Fonds - Treasury Papers

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Treasury Papers

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  • Variations in title: RG 31

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  • 1758-1964 (Creation)
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    Nova Scotia. Provincial Treasurer.
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    A Provincial Treasurer to superintend public finances was first appointed in 1750. The treasurer was an officer of state and member of the (Executive) Council and afterwards, like the Attorney General and Provincial Secretary, a department of government. In 1849 the office of treasurer was abolished and replaced by Financial Secretary and Receiver General (cashier). In 1867 these offices were abolished and the treasurer restored. From 1878 to 1946 the Provincial Secretary was ex officio Provincial Treasurer. In 1942 the first modern Provincial Finance Act was passed. In 1962 the Department of the Provincial Treasurer assumed responsibility for economic policy development and was renamed Finance and Economics. In 1971 the department shed its responsibility for economics and was renamed Department of Finance.

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50.2 m of textual records

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(1750-)

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A Provincial Treasurer to superintend public finances was first appointed in 1750. The treasurer was an officer of state and member of the (Executive) Council and afterwards, like the Attorney General and Provincial Secretary, a department of government. In 1849 the office of treasurer was abolished and replaced by Financial Secretary and Receiver General (cashier). In 1867 these offices were abolished and the treasurer restored. From 1878 to 1946 the Provincial Secretary was ex officio Provincial Treasurer. In 1942 the first modern Provincial Finance Act was passed. In 1962 the Department of the Provincial Treasurer assumed responsibility for economic policy development and was renamed Finance and Economics. In 1971 the department shed its responsibility for economics and was renamed Department of Finance

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Fonds consists of records reflecting the early financial history of Nova Scotia, offering an excellent example of early government transactions and activities in the province. These records reflect important investment and development decisions made by the provincial government, demonstrating those areas that were deemed most in need of public funds or those that brought in the most revenue, including shipping and lighthouses, emigration and immigration, the importation of goods, manufacturing, taxation and public works.

This fonds is an excellent tool for exploring the establishment of government presence in Nova Scotia, how government functioned, and the relationships the provincial government had with communities, businesses and manufacturers, the federal government and with Imperial powers.

Records primarily take the form of correspondence, receipts, log books, warrants, certificates and other documents of official expenditures and revenue. Fonds consists of 20 series:
• General Accounts
• Collector of Colonial Duties
• Consular Fees
• Impost and Excise
• Light Duties
• Light House Papers
• Provincial Debt and Currency
• Roads and Bridges
• Sundry Accounts
• Warrants
• Bounties
• Provincial Cashier
• Miscellaneous
• Board of Revenue: Correspondence and Minutes
• Financial Secretary correspondence
• Provincial Secretary correspondence
• Provincial Treasurer
• Receiver-General correspondence
• Miscellaneous Correspondence
• Public Works and Services

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Fonds is divided into twenty (20) series, most often based on the type of transaction documented in the records, or the creating body. Although not included in the 1976 Inventory of Manuscripts this series structure is of long standing origin and was not altered when descriptive work was updated in 2013.

Please note that series occasionally overlap in content and purpose, meaning a researcher may need to view more than one series to locate the information that they are looking for. For example, records of the Receiver-General can be found in at least three series: General Accounts, Financial Secretary and Receiver-Genera

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Series descriptions available with file lists. Website exhibit available for Sable Island.

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