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11 August 2017

George Creed - Mi'kmaq Petroglyphs

In 1887-88, George Creed, the postmaster in South Rawdon – but also a keen amateur ethnologist – spent time in Queens County, where he carefully made some 350 tracings from the Mi'kmaq petroglyphs cut into the rocks at Fairy Lake, Kejimkujik. These petroglyphs record and illustrate the period in history, just after European contact, when the Mi'kmaq were turning from traditional beliefs and old ways to a new faith and new ways.

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30 June 2017

New Ross: From Family to Community

Correspondence, newspaper clippings, deeds, etc. accumulated by Captain William Ross, the diaries of Edward Ross, the second son of William and Mary, and land papers relating to the military settlement and the property in New Ross.

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27 June 2017

Nova Scotia Community Albums: Coward Album, Bridgetown

Nova Scotia Archives is pleased to be part of the Nova Scotia Community Albums project. The Coward Album of Bridgetown includes photographs and postcards of houses, businesses, churches, County Home, streetscapes, school and students, individuals, vessels, bridges, cartoons, buggies, horse racing (1890s) and snow drifts following the great snowstorm in 1905.

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27 June 2017

Nova Scotia Community Albums: Letson Album, Port Medway

Nova Scotia Archives is pleased to be part of the Nova Scotia Community Albums project. The Letson photograph album of prints held at the Nova Scotia Archives depicts buildings, houses, and properties in the village of Port Medway, Queens County, Nova Scotia.

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21 March 2017

Isaac Deschamps

Isaac Deschamps was born circa 1722, presumably of Swiss descent, and arrived in Halifax, N.S. in 1749. He was employed by Joshua Mauger and in 1754 he ran Maugher's truckhouse at Pisiquid (Windsor) where he traded with local Acadians and First Nations.

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20 February 2017


Transcribe is the Nova Scotia Archives’ collaborative online workspace where the public can participate in enhancing access to our collections documenting over 300 years of Nova Scotia history, people, and culture. This is a great opportunity for participants to deeply experience our collections and transcribe hand-written historical materials.

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17 February 2017

Mi'kmaq Holdings Resource Guide

In honour of Heritage Day 2017 – Mi'kmaq documents and other materials including the Peace and Friendship Treaties as well as 470 newly digitized documents (many available to transcribe). An exhibit with 34 photos are highlighted in Community Gatherings. Genealogical resources for tracing Mi'kmaq ancestry and determining band status. An important resource for anyone interested in Mi'kmaq culture, heritage and traditions throughout Atlantic Canada.

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16 February 2017

King vs. Sylliboy, 1928

In 1927 Gabriel Sylliboy was arrested near Port Hastings for hunting muskrat and possessing pelts out of season – offences under the Lands and Forests Act. He was subsequently convicted in a Magistrate's Court. He appealed his conviction to the County Court, arguing that as a Mi'kmaq the Treaty of 1752 recognized the right of his people to freely hunt and fish. The appeal was heard in July of 1928 and the documents presented here constitute the case file for the appeal.

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07 February 2017

The Clarion - For Inter-Racial Understanding and Good-will

We are pleased to make available Carrie Best’s newspaper The Clarion. Published from 1946-1949 these digital copies from microfilm are the only known copies to exist. Originals were loaned by Mrs. W.P. Oliver for microfilming and the originals were returned to the donor. We still have our eye out for print copies of The Clarion.

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26 January 2017

New Vital Statistics Being Prepared for Online Access

A new accrual of vital statistics records was released on 31 December 2016 and is now being prepared for This year, the records include births registered in 1916 (including delayed registrations); marriages registered in 1941; and deaths registered in 1966. Over 25,000 new research possibilities!

The records are currently being digitized at the Nova Scotia Archives, electronic indexes are being constructed or improved upon, and quality control testing is underway. We anticipate uploading in June, with further information to be posted as we approach launch date.

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13 December 2016

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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01 December 2016

Introducing 'Beamish'

Beamish is a digital-delivery service available to researchers working onsite at the Nova Scotia Archives. It provides access, in digital format, to 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. Come in soon and check them out!

*Wondering about the name 'Beamish'? It's in honour of Thomas Beamish Akins (1809-1891), Nova Scotia's first archivist.

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09 November 2016

Letters Home: Correspondence from the First World War - Angus L. Macdonald

Letters, photographs and maps telling the story of Angus L. Macdonald, Nova Scotia’s legendary premier, 'at the front' in war-time France.

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06 October 2016

What's Cooking? Food, Drink and the Pleasures of Eating in Old-Time Nova Scotia

Just in time for Thanksgiving, we’ve opened our pantry to share 1000 old recipes, 17 Nova Scotian cookbooks, and a variety of pictures showing food, food preparation, and the pleasures of eating. Enjoy!

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05 October 2016

Nova Scotia Archives Celebrates #AskAnArchivist Day

October 5th is #AskAnArchivist Day – the perfect occasion to launch our online blog, ‘New Tales from Old Records’! This will be a recurring feature on the Archives’ website, continuing across to our Facebook and Twitter feeds. The first blog post, ‘Piecing It All Together,’ explores how early government financial records tell the story of founding the Humane Establishment on Sable Island two hundred years ago.

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03 October 2016

Treaties of Peace and Friendship

In honour of Treaty Day and Mi’kmaq History Month 2016, the Nova Scotia Archives is pleased to present online, the Peace and Friendship Treaties Collection held at the Archives Building in Halifax. These twelve original documents, 1725-1779, have been freshly digitized with new background information, and are offered in high-resolution format for exploration, download and re-use.

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19 September 2016

Le Courrier de la Nouvelle-Écosse (1937-2002)

Online access to the first 66 years of Nova Scotia’s weekly French-language newspaper – 68,352 pages. Explore everyday life, significant events, and Acadians in the larger world.