The Halifax Municipal Archives holds records in many formats (documents, maps, plans, photos, audio-visual recordings), from just before the incorporation of the City of Halifax in 1841 to recent HRM records more than 10 years old.
Community records are an important complement to the government records. If you or a business or community organization you are part of, have records, maps, photos, audio-visual material that documents the history of our municipality, consider donating them to the Municipal Archives. See how Archival Donations work.
Halifax Municipal Archives also holds published materials created by the Municipality or directly related to the region’s history, geography, governance and services. This includes municipal government reports, community service publications, newsletters, local history publications, and brochures. These items are catalogued in the Archives Database. Search for the title or relevant subject.
An example of the reports in the Reference Collection:
The 1957 "Redevelopment study of Halifax" commissioned by the City of Halifax from planner Gordon Stephenson spurred the City of Halifax on a path of urban renewal that resulted in massive changes to the city-scape such as the downtown "slum clearances", Cornwallis Centre (Scotia Square) and Harbour Drive (Cogswell Interchange) developments, as well as the relocation of the Africville community.
The full report is now available in our Africville Sources; as well as with its supplementary volume in the Archives Database:
Or click on the cover here to download a 12MB pdf.