Title and statement of responsibility area
Department of Social Services fonds
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Issuing jurisdiction and denomination (philatelic)
Dates of creation area
1921-1981, predominant 1947-1980 (Creation)
Physical description area
50.2 m of textual records
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Archival description area
Name of creator
The Department of Public Welfare was created in 1944 to bring under the minister of public health all matters relating to social welfare, including family and children's services, public charities, old age pensions, mothers' allowances, children's aid societies, juvenile court and reform schools. In 1946 a separate minister of public welfare was appointed. In 1973 the department was renamed Social Services, and in 1987 Community Services. The department provides financial assistance to individuals and families whose income is insufficient to meet basic needs, and social services to those requiring assistance because of individual or family problems.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of records documenting the provision of public welfare, especially family and children's services.
Immediate source of acquisition
Transferred by department in 1989.
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Restrictions on access
Many of the records produced by the Department of Social Services involve interactions with individual Nova Scotians whose personal information is protected from unauthorized release by the province’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Materials requested for retrieval must be reviewed before release to the researcher to ensure that the requested files do not contain protected personal information.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Series descriptions available.
Further accruals expected.