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Nova Scotia Archives

Welcome to Beamish!

Beamish* is an internal digital-delivery service available only to researchers working onsite at the Nova Scotia Archives. It allows us to provide and share, in digital format, oversized and fragile material, often in large ‘runs’ not well suited to website presentation. Beamish resources are available on all public computers in the Reading Rooms at the Archives.

Below is a growing list of digitized content available on Beamish.

* Wondering about the name ‘Beamish’? We’ve named our internal digital-delivery service in honour of Thomas Beamish Akins (1809-1891), Nova Scotia’s first archivist.


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Nova Scotia Newspapers on Microfilm

Explore this searchable database to plan onsite newspaper research at the Nova Scotia Archives – information about 8,951 reels of microfilm, for 536 different Nova Scotia newspaper titles.


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V6 - Historical Maps of Halifax

There are 345 digitized maps available from the V6 collection of historical maps of Halifax NS, dating from the 1640s to the 1970s.


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V7 - Historical Maps of Nova Scotia

There are 351 digitized maps available from V7 collection of historical maps of Nova Scotia (excluding Halifax), dating from the 1670s to the 1990s.


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Royal Engineers Maps and Plans

Search the Royal Engineers Maps and Plans index page and then click on the large format PDF file or save a smaller jpg image for personal reference and research.


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Heritage Property Inventory

The inventories were recently transferred from the Heritage Property Program, Culture and Heritage Development, NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage, to the Nova Scotia Archives. Specific inventories for Barns, Bridges, Churches, and Railway Stations have been digitized. Researchers will find a wealth of information on these topics.


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John Collier Jr. Photographs of Digby County

John Collier, Jr. (1913-1992) was a leading American photographer of the twentieth century. He came to Nova Scotia at the invitation of Alexander Leighton, another American whose long-standing love of the province led him to secure Rockefeller Foundation funding to create a photographic record of everyday work and activities in Digby County, as part of a larger longitudinal health study. The resulting photographs were taken mostly during 1950 and 1951.


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Sound and Moving Images holdings at the Nova Scotia Archives

Search the Sound and Moving Images Database of holdings held at the Nova Scotia Archives.



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