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10 October 2019

Royal Commission on the Donald Marshall Jr. Prosecution

Exhibits, witness testimony, and other records offer a window into a justice system unprepared and unwilling to accommodate the legal needs of First Nations and other cultural groups. This collection is vitally important, both for its vindication of wrongfully-convicted Marshall Jr., and for its role in shaping the Canadian and Nova Scotian justice systems we know today.

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01 October 2019

Remembering, Honouring and the Way Forward: 10 Years After the Residential School Apology

Open now in the lobby of Nova Scotia Archives, this exhibit is on loan from the Legacy of Hope Foundation, with help from Department of Heritage Canada and Treaty Nova Scotia. The interactive exhibit explores the impact of residential schools and the apology on individuals, communities, and our country.

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24 September 2019

Vital Statistics Annual Update

An additional 26,770 historical vital statistics are waiting for you on! These records were released on 31 December 2018 and since then have been digitized, fully indexed and checked for quality control. This year's accruals include 13,983 births (1918), 6,155 marriages (1943) and 6,632 deaths (1968). As usual, the birth records include some 'delayed' entries for individuals born in 1918 (or earlier) but not registered until a later date. Happy searching!

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17 April 2019


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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06 December 2018

Archibald MacMechan: Halifax Disaster Record Office Materials

Correspondence, notes, reports, press clippings, and personal narratives detailing events of the disaster, including damages, injuries, and medical and relief activities. Much of the material was used in Archibald MacMechan's history of the Halifax Explosion, 6 December 1917.

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08 November 2018

The Eastern Chronicle

Formed in Pictou from the joining of the Mechanic & Farmer and Presbyterian Banner in 1843 — The Eastern Chronicle was devoted to religion, agriculture, literature, politics, and general intelligence. Each copy from the Nova Scotia Archives holdings, 1867-1888 has been scanned. These issues focus on the time of Confederation and the industrialization of North Eastern Nova Scotia.

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11 October 2018

Halifax Mechanics' Institute

The Halifax Mechanics’ Institute was formed in 1831. A Journal, that recorded the meetings of the Institute, and an Inventory, that recorded the objects and specimens presented to the Institute have survived and are digitized here.

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11 October 2018

Honeyman Album

Honeyman’s album is a collection of memorabilia from the International Exhibitions consisting of stereoscopic images, carte de visites, and invitations to dinners, as well as documents pertaining to his achievements, involvements and awards.

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11 October 2018

Nova Scotia Museum Artifacts from International Exhibitions

View items from the Nova Scotia Museum selected by Dr. Rev. David Honeyman to display at the International Exhibitions as representation of Nova Scotia’s rich Cultural and Natural diversity.

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11 October 2018

Nova Scotia on Display: Honeyman, International Exhibitions, and the Roots of the Nova Scotia Museum

The Nova Scotia Museum was established 150 years ago. View a series of exhibits highlighting the role of Rev. Dr. David Honeyman, International Exhibitions, and the Roots of the Nova Scotia Museum.