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Accession forms
RG 53 volumes 142-147 and 154 · Series · 1972-1990
Part of Public Archives of Nova Scotia

Forms part of the Public Archives of Nova Scotia 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
RG 53 volumes 148, 153, and 156 · Series · 1930-1989
Part of Public Archives of Nova Scotia

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

Series · 1947-1969
Part of Nova Scotia Department of Public Works

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.

RG 22 volumes 23-25 · Series · 1797-1854
Part of Nova Scotia Militia

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

RG 10 volumes 620-655 · Series
Part of Nova Scotia Department of the Attorney General

Series forms part of Department of the Attorney General 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.

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.

Series · 1938-1989
Part of Nova Scotia Department of Lands and Forests

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
RG 25 Series 'B' (VG) (IX) Vol. 34; RG 83 Vol. 1 File 6 to 7, 18 to 19; Vol. 2 File 1 to 7 and 58; Vol. 4 File 7, and 9 to 13. · Series · 1886-1967
Part of Provincial Medical Board of Nova Scotia

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
RG 25 Series NS volumes 1-14 · Series · 1860-1958
Part of Nova Scotia Hospital

Forms part of Nova Scotia Hospital 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
2011-013 · Series · 1951-1986
Part of Wm. Stairs, Son & Morrow Limited fonds

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.

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.

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
RG 85 volume 2 number 11 · Series · 1975-1986
Part of Nova Scotia Human Rights Commission

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.

Series · 1991-1998
Part of Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board

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.

Series · 1962-1993
Part of Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board fonds and contains records created by the Agriculture Sector Committee of the Nova Scotia Voluntary Planning Board (VPB). This Sector Committee was formed to serve as a forum for farmers, producers, regulators and others from across the province with common concerns. Founded in 1963 as one of VPB's original sectors, members came from the Provincial Department of Agriculture, Federation of Agriculture, other related Provincial Government departments, Federal interests, agricultural associations and the larger agricultural community.

These records include correspondence, transcripts of speeches and presentations, background material for reports and papers, meeting minutes and agendas, discussion items, responses to position papers and other materials. The main focus of the records is planning for the future of the agricultural industry in Nova Scotia, touching on legislation, taxation, the stewardship of land and primary resources, education, and government policy in regards to various aspects of the industry.

2002-045/001-003 · Series · 1911-2001
Part of Jean Gow

Forms part of Jean Gow and consists of supporting documentation for the book Alongside the Navy, 1910-1950, which is largely a personal memoir of Gow's life as a navy wife. The book includes Gow's recollections of growing up in Victoria from 1910 to the 1920s, and life as a young navy wife in the 1930s - first in Britain, then Halifax, Esquimalt and Ottawa. Includes original documents and photographs that were used in the book, plus related materials that were not. Of special interest are early photographs of activities of family and friends, wartime correspondence, a file on Gow's work with the Naval Reading Service, taped interviews with prominent naval officers, servicemen and WRENS about their wartime experiences, and a wartime diary kept by Gow. Also includes biographical information on Gow and some post-1950 material.

Series · 1725-1768
Part of Commissioner of Public Records

Series forms part of the Commissioner of Public Records collection collection and consists of a 372-page index to crown land grants, 1718-1765. Index divided into five sections, each section having its own alphabetical arrangement, with names in chronological order: 1718-1749 (page 6), 1759-1760 (page 54), 1759-1763 (page 114), 1761-1763 (page 170) and 1763-1765 (page 222). Gives grantee's name, number of acres and district, date of grant and page in register.

Series · 1763-1980, predominant 1763-1922
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds fonds and consists of 185 land transaction registers, 1763-1922, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor (seller) and grantee (buyer), mortgage assignments and releases (including Canadian Farm Loan Board mortgages, 1937-1971), quit claim deeds, and numerous other types of documents relating to land transactions. The documents recorded in the land transaction registers are transcriptions (the Registry's copy) of the original documents held by the grantor and grantee.

Series also includes: Will Books 1-6, 1879-1967, recording wills that affected deeded land or mortgages; Lease Books 1-4, ca. 1927-1973; Judgment Books 12 and 13, 1928-1980, recording County and Supreme Court judgments that affected deeded land or mortgages; Crown Land Grant Books 1-6, 1854-1953, and Crown Land Lease Books 1-3, 1901-1957, which provided a local copy of land grants and leases also recorded at the Crown Lands office.

