Nova Scotia Archives

Search Akins Nova Scotiana Collection

The core of the Nova Scotia Archives Library is the Akins Collection — over 5000 books, pamphlets and periodicals accumulated during the nineteenth century by Thomas Beamish Akins, Nova Scotia's first Commissioner of Public Records (Provincial Archivist). Over 1400 of the 5000+ titles in this collection have now been migrated into the online library catalogue, and can be explored either there or via this separate search for Akins items only.


There is also a published guide to this special library, A Catalogue of The Akins Collection of Books and Pamphlets (F90 N85 AR2P no. 1) available for consultation at the Archives; and all the titles are listed as well in the Library Card Catalogue in the Archives Reading Room.

Any call number pre-fixed by 'AK' indicates that the item described is in the Akins Collection. All Akins material must be requested by Request Slips; items are retrieved during weekday open hours only (or by pre-booking).