Research Holdings

Nova Scotia Archives

Research Holdings

In today’s online environment, information about archival holdings is increasingly available in searchable database catalogues to help researchers find their way. In Nova Scotia, there is a shared provincial catalogue called MemoryNS, which includes information about the holdings of over 40 different archives located across the province.

The area of MemoryNS.ca devoted specifically to the Nova Scotia Archives provides a guide to the records held at the Nova Scotia Archives in Halifax. This includes both the archival records of the Government of Nova Scotia and private-sector records of provincial scope or significance.

MemoryNS does not make the actual documents available online, but instead provides descriptions of (i.e. information about) these holdings. The descriptions will help you identify records that interest you, and design appropriate research strategies to explore them.

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 MemoryNS.ca , our online catalogue — then make plans to visit the Nova Scotia Archives for a closer look.


Our onsite searchable Library Catalogue describes holdings from the Library at the Nova Scotia Archives. It currently includes 40,000 entries – updated February 2018.

Please note that items in the Nova Scotia Archives Library do not circulate and are only available for onsite use.



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