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Silas Tertius Rand

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Silas Tertius Rand, 1810-1889, attended Horton Academy in Wolfville, N.S. and alternated between teaching and following the family trade of bricklaying. In 1834, he was ordained a Baptist minister.

Rand's fascination with the Mi'kmaq language led him to work with the Native peoples of the Maritime colonies beginning in 1846. He was especially talented at languages and over the years mastered Mi'kmaq, Malecite, and Mohawk, as well as other languages. Rand studied the customs and language of the Mi'kmaq. He produced scriptural translations in Mi'kmaq and Malecite, compiled a Mi'kmaq dictionary, and collected scores of legends, including the tales of Glooscap.

The Rand Collection includes records created by Rand, as well as those about him and his work, such as personal papers, dated and undated manuscripts, publications, photographs, artefacts, and other materials. Some material is written in Mi'kmaq, Latin and Pittman shorthand. Transcriptions of most of the diaries are available. Most all of these records are fragile.
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Silas Tertius Rand

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Dates: 1834 to 1894
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand, Archival Catalogue
Description: Finding aid for the Silas Tertius Rand fonds.
Type: finding aid

A Lecture

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Dates: unspecified decade in 18XX
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: Item is a booklet containing a lecture Rand delivered to the Nova Scotia Historical Society. The text is entirely in English phonetics. 36 pages. Library envelope in which this manuscript was stored indicated that the lecture was given to the Nova Scotia Historical Society, although there is no indication of this in the text.
Accession Number: D1900.006/3/23
Type: textual record

A Lecture on Education

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Dates: unspecified decade in 18XX
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a booklet in which Rand wrote the lecture he delivered to an unidentified group about Education. This is a working copy, with many additions and deletions to the text. 64 pages.
Accession Number: D1900.006/3/22
Type: textual record

An Ode on Rum

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Dates: unspecified decade in 18XX
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a booklet in which Rand, in English verse, outlines the evils of alcohol.
Accession Number: D1900.006/3/21
Type: textual record

An Old Indian Yarn and a True One

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Dates: unspecified decade in 18XX
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a story written in Mi'kmaq. 14 pages.
Accession Number: D1900.006/3/19
Type: textual record

Autobiographical Notes

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Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a notebook in which Rand recorded information concerning his early life. The first thirteen pages contain holograph notes in Latin, Greek and English on various topics. The autobiographical notes start on page 14 and end with the following comment by Rand: "I commenced writing this I think Dec. 1834. I have finished it May 5, 1835. Parrsboro." However, twelve years later… more
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/2
Type: textual record

Beadwork

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Dates: unspecified decade in 18XX
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: 1 object. Item is a piece of red fabric that has a pattern of beadwork on it. The beadwork was found in Dr. Rand's pocketbook. A note, on modern paper and in unknown hand, was in one of the pockets of the pocketbook and it stated: " Bead work from a coat made for Dr. Rand by the Indian women."
Accession Number: D1900.006/4/3/2
Type: object

Biblia Hebraica

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Dates: 1839
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: 1 v. of textual records. File contains a published version of the Old Testament, written in Hebrew. The frontispiece bears an inscription in ink that states: "Jan. 17, 1878. Silas. T. Rand". The front cover, verso, has an envelope glued to it that is addressed to Rand and postmarked October 25 1879. Rand wrote "autograph of C. McAdams" across the edge of the envelope. Rand… more
Accession Number: D1900.006/4/2/2
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1866
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between 14 July and 8 September 1866, in English. During this time period, he traveled through Truro and New Glasgow on his way to the Sixteenth Session of teh Eastern Baptist Association of Nova Scotia in Sydney. He remained in Cape Breton after the meeting and visited communities such as Great Tracadie, Plaister Cover, Ship Harbour, Little Bras D'… more
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/6
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1870
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between 24 August and 11 October 1870, in English. On the last several pages, Rand has written The Legends of the Micmac in Mi'kmaq, English and shorthand. They are likely the legends that he states, on 6 October, he heard from Susan Christmas.
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/7
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1873
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between 4 September and 31 December 1873, in English. During this time he was at home in Hantsport, NS, but made a few short trips to Coldbrook, Berwick, Canning and Waterville. In 1869, Rand had had a 'break' with the Baptists and had become a member of the Plymouth Brethren. He had arguments about the Brethren's doctrine with Mark Curry… more
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/11
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1865
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between 29 April and 25 May 1865, in English. The last three pages are written in [Mi'kmaq?]. During this time period, Rand was based at home in Hantsport but made an extended trip to Tremont, Aylesford, Brooklyn, Wilmot, Middleton and Berwick in an unsuccessful search of a teaching position for his daughter Minnie. He also went to Kentville for a… more
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/4
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1877
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between November and December 1877, in Latin.
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/12
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1872
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between 13 September and 23 November 1872, in Latin.
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/10
Type: textual record

Diary

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Dates: 1865 to 1866
Collection: Silas Tertius Rand
Description: File contains a diary in which Rand wrote between 29 November 1865 and January 1866, in English. During this time period, Rand was traveling a great deal, preaching and soliciting donations for the Micmac Missionary Society and visiting any Indians he encountered. He began in Sackville, NB, went to Shediac, Saint John, back to Shediac, Memramcook, Dorchester, Amherst, Great Village, Halifax, and… more
Accession Number: D1900.006/1/13/5
Type: textual record