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Accession forms

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management fonds and consists of accession forms generated by the divisions of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia. Accession forms provide data relating to the transfer of custody of records selected for permanent retention, including records loaned for copying on microform from 1973 to 1986.

Accession registers

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Archives and Records Management fonds and consists of accession books that list records (including published items) acquired for permanent preservation. Series includes accession registers of the Halifax Branch of the Public Archives of Canada and library accessions (1942-1979).

Accounting Office Branch correspondence and other material

Series forms part of Department of Public Works fonds and consists of correspondence and invoices, as well as purchase orders and receipts mainly relating to equipment for government departments and repairs to Government House. Series also includes time sheets and payroll records for employees of the department. Series is arranged mainly chronologically.

Adjutant General's correspondence

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Militia fonds and consists of letter books and other correspondence mainly between the adjutant general and military officers. Series also includes some correspondence with the provincial secretary and treasurer.

Administrative and operational files

Series forms part of Department of the Attorney General fonds and consists of administrative and operational files, the titles of which have been entered into a database providing access by department code number, date and physical arrangement. Major topics covered by the files include the Last Tango in Paris case, (concerning the province's film classification powers), probation, community involvement with corrections, proposed legislation, and Supreme Court of Canada or Appeal Court cases in which the province considered intervention.

Administrative and operational records

Series forms part of Department of Housing and Municipal Affairs fonds and consists of departmental correspondence, memoranda, reports, agendas and minutes of meetings, financial estimates, newspaper clippings, and background information relating to various committees, commissions, boards, plans, projects, and strategies.

Administrative Branch correspondence and other material

Series forms part of the Department of Lands and Forests fonds and contains records created by the Department’s Administrative offices, including (but not limited to) Office Administrator (particularly H. J. Lynch) and Accountant (A. M. Ferguson). Series documents the actions of administrative staff at the Department of Lands and Forests and supports programming, training, infrastructure, enforcement of Acts, and other interests. Records contain correspondence, memoranda, reports, circulars, catalogues, pamphlets, newspaper clippings, and documentation of government programming. Series also includes departmental records on the Royal Commission on Forestry, as well as the Agricultural and Rural Development Agreement (ARDA), Forest Resources Development Agreement (FRDA), and the Youth Training Plan and National Forestry Program.

Correspondence files are organized chronologically, and then alphabetically within each year. The bulk of the correspondence is financial in nature, but it does address a wide scope of topics, including safety promotion, hunting and guide licenses, permits and regulations, royalties and fines, Crown Lands, and education and training, particularly around silviculture. Forest fires are a frequent topic, particularly in regards to equipment, infrastructure and cost recovery.

Series covers such Department initiatives as the Campgrounds and Picnic Areas Project, several different forestry programs, ARDA Wildlife Program, and the Recreation Tourism Program. Also included are records of the Maritime Lumber Bureau, Royal Commission on Forestry, and the Maritime Forest Ranger School. The Department frequently coordinated with private woodlot owners on forest management, which is represented in the series.

The National Selective Service Board (Mobilization Board) tasked the Department of Lands and Forests with reporting upon men who applied for postponement of military service. The reasons for the postponement in these cases were related to the applicants’ necessary work in the Nova Scotia lumbering and forestry industries. Employers wrote letters about the indispensability of employees.

The Youth Training Plan and the National Forestry Program are also covered in these volumes. The National Forestry Program was established in 1939 as a response to unemployment after the Depression. Lands and Forests was responsible for part of this Program, and a camp was set up in the Chignecto Game Sanctuary. The program only lasted a few months, ending with the onset of WWII.

Administrative records

Series forms part of Provincial Medical Board of Nova Scotia fonds and consists of administrative records of the board, including regulations and by-laws, policies, drafts of laws and amendments to Acts, questionnaires, some agendas and minutes of meetings, memoranda, notices, and reports. Series also includes correspondence relating to the registration of doctors and additions to the list of registered medical practitioners in the province.

Admission records

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Hospital fonds and consists of admission slips, applications for admission, and admission books relating to the admittance of patients to the hospital. The incorporating legislation set out the admission procedure to be followed for admissions to the hospital. Admission slips, dating between 1860 and 1904, are Form "B" under the Act and are certificates from medical practitioners confirming the patient's mental status. The application forms for admission are Form "A" under the Act and are sworn documents, usually completed by the patient's family, giving a mental history of the patient. These date from between 1867 and 1902 and have been bound into volumes often labelled as admission books. Admission registers consist of books giving the date of admission and brief information on each patient admitted between 1917-1941 and 1953-1958, including the admission number assigned. The admission slips and admission books are arranged in admission number order.

Advertising Manager records

Series consists of films of the construction of the new store and warehouse on Kempt Road, Halifax, NS in 1967; photographs of staff, the sod-turning ceremony for new store, and an aerial view showing part of north end of Halifax; correspondence with sales people; promotional items; internal communications concerning the move and operational changes; an employee handbook; and company newsletters. The records document the daily operation of a hardware store and its communication strategies to manage change in the mid-20th century.

Kelly, Clarence B.

Advisory Council on the Status of Women Executive Records

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women fonds and consists of materials created by the executive offices of the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women, principally those of its Executive Director, Council Chair, and the Minister and Deputy Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Act. Records in this series include Minister's Briefing Books, meeting materials, and correspondence, which demonstrate and support the Council's actions and decisions at the highest levels and highlight the advisory purpose of the Council.

Advisory Council on the Status of Women Operational Records

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women fonds and consists of records relating to the work of the Advisory Council's non-executive staff, as they fill the Council's mandate and support the Status of Women Act. Materials created during these actions include press releases, fieldwork and other reports, Council session meeting minutes, special events materials (for such events as the Council's Anniversary, Women's History Month, Take Your Daughter To Work Day, and the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women), general correspondence, newsletters, and records of community outreach initiatives.

The Advisory Council works closely with several communities and groups to better advise government and educate the public on issues related to Nova Scotian women. These groups represent immigrants, seniors, youth, women with disabilities, and other Nova Scotians, and topics such as gender equality, unpaid work, family violence prevention, women in business and politics (Campaign School for Women), and sexual assault awareness.

Affirmative Action records

Series forms part of Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission and consists of records documenting Affirmative Action programs facilitated by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission. These programs are a cooperative effort between the Commission and major employers in the province, to ensure the workforce represents and reflects the community. The first affirmative action agreement in Canada was signed in 1972 in Nova Scotia with Maritime Telegraph & Telegram Company Limited.

Records in this series are mostly of two types: Agreements and Reports. Affirmative Action Agreement files contain the Memoranda of Understanding, which is a standard letter outlining the standards and policy being agreed upon, signed by the employer and the NSHRC. Files may also include correspondence and associated press materials.

Affirmative Action Reports track the success of Affirmative Action programs after the Memoranda of Understanding has been signed by monitoring the number of employees protected under the Agreement and the types of positions they hold. Some reports record placements of employees made through the program, including names of participants and their employers.

African Nova Scotian Business Ad-Hoc Committee

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board fonds and consists of records created by the African Nova Scotian Business Ad-Hoc Committee and its preceding committees and initiatives: Nova Scotia Advisory Group on Race Relations and African Nova Scotian Business Forum. In the early 1990s the VPB determined it was time for collaboration on a more multicultural level to better represent the province’s population. The Advisory Group on Race Relations brought together three levels of government and members of the Black community to recommend a plan of action to eliminate racism and racial discrimination in the province. The African Nova Scotia Business Forum was initially convened to discuss matters of access to financing, though it was quickly determined that there were other areas of need and the forum broadened focus to creating a strategy for African Nova Scotia business development. The African Nova Scotian Business Ad-Hoc Committee was formed to continue the work begun at the Forum.

Records in this series include reports and recommendations, meeting minutes and agendas, correspondence, and community consultation materials.

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