To ensure your safety and health, as well as that of our staff, onsite research will be available by prearranged appointment only. If your research is time-sensitive and requires an onsite visit, please fill out the Appointment Request Email. We will contact you to work out a research strategy, answer your questions, and book a time for your in-person visit if required.
We can provide only basic reference and referral information suggesting best sources and where to find them. Please see information for Hiring a Researcher.
For your online safety and privacy we encourage you to contact us via your own Email. Use the link below to generate an Email within your Email application (Gmail, Outlook, Windows Mail, Apple Mail) and send us a full and complete message for our best service.
Your email will look like this:
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In the COVID-19 environment much of our reference activity involves the preparation and identification of materials for online research. We continue to respond to general inquiries but our timeline for responding to such messages is extended.
Depending on the nature of your inquiry and the volume of other incoming messages, it may take us up to fifteen (15) business days to reply.
We urge people to be as specific as they can be with their inquiries and suggest looking at our website (archives.novascotia.ca), our catalogue of archival holdings (memoryns.ca), and our vital statistics website (archives.novascotia.ca/vital-statistics/) before you inquire.
We look forward to being able to assist with your research and thank-you for your interest in the services we can provide.
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