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Using the Archives

Archival research is very rewarding but often requires considerable time and patience. Before visiting or contacting the Archives it is good to have a clear idea of your research purpose.

Preliminary investigation of a research topic can save you considerable time. Consult published sources available on-line or in local libraries before coming to the Archives.  Local History and Genealogy @ Halifax Public Libraries is an excellent starting point for Halifax regional history.

Search descriptions of our holdings on-line. It may be worthwhile to contact the Archives before a visit, to determine if we have other sources for your research project.


Visiting the Archives

  • Researchers register at the Archives (please bring a piece of identification).
  • Archives staff will assist you in identifying sources for your research, including sources available at libraries, other archives, etc.
  • Archives staff will retrieve original records for you or set you up to view microfilm copies. If consulting original records, researchers will review Handling Archival Records.
  • The Reading Room is set up for comfortable consultation of finding aids and records, as well as taking notes by lap-top or pencil. Free wi-fi internet access is available.
  • Researchers can request copies of records. Please bring cash or cheque for payment.

If you are unable to visit the Municipal Archives in person, contact us and consider hiring someone locally from our List of Professional Researchers.