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The Nova Scotia Archives

by Phil Neville, on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 | 1 comment

It was over a year ago when I started filming the Routes to Your Roots video for the Nova Scotia Archives.  The Archives is located at the corner of University Ave. and Robie St., just on the edge of Dalhousie campus. The NS Archives is the largest archives in the province boasting more than 1.8 Km of textual records.  It's also a fascinating building with vault after vault of historical treasures.

Filming the Routes to Your Roots videos allowed me the privilege of seeing some of Nova Scotia's most important relics.  I've seen Mi'kmaq contracts written on sheep skin, Acadian land grants, slavery documents and more than I could ever possibly realize.  I've seen Joseph Howe's signature countless times and thousands upon thousands of great photographs.  There were paintings, drawings, designs and maps.  Also:  school books, written histories, shipping lists and hundreds of years of census records.  History is the accumulation of everything so there's certainly something for you at the archives.

I spent four days filming the plethora of resources available at the archives.  Lauren Oostveen works as Public Relations and Communications Officer for the archives and played along as demonstrator and speaker.  She made great suggestions for the direction of our little film and was entirely photogenic.  We made our way through countless room and filmed the various types of resources that are available.  It's difficult to represent something so vast into a video that's only a few minutes.  Ultimately, I think we did a pretty good job.

We were luckily able to gain permission for the music in our video.  With the perfect albeit unusual name, "The Provincial Archive", is a great band from Edmonton that's touring across Canada and playing at various libraries and archives (among other places).  They'll be playing a free show at the Nova Scotia Archives on May 28, 2011.

Hope you enjoy!


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    by hazel Pratt on, May 10, 2011 8:35 AM

    My grandparents (Joseph Digout and Elizabeth Hayden Digout) were from River Bourgeois. I am always interested in finding any infor I can regarding their lives. Thanks

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