Search the Municipal Archives Database

The Archives Database contains descriptions of archival records, publications and artifacts held at Halifax Municipal Archives.

Some notes to help your search:

  • Archival records are first described as high-level series (eg. Mayor's Office subject files), not item-by-item, although some photographs, maps, and plans do have item-level representation in the database, and many series have file-level descriptions.
  • Digital versions are available here for many, but not all items – you can filter your search results for material with digitized photos and text. Remember that the Archives Database is foremost a catalogue of the Archives’ holdings, not a database of the actual content of the records.
  • Explore the Advanced Search options to narrow your search by date, by type of format (e.g. only photographs), or to only those with digital copies available, etc.
  • Published reports and books from the Reference Collection and artifacts are catalogued as items.

More detailed search tips are available through the HELP tab in the Archives Database. Contact the Municipal Archives if you do not find what you were looking for, or to enquire if there are recently acquired and unprocessed records relevant to your research.

Provincial Database: MemoryNS

To search for archival holdings in other Nova Scotia archives, including us,  use MemoryNS from the Council of Nova Scotia Archives.