In addition to being the permanent repository for the archival records of the Government of Nova Scotia, the Nova Scotia Archives is also mandated to acquire, preserve, and make available for research provincially significant archival records from the private sector.
Private sector archival records are those records created in the course of the daily life of a person, a business or an organization and accumulated over time. Some typical types of archival records are letters, diaries or photographs from individuals or families; meeting minutes of organizations; ledgers or account books from businesses. These records contain evidence of activities, decisions made, and people’s reactions to events; all of which offers valuable information for researchers seeking a clearer understanding of the past.
At the Nova Scotia Archives, Archivists works with potential donors to determine which records are of enduring value to researchers and fit the Nova Scotia Archives’ mandate. After donation, the records acquired are arranged and described according to archival standards. They are re-housed in archival quality containers and stored in secure, environmentally controlled vaults to ensure their long term preservation; and they are made available for research onsite at the Nova Scotia Archives. Sometimes they are digitized and made available online on the Nova Scotia Archives’ website as well.
Donating to the Nova Scotia Archives allows you, your organization or your business to make a contribution to the collective memory of Nova Scotia, support future research and document the historical legacy that your donation represents.
If you are interested in potentially donating to the Nova Scotia Archives you can contact us below to begin the conversation.
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.
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In the COVID-19 environment much of our reference activity involves the preparation and identification of materials for research appointments. 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 (novascotiagenealogy.com) 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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The privacy rights of online visitors to the Nova Scotia Archives Web Site are fully protected by Nova Scotia's Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Any personal information which the Nova Scotia Archives collects from researchers relates directly to operating programs such as Reference Services and Photocopying and Reprography Services. Such information is not used for any other purpose. Please contact us to obtain access to or correct personal information you have submitted.
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