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.