aerial photograph of the Avon River and Oak Island, N.S. Inscription - "looking west"
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/12
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Avonport Lighthouse

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Dates: 1978
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Four black and white aerial photographs of the Avonport Lighthouse.
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/12
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Beach plants

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Dates: 2000
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three coloured photos of beach plants from the west end of Long Island. Varieties include: Spartina Pectinata (tall grass), scirpus maritumis and scirpus americanus. Inscriptions - First photo: "plants from beach at west end Long Island, Grand Pre." Second photo: "Spartina Pectinata (tall grass), scirpus maritumis (has corms) and scirpus americanus (thick rhizomes). 3 Major plant… more
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/20
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Black Landing

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Dates: 2000
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Two photos of Horton Landing or "Black Landing," the site of the Acadian expulsion in Hortonville, Nova Scotia. Photos depict blue-black shale bedrock outcrop. Inscription - "Hortonville, Horton Landing alias Black Landing, Kings Co. Nova Scotia, Note: extensive blue-black shale bedrock outcrop just beneath surface silts layer. S. Bleakney, Aug 2000. "And here in Horton, so… more
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/14
Creator: Bleakney, John Sherman, 1928-2019
Type: photograph

Break in the Wolfville Dyke

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Dates: March 1931, October 30, 1931
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three black and white photographs of the Wolfville Dyke. First photo shows a break in the Wolfville Dyke in 1931. Second photo shows the road to Wolfville Light flooded in 1931. The third photo is of the flooded road to the Government Wharf in Wolfville in 1913.
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/016
Creator: Graham, Edson, 1869-1956
Type: photograph

Breaks in Dyke and flooding in Wolfville

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Dates: 1913
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Three black and white photographs of the Wolfville Dyke. First photo shows a break in the dyke in 1913. The second photo shows the flooding of the dyke in 1913. The third photo shows the road to the Government Wharf flooded in 1913.
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/16
Creator: Graham, Edson, 1869-1956
Type: photograph

Broken Wickwire Dyke

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Dates: 1931 (year approximate)
Collection: Sherman Bleakney
Description: Four black and white aerial photographs from 1931. First and second photos have Acadia University in the foreground and the broken Wickwire Dyke after a storm on March 4 1931. Third photo is of Grand Pre, N.S. Fourth photo is of likely of the Grand Pre area. Inscriptions - "Air photos 347, 340"
Accession Number: 2004.039-BLE/16
Creator: McCully, R.T., (19-- - 1974?)
Type: photograph