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Historical Council Minutes Now Searchable On-line

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Over 250 years of municipal council meeting minutes have been digitized and are now available at your fingertips:

This incredible wealth of documentation of the decisions, events, developments, and actors - citizens and councillors, who have shaped our region can now be searched and viewed on-line. Read the original Council discussions from each of our former municipalities. Discover the details and occasional dramas that unfolded in each council chamber.

Project Details:

Halifax Municipal Archives is very appreciative of project funding provided though the Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage's Provincial Archival Development Program. The three-year project involved scanning each page of the original minute-books, or the microfilm of minutes, when its quality was adequate. Those images were then indexed into pdf files and run through optimal character recognition software to render the text keyword searchable. The earliest minutes are hand-written and the OCR software does not recognize the beautiful cursive writing. For those years the Archives is transcribing the indexes that the Clerk's Office of the time created, to enable at least that level of on-line searchability.

The project generated over 218,000 images which are now available on-line in over 4000 pdf files.

Click on the image below to view a Global TV news-story about the Council Minute Digitization Project :

Global TV

Thanks to Global News for permission to use their images