Nova Scotia's Heritage Newspaper Collection — the largest and most comprehensive gathering of historical newspapers in the province — is maintained at NSARM. The collection includes over 750 titles — dailies, tri-weeklies, weeklies, everything from the inaugural issue of the Halifax Gazette, 23 March 1752 (Canada's first newspaper) to last week's Bridgewater Bulletin. There are even scattered holdings for newspapers published provincially but in other languages such as French, Gaelic and German.
Long-running Halifax newspapers did not begin until the Acadian Recorder (1813) and the Novascotian (1823). Provincial weeklies began to appear in the 1830s, although good coverage from around the province did not happen until very late in the century. From the earliest days, newspapers included small advertisements describing houses and properties for sale; by the mid-20th century, extensive real-estate listings were routine.
Photographs began to accompany news items during the early 20th century, and together these two provide invaluable detail for understanding built heritage and community change over time. Many local newspapers also had 'anonymous' correspondents who submitted noteworthy events from their communities. These weekly columns often mentioned private residences, churches, stores and other buildings under construction, and frequently reported when owners moved into new residences or celebrated house warmings.
Newsprint is a fragile medium, and since these publications constitute a significant provincial record, most major newspapers in the NSARM holdings have now been microfilmed and are available onsite for research purposes, only in that format. A variety of finding aids and guides will help you determine what newspapers were published in your community, and what issues have survived for you to explore.
Date: 21 November 1860
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Newspaper Collection: Halifax Morning Sun, 21 November 1860, p. 3 col. 6
Date: 13 June 1862
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Newspaper Collection: Halifax Morning Sun, 13 June, 1862, p. 2 col. 6
Date: 5 April 1867
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Newspaper Collection: Acadian Recorder,/i>, 5 April 1867, p. 3 col. 1
Date: September 1930
Reference no.: Department of Transportation Nova Scotia Archives Halifax Co.: Roads: Jeddore
Photographer: Robert Jones
Reference no.: Nova Scotia Archives Photo Collection: Halifax: Houses: McCully House
Date: ca. 1967
Photographer: Barbara Smith
Reference no.: Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia Nova Scotia Archives accession no. 1982-560