Nova Scotia Archives

New Research Holdings

New Research Holdings

Below is a listing of the latest archival records available for research. If what you see here interests you, find more information about each on, our online catalogue — then make plans to visit the Nova Scotia Archives for a closer look.


October 2016


James and Jessie Battis fonds. – 1917 May. – 16 pp., textual records. (Accession 2016-029)

Fonds consists of two letters written by Private James Battis while overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in France. Letters are addressed to his wife and children. Comments on the weather in France, conscription in ... »Canada, and seeing the “…Moncton boys here.”  Also includes typed transcriptions by Todd Battis, done in 2015.

Dorothy Grant fonds. – 1952-2014. – 72 cm of textual records; 3 DVDs of moving images (95 min); 1 audio cassette (47 min.). (Accession 2015-031)

Educated as a nurse, Dorothy Grant began a second career as a freelance writer and broadcaster in 1966.  A frequent contributor to CBC programs such as Radio Noon and Information Morning, in 1975 she became a CBC television researcher, writer and producer contributing to First Edition, Market Place, Land and Sea and other programs. In 1989 she left the CBC and joined the Medical Society of Nova Scotia as Director of Communication and later as Patient-Physician Relations Coordinator. Fonds consists of copies of freelance work and research, which focused on consumer and health issues, and more recently on medical and local history.

Notre vie sur la Rivière d’Argent 1895-1910 - [Our life on the Silver River 1895-1910] / Simone Stehelin. – 1962. – 1 vol. of textual records (142 pp.): maps, hand ill., some col.; 22 x 17 cm.  (Accession 2016-027)

Item is a handwritten and illustrated memoir, describing the author’s experiences travelling from France to Nova Scotia in 1895 at the age of ten, and settling in her new home outside Weymouth, where she lived with her parents, 7 ... »brothers and 4 sisters until 1910. There, at ‘New France’, the family had a major lumber operation known as the ‘Electric City’. Memoir is in French and includes 2 printed and hand-coloured maps of the area, as well as 35 pen-and- ink drawings, some in colour. Memoir was written in 1962 in Paris.

Robinson family fonds. – 2003. – 13 pp. of textual records. (Accession 2016-028)

Hazel Haydon (née Robinson) was born in 1905 to George Frederick Robinson and Mabel (Wournell) Robinson. The family and many of their relatives and extended generations lived in Richmond (North End Halifax) and were greatly affected by the Halifax Explosion, 1917. Fonds consists of Hazel’s vivid explosion memoire, recorded by her daughter on the occasion of Hazel’s 90th birthday.

Nova Scotia Gaming Corporation fonds. – 1995-2003. – 1.2m, textual records. (Accession 2010-035)

Records of meetings of the Board of Directors and Audit Committee, NS Gaming Corporation, which manages lottery and casino activities on behalf of the Province.  Records consist of minutes, agendas, reports and supporting documents.

Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board fonds. –   1962-2003. – 14.8 m of textual records.  (Accessions 2012-035, 2013-027, 2016-019)

Accrual to existing fonds, providing records of sector committees. Voluntary Planning was a government-facilitated process launched in 1963 to study the Nova Scotia economy. In the 1970s the process evolved to include volunteer-driven, citizen-based sector committees which, at the request of Government, developed reports and recommendations to further the progress of their sector. Records include minutes of committees, reports, and records of public consultations. Sectors represented include: Transportation (1964-2001), Tourism (1964-2001), Taxation (1978-2001), Free Trade (1987-2001), Research and Development (1981-1990), Professional Services (1986-1990), Mineral Resources (1964-1999), Manufacturing (1963-1995), Land Resources Coordinating Council (1981-2001), Human Resources (1975-2001), Health (1987-1991), Forestry (1969-2001), Fisheries (1972-2001), Environment and Economy (1988-2001), Energy (1963-2001), Construction (1973-2000), Community Development (1981-2001), and Agriculture (1962-1993).

Pictou Town and County heritage inventory sheets. – 1985-1990. – .5m of textual records.  (Accession 2016-005)

In the 1980s and ‘90s the Province provided funding to local organizations to prepare inventories for all known pre-1914 (First World War) buildings in Nova Scotia. Inventories include images of buildings, historical and architectural narratives, and a history of property ownership as traced through deeds for each property. Records relate to Town of Pictou and County of Pictou but do not include New Glasgow, Trenton, Stellarton or Westville. Records were transferred to the Archives from the Pictou Registry of Deeds when that office was closed.

Police Act Review Committee records. – 1998-2004. – .35m of textual records. Accession (2016-016)

Department of Justice records relating to review of the Police Act that culminated in a new act, 1981, with a greater emphasis on police governance. Records include correspondence, drafts of the act, notes from stakeholder consultations, records of jurisdictional and other literature reviews, research requested by the Committee, and Committee minutes. Records also include files on accumulated suggestions for changes, received prior to beginning of the Review.

Yarmouth Court Administration Office case files transcripts. – 1993-1995. – .5m of textual records.  (Accession 2016-015)

Although the Archives has vast numbers of court record case files in its holdings, the records seldom contain transcripts of proceedings, and substantively reflect civil rather than criminal cases. These transcripts from a number of cases from different courts in Bridgewater, Liverpool and Yarmouth provide insight into actual proceedings in our courts.  Cases included do not reflect all court activity in these counties and appear to have survived for reasons relating to requests for transcripts in particular cases.