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In recognition of the anniversary of the Halifax Explosion, staff at the Halifax Municipal Archives wanted to take the time to go over some of the Explosion-related records that are available at the Archives. While Nova Scotia Archives and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic are the local centres for research on the Explosion, the material from the Municipal Archives is an important complement to those records, and it is all available online at our Halifax Explosion Source Guide.
In recognition of Fire Prevention Week October 4-10, 2020, Halifax Municipal Archives wants to highlight its Fire Department records, including an amazing collection of photographs. Across the Dartmouth, Halifax, County, Bedford, and HRM Fire Departments, there are photos of everything from training, outreach, ladder demonstrations, the aftermath of fire scenes, to firefighters in the act of battling blazes.
Did you know, Halifax Municipal Archives’ electronic database is fully searchable online? While only a small fraction of the Archives’ complete holdings are digitized, you can use an advanced search option to take a look at only those records which have been scanned and uploaded to the web.
Searching the database is a bit like reading a Wikipedia article. It's easy to explore—just click on something new, and another, and then another!