Nova Scotia Archives

Built Heritage Resource Guide

Map Collection

The Map Collection at NSARM offers a rich resource to further help situate your home and property, or show change to the natural and built environments over time. Dating from the first days of settlement to the late 20th century, some of these maps have been published and are widely familiar, while others are one-of-a-kind items providing unique, little-known cartographic snapshots of our province.

We've already mentioned the Nova Scotia Land Grant Index Sheets and the small survey maps sometimes found in land-petition files, but again, these are only 'tips of the iceberg' in exploring your heritage property. A Map Card Catalogue, arranged by community, township and county, is available at NSARM to provide access to the main areas of the collection. Some of the published maps are also included in BookWorm, our online Library Catalogue, and their availability can be explored there.

Details included in individual maps differ widely, depending upon the cartographer and the purpose of the map. Some emphasize topographical or geographical features, others highlight roads, prominent structures and other man-made features of the landscape. Still others are 'cadastral', showing individual homesteads and property owners. The maps described below are of specific interest to built-heritage researchers.

This Built Heritage Resource Guide is unusually rich in the information given in the Note Areas accompanying most images. So... when you scan down the pages, be sure to click on the thumbnails so that you can enlarge and explore the images, plus read the extra details provided beneath each.

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"Map of the First Division of the Roads Leading from Halifax to Truro and Windsor" 
Date: ca. 1823?
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Map Collection: R.E.O. Y7

Topic: Map Collection
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"Plate A" in City Atlas of Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Date: 1878
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives microfilm no. 9697

Topic: Map Collection
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"Plate J" in City Atlas of Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Date: 1878
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives microfilm no. 9697

Topic: Map Collection
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"Plate N" in City Atlas of Halifax, Nova Scotia 
Date: 1878
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives microfilm no. 9697

Topic: Map Collection
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Our Lady of Assumption Convent, Arichat 
Date: 1953
Photographer: E.G.L. Wetmore
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Places: Cape Breton: Arichat: Convent: Our Lady of Assumption Convent

Topic: Map Collection
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