The Lynn Jones African-Canadian & Diaspora Heritage Collection
Saint 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).
Who might use the Collection?
Researchers, community members tracing a family tree, educators and students, community organizers….
Accessing the collection:
- The collection can be viewed in-person at the Saint Mary's University archives: hours of operation, contact information, and location.
- A finding aid that includes more detail on the collection and its background can be found on the MemoryNS website.
- A detailed inventory of the collection, including a list of files organized by subjects, has been prepared by archives staff.
- Our library's digital repository includes scanned samples of both archival material from Lynn's personal collection and a small example of the newspaper clipping collection.