Halifax Explosion

Halifax Explosion

A lasting imprint

The morning of Tuesday, December 6, 1917 dawned clear and unseasonably warm in Halifax. The events of that day left a lasting imprint that will forever shape our city’s history.

Our collection

Our collection includes numerous items about the Halifax Explosion:

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Flip through image books that document the aftermath of the explosion.

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Historical records

We also maintain a variety of historical records about the Halifax Explosion at Central Library:

  • City Council Minutes
  • City Directories
  • Vertical Files
  • Newspapers on microfilm
  • Periodical indexes and databases

You can also download a list of select resources about the Halifax Explosion that are included in our collection.

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Remembering the legacy

Halifax North Memorial Public Library

In 1964, the Halifax City Regional Library Board received $100,000 from the Halifax Relief Commission to support the building of a library in the north end of Halifax which would commemorate the victims of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

Learn about the history of the Halifax North Memorial Public Library, opens a new window.

The branch also features a Memorial Book "Halifax Explosion, 1917." Produced in 1966, it contains a calligraphic listing of all those known to be killed in the tragic explosion.

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