Fonds - Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre

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Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre

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68 cm of textual records (7 boxes)

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The Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre was established by legislation in 1972. The centre provided a centralized information service for all government departments, agencies, boards and commissions; the dissemination, communication, and transmission of information products within and outside the public service; an enquiry service for the general public covering government policies, programs, and services; information outlets making available government publications and information; and advice on the development of communications hardware systems. In 1980, the centre became the information services division of the newly created Department of Government Services.

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Eric Reginald Dennis was the founding Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre in 1972 and remained in that position until his retirement from the Nova Scotia public service in 1982 when he reached the mandatory retirement age of 65. In retirement he was a public relations and publicity consultant and authored The Dennis Saga a genealogical work. Born in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia, he grew up in Agassiz, British Columbia. His great uncle, Senator William H Dennis, was the publisher of the Halifax Herald and invited him to work for the newspaper, which he did for more than 35 years serving primarily as a correspondent in Washington, London (England) and Ottawa between times in Halifax. From 1958 to 1961 he was Editor of the Chronicle Herald. He was married to Maxine Maybee and then to Margaret Stonehouse who outlived him. He died on 11 January 2011 at Oakville, Ontario where he had lived for a number of years.

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It is believed the records were transferred directly to the Archives by the successor department (Government Services) subsequent to 1980. Nothing is known about the completeness of these records or the process that separated these materials from other executive records held by the department.

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Fonds consists of files accumulated by Eric Dennis between 1972 and 1977 as Executive Director of the Nova Scotia Communications and Information Centre and include records related to the Centre’s budget (1972-1977), the province’s hosting of the 1973 Premiers’ Conference, speeches of Premier Gerald Regan, Royal Visits (Primarily 1973), and the Centre’s production of promotional movies as well as materials related to industrial and tourism promotion including events such as the Tournament of Roses Parade (California), the Boston Tea Party (1976 and 1977), Lobster Luncheons (1974), and Expo ’75 in Osaka, Japan.

The records include correspondence, memoranda, reports, briefs, newsletters, brochures, news clippings, invitations, financial forecasts, estimates and budgets, and photographs of Royal visits and are loosely arranged, alphabetically, by file titles

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  • English

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Records created by Nova Scotia government agencies attract Crown Copyright protection.
See Nova Scotia Archives’ Services page for information on copying, reproduction, and use of materials

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The Nova Scotia Information Service fonds holds motion pictures and still photography produced by the Nova Scotia government between 1945 and 1990

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RG 64

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