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Record No: mha00000423
Title: United States Consuls (Atlantic Canada Shipping Ports) fonds
Dates: Microfilmed 1960 (originally created 1833-1906)
Location: MHA microfilm cabinet
Creator: United States. Consulate
Publication: Washington : National Archives and Records Service, 1960.
Extent: 75 microfilm reels
Source of Supplied Title: Title based on the contents of the fonds
Restrictions: No restrictions.
Adm. Hist/Bio. Sketch: The United States consuls and vice-consuls were mandated to provide assistance to American citizens in foreign countries. They assisted individual Americans with various issues, including visas, passports, and legal entanglements. They provided advice to American companies on investment opportunities. Consuls aided American sailors and fishermen, who were injured, ill-treated or separated from vessels, return to their home ports.
Scope and Content: Fonds consists of consular despatches acquired by the Maritime History Group to be used in the Atlantic Canada Shipping Project, a major research initiative, examining various aspects of the Atlantic Canadian maritime economy. Consular despatches included details on American shipping and investment, as well as reports on distressed sailors and fishermen.
    Fonds consists of dispatches from the United States consuls at St. John's, 1852-1906. The fonds also includes consular reports from selected Canadian ports: Prince Edward Island: Charlottetown, 1857-1906; Nova Scotia: Halifax, 1833-1906; Pictou, 1837-1907, Windsor, 1872-1906; Yarmouth, 1886-1906; New Brunswick: Moncton, 1855-1905; Saint John, 1835-1906; St. Stephen, 1882-1906; Quebec, 1861-1906; Gaspe, 1856-1906.
    Fonds also includes consular despatches from St. Pierre, 1850-1906.
Acquisition Source: Records were turned over to the MHA in the mid 1980s
Custodial History: Records were microfilmed by the National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration, Washington, in 1960. The Maritime History Group commenced the acquisition of dispatches ca. 1975
Finding Aids: MHA finding aid 125
Subject: Charlottetown (PEI).
Subject: Gaspe (Quebec).
Subject: Halifax (Nova Scotia).
Subject: Moncton (New Brunswick).
Subject: Pictou (Nova Scotia).
Subject: Quebec City.
Subject: Saint John (New Brunswick).
Subject: St. John's (N.L.)
Subject: St. Pierre (St. Pierre et Miquelon).
Subject: St. Stephen (New Brunswick).
Subject: Windsor (Nova Scotia).
Subject: Yarmouth (Nova Scotia).
Subject: Consular Reports.
Authors_Corporate Name: United States. Consulate.


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