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Shirley Burnham Elliot

b. 1916, Port Williams. NS; d. Oct. 15, 2004 Kentville, NS


1937 BA 1937 (Acadia)
1939 MA 1939 (Acadia)
1940 BLS 1940 (Simmons College)


1940-1946 Librarian, Brookline (Mass) Public Library
1946-1948 Assistant Librarian, University of Rhode Island
1948-1949 Acting Librarian, University of Rhode Island
1949-1950 Asst Editor of Canadian Index, Canadian Library Association
1950-1954 Chief Librarian, Colcester East-Hants Regional Library, Truro, NS
1954-1982 Legislative Librarian, Nova Scotia Legislative Library


Elliot, Shirley B. (1956). Nova Scotia Legislative Library: a finding list of Royal Commissions appointed by the province of Nova Scotia , 1908-1954. Halifax: Nova Scotia Legislative Library.

Elliott, Shirley B., ed. and comp. (1959). Nova Scotia book of days: a calendar of the province's history. Halifax: Nova Scotia Communications 7 Information Centre.

Elliott, Shirley B., comp. and ed. (1979). Nova Scotia book of days: a calendar of the province's history . Halifax: Nova Scotia Communications & Information Centre.

Elliott, Shirley B. (1979). Province House, Halifax, Nova Scotia. [Halifax: NS: Nova Scotia Legislative Library]

Elliott, Shirley B., ed. and. reviser. (1984). The Legislative Assembly of Nova Scotia, 1758-1983: A biographical directory. Halifax: Province of Nova Scotia.

Elliott, Shirley B. (1986). Nova Scotia in Books: a quarter century's gatherings, 1957-1982.Halifax: Department of Education.

Elliott, Shirley B. (1988). Nova Scotia in London: a history of it Agents General, 1762-1988.London: Office of the Agent General of Nova Scotia

Elliott, Shirley and Ellen Webster. (1967). Nova Scotia in Books: from the first printing in 1752 to the present. Halifax: Halifax Library Association in cooperation with the Nova Scotia Provincial Library.


Atlantic Provinces Checklist, editor, 1957-
Halifax Library Association, member; president 1957/58
APLA, member
CLA, member. Served on Nominating, Certification, Library Legislation and Government Reference committees (Recorder 1960-62; Chair 1962-64)
Bibliographical Society of Canada (Council 1963- )
Contributor to the Dictionary of Canadian Biography.


2003 Order of Nova Scotia
1984 Honorary DCL Acadia University
1985 Honorary LLD Dalhousie University
1988 CASLIS Special Award for Librarianship in Canada


“She catalogued all the valuable materials scattered around Province House and integrated them into a collection of Nova Scotiana unparalleled in the province.”
(Globe and Mail)

Other areas of activity:

1962 Served as Conference Librarian on staff of Duke of Edinburgh's Second Commonwealth Study Conference
Canadian Federation of University Women
Wolfville Historical Society


Ms. Elliott commented in a 1994 interview “When I came in, there was nothing mechanical at all in the library and nothing had been catalogued. I had to have something, so I bought a very small, innocent looking typewriter.” When her predecessor visited the library, Ms Elliott recalled, she said “Oh, oh, I can't bear it!” “ It was all the change you see” Ms. Elliott said.
(Globe and Mail )


Obit. Globe and Mail, Nov. 24, 2004
CASLIS Notes [1988?]
APLA-LIST Archives. For those who knew Shirley Elliott, former Nova Scotia Legislative Librarian. Accessed August 2, 2013.

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