Series · Microfilmed in 1984
Part of Nova Scotia Department of Education

Series forms part of Department of Education fonds and consists of annual directories of public school enrollments and teachers. Directories provide the year, county, municipality, school section number, name of school, number of classrooms, name of teacher, class of licence, years of service, subjects taught, grade taught, name and address of secretary to trustees, salary, total student enrolment, and post office serving the section. Directories are arranged by county, district, and school section number. Original directories for the years 1952-1954 are available, but directories for 1960-1972 are available only on microfilm. Directories for the years 1955-1959 are missing.

Annual returns
RG 2 volumes 44 to 47 · Series · 1830-1848
Part of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia

Forms part of Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia and consists of contemporaneous copies of annual returns comprising the "blue books" - reports to the British government relating to the general state of the colony and its public service. Includes returns of local revenue, military expenditure, legislation, public officials, pensions, population, ecclesiastical statistics, education, currency and rates of exchange, weights and measures, imports and exports, agriculture, grants of land, and jails and prison population. Arranged chronologically by year; 1835, 1836, 1844, 1845 missing.

MG 3 volume 755-810 · Series · 1899-1997
Part of National Sea Products

Forms part of National Sea Products and consists of printed Annual Reports to the Shareholders, 1946-1997, and various day books, journals, and ledgers, 1899-1946. The annual reports contain yearly summaries of operations by the company president, plus audited financial statements. Records for the period prior to 1946 include day books, 1899-1936 (except 1919-1929), containing daily entries for sales transactions; and general journals, sales ledgers, and journal ledgers, 1899-1946. Journal ledgers consist of bound volumes containing various consolidated entries of accounts, based on day books or other journal entries, in chronological order. Also includes a customs warehouse book, 1905-1906, and a cold storage journal, 1927-1929.

Series · 1784-1971; predominant 1784-1930
Part of Nova Scotia Registry of Deeds

Series forms part of the Registry of Deeds fonds, and consists of 83 land transaction registers, 1784-1930, recording the sale or transfer of land between grantor and grantee, mortgage assignments and releases, quit claim deeds and numerous other documents relating to land transactions.

Series also includes two Judgment Books, 1926-1971, recording County and Supreme Court judgments against land titles; one Canada Farm Loan Board Mortgage register, 1937-1957; one volume of Nova Scotia Pulp Limited agreements, 1957-1971; and a microfilm copy of the Crown Land Grant register, 1857-1967, which provided a local copy of land grants also recorded at the Crown Lands office in Halifax.

In the early land transaction registers the county is identified as Sydney County. Created in 1784 Sydney County included what is now Antigonish and Guysborough Counties. In 1824 Sydney County was divided into defined upper and lower districts. In 1836 the Lower District of Sydney County became Guysborough County and the Upper District reverted to the original name, Sydney County and in 1863 was renamed as Antigonish County.

Appeal case books
Series · 1890-1947
Part of Supreme court as a court of appeal

Series forms part of Supreme Court as a court of appeal subfonds and consists of bound volumes containing printed appeal case records. The first statutory codification of court practice, the Judicature Act of 1884, included provisions for the printing of appeal cases and required that eight copies of the appeal case record be filed with the prothonotary. The printed case record was to contain the appeal papers, rules, minutes of evidence, statements of case, affidavits, report of trial, exhibits and all other matters on which argument could be made. The cover page of each case record identifies the parties to each case, their solicitors, the court and judge of original jurisdiction and the file number assigned by the prothonotary or clerk to the original case. Subsequent changes to the rules included the requirement of filing a printed case with the law library which was referred to with further precision as the Nova Scotia Barristers' Society Library in subsequent editions of the rules. The requirement was removed from the rules ca.1975. The cases in these volumes were collected by that library and bound in annual volumes.

Series forms part of Department of Public Works and Mines fonds and consists of one ledger containing applications for alluvial licences at Wagatmakook, Stormont, and Cheticamp. Applications provide information such as the date of application, name of applicant, description of the property involved, by whom it was conveyed, number of shares involved, registration date, method of conveyance, and to whom it was conveyed.