Fonds RG 21 - Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and Mines

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Nova Scotia Department of Public Works and Mines

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    RG 21

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    • 1801-1939 (Creation)
      Nova Scotia. Department of Public Works and Mines

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    32.2 m of textual records and other material

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    A Commissioner of Public Works and Mines was appointed in 1867 to superintend and manage government buildings and property and to regulate mines and mining. The department gradually became a general provider of services to government, including public printing. In 1921 the commissioner became a minister. Until 1926 Public Works and Mines was responsible for tourism, and until 1931 for public charities and social welfare. In 1939 the department was broken up, with Mines (later Mines and Energy) becoming a separate department and the Department of Highways assuming responsibility for public works.

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    Consists of 46 series: Prospecting licence applications (1892-1939); Incoming correspondence (1860-1906); Gold lease registration books (1867-1923); Bridge plans (ca.1865?-ca.1914?); Mineral survey records (1862-1909); Mining case judgments (1903-1939); Nova Scotia Hospital guardianship papers (1927-1937); Gold district maps (1901-1933); Applications for gold and silver leases record books (1883-1939); Operational files (microfilmed 1971); Gold mill licence book (1863-1901); Mining certification examination records (1870-1913); Mining company charters and by-laws (1902-1916); Applications for mining rights record books (1872-1939); Gold lease forfeiture records (1860-1896); Mill licence bonds (1930-1938); Bridge construction and repair tenders and other material, (1854-1917); Mine lease transfers (1915-1939); Mining rights disputes records (1858-1919); Special concession mineral surveying grants (1926-1928); Orders in Council (1925-1937); Waterworks plans (1872-1903); Coal lease registry books (1863-1929); Renewed coal leases (1886-1939); Iron leases and other material (1874-1903); Victoria General Hospital records (1867-1899); Mine lease registry books (1929-1939); Nova Scotia Hospital records (1846-1903); Mechanics' liens (1905-1939); Gold lease applications (1864-1939); Applications for alluvial licences record book (1898); Mine reports and returns (1801-1910); Licence to search record books (1864-1927); Applications for free first claims (1862-1868); Applications for leases other than gold and silver (1897-1939); Prospecting licences record books (1877-1939); Government drill applications (1929-1934); Coal and iron ore analyses (1866-1904); Contract registration notebooks (ca.1920s?); Gold leases (1864-1937); Mining operations blueprints (microfilmed 1971); Forfeited mine leases (1894-1939); Mining accidents correspondence and other material (microfilmed in 1971); Mining rules and regulations (1873-1881); Outward correspondence letter books (1901-1902); Commissioner of Public Works and Mines records (1813-1905).

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