Download Full Text (32.8 MB)


This notebook was used by D. Frank Matheson, an alumnus of Dalhousie Law School, Class of 1901, in his third year Equity Law class.

The Matheson Notebooks are a collection of seven bound notebooks used by Frank Matheson during his time at Dalhousie School of Law between 1898 and 1901. In 2018, they were found in the basement of a Lunenburg law firm and donated to Schulich School of Law. There are two or three notebooks from each year of Matheson’s studies, ranging slightly in size and style. The notebooks have pages made from linen rags, are bound with paper covers, and marbled with ink along the edges. The books are written in using ink pen or pencil, and contain ink blotches, fingerprints, and smudges that Matheson left behind.

Physical Description

The artifact itself is a composition notebook with red, feather marbled paper cover in white, blue, orange, and green. The spine is covered in black fabric. The book block has been inked red, though the colour has faded, and the word "Equity" is written in ink along the foredge.

Transcription and accessibility measures are in progress.

Thanks to Piotr Luczak (Burke, Macdonald & Luczak, Barristers and Solicitors, in Lunenburg, NS) and Ilana Luther (Law Reform Commission of Nova Scotia and Schulich School of Law) for their discovery and donation of these notebooks to the Sir James Dunn Law Library and the Schulich School of Law.

Publication Date





Contracts, Dalhousie School of Law, Matheson Notebooks, historical artifact, law school experience


Common Law | Courts | Law | Law and Society | Legal Education | Legal History

Equity 1900-1901 3rd Year



To view the content in your browser, please download Adobe Reader or, alternately,
you may Download the file to your hard drive.

NOTE: The latest versions of Adobe Reader do not support viewing PDF files within Firefox on Mac OS and if you are using a modern (Intel) Mac, there is no official plugin for viewing PDF files within the browser window.