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About the Municipal Archives

Mandate

The Halifax Municipal Archives identifies, acquires, preserves and promotes access to municipal government and non-government archival records documenting the history of the Municipality.

The Halifax Municipal Archives is the official repository for all inactive municipal records of enduring administrative, legal, fiscal, historical, or informational value. These records are preserved as evidence of the Municipality’s functions, policies, decisions, operations and citizen interactions.

The municipal record is supplemented by the archival records of individuals, businesses and organizations active in the municipal sphere. The Archives preserves this documentary heritage and makes its holdings accessible and meaningful for today’s needs and for future generations.

The Municipal Archives' mandate and function is governed by the Corporate Information Management Administrative Order Number 2015-001-GOV

History:

How the Municipal Archives came to be our region's newest oldest treasure:

2004
  • HRM’s Information Resource Management receives over 1km of historical City and County of Halifax records when the Public Archives of Nova Scotia repatriates municipal records to municipalities throughout Nova Scotia.
2005
  • Halifax Regional Council budgets for archival storage space adjacent to the Municipal Records Centre and Corporate Library in Burnside, and for the position of Municipal Archivist.
 
  • Susan McClure becomes Halifax’s first Municipal Archivist.
 
  • Municipal Archives earns institutional membership in the Council of Nova Scotia Archives.
2006
 
  • The Municipal Archives begins regular opening hours.
2015