Council minutes are often the best starting place for historical research into municipal decisions and events. The Municipal Archives has digitized all pre-amalgamation (before April 1, 1996) council minutes. This incredible wealth of documentation of the decisions, events, developments, and actors - citizens and councillors - that have shaped our region can now be searched and viewed on-line.
Start your search in one of the former municipalities; the indexes can be useful for some time-periods:
City of Halifax, 1841-1996
Town/City of Dartmouth, 1873-1996
County of Halifax, 1878-1996
Town of Bedford, 1979-1996
Halifax Regional Municipality, 1996-present
• Minutes, Agenda and Reports
Council Reports or Submissions
Before every meeting of Council the Clerk provided councillors and aldermen with documentation submitted by staff or others that was relevant to the agenda. These reports, petitions, correspondence, plans, etc., are often needed to fully understand the issue discussed, and are available through the Municipal Archives.
To request council reports:
- Note the date of the meeting, and the agenda item.
- Contact the Archives to request the report or submission; copies of specific submissions can be requested